Monday, July 1, 2013

Aloha, baby!

The Kauai Coastline - From Wikipedia Commons
Yeah, that's me saying hello and goodbye, because in just three short days, I'll be spending the following two weeks in Hawaii.  Kauai, to be exact.  And I'm excited about this for a number of reasons. 

1.  I've never been to Hawaii.  For that matter, I've never actually been off the continent, either, so it's exciting to be traveling farther than I've ever been. 

2.  I'll get to scuba dive again for the first time in five years.  Being pregnant twice and having infants during the summer months has made it impossible for Jim and I to take our annual trip down to San Carlos, Mexico.  We both have full dive gear (sans tanks), so we took it all into the shop to get serviced a few weeks back and we'll be bringing it along to spend many a hours in the ocean.  I've really missed it and am excited to see all the varied aquatic life in an entirely new geographical location.

3.  We have built-in babysitters on the trip while we go and explore.  Yes, the kids are coming with us, but the in-laws and other family members have graciously offered to watch our kids while we go 60-feet under.  Which leads to number 4....

4.  My in-laws are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and renewing their vows, and Jim will be officiating the ceremony, as he's a certified reverend.   The in-laws have also been so incredibly generous, as they've financed the entire trip because they wanted the entire family to be in attendance for this monumental landmark in their lives.

The only thing I'm truly stressing about is the airplane ride.  C-Dub is only two and in that manic I-have-to-be-moving-all-times phase in his life (parents, you know what I'm talking about).  Our saving grace is that we have to wake him up at 2:30 am on Thursday morning to get us to the airport by 3:30 am, so we're hoping he'll be so bushed that he will sleep most of the entire time.  And if not, I bought him a new Cars coloring book and will be bringing both Cars movies (he's obsessed) for him to watch on my computer.

So, when and if it gets totally quiet around here in the next two weeks, just remember it's because I'm off on a family vacation!  I may post if we have wi-fi, but maybe not.

But if you want something else to read for right now, be sure to head on over to NA Alley where I've brought up the discussion topic of book promotion! 

Aloha,


14 comments:

  1. Free trip to Hawaii - can't pass that up.
    Be sure your son has the window seat. That will at least keep him contained.
    My blogger buddy Mark Koopmans lives in Hawaii - he might be able to tell you some other fun places to visit.

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    1. I think me and the kids have the whole row, so I'll be sure to put him there. And yes, I remember Mark is there. Hmmm...wonder what isle he lives on...?

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  2. Sounds fantastic. Have a great time!

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  3. Have a wonderful time. Enjoy the aquatic and land views all around :-)

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    1. Thanks! I'm really looking forward to it.

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  4. Awesome! You should take a water proof camera while diving. Hugs to the in-laws. How great is it that their son will officiate their renewal?

    And say hi to Koopmans if you see him. (Be sure to tell him I am def the prettier twin)

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    1. Oh, I am. I have a diving camera and have taken pictures with it before. It's not the best quality, but I've come up with some decent stuff.

      Thanks!

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  5. I am so jealous right now!

    I've never been scuba diving, but I did snorkel in the Florida Keys a few years back. I hate fish, but that was truly beautiful :D

    Have lots of fun! Maybe get ear plugs too for the little one? My ears can pop pretty bad from 30,000 feet so maybe that'll help!

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    1. Oh, the fish are so fun! I was thinking of making sure their sippy-cups were full and have them drink a lot on take off. Hopefully that will help. Thanks!

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  6. YEAH!@! I am so happy for you- knowing the beauty you are about to experience. And you know I'm not much for scuba- but The Husband went almost every day we were in HA and love, love, loved it. He saw so many sea creatures he lost count.

    I took all three girls on that 15 hour flight to HA, but they did better than me. I had to take mad doses of Tylenol PM to put my crazy ass to sleep!! LOL

    Best wishes to your in-laws and I wish you nothing but a wonderful family vacation!! xo

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    1. Thanks, J! It really is beautiful here. Our total flight time was 7 and a half hours, but the kids did pretty well. Of course, the boy was a little noisy after a while, but he was far from the only child on the plane who got a little whiny. :D

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