We are back from vacation and trying to catch up on the sleep we lost with the time change of +5 hours from Hawaii. It was a wonderful family vacation that included my sister and her family who joined us from California and my daughter’s best friend Thomas to help us celebrate Katie’s 21st birthday.
So there were nine of us in two condos at two nearby Hilton timeshare resorts in Waikoloa on the Kona side of Hawaii. On Katie’s birthday we treated her with a Para sailing surprise for her and Thomas. Dan, Gerry and I remained in the boat, and had the much bumpier ride. Gerry and Dan took lots of pictures. Later that day, Tree and her family arrived, and the birthday celebration began in earnest. Dan and I put together a birthday dinner of shrimp and fresh tomato pasta (not an easy accomplishment without the cooking utensils of home) and we toasted Katie with some fine wines and other concoctions! The Village market in Waikoloa produced an amazingly delicious chocolate marshmallow cake and we started our multi-day 12/12 (we found them at WalMart) Dominoes tournament.
Since Gerry and I have been to the Big Island before (twice before to be exact-without the kids who were away at school when we went) , we led the others on a few expeditions to see the lava flowing outside Volcano National Park, some beautiful beaches at Hapuna State Park, the coffee farms of Kona and to the top of Mauna Kea, where Katie left her cell phone behind by accident. That wasn’t the only accident though – as we were packing the cars to leave Dan accidently drove over my carry-on bag which held my Blackberry (now crushed), my current sock project ( Green Monkey socks on KnitPick needles (broken into a million pieces), my cell phone (survived intact) and my Ipod (also survived intact). By some stroke of genious I had insured the Blackberry so a new one is on its way to me as I write for a minimal cost. And by some small miracle, the needles that broke into a million pieces were all attached to the same cord, and the other needle was not harmed, so I changed it out before we left and I happily knitted my way to San Francisco, where we changed planes. I had to replace Katie’s phone on Sunday when we returned since she had to drive back to school that afternoon.
I did manage to complete one pair of socks while there, a pair of my Serendipity pattern socks- which went out to last years’ Crazy4Seasons sock club, and will be published in Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott’s new book featuring patterns sent out to Sock Club members. I needed to provide a larger size so this pair was a test knit on larger needles with heavier yarn (ZestySock) to accomodate ankles like mine! Will add those pictures later today also.
All in all, we had an amazing time, and we will do it again I hope next year. I will post pictures a little later today, when Dan and Gerry have had time to process them all. Since Katie, Gerry and Dan (the pro photographer) all carried an assortment of photo equipment, I left my little camera at home in my little yarn photo studio, so I am at their mercy with the photos.
I did manage to skein up a few dyed skeins while trying to stay awake last night, and will post them later today at Crazy4Dyeing.com. But go over and checkout the Back from Vacation Sale. All yarn 20% off for the entire month of January!