Saturday, September 06, 2008

Family Pictures

Leah Wright photos

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Riding the range

Kaden got the chance to ride the neighbors horse while we were visiting Nana & Papa in Prineville.

Isn't that how the cowboys do it?

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Maui! North Coast Drive

One of our biggest adventures while in Maui was our road trip around the North Coast of the Island. It is breathtakingly beautiful, but also about the most windy & narrow road on the edges of sheer cliffs. We took this road last year with Kaden & he threw up everywhere so this year we left him at the house with the other weak stomachs.

One of our first stops along the way was at this great blow hole area. It was a bit of a hike down to it in slippery sandals on very sharp rocks, but so worth it.

Brian & Brad getting a closer look at the blow hole...

hmm... it's really starting to blow...
and that's when it got Brian.

There were lots of wave crashes besides the blow hole so we were all pretty much soaked.

Alexis, Anna & Anita
Lonny & Mary
Erica & Brad

Brad exploring a rock outcroping.

Brad & Mary climbed down into this wide basin.

Posing a little on the way back up the rocks.
He's never satisfied untl he's done something that has me calculating his life insurance.

See all that water behind him? Covered in crashing waves against sharp rocks? That's where he was standing just moments ago just begging to be washed into the ocean.
So proud he's alive.
Dave along the shore.
Dave being brave.

Brittnee didn't join us because she gets car sick too easily so we had to make sure Dave made it back & didn't fall off into the ocean somewhere.
Dave & a giant yucca.
See, this is how you pose with a blow hole, unlike Brian.
The road trippers taking a break.

Alexis, pulling a Brad as she breezed past the warning signs.

Chris on the coast.
The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow...
Real Hawaiian shaved ice on the side of the road!

Maui! The Beach

Last year when we were in Maui Kaden had a unshakable aversion to the sand, he would whine & not move if it was touching him. We had to carry him or drag the stroller down the beach everytime! It bothered him the whole time we were there so we were interested to see if he would have the same annoying reaction this year.

We plopped him on his feet in the sand & just kept walking to see if he would even notice if we didn't make a whole thing out of it. Well, he stopped, looked at his feet & said "there's sand in my crocs" I said, "yeah, there's sand in my sandals, too" & kept on walking. He just sorta looked at me & started walking again. That was the last we heard about the sand bothering him! Yeah!!

First day at the beach in Kaanapali.

Kaden way out in the water with Mary & the kids.

A cool turtle that swam right past us. We've seen lots of turtles while snorkeling, but never just swimming along next to the beach with all the people everywhere.

Kaden & Erica at Big Beach. The waves here were so powerful, great for the big kids trying to boogie board, not so good for little ones.

Here's Brad about to be clobbered.

A typical wave tackeling all the kids.

Chelsea & Alexis debating whether to run into or away from the wave.

Dan, Chelsea & Brian riding in on a great wave.
Chris holding onto Erica to keep her from washing away!

A guy broke his ankle battling the waves, Brad & Dave had to carry him off the beach.

Snokeling near La Perouse Bay.
Kaden trying his skim boading skills.
We took up quite a bit of the beach when we "set up camp."

Kaden wanted to boogie board like the big kids so badly!

He's waiting for the perfect wave.

Enough water to move him around abit.
This is a much better way to do it!
Brian, Dave & Brad getting ready to surf.

My beach boy.

Worn out!

Brittnee trying her hand at it.