One of the great things about our trip to Hawaii was the opportunity it gave each of us to try new things – things that pushed us outside of our comfort zones.
Hannie B. really surprised us the second day on the island when she decided she wanted to make the leap off Jumping Rock at Waimea Bay. The Hubby trekked up there with her and a bunch of other grown men. She was the only little gal up there! When the waves came in high enough, she launched herself off the forty foot drop and into the ocean. She said it took her breath away, but she’s glad she did it. It took my breath away, too!
Big C is an adventuresome kid, so his comfort zone is wide and didn’t need much challenging. But he did venture down the stone steps in the back yard of my in-laws house, through a hole in the rocks and right into the ocean in a sea kayak. It’s a remarkable thing to watch your son, a lone man in a boat on the sea, just paddling around enjoying every minute of it.
I’m pretty convinced that the Hubby is NEVER uncomfortable. He’s brave, athletic and good at pretty much everything he does. It was fun, however, to see him trying to conquer Waimea Falls. The kids loved seeing their dad sitting in a waterfall. I loved watching the waterfall win.
When we went to the beach in May, Owlie would only get near the water if he was firmly being held with two hands. Then, when the water did come, he would back away. Our trip to Hawaii cured him of that! Several of the beaches we went to had perfect gentle waves and Owlie magically transformed into Wave Jumper Boy. He was happiest on the trip when on the beach challenging the waves.
Then there’s my RedDog. Never have I seen him more courageous. Think back to the first time as a kid that you were tumbled by a wave. It can be a very scary thing – your body being tossed about like a rag doll. My boy had a bad experience with that in May at the beach in Delaware and spent the rest of the time on the edges of the water.
When RedDog was taken down by a wave on our first day a the beach in Hawaii, I thought for sure he’d be done for the rest of the trip. Instead, he got back up, declared, “That was AWESOME!!!” and headed back in for pounding after pounding by the waves. He spent the most time in the water out of all the kids, making me one happy momma!
Now you’re probably wondering what I did to step outside my comfort zone while in Hawaii. I put these white bad boys on display, despite them being covered in hives.
It’s a seriously hard world, people.