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22 December 2010

Enjoying My Blogger Vacation

I wanted to take a few minutes this morning to post a couple pictures from our trip so far.  To be quite honest with you, I haven't taken as many photos as I would have liked, but juggling Olivia {and all of our accoutrements} AND the camera just isn't as easy as I would like.  So, I'm relying on stealing the ones that my brother has been taking {and those have yet to be uploaded here}.

We are really having a fabulous time.  The week on the cruise seemed to fly by.  Just about the time I got used to the motion of the ocean, it was time to get off the boat!  We had some beautiful sights from our room and were able to enjoy some excursions off the boat as well.

After doing the first cruise-organized excursion, which consisted of a 5 hour bus ride and about an hours worth of activities, we realized renting a car would be a much better {and cheaper} use of our time.  We drove up to Waimea Canyon, but the car ride was just a bit much for sweet Olivia and the rest of our drive was filled with the not-so-sweet smell of, well, you know.

Olivia's favorite activities BY FAR are going to the beach and swimming in the pools.  She LOVES the water and just can't seem to get enough of it.  Even the biggest waves don't phase her.

This is a picture of my two favorite people with our cruise ship in the background.  See that little orange boat to the right of the picture?  That's the boat that took us to shore since our ship was docked in the middle of the Pacific.  {Well, not quite the middle.}  

David and I have even been able to do a couple things out on our own {sans baby and diaper bags loaded with snacks and entertainment} thanks to our on board babysitters.  My parents have happily watched Olivia on a number of occasions allowing us to go explore or even just have a couple of drinks at the bar.

While in Honolulu, we visited the 'Iolani Palace and this statue {across the street} of King Kamehameha and also hit up Waikiki Beach and saw the statue of Duke Kahanamoku.

Before heading to Maui the next day, we went to a luau at Paradise Cove.  I had never been to a luau before, but still sort of knew what to expect.  This luau absolutely blew us away.  There were so many activities to do before the food and dancing started - we went for a boat ride, made headbands out of coconut leaves {David has some serious skills there} and even allowed Olivia to get her first {temporary} tattoo.  

Last night, Ryan, David & I went to see a musical/play called 'Ulalena and tonight we are all going to see Cirque Polynesia.  Mom and Dad are going to watch Olivia on Thursday night so the three of us can go to one of the most raved about magic shows on the island, Warren and Annabelle's.  

As for now, my daughter is BEGGING me to help her get her swimsuit on so we can hit up the beach and the pool.  How do I say no to that?

We are missing you all greatly during this holiday season, but are enjoying ourselves immensely.

Happy Wednesday from Kaanapali Beach!


Poppy said...

Nice pics. But where's is Poppy and Nana's pics? Oh, wait, we're the babysitters!

Mom Cooper said...

What great memories for all of us. Being in Hawaii=awesome. Spending time with family=outstanding. Having so much time with Olivia=PRICELESS.

Irma said...

Sounds like a great time. Glad to see that nobody appeared to get sunburned!