Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Adam and I got the opportunity through some friends/family to go to Hawaii for a week. It was a spur of the moment vacation, especially because it was getting close to my last days of traveling pregnant, but we decided to go. (I am currently 29 weeks!)

We drove to Utah on Friday the 20th and stayed with my parents for a few days. It was a perfect amount of time for Bryson to become reacquainted with grandma and grandpa before we left him for a week.

On Sunday morning we were packing up to leave for the airport and got a call that our flight got canceled and the flight that they put us on was for the next day! ARE YOU KIDDING ME! AN ENTIRE DAY ... That wasn't going to fly with me. So after getting hung up on 2 times by Delta Supervisors, I finally got somewhere and about an hour later we were headed for the airport to catch our flight. Isn't it sad that you have to be firm to get your way sometimes! I sure hate it.

We flew to Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii, and rented a silver Mustang convertible. Hey if you're going to do a trip to Hawaii, you might as well do it right! We stayed at the Hilton Wikoloa Village Resort. IT WAS UNREAL!!! We had a little get-together that evening with Adam's brother Sean and his in-laws ... then off to sleep. We both woke up at 4:30 am ... our time 7:30 am ... but managed to sleep a little longer and start our tropical vacation! (The first picture above is our view from our balcony.)

Rather than bore you all with a bunch of details that you probably don't care about, I will give you a little list of things we did:
Took a trip to Costco to get food for breakfasts and lunch (food at the resort was WAY expensive).
Visited a different beach every day that was near the resort
Toured the island and saw an active volcano as well as a black sand beach
Swam & Kayaked in the resort lagoon that was open to the ocean with sea turtles and eels.
Adam snorkeled every day including two excursions. One at night to swim with the Mantas and another during the day in the middle of the ocean ... which ended up being better whale watching than snorkeling
I visited a local cafe for Breakfast one morning with my sister-in-law Sara while Adam went snorkling. All I can say is Hawaiian Sweet Bread french toast with coconut syrup! It changed my life!
We had a few good laughs at Mandy's horrible sunscreen job ... (lets just say that my feet looked like I had a disease!)
Got $1 ice cream cones each afternoon at the ice cream social. Ummm Macadamia Nut Ice Cream!
Paid $17 each for a hamburger at the resort ... yeah ... now you know why we went to Costco!
Walked what seemed like 10 miles each day because we were too impatient to take the tram around the resort
Attended an incredible Luau
Enjoyed one last vacation before our new little guy comes. It was SUCH a blast!


Shelley and Jeff said...

Super Cute Mandy. Looks like you had a wonderful time. You are one lucky girl.

Heather Ballard said...

Hawaii is my favorite place to vacation. That is awesome that your parents took Bryson for a whole week. Your last vacation before your family grows. Are you ready for another? I know I am not but ready or not, here she comes. This pregnancy has flown.

The Marecle's said...

Sounds like you guys had a blast!! Hawaii is such a great place to go and visit.

Mia said...

What a beautiful thing to have a dream vacatio together, especially before your family gains 1! I love that you went to Costco on vacation! You look absolutely beautiful with your beautiful pregnant belly!