Because I know I'll never remember everything if I wait until after the trip to write it down, I present to you the Santa Cruz picspam. (PS sorry if the photos don't show; all my phone images back up automatically to Google Photos & I don't have the energy to transfer this curation to Flickr right now PPS I CAUGHT A PIKACHU AT THE HOTEL YESTERDAY)
Sunday evening arrival at the resort. Humuhumu dancing in the golden hour.
Siblings sharing hot chocolate.
Cookie observes all.
Always good to have a stick with you when hiking the mountain trails.
Improvising beach toys with cups/bottles from the hotel room.
Mummy & Humuhumu at the beach.
Sand castle building never gets very far with these two. They enjoy the smooshing too much.
My parents turned up laden with gifts for the children. The best present was this doll for Humuhumu, for which one of my parents' friends had sewn an entire wardrobe and sourced glasses. Humuhumu was (is) enraptured. She keeps saying, "I love this dolly. I love her. She looks like me. She has glasses like me. She can't see properly without her glasses, Mummy."
She wanted to have a nap but dolly had to go to sleep first. NB: I didn't position dolly, she did.
Beach time with Grandma.
Keiki: DANCE PARTY USA! Everyone else: whuuuut
Humuhumu beach selfie v1
Humuhumu beach selfie v2
Humuhumu: My Face as a Dark Chocolate Sorbet Cone
Noisy sea lions on a pontoon by the wharf.
Quiet sea lions napping underneath the wharf.
Paper jellyfish hanging from the ceiling of the tiny wharf museum.
The short answer on the long flight: It was dreadful. Mostly because Keiki is exactly the wrong age for it: too big to be comfortable sitting down the whole flight, too little to enjoy 11 straight hours of television & tablet games (Humuhumu was in heaven).
Agreed on the doll - she's currently doing a lot of processing through Dolly.