S: Hawaii (Big Island) - Dec 27, 2011-Jan 5, 2012
3: On December 27th, 2011 (Grammie's 70th Birthday!), the four of us flew to Kona, Hawaii. This trip was originally planned for Easter '11, but was delayed because of Alex's diagnosis and treatment. The boys had been asking to go back to the Hilton Waikoloa where they had been in five years earlier and had always remembered and talked about the mini-golf course that is right on the hotel property. We had planned to stay half our time at the Hilton Waikoloa and the half at the Marriott Waikoloa.... but ended up moving around and staying in five different hotels. This trip was beyond perfect. It was truly one of the best trips of our lives, for so many reasons. We had beautiful weather from start to finish. We had much needed (and warranted) uninterrupted, family time together. It was a healing, rejuvenating and blissful respite. We enjoyed every moment together, playing Phase 10. playing in the pools and beaches, trying new things together, and generally being a family. It was a trip without cares and worries. It was a trip to forget about the hard times and focus on the good times. It was a trip of a lifetime.
16: Mama | and her boys
20: Beach Discovery
21: Yes, that's Daddy & Alex!
23: Look who are | in the | and
26: Boys swimming underwater!
32: Rock Climbing!
36: Family Tennis (?!)
37: Balls delivered back to us from Tom Watson, who was playing in the court next to us, where our balls kept landing!
39: Boys in Trees!
56: Same hotel five years earlier... 2006 vs. 2011
63: with the Underwater Camera!
64: The boys made up pool-themed Survivor challenges!
66: New Year's Eve Sunset
72: Indian Myna | Japanese White Eye | eating from Daddy's hand | Mongoose | Ruddy Turnstone | House Sparrow
73: Gray Francolin | Pacific Golden Plover | Yellow-Billed Cardinal | Zebra Dove | Sanderling
76: We have so much to be | and | for....
77: December 27th, 2011
78: Kauai | Oahu | The Hawaiian Islands | Lanai | Maui | Hawaii | Molokai | Kaho'olawe | Niihau | And our five hotels...!
79: Hilton Waikoloa | Marriott Waikoloa | Four Season Hualalai | Marriott Courtyard Kamahamea | Sheraton Keauhou | Hawaii