Kate filmed this YouTube video and its finally out now! Click here to watch.
We spent the day at Volcano National Park Lava arch
The girls went exploring. Thurston lava tube volcano crater had flowing lava inside yummy doughnut type treats We drove across the island home in the thickest fog/clouds. Then the sun came from behind the fog. I thought we were entering heaven, but then Brian confirmed we were not.
Today we hit the beach for most the day. The beach was so fun! We boogie boarded, snorkled, built sand castles and relaxed (as much as you can with 5 girls under 4). The sand was so white and fluffy. After dinner we tucked Wendy and the girls in and went on our night manta ray adventure. The guides drove us in a boat to a spot and put lights in the water to attract the krill with attract the manta rays. It would have been a great trip if everyone on the boat, including the three of us didn’t get so sea sick🤢🤢🤢.
We started out the day planning on staying at the beach all day. Elsie ate fists full of sand while I wasn’t looking. 🤢 After an hour (by this time it was only 10am) we were bored. So we packed up and the girls fell asleep as soon as we buckled them into the car. Brian and I spontaneously decided to take a drive the other side of the island to Hilo and explore. On our adventure we stopped at this road side fruit stand and had fresh pineapple and coconut water. The girls didn’t like the coconut water, but the pineapple was like candy. We visited and hiked to the lookout point at Akaka Falls(notice how we are still in our beach attire 😬) tourists along the trail were amazed that we had so many young children. A Japanese tourist even stopped to take pictures of them because they are so cute. We stopped for dinner at my dads favorite diner. The food was yummy! The girls ate banana pancakes with all sorts or tropical syrups. Elsie got to sit right in the middle of the action in the best high chair we have come acrossed at a restaurant. We journeyed out to see my dads old property – not much to see from the road.
Molly has enjoyed every minute of preschool this year. We can’t wait to go back this summer for camp and start four-year-old and 2 yr old preschool in the fall!!!