Tuesday, October 27, 2015

It's All Down Hill From Here

50 Nifty United States...so for years, Travis and I have wanted to visit all 50 states.  For three years we have sat at 49.  Going to Hawaii with foster kids presents some challenges.  Basically for us, the planning factor is necessary, but being Resource Parents doesn't let you plan too far in advance because your family size and makeup is always changing.  After waiting for the perfect set of circumstances, we realized they were never going to come and instead we would need to make the hard decision to use RESPITE (glorified babysitting).  Something we haven't done before.  So we made the leap and bought plane tickets in the dead of winter, put deposits on the beach house in the Spring and all this as our family size and makeup continued to shift, change and grow.

I won't say there weren't some hiccups and hard feelings when it came time to use RESPITE, but as a mom and foster mom, you are constantly trying to balance out everyone's needs.  And I knew that my kids had been really patient these last three years with this.  So in early August, we made our way to Oahu.  It was gorgeous, everything of our dreams. And amazing as it is, I really just love such focused family time.  So we hiked, walked, explored, swam and toured our way around the island.  This is a small sample of our adventures.
Walking past the danger no passing sign, we hiked down this hillside and found lava caves to hike through.

Hawaii may have a stray cat problem.  After this day, early on, we were in hysterics every time we saw a cat.

Nu'uanu Pali look out Point

Dole Plantation Train

Lanakai Beaches

Laie Temple, Hawaii - Families Are Forever


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