Hammered had a different connotations in my twenties and thirties. Now that I am forty, being hammered has entailed waves and a flu virus.
Last year, Sexy Neck received the gift of a pair of ripped shorts courtesy of the waves in Waimea Bay.
Today, Waimea Bay gave Sexy Neck the gift of a shirt and face full of sand.
Here are Papa and Sexy-Neck surveying the surf pre-hammering.
And after. (He is happy the waves didn’t take his sun glasses!)
The wee boys had an incredible morning of boogie boarding. I guess it is easier to ride a board then stand in a wave.
Even OC got into the waves, but I only managed thus post-water shot.
We are recovering from getting hammered with the flu this week.
And this is the only hammering we hope to have during this spring break.
Riding the waves.
In the water.
Recovering from illness.
Rejoicing in health.
Sand up your shorts.
Sun on your face.
Today, we went on a turtle hunt. The honu, or Hawaiian sea turtle, is the Hawaiian symbol of longevity, peace, good luck, humility, long life and the spirit within. I could use all of those things in my life. How about you?
We started off the morning at Turtle Beach, the unofficial name for Laniakea Beach, hoping to snorkel and see the turtles. No turtles and no snorkelling as the currents were too strong.
We headed north down the island to do some snorkelling in an incredible area at Pupukea Beach Park. We were able to see whales in the distance.
Tonight, we went to Haleiwa Beach Park to have a picnic dinner and what did we end up running into at the beach right beside the Haliewa Marina? Seven humongous turtles!
Turtle hunt was an unexpected success !
Expect the unexpected!
The boys wanted to surf this morning. Our friends here recommended Uncle Brian’s Sunset Suratt Surf Academy. These guys are the ‘goods’! Instructors with surfing running in their blood, hearts of a lion for their sport and patience of a good father for the students.
Our boys loved it! Not only did they get to learn to surf but God’s presence and mom’s love was all over this morning.
First the boys warned up and learned the technique on the beach:
Next they were off, pulled by the instructor’s toes to a bay covered by a rainbow.
The boys all got up on the board. Take a close look at the photo with the instructor riding a wave on HIS HEAD! (Better photos to come!)
Sexy Neck doing his thing…
Six year old JC
Four year old CC stood up with Crew’s help. He was afraid to fall off the board into the ocean. He loved riding the waves.
Sexy Neck told me afterwards that at one time they had regrouped and a butterfly flew over the two boys and their teacher. He thought, “Nana was present!”
We came home and realized that there were butterflies all over the house we are staying at.
If you had asked me what I want most now that my mom has died. What I want is my mom back!
Today, I feel gratitude for mornings like today watching my boys using the gifts given to them in God’s beautiful nature and feeling my mom’s presence.
Men building up boys.
If you know the coffee shop, Tim Horton’s, you will understand my pun on double double.
In the land of palm trees, pineapple and coconut peanut butter (oh ya!), we are soaking up a double double: Day two of double beach days!
Waialua Bay – Paddleboarding.
We were able to enjoy our last couple of Grandma’s spelt cookies. Yum! Perfect to go with a double double!