Thursday, September 26, 2013

Hawaii - Day 8

All good things must come to an end. Isn't that how the saying goes? Anyway, even if it was our last day, we decided to have fun until the last possible minute. I think we succeeded!

Before we started exploring, there was plenty of time to play with the grandchildren, and help Evelyn make her oatmeal for breakfast. That's her favorite food just in case you wanted to know, and she knows exactly how to prepare it to her liking.
Keystone Cave - A delightful little find. You park at the end of a dirt road just past Glass Beach and near an old cemetery, then walk along the cliffs for a few minutes. It was absolutely fascinating, and gorgeous as well. We're glad we decided to try finding it.
Glass Beach - It was pretty picked over, and you wouldn't want to stay there long, but we're glad we stopped and explored for a bit.
Lunch at Puka Dogs. I tried the pineapple sauce and it was a bit too sweet for my taste, but the others were happy with their choices. In addition, it was pretty expensive for just an ordinary hot dog; however, overall we enjoyed it and had fun playing tourists.
David gave us a tour of these condos, one of the projects he was working on a while ago. They're gorgeous, but we can think of other ways to spend $2,000,000 assuming we ever have that problem. Rather than purchasing our own place, we'll just camp out at his house when we visit!
After that we took a quick tour of Old Town Koloa. What a quaint little place.
Apparently one of the first businesses in Koloa was this sugar factory. As you can tell, it's no longer in business.
There is, however, a little store called the Koloa Mill. Instead of selling sugar, they sell ice cream and shave ice. So, we had one last treat. Wayne chose blue raspberry, just in case you couldn't tell.
Definitely a tropical paradise. The flowers were gorgeous, but David's little family is even more beautiful. Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality. We're looking forward to the next visit, whenever that might be!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Hawaii - Day 7

Tuesday we took the drive to the North Shore, doing a portion of the Kalalua Trail before lunch and swimming in Hanalei Bay afterwards. What a beautiful part of the island!
David loves coming around the curve in the road here onto the bridge over a stream and seeing all the gorgeous tress poking up.
Getting ready for our hike! The newborn set up shop with his mom on the beach and waited for the rest of us. Smart decision.
From the viewpoint at the 1/4 mile distance.
After another 1/4 mile we came to the next stopping place. I was disappointed that the view of the Napali Coast wasn't more clear. And it was windy and crowded, but I'm still glad we went.
On the return hike - still gorgeous views!
When the water's so close, you just have to walk along the shoreline for a bit!
Wayne went quite a bit further than Evelyn, and even saw a sleeping monk seal.
We went far enough to catch another view of the Napali Coast, this time from sea level. It's pretty majestic.
Tired two-year-old!
Next stop - Hanalei Bay -
where we enjoyed a yummy picnic lunch, some exploring,
some swimming,
and some more swimming and relaxing!
Wayne was looking for a fresh coconut all week long. He finally found one. However, it wasn't ripe enough and was way too slimy to actually eat. So once we were home, I got one at the grocery store. One of the days we'll crack it open and see if it's any better!
Last "adventure" for the day - driving through the tunnel of trees a few miles from their home. It was a great day.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Family Proclamation Photo Essay

Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God.

The family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.

All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. 

Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. 

Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.

Those are some powerful statements (taken from The Family: A Proclamation to the World), and I know that they are true. Last year I dedicated my photo essay to our oldest grandchild, who just happens to be a boy. The next two grandchildren are girls. I love being female! There are so many awesome things I can do because of that. I hope they grow up to feel the same way. 
The following pictures show just some of the many facets of their Aunt Michelle's life, (and there are even a couple of pictures of their moms and dads as well). Families are precious. I'm so grateful we have direction from living prophets to help us strengthen our families and learn to enjoy them forever!
IN THE PREMORTAL REALM, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life.  
We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. 
We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.
Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness,  
to provide for their physical and spiritual needs,
 and to teach them to love and serve one another.
 Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children.
By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families 
 in love and righteousness 
and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. 
Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, 
 repentance, forgiveness, 
 respect, love, 
compassion, work, 
 and wholesome recreational activities. 
 The family is ordained of God.
Aunt Michelle is happy because she has a family who loves her. I hope you grow up feeling great joy because you, too, have lots of family members who love you dearly. Even better, you have a Heavenly Father who loves you as well. We're so glad He sent you to join our family here on earth.

Remember always to follow in your parents' footsteps and live worthy to enter the temple some day.
It's definitely worth the effort required.
In the meantime, just have fun being toddlers!!!

Family Proclamation Photo Essays from years past:
And you can find others on this year's blog hop: Family Proclamation Photo Essays.  Enjoy everybody's creativity and have your testimonies strengthened at the same time. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Hawaii - Day 6

Monday - Labor Day
One of the reasons for choosing this particular week for our vacation was so we could use an already-scheduled holiday. Recognizing that everyone else was probably not working as well, we decided against some of the more popular spots, and took a morning visit to one of the closest beaches - Poipu. It's an excellent beach for families, with a natural wading area protected from the surf, and picnic tables and a playground handy. Evelyn was in heaven, and so was everyone else.
Enjoying the beach
Walking around the little bay
Waves at the rocky shore
Returning across the sand bar from the rocky peninsula
Testing out the water
Sand + Water = Fun
We spent the afternoon running some errands and playing at home.
On the walkway to the restaurant, just beautiful!
Delicious seafood and appetizers with beautiful presentation as well.
Sunset out the restaurant window. Hawaii really is a tropical paradise.
But the people are even better! Finishing the evening with ice cream treats. What a wonderful day!