Friday, April 11, 2014

Christmas 2013

Hawaii (sigh)

Day 1: we walked around the harbor, rented a SUP and tried SUP yoga! I loved it. We were laughing so hard. We ate at the resort on the beach. The food was blah, but the view.... Wow.
Day 2: we met up with Aunt Jolene who is on a mission at the PCC. We did some family names at the temple, walked around the grounds (breathtaking us an understatement). We spent the rest of the day at the PCC.
Day 3: our 10th anniversary. We went on an amazing helicopter tour of the island. We hiked Makapuu and looked over the lighthouse. We added our lock to the fence and threw the key in the ocean.we ate dinner at a super fancy restaurant, but since we didn't have time to change, we were in our bathing suits :)
Day 4: we went to Pearl Harbor. The reverence there was so humbling. I will never forget it. That afternoon, we hiked Wameia Falls and swam in the pool under the waterfall. We ate fresh fruit from the farmers market on the way down. Delicious.... So delicious!!
Day 5: we went on our own culinary tour of the island! Tons of people told us about places we HAD to eat. We ate ice cream, more farmers market fruit, Romy's shrimp shack, Matsumoto's shaved ice (the hands down winner) and more ice cream from the Dole Plantation. We stopped at several beaches and saw sea turtles and a whale!!
Day 6: we went snorkeling at Hanauma Bay. We heard that the crowds get crazy, so we went at 6:30 am. We watched the sun rise and it was AMAZING! Hardly anyone was there that early, so we really got to enjoy the beauty there. That night, our resort lit fireworks on the beach and we watched from our window. 
Day 7: no pictures :( we visited our friend, Stacy, who is pregnant with triplets and in the hospital on bed rest. It was a lot of fun to catch up and see her. We also went on one more beautiful drive up to the North Shore and met Aunt Jolene for dinner. 

The trip was amazing. It was so fun to spend undistracted time with Russ. I love making memories like this with him, and can't wait to do it again!!