We're back! And it was quite a trip!

You forget how long/arduous these trips are when you tack on a seven hour car ride before and after the actual thing but we still managed to have a great time.

I won't go into all the gruesome details as a trip with this many people is bound to have but here are a few of the highlights (okay, and a few lowlights):
  • Playing with the kids on the beach (Henry loved the waves -- phew! That could have been a long trip otherwise.)
  • The Halloween Parade in Lahaina (We had so much fun! Our kids looked adorable in their costumes, the Air Force Band was rockin', and the people were skanky -- what more could you ask for?)
  • Blair's belated birthday dinner at Outback Steakhouse (I don't know what was best about this night -- Blair and Spencer's jokes, people blatantly gawking at our table of 18 peeps, Max throwing up, or Henry pooping his pants under the table. Sigh. I'm afraid that last one is sad but true. Obviously, we have yet to totally master the pooping part of potty training.)
  • Going to bed at 8:30 p.m. and waking up at 6 a.m. (Gotta love the time change)
  • Eating, eating, and more eating (I figure I almost gained the whopping five pounds I lost for this trip. Don't knock it -- that was a hard five pounds!)
  • 5 of the 8 kids coming down with wicked fevers two days before coming home (It started with Kate, then Ava, then Ezra, then Henry, and then wee Ruby bit the dust. Flying the red-eye home -- on a PACKED flight -- with a delirious Henry and a lethargic Ruby was awesome!)
  • Laying in bed texting Blair at 6 a.m. (It was our first morning there and I woke up before my kids so I started texting Blair, who is the earliest bird I know, who was staying at another hotel that first night. The higlight was one of his texts, he said: Kim's not quite awake yet. I want to go down for a long walk on the beach. I love those. That's why I'm such a great catch. Oh Blair, maybe we ought to talk to Kim and find out how great of catch you really are. I think most women like long walks on the beach at sunset, not sunrise.
And just a few video highlights for those of you out there with almost as much time on your hands as me (p.s. my video quality is not great and uploading it made it even worse but heck, it'll have to do):

Ruby Hanging Out on Kaanapali Beach

Bathtub Nose Pickin'
(Have you ever tried to have a conversation with someone when an 11 month old is picking your nose? Well, Henry has. And boy it doesn't look easy!)

Halloween Henry and Ava Gettin Their Grooves On


Adrienne said...

Cute pics...I loved the one of Blair with Ruby's witch headband on. It was another trip for the memories and scrapbooks, but yes, let's not do that again. Which I'm sure we won't want to because we are only going to have more kids from here on out....and we would have to be insane to try it alone with more than 2 kids!

No offense to brag or anything, but you made it so much fun for me. At least we were in it together...and in our own way, I think we have the same bond that the boys do--we sure can laugh!

And the craziest part, I leave to Utah a week from Friday! Seriously, too bad I can't just stay packed...can we wear shorts and tank tops in Utah in November? :)

ali degraff said...

I'm sorry. Two images have merged into one and all I am imagining is a Greek God pooping under the table at Outback.

I am so impressed you all made it home sane and alive!

Robyn said...

Hey!!!! I found your blog, and am so happy to see your cute family! You look like you are doing great. Thanks for letting me peek in on you.... Robyn

Wendy said...

I'm glad you survived. Sick kids and traveling is the worst. Looks like you guys got good weather though.

I tagged you. See my blog :)


Two Ladies and No Baby said...

Since you probably check this more than your texts or phone I am leaving this message here. We are going to the cabin this weekend, Kate, Me, and a couple of friends. You guys are welcome to come. I realize Hawaii probably drained you from all vacationing for a while but the offer is on the table.
Don't you go dyin on me.
P.S. the movies were a-dorablae

Celia and Scott said...

Well Ali, sanity is a very relative term.

Cody and Nikell said...

Henry has some stellar dance moves! I love the movie clips, Ruby's clapping mostly. It looks like you had a good time. Oh I wish I was in Hawaii!

Kim said...

Oh quit bragging A! j/k Okay, that pic of naked Henny with the apple is hilarious! Despite how difficult things got at times, I'm seriously glad that you and Adrienne came. It wouldn't have been near as fun and adventurous without you.