The Big Island

It had been about a year and a half since our last trip to Hawaii – Tim and I used to go about three times a year before we started a family, and it’s a bit more costly these days. But we finally made it back for a ten day babymoon with our kids! My parents own a a beautiful home in Kailua-Kona, with breathtaking views of the ocean and coastline, and we were happy to take advantage of staying there during our trip. We spent every day at the beach; the kids loved splashing around in the warm water and spotting whales off of the coast. My parents’ back-yard pool provided entertainment in the afternoons while Tim and I cooked meals from produce and fish purchased at the local farmer’s market. Tim also surprised us with a stay at The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, which is the resort where we were married! We had a beautiful ocean-front room with a large lanai, making it difficult to leave the room, and the kids loved all of the daily activities offered at the resort. I am so happy that we were able to take this trip with the kids before baby “Sparkle” arrives. It was a wonderful way to spend time with them without the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I did my best to document our trip each day, and luckily instagram made it rather easy to share photos!

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Girls Trip To San Francisco

A couple of weeks ago, Adella and I were invited to visit my two brothers and sister in-law in San Francisco for the weekend. My sister in-law, Emily,  is an amazing singer and performs with her band, The Cosmo Alleycats, at a beautiful restaurant/lounge every week. They have a following of swing dancers, and we thought it would be fun for Adella to see her on stage, watch the dancers and spend a couple of days running around the city.  I love San Francisco and wish we could get up there more often, so we were thrilled to get away for some “Mimi and Della time”.

We ate at some of the most amazing restaurants, visited the California Academy of Sciences Museum, and played tourist for a couple of days. Adella loved riding in taxis, playing with Emily’s kitties and eating out “like a big girl” for every meal. We had a blast on our brief but fun-filled trip, and I hope to make girls trips like this an annual event! Here are some photos from our trip captured via instagram…

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Thank you Greg, Aunt Em & Unkin Buck for such a fun weekend!