Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Iowan's Unite!

We spent the afternoon with the Moore family, who are from Iowa. Tom Moore was Nick's high school football coach. He and his wife Jewel and their three kids; Kaitlyn, 18, Lauren & Thomas, 16, came out to Hawaii for just under 2 weeks for vacation.

We rented a pontoon boat and took them out to the sandbar in Kaneohe Bay.

We missed the low tide, so the water was about a foot deep already. But it was warm and the depth didn't stop us from getting in the water and hanging out. We even brought some fishing poles for the kids, but they didn't have much luck. The Moore's did a lot of snorkeling, and saw TONS of fish.

I brought McKenzie's digital camera, since it is easier to haul around then my big one, but when I took it out to snap a few pictures, it was low battery. Ugh! So no pictures from that outing, sorry!

Addison wore her new swimming suit. It was so cute. I took her out in the water, and dipped her in up to her chest, and she loved it. She sang, and grunted and had a ball! And of course, she fell asleep on the ride back to the dock.

When we first arrived, the water was thigh deep to trevor, and later on it got to be chest high. He had been in the boat a while eating snacks and decided to jump back in the water. Well, during that time, the water had risen a little, and he jumped into chest high water. He was a little startled by that, but he adjusted well after a few tears. He walked around, searched for coral and shells, and sat up in the pontoon and looked down at the numerous schools of minnow fish swarming all around us.

McKenzie was in the water quite a bit too, but the majority of her time was spent on the back of the boat fishing. She is a true fisher(wo)man. She is also a great Portuguese Manowar catcher. As the tide rose, we had to be on the watch for these beautiful blue stingers! We spotted at least 4. Kenzie scooped them up with her bucket and threw them out the back of the boat into the deep water. They were no longer than your little finger, but we didn't want to find out how little their stings were either. Here is a pic I found on the internet to show you what we saw in the water. They are like little jelly fish. They are a brilliant blue.We did get a little rain at one point, but most of us were already wet, so it didn't bother us too much.

When we arrived back at the house, we grilled burgers and had some more former Iowan's come over to join us! Old friends Zack and Sara Smith came over with Zack's wife, Toni and their son Tanner (10), and little BJ (4), Sara's friend's son. The kids had a blast, and so did we!

The Moore's had to head to the airport soon after supper, so we visited with the Smith's a while before calling it a day. We vowed to get together more often with them, as we have been on the same island for over 4 years and have only gotten together, maybe 4 times?! We know... we are pathetic.

It was an exhausting day, but well worth it! It was so fun to spend time with everyone. Sorry I didn't have any pictures today. Just words.

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