While Daddy was on leave and Jimmy was in school, we took the opportunity to take Joey to the beach. C'mon Daddy! Let's GO! We always take plenty of chip breaks in our swim time...
Most of you know about Mama recently finding some gray hairs on her head. I'm sure none of them have anything to do with this child who barrels juggernaut-style into waves as big as himself.
Daddy holds on tight!
Given that this trip was about a week after the full moon, there were jellyfish near shore... and where there's jellyfish, there's turtles. There were five or six swimming around within feet of the boys... If you go back and watch the video again, keep your eyes on the top left corner near the middle of the video and you'll spot a turtle coming up for a breather.
You may have to click on the picture to see it well, but there is a turtle at the boys' 11 o'clock.
Here is one just popping up for air, then it dove down and cruised under the oncoming surfboard.
This big guy was doing some surfing of his own. The crazy thing about the turtles is that if you are in the water, you can't see them until you are almost right on top of them, and if you are on shore you can see them clear as day! A good time was had by all.
Yeah yeah, I know "Talk Like a Pirate Day" was a few weeks ago, but thre you have it!
A trip to the blowhole with the boys is a fun time... This is the blowhole, just up from Sandy Beach, and it was a good windy day, so we saw some great blows! This is the blowhole in action... don't bother with the volume, all you'll hear is the wind.
There it is Daddy! Oh wait, it's over here...
Jimmy didn't feel like smiling, I think the wind blew it off his face.
The boys have a new favorite show and I am thanking my lucky stars for the geniuses at The Jim Henson Studio! The boys have discovered "Dinosaur Train" and I couldn't be happier! This show is awesome, mostly scientifically accurate with proper terminology and of course there is a train involved.
My explorers are just at the right age to be interested in dinosaurs and I was lamenting the fact that we lived in a part of the world where there were never any dinosaurs and so they are not included in any museum exhibit. Not a week after this thought passed through my brain the Bishop Museum opened a traveling dinosaurs exhibit. How's that for timing?!?
The first weekend we could we headed to the museum... Jimmy had to do extra chores all week for this big treat!
Here's Joey's favorite, the 'saurus REX! Jimmy liked the Triceratops.
Holy ghosts in the museum Batman! Amid the animated dinosaurs there were actual fossils. Jimmy had a bit of trouble grasping the concept that the fossils were actual pieces of dinosaurs (but he is only 4 after all!) and asked Mama about everything "Is it real?"
There was a hands on display where the boys got to brush off a fossil from a sand bed.
Then we took a break for lunch under the tree outside.
One more look at the Triceratops before we head to the discovery center.
The centerpiece of the Children's Discovery center is this 3 story tall volcano to explore. Complete with lava tube slide. Every boy took their turn coming down the slide.
And I mean every boy!
There was a button up near the top to make the volcano bubble and "erupt" but the boys passed it by. Mama liked playing Pele, though... must be a girl thing...
There was a dress up area, Jimmy was a wasp and then a snail... A fun time was had by all, the boys got to see the dinosaurs and everyone had a good nap afterward... A perfect day.