Having a moment today--a good one--reflecting on the week in paradise with the family. It's one of those unparalleled experiences forever stored in my memory bank and in my heart.
Planning this amazing trip began with a couple of simple requests on my part--actually they were quite complex but it didn't deter the king of logistics--Rob. He loves a challenge and this one could be rated a ten on planning a complicated family excursion while coordinating nine people to all end up in the right place at the right time.
It began last fall when, on a difficult day living with this disease, I sweetly requested (or whined, depending on who is the story teller) about returning to Kauai--an island that feels like home. Rob immediately agreed but then I hit him with the bombshell of inviting the entire family join us. If I remember correctly, he gulped and responded, "Of course, dear, that's a lovely idea" (Remember who's telling the story). Orchestrating this adventure would tax even the best logistical guru, but my beloved husband came through hitting "the ball out of the park" making it a whale of a good time for all (Get it, whale of a good time? Too much sun and fun is causing chaos with my sense of humor--or lack of...).
I can happily report that all went well without any hitches or catastrophes and this number one husband has also moved up to number one dad by his children.
Some of the highlights:
Watching sunsets on the lanai
Swarming parakeets gathering at dusk
Game playing every single night
Eating, eating and more eating
Hiking to the canyon
Devouring shave ice almost every day
Surfing the waves
Volleyball in the pool
Creating memories for a lifetime
Walks to the "Horn"
Ukulele playing and singing
An exhausting but exhilarating time was had by all. Here's to fine memories and an abundance of family vacations together for many years to come.
Oh, and you can make this happen by going to UW Carbone Cancer Center and donating to the brilliant researchers working on a cure. A whale size thanks!
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