Apr 6, 2008

Bula Fiji!

Sorry Laine's video is clearly not working, I've tried everything and have been trying to upload it for over a week. Hopefully Ben can help me tonight when he gets home, stay tuned! Since shooting that video, I have sung every song with her that she knows. Her voice kind of wavers while she tries to find the harmony, and then she finds it and it is magic!



We just got back from an AWESOME trip to Fiji! We absolutely loved it there and hope to go back as soon as we can. We went with some great people that Ben works with down here, which made the trip all the more fun. It was one of the most beautiful places we've been. Even though all of the weather reports indicated we would most likely be rained out everyday, the gorgeous Fijian sun graced us with her presence all but 1/2 of one day which we were of course overjoyed about.


The kids really had a great time. Laine especially loved the Bula Bus that took us around to all of the resorts and into the Port Denaru Marina and markets. Laine still can't stop talking about it! We got the kids a babysitter one day and she told me all Laine wanted to do was ride the Bula Bus, so they rode the loop around and around for hours! The Fijian people were so warm and loving, and Laine really got into the Island spirit shouting "Bula!" to everyone she saw. I got into the spririt in my own way as well, I said "Menaka" to everyone, which I thought was "thank-you", only to find out on the way to the airport our last day that it is acutally "Vinaka". I'm retarded.




We chartered this little skiff to go Island hopping. It was so beautiful. The main island that we were located on, near Nadi, was surrounded by sevaral smaller islands. Gorgeous! Here we are dipping our feet in as we headed to Musket Cove. On the way we saw flying fish and sea turtles!





Please look at the beautiful sandbar behind me and not me in my suit!




Heading to the reef. We saw so many gorgeous fish and they were very friendly! One of them owes me a steak dinner if you know what I mean.



The island furthest to the left is where "Castaway" was filmed! We got closer to it but this was the only picture we took. We were wishing we had brought along a lighter and a volleyball for some awesome photo ops, but alas we ran out of time anyway.





Of course the kids loved the pool and all of the attention that our group gave them. We loved it too! Laine jumping to Mel over and over and over again.


One of the tables at dinner, this is only half of our group. Unfortunatley Ben was in charge of everything and was also the designated camera man. I hope you enjoy the one photo of him from above as it is one of the only shots we got of him the whole trip.



Gabe with his girlfriends Mel and Tanya


Our last day in Paradise, Boo! Gabe and Laine and I swam until we had 15 minutes to get onto the bus to go to the airport. See, I like to live life on the edge and show up with a healthy 45 minutes before take-off. No one seemed to like this idea. We ended up with 2 hours which seemed like forever! I got to see more of the Fiji airport than I had seen of any airport in a long time.



Goodbye beautiful relaxing Fiji, we'll miss you!

16 comments:

Nick & Nicole said...

Everyone should look at you in your suit, you look great! Fiji looks SO beautiful and relaxing. Sounds like you had a great time, I am so glad1

Andrea said...

I'm sold! When's the next flight out of SLC to Fiji? Love the pictures--it looks so beautiful there!

Jenni said...

WOW, what an unbelievable opportunity! I have always wanted to go to Fiji. It looks beautiful.

Gaengy said...

It was more beautiful than I imagined! So glad you had the chance to go...looks like a wonderful time. Hope you can get Laines video working! We missed hearing from you while you were gone.

Allison & Noah Riley said...

I had no idea you were even going to Fiji! Was it so incredible?!

And I second Nicole, I find it a little unfair you look better in a suit post-kids than I have since I was maybe 11. :)

Lindsay said...

Nat, you look hot! I SO want a trip to Fiji right now....so lucky. I love the pics- if I can't go to Fiji I at least want to be looking at pictures from Fiji. And get that video working, I wan't to see this girl harmonizing.

Kate Gildea said...

I am so jealous! I was wondering where you were beucase I have gotten no response to my emails or BLOG so now this all makes sense. I am glad you guys had a good time! Welcome back!

Stacey Lau said...

How fun!!!!!!!!!! Glad you had a great time, that is awesome about the Castaway island, I love that movie.

The Napier Family said...

Chris loved Fiji when he was there. Looks like a blast, you have the funnest life, can I live vicariously through you??

JLR said...

Wow! It does look like you were in Paradise! The pic of you and Ben is gorgeous!

AnneMarie said...

Wow! How beautiful is Fiji! I'm so jealous of all your adventures. It was nice to see you at the wedding, you and your beautiful kids.

Melanie Whiting said...

Fiji is definately on my list of places to see. You are quite the world traveler, I am jealous. You look amazing and the water is gorgeous!!

Emilee said...

Wow it's absolutely beautiful there! I'd love to visit someday. Looks like you all had a great time.

The Wells Family said...

Everything looks so warm and relaxing! I need to get over my phobias of water so I can get excited about going on trips like this. :) I am so glad that your family had fun! Little Gabe is a heartbreaker!

Mike & Nicole said...

I'm jealous! I want to go to Fiji so bad! You look fantastic by the way in your swimsuit and face mask;)

Palmers said...

Okay, please send me to Fiji. Well not now, I look like a bowl full of jelly, but someday. The pics are beautiful, nice shots, they look professional!

 
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