The day after Christmas Tralee woke up and then proceeded to throw-up. We were hoping it was just a one-time thing (maybe from eating too much Christmas candy the day before), but after coaxing her to eat some toast and sip on some juice and then watching it come right back up a few minutes later, we decided that we might just have to take it easy for a day and let Tralee's little body fight whatever infection so rudely intruded upon her small frame.
Jim had some work to do and errands to run on Wednesday, so he took Hunter out and about with him, while I stayed in our studio apartment with Tralee while she slept. I finished another book this day, and started on a third. Sometimes motherly duties required me to hold the "puke bowl" whilst comforting my wee-one while her body purged itself of infection. Poor thing.
Tralee slept for most of the day, and had a few moments with her head in the bowl designated for you-know-what. I rubbed Tralee's back, played with her hair, and prayed and prayed and prayed that whatever germ that had hitch-hiked a ride in Tralee's body would quickly find its way out, so we could continue on our vacation. By the end of the day, Tralee hopped out of bed, started dancing around, and requested to eat, so I knew we were in the clear! Prayers answered! PHEW!!
The next day, Thursday the 27th of December 2012, we continued on with our vacation sans germs. We packed up the car with all of our beach gear, pulled on some swimsuits, and hit the road. Our first stop was the Makapu'u beach lookout.
After snapping some pics at the lookout we made our way to Kailua beach. I do believe this was my FAVORITE day of our family vacation. The weather was PERFECT! The sun was shining. The waves were wonderful. The beach, though packed, was welcoming. The sand? Soft. My family? Happy and healthy. Everything was perfect.
This was also the day that Hunter's fear of the ocean slowly washed away as he crept further and further out. I coaxed him a bit, making a game of letting the waves "kiss our feet." He thought that was pretty funny. Soon he inched further and further out until he realized what fun it was to run, dance, and play in the water. I loved watched the progression. After this day, Hunter was ready to jump right in and play in the waves at whatever beach we visited.
|Still in the sand|
|Tralee and Jim went right in!|
|Hunter still happy in the sand|
|My water baby splashing about.|
|She looks like she knows what she's doing, doesn't she? My little beach bum!|
|Still in the sand|
|I love this picture|
|Finally letting the waves "kiss his feet."|
|Waiting for more wave kisses|
|Here they come!!!|
|He's starting to get it!! At this point he was moving closer and closer to the water.|
|Waiting for the waves to get him.|
|They got him! He's still unsure how he feels about this.|
|Running with the waves|
|Not so bad, right Hunter?|
|I think we finally conquered his fear!!|
|Take that ocean!|
|Starting on that day's sand castle|
While we played on the beach, we noticed a whole bunch of kids sledding down a sand hill on their boogie boards. It looked like fun, so we gave it a try! You know what? It WAS fun! Who says you can't go sledding in Hawaii?
|Hunter preferred to go sans board.|
After playing at the beach, we gathered up all of our gear, found a local diner for lunch, and then started driving. We didn't really know where we were headed, but we enjoyed the journey. At one point we saw a sign for a scenic look-out, so we decided to follow it. We ended up in the rain forest. The kids thought it was cool to drive through all the trees.
We made it to the look-out and this is what we saw:
We followed some trails to see where we ended up. We didn't go far before the kids had had enough. Jim tried to help Tralee jump from a fallen log onto solid ground and this was the result:
She hung there for a few seconds, feet dangling, before Jim pulled her up to the earth again. Thank goodness my hubby is super strong. Also, if she were to have fallen, she would have gone down two feet or so. HA! It was still exciting!
This day was one of my favorites in Hawaii. We had so much fun playing together as a family. I want to go back and do it all again!! Wanna come with?