Sunday, May 29, 2011

Paradise

Last week, Josh and I were lucky enough to vacation in our favorite place on earth - Kauai, Hawaii.  We honeymooned there, and were so excited to go back.  (I cried on the way to the airport at the end of our honeymoon because I was worried that we would never go back!)  Anyway, we went with Josh's family and had an amazing time.  The weather could not have been better, which we were very grateful for after having a hurricane warning on our honeymoon and two days of pouring rain.

This vacation was much needed.  These past few months seem like a crazy blur after all the work we've been doing and continue to do to our house and both Josh and I have been working six days a week most weeks so that we have a few extra dollars to keep making improvements to our little home.  I feel like I only ever see Josh in the evenings and because we are so busy, we rarely get to spend quality time together.  Vacations are good for the soul and good for your marriage.  Once in a while you need a break from your everyday routine and have a little carefree fun.

Anyway, here are some highlights from the trip!

Stopping at an overlook on our way to the beach


 Trevor and his GF Jeana.  If he doesn't marry her, we are kicking him out of the family.


 On a beautiful hike


 The wonderful people who made this trip happen


My favorite little birds in Hawaii.  This guy totally posed for me.


Me and Riley(aka "Roo Roo")


Me and my favorite boy


Josh jumping into Queen's bath...doesn't he look like a little boy with his legs like that?


Girls at the farmer's market 


We bought lots of yummy fruit


My father in law, Hugh, and my brother in law, Connor, won a hula contest.  Funniest thing ever.  We went to a hula show at this cute little shopping center and they selected a few members of the crowd to come up and be in a contest.


Here is some footage of the contest.  If you know them, it just makes it that much more funny because they are not the type of guys to go up and do this sort of thing.  Please excuse the shaking and my crazy laugh during the video. 


Bali Hai...if you've seen South Pacific then you've heard of this mountain


Our favorite beach, Kalihiwai! Best boogie boarding waves.


Getting ready to boogie


On our last day we hiked to this place called Secret Turtle Cave and the views were amazing


We finally made it to the cave after walking through lots of slippery rocks in the ocean


 And there were turtles inside!  It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen.  I love sea turtles.


 Family photo in the cave after our little friend went back to sea.


We had such a great time. Josh and I love Hawaii and we hope to go back several times.  We would seriously live there if we could.  We love everything about it.  I wish everyone could go to Hawaii at least once because it is such a beautiful and fun place.



I just have to share one of my favorite moments from the trip real quick.  Josh's youngest brother, Riley(or Roo Roo as we like to call him) is 13 and has such a fun personality.  He still has a lot of little boy in him and he was really excited for the plane ride because he had never been on an airplane before.  Anyway, the flight from Los Angeles to Hawaii is just over five hours long, but feels like an eternity.  Riley was sitting in the row in front of his parents so he was sitting next to two strangers and fell asleep with his head against the window.  A little while into his nap, he switched from resting on the window to the stranger's shoulder.  He was out cold and napped for close to two hours on this man's shoulder.  It was awesome.  Oh Roo Roo, thank you for the entertainment!


And I want to give a special thanks to my wonderful in-laws for making this trip possible.  We had such a great time and we are so blessed to have you in our lives.  Thanks for all you do for us.  We love you!

Hawaii, until we meet again.  We love you.  ALOHA!


5 comments:

Mindy said...

I heart Hawaii! I look like you had a maaaarvelous time!!

kONniKaLITa said...

oh hawaii....i need some of your boogy boardin waves asap!!! i bet you had an absolute blast!! i bet you're super tan! :) i'm way jealous!

Rolled Up Pretty and Cut Off Thoughts said...

Oh my gosh Allison, that looks AMAZING!

Heather said...

When I think of Hawaii the first thing that comes to mind is YOU! Allison and Hawaii go hand in hand. Looks like you had a blast!

Mark Zamaitis said...

Hello my name is Mark and I came across your blog while searching for Turtle Cave on Kauai. I have been trying to find this cave forever! We will be going back to Kauai this July 2016 and I would so love to visit this place. Can you please give me directions in how to find this cave? My email address is mzamaitis@verizon.net and thank you in advance.