Monday, July 21, 2014

Links to Love

1. Nothing gets me going more than fun dancing.  Seriously, how cool is this guy?  and in a suit?!


2. Cole and I recently read "Song and Dance Man" (in a summer goal to read all the Caldecott winners), so I showed him some tap dancing clips on YouTube.  These were two favorites:
 

3. Michael Jackson impersonator for the win:

4. Cole's latest favorite!  It came on the other day when we were shopping, and he impressed our fellow shoppers by loudly declaring, "THIS SONG IS MY FAVORITE!! I YUV 'COUNTING STARS!'"
 
 
5. Um, so Chris shared this with me on Facebook, and I literally can't stop thinking about them! Why are we not funding these?!
 


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Look Mom, No Training Wheels!

Now, I am not the most sentimental person. 

Most baby/childhood milestones are exciting and fun, but don't really get me choked up.

But for some reason, watching my little boy riding a big boy bicycle, sans training wheels, really, REALLY got to me.

Maybe it's because it's such a rite of passage, being able to ride a bike.  Maybe it's the independence, the growing away from childhood and the family unit that bike riding symbolizes.  Maybe it's the many happy times I myself spent on my bike with my friends. Maybe it's just because that's such an iconic symbol of childhood - real childhood, not toddlers or preschoolers.

Whatever the reason, I was a total blubbering mess at the sight of Cole riding a big boy bike.

I can't believe my tiny little baby, the sweet energetic toddler, is growing up into such an amazing little boy. 

I don't think I'm ready - but at the same time, I just can't wait to see what else he becomes!




Saturday, July 19, 2014

Maui, Day 6

Our last day in Maui we wanted to make sure to take full advantage of the beach and pool - so after some quick pictures decked out in our Hawaiian clothes, we headed to play play play in water:





The sun was pretty bright and Chase was not amused:

So much fun swimming!!
The resort had a koi pond that they would allow the kids to feed every day at 4:00 - we missed it this day, but Cole still loved checking them out! 

He dressed himself :)

 
What an amazing trip we had!  Much thanks to Gram and Pap for everything - it was an experience of a lifetime!  

Friday, July 18, 2014

Maui, Day 5

Today we decided to check out the boardwalk in Lahaina.  There's a fantastic little Main Street with shops to peek in along the way.

We began at the Courthouse Square, which has an absolutely enormous Banyan tree in the center.  It was planted in 1873 and covers over 2/3 of an acre!

 
 
 
 
 
 I just couldn't stop looking at this beautiful BLUE ocean!
 
 
 Sitting outside Bubba Gump Shrimp House:
 
Whew!  The rest of the day we snorkeled, swam, and relaxed from our busy days!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Maui, Day 4

Day Four in Maui we decided to brave the Road to Hana.  We weren't sure how far we'd make it - the road has over 600 hairpin curves (and when they say hairpin, they MEAN hairpin! those curves are intense!) and 54 one-way bridges.  My poor motion-sick prone hubby wasn't too sure about it either...but my parents graciously allowed him to drive the rental car (while we all white-knuckled in the backseats).

Our first stop on Hana Highway was The Garden of Eden - it was pretty expensive to enter, but it was a fantastic example of tons of varieties of plants to be seen in Hawaii.

We loved the peacocks that greeted us - and even chased some cars!
 
 
 Pssst... there's a peacock behind you!
 Cole loved seeing this flock of noisy ducks!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 So many beautiful and interesting plants and flowers! It was very Hawaiian!
 
 
 Cole loved sitting on all these little benches scattered throughout:
 
 These Rainbow Eucalyptus trees were incredible! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 After the Garden of Eden, we headed to our goal of the Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach, which we arrived to right at lunchtime.  Fortunately, Gram planned ahead with a picnic lunch for us all:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 It was SO beautiful and quite the experience!
 
 
 
 
 Unfortunately, we needed to head back home afterward, since my little Chase-man was NOT a fan of being in his car seat all day long.  There were tears.  Lots and lots of tears.  And screaming.  Which is not the best environment for driving 600 hairpin turns.  But we all survived!
A beautiful, incredible day in Maui!
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