1 It's our 9th anniversary so we had a New Year's Eve breakfast/lunch at our favorite date spot...
2 With the whole gang! How fun!
3 Now it's too many days later - I don't remember what was so funny! It's enough to know that we all had so much fun together.
4 That's Hanako and her friend Margo at the end.
9 New Year's Day at Kalama Beach park...the pictures say it all! We had so much fun on this gorgeous day. And best of all...Doug and Mary want to come back with the family again next year! They are out looking right now!
10 Smelling a plumeria :)
12 Doug and Sam carving up the waves!
13 "Sea crabs! Sea crabs!"
14 Karate chop to the waves!
17 The "scramble"!
18 Just love all the faces!
19 Oh boy! Now I'm trying to get all four in one shot!
20 As I get knocked down by a wave!
21 I'm getting tossed over by waves as I take the shot!
22 Ben thinks it's funny to see mommy floating away while taking pictures!
23 Another one!!!
24 Each face is classic here...
25 Look at Ben looking at me looking at a wave incoming!
27 All five in a shot!
31 Heading home!
32 Sushi dinner at Tokoname before the last of the crew leaves for the airport. Dinner for 12!
34 The sake comes in a little shot glass served in a little box of wood with MORE SAKE in it...very interesting. Served in a pool of chilled sake. Of course I made Doug drink from the box, leading to tales of misdoing from many many years ago when I made Doug eat other things that he really shouldn't have.
35 Jesus' birthday!!! Congratulations, Jesus!
36 Wow - all but Ben appear in this one! Mama Cari, Jesus, Doug, John, Pita, Dave, (Ben), me, Mary, Richard, Sam and Oli. John and Jesus are Mary's brothers. One other brother had already gone home (Joseph and Lelu and their kids).
37 There was a lot of food going down the hatch...sad to see everyone go home but it's nice to have all these pictures. I just created THE LIST of activities for next year. Training plan to be shared in Aug, if not sooner. Apparently Dougie starts training for HI adventures at least 6 weeks in advance - he is always fit anyway but he really pours it on to get ready for hauling all that gear around for 10 days. Love you brother!