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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

On the road again (new and improved, this time with 100% less screaming)

IMG_1294LRFirst, we had our standard vacay room-service breakfast. Does everyone else mix it up every day? Well we don’t. Pretty much every single day on vacation is oatmeal for the girls, a huge vat of coffee and a basket of croissants for me, some free-for-all fruit, and a bowl of raisin bran for TubaDad. I wonder if the room service folks are laughing at us yet?

Then we packed up our chicken Cheerios and all the electronics we own and hit the road for Hanalei (after one quick stop to feed the gluttonous swans and koi of course).

We strapped the girls into their car seats and gave each one her own electronic device with headphones and strict instructions that she was not under any circumstances to touch her sister, look in her direction, or attempt to share food, water, air, or any movie-related commentary:IMG_1297LRIMG_1296LR

Ahhhhh. We had complete silence for the entire drive. And you know what? It was TOTALLY worth having them miss all of the beautiful scenery. TubaDad and I enjoyed it enough for all of us.

The beach up at Hanalei is so fun. A nice couple handed us a boogie board on their way out saying “use it then give it to someone else when you leave.” Cool.IMG_1310LR

Ro figured it out pretty quickly, but Ree didn’t like the way the ocean tossed her around and bailed out. We thought she was sitting placidly in the sun, but apparently she was wreaking havoc with the baby powder trying to get every last grain of sand off her body. Oops.

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Spent the rest of the day in downtown Hanalei visiting little shops, grabbing some food, trying to find the elusive crispy rice macadamia nut treats, and enjoying the sights. Oh, and eating some shave ice, which seems to be made with industrial-strength color. The girls still have bright lips hours later.

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Ro was saying “What?! My lips are NOT blue!” in this one. See her freckles, by the way? She has them and Ree doesn’t. It’s one good way to tell them apart when they’re close up:IMG_1321LR

Alright, I’m going to go jump in the shower and see if I can get the sand out of all the places it shouldn’t be. Aloha!

PS: I figured out how to reply to individual blog comments on the comments page. If you want this feature on your blog, go into Blogger, choose Settings / Posts and Comments, set Comment Location to "Embedded," go to Settings / Other and set Blog Comment Feed to "Full" and Per-Post Comment Feeds to "Full". Then save settings. Now if you look at your blog comments you should see the "Reply" option after comment.

21 comments:

  1. Love the colored mouths ; ) I've always wondered how people reply to comments.

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    1. I'm not sure if I like the feature yet or not. I think it's good for folks who want to scroll specifically to their name and see if there was a reply, but it's not great for folks who just want to see what the latest comment was. We'll see... :-)

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  2. Yay for the car squabbling solution! Electronics are your friend for sure!! LOL about breathing same air! SO true!

    Your day at the beach looks absolutely perfect! Thanks also for the pic of Mom! :o)

    Aloha friend! Hope today is as wonderful as yesterday was!!

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    1. You know I put that picture in there just for you! It was on the reject pile because the flash was stuck on and then I remembered your comment and added it.
      xoxo.

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  3. Love that you had a quiet car ride. Those are truly blessings. We are still really waiting for one.

    Glad you are all having a great time!

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    1. Thanks Laurel! Heh, still waiting for one. Maybe in a few years, right?

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  4. I think we all knew they could fight from The Great Cracker War. Silence is so nice also :)

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    1. Melissa, so true so true! Remember one of them tried to steal the cracker from the other one and the owner of the cracker put it behind her head? That just killed me!

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  5. Anonymous2/23/2012

    The first time I heard about shave ice was when Obama made his first trip as President to Hawaii and stood in line with his daughters for it. I thought it was a snow cone. Is it?

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    1. It seemed exactly like a snow cone to me, although I think the snow was finer. If I remember snow cones correctly they're kind of grainy pieces of ice.

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  6. Oh, how funny! We are here at the Grand Hyatt Kauai too! The girls must not be as water slide-crazy as my boys, since that's pretty much where we've been parked all week (at the foot), with the exception of yesterday, when we hit up Poipu Beach. Today we saw Parrot Talk at 10a, and now we're off to take a sightseeing flight over the island. We ate at Tidepools last night....mmmmmm!

    Virgin Lava Slide count since Monday: 10
    Pina Colada count: 6

    -Erica

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    1. Fun!!! We just got back to the hotel and the girls are in the lazy river right now (if you're anywhere nearby you'll hear them). I'm parked in a lawnchair at the uppermost point of the lazy river.

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  7. Anonymous2/23/2012

    BROWN BABIES!

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    1. They're getting there!

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  8. Just got back from our flight--if you have the time, we had a great time with Wings Over Kauai. Going to the Red Salt restaurant tonight--date night courtesy of my parents, who we wisely brought with us on this trip. :)

    We take off tomorrow p.m. to head back to Los Altos (sniff), but I'm sure we'll be getting in a few water slide runs tomorrow morning before noon...let me know tomorrow a.m. if you're around the pool or beach!

    -e.

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    1. We'll definitely be hanging around the pool tomorrow morning. If you want my cell phone number email me (the link is in the sidebar) - we'd love to meet you!

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  9. I am so envious!!! I spent a, ahem, large chunk of time during the girls' swimming lesson today Googling "Hawaii vacation condos". I also warned D that he may need to clear his calendar for a week of beach and sun in the near future.

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    1. K2, the condo/hotel we stayed in last trip on Maui was pretty cool and very affordable. We got a two-bedroom suite and they had a nice pool (I think there were two small ones but can't really remember), onsite restaurant and cute little beach (it was small but the girls loved it). Anyhow, that was Kaanapali Shores. The hotel we're in this time has miles of pools, lazy rivers, lagoons, water slide, etc., that H2 and S2 would LOVE!! Oh man, you'd never get them out of the water.

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  10. Looks like you are all having a blast and happy that you found a way for everyone to enjoy the car ride. Thanks for the info on comment replies, I've been wanting to do that for ages.

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  11. Your posts make me laugh, I can so relate w/ twins :J What a fabulous trip, thanks for sharing!

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  12. Your posts make me laugh, I can so relate w/ twins :J What a fabulous trip, thanks for sharing!

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