Well, since I don’t post much and now I have some time, I’ll post some pictures of our Christmas Break. We traveled A LOT. We left for Hawaii with Amber’s parents and brother on Dec. 14th, returned the 21st, went to Houston to see my family the 22nd, left Houston for Washington, D.C. to see Amber’s extended family on the 24th, left D.C. for Houston on the 29th and returned to Austin Dec. 30th…only to go back to Houston the next weekend.
Eli’s started to want his own chair on this trip…He was amazing on the airplane, for an 8 hour flight, he only slept an hour, but then spent the rest of the time entertaining everyone. He would walk up the aisle and hi-five people and then walk back down and do the same. It was all worth it though, so he could have his first view of the ocean…
Here’s a view for the rest of us from our room…
Eli’s decked out in his hawaiian gear and of course Thomas made the trip.
Our first experience with floaties…
…didn’t last very long.
The first adventure with sand was much more successful
Once we got him to stop throwing it, we couldn’t get him off of it.
A pale (it was the first day) Logan tries to show Eli the art of sand-castling
Eli and his belly loved the sand toys
We decided to explore the island hotels the next few days. What’s he pointing at you ask?
Penguins of course. Turns out the majority of penguins live in warm water climates…who knew…apparently the Hilton
Another key and exciting discovery was the belly button.
Seriously, it was a big hit…
In case you didn’t know, Hawaii is a 4-hour time change to Austin, which is easy to adjust to when you’re an adult, but not so much as kid. Eli enjoyed waking up at 4:30 in the morning, so there’s nothing better at 4:30 in Hawaii than a nice stroll around the hotel grouns before the Gentry nap at 7:30.
Eli wasn’t a fan of the Ocean, so we brought the ocean to him by digging a hole that could be filled up by a wave. He loved it.
And so did I, because then I could build a tunnel and yes I do realize I’m a nerdy, still pale, engineer.
Eli and I dug the hole every afternoon
In case you didn’t know, Hawaii is beautiful and this is not a postcard, this was 50′ from where we relaxed on the beach everyday.
The sunsets were cool too…
A lovely picture of the 4 of us (not seen: Baby G #2). Hawaii was a lot of fun, but we discovered vacation with a 15 month old is more work than expected, but very much worth it. Eli loved the beach, we loved relaxing there and the amazing views and food. Next up: Washington, D.C.