Sep 12, 2009

Kalaheo Ward Luau

Our annual summer ward party this year was held at Salt Pond Beach on Southern Kauai. Our prior Bishop, Bishop Barino roasted a pig in a pit over night and other members of the ward each brought different foods that are served at Luau's. Each different organization practiced for weeks, learning random hula dances. Above is our elders (with John in the middle in his blue hawaiian shirt and joined by his good friends Brady E. and Dale K.) Below is our Primary teachers. I didn't join in the fun because I was 8 months pregnant and it just didn't seem natural for me to hula at that stage in pregnancy.The primary children were taught two basic hulas and did a wonderful job. Hailey is standing in the middle in her light green Hawaiian dress, and Alyssa is setting on the far left side in her red Hawaiian dress)

Abby loves to show off a little and while she is still in nursery she didn't join the other primary children. But, that didn't stop her and many of us got laughs from her dancing over on the side. I would say it was funner to watch her than the others, but I am a little biased.

Each of our girls had lots of fun, played with friends, had a wonderful dinner, learned a little Hawaiian culture (thanks to Auntie Nani Higa), and did their normal beach exploration.

Abby and Brad Wilcox have always had lots of fun together, she will sure miss him next month when he leaves for his Korean mission.

Alyssa and Kyleigh the two unseperable girls

Sep 7, 2009

Labor Day in Hanalei

We spent our beautiful Labor Day in Hanalei with so many family and friends this year. The weather was just perfect and so our girls and us had tons of fun playing their by the boat harbor. Layton Companies (of Hawaii) had there annual summer family party and then we all went to the Cooks house in Princeville for a fabulous dinner. Some families brought their kayaks and Hailey absolutely had a fabulous time riding around in it (thanks Bishop Herr). We were going to take our kayak, but..... due to some bad circumstances we no longer have a working kayak.... and someone's car has to have a few scratches from running over it :)

Abby did get lots of sand time in, but she preferred to float around in the ocean with either John or I at her side at all times. Alyssa loved just floating on the boogie board or thanks to the Clarks, a queen size air matress that lots of kids floated around on. It was amazing how the waves were just right for a fabulous day.

The Hanalei sand tends to make really great sand castles and a good friend of ours is always having fun creating 3-6 foot sand castles, here's an old picture of one.... but while my girls don't create these spectacular sand castles, they love to try!

Sept 6th was the 1st annual Kauai Marathon and it was started in our little town of Poipu right down the street from our house. My sister-in-law Michelle thought it would be fun to run in this marathon and so she came to visit us for about a week. The marathon was definately not an easy one with the continuous hills and canyons you run through, but she did it! Great job Michelle!
We also had some of our friends from our ward running/walking in the half marathon. It was fun to see them come in. Congratu
lations to Ikaika and his mom Ulu Perriera (pictured) and to my visiting teacher Debbie Lindsey! You all did a great job!