Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Travel: More Fun From Hawaii



   
So we are back in California after our week in Hawaii. We had a fabulous time just being lazy, laying in the sand, walking around town and exploring the beaches around the island.
While we were there, there was a May 1st festival and the Spam Jam {yes, everything was made with Spam!} right by our hotel. It was great to get to experience all the local fun that Waikiki had to offer. I've stayed on this part of the island many times but had never been to anything like either events. The locals are so friendly and warm in nature that you forget that you're miles away from home. 
On Thursday, we drove to the Southeast part of Oahu and stopped at Lanikai Beach and Hanauma Bay for swimming and snorkeling. The kids had such a great time building sand castles and finding sea shells.
On Friday, we went to the Honolulu Zoo, again, right down the street from where we were staying. After that, we hung around Waikiki and watched another beautiful sunset. Saturday we celebrated my birthday with dinner at a favorite restaurant of mine, where the band sang me 'Happy Birthday' and brought out the best apple bread cake ever! On Sunday, we celebrated Jake's birthday with a giant chocolate cupcake, which he LOVED! Even though we share a birthday, I thought it was nice to spend two days celebrating {I mean, the more birthday fun, the better, right?}.
Oh, and the flight home was perfect.. like, a whole new baby was flying home with us perfect. I have no idea what changed because I was ready for another horrible flight, but it was like some birthday miracle that Jake was really calm and quiet on the flight home. 
And I have to give a shout out to the best hubby ever for taking us on this great holiday to celebrate my 30th birthday and Jakob's 1st! We are really lucky to have him! 
Have a wonderful Tuesday. 

34 comments:

  1. A spam festival! That's awsome, I bet there were actually some delicious treats to be had there. I've always wanted to go to Hawaii, looks like it's definitely worth the trip!

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    1. Oh my gosh, yes! I'm not a fan of Spam but my kids were in heaven! They even had Spam nachos!

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  2. Beautiful shots - looks like you had a blast... :)
    Happy Wordless Wednesday!

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  3. Super series of shots - it makes me want to go!
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-bubble-man.html

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  4. While I'm not so sure about the spam festival (not my thing haha) this post is making me miss Hawaii- it's been too long!

    I stopped by from Totally Talented Tuesdays.

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  5. I think I might be the only person in the world who likes spam!

    Sounds like you had a lovely time, I would LOVE to hit Hawaii!

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    1. Lol you and my kids! My hubby had never tried it and he liked it too!

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  6. As a Monty Python fan, I would love to see a spam festival! Hawaii looks fantastic - gorgeous beaches :)

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  7. Amazing pictures!! Your trip looked like a lot of fun! (:

    Amanda
    www.blissfulgal.com

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  8. Beautiful photos and looks like a great time was had.

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  9. Happy, happy birthday to you! These pictures are so gorgeous, and I'm glad you guys had such an amazing vacation! I'm envying the beach and that incredible-looking cupcake. Also, your kids are just the cutest.

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  10. Your photos make me miss home - Ewa Beach. I only visit during the holidays, but I'm so happy you had a wonderful Hawaiian vacation.

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    1. I'm sorry you miss home! But boy are you lucky to call this home!!

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  11. Looks like you guys had a great holiday! You have a beautiful little family :)

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  12. beautiful family, and you have great photos! I miss Hawaii! It's unbelievably amazing there. I'm glad you had a great time!

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  13. I am beyond jealous of your time in Hawaii! I loved your blue cover-up!

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    1. Thanks Lauren! Styles for Less!!! They have so many styles and colors!!

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  14. I've never been to Hawaii but by Golly now I feel like I simply have to. And the cover up is amazing. Seems like you all enjoyed yourselves. :)

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  15. Oh those are just gorgeous! No wonder people love Hawaii!

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  16. Your photos are gorgeous. You are very talented and have a beautiful family.

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  17. The water is so perfectly clear. Looks like you are having a wonderful time.

    Mollyxxx

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  18. beautiful! happy birthday's all around. for my 30th we went to holland, and it was such an adventure. i'm thinking we'll have to do something for the 40th, too, don't you think?!?!
    b

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    1. Oh my gosh, yes...you have to go somewhere amazing! I love the Netherlands...which part did you go?

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  19. Spam Festival? Where are all the pictures from that? :) It looks like you guys had such a great time. I hope to get back to Hawaii one day, but it is such a long flight from Florida. I'm not sure I'm ready to do that with 4 kids. As always thanks for linking up to #BigTopBlogParty

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    1. Lol my pictures from there are full of tourist! But it was fun! And yes, the flight from FL to HA would be too much for me to handle, too!

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  20. So jealous. Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you on tonight at 7. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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  21. IT makes me want to go there so bad!!! great pics , and beautiful family!

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  22. I'm so jealous! Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!

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