Every year since Hayes was born, we've spent a glorious week in Hawaii with my parents (the first year, Maui and the last 3 years the Big Island, which holds a special place in our heart as it happens to be where we spent part of our honeymoon). We go for a full week which, after having kids, really makes the long journey there worth it and enables you to slip into full relaxation mode.
The house we stay in is perfect - it's a sprawling five bedroom home with plenty of space for our family and the grandparents, along with a few extra bedrooms for any other guests that want to tag along (this year, my dad's best friend joined). Location can't be beat - it overlooks the Pacific Ocean right off of Waikaloa Beach - and it happens to be on the part of the island where rain is minimal and blue skies prevail.
This year was especially fun as by some miracle, Greyson didn't skip a beat in his napping, happily catching some shut-eye in his make-shift bedroom that was actually Hayes' bathroom and giving us multiple hours a day to lounge by the pool and catch a breather from chasing around a 17 month old. We were able to actually get some relaxation in amidst the hours of pool time we logged with Hayes, who seems to finally understand how fun swimming can be.
|Greyson keeping himself busy after naptime...|
We had plenty of excursions, including a glass bottom boat tour, visits to various beaches, cabanas at the Fairmont, a round of golf for Grant and a luxurious spa treatment for myself. And having been there the last three years in a row, we've finally nailed down the good restaurants on the island, so the food was pretty tasty this time too!
|Hayes on the glass bottom boat tour. He was as informed as our guide, explaining what the different types of fish were and on the lookout for Captain Barnacle from his beloved Octonauts...|
|Greyson's first shaved ice - BIG fan.|
|Hayes thought it was hilarious to moon his 'ole mom...|
It was a great trip and we were all a little sad to return to reality on Saturday, especially given the long travel day that didn't get us back to LA until 11pm with poor Greyson, who it turns out, was fighting an ear infection ;-( Thanks again to Wayne and Penny for footing the majority of the bill - your generosity is appreciated and does not go unnoticed (now stop threatening to go elsewhere next year! Why fix something that ain't broke?!).
Until next time, Hawaii... Mahalo for an amazing trip!