Saturday, April 5, 2008

Grandma and Katherine's Visit

As usual, we have about a bazillion pictures from their 2 week visit with us (literally over 500!) so I'll try to pick the very best. We had a fabulous time and it was so great to spend time with my wonderful mom and terrific sister. Both Natalie and Blake loved the extra attention and extra playmates. Thanks for all your hard work. We had so much fun! Love you guys and miss you tons!! :)

Katherine and I went down to Waikiki for dinner at Duke's and then walking around. I love you, sister. Thanks for coming even though you had to miss some classes!

Out to lunch one day. Easter Egg Hunt with Melanie
Yummy Easter Meal after church. Victoria and Melanie joined us for the day.
My Lemon Blueberry Trifle. Delicious! Brian was working nights practically the whole time they were here. We missed him but were grateful for the few hours a day we got to spend with him. His masterpiece of a playdough cabin. Making guacamole, wearing her new apron from Grandma. Yum! Grandma's favorite beach: Ko Olina

I LOVE this picture of Blake. It's the epitome of being a baby in Hawaii. :)
Mommy and Baby

One morning, we parked ourselves on the North Shore to watch the surfers. The big 20-30 ft waves are in the winter months but people surf year round and it's still awesome to watch them ride the smaller ones.
Natalie being a surfer girl. My pretty MommaKath and Blake
Me and Blakey Boy
Lunch at the Shark's Cove Grill
I love this picture...definitely the one to frame. :)
Kath makes a good mermaid but Natalie looks more like she just got eaten and is trying to get out!
We bought chocolate macadamia nut pie at Ted's Bakery. Yes, it's as fabulous as it sounds... that's why they're sneaking a bite!
Mom and Katherine helped so much--I don't think I did a single bathtime! They also watched the kids for us so Brian and I could spend the night down in Waikiki. It was wonderful to get away together-we even got beach time without kids, something we'd never done here yet! Thank you so much, Mom and Kath! Helping Grandma wash the van.
We went to Germaine's Luau one night. As always, plenty of delicious food, fun entertainment, and great memories! Pretty Katherine by the beach

Natalie practicing the hula on our table.
Of course, the fire dance from Samoa.
All the girls... Blake was already asleep.
Sisters :) We went to Kualoa Ranch and went on a Movie Tour to see where they've filmed many movies such as Jurassic Park, Pearl Harbor, 50 First Dates, Godzilla and You, Me and Dupree to name a few. It was beautiful and really interesting too.
The tree they hide behind when the dinosaurs go running by.
With all the movie sets around, Blake decided to try out for a role as Baby Godfather. :)
I'm sure I'll have some more to post later but that's plenty for now. We had a great time and won't forget the memories we made. Thanks for making the trip out to see us. We love you and miss you!


Diane said...

Love the pics...Duke's...yum, yum. After eating at Duke's and heading out to the beach we lost Madison Wright. It was a terrifying moment. But, we found her. Terry still uses it as a sermon illustration. Memories!!

katherine said...

blake Soooooooo looks like the godfather. what a goofy kid. I miss you all already. have you finished all the Houses yet? I miss that too. Give the babies hugs and kisses from me. Hows Natalie doing not having vacation privileges? I'm sure she has been a wonderful little angel!!! Love you.

sista said...

and you forgot a picture... you being a dinosaur.

The Stallings Family said...

You guys look like you are have a blast over there. I SOOOOO wish I was over there right now. I will trade ya?? You can come to Fort Lost in the Woods and I will go over to Hawaii!! Sounds like a fair trade? LOL. Not! Miss you all. Maybe one day..... Can I come for a visit? Maybe they have some Space A flights from the air base in Missouri to over there? Who knows. I just want some sun at the moment!! It is getting really depressing over here. Love you guys!

Jason & Erin said...

Great pictures!! Love the one of Natalee being a surger girl! SO cute. Still wish I could figure out a way to come visit! Aiden keeps asking when we are going to take him to Hawaii since we went before he was born! :) Looks like you guys had a lot of fun with your family. I love family visits, wish they happened more often.

Randy & Laura said...

So fun to see Grandma & Kath having fun with the kids! I think being in Hawaii makes all of you even prettier. I did happen to glance at Kath's pictures on Facebook and noticed you being a dinosaur... lovely! Made me giggle. Have a wonderful day, my friend. :)

Linda said...

I think I've told you before, but I'll tell you look FANTASTIC!

And so does that lemon blueberry trifle...please share the recipe!