Saturday, March 10, 2012

Hawaii Part 2: A lot of our favorite things

I wanted to share a few of our favorite things about going to Hawaii (as well as the rest of our pictures).  But I realized soon after that thought, that there really aren't just a FEW things.  There are a lot of things . . . and a lot of pictures.  So sorry, but get yourself comfortable.  

1.  The sunshine. Duh.  And not just the sun, but the warm warm sun.  

2. Briz wearing her new adorable Hannah Anderson swimsuit.  It ALMOST fit.  As you can see, what was supposed to be a tankini, really quickly turned into a quasi-bikini.  We love her big buddha belly (well, most of the time).

3. Papa and Nona being there with us and helping take care of Briz.

4. My Dad's facial hair.   He never ever grows facial hair, so it's quite a unique thing to witness it.

 5.  Briz finally getting some color,  She's ridiculously white, particularly when standing next to my Dad.

 6.  Making fun of my Mom for 8 days straight.  I can be mean, but sometimes it's just way too easy.  i.e. See picture above with her wearing two pairs of glasses.

 7.  Briz learning to not be afraid of the waves.  When we first arrived at the beach, she was f-a-reaking out about the waves.  By the end of the trip, she was no longer afraid of them.

8.  Swimming in the warm ocean water and getting splashed by waves.  Even though it's somewhat of a painful experience to get slammed into the ocean floor, I still can't help but laugh.  I get that from my Mom's side of the family.  Besides, I mean, who doesn't enjoy a truckload of sand up your swimsuit?

 9.  Spending time as a family.  It was so nice to spend more than just a weekend together.  There's never enough time.  (This picture could have been cute but my eyes were closed).

 10.  Briz sleeping like a champ. She took naps on the beach.  Gotta love the sun and water, because they totally knocked her out.  When she went to bed at night, she would just pass out.  I am not sure she's ever slept so soundly.  In fact, it made me really nervous at times, so I had to check on her a few times during the night just to ease my anxiety.

11. Eating sandy food.  Why in the world is Briz cool with eating a sandwich completely covered in sand but yet, will not go anywhere near peanut butter?  One of the strange mysteries of the toddler world.

12.  Spending time with Auntie Sandy.  Sandy was so good to Briz.  Briz loved playing with her and seeing her.

13.   Some forced time with Mom.  Actually, this isn't true at all.  Unlike her normal self, Briz has been extremely attached to me, and wants to do EVERYTHING with me.  I have very mixed feelings about this.  Sometimes I like to pretend it irritates me when really I love it, and other times, it actually does irritate me.

 14.  This really isn't unique to Hawaii, but Briz picking her nose.

15.  Spreading the Nike brand across Maui.

16. Nick boogieboarding and doing it quite well.  The word for Nick on his board is gutsy.  There are other words that come to mind, but this is a family blog so I will keep it clean.

17.  The beautiful blue water.  We didn't do a ton of snorkeling, but the little bit that we did was awesome.  

18. Making Briz try boogieboarding.  She was terrified and no big surprise, but she got knocked over by a wave and was scarred for a few days.

19.  Briz being absolutely obsessed with Hudson.  Or should I say, "Hudthon."  He was very nice to her, especially as she followed him around with his cousins and friends.  Briz thought she was one of the big kids.

20.  Briz sporting her water wings everywhere.  The best is when she can't reach for things because her arms are so stiff from them.

21.  Briz wanted to play in the sand for hours and hours.  It was her absolute favorite thing to do.  She kept saying she was making  pink chocolate and wanted to feed everybody.  She also manipulated everybody into going to fill her bucket with water because she was afraid of the waves.

 22.  Not cooperating with the potty training, and therefore, taking numerous walks with people to the bathroom so we could try to get her to go.  It was a battle all week long.  (Please note this is actually not one of my favorite things about Hawaii).

23.  Briz being confused about the difference between the beach and Hawaii.  She thought the beach was Hawaii, and every time we left to go back to the house, she would say, "I miss Hawaii." I think she may have finally caught on by the time we left, but I'm still not really sure.

24. Lots and lots of reading.  I was completely engrossed in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."  I loved it.  There is nothing quite like reading on the beach and falling asleep mid page.

25.  Nick having a boogie-boarding partner.  Since Sandy and Luke and Hudson live in Alaska, we don't get to see them much.  So it was fun just seeing them and spending time with them.  Plus, Luke and Nick are crazy on the boogie boards together and that's always entertaining.

 26.  Burying Hudson in the sand and Briz being the bully that she is, making the situation even worse for him by throwing sand on his head and in his face.


 27.  I felt a little less guilty when she started throwing sand on herself.

 28.  The awesome, random rain storms.

 29.  Walking/Running along the beach.

 30.  The sunsets

 31.   Yah yah playing with the Brizzle.

 32. Swimming in the pool.  The place we were at had this amazing infinity pool.

 33.  Brizzy improving her swimming skills.

34.  Hot tubbin' it up.

 35.  Passing along my excellent hula dancing skills to Briz, although she didn't seem that interested.

36.  Crazy huge waves.  They were awesome.  And Nick decided to boogie board in them.  There were a few times where I was in complete shock watching him take massive waves.  He has absolutely no fear.  I wish I was more like that.

 37. Swimming in the huge waves.  I am only gutsy enough to go out in the water before the waves crash.  But it was fun, swimming in them and jumping into them.  The picture above, you can see me in the water right before a wave crashes.

 38.  Thinking about our Holly Hoo and how it would have been more fun with our whole family.

 39.  Napping in the sun.

 40. Checking out Nick's hot body. He's been workin' out and it shows.  Ow ow.

41.  Nick and I went surfing and that was SO much fun. I can definitely see how surfing could become addicting.

42.  Taking a canoe out to the middle of the ocean one morning with Nick and Briz and watching whales jump all over the place.  Also, spurring on Briz' obsession with whales and Shamu.  Seriously.  She won't stop talking about them.

As Brizzy says about every other day, "We miss you Hawaii.  We'll see you next time."


Carly said...

The picture of your mom with 2 pairs of glasses made me laugh so hard because my mom did the same thing until we made fun of her enough that she got prescription sunglasses.

Brizzy looks so beautiful in the first picture.

Sadie just came over and told me she wants to go with you next time.

Sierra said...

I'm glad you had a great time.
Still so jealous!!!

P.S. Brizzy looks like a little girl now! Ah! Tell her to stop growing up. Please and thank you.

Amander said...

Lex, that trip looks like SO much fun. I'm really (really, really, really) jealous.

Briz is such a little cutie. And you look beautiful (and amazing!).

Carri said...

Looks like it was so much fun! I am dying for Steve to take us to Hawaii! Your family is so cute, we have to meet up the next time you are in UT!

Garnerfam said...

I thought I had commented on this before, but I guess not. I just wante to tell you that you look amazing! What a wonderful trip you could spend together! I'm jealous too. :)