Not a Honeymoon

I don't mind staying in three different hotels on one vacation because it makes the vacation seem that much longer.  The  Grand Waikikian is even better in person then it looks on the internet.  The hardwood floors, the kitchen, the bathrooms, and tons of space.  Everything about it was perfect.  My parents stayed with us, and everyone else was in different hotels.

Mom and Dad

This is our fourth time to Hawaii and hiking was pretty much the only activity I wanted to do, so after the four of us checked in we went directly to Manoa Falls Trail.   It was more muddy and slippery than it was challenging, but it was a good hike for the four of us.

older sister and nephew
This is the sister who claims she doesn't like to travel.  How is she my sister?  I got a shirt, but her trip souvenir was two new tattoos! Saying no to travel is like saying, no to taking space away from the job and your every day wash rinse repeat routine to experience new and fun things.  It doesn't have to be as far as Hawaii, or even require an airplane, but travel is travel and I really hope that she has a new appreciation for stepping outside of her small town and doing something different. 
Baby M is not so sure about this whole beach day thing
I haven't yet mastered swimming, and have this odd fear of fish.  Learning how to breathe underwater and walk on the ocean floor with sharks was not on my wish list, so MJ took T's new hubby along and they had a fantastic time.  The rest of us spent the day at the beach.

the kids were done
The newlyweds were not rid of us yet.  Not a single day went by that they didn't see friends and family.  We were all within one mile of each other, so it worked, but it wasn't the same!!  Group activities take so long to get going.  Trying to coordinate dinner, or anything really was a bit of a nightmare.  It took forever for all of us to make it to the beach.  That night we were all starving and it seemed to take forever for everyone to be ready and to decide on a place that could accommodate all 8 1/2 of us.  We went looking for Round Table because the wait at Yard House was too long, and it turns out it was actually just Round Table Pizza served inside a place called Giovanni Pastrami.  Okay...that's clear as mud.  Don't call it Round Table when it's not Round Table!  We would have never found it if I hadn't asked a valet.
surf lessons
In addition to scuba diving MJ also wanted to try surfing so he signed up for a lesson.  He was the only one in his class that actually was able to stand up and he was super sore and exhausted after he was done.  I guess surfing is pretty hard.  You see those two girls on the right?  They had a full face of make-up.  Both of them! Why do people do that?

We got in another beach day and a pool day before we had to go home.  My parents left very early Wednesday morning.  I cried.  My sister and nephew left Thursday afternoon.  I cried.  T and her husband took off on Thursday.  I cried.  What the heck is wrong with me?  We left on Friday evening.  I didn't cry, but I wanted to.  We stretched our trip out to the max; nine relaxing days...and somehow it still seemed like it wasn't long enough when we left.

Oahu was our honeymoon six years ago, and it is great but my only complaint, is that you don't get that quiet tropical island feel you expect from Hawaii.  We got that feel in North Shore, but Waikiki is very populated.  There are freeways, tall buildings, and a lot of chain restaurants and shops.  We still haven't made it to the big Island, but after hearing that the beaches are volcanic ash, I'm not so sure I want to.  Honolulu is still a great vacation, and we enjoyed it, but the next time I go back, it will be Kauai or Maui.  Kauai because it is so remote, and Maui which is not quite as remote, but has Road to Hana.  They are by far my two favorite Islands.

I don't know how he survived, but MJ traveled from Germany half way across the world to San Diego just a day and a half before we left for Hawaii.  He was tired, but he adapted pretty well during the trip.  We did a red-eye out of Honolulu and arrived in San Diego on Saturday morning.  I unpacked my suitcase so he could fill it back up.  He was home for five hours before I was driving him back to the airport, and he had to be back at work bright and early on Monday.  I'm so glad he was willing to do all that travel in such a short amount of time and that he was able to make it work with his schedule.

I cannot be without vacation in my future.  You know what that means? Time to start planning the next one.  It is not a honeymoon when your friends and family tag along so T and Tom are doing the same.

Oahu #1
Oahu #2


Faith said...

You look so fabulous!

I can imagine that a honeymoon is certainly not the same with others on it so I'm glad that they're planning another trip for just the newlyweds. I'm sure they weren't able to fully relax either if they were trying to make sure everyone was enjoying themselves vs. vacation.

I have yet to get to Hawaii, hopefully soon, so I appreciate your breakdown of the islands you enjoy most. I hope to get to Maui first!

Woo-hoo to planning your next vacation.

Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad said...

I feel so relaxed just looking at your photos! I'd love to go to Hawaii, but it's SO far from the UK (and therefore so expensive). What a great place for a honeymoon though, you're lucky to have had that! Is it somewhere you see yourself returning to fairly often? Ooh and where are you trip planning to next? I love a good trip plan :)

Tomes Edition said...

Your hair is growing nicely. Your vacations pics making me miss travelling. For now i'll live through your pics.

Lindsay said...

I agree with you about the density in waikiki!

Pegster said...

I know you crashed their honeymoon but what a fun family vacation. Definitely one for the books. I went to Hawaii on my honeymoon and I can't wait to go back, that place is truly magical.

I am so like you, I gotta have my travel plans on lock down at all times. I am always planning the next one :).

PS - your hair is growing in nicely ;)

Emily Jane said...

I loved following your Snap Chat while you were in Hawaii (I love following it now anyway btw I'm glad you're sleeping again!). Kudos to your husband for being able to keep it together after all those long flights!

Anyway, time at the beach and hiking would be my favorite things to do as well (minus eating/drinking lets be real). You look amazing, and I enjoyed all your pictures. And it's okay to cry with your family leaving. I probably would've too. I'm glad you had a good time.

Catherine Gacad said...

your whole family is radiant. and what is up with your abs? are those photoshopped?!

P!nky said...

What an incredible trip and such beautiful pictures :)!

Ashley R said...

So fun! You've done a ton of traveling this year!!

<3 Have Ashley, Will Travel