Adjusting to 'island time' very nicely

Trip Start Sep 16, 2011
Trip End Nov 20, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Hawaii
Monday, October 31, 2011

As it starts this I am wondering how much we have to say today. It was very much a lazy beach day! I have a feeling we'll be having a few of them....

First thing, cereal for breakfast and Elwood chatted and was charming throughout.  It rains briefly over breakfast and my shutterbug husband leaps to the window to see if there is a rainbow.  He is rewarded with the most magnificent rainbow.  We can see the full semi circle and it is glowing where it meets the water.  It is breathtaking.  If feels like Hawaii is laying on all the charms for us!

We faffed for a bit and then we plonked ourselves on the beach.  Elwood explored the rocks and jumped waves.  A lifeguard from another beach came down and closed off part of the beach, with something like police tape (you know, do not cross the line).  Apparently there is a deceptive rip on some days, which can take you to a big pile of rocks, so they tape up part of the beach and just leave the safe bit untaped

After quite a while, I feel like my back is burning and it is really too hot for Woody to stay out, so we come back in.  We are starving, so make a sandwich and then look at the clock, it is 10.30am.  We have absolutely no concept of time here and this sea air is making us constantly hungry.

And the sweat!  I would not normally be so indiscreet but it is shocking how much one sweat’s in Hawaii.  It is certainly hot, but not off the scale hot.  But the air is so dense it is unbelievable.  It is like you can feel the moisture in the air all around you and the air feels so thick, like you might be able to grab a handful of it.  The upshot of this, is that from 7am-7pm all 3 of us are covered all over in a thin, glistening layer of sweat, what I am now calling 'healthy glow’.  There is little relief when you get in the shower, as it is impossible to get dry, as you just start sweating all over again.  I guess this is a small price to pay for being in what can only be described as paradise!

We are desperate for Woody to sleep today so he can stay awake for dinner and is pleasant.  So we revert to that time old parent trick – we go for a drive.  We drive North to Sunset Beach, and then south to Waimea Bay and then onto the Old Town of Hale’iwa.  Well, we were captivated.  It is exactly like the Hawaii in our minds.  Stunning coast, palm trees, humble homes, fruit sellers by the side of the road, farms, dramatic mountains – we are just so in love with Hawaii – it is amazing!  We did not stop this time but Waimea Bay looks phenomenal and Hale’iwa looks wonderful.  Lots of stalls, some restaurants and from what I could tell, some clothes shops that are almost certainly going to cause a problem with our finances.  The whole town looks amazing and I cannot wait to go back.  We pass so many perfect beaches it feels implausable.

We also pass lots of Hawaiian green turtles on the beach and stop to take some snaps.  Just when you think Hawaii cannot get any better, it does – happy days.

We call in at a shop and buy some chocolate covered macadamia nuts – and monster them up in a heartbeat.  By some miracle, Elwood stays asleep and Noah and I try to get our life in order.  Ha!  The conversation almost does not happen and we get distracted and talk about tattoos and if we should get them in Hawaii.  In an unexpected show of sensibleness Noah reminds me of the budget and we can that idea.  We then discuss if anyone who grows up on Hawaii becomes an accountant.  We decide that they do not, it could not be possible.

We each write our ‘to do’ list which involves quite big things like; find a house, find a job and find a school for Elwood and somehow manage not to feel daunted.  We have got what we have to do for the next 2 evenings, sorted – if only we manage to stay awake.  We are also trying to work out the big picture for us and how we afford this.  The picture at the moment is a little fuzzy – it needs some tuning.  One thing is for sure, we are super excited to be heading back to oz.  We are loving the sunshine and beach so much, we almost feel sort of addicted to it!

When Woody wakes we head back to Sunset beach to watch a surfing competition.  This is quite cool, great atmosphere and actually quite exciting.  We make Elwood a boat out of sand (sort off)  and then head back to ‘our beach’ for a splash.

Noah gets a boogie board from the backpacks and Elwood attempt to slide down the sand on it like we saw some kids doing yesterday. They just really paddle in the water as it is quite rough.  This is more than enough for Woody , he runs back and forth and is being dragged around by Noah on the boogie board.  We play on the beach for ages with Elwood’s animal figures and watch a boxer dog play Frisbee in the monster waves.  Elwood is so happy and laughs his head off easily.  It is a beautiful sound, from  a beautiful face.  And we are sitting on the beach as the sun is going down.  Hooray for island life.

Back at home, I rustle up some dinner and sweat some more.  We managed to feed Woody before he fell asleep so our parenting has moved on a step since yesterday.  We play and watch some TV and then Elwood asks to go to bed.  I lie down with him and we both fall asleep.  Noah tries to wake me but I am not playing ball.  Later I wake up, and Noah is asleep with his laptop.  I try and wake him and now he is not playing ball.  I am sure we could achieve greatness if only we could stay awake.

And then, what do you know, aided by coffee and snacks we are both awake. It is 10.30pm and are limping towards a second wind.  Wish us luck (and send us deodorant)!  Much love xxxx
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