We finally got our CD (of pictures) taken with our underwater camera! And can I just say that:
1) Despite someone (who shall remain nameless) complaining that an underwater camera was, I believe his exact words were 'frivolous'...that this certain someone still took over 90% of the pictures taken. :-)
2) We will NEVER be underwater photographers. Ever.
Not bad for Ryan's first ever underwater photo! He was told to not breathe, look at mommy, smile and wave...and he did! Daddy on the other hand, looked...not at mommy.
Once daddy took the camera, his only instructions from me were, "Make sure Ryan hides my gut." And this he did, so great pic!
The two boys in the pool!
Rich said at any given time he was under the lagoon's waterfall, that there were about 4-5 turtles swimming around him or resting below. And though my dear Jacque Cousteau valiantly tried, he took about 15 pictures of partial turtle heads, fins, or blurry darkness. This is the one photo that DID come out, however, and I think it's great!
This past Saturday we went to our first King Kamehameha Day parade (in Kona). Because we were in the parade, this was the only Princess (each island is always represented by a princess) we saw.
I love the horse poop scooping carts that follow each Princess' group! They're so decorative and festive about doing such an un-enviable job!
The day before the parade, Ryan asked me if we were going to see clowns, and I told him that no, not at this kind of parade. And so of course, whoops. We saw one! And he happily grabbed Ryan (which I think gave Ryan a mini stroke) to chat with him.
Rich, Ryan and I marched with the Kona Hospital crew and brought our little red wagon as back up in case Ryan got tired. Well, we grossly underestimated how lazy (and perhaps scared) Ryan would be, because he rode it the entire parade route.
The good news is- despite having looking like a deer in headlights, he did dutifully wave to the crowd the entire route!
It was our first time marching, so we have big plans for next year:
1. Pimping the wagon out in full floral decor!
2. Letting Ryan hand out candy to his fellow keiki (we didn't think we should since we were representing the hospital, but since others did...)! Why not?
Later that night I took him to the annual Obon Festival at the Keauhou Shopping Center (his third year in a row)! He was riveted by the taiko drumming and bon dancing, even getting up from his new elephant camp chair to dance a few times.
The rest of the weekend we spent swimming and hanging out with my two brothers who both came back to town so we can all fly out to Maui together tomorrow. :-)