Can we do a rewind? Heaven on earth. One of my favorite seaside spots. The perfect place to shut off work, and just play in paradise. Hawaii is this never never land that just makes you feel like a kid again. No where to be, just hopping on mo-peds and jumping off cliffs.
It was so nice to help us mainlanders get out of the routine and grind, and get some sun pumped into us and live the laid-back life (even for a week). Much needed, for everyone. We did plenty of beach and pool lounging, and also hit up some of the iconic Oahu spots; Waimea (jumped the rock at dusk), mo-peds to Lanikai, sushi in Waikiki, pool time at the Royal Hawaiian, surfing the North shore, kayaking at Halewai (pet dozens of sea turtles) hiked to Maunawili Falls, shave ice from Matsumato's and picked up dozens of Portuguese donuts from Leonard's. Maholooo!
So, it's a really monumental time in my family's dynamic. There are no babies or kids yet, and we are all pretty much adults now. Between 5 kids, spaced 15 years apart, it's a pretty big deal that my parents have actually planned activities that everyone finally agrees on. I am so happy Joel has joined the crazy, loud and opinionated pack and fits right in. He really is the perfect addition, spontaneous enough to keep up and easy-going enough to go with the flow. I'm so lucky to have him. I love that our family is starting to grow, with Joel, Riley now being engaged and Shannon bringing in her boyfriend. Our 7 quickly turned to 10...fast! I say bring it on, the more the merrier!