Saturday, August 22, 2009

Last Of Hawaii, I Promise!

Okay, I've officially given up on keeping these posts in any kind of order. I finally made it through all 600+ pics and just decided to posts our favorites. Enjoy!

Hula dance?
I added this one in because I thought it was so funny how this stuff runs in the family. Mom sent this picture of me when I was 2 1/2 yrs old and I just couldn't keep it to myself!!
Pool time sporting her "full body armor".

Faster daddy!

Thad and Abby at the beach at Bellows AFB - right outside our cabin!
The beach at Bellows

Checking out some waterfalls

And doin' a little chicken dance!

Crazy saxophone guy at a local pizza place

Hiking around at Volcanoes Natl Park

Our little animal lover!

So sweet

We made a concerted effort to get her to NOT eat the sand. Oh, well.

Abby didn't quite make it through the entire 4 mile volcano hike.

We did actually see some big waves and take some photos of the beautiful scenery!

Friday, August 21, 2009

More Hawaii!

Here's some more pics from our recent trip to Hawaii. Abby is a regular fish these days!
Abby says, "Is it kiddie pool time yet? All in a day's work!"

Like a pro, scoping out her options of entries and pool toys to play with...

"Alright, I made it down those stairs, now I'm armed and dangerous...ready to hit it!"

"Ooh, ooh, daddy, get me in there, now!"
"That's right, just like that. Love the kiddie pool where I can touch the bottom!"

Whoa. Hey! Little help here...

And now for some Waikiki beach time!

I know you told me to stay away from the waves for fear of my life, but I just can't resist! So here I go...
Aw, that's much better!

One trick we found to slow her down..."Hey, my feet are stuck in the sand...mean ol' mama!"

Daddy to the rescue!

More to come...still sifting through the 600+ pics we took. Yikes!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Here's some pics from our first couple of days enjoying Hawaii! More to come later though...

Abigail trying to figure out what this "grass" stuff is
It took her a little while to get used to the waves,
but once she did we couldn't keep her away from them!

Sandy butt

The fam at a Luau

Abby was amazed by the people climbing palm trees!

With the USS Arizona memorial in the background
Us on the Arizona Memorial
(a gun turret from the sunken ship in the background)

Abby says, "get me out of this thing!"

Abby and mom boarding the USS Missouri

Abby and dad steering

Abby liked the big guns
This was mostly our pre-beach activities... Expect more pics of us doing nothing but laying by the beach very soon!!!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Aloha Abby!

Abby says, "Volcanoes taste good!"
Before I can do a complete summary of our wonderful trip to Hawaii, I need the pictures off of Thad's computer (of course, we took WAY too many pics to fit on our memory cards). So, until I get them, here's some of the later part of our trip...

Thad and Abby hiking out on a lava bed...yes, this volcano erupted only 50 years ago. I think we both had mixed feelings about this one...because of Abigail, of course.

Picture taken 1/2 mile from where the active lava flow from Mauna Loa flows into the Pacific Ocean at the current site of Pu'u'O'o.

Mount Kilauea still venting - no activity since Mar 08...of course we were safe!!
Abby and Anna checking out Rainbow Falls near Hilo on the Big Island!
One last trip to the beach before heading home! The water and sand are so beautiful, but Abby doesn't have anything to compare them to. First time to see the ocean. She loved it. Scared of the big waves at first, but we couldn't get her out of the ocean near the end of the trip. She really is going to be fearless.

I thought I should document Abby learning the "chicken dance". As Grandpa John pointed out..."just in time for Wurstfest". She's sure to be a hit!

Who would think we'd need coats for Hawaii. Volcanoes National Park would get into the 60's - good thing we brought our entire closets!!