Monday, November 19, 2007

Our Hawaii Trip

I realize many of you were shocked when you saw that we went to Hawaii. To be honest, I kept forgetting that we were going to be going. For those of you who have been reading for a while, I posted about the opportunity here. Yeah, we went to one of those lame time share presentations, said "No Thank You," and got all of our "gifts." One of the gifts was a voucher for a 4 night stay in Hawaii. Of course those lovely vouchers have a lot of restrictions (ie, have to use them within one year, supposed to give 30 days notice, & of course there are the black out dates). Most the time they are virtually impossible to use, but somehow we managed. We knew that we had to go before we had the it only gave us a small window. I don't even think we gave them 30 day advance notice, but it all worked out in the end. We got it booked, and before we knew it we were on a plane to the beautiful island.

We had debated taking the kids, but in the end we brought them. There were times where we wondered what we were thinking. Overall it turned out to be a fun and memorable trip. Having the kids with us made it impossible to enjoy some of the things that Hawaii has to offer (snorkeling, hiking, and such), but it also made our trip unique in that way.

Here is some highlights of what we did on our trip:

*The first night we went to a Luau at Paradise Cove. It was a great luau right on the beach. When they started performing, Caden turned to me and said, "Mommy, why are they all naked?" (They weren't naked, but if any of you have been to a luau...they don't wear much.)

*Our second day was spent at the Polynesian Cultural Center. I highly recommend going there! You learn so much about the different surrounding islands and is much more family oriented. Caden got so excited when young children came out and performed some dances. He exclaimed, "Look! It's my dancing friends!" Every time they left, he asked when they would be coming back.

*We also went to the Dole Pineapple Plantation. There we got to ride a train, and explore the worlds largest maze. We didn't get very far in the maze, but Caden had fun choosing which way to go.

*During one of the many times we stopped to enjoy the beach, Caden decided he wanted to "put his feet" in the water. We sat and watched him take little steps closer and closer to the waters edge. Then inevitably a big wave came and knocked him off his feet. After that Caden had no desire to "get his feet wet"

*We also made a trip out to Sea Life Park (if you have seen 50 First Dates --it was filmed there) It is kinda like Sea World, but they don't have killer whales. There main thing is the dolphins, and you can pay to "swim" with them, but we opted out on that. We still had a fun time seeing all the different animals they had to offer.

*When we returned from Sea Life Park, we discovered Caden's beloved "Mousey" was missing. That was a rough night, but we called and found out that it was found at the park. Shawn was not too happy about having to make the drive out there again, but we went back and got him. I don't know what Caden would have done without him!

*We also were able to tour most of Pearl Harbor. It really is an amazing sight to see. I can only imagine how horrific it would have been to be there on that tragic day. We are truly blessed to have so many loyal men and women serve our country.

*Part of a day was spent going to the Childrens Museum, and the Bishop's Museum. Both were alot of fun, and taught alot about the culture of Hawaii. At the Children's museum they also had basically a miniature town where you could dress up and pretend to be all sorts of "workers." The kids had so much fun pretending. I have to look into finding something like that in my neck of the woods.

*When we left for Hawaii (on a Tuesday) we had asked the ticket counter if we would have problems coming home on Saturday (oh the joys of non-rev standby). She said we shouldn't have any problem. To our dismay, when Saturday rolled around...we could not get on a flight back to Phoenix. Instead we took a detour to Seattle. Our good friends Jason & Jen live there, and were kind enough to put us up for the night. *THANK YOU SO MUCH GUYS!*

*The only problem about us going to Seattle was that is was FREEZING! We were not equipped for that weather at all! We also didn't plan on having to go to church. We somehow managed to round up some sort of church clothes, and was able to go to church with our friends. I am sure some people thought it strange because Sydney was in a summer dress with sandals, but what can you do!

*Jason & Jen drove us by Snoqualmie Falls before we headed off to the airport. What a beautiful place! We hope to make it back to Seattle when the weather is a bit warmer.

As always it is good to be home. Now we are preparing for all the holidays to come! I can't believe how fast they have crept up on us! Enjoy the slide show!

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Heather said...

I am so glad you had a wonderful time! Way to be taking your last big trip before the baby comes. Your pics were beautiful!

sheri said...

How fun for you guys! Glad you didn't buy. The maintenance fees will eat cha, ya know! Sounds like you had a great time! Love hearing all about it!
I went to school there by the Cultural Center. Loved it!

PJ said...

How fun, looks so warm...sweet!

Rosie said...

I am jealous! I am trying to figure out a way to get back to Hawaii. I went to BYU-HC and have been homesick eversince. The PCC is the coolest place. It is extra special because you can feel the Spirit there. YOu often don't realize that is what it is but it is a dedicated place. Laie is a very very special spot.

I wish I had some free airfare!!!

Rhiannon Nielsen said...

Oh how I miss flying non-rev. It's so much more exciting then flying with a paid fare. Your trip sounds so much fun.

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