Monday, August 22, 2016

The 1st Day of School

Today was a pretty big day in the Lemons' household.

This little guy started preschool today!  He has been talking about going to school for weeks now, so he woke up and immediately wanted to get dressed in his school clothes :)))
 And Joelle is officially a 2nd Grader.  I can't even believe that my baby girl is old enough to be in 2nd grade!!!
 They were both all smiles before the day began.
 When we got to school Joelle caught a little nervous bug.  She was worried about little brother's first day of school, ha!
 Seriously though... sometimes I look at her and I see how much she's grown in such a short time.  Other times I see pictures like the one below and those chubby cheeks and innocent smile remind me of that sweet Congo baby that came home 3 1/2 years ago!!!
 At her desk ready to go!!!
Little Man also started PreSchool...
 We looked around the classroom for a little bit...
 But he was ready to sit with the other kids and start coloring!  We snuck out before he could see the tears fill my eyes, ha!  He had a really good day... with a few tears around nap time.  We are hoping for NO tears tomorrow :)))
We are so thankful for the teachers that care for our children all day.  Praying for our little loves to shine the light of Jesus to those they encounter throughout the year.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Our Last Days!

On Thursday morning we woke up early to go to Slappy Cakes for breakfast.  We had gone earlier in the trip, but Joelle insisted we go back!
 She loves it because you make your own pancakes.  We love it because it's entertaining and delicious!
 After breakfast we headed to the beach before we got dumped on with quite a bit of rain!
 After a little pool and nap time we got dressed up and ready for dinner :)
Isn't Joelle's bow just to die for?!  It's my favorite!  You can find all of the bows we buy at One Stop Bow Shop!

 To be honest, the reason we chose this particular restaurant is because of the dessert.  We've had #allthesweets this week, that's for sure!  Duke's Hula Pie is definitely worth it!
 The waitress was a little shocked that we wanted two of them.  It's kind of embarrassing that we pretty much ate all of both, ha!
 After dinner we saw the most beautiful rainbow reminding us of God's promises and blessings.
The next morning (today) we woke up pretty early to eat breakfast at The Gazebo... best pancakes and fried breakfast rice ever!
While eating we got the call that our flight has been cancelled, so our travel plans have changed quite a bit.  We are currently working on a way to get home ASAP!  We love Hawaii, but when it's time to go... it's time to go!!!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Beach Days

On Hope and Wade's last beach day we found the perfect spot.  We could plop our chairs in the grass while the kids played in the sand.  No sand all over my body=perfection in my eyes!
 We found our way back to the same beach the next day so that this little guy could play in the sand...
While these two went scuba diving!
Give the kid a bag of toys and a large area of sand and he will be set for hours!!!
I had to get a pic with the cutie in his shades and hat :)
While we were beach bummin' it up Joelle saw all kinds of cool things in the ocean.  Look at this starfish she found!!!
Just the best of buddies!
With the treasures she found...
After our afternoon nap and shower we got ready to go to Front Street for a little shopping and dinner.  We at at Cheeseburger in Paradise and had beautiful views of the ocean :)
 Then we stopped by Ululanis for shaved ice.  Orange is their favorite, that's for sure!!!
Only one more night and then it's back to reality!  We sure have enjoyed our family vacay and hate to see it come to an end.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Road to Hana

Saturday was the big day... The Road to Hana!  Jared and I made this journey a few years ago and I had a lot of car anxiety (for the first time ever).  I was NOT looking forward to it this year, but decided that it's just something we had to do over again so that the kids could see all of the different stops.  Jared planned for us to stay in Hana for the night to break up the drive, and that just made the PERFECT trip.  

We started out in Paia and had lunch at the Flatbread Company.  Their pizza and desserts are to die for!  We did a bit of shopping and headed out to Ho'okipa Beach where we saw....

A HAWAIIAN MONK SEAL... SAY WHAT??!!!  Yes, it's true!  There she was just taking a break on the beach while basking in the sun.  Isn't that fabulous?!
Not going to lie... at first I thought she may not be alive because it looked a little strange and I've NEVER seen anything like it.  Apparently she has been coming up to this particular beach lately to rest.  Sister has had 12 babies in 19 years so she deserves that nap.
On the other side of the beach there were turtles resting on the beach.  It was double the blessing!
We love to swim with the turtles, but seeing them while staying dry... that's extra fun!
I mean, seriously, look how huge!!!

After watching the seal and sea turtle we started on our journey to Hana.  The scenery was just breathtaking.  
We made lots of stops, but while the drive was much more pleasant than last time, I was still a bit too nervous to be handling the camera!  Our last stop was Waianapanapa Beach.  The kids LOVED it!
The black "sand" beach is just beautiful!
Of course we had to touch it the entire time :)
They were covered in it after only three minutes, ha!
It was a long, curvy trip but so worth it!!!
After staying a night in Hana at Travaasa... unplugging and relaxing, we made the trek back.  This time it did take a little toll on the tummies, so 4 out of 6 of us were utilizing our dramamine stash!  The kids got in a good nap and woke up on the beach just in time to see the turtles again.  We just knew we had to stop back by our turtle haven before heading back to the condo!
And it didn't disappoint!  This time we got to watch the turtles make their way onto the beach.  There were four of them by the time we left!
These two could seriously watch this all day long!
"Mama, look!  Turtle!  Dat's Israel's turtle!"
So incredible!
Definitely memories that will last a lifetime!