as i mentioned before on my blog, my sister and younger brother both came out for a visit in the middle of august. malia for 2 weeks and kawika for 4 days. it was such a blast to have them visit! i made sure that we had plenty of fun activities planned while they both were here.
the first day after kawika (my brother) got here, the breaks on my car went out so we were carless for that day. so, we made the best of it and took a walk to nani's elementary school to play on the toys.
the next morning, we woke up very early and, after dropping all the kids off at bridget's house and jumping into the ball's car, we headed to the river for a rafting trip! unfortunately, we didn't have a waterproof camera with us and didn't get any pictures, but it was a great trip. some of us got a bit banged up on the rocks as we went down the natural waterslides that suck you under and spit you out, but even still we kept going back for more!
if you want to see the proofs of the pictures the professional photography companies took of us on the river go here and (scroll thru pictures 155 to 161; oak springs rapid) here and (scroll thru pictures 136 to 143; wapinitia rapid) here (scroll thru pictures 86 to 89; boxcar rapid).
on the way home we stopped off at multnomah falls because kawika and malia had never seen it before.
they were pretty impressed!
although, they did have a run in with the "photo terrorist", aka andy ball!
they got a little thirsty from being on the river all day, so they took a sip!
we were wiped out after that long day, but it didn't stop us from getting up early the next morning to head to another river. this time on dustin's wakeboarding boat.
even this little one got on the skurfboard. she loved it so much that when uncle kawika wanted a turn and kicked her off she was NOT happy!!
she is a little waterbaby! she wasn't phased by the cold temperature of the water! anytime the boat was not moving she would be doing this:
and kept asking for more!
lala even asked to go wakeboarding, too, but this was about as far as she got.
nani took her job as "flag girl" very seriously! and she did an excellent job, i might add. no one from our boat got ran over!
the love of my life with our three lovely ladies.
i don't know about you, but i would venture to say by the looks on their faces that these girls had a great time!
yep! this is a sure sign of a great time had, wouldn't you agree?
if that wasn't enough to wear everyone out, as soon as we made it home from the river (about 2:30), everyone headed off for some rock climbing (everyone, that is, but me and the baby because it was nap time! whew! good thing, because i was all tuckered out!)
nani and lala even climbed for their first time! nani in her crocs and lala, of course, barefoot (sounds painful to me)!
wow! that sure was a lot to cram into three days, wouldn't you say? but man, it was worth it! i missed out on the rock climbing (bummer) but all that we did together sure was a great way to spend time with my little bro and sis!
kawika left the next day, so before we went to bed that night we HAD to play a few games of this:
okay, now i am thoroughly worn out! i'm going to bed!
*most pictures are courtesy of my sister malia. she's an awesome photographer!