|Ryan, me, Nate, Ashley, Derek, Alli, Tanner, Cole|
We had the best, most relaxing trip to Hawaii with Ryan's family! His parents are so generous and treated us all to the trip. It's been a long time since we've had a family vacation, and they had a lot to celebrate this year: their youngest, Tanner, graduated from high school; their next two, Ashley and Cole, graduated from BYU; their cutest, Ryan, graduated from dental school (and is on his way to becoming a dad!); and their oldest, Derek, got an awesome job as an engineer and is seriously dating an awesome girl named Ali (who came on the trip).
Highlights of the trip included:
*a "gratitude" theme. Sally told us about the theme the first day and shared some of her thoughts about the importance of gratitude. She gave each of us a gratitude journal to record our blessings during the trip. Each subsequent day, a different person gave a morning devotional about some aspect of gratitude, and in the evening, we all got together and shared something we were grateful for from the day. This theme really added a special closeness to the trip.
*snorkeling and coming face-to-face with a gigantic sea turtle. (It was cool but a little frightening. I was afraid he would bite me. I have a phobia of sea creatures.)
*listening to Rooster Country in the car.
*buying ice cream from the most intense/craziest ice cream man on the planet. That guy took his job seriously.
*lounging on the beach and reading books. It has been so long since I've allowed myself to read for fun. I read The Help and really enjoyed it.
*hiking to waterfalls, kayaking down a river, and other adventures.
I'm going to let the photos do the rest of the talking. But first, a special appearance by Dr. Nielson, showing off his hack-y-sack and dancing skills. (Be forewarned, I sound like an annoying mom interviewing my kid in this video.):
My husband is a dare devil:
|Black flip off a rope swing|
|Back flip off a waterfall|
|Though I am not pictured, I too jumped off this waterfall and also did the rope swing...but I did not do a back flip.|
We climbed to new heights as a family (okay, that was just corny):
We saw beautiful scenery:
We went on adventures:
We had a ton of fun with Ryan's siblings whom we don't see enough:
|The Tan Man|
|Brother Cole (and Sally)|
|Ashley and her husband Nate|
|"Glamour shots" after church|
|Are we cute or what? (Yes, we are all adults.)|
Mahalo, Sally and Gordon, for the trip of a lifetime!! We love you!