We're back! We spent 9 days in Kona Village on the big island of Hawaii and had a great vacation as a family. My parents were there for 7 nights and loved all the Francie time. She went swimming most days with her Dad (and sometimes with Mom when she wasn't too busy taking pictures), met lots of new friends (who asked at every meal to see "What Francie is wearing now!"), ate LOTS of good food and fruity drinks (well, at least her parents and grandparents did!) and enjoyed the sun and tropical breezes. We relaxed without computers, TV or even phones and enjoyed every minute of it. As you can guess, I have tons of photos so here are some of my favorites... (ok, maybe A LOT of my favorites)
still not so sure about this swimming thing (well to give her some credit this pool was FREEZING! We moved to the kiddie area and "warm" hot tub soon after and she was a lot happier splashing around in the water) We dunked her under a lot to get her used to water on her head by blowing on her face to make her hold her breath then dunking her under! Jannie wasn't so sure about this whole thing but Francie never cried, just came up a little shocked:)
Grandpa and Francie the next morning trying out the other pool by the "Shipwreck Bar" (Kona Village was founded by a guy who shipwrecked on the island and his boat still sits in the same spot... it functions now much better to serve Mai Tais and Pina Coladas!)
Francie was so worn out from a couple days in the sun she took a long nap on our bed in her swim cover-up. When we had to go to dinner we changed he into comfy clothes and she didn't ever wake up in the whole process!
Ready for bed in her Piggie-PJ's! (Leo and Jeanne Ware gave her these, the couple Heff and I have taken two pigs to for their ranch... very fitting:) Francie loves blowing bubbles like this now and she is a drooling machine
In her coverup "Bubble Suit" and hat from Auntie Baby Ann (who picked this out five months ago for her Vandy graduation in May... hopefully it still fits then) we used to love Baby Ann in bubble suits!
Francie met two new friends, Molli and Emma, at Kona. They were from Oregon and such a nice family... they helped entertain Francie in the pool and at dinners too. Here they are at the Paniolo dinner with Saltwater Sandals just like Francie!
We are so lucky to have this little girl and to have her along on our Hawaiian vacation... Heff and I were just engaged on our first February Hawaii trip in 06, pregnant with an unknown little bundle in 07 and now we have a Francie-pants in 08! We feel very blessed.