So thrilled to share this month’s version of What ___ Looks Like … from Hawaii. Each month I use this post to write a letter to Brooks so he won’t forget the little details and big events in our life.
As many of you know, some pretty amazing friends surprised us with a trip of a lifetime. Once our trip was planned, it seemed like it would never be here. We counted down the months, then the weeks, and finally the days. It was so hard to be at school on Tuesday knowing that Auntie and Sky were driving down to SD that evening. I couldn’t wait to spend 11 days in Oahu at the Aulani with you, Auntie and Sky.
I loved that you wanted to wear this shirt to Hawaii because you thought it would make Auntie happy to see you wearing it (since she gave it to you as a gift from her last trip).
After such a long flight, you and Sky were over the moon to see that our shuttle from the airport turned out to be a limo. I loved the excited smile on your face during the entire drive.
I had to pinch myself many times … it was so hard to believe that we really got to call this gorgeous place home during our trip. I love this picture of the resort’s lagoon from my phone taken the first night we were there.
I thought a little reminder of Valentine’s day while we were there. I smiled every time I looked at this door.
It wasn’t until we had been there a week that I finally brought out my camera. Here are just a few images showing off the gorgeous resort. These first two are from our room … such an incredible view.
Each morning I would wake up before everyone else, grab my book and a cup of tea, and head down to the pool to grab chairs at our favorite spot. You were in and out of the pool all day long, from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm … every single day!
The infinity pool was my favorite place to soak of the beauty of our lagoon. I always headed straight for it every time after I was in the pool, lazy river or ocean. So so dreamy! I spent so much time gazing out in a search for whales … a bit bummed that I never saw any.
Every morning we would try to guess what color the pool wrist bands would be. Sky and I loved keeping the whole collection on our wrists the entire vacation, while each day you and Auntie couldn’t wait to cut off the old one.
Fun at the lagoon!
Every day (and sometimes twice a day) at 11:00 you and Sky came by to grab the room charge card and take our orders for shaved ice. I don’t think you tried anything other than root beer with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Every day I had the half orange and half strawberry with a scoop of vanilla. The yummiest part of the day!
What’s a trip to a Disney resort without a Character breakfast?! I think I was more excited about this than you were! A visit with Mickey, Minnie and Goofy made for a very special meal.
We were both a little bummed that whenever we were out in the lagoon, we didn’t see much marine life, so we were happy to visit the reef at the resort. You were an expert at snorkeling!
No surprise that another highlight for me were the pool parties! Around 2:00 there would be different pool parties that involved more of our favorite characters. Sky and I loved watching you join in on the fun, too!
We also had so much fun with the underwater camera in the lagoon.
When you woke up you would quietly grab the laptop and headphones to watch shows until Sky woke up. It always made Auntie and I smile to listen to you belly laughing at your silly shows. You two also spent time learning new tips and tricks for your favorite apps.
I busted out my camera only one other morning to try to grab a few pictures of us together and get some of Auntie and Sky. We also brought some of Grampy’s ashes to scatter while we were there.
Grabbing the wrist bands before you two took off for the slides.
Of course you went straight for the jacuzzi after the slides. This was always the first spot I’d look for you when I needed to find you.
Our last breakfast at our favorite spot … you two enjoyed the most delicious hot chocolate as we overlooked the beach.
Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful vacation with me. We really are so lucky to have so many people who pray for us and love us.
I hope the memories of this trip last a lifetime for you.
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