Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: HAWAII
The view from our unit.
On the grounds of our resort.
Aloha! Happy Monday from Kauai!
Did everyone have a fantastic weekend?
Yesterday was a bit overcast out here, which made for not the best lighting and colors (for pics), but it was nice to not have the HOT HAWAII sun beating on us. I'm thinking that we are tan enough!
My plans kinda changed along the way; we had left for Kapaa - don't you just luv some of these names?
We were heading to the 19th Annual Coconut Festival! I luv festivals, so I was rather excited. I don't think the kids really cared one was or the other. We were also going to have lunch at this top rated Creperie (which happens to also serve vegan crepes), so of course this only added to my excitement!!
Once we had got into town, and drove past the festival, I felt a bit duped once again (this always happens to me with festivals). Let's just say that it was very under-whelming, and that I began to have second thoughts...
By this time the kids were already asking what was for lunch (the crepes were a surprise). I enjoy pranking my kids from time to time and I had told them that we ate brunch, so I had no lunch plans...
I parked and we headed in the direction of our lunch stop, only to find out that they were unexpectedly closed! UGH
Cosette was actually happy about them being closed. (She had a hankering for Puka Dogs)
I looked at their FaceBook page and found out that they were having refrigeration issues and waiting for a part (by boat!). I sent them a message asking for an update (which I eventually got - and rescheduled this lunch for another day). Looks like our lunch plans had changed and we were going to Puka Dogs after all (it's what the kids wanted anyhow). However the location was back from where we had just come from.
So we went on a nice beach stroll, and right before we arrived at the questionable festival, we found a fun little spot with a few different rope swings for us to play on!
The kids have a great time breaking open coconuts - they have some fascination with doing this...maybe it's in their genes! They take it quite seriously and really get into it! Who knows, maybe some great ancestor on their dad's side was a coconut king or something! LOL
I had already pretty much decided that I didn't want to spend time at the festival and all the while we were hanging out at the beach we were enjoying the live entertainment anyhow (which was located right behind us). So off we went toPuka Dogs! (click on link for full review)
Of course we spent some time at the pool, because what's a day in Hawaii without the beach and pool?!
I even squeezed in a nap! Waking up in the 4am hour is just ridiculous and it was time to attempt to catch up. Well the nap only made me more groggy than to begin with. The kids found it hilarious (because if you recall - I don't really EVER take naps).
I'm hoping that we get a little more of the blue skies today - but I'm sure I'll be happy either way - I'm in Kauai after all!
Catch ya folks on the flip side, -T
Elisa's Daily Scoop NEXT TRIP DEPARTS IN: 4 DAYS
Hey there and Happy Monday!!!
Wow, are we having some great weather today - it totally feels like FALL - lovin' it!!
My day has some errands, as does my week I have to get to the school uniform store to get Gianna her new Winter uniform. As a sixth grader, she now wears a skirt and blazer rather than a jumper - she's getting so big!!!
Then, of course, Friday, me and the girls leave for our little weekend trip to Lancaster, PA!
What I'm most excited about is the eating we will be doing!! Known for its down-home cooking and many smorgasbords, the kids are in for a treat when it comes to great comfort food, breads and desserts this coming weekend!!
LOTS OF FOOD FROM MY TRIP BACK IN OCTOBER 2002 (click here for full story)
I was thinking about it being Monday and thought, "I wonder where people are the happiest" regardless of what day it is.
So, after a bunch of research, this is what I came up with...according to Forbes, here is the ranking of the happiest places to live around the world: (CLICK HERE for full article)
1. Norway For the second year in a row, Norway ranks number 1 as the happiest place to live with a per capita income of $54,000 ranking first in social capital and second in safety and security.
2. Denmark Denmark is no. 2 for the third year. For a tiny country, it ranks first in entrepreneurship and opportunity, with the world's lowest start-up costs.
3. Australia Australia has risen up the ranks to number 3 from fifth place in 2009, the result of excellent education, an efficient government bureaucracy and booming trade in natural resources.
4. New Zealand Ranking number 2 in governance, education and personal freedom, it also ranks higher in tolerance for immigrants than any other country.
5. Sweden Sweden boasts 123 mobile phones per 100 people! It also boasts high levels of political participation and social equality.
6. Canada The most prosperous nation in the Americas, Canada ranks first in personal freedom.
7. Finland This country ranks 3rd in education and entrepreneurship.
8. Switzerland Number 1 in governance, 2nd in health and economy. Never switching to the Euro and sticking with the Franc has helped make Switzerland a land of stability in shaky Europe right now.
9. Netherlands With broad civil liberties and lots of social cohesion, 90% of the Dutch report deriving daily enjoyment from their natural surroundings.
10. United States of America The U.S. ranks number 1 in health, a function of high immunizations, clean water and the highest levels of gov't spending on healthcare. It also is an excellent place to start a business.
11. Ireland Ireland ranks 35 in economy, with citizens expressing no faith in financial institutions and pessimistic about jobs. That's balanced out by a no. 3 ranking in safety and security.
12. Iceland Although its economy has collapsed to 71st place, it is, however, first in safety and security and third in health.
13. United Kingdom The U.K. is relatively well governed and a decent place to be an entrepreneur.
14. Austria More than 90% of Austrians are happy with their ability to choose the course of their lives.
15. Germany With 81 million people, Germany is Europe's biggest country. GDP per capita is $37,000.
16. Singapore Singapore ranks no. 1 in economic measures, with a leading per capita GDP of $59,000. The streets are the world's safest.
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