Day 2 started a little earlier than we might have liked. The kids' internal alarms seemed to be in sync with each other and they were all wide awake around 4:30 or 5. Luckily they all eventually went back to sleep.
Then we loaded in the car for a day full of fun. Up first was the Kilauea lighthouse. Melanie assured us we would see whales here. ;) For awhile there we were pretty sure we weren't going to be so lucky but eventually we did spot some. Whale watching was particularly frustrating for Tatum. And when Tatum gets frustrated...well, it ain't pretty. :) Miraculously she finally saw one and then she knew what she was really looking for and it went much better from then on.
Not the most impressive but these are the only whales I managed to get on camera.
Check out that crusty look on Declan's face. He sure knows how to be dramatic.
With our tummies full and satisfied we headed to Hanalei Bay. This was probably my favorite time at the beach. It was warm but overcast which made me a little more at ease about Emry's poor little baby skin. The sand was perfect for sand castles so the kids were in heaven. And the waves were the perfect intensity for our little family.
We forced Declan to join us in the water and hang out on the boogie board. He was incredibly nervous at first but it didn't take him long to warm up to it and really enjoy it.
It was a little warm so Emry got to hang out in her diaper. My only regret from our time at Hanalei is that I didn't get a chance to boogie board with Brennan. I had to feed Emry on the beach in my bathing suit and she took forever and had a hard time calming down afterward. By the time she did it was time to get going. Bummer.
On the way we stopped by Melanie's favorite beach, Lumaha'i. The waves can be pretty huge here so we weren't stopping to get in the water, just to enjoy the waves. They were impressive.
I found myself trying to take pictures of the beauty passing me by from the car. Of course, they mostly didn't turn out. But I had to try! It was all so beautiful! And it was worth it for this one shot that did turn out. I love it.
For the entire week I rode in the backseat with the kids. I was trying to give Brennan more of an opportunity to visit with his parents and I also thought I'd be a little better at controlling the crazy. But I definitely started to go a little crazy. I heard Five Little Ducks more times than any human ever should. And they could never finish it. They would get to two or one ducks and then "forget" ;) what number they were on and start over at five. Nooooooo! Haha.
Declan fell asleep after that stop and before the pigs, the event he had been waiting for all day.
I love this picture of my not-so-little little girl.
Our last stop for the day was Bubba's Burgers for some dinner. Then we headed home to shower and go to bed. I love the feeling at the end of a day that you spent out in the sun. It's just the right kind of exhausted in my opinion. We had a full day of fun and sun and making memories together and that's pretty much the best.