Miracle #3 and I attempted to sit four little children down today and take a group shot. To be honest with you, I am surprised that we were able to get all four in the same vicinity. And sitting in the same place. And not crying or complaining. And sort of looking in the same direction. And at four o'clock in the afternoon. We gave it our best, and this is the best that we got.
Almost 4 years old, 10 months, 17 months and 23 months And this was as good as it got.
We divided and conquered.....
.....and we did okay. But I am not going to even tell you how many we snapped, just to get a few okay ones. Professional photographers have always had my utmost respect for what they do. Cute kids, don't you think? I love them all so very, very much!
The Honolulu Zoo is one of the nicest little zoos that I have ever been to. It's small, and walkable and we spent a few hours there during the first week we were there. For $14 per person, it's a pretty good bang for your buck.
During the second week, we headed off to the other side of the island to investigate Sea Life Park. Well, for $29 per person, it's not really worth the effort. We still had fun, but I really don't think that it has changed since we had been there in 1980. I even think that all the tanks were still the same. Needs upgrading that's for sure, but we made the best of it and still had a very nice afternoon.
The sea turtles were fun to watch.
The little guys liked to watch the fish in the big aquarium.
He liked the dolphins.
And he really liked playing at the playground.
There is a magnificent view from the dolphin pool.
We didn't go to the beach every day, but we did spend a little bit of time hanging out and playing. Waikiki Beach is under construction right now, they are replacing their sand with some brought in from Australia.
I love Oahu! And Waikiki! I know that a lot of people prefer the quieter islands, but I have always enjoyed the hustle and bustle of big cities. And I do like the beach, but I LOVE the view of the beach better. I am quite content to just watch. It has become a tradition to climb Diamond Head whenever we go to Hawaii and it is one thing that all of the miracles really wanted to do. Now if foresight was 20/20, I should have probably offered to stay back and take care of the little girls. (After all, I had already climbed it twice.) Pretty Girl's Mommy hiked with her in a backpack, and Sweetheart's Mommy used the Ergo. Neither baby was impressed with their hike until we got down to the bottom......and then all was calm again.
This is the view from our hotel
Grandson made it to the top without even breaking a sweat. He had been looking forward to 'climbing a mountain' with his Daddy for quite some time. They have made a new way up/down since I had been there in 2009. There are two ways to get to the top and you don't have to go through the second tunnel and spiral staircase anymore........it really is getting to be a very popular destination. I really do know why.....it is still a highlight every time that I go!
...we rented cars and did our own little circle island tour. We didn't even start until after noon and headed out to the north side of the island. Our first stop was Chinaman's Hat, where it was windy and warm. The little ones had a great time running and playing and being free.
Sweetheart stole a lot of hearts in Hawaii. Many of the salesclerks commented on her beauty, and we decided that it was because she really does look quite Hawaiian. Even her name has a Hawaiian sound to it.
After we went to the Macadamia Nut farm and stopped for a late lunch, we ended up at Sunset Beach.......more commonly known as the Bonzai Pipeline. Well, I was very surprised to find it quite calm in comparison to every other time I had been there. There was still a dangerous undertow, but it sure was beautiful to look at.
The sand is always so fun.
We made it to the Dole Plantation with 15 minutes to spare, before they closed. Just in time to use their restrooms and have some fun playing outside for a little bit.
Hubby really liked these trees. We all really liked their multi-coloured bark.
Better view of the bark....with cute little almost-four year old.
I am a wife, a mother, a friend. I own and operate my own family business, a licensed daycare in my home. I often say that I don't really work, which I don't, I play. Rod Black once said that if you choose a career you love, then you never have to work a day in your life. I know that I have done that. Children fascinate me, they have very intriguing behaviours and although I often think I need to evolve past the age of 5, I keep coming back to take care of all the little children. They are the lights of my life, and they help to make my life complete.