The kids and I spent the week right after Christmas with my parents in Kauai.
This was my fifth visit. Once as a child, once in college, and twice with Chris. My grandparents originally purchased a timeshare many years ago in the town of Kapaa and our family has traveled there on and off for many, many years. This was my first time being there with both my parents.
I've loved it every time for so many different reasons.
This time I loved it because we did a whole lot of just being at the pool or the beach. There wasn't a lot of traveling around or sight-seeing (which I've done before and enjoyed as well) - it was more just being together and letting the kids (and adults) enjoy each other and the water.
The photos I'm sharing today were taken by me, my Mom and my Dad.
I'm an ocean girl.
Give me the sea and I'll give you a really deep breath.
Give me the sea and I'll give you a calm heart.
And oh those sunrises.
At my parents house on the Oregon coast we get the insane pleasure of seeing sunsets. Love that Kauai to me is so much about the sunrise (and the roosters who tell you it's time to wake up).
I also love having my parents there to capture me capturing those two.
And the laughter.
And the fresh-squeezed juices my Dad lovingly prepared.
And the water. Pool or ocean. Love that my kids love it too.
We visited a local Catholic church and lit candles and said prayers for our loved ones.
And we relaxed. Always love my Dad's daily cocktail hour concoctions.
She is amazing. Fun, silly, wide-eyed, lovely.
And she learned to swim just like her brother did on vacation when he was four.
Simon, as I already knew, shares my love of the water.
This trip for him was all about boogie boarding. Dad and I each spent time out with him, showing him some pointers and just generally being around while he worked through the basics.
I think he liked it.
He did not, however, like losing two of his masks. He's definitely a fan of his masks but made a ton of progress on this trip in not having to have his eyes/nose covered with a mask the whole time.
Nice capture Dad.
Love being there.
Thanks Grandma Marie and Grandpa Neil for setting the precedent. Thanks Mom and Dad for continuing the tradition.
And now, love being home.