Friday, October 29, 2010

Summer Highlights: Part 3 of 3


In July, my mom treated our whole family to an amazing week long adventure on the beautiful island of Kauai (my favorite island). Here is a marathon photo journal of our vacation : )

This was the view from our room the first morning of our trip. We were definitely in paradise!

Grandma Coco and Harrison exploring the resort grounds.

Poipu Block Party: games, food, and dancing!

Poipu Beach Day

Hike to the secret waterfall cliff jump

Making Lei's

Pool Time!
Ethan and Harrison bonded over conversations about and acting out all things "CARS!"

Puka Dogs and Hula Dancers
Love this pic. of Soph and Jaydie watching the show, sweet cousins!

Hanalei Bay, Caves, and End of the Road Day Trip

This is what Harrison and I were doing while they were exploring the caves!

Grandma Coco's Birthday Party!!
I think she liked it!

Although I was pretty sick for the majority of this trip, it will be one of my favorite family vacations ever! It was so wonderful to be with the family in such a spectacular place with so many fun things to do and see. The kids were all so good and Grandma Coco was "SUPER GRANDMA" with grandma prizes and sleepovers and planning our activities and spoiling all of us! I tried to narrow down the pictures for this post but there were too many precious memories I couldn't leave out!

Only a few days after we got home, I ended up in the hospital. When I got my PICC line placed, I asked them not to numb my arm with lidocaine because I thought I might be allergic to it. The doctor told me I could not find one grown man in the whole hospital go through that procedure without lidocaine. When he asked me how I could stay so still and calm while getting my PICC I told him I just transported myself to End of the Road in Kauai and visualized my family and I all back there at the beach. All I felt was gratitude and overwhelming love for my family and it was enough to take away the pain. I am so blessed to have people, experiences, and memories to help make the occasional setbacks more bearable, remind me how precious life is, and motivate me to keep going!



tiffany.amber said...

The 2nd picture down from Making Lei's, she is a mini-Collette! Thank you for sharing your wonderful family time:)

Armonia said...


Emilee said...

Wow, you are quite a woman to be getting the picc without lidocaine! Im not sure I could do that. Im glad you had a great time in Hawaii. Sorry you werent at your best. Did you get my email I sent? Just making sure I have the right email. Take Care.

Collette Larsen said...'s 3:00 in the morning - and I'm reading your blog, reliving the memories. What a summer...and the best is yet to come. Beautiful pictures. I love you!

Somer Love said...

Love all these pics! especially the lil baby bum I just want to squeeze it! Looks like you guys had so much fun and what a great way to celebrate a bday with all your fam and so much love! Miss you! Xo

kellibelli said...

Love the pics! I am so glad you documented it! I love all the details! What a nice treat for your family! You have a great mom! I hope you are better! I miss you tons!