Last Hawaii Post!! Promise!
We were able to witness a Solar Eclipse the week we were there! If you look at the glare, you can see the moon’s shadow sliding over the sun! I viewed it with special glasses and I promise it looked much cooler than it does in this photo.
On our last day in Hawaii, we had to check out at 10am, but our flight wasn’t until 8pm out of Hilo. So we went for one last swim in our pool (and showered in the Hospitality Suite) and then took our time driving across the island until we had to leave.
We stopped for lunch at Tex’s Drive In (yum!) and then landed at Akaka Falls.
After our fill of water falls, we continued our drive to Hilo. We quickly visited Hilo Hatties and the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut factory once we got there! You better believe we sampled our way through that store! YUM!
And with that, we conclude our picture journal of our first official vacation as a family of three.
Each of our Hawaiian mornings began like this. Adele waking up at 6:30a for a quick cup of milk before heading back to bed for another 3 hours. The sun was just starting to show it’s glow, the resort was sleepy and the mischievous cats were roaming the backyard. Just wanted to post a few pictures to capture how perfect it was. It’s these little moments I treasure the most in life.
Oh hey, Milk Beard!
Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty!
Our goal for our trip to Hawaii was to relax and enjoy the resort as much as possible. In fact, we only left the property once (to visit Kona). But with a room like this, why would you ever want to leave?
Our unit was bigger than my home in LA! We had two bedrooms, so Adele was able to have her own space and sleep soundly. (Man, that’s an understatement. She seriously slept 15 hours almost every night!)
We reserved a crib from the hotel (free of charge), but we brought our own sheets (and I manically wiped the whole thing down with antibacterial wipes before she slept in it. ha! We also rented a high chair which worked out really well for all the meals we enjoyed in our unit too.
Below, you can see what I packed for her. Things I didn’t use/need: shoes, sandals, socks, pants, cardigan, sunglasses. She mostly lived in onsies, bathing suits and dresses the whole time we were there.
Before we checked into our hotel, we spent a few hours shopping for things we needed for the week. At Walmart, we got diapers, sand toys, POG, cream cheese and paper plates/utensils. At the grocery store, we stocked up on OJ, Deli meat/cheese/milk, macaroni salad, yogurt for Adele, bananas and produce. At Costco, we grabbed a case of water, 3 bottles of Champagne and one more bottle of wine, a block of good cheese, a mac-nut pie!, big bowl of cut fruit, bread, bagels, salad, a pizza and some other random food items. Yea, it took a few hours of our vacation, but saved us hours and hours (and money) during the week. Adele had to nap anyways, so we enjoyed all but 3 meals in our room.
Confession…. we ended up with SEVEN bags to schlep on the plane: Car seat, stroller, checked bag, golf clubs, diaper bag (backpack), Camera Bag (3 different cameras, 3 lenses and an underwater housing!) and a Briefcase. Not to mention an 18 pound baby to carry too!
Somehow we managed it all. It was a pain at the airports, but we were really happy to have everything we needed to be comfortable during our week. It’s not typically how we pack and travel, but we basically moved in this time. Not sure we could have done it any different without sacrificing something. No regrets. It was an incredible week.
One more Poolside Photo Recap post for ya! Just a collection of some photos from the week.
First up… pictures from the Golf Clubhouse where we met daddy for lunch one day! He had a golf PR (is that a thing?) that morning! Best round he’s ever played!
We found a patch of grass and set up shop one afternoon. Irving and I took turns on baby duty while the other one read magazines and books. Heaven. Adele just played with a shovel. ha!
This picture is so funny because Adele is TERRIFIED of grass. She won’t go near it unless she absolutely has to. She kept peeking under the towel to check to see if it was still there. Spoiler Alert: it was!
Of course, when it was my turn to read, I couldn’t peel my eyes away from these two.
I spy Daddy and Adele!
Don’t worry, I had Adele safely on land when Irving did a little waterfall dive here!
Another snack! Each one of these little puffs is 1/3 calorie! I don’t really mind if she has a handful here or there. They’re more of a distraction than anything else really.
Awe, daddy loves!
So apparently there are goats on the resort property? Kind of random, no?
Are you guys sick of Hawaii pictures yet? Few more posts and I’m done, sorry!
Adele looks too cute in her bathing suit, so I have to just do a photo dump again to share all these pictures! These were taken in our hotel pool (which was salt water instead of chorine! So nice!) Enjoy!
These stayed on for 1.2 seconds. Oh well, still cute!
Irving participated in the Water Slide Relay race (believe it or not, there were more adults than kids playing!) He won a prize too! Red Vines and a plush soccer ball for Adele!
PS… Twizzles > Red Vines in my book. Am I right?!
On our last full night in Waikoloa, we decided to trek over to Buddha Point again for another gorgeous sunset. But the orange sky wasn’t in the cards for us, we were greeted by an unusually cloudy sky.
Once the sun set (well, when we THINK it set… too many clouds to tell for sure!) we headed out for late-ish dinner down the street. Adele was tired, but we kept her entertained with bread and crayons.