Archive for August, 2014

Circus camp and Jumping

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Ella had a great week at circus camp and then had a great weekend with her cousins Georgia and Bronwen.  They had a sleep over on Friday night and we all went to the House of Air on Saturday.  I have made 2 small movies that show some of the fun.  Enjoy!

Photos will be posted tomorrow. 

Continuation of Ella’s most excellent summer!

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Since coming home from Hawaii, Ella has been to soccer camp, tennis/swimming/skateboard camp and now she is in circus camp.  Our cousins Georgia and Bronwen are visiting from NY and we already had a really fun dinner together.  They are going to sleep over this weekend.  Ella has spent a lot of time with Stella and Juliet (who are now in Hawaii) and who also moved to another apartment across the street.  I don’t thing it has sunk in for any of us, but the Kim/Arena clan are no longer our next door neighbors.  With them being across the street, it will help with the adjustment for the next year until they move into their new home.  We will be having many Friday night movie nights together this year!  Ella also spent a few hours with me at work on Sunday.  She brought her Heeleys and had a lot of fun skating around the hallways at my school.  Notice in the video that while Ella was having a blast, the school is kind of falling apart.  We never got the opportunity to watch Ella at tennis camp so I never got any pictures there.  Today, I picked Ella up from Circus Camp and she showed off her skills on the stilts.  That is also in the video.

110.jpg Ella before soccer camp.

210.jpg Beyonce and Jay-Z had 2 concerts at AT&T Park.  Here we are taking a walk around the park and listening to the show.

310.jpg410.jpg510.jpg Ella and her cousins!  She loves hanging to with them.  Georgia was cracking Ella up!

610.jpg Heading over to our first ballgame in a while.  Giants came back from a 1 – 5 score and won 6-5!

72.jpg A shot of my classroom that Ella helped me set up.

91.jpg101.jpg Fun at Circus Camp.

Fantastic trip to Kauai

Friday, August 8th, 2014

We had a wonderful family trip to Hawaii…12 days in paradise.  It was completely relaxing and beautiful and we had a lot of fun.  I have a lot of pics to post so I will do a little narration as I go along.

1.jpg First shot of Ella in the pool.

2.jpg3.jpg The first beach that we went to was the beach at the St. Regis hotel.  It is a sweet little beach with pretty good snorkeling.  See for yourself…

4.jpg5.jpg6.jpg7.jpg Here are some of the shots that we took with our new under water camera.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell what your are getting pictures of, but we did a pretty good job.

8.jpg A little chess after snorkeling.

9.jpg One of the many trips to the shave ice places.

10.jpg11.jpg12.jpg There was an arts festival in Kilauea on Saturday night.  Sunny and Ella both got henna tattoos.

13.jpg14.jpg15.jpg16.jpg17.jpg18.jpg These were taken at Lydgate Beach.  We are in one of the manmade enclosed ponds.  The rocks keep the big waves from coming in.  There is decent snorkeling and great safe swimming.

19.jpg20.jpg21.jpg24.jpg26.jpg22.jpg23.jpg27.jpg25.jpg These shots were taken at Anini beach.  We didn’t go in the water too much at this beach.  It was a great day to fly a kite and walk around the beach looking for crabs and shells though.

28.jpgAnother shave ice.

29.jpg30.jpg31.jpg Ella still had fun in the kiddie pool at our hotel.

32.jpg33.jpg I’m not sure which beach this is, but it was a new one for us and we had a lot of fun here.

34.jpg35.jpg This was by far the best shave ice we have ever had.  The line was an hour long and it was worth the wait.  I had mango, Ella had hibiscus and Sunny had green tea.

36.jpgThis is Ella at Ke’e beach.  This beach is great for snorkeling.  I went out to snorkel while Ella and mommy were setting up the tent.  The first thing that I was was this…

37.jpg38.jpg My luck!  I saw this eel.  I wanted to throw up but I decided to be brave and take a picture.  I am happy that I did.  Here are some other great shots from our day at Ke’e beach.

39.jpg40.jpg41.jpg42.jpg43.jpg44.jpg45.jpg46.jpg47.jpg48.jpg49.jpg This is a beautiful spot in paradise.

50.jpg51.jpg52.jpg Nothing says vacation more than playing mimi golf in a botanical garden!

53.jpgBelieve it or not, this was the only rainbow that we was the entire time that we were away!  We usually see at least three.  It was a lot less rainy than it usually is.

54.jpg This goose would come visit us on our deck from time to time.

55.jpg56.jpg57.jpg On August 2, there was a sand sculpture contest at Hanalei Bay.  It was so cool to watch the people build their creations.

58.jpg This is a shot that I took from a much more quiet part of the beach.

59.jpg Beautiful Ella on the bay.

60.jpg61.jpg62.jpg63.jpg64.jpg On Saturday night, we had dinner at the Tavern which is a restaurant in the Princeville clubhouse.  We had a great dinner and the views were wonderful, especially at sunset.  Ella took most of the pics here.

65.jpgFor our last day, we wanted to go to Tunnels but when we got there, there was a paddle board race and a sleeping seal on the beach.  We weren’t allowed to go in the water near the seal.  It was really cute but we decided to go back to Ke’s.

66.jpg Sweet seal!

67.jpg68.jpg69.jpg70.jpg71.jpg A perfect way to end our trip – a beautiful day at Ke’e beach!