Our kids are great travelers and we love taking our kids on vacations. But this week was just for the grown ups. We did all the adventurous things we couldn't do if we traveled with our littles. One of my favorite things about hubby's job is that twice a year they give us the opportunity to earn trips to some crazy over the top locations to do a little business. They put us up in hotels that make you feel like a movie star. "Mrs. Terry, can I offer you a chilled towel?" "Mrs. Terry, let me pull your car around for you." "Can I refresh your drink, Mrs. Terry?" It is such a far cry from the Super 8 type motels we go to when we travel on our own dime! We got spoiled to the nth degree. Every time we left our room, little elves went in there and straightened it up for us. They turned down my bed every night and left me a Belgian chocolate on my pillow and turned on classical music. Opulence always makes me feel a little awkward and guilty, but this week we just rolled with it. I soaked in every minute of someone waiting on me hand and foot.
|The view from our room at the St. Regis in Kawaii|
|In the "backyard" of our hotel|
|Bustin' out of mom mode|
|How hot is this man?|
|Driving through the countryside.|
The ocean scares me to death. I'm terrified of jellyfish and octopus and stingrays. The last time I tried to jump in the ocean about 10 years ago, I hyperventilated and had to be pulled back on the boat by some giant men. I never even tried it again until this week. I figured it was now or never to conquer my fear of the ocean, so we signed up for a surfing lesson. It was probably the highlight of my trip. Kamron got up on the second wave he tried, it took me til the fourth attempt to stand upright on my board. I took a few tumbles where I snorted half the sea up my nose. It was like an extreme Netti pot. I'd love to try surfing again. It was so much fun!
|Hanalei Bay- where we took our surfing lesson|
|Check out that rainbow!|
|Lappert's Island Ice Cream was one of our favorite discoveries!|
On our last day in Hawaii, we went on a catamaran tour of the Napali Coast. National Geographic calls it one of the 10 most beautiful natural wonders in the world. I whole heartedly agree. We saw about 20 migrating humpback whales. We never saw them breach all the way out of the water, but it was so cool to see them shooting water out of their spouts on the horizon. Since I was all about conquering my fear of the ocean this week, we threw on some snorkel gear and did some snorkeling on the coast. It was amazing! We saw countless tropical fish and a couple of sea turtles. I loved the whole experience.
Overall, it was just a glorious week filled with adventure and time to be together. It's always wonderful to bring some silliness and some romance back into the picture. I'm not sure what the mister would say, but I think I fell in love with this boy all over again.