We had a hard time getting going today. I guess everyone needs a down day, even in paradise. The girls shunned pineapple for breakfast and didn’t really even want to leave the hotel room. They pretty much spent all morning smearing brightly colored pieces of paper all over the dang place. They said they were making books and puzzles and giftbags, but if you ask me they were making a colossal mess. Honeypies sure had fun, though. (Notice that we travel with painter’s tape and scotch tape. I think Ro and Ree use a case of tape a week. Not even kidding.)
We finally rallied around lunchtime and dragged ourselves down to the pool, which pepped everyone up momentarily. Ree is in the yellow, even though she told me this morning “I pretty much hate yehyowe now, mama” and Ro is in the pink, which apparently she still loves.
I thought it was cute that both girls insisted on “Hawaiian flowers” in their hair even for swimming.
They’re making such great strides with the swimming! Pretty soon they’re going to fly past my pathetic little dog paddling self. (Who am I kidding, they do that already.)
They also do a stellar job with their lounging. Little bathing beauties do me proud.
After lunch, we came back to the room and had grand plans to change clothes and go out adventuring. Yeah, didn’t happen. We were complete slugs and could barely move. I didn’t even bother to shower (and believe me, I really needed to). The girls played with their paper kits for hours while TubaDad read and I napped (again).
After waking, I managed to drag myself to an upright-enough position to be able to watch tv. Stunning effort, right? Little Ree took pity on my tired self and came over and snuggled with me while we watched a cooking show.
And eventually the cooking show made us hungry enough to actually leave the hotel room and go in search of food. (Hm, this day seems to be all about sleeping and eating, which really isn’t all that surprising I guess.) We ate in downtown Lahaina and then walked around the fun shops until we spied an intriguing little henna tattoo shop that the girls just had to try. Ro got a pink glitter octopus, and Ree got a Canadian maple leaf (I just know our buddy Catherine is going to love that!). We tried to convince her to get something a bit more appropriate to an island vacay, but Ree really doesn’t change her mind once it’s made up.
By the way, the girls have been going around all week saying that their names are Jessica, Julia, and Jennifer. They switch around who’s who, but it’s always one of those three names. So how funny is it they told their pretend names to our sweet tattoo artist and found out she was named Julia and her two sisters are Jessica and Jennifer? Ro and Ree were pretty much stunned into blissful silence when they heard that.
Aloha and goodnight. We’re all hitting the sack early and then are going to have a huge adventurous day tomorrow. Watch out Maui!
PS: I let Ro carry around my camera all last night and today it’s not focusing correctly. Wish me luck on trying to figure out what got changed and fixing the problem!