My 10 favorite family friendly things to do on the big island of Hawaii

I love the big island. It isn’t as crowded as some other places. We stay in Waikoloa (20/30 minutes away from Kona). It is a small little resort area that has beaches, golf, shopping, and peace.

  1. A trip to the volcano. I loved this place as a kid and the kids loved it too. Princess learned a lot.
  2. Waipio Valley This is an absolutely beautiful place. You can ride horses at the bottom which is beautiful. I have also hiked down and up but I would highly recommend bringing lots of water and not doing this with small children.
  3. Akaka falls this is another beautiful place but it is a hike. We did take Bubba and Princess on this hike though and they loved it. I have heard there is also ziplining here
  4. Snorkeling- there are many places to snorkel off the beach or you can take a boat trip
  5. Kona- I love Kona. We usually have one day just walking around, going to the farmers market and eating at Bubba Gumps.
  6. Kings shops the King’s shop has a lot of good shopping as well as kid activities daily like ukulele lessons, hula lessons, and lei making. There is also another mall with more shops (called the queens shops) and a theater across the street.
  7. Luau though there are a bunch of places to go to a luau. This is by far my favorite. P.s. I have been madly in love with fire juggler since I was 12 and he was one of the regular hula dancers.
  8. Hilton Waikoloa Okay yes this is a Hotel. But this is the prettiest hotel ever. It’s beautiful to walk around and see all the art work and sculptures. It also has a boat and tram that takes you around the propriety. It’s got a lot of different animals and a public beach. Their lagoon and pools are for hotel guest only but sometimes you can purchase wristbands.
  9. Dolphin quest this is where Princess swam with the dolphin and loved it. It also happens to be st the Hilton. You get up close and personal and can kiss and hug it. I posted pictures on Instagram when I have a chance.
  10. Have fun and relax with your family!!!

10 goals for 2018

  1. Reunify more families 🙂
  2. Read 12 books (any suggestions?
  3. Save more money for retirement.
  4. Get Princess caught up in school
  5. Spend more 1 on 1 time with princess
  6. Get Bubba to write his name
  7. Get Bubba to know his shapes
  8. Help Bubba learn all his letters
  9. Help Bubba be potty trained at night.
  10. Go on at least one more family vacation (maybe including a train)

10 best memories of 2017

2017 was a good year. Here are some of my favorite memories.

  1. Going to the water park for New Years. Diva and Bubba loved it!
  2. Going to six flags for forth of July! It was a lot of fun and Princess and her family also happened to go so we could all spend time together.’
  3. Going on a road trip with Bubba and princess. Though I was nervous to go on a 10 day road trip as the only adult it sure was a blast and the kids will never forget it.
  4. Going to 2 drive in movie theaters this year (one while on our trip). The kids loved both! We need to do it more often.
  5. A joint birthday party for Bubba and Princess at the gymnastics place. Both kids enjoyed it a lot and they loved sharing their birthday party.
  6. Stating my 5th year of teaching. I absolutely love my students and I can’t believe I have been there that long.
  7. Getting the honor to take care of baby Z for a while and send him lots of love
  8. Having Baby Z get reunified and then having him and his parents continue to keep us as part of their lives. This is why I foster!
  9. Going to Hawaii!! It’s been a fun trip so far and we still have a couple days.
  10. Every moment I get to spend with Princess and Bubba

Weekly update December 31

  1. Bubba got what he wanted from Santa! A spider man bike.
  2. I got an Apple Watch! Yay! I love it so far.
  3. The kids also got me a new winter coat and boots because I needed some. They picked out and wrapped it. They loved the whole thing.
  4. Christmas dinner was amazing. Z and his parents stayed for hours and it was great. I loved being able to see him for Christmas.
  5. On the 27th we had our annual friends-mas. It was great to have all my best friends at my house eating and laughing.
  6. We went on two planes for a total of 10 hours. The kids were great. It was just a long trip.
  7. We are in Hawaii!!! My parents have a home here and come atleast once a year but I haven’t been in 8 year. It is Bubba and princess’ first time.
  8. Kids are having a blast swimming and exploring the island. I love seeing it through their eyes.
  9. Today Princess swam with a dolphin today and loved it.
  10. Happy New year! We are celebrating with Chicago and then going to bed.