Sunday, November 22, 2009


Les and I spent the last 8 days in Hawaii with our good friends Dave and Heidi. It was fun, beautiful and very relaxing. We spent a ton of time in Lahaina where we stayed. We later found out that Lahaina means relentless sun which made sense since it was the one place where wind was not common. We took some risky roads to breathtaking views of the sunrise over Haleakala Crater and waterfalls just off the Road to Hana. Another day we took an ATV ride up the mountain through the red dirt where we slid down waterslides into a pond. I will never forget the snorkling. Les and I hadn't noticed how far out we were when the wind started and the waves picked up. We turned to head back, but as I went to adjust my goggles they broke in my hand. With salt water in my contacts and up my nose and waves pushing us out to sea Heidi willed me back to shore promising french fries and cheeseburgers. We tried a couple more times taking a boat ride to my favorite snorkle spot of the trip named turtle town. We got to snorkle just above these huge, interesting sea turtles which was really neat. We also tried riding the waves in on body boards where we were introduced to the "power flush" as Les called it. This is where the wave sucks you in shoving salt water and sand through your nose and out your mouth and sometimes the other was around. Of course we spent an evening at The Old Lahaina Luau and another enjoying a dinner cruise. There was shopping, a mani/pedi trip for Heidi and I and much, much more. We could hear the girls shrieking with joy as we walked up to the door at Diane's today to pick them up. I must have hugged and kisses them a thousand times today

------photos to come

Heidi and Dave,
We appreciate the friendship and jokes shared. Thanks for embarking on this adventure with us. We will be laughing about this for years to come.
Mom, Jose Ann and Diane,
Thanks for caring for our girls while we were gone so that we could have this experience.

-A couple more things to share..... Les and I celebrated our 6th anniversary on the Nov 14th. Les turned 28 yesterday and we were blessed with a healthy new nephew Thomas Jay (T.J.) yesterday as well. Congrats Jen and Brandon!


Alesha said...

What a memorable vacation! I LOVE Hawaii, can't wait to see more pictures! Also, congrats to Brandon and Jen on a healthy baby boy!

Melissa Badertscher said...

Sounds like you guys had a great trip! I bet the girls were so glad to see you. Pics look great!

heidihim said...

Thanks for taking us Valerie! Can i maybe steal those pictures from the luau? I'll give you guys all the ones i took too. Happy Thanksgiving!

Rachelle said...

Glad you enjoyed your long awaited trip! Happy anniversary and b-day. Glad Jen and Brandon had their little boy