Since I technically missed yesterday, I thought I would do 2 for 1. Our trip to Hawaii would not have been possible without Grandma Di, so I thought I would list both. Here is the story (for those interested. If not, just scroll down through the pics!):
Back in March when I was going through a rough time after my miscarriage, my mom offered to watch the kids so Jeff and I could get away. Of course we couldn't turn that down and she said she would stay for a week after Emily's baptism. So, all we had to do was pick where to go! After figuring out that I could do it less expensive than I originally thought, we decided to check out Hawaii for the first time and started planning our trip.
About 3 days before the baptism, Harold had to go in for what was supposed to be a pretty quick, routine surgery to return a small cancer mass from his nose. Well, unfortunately, the mass turned out to be much bigger than expected and it ended up being a very invasive long procedure that left Harold in a lot of pain. Needless to say, it was most important for my mom to be with Harold and help him recover. She felt really torn, but I knew she needed to be with him. Jeff called his mom to ask if she would be able to take over the watching of our children, and she dropped everything, moved around appointments and my sister in law watched my niece so that Grandma Di could be here for us. It was one of the most generous, selfless gifts I have ever been given. The kids had a blast with Grandma Di, and I could relax knowing they were in great hands. I am so grateful for her kindness. (Unfortunately, I did not get any pictures of her with the kids because our flight got delayed on the way home and I did not even get to say goodbye!)
So, now onto Hawaii. I will admit that I have always wondered if Hawaii was just overhyped. I am here to tell you that it is not. It was truly paradise for me. The weather was perfect, I could jump into water whenever I felt like it, and I loved sleeping with the windows open! I bought the book "The Big Island Revealed" and studied it for months, we rented a jeep and just explored wherever sounded interesting at the time. We weren't on any schedule and just had so much fun! It reminded me how much Jeff and I enjoy being together. Even being pregnant, we were still pretty active (I just avoided the camera a lot!). We saw a sunset almost every night and they were all from a different part of the island. The book was fantastic and led us on treasure hunts to find beautiful secluded places. We felt very relaxed and loved snorkeling at different beaches. I can't say enough wonderful things about our trip.
On our last day, we went to Oahu. I really enjoyed Pearl Harbor and the solemnity that you feel there. We decided to hike Diamondhead crater on a whim (thanks for the suggestion Amy!) and I am so glad we did. The Polynesian Cultural Center was incredible and I enjoyed my first real luau. Wow, so many memories. It is definitely a place I want to share with the kids.
Walking on the crater. What a crazy experience!