Before I dive into the pictures from our tropical escape, I must first give a disclaimer.
We don’t go on vacations anymore. Now that we have children, we go on trips.
Even though our surroundings were warm and beautiful, the behind-the-scenes was a whole different story. We dealt with whining, terrible tantrums, mornings that started before 5am due to the time change, fighting, exhaustion, Nash climbing out of his pack ‘n play every 3 seconds, and a 6.5 hour flight with a double ear infection and zero naps.
Ok, now that the truth is out there, I can move on to the pictures guilt free. Because in between all of the drama, we were able to do some pretty amazing things and see some spectacular sights.
We were greeted at the airport with real leis after our long flight. Mine was so fragrant; nothing like I’ve ever breathed in before. I kept preserving it in the fridge overnight because it was too beautiful and aromatic to throw out.
We started off our 10 day beach hop at Hukilau Beach.
We also spent a day at the beach where they filmed Lost.
And the boys did some “shore” boogie boarding.
Blake could not have been more happy about the waves crashing and lifting up the board.
We visited Turtle Beach where we came face to face with this guy:
Nash was pretty excited about that sea turtle even though he made woof-woof sounds.
Having fun is hard work.
Evening beach walks are the best.
We lost Nash’s sandals on day one. Thankfully he didn’t have to wear walking shoes the whole time. Uncle Todd flew in few days after us and grabbed an extra pair of sandals from our house on his way to the airport.
I don’t know how we could have done this trip without loving grandparents who let us destroy their home, wake them up in the wee hours of the morning, provide countless meals, and guide us all over the island.
They even let us escape a few times so we could participate in activities sans children. One of the best getaways was our relaxing day at the beautiful Hanauma Bay.
Hanauma Bay has the best snorkeling in all of Oahu.
The coral reef stretches across the entire bay. Colorful fish were everywhere and they came right up to our faces. We even spotted a sea turtle. That whole day I kept thinking to myself, “Soak this in now. Because you have a long winter ahead of you back home.”