This morning we had intended to go to Hanauma Bay, a beautiful natural bay on the East coast of Hawaii where you can swim alongside marine life that is part of a living coral reef. We set our clocks early and arrived at the park a little after eight o’clock only to find the beach was closed due to fears of the potential tsunami sent by the recent earthquake in Chili. So we drove back to our resort and returned again to the nearby Waikiki beach instead. The water was a little choppier than usual but still very enjoyable. Our early start meant we still got a great spot and soon enough we were building sandcastles and bobbing up and down in the waves. Every time we visit the beach Rowen gets a bit more confident in the water. She’s starting to angle her body parallel to the surface when she goes to kick and paddle now and she’s even getting the hang of floating on her back. It’s amazing to watch the progression day by day. All of that playing in the sand and the sun takes its toll however and we soon found ourselves heading back to our rooms for a nice afternoon nap.
We decided to take it easy this afternoon and so we drove to the Ala Moana shopping mall to just browse and mosey around a bit. One of our first stops was at the Disney store where after much deliberation Rowen picked out a Doc McStuffins doll. She had a blast running around the store looking at all of the costumes and toys. While I don’t like the intense marketing philosophy behind Disney’s stores I can’t argue with their effectiveness. Rowen was in heaven just flitting from display to display, excitedly waving us over to see every discovery. Her favorite part was the walk-in princess castle with a pink and white checkered floor. She spent more than half of her time in the store just walking through the archway entrances and dancing in front of the long hall of mirrors.
After a little more shopping, during which we acquired a new pair of shoes for Meaghan, we took the elevators to the top floor and went in search of Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Company. They served us a feast including pizza for Rowen, ribs for daddy, and the fish and chips for mummy. We adults additionally ordered more fruity drinks. We had been working hard in the hot sun after all! Meg got a lava flow while I stuck with the blue hawaiian that served me so well last night. Because she had been so well behaved all day, and partly because we just love her to death, Rowen got a build-your-own ice-cream sundae for dessert. She got the hang of it pretty quickly, although she’d already eaten most of the sprinkles from the little container before she even took the first bite of her ice-cream.
Most of the drive home was serenaded by Doc McStuffins who sings a song if you touch her tummy. I don’t think mummy realized this when we first bought it. Despite hearing it only a few hundred times, we’re already starting to learn the words. I think we might be singing them in our sleep tonight. Ro couldn’t get enough of it and tonight Doc McStuffins is sleeping in the bed next to hers, all snuggled in tight. I’m sure after she gets a good rest that she’ll sing her song a few more times tomorrow. Sorry mummy, I kinda knew it sang when we were in the store but I didn’t want to say anything because I thought you might veto it if you knew.
Tomorrow we’re thinking of heading to the Waikiki Aquarium and just spending some time hanging by the pool. We’ve been going at a fair pace every since we arrived and figured we could use a bit of a slower day to help Ro keep her feet on the ground. She’s been a real trooper so far but we don’t want to push it. I’ve found a way to share videos of Rowen swimming so more on that soon, but for now I’m going to head to bed. It’s been another great day where we used every minute.