Our adventures in Hawaii continue! We have spent the first half of our trip so far just relaxing and being pretty low key. We switched it up from the pool to the beach…
Where we have seen humpback whales mating and playing in the water each day. It is one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen, and I can’t believe how close they get to the shore!
The water here is absolutely beautiful. Clear water with rocky and coral bottoms – perfect for snorkeling and exploring. I might rent some snorkel gear from the pool area to go explore some of it today or tomorrow.
There are some big leaning trees toward the back of the beach that provided us with the perfect amount of shade. It’s funny that I used to go on vacation and bake in the sun all day. Looking at me on this trip, you’d never know I have spent most of the day outside! SPF 50 for everyone, and that’s a change that is most definitely for the better.
I’m kind of a psycho about making sure Cullen stays covered and out of the sun, and I’ve loved having his little sunglasses and sunhat to keep his head nice and cool. Born in Seattle in October, he’s never felt anything quite like this! His little swim trunks and swim diapers just kill me.
After a few unsuccessful tries in the pool, we decided to give it another go yesterday. We found one of the smaller pools seemed to be a bit warmer, and Cullen cautiously let us put him the whole way in!
Turns out we have a little shark on our hands! He discovered that the water is actually really fun, and we both laughed hysterically watching him splash and play. He didn’t even mind all the water in his face, and he kept kicking his pudgy little legs.
Even though he won’t remember any of this, I know it was a moment Casey and I will hold onto for a long time. Every one of his “firsts” is special, and all of these vacation firsts have been so fun to watch. I took a few videos too, so that I can show them to him when he is 15 and hates me.
Once our little fish had had enough of the water, we headed back to dry off and get ready for a beach walk. Cullen was due for a good snooze, so Casey strapped him on and we covered him with a light blanket to avoid the sun. Life doesn’t get much better than a gorgeous walk on the beach with your husband, who has your sleeping baby on his chest.
We walked all the way to the end of the Ka’anapali beach, and back. When we first planned this trip I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea. Originally Casey’s parents were going to come with us to help with Cullen, and when they had to cancel I considered that we just cancel the whole thing since it would be too hard. Now that we are here, I’m so glad we came.
Every day of parenting brings new lessons and new surprises, and traveling 7 hours over the ocean together has taught me a lot about our family and what we can do. Even though he tells me I’m a great mom all the time, I think spending a week of round the clock time with Cullen has also given Casey a new appreciation for my role as a stay at home mom. :)
Our trip has been a nice mix of fun play time with Cullen at the beach and the pool, and some quiet alone time with Casey during beach walks and in the evenings. Life feels really good.
We walked back along the beach boardwalk…
And eventually made our way back to the Honua Kai.
In the evenings, we’ve made dinner and relaxed in the room while Cullen has happily played on a blanket. Big discovery of the week? His FEET!
And once he goes to bed, we get to cuddle up and eat dinner together and just relax. Another room-cooked meal – taco night with tofu, beans, avocado, brown rice, and salsa on corn tortillas.
Eaten on the couch while we watched the movie In Time (which I thought was really good!). Not sure what today will bring, but the sun is shining so we are heading out!
PS – For any moms or expecting moms, don’t miss my Babble giveaway for Charlie Banana swim diapers (open until Friday!).