Every Shade of Blue

“Smell the sea and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.” -Van Morrison

We spent a few days during my October break in Hawaii this year with Ken’s family and as crazy as it can be traveling with a toddler, the experience was priceless. His excitement, his glee, his every step seemed to fill with boundless energy as he beelined for the beach, his family, and his Hawaiian treats. I decided to simply select all my favorites throughout our trip to journal out our adventure, instead of writing several posts at once. I think the pictures will do a fine job narrating our 5 days of bliss.

We were able to squeeze in so much, in so little time. We hit the food trucks, Matsumoto’s shaved ice, Pearl Harbor, all kinds of beaches, the Dole Plantation, and even Diamond Head. Let me just say, I always think I have a great idea when I decide to hike with Jude on my back, but hiking Diamond Head was a bit crazy. I can successfully say I made it to the top safely, but I don’t think I’ll ever hitch a kid onto my back for those stairs ever again. Once in a lifetime experience for sure. 😉 Aside from that, the food, the fresh tropical fruit, and the views were the perfect way to unwind after a crammed week filled with random car and household emergencies. Here’s to a whole lot of blue, Jude, and family!

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I Go Where You Go

“I sustain myself with the love of my family.” -Maya Angelou

I’ve been waiting for Pumpkin Patches to open up to bring Jude to for a little fun in the sun. It’s so different this year, now that he can walk…ok, let’s be honest…run everywhere he wants to. I loved watching him pull his red wagon everywhere. He was ready to have a meltdown when we had to leave. He definitely didn’t want to give it back. I also couldn’t believe how much Jude could pick up on his own! He was trying to hurl pumpkins into his wagon that were twice the size of his head. But if you were to ask me what the best part of the day was? It was trying to take all the kernels out of his skinny jeans, after swimming in the pool of kernels. Oh, the joys of being a parent!

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Happy Hallow for the Day

“You have filled my heart with greater joy.” -Psalm 4:7

On Monday, we celebrated my cousin’s birthday with a day at Happy Hallow Park. It was so special to return to a place where we used to visit when we weren’t much older than our sons. Some of the rides looked just like they did years ago. As our sons ran around us in circles chasing each other in and out through the old wooden doors, we just watched the two of them with pure delight. These boys continue to grant us glimpses into our own childhoods and that’s been a true gift each time we come together. I’m looking forward to more days like Monday because capturing these photos, reminds me of all our childhood adventures caught behind film. Can’t wait to meet the newest Kania baby in a couple months!

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