For our ten year anniversary we visited the happiest place on earth! I love O'ahu and felt blissfulness and glee just bubbling out of me during the trip. I absolutely loved sharing this special place with our kids.
At one point I found myself bursting with laughter with a homeless man after several failed attempts at putting my shopping cart in the cart-return. He and I watched my cart roll backwards undoing all my effort, we looked at each other and roared with laughter. I felt like I left the island with 20 new friends, including this man.
Lydia had a hard time on the flight (and 2 teeth broke through her gums 2 days later) but the girls did great once we were on Hawaii. We stayed in a condo on Haleiwa, right on the beach and loved playing in the sand and water!
|My little globe trotter|
The next morning we woke up early and drove to Waimanalo beach. For years I dreamed of having a barefoot beach wedding, and I was a little let down by our temple marriage 10 years ago... So we made my dream come true and renewed our vows on the beach. We had an officiate and a short sunrise ceremony. Hawaii does not disappoint! It was everything I hoped it would be: enchanting, romantic, sweet and genuine.
|Reading his vows|
|Does Reverend Kermit looks like a random weirdo watching us?|
|It's official: we're married (again!)|
|My friend Nguyen took our family photos. He's a talented photographer!|
|I took these ones. I love the pics of the girls!|
|I love love love this picture. Sisterhood summed up in a photo.|
A few days into our trip I found this fantastic humongous tree and we took a few more photos.
|Monster wave at our favorite swimming hole|
|The waves at some of the beaches were huge- 15 to 20 feet (that's 30-40 feet faces!)|
|I used to run from my house to this pier once a week during sunrise. It's become one of my treasured memories of living on O'ahu.|
|We spent one day on Waikiki. Avery loved swimming in the protected pools! I was excited to get back to sleepy Haleiwa.|
|Banyan trees. So cool.|
|My favorite dessert of all time. The Hula Pie at Duke's Restaurant|
|Diamond Head view from anywhere on Waikiki.|
|It was crowded!|
|I sure love this girl|
|Avery's first "surfing" experience. She got splashed and cried, lol|
|Some day this will be a real wave!|
|Avery tried to snorkel at Shark's Cove but it was too cold.|
|She spent hours exploring and playing on all the beaches we visited.|
|This beautiful smiling babe came onto our beach to sun bathe. Hawaiian Monk Seals are endangered, so we felt very lucky to have seen her!|
|The semi-wild birds are such pests, always pecking and begging for food.|
|Another "wild" animal|
|Waiamea Falls. The water was very cold, I'm proud of Avery for getting in with me!|
|I really love this :)|
|Avery wasn't impressed with Matsumotos shaved ice. She picked around the beans, my favorite part.|
|Lydia ate about 3 cups of sand.|
|I ran out to Ka'ena point while watching the most incredible sunset.|
|This was our sunset dinner on our deck to celebrate our 10 years together.|
|We saw a lot of turtles, but didn't touch any!|
|Nay and Sparky snuggling|
|Todd ran Ka'ena point and beyond. He did one run that was 21 miles long!|
|This photo is a real dream come true for me. Combining my favorite people with my favorite place made me happy!|