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WW: when time stands still

We’re slowly but surely getting back into our routine after a few weeks of prepping for, then actually vacationing.  All I can say is, after all is said and done, getting back to reality sort of sucks.  The rigid sleep routine is no more; no beach weather to look forward to; no wedding to anticipate anymore.

Hawaii was nice, but I have to admit that it’s even nicer to get back to it being the three of us again.  So much of our vacation was revolved around the needs of others, not to mention, it was so challenging to juggle the tot who was having a hard time with teething AND the time change.  My vacation ended up not being so much of a vacation afterall…but that’s what I expected.

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We were so busy doing family things, that by the end, other than swimming in the pool, we hardly ever did anything that Jack really would have enjoyed. It’s no wonder he was so cranky for the last half of the trip.

As much as I may have complained about how hard it was to wake up at 4am almost every day of vacation, the truth is, I loved hanging out with Jack and exploring Hawaii on our own.  Ok, so it might have been dark out, but we found ourselves watching cool bugs and smelling flowers, guided by the moonlight—just me and my guy. His curiosity and adventurous nature took us all over the place—through the dark, through the rain, until the sunrise meant it was time to meet our waking family.

So, when I look back at all the pictures I took, it’s hard not to get so nostalgic and remember that in just a few days(!!) Jack will be turning 2.  TWO!!  I’m so grateful that those early morning wakings gave us a chance to capture Hawaii and we’ll forever have a gazillion pictures that makes time stand still…even for just a moment.

More Hawaii recap and recent adventures to come!

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It was the best of times. It was the worst of times… It’s Hawaii time

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times… Ah, but yes, it was our family vacation!

After a much needed, yet unexpected hiatus from the blogs, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on our recent trip to Hawaii for Kris’ wedding. Based on well over 1,000 photos that’s taking me a week to upload to Flickr, it’s safe to say, we had a great time in the Aloha State. But like most family vacations, there was plenty of drama too.

The first drama of the trip happened even BEFORE we left for the airport. My brother John, whose connecting flight was strategically planned for Newark so he could fly WITH us to help out with the kid was delayed, thus debunking that whole plan. Go figure.

Since this was our third trip to Hawaii, but the first with a kid in tow, we were expecting it to be significantly different. I don’t know about you guys, but a vacation with little kids isn’t even “really” a vacation. Especially when a 10.5 hr. flight is involved. Oh, yeah, and a 6 hour time difference too.

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Back in the day, Jeff and I used to pop a few Tylenol PMs and voila, we’d be in Hawaii. This trip, uh, yeah…no matter how many toys and treats we brought along, we were still that family at times. At departure, since we sat in the very back row of the plane, it was LOUD, and of course there were tears. Lots of them. After a few minutes we were good. For the rest of the long flight while we chased daylight en route to paradise, Jeff and I were tasked with entertaining Jack while he was awake. We broke out a new set of Tech Decks (which, by the way say in BOLD print that they’re only for 9 years and up) and a new Thomas Train. The Tech Decks won out. For a good hour or so, we used the tray as a ramp over and over and OVER.

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After the novelty of the tiny skate boards wore out, another meltdown ensued AND it was just about the time for naptime–thank goodness.

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Thank goodness for the 2 hour nap and a little *ahem* help.

It always feels like the trip THERE is much longer, especially when it’s nonstop and you’re trying to get used to the time change all at once. But truly, it felt like that flight aged me a few years.

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But once we arrived, the gentle glow of sunset and the sweet breezes greeted us and we couldn’t have been more relieved. We arrived at around 6:00 pm local time, which meant midnight east coast time, but surprisingly, much thanks to his rolling PBS bookbag, Jack was juuuust fine.

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That is, until Kris and Jason picked us up from the airport and we had to tell Jack it was time to ride in his carseat again.

Oh sweet Jesus. The hysteria and cries of terror from this child was disturbing. Poor kid. Poor Kris and Jason for having to cart us around with a very unhappy Jack! It was enough to make us all want to drink. But really, I didn’t blame the poor kid for being so upset for not wanting to be in his carseat after that long ass flight. Kris and Jason were so kind and accommodating, EVEN through the crying.

But even through the crying and “stop looking at me” attitude from the kid, seeing my sweet cousin and anticipating her big day was well worth all that traveling. Oh, and those tears, too.

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Aloooooha, Hawaii. Get ready for my family.

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Float on

Our house is in complete disarray: summer clothes are piled on top of one another, flip flops stacked in the corner and all the sunblock is bagged up.

Nope, we’re not putting our summer gear away just yet.  Actually, while everyone is busy buying sweaters and boots for the new school year, we’re packing up for our summer vacation.  And people, we can’t wait!!!!  It’s been a long and super busy summer!

In addition to orchestrating the shopping and packing for the three of us, I’ve been working on scheduled posts for NKT on top of doing some Matron of Honor tasks for my cousin, Kris’ wedding—the main reason we’re all trekking to Hawaii again!  Oh, but that’s not all, during our super busy week of vacation, I have quite a few family-friendly Hawaii story ideas that I plan to compose.  That’s right, in the midst of all the wedding fun and family craziness, I’ll try to drag Jeff, Jack and any other family member along to check out the latest restaurants and sites in Oahu, all in the name of my writing pursuits.  Tough life, I know.

So, we’ll see what we’ll have time for, because, y’know, the main objective is celebrating my cousin’s wedding and then of course, reeeelaxing!

With plenty of beach time and pool time in mind, we got him a floatsuit, which is very similar to what his cousins had when they were little.  Not only are we excited, but so is our water-loving buddy! haha.

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