We are rushing around, tying up loose ends, getting out of California to slowly make our yearly trek to Kauai. I say trek symbolically because anytime you take 5 kids anywhere it becomes eventful. This year is a bit different, we are renting our house out to total strangers so we need to leave our house in tip top shape. Speaking of symbols, part of the spruce up process is spreading some new gravel around my hand picked Pacific Ocean stepping stones. In a Japanese garden, gravel symbolizes water. I find that amazing. Debbie thinks it looks like kitty litter and the kids think the gravel is a projectile weapon. Well, gotta pack- Aloha!