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Day 19 – Paniolo Adventure


Yes I realize this is a screen shot, but James posted this photo on Instagram and it was the only way to capture it (damn, Instagram, can you be more difficult!) It will now serve as our Day 18 ‘Family’ Photo

Waking up this morning felt a bit like a dream.  We have been talking about doing a vow renewal for YEARS, so it was crazy to think that it was over. Continue reading


Day 18 – Vow Renewal

Day 17 Family Photo did not happen!  Argh!  But we did catch this photo of us after a short hike.  This was the same hammock that we sat in 6 years ago, when we first started talking about taking a trip like the one we are on right now.

The day started out a little overcast which was actually nice because it cooled our part of the island down a few degrees. (While we enjoy very little rain on this dry, westward facing coast, our small, beautiful, palm tree-lined resort is also surrounded by lots of dark, heat absorbing, vegetation-free lava. I’m not complaining – I mean, I live in Dallas, for gosh sakes where at this very moment, it is 96 degrees.)

Michael and I got up early as usual and snuck out Continue reading


Saying I Do, Again

So, we have been talking about renewing our vows for 10 years.  We actually had the pleasure of renewing  them at our 10 year anniversary; our old church offered couples a chance to renew their vows over the Valentine’s weekend.  To us, it was just a spur-of-the-moment activity that we thought would be fun to do before heading out on a rare quiet dinner date. I basically signed us up and told Mike we were going. I seem to recall him grumbling just a bit and asking lots of questions about how and why were doing this. (He doesn’t recall that, but I definitely do!:) The funny thing is, neither of us had any idea how meaningful those 15 minutes would be. Recommitting your lives to each other after spending 10 years together with some really high peaks and (fortunately just a few) really low valleys it turns out, can leave one’s heart a bit torn open, in a wonderful way. We decided to do it again, and this decade, we would take the time to appreciate the meaning of this special ceremony.  Of course, I had a few ideas Continue reading

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Day 16 – Nothing Much

Day 15 — Heading to our wonderful birthday dinner at Ulu’s The Four Seasons

I was the first one up this morning – a rare occurrence in this household of early risers. I have been looking forward to waking up in this house for a looooong time. Unlike on the mainland, my favorite time of the day in Hawaii is the morning. I love the cooing doves as they discuss their plans for the day, the palm fronds swaying gently in the wind overhead, and the way the morning sun reflects off the ocean when you are facing west. I wanted to Continue reading

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Day 15 – Home Away From Home


This was a big big day for us.  Not just because we were going to the Big Island.  It was Dan’s 16th birthday. It was a travel day. We had a fabulous dinner planned for Dan’s birthday. Oh, and we just happened to be going to our most favorite place Continue reading

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Day 14 – Tubing and Surfing

Day 13 Family Photo: Overlooking Kalalau Valley at the end of the road if you’re driving to the top.

Aloha! I feel the need to clarify something on this blog. I have posted quite a few pictures of Casey expressing herself freely on this trip, mostly because we find them hilarious. But we only find them hilarious because, actually, she is having a great time. And we are having a wonderful time with her! Yes, she has needed Continue reading

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Day 12 – Polihale State Park

Day 11 Family Photo: We had a wonderful dinner at Keoki’s Paradise last night. Awesome ambience, great service and delicious fish! We decided to do a nighttime photo for a change of pace; Bird was tired so she got a little giddy for the photo, as you can see here.

This morning we were all lazy and relaxed, except for poor Michael who once again had to work today. Dan and I picked up Starbucks and then he fell back asleep while I got organized. It was actually quite nice to have a lazy morning. Continue reading