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Sunset at Buddha Point May 14, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Beach,Hawaii,Photography — Kelocity @ 10:46 am
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There are few things in the world more beautiful than a sunset at Buddha Point. It’s a must-see when you’re in Hawaii. It did not disappoint. Adele was pretty tired, but she got a second wind when she realized it was a special moment to experience.

I present you: The Buddha Point Sunset in Pictures:
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The Buddha Point namesake statue:

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This picture. The lei. That hair. The golden sunlight. That grin. Love.

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Upside Down! Nothing makes her giggle more!

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Obligatory Family Photo!

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The sun, still high above the horizon.

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Baby Silhouettes!

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There it goes! Just beautiful. We took a second to celebrate our little family as the sun dipped below the earth. How lucky we are to have each other and to share that moment together. So incredibly lucky.

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Goodnight, Hawaii!

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The Beach: Swimming in A Bay May 13, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Beach,Hawaii — Kelocity @ 10:45 pm
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The closest beach to our hotel was ‘A Bay’, which is located right on the property of the Waikoloa Marriott. We know that nearby Hapuna Beach is more beautiful, secluded and swim friendly, but we didn’t really feel like schlepping all our stuff and an 11-month old all the way there. We got all the benefits of a beach day, without the hassle at A Bay. It was a beautiful morning.
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Oh hey, Pacific Ocean! Don’t you look pretty!

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Time to go swimming!
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As much as she loved being in the Ocean (for the first time!!), she liked the shore better so she could feel the waves lap her little feet.
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As much as we loved being at the Ocean, there wasn’t much shade and it was HOT.
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So after a couple of hours, we packed up and headed back to our hotel pool which has an abundant of umbrellas. You can’t go to Hawaii and not go to the beach! But we thought with Adele being so young, it was more fun at the pool.
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I can’t wait for a year or two from now when she’ll get excited about sand castles and shell collecting. Hopefully we have a little beach baby in the making.

 

Pool Floaties May 7, 2013

Filed under: Hawaii,Swimming — Kelocity @ 4:50 am
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On Saturday, we checked into our hotel and Adele took a nap and then we headed straight to the pool! But you can’t take an 11-month old swimming without an inflatable tube, can you? Daddy to the rescue! Adele was pretty excited at the idea.
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SWIMMING!
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The pools are salt-water and the water was so refreshing. Don’t let Adele fool you, though the air was cooler that day, the water was warm.
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We think she was still a little jetlagged that first day, she wasn’t too impressed by much that afternoon. It’s a lot to take in for a little kid!
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This towel hoodie was Irving’s when he was a kid! 
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That night, we baked a pizza in our room and called it an early night. Adele hit the sack at 6:30p (and slept for 12 hours + 3 more in the morning! For those who are counting, that’s 15 HOURS with a short milk break in between!) Hawaiian air tuckered her out I think!

Irving and I picked up a movie (Silver Lining Playbook– Loved it!) and were asleep ourselves by 8:15pm. I could get used to this!

Sunday morning, while Adele was sleeping the morning away, we enjoyed coffee, bagels and mimosas on the patio outside.
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We were up at 6a so we had three hours to soak in the Hawaiian morning sans baby. I dove into a book for the first time in months.
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Once sleepyhead did decide to wake, she had a fruit and yogurt breakfast with us.
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And then it was time to hit the pool again! She was much more awake this time and she loved it! She was ready to take on the waves.
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The kiddie pool is 1ft. deep and has a pebble beach (instead of sand). This is a mother’s dream. No sand = no mess. Awesome. 
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We let her play with some beach toys for a while.
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And then we brought out the pool floatie! She was a fan.
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They won’t let you take pool floaties in the big kid area because there are waterfall ledges and waterslide shoots that could be dangerous, so we took her for a walk down the lazy river instead.
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Haha she makes the funniest faces now, but this one shows off her four big teeth in the front! She’s working on getting two more, they started coming in a few weeks ago, but they seem to be taking a while for some reason.
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After our swim, we spent the morning at the Hilton Waikaloa resort!

To be continued!

 

LAX –> Hilo May 6, 2013

Filed under: Hawaii — Kelocity @ 3:45 pm
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This trip to Hawaii is really the first true ‘vacation’ that we’ve taken as a family. It’s not a typical ‘Kelley and Irving’ trip either. We usually go-go-go-go and visit as many landmarks and historical sights as we can possibly squeeze in.

This time is different. We had no real agenda. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. Traveling with Adele has been easy and fun. She’s a great traveler anyways, but she really kicked it up a notch on this trip. I think we’ll keep her.

Friday afternoon, the three of us boarded a non-stop flight from LAX to Hilo. We were lucky enough to score a whole row to ourselves, so Adele got to stretch out and play in between us. She did great, we even got compliments on how well behaved she was at the end of the flight from fellow passengers. She took a nice two hour nap on daddy in the middle and both Irving and I were able to read a few magazines. Bliss. She snacked on puffs, a food pouch and some milk when she woke up and before we knew it, we were landing.

We booked one night in Hilo so we wouldn’t have to make the two hour trek to Kona at 11 o’clock at night. Irving spent a couple of years going to college in Hilo before we met, so he always gets excited to see his old stomping grounds. We had to stop at one of his favorites restaurants when we were in town, and the owner recognized him! It’s been almost 13 years since he had been there! Crazy!

Our hotel room had two beds. I got a glorious bed to myself and Adele and Irving shared. All three of us slept for a solid 8 hours. Irving was up early and headed out to explore Coconut Island while Adele and I got another hour of sleep in. He was out there before sunrise, it looked so peaceful and beautiful.
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There really isn’t anything like a Hawaiian sunrise/sunset, right!
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Meanwhile, Adele and I got ready and took some pictures in the room.
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Soon, Irving came back to get his girls, and the three of us were out the door for a walk at 6am. (Because of the time difference, we’ve been going to bed pretty early and waking up between 5a and 6a. I NEVER do that at home, but out here, it just feels right!)
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You can’t really read it, but this Banyan Tree was planted by Emelia Earhart in the 1930s.
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The purpose of our walk was to get some fresh air and take in the pretty scenery — err… just kidding. That is a lie. We were on a mission to find some fresh malasadas. Mission accomplished. We split a Coconut Cream and Passionfruit Jelly one. Mmmm.
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We headed back to the room around 7:30a to pack up and get on the road. But first, let’s just take a minute to check out the amazing signage inside the hotel. Huh?
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I’m embarrassed to tell you how long it took us to find our room for the first time.

Anyways, around 8a, we hit the road to travel to other side of the island to Kona. It was a pretty drive and Adele slept the whole way there.
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Pinch me, I can’t believe our little family is in Hawaii! More pictures to come!

 

Aloha! May 5, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Hawaii,Travel — Kelocity @ 10:56 pm
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Aloha! Greetings from Hawaii!
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I plan to check with more pictures and stories soon, but right now, we’re trying to unplug and live in the moment. It’s crazy how liberating it is to not be a slave to email, facebook, twitter, and my blog. I’ve only been here for two days and I’m already half way through a book (imagine that!)

It’s 8pm here and we’re heading to bed. Vacation for the win!

See you guys soon with more!

 

 
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