We have had lots of big things happening around here. If you follow on social media, you probably already know these things but I wanted to be sure we documented them here too so some day when we look back through the days of this adventure, we remember all the little things and the big little things too.
It may look like just another beach post. Just another little girl building a sand castle. But this is not just a little girl on the beach. This is the girl that despises the beach. The girl that wouldn’t put her feet on the beach EVEN while wearing shoes. The one who wouldn’t touch the ocean and the one who would die over the idea of your toes in the warm sand being heavenly. Poor Hadley Belle hated the beach so much so that we actually took this issue into consideration as to whether or not moving across the world to a Pacific island would work for us.
And look at her now. She has certainly embraced the role of island girl. She’s now the one that asks to go to the beach to build sand castles. The one that is never ready to leave, no matter how many hours we have stayed or how many days in a row we have been. The little girl that eats snacks with sandy fingers and the one who runs into the ocean hunting crabs by herself.
We are so very thankful she has made it over this little bump and has fallen in love with island life! It has been a total game changer!
In other big news, we (or I should say they, the kids) have completed our first island soccer season, hip-hop show and surf competition! We have found sports to be such a great way to meet people in a foreign place! They give us a taste of the local culture and come with built in friends for both kids and parents with similar interests! The outlet for the kids has been fabulous! We have absolutely loved our experiences so far!
A few photos below…We learned a new meaning of “the game will go on rain or shine” when Preston learned to play soccer in a tropical storm. The kids really enjoyed learning hip hop and meeting the hip hop champs. We loved watching Reese do her thing on the surf board, doing so well and taking home 3rd place. Preston always makes us laugh, doing his thing on the board and performing for all. Sweet little Hadley loves any opportunity to keep up with the big kids and is really loving surfing too!
As for school, we are still very pleased with the elementary school! Reese had her first art show and Preston had his first performance during a special chapel program singing and signing. The amount of sign language he has learned in such a short time has been quite impressive! They are both really excelling academically! Hadley is enjoying her new preschool too!
We have had lots to celebrate here, big and little, and now tis the season to celebrate the holidays! (More photos on those festivities soon!)