Today, I'm thankful for the fact that I am comfortable enough in my own skin that I can make a complete a** of myself in public. For example - my brother and I made up a dance. It's called The Unconditional Love Dance - meaning that a person who loves you unconditionally should continue to love you even after seeing you dance like this (thanks for the video, mom):
That would be some true love, right there.
I'm also thankful for cameras/pictures. I love the fact that we can capture moments of our lives on film, so that we can later reflect back and reminisce about those many meaningful moments (such as the one previously mentioned).
Speaking of pictures, here are a few more marvelously memorable moments from my trip for your viewing pleasure:
One of the days we were in Hawaii, we went snorkeling at Ke'e Beach. I was amazed at how many fish I saw- and also how vibrant their colors were. I also saw a sea turtle resting under a rock, which was pretty dang cool. The water was vividly blue. It was gorgeous. No pictures of that, sorry.
Emily and Kennedy did some boogie boarding in the ocean.
Marie watched them from the side lines.
We saw a beaching Monk Seal. It was so cute :)
This beach is at the end of the road, on the northwestern side of Kauai. Right next to the beach is a trail head where you can start the hike to see the Na Pali coast (which is one of the most spectacular sights I've ever witnessed- see this old blog post). Since we didn't have hiking shoes with us, and the trail was muddy, we decided to just go up a little bit so that we could see the first lookout. We left the kids back at the beach with their grandma (and with the soon-to-be-hungry baby...).
This was our first spectacular view. Um... wow? Yeah. If you look closely, you can see our three little girls playing in the water.
See? ( I was testing my camera's zooming capability. I was impressed.)
Here is the view of the Na Pali coast. Beautiful, eh?
And this is my sweeter than sweet sister-in-law, Jen :)
At this point in our hike, baby Aysia was hungry and wanted mommy. So Brandon and Jen ran down the trail as quickly as they could to relieve our mother of the screaming infant... Sorry, mom. :)
Which reminds me- I'm thankful for my mom. This really deserves its own separate blog post, but for now I will just say this: my mom is such a wonderful person. She is extremely loving, kind, caring, smart, funny, creative, supportive, accepting, generous, beautiful, compassionate, talented, etc... and, above everything else, she still loves me after seeing me perform the aforementioned dance.