Saturday, May 30, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
All things considered, I think we made the right choice in taking Dorian with us on the trip. There were times when it was inconvenient (mostly at 2 a.m. when he wasn't sleeping), but I think he needed to be with us this time. Next time....we'll see.
He did seem to grow up a lot on the trip. Here are some things Dorian learned while in Hawaii:
- he can sleep without being swaddled! yay! i am hoping that he will continue to get better at this. the time change, a different crib, an inconsistent nap schedule, and having to sleep in the same room with mom and dad all contributed to him getting about 10-12 total hours of daily sleep (including naps), rather than the 14-16 he was used to at home. so hopefully he'll be able to fall back into his old schedule, but without being swaddled.
- he has also learned to sleep better in random places, if i am holding him--we'll see if that translates into sleeping at church....
- he eats now! all the time. i feel like all i do is feed him. and he really prefers to eat whatever i'm eating. sometimes i can trick him into eating baby food if i feed it to him on real silverware. plastic baby spoons are for babies.
- he is learning to use his teeth. he can take bites of bananas, bread, french fries, sandwiches, crackers...
- he likes to play peekaboo with strangers, and thinks that every new person he sees is his new playmate...as long as he has a good hold on his mom.
- he got to know (great) grandma and grandpa well enough that he was okay hanging out with them sometimes while mom and dad went to play.
- he learned to drink from a straw.
- he is especially interested in doors and other things that open and close. he is figuring out how everything works.
- he has become way more opinionated and impatient than he used to be. he knows what he wants, and he makes it known when he doesn't get it.
- he knows when i put my fingers on the corners of his mouth and squeeze a little, he is supposed to stick out his tongue to show me what he is (or isn't) chewing on.
- he still loves Coldplay.
- he is still curious about everything and constantly getting into stuff.
- he still eats everything he finds on the floor, and bites mom when he is tired.
- he still likes to eat paper more than anything else.
- he still wants to play with dad's computer more than any other toy.
- he is still ticklish and thinks his dad is hilarious.
- he is still the sweetest little guy, a happy, adaptable baby who is sooo good all the time.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I took this picture from the restaurant at our hotel, where we ate dinner outside and watched the sun set. The patio was built over the water, so that we could watch turtles and eels in the water as we ate, and we even saw a whale in the distance for just a few moments.
The sand on this beach was completely black; it was beautiful.
We couldn't get too close to the live craters or lava flows, partly because much of the state park was closed due to bad air quality, and partly because we didn't do the long hikes that take you into those areas. We did take a short walk through some cool lava tubes. Russell made this scary face because it was kind of spooky in there, and then the double exposure made the picture even freakier. This looks out over a big crater, and you can see a smoking crater in the distance.. Thanks to Grandma and Grandpa's participation in a very long timeshare sales presentation, we got tickets to a great luau. Dorian got to sit at the head of the table. Russell was looking tan. Grandpa doesn't look that excited, but he really was enjoying himself. They cooked this pig underground and then we ate it. Dorian was enthralled by the performers. The firedancer was especially good. This is the last picture I took in Hawaii. The airport in Kona is completely open to the air. So there you go. We had a great trip. We are grateful to Russell's grandparents for making it possible and for showing us around. We will definitely go back again.
Monday, May 11, 2009
So anyway, I actually have a few more pictures from Kauai before I move on to the big island. This is at Lumahai Beach where the water was really too rough for swimming. You can see Russell standing down by the water in this picture, daring the waves to come and get him. After Lumahai we went down the road to Haena Beach, also known as Tunnels Beach. The waves were still pretty rough and not super friendly for swimming, but not dangerous like the ones at Lumahai. I tried for a few minutes, but gave up after I cleared out my sinuses with a nice dose of salt water. Russell was more persistent. These two pictures are of Russell getting almost smashed, and then totally swallowed up in the waves (he's in there, look closely). He loved it.
Monday, May 4, 2009
We are now on the big island of Hawaii for a few days before we come home. It is very voggy, and the black lava rocks everywhere are an interesting contrast to the jungle landscape of Kauai. I'm sure I'll have some pictures to post soon.