Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hawaii 2012

What a great week we had on the Big Island of Hawaii! It was really wonderful to have so much quality family time and to spend the week in one of my favorite places. Our family has a home on the Kona coast, so we are able to travel out to Hawaii pretty frequently. I am so thankful for this- it's really a treat and every time we go I think we always spend that first afternoon just overwhelmed with how wonderful it is to be able to go, and how grateful we feel to have the opportunity to do so. We had last been the summer before Henry was born, but since then hadn't been back. We'd been Hawaii-dreaming for quite awhile but couldn't find the time to make the trip, so when my mother-in-law suggested we do a quick family vacation at the end of summer, it was perfect timing.

I'll write more about traveling with Henry next week, but I was blown away with how smoothly it went. I had kind of set myself up for him to be a little difficult but he was a total champ through the early morning flight to Honolulu and then our connecting flight to the Big Island. Yay Henry, and boo to me for not giving him enough credit! He also slept in his pack n play no problem, which was night and day from our recent trip to La Jolla, when he refused to do so and made it a bit difficult when it came time to sleep! It also helps that our bedroom is on the second floor, away from all the other rooms so we were able to really get him comfy and cozy. Both Hank and I were totally happy and after that first successful night we were high-fiving all morning. Yeah!

The week went by quickly, and it was filled with so much outdoor time and enjoying the gorgeous weather. We went to the beach everyday and we all had a great time swimming and building castles in the sand. Henry is such a water baby and absolutely cannot get enough. He cried when it was time to get out of the ocean almost every single time, his tearful "bye bye ocean" and waving breaking my heart. The water was really rough at some points so the lifeguards had all the kids get out, so there were some afternoons we just switched over to the pool at home.

We ate good food, Hank enjoyed some of his favorite coffee spots and we got to workout every day. Some people think working out on vacation is ridiculous (just enjoy yourselves, guys!) but for me- and now for Hank too- it is how we enjoy ourselves. To me nothing is better than starting out a vacation day bright and early with a run, enjoying the local sights and sounds. It sets such a good tone for the day and I can't imagine not doing that! We even got to check out the local CrossFit box and had a great time meeting new friends and have some great workouts too.

All in all it was amazing. Some of my favorite parts: spending extra special time with my wonderful sister-in-law...I love her, macadamia nut pie (my favorite!), Henry calling Hank "Snack Master" (long, hilarious story), all of the live music everywhere, going to sleep and waking up to the sound of the ocean, walking to the beach every morning, our green smoothies, daydreaming with Hank about retiring there one day, good talks with my MIL, seeing Henry and his grandparents have the best time together (I didn't include photos of them here because I usually keep them off the blog- this blog is a little too public for them!), all of the fresh island fruit and all of the delicious seafood, laughing with my hilarious step-FIL, Henry's "Hawaii car," finding the perfect gift for Lucy, and seeing the huge smiles on Hank and Henry's faces daily.

We left with the happiest of hearts, full of gratitude and love. It was a great trip.

And finally, here are a million photos, with a lot more on Flickr. Lots of iPhone/D-SLR pictures all mixed together. Thanks for reliving it right along with me! Mahalo! ;)

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31 comments:

  1. Wow, Henry has fabulous penmanship. ;D Looks like you guys had a blast! What a gorgeous place; it has now been pushed up on my "to-visit" list.


    Kayla // www.kaylanaut.com

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  2. SO BEAUTIFUL! Looks like an amazing time and I can't get over how precious all the photos of Henry are!
    -K

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  3. oh my goodness, it looks like such a perfect vacation. and I love that you worked out on vacay :) that's some dedication! ha.

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  4. The picture of Henry and the water hose is way too adorable! I love seeing life through the eyes of a child.

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  5. What a great way to spend a family vacation! Beautiful photos. :)

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  6. you are SO lucky! I can't even imagine how much I would love having a vacation home in Hawaii. I've been dreaming of going since I was a little girl!

    p.s. I also love my days so much more when I squeeze in a morning workout. You feel so good for the rest of the day!

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  7. I'm not sure what the time difference is for you guys, but I'm curious to know how Henry adjusted!

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  8. I'm glad you had such a great trip. I love Hawaii!
    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com

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  9. so beautiful! your henry is going to grow up with the best kinds of memories and traditions.

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  10. such beautiful photos and looks like an incredible time with your beautiful family! my fiance and i want to have our honeymoon in hawaii so these pics makes me super excited!

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  11. WOW such amazing photos, it looks like you had a truly amazing time.

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  12. SO happy that Henry travelled so well for you. Looks like you had an amazing holiday.

    http://iliska-dreams.blogspot.com.au/

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  13. See, you totally rocked that flight, and so did Henry! Traveling with little ones is just an exercise in patience and endurance, and the rewards are great. That's what I tell myself every time I face another 8 hour flight with my toddler, anyway. :-)

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  14. So fun! Your hair is so light compared to the last time I stopped by your blog! It looks great. The second to last photo of Henry sleeping is hilarious; I totally laughed out loud.

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  15. Mr. M is half Hawaiian, and the Hawaiian half of his family (tee hee) owns a place on the Big Island -- I've been dying to go for awhile. Now, even more so! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Ahhh, so jealous, Hawaii is 100% my favorite place in the whole world! Great pics, looks like such an awesome trip...so much wanderlust happening in my soul right now =]

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  17. Looks so beautiful! I love when everything goes smoothly, especially when traveling! Love the picture of him sleeping! Little ones are so adorable when they sleep!

    Theresa
    http://bomamma.blogspot.com

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  18. Waouh, Hawaï!!! I live in France, and for me, Hawaï is a dream... You confirm that is a dream, a heaven... You're so lucky!
    Thanks for sharing these pretty pics!
    Christelle

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  19. Ohhh this post is amazing! You have such a beautiful family and it looks like you had wonderful time :)xx

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  20. Ah! The picture of Henry and the water hose is way too cute! Looks like you had a great vacation :)

    http://viennawaitsblog.blogspot.com/

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  21. Beautiful photos! I'm so glad you had such a great time!

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  22. what a beautiful trip! I loved all the pictures :)

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  23. "Some people think working out on vacation is ridiculous (just enjoy yourselves, guys!) but for me- and now for Hank too- it is how we enjoy ourselves."

    It's so nice to see someone else say that besides myself! I feel like those words came right out of my mouth and on to your blog. Love it!

    Ryane

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  24. what a wonderful recap! my grandparents have a river house, and even though it's only 2 hours away from where we live, it's so nice to have a place to escape to.

    hope you guys can go back soon :)

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  25. How fun! Did you guys get your photos taken there too? I'm sure they'll turn out gorgeous :)

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  26. what beautiful pictures! and such a beautiful family. :)
    <3
    Heather

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  27. Oh my goodness. These pictures are absolutely beautiful. Hawaii is definitely added to my list of places to go. Now if I could just get over my fear of flying...
    I follow you on Instagram and every time you posted a picture of the scenery I became more and more jealous. I would love to have a morning run there!

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  28. I live in Kona...came across your blog as I was looking for baby photo ideas. Glad you had an awesome time in Hawaii. :)

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  29. These are such stunning photos. Sounds like an incredible time. I also adore your striped dress. Very cute!

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