Family Friday: May 23

We have had an enjoyable and relaxing week!  Johnnie took time off work to spend with us and his visiting family!

We didn't have any big plans for the week so we spent a lot of time here at the house.  But when you live on the beach, there are not many reasons to go elsewhere!  The weather has been great (though a little hot at times) and ocean has been extremely calm.  When the water is calm, a lot of people come out to swim, kayak, paddle board, and fish.  Johnnie and his dad enjoyed an evening out on a two-person kayak this week.

Johnnie's family spent a morning at Shark's Cove doing some snorkeling and scuba diving.  We joined them afterwards for lunch at the Shark's Cove Grill across the street from the cove.  There wasn't very many people there but there was a wild chicken running around that CC loved chasing after!

There was a little curly haired boy running around hitting everything (his mother was doing nothing to stop him) and while we were eating, he came up behind CC and whacked her on the head!  Of course his mother came over and apologized.  She tried to get him to say he was sorry and made the excuses that he was a "free spirit" and "he's not quite 2 yet".  Really?  Because CC is the same age and we don't let her go around hitting things and people.  This is the second time I have heard people here blame their children's bad behavior on being a "free-spirited North Shore baby."  As if living on the North Shore is a valid excuse for letting your children act however they want in public.

Johnnie and his family spent an afternoon at the nearby Waimea Valley.  CC had a blast running everywhere and exploring before passing out in the stroller for a while.  I enjoyed time alone at home (which is a rare treat) and got caught up on some things.

We also all took a day trip over to Kailua this week which is as least an hour drive with no traffic.  CC slept the entire way there and the entire way home (which took us over an hour and half with some traffic).

First we stopped at the The Food Company for lunch - it was a small place but had pretty amazing food!  Afterwards we went to Kailua Beach Park and enjoyed the baby powder sand and clear turquoise water for a few hours.

CC had so much fun running around the beach and playing in the sand.  She loves to destroy the sand castles we make :)

I certainly enjoyed sitting with my toes in the soft sand.  I was able to relax a little (and even close my eyes for a while) since Johnnie's parents were there to help watch CC.  We spent a little time in the water but mostly just relaxed on the beach.

If you notice, we went through two bathing suit changes for CC during the day - thank goodness I was prepared!  Swimming diapers are meant to contain, not to absorb, which makes things extra messy.

Johnnie went kayaking with his sister and her boyfriend out to the Mokulua Islands.  They were gone for a couple hours since they got out and explored one of the islands.  I love our beach on the North Shore but the east side of the island is pretty spectacular and always a great place to spend the day!

"A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in."
~ Robert Orben


  1. So sorry to hear that CC was konked on the head by a naughty boy! Seems where ever you go there is an excuse for a child's "free spirit" behavior - one even told me he was a West Seattle free spirit. lol

    1. LOL - West Seattle free spirit! Then at least it won't be a shock when we move there someday after living here :)

  2. So jealous of your beach living!! :) I agree about the poor parenting...we have plenty of parents here in Tennessee that make excuses for their kids' bad behavior. I'm constantly amazed, even after 7 years of parenting, at what parents will allow these days. And I noticed your comment about the swim diapers. We use and love iplay reusable swim diapers. I got our on amazon for less than $10 each, and they are water proof, so they keep the mess contained and the swim suit stays clean and dry. And as much as we go to the pool, I know I save money. And they have both plain white and cute patterns. Just thought I'd share, in case you had never heard of them!

    1. Thanks Brandi! I will absolutely look into the iplay reusable swim diapers! :)