Hawaii 2011

We spent the first two weeks of December on the beautiful island of Maui.  It was a wonderful, busy-but-relaxing family get-away, and was a lot of fun!

The first week was colder, and the wind picked up in the afternoons, but the kids didn’t mind at all.  You see, we bought a week’s pass to the Maui Ocean Center, and the kids loved every minute we spent at the aquarium.

There is a tunnel through the shark and sting-ray tank, which is quite an experience.  As I was trying (unsuccessfully) to line up the kids for a photo in the tunnel, Aaron pointed to the biggest shark of all, and said, “Tiger Shark!”  I snapped the photo just in time to catch Micah’s reaction:

Micah, of course, took it upon himself to learn the names of as many fish as he could, and by the end of the week was acting as a tour guide for other visitors of the aquarium.  We took the video camera along, if you care to join him for a virtual tour: (warning: video is almost 10 minutes long.)

Our second week brought warmer weather, more beach time, and lots of snorkeling.

Micah’s new-found knowledge was great while we were snorkeling, because he knew the names of most of the fish we saw!  We went on one guided snorkel tour, and saw a humpback whale from the boat.  We also got to snorkel with giant green sea turtles – a definite first for me!  I never imagined I’d be ten feet away from a 450-lb turtle in the wild!

One of the most valuable things we brought home from the trip … and the thing which might, by itself, be worth every penny we spent … is the fact that Micah is now considering alternate career choices!  Our set-in-stone Paleontologist discovered that it’s fun to learn about living creatures, and is now talking about wanting to be a Marine Biologist, or a Snorkel/Scuba Tour Guide, or a Teacher, or own his own Aquarium … while maybe doing a little digging for fossils on the side.  Regardless, his parents are enjoying a much needed break from the non-stop dino and fossil talk around the house!

Oh … and Matthew spent the entire two weeks completely accident-free … plane rides, boat tours, car trips, swimming pools, exciting activities, and all … he told us “potty” when he needed to go, and that was that!

Advertisements

One thought on “Hawaii 2011

  1. Finally took the 10 minutes to get the tour. Wow! I love how he’s so expressive! He’s not just reciting information that fascinates him, but really wants his audience to be excited too. Love it! Great work putting it together, too!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s