But we're tired and happy, and we had a great time!
The thing about a vacation like Hawaii, though, is that very often you're having too much fun having fun to stop and take pictures of having fun, and that even if you're laughing constantly in the presence of your family, you're not stopping to record it because, well, you're on vacation! But here's some random bits about the Lane family running rampant around the Aloha State!
* The morning we left, Big T came out ready to go. He was wearing a zip up jacket, the gray hat he bought in Oregon, plaid pajama bottoms, flip flops, a shirt that said, "I AM the Chosen One" and a red, blue, and gold fish scarf that I made him in 5th grade. I said, "OmiGOD! You're wearing THAT?"
So he went back into his room and took off the scarf. Yup. You can see by our return dinner of triumph picture, he wore that all the way back home.
|Yes. That's the hair of mystery,|
Why do you ask?
"You let me go in PUBLIC? Like THIS? I thought you LOVED ME?"
She told me that she DID love me, she just didn't see how bad my hair really was, but she was laughing so hard I DIDN'T BELIEVE HER!
* When we went to the tent fair, I managed to keep Zoomboy from buying a drum by buying him a tiki mask instead. I was so proud. When we went to the ABC store on our way out of town, he went up to his dad with another drum and his dad said yes. I decided it was kismet. Fucking drum.
|The one out of four who was not|
"I don't know, mom-- the dog crapped in the hallway and peed on the rug. I'm thinking more!"
We bought a sarong.
* Three out out of four kids wanted a ukelele. One out of four kids was not disappointed.
* Squish wore her p'ua poi (I hope that's right!) outfit all the way home. The Hawaiian airlines people LOVED HER. As they should have. Our wahini princess was so damned cute she probably cured airsickness.
* At the first beach, we got to fight the breakers. I LOVED that part. It was SO MUCH FUN! But the best part? Looking out and seeing Big T and Zoomboy rolling around in the surf together and not trying to kill each other. Damn. Those television commercials about a bringing a family together were SO RIGHT.
* This picture here that looks like beach towels? That's Squish. We called it a Squish-sandwich.
And I'm going to leave it like that for a while. I have poems in my head (don't laugh!) and maybe I will write those in the coming days. I actually need to "go back to work" and write, because I have a hard deadline coming up in August, and the kids still need me, and...
And it was wonderful. It was everything people say it was. It was blue sky and blue-green sea and lovely smells and salt on your skin. It was pretty fish in snorkeling pools and kind people and horses and herons (and sometimes herons riding horses!) and happy kids and the sound of rain at night. Vacations must end, and life must return to normal, but for the moment I am happy and relaxed and so full of joy... that's it. Full of joy. I'm gonna ride the buzz of this while it lasts, right? Aloha, Kauai-- you were frickin' awesome!