HAWAII ALOHA!!! In the middle of July we got to visit Aunt Joan and Uncle Russle in Hilo. The best way to tour Hawaii is with a Kamaaina (someone who has lived in Hawaii for a long time) We did all sorts of things while we were there. We got to see downtown Hilo, were there was a statue of King Kamehameha, outrigger practices, beatiful parks, and a tree that showed how high some of the tsunamies had been. The Mauna Loa macadamia nut factory was interesting and we got to try different kinds of ice cream with macadamia nuts. YUMMMMMY!!!! On Saturday we got a little lost trying to find a place near the Captain Cook monument and ended up finding a guy rending out kayaks for real cheap so we ended up kayaking over to the monument and then snorkeling for a while. We saw many colorful fish and sea anemones. I even was a puffer fish. One day we toured Volcano National Park and although we never got to see any actual lava we saw very large crators and steam vents and even walked through a few lava tubes. Throughout the week we also swam in the Warm Pots (swimming area heated by lava further underground), saw sea turtles, went to a zoo, saw a few waterfalls, and helped my Aunt and Uncle take pictures for the speck home. We also sampled a variety of local types of fruit. We had Pineapple, papaya, mangoes, lychee, poha berries, and few others I can't think of at the moment. What a trip!!! We even got lucky enough to fly first class on our way home. The only downfall was that we were only able to bring Aubrey and not the other two kiddos with us. They got to stay at Grandma Fitzgerald's for the week. By the time we got home we were having so much fun going on all these vacations that we were not ready to return to work when we got back. James said it was the longest day of his life.
Wow! Life has been one big vacation here at the Mansius home. At the beginning of June my parents took all four of us kids and their families to Puerto Vallarta for a week. The next week after that James went to a real estate conference in Arizona so the kids and I decided to tag along. While we were there we got to visit Grandma and Grandpa Nelson, Aunt Kristy and Uncle Lorrin, Cressa, Uncle Danny and Aunt Lynn, and Cousin Cris and Kristen and their 3 kids. We got back on a Sunday and the following day James' mother came out to visit for a week to see Baby Aubrey along with Aunt Joan. During that week we went to Disneyland and Calico Ghost Town. Aunt Joan also offered to fly us out to her house for a week later that month. Her house just happens to be in Hawaii so we got to enjoy the beautiful view of Hilo, Hawaii for a week while spending time with her and her husband Russell. But I will save that trip for another post.
I have had this account for a while now and have never posted anything. So here I go. I should have posted a long time ago but I'm not very ggod at keeping these types of things up. Its not easy with three kids. This is going to be fun! Wish me luck!