Monday, June 9, 2014

Tourists in Our Own Town

First of all, thank you to those of you who commented on my ultrasound post last week. Prior to writing the post, I was mostly focusing on the negatives. I guess once I got that all out, I realized that things won't necessarily be so bad. A c-section is honestly the least of my worries. I just want a healthy normal baby, which is entirely possible, no matter what it looks like the ultrasound shows.

Anyway, a couple of John's fraternity brothers have been here since Wednesday night, which has helped keep my mind off of baby things. Except for the fact that I feel like I'm the size of a baby hippopotamus and I can't sit comfortably unless my legs are wide open. Those things are constantly on my mind. Along with not being able to breathe and constantly peeing myself. #sorrynotsorry

Since the guys have been here, we've gone out and done a handful of the touristy things that there are to do in Hawaii. Even though we've lived here for over six months, many of these were firsts for us also. Having visitors is quickly helping me cross off items from my Hawaiian bucket list. The guys did their research before arriving, so there hasn't been a shortage of things to do. In fact, I'm looking forward to resting and doing nothing when they leave.

Thursday started out on the other side of the island at the Spitting Caves, a place I had no idea even existed. We continued touring the windward side of the island before calling it a day just in time for the Heat game. After traveling all day the day before, the boys were exhausted.

I was the solo tour guide for Friday morning, since John had a schmooze fest social gathering at his station for all of the local police agencies. We headed out to my favorite spot near Schofield, Waimea Beach Park. This was the first time that we had been there that the water was absolutely calm and crystal clear. In the winter, I love watching the huge waves crash up on the shore, but the calm summer waters are definitely the highlight of this place. The parking situation sucks, but the fact that it's one of the closet beaches to our house makes it worth it.

Friday evening we went to a luau at Paradise Cove. I was extremely impressed with everything that they had going on. When we first got there, there were a bunch of activities for the entire family to participate in. Then there were a couple demonstrations, followed by dinner and the performances. Eventually, I'll get around to posting a full review of the entire experience. It was a long night, but there was never a dull moment.

Saturday was a boys' day. They did a hike in the morning, followed by a US soccer game, and then some more sightseeing. I was home all day with the girls. By the time they made it back, I was rather annoyed so I'm not even quite sure what they spent the day touring.

Yesterday we attempted to cram a bunch of activities into the day. After we left the house around 10 am, we didn't return until about 8 pm. The day was spent in the sun, so although I'm definitely getting closer to achieving that sweet tan that I was hoping for, this momma was exhausted. My girls were troopers the entire day, but knocked out as soon as we hit the highway on our way home.

Since today is the boys' last day here, we're going to attempt to squeeze in a few more must do's, without getting too crazy.

I will never know how tourists come all the way out here and have an enjoyable time... There is SO MUCH to do and it doesn't seem like much time to do it all in. Add to that, the fact that East Coasters are attempting to adapt to the six hour time difference. No way I could do it! As it is, it took us close to two weeks to adjust to the time difference when we moved here, and we weren't even out doing tiring activities all day.

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  1. It's so fun to act like a tourist in the place you live. :) Sounds like you had fun!

  2. I remember thinking the same thing when we were in Seattle -- there was just too much to do and having to adjust right away to a 3 hour difference with a 1 year old in tow was a bit of a nightmare! I'd want to plan like a month in HI, not just a week!

  3. I would LOVE to go to Hawaii - but you're right, it's hard to be a tourist when you're adjusting to jet lag. I can't wait to read more about the luau!

  4. Play tourist!! Its all still so new. We are constantly finding new things to do in Alaska even though we have been here for almost 2 years. Crazy to think that! But these pictures are so pretty, sounds like you guys are havin some fun :)

  5. Sounds like a great weekend! I love being a tourist in DC. None of my friends (who grew up here) are as enthusiastic as I am.

  6. That's one of the things I love about the military. We are able to be tourists in so many different areas!

  7. I'm already planning all the tourist stuff for when my MIL comes. I think paradise cove is on the top of the list.

  8. I've been to Kauai twice, once with a 6 month old, and yeah, that time difference is crazy - but maybe that's one reason I always loved going with Kauai - smaller island so we would just spend one day at each shore and then relax. I also loved that Kauai has a lot of free things to do :) Glad you were able to get out and have fun - and hopefully we get good news at the next ultrasound!

  9. Tom and I are thinking of doing our honeymoon there, and the time difference is honestly one of our biggest worries that we don't want to waste time being sluggish. And I am a diva when it comes to sleep! That is great that you were able to see stuff that you hadn't been able to yet. Such a great opportunity for your family to be there!


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