We've just returned from a ten day vacation in Hawaii and I'm feeling like I need to go on another vacation with how pooped I am. Wes has not been adjusting to the time difference this time around and we are all a little tired around here!
Anyhoo, our trip was incredible and exactly what we needed. The first few days we stayed in a little cottage on the beach and it was basically the dream. I did not want to leave. Envision waking up with the sun to the sound of crashing waves, a family snuggled in one bed for sleeps, smoothies for every breakfast, the beautiful sunshine on our skin all day, picking up fruit at the local stands … perfection I say. The slow and simple life that pulls on my heart strings.
That first morning we all woke up around three and couldn't help Wesley back to sleep for an hour or so. Eventually he lulled to sleep by the sound of the ocean, so both boys ended up asleep outside on the lawn chair until sunrise. As always, I was the only one that couldn't go back to sleep. I went out there to check on them a couple hours later to find one of the most beautiful sights of my life. Both of them skin to skin, snoozing away while the sun made an appearance, absolutely breathtaking, a memory forever etched on my heart.
My whole family had the opportunity to be there (with the exception of one brother) and this was a miracle in and of itself. It's rare the nine of us and our spouses are all in the same place, so to spend days in paradise together was such a treat. The last night we were all together we spent out in the bay, lounging in inner tubes, laughing and being beyond silly while the sun went down. The view was incredible, the company even better... Another memory I will always cherish and remember.
I realize it's silly to wish I were living in paradise since that is far from our reality, but I came home wanting to bring more of the magic of the island to our life here. Daily exercise, healthy eating and being outside everyday are some things I think we can incorporate more of. I'm grateful that wherever we live, there is beauty and adventure and fun to be had. Aloha, and until next time.