A week of vacation without kids in Hawaii is kind of like a week at home except there were more palm trees and waterfalls and sleeping in and eating out and reading books and lying on the beach and hiking and running and lounging by the pool and snorkeling and dolphins and hanging out with friends and luaus...and did I mention the sleeping in and reading books? And we made it through every meal without tears or screaming or food throwing or a spilled drink. And we made it through every day without any arguing or whining or tattling or crying. (Well, okay, I might have whined a few times when I was getting hungry or tired. And Zach might have cried just a little during the Bear's game.)
When you're watching the sunset from the outdoor beachfront restaurant, there really isn't much to cry about.
The kids were not at all sad about us leaving. When we told them that we were going on a vacation without them and would be gone for a whole week, there was much enthusiasm. Like fist pumping and jumping up and down enthusiasm. I'm not sure how that made me feel. Regardless, at least we didn't have to worry about anyone crying or clinging to us or not wanting us to go. They couldn't push us out the door fast enough. And although they were glad to see us when we returned, I think they would have been just fine if we'd been gone even longer. Their grandparents, on the other hand, were VERY ready for us to be home. :)
They probably needed more of these than I did.
Our week in Hawaii was beautiful and relaxing and fun and altogether fabulous. We enjoyed a fun mix of activity and non-activity that left us feeling fulfilled and refreshed. We definitely missed the kids while we were gone, but rested easy knowing that they were having so much fun without us. (There were some days they could barely be coaxed to say 'hi' to us on the phone as they didn't want to be torn away from the fun they were having.)
The partial ocean view from our 27th floor hotel room balcony
On top of Diamond Head crater
Manoa Falls trail...on our way to a beautiful waterfall
Hiking to another waterfall with our friends Alex and Dana
We took a catamaran snorkel cruise...which was an absolutely perfect way to spend a morning.
The breeze, the blue skies, the clear water, the beautiful scenery, the dophins, the exotic fish, the yummy onboard lunch...nothing about this outing could have been any better, except perhaps the way the world kept moving for the rest of the day after getting off the boat.
We watched the Bear's Monday Night Football appearance...at 2:30 in the afternoon.
The Bear's game left much to be desired, but we did enjoy some good food, an open-air sports bar, and the company of some of Zach's State Farm friends. (As you can see, the enjoyable parts of the game had nothing to do with the actual football we endured watching.)
We spent a lovely day with an old friend and her husband who currently live in Hawaii. We hiked, beached, ate, visited, and explored. It was altogether wonderful sharing the day on their island.
Dana and I enjoying some delicious Hawaiin shaved ice.
We got to experience history with tours of the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor (where WWII started) and the Missouri Battleship (where WWII ended).
Lying on a chair under a palm tree by the pool while listening to the ocean AND reading a good book while sipping a fruity libation...yup. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon...or two...or three.
What a wonderful week we had, relaxing and reconnecting and celebrating 15 years of us.
Aloha, Hawaii! And Mahalo!