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IMG_20170104_085851IMG_20170104_095400 (1) IMG_20170104_095334 (1) IMG_20170104_063817 (1)We had a fantastic trip to Hawaii! Eben in particular was very excited about going to Hawaii, especially the flight- he was really looking forward to wearing his pjs and sleeping on the plane. The flight met his expectations since he got to wear his pjs, watch tv and got given ice cream!

We stayed in a beautiful house in Kailua. There were only a few houses with acess to the beach in front of our place so we were able to spend many happy hours playing on it.

Mary and Tom had also hired paddle boards and kyacks and we had a lot of fun trying these out. Including a Tougas family race and Abel had a try at stand up paddle boarding. We definitely enjoyed the SUP boards and used them most days.

One night we went to a Luau and were all very impressed by the show, especially the hire dancing.

We took the kids mini golfing one day which they all found fun.

Abel was crazy for the card game Crazy 8s while we were in Hawaii and must have played hundreds of game while we were there.

The kids enjoyed meeting their two new cousins, Howie, Melissa and Chris’ son and Mary Joe Sarah and Joes daughter.

There was also a wonderful tide pool that they kids loved playing in. They spent hours catching little fish and finding different marine animals. One day we found a swordfish!

Another great feature of the house was a hot tub on the deck, the kids all loved this (and so did we!)

A fabulous trip, heaps of fun, looking forward to doing it again!!

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Winter beach day

We met our friends Molly and Jerimiah and their kids Milo and Naomi for lunch and a play on the beach. A rakaia 2 Finally time to roast marshmallows! Note to self- hide marshmallows until it is time to roast them and therefore avoid hearing “Is it time for marshmallows yet?” x200A rakaia 3 Not a day for a swim! The waves were fierce!

A rakaia 4Yikes, Isla almost went in. Maybe next time she will take us seriously when we tell her to stay back, although probably not!
A rakaia 5 Eben and one of his favorite girlfriends, Naomi. A rakaia 6 A rakaia 7 I love you too Isla!

A rakaia 12The beginnings of the hut, everyone hard at work. A rakaia 8 The kids enjoying the hut they made. A rakaia 9 A rakaiaEben loves marshmallows!

A rakaia 11Abel was there too but not his usual self. He was feeling a bit unwell, poor wee guy. He perked up briefly to help with hut building but mainly just wanted to sit on my knee  (or cling to my leg as in this photo). Hopefully a good sleep tonight and he will feel better.

A rakaia 10Isla and I collected some rocks while we were there and did some rock painting when we got home.

Back to school tomorrow, fingers crossed Abel bounces out of bed tomorrow morning.

Wanaka-part 3

We had a much more uneventful trip back. We had quite a few stops so it took us a while. We left about 12:30 but didn’t get home until nearly 7pm. We stopped at the top of the Lindis Pass, in Twizel, Lake Tekapo and then in Ashburton for a Thai meal for dinner. The shots in Lake Tekapo were taken by Isla.

Lake Tekapo

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Wanaka- part two

In the afternoon we went to the playground to burn off some more energy. The party went well and hopefully I will get some photos off Emily to post from that, I didn’t take any. The next morning we went back to the playground and to the lake to feed the ducks. The kids had fun trying to catch eels.

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