Thursday, June 23, 2016


At the beginning of the month Steve, Ella and I spent a week in the beautiful island of Kauai together.  We had originally planned on visiting New York since we had never been there, but we decided something a little more relaxing would be better with a baby in tow.  It was fun getting to spend the week with our sweet baby girl and give her lots of one on one time that she rarely gets being the third kiddo.  The big girls stayed back with Grammy and Papa - we missed them lots but knew they were having the week of their lives being spoiled rotten there!

Straight off the plane we had to stop at our favorite restaurant, Duke's.  The fish tacos and hula pie are so delicious - my mouth waters thinking about them!

We were able to use Marriott points that Steve gets through his work to stay at our resort - it was the perfect location and had it's own private beach, and a huge pool. The above picture shows the kid's pool - I really missed Aubs and Kate when we saw that slide.  They would have LOVED it!

As you can imagine with a baby we didn't have a lot of plans for excursions or anything, so we had plenty of down time.  I might have taken a picture or two...thousand. ;)  Give me a beautiful location, a chubby baby in a swimsuit, and a camera and it's my own photographer paradise right there.

Several times we would just lounge in the chairs at the resort's beach and read while Ella hung out in the shade.  We took turns reading the murder mystery "The Girl on the Train" and it was so good!  It was the first time we read a book together and it was fun having our own little "book club" together and discussing what we thought was going to happen.

One morning we drove around to check out some waterfalls - we have a picture of Steve & I in front of this one from six years ago.

Beach day in Poipu!  She loved dipping her toes in the water and playing in the sand.  (AKA trying to eat the sand.)

More relaxing on the beach.  We came out almost every night until she was tired out and ready to sleep.

My poor husband was such a good sport with all my photoshoots of Ella on the beach.  He thinks most my ideas are silly, but even Steve couldn't resist his baby mermaid. :)

On our way to Waimea Canyon! It ended up pouring rain the whole time there, so I don't have any pictures to show for it.  Kauai has crazy weather and can be pouring rain one second, and bright and sunny minutes later.

My favorite day was spent on the North side of the island.  The beaches are breathtaking and the weather was PERFECT.  Everywhere you go on Kauai looks like a postcard, but the North is especially beautiful.

  Kauai must not get a lot of baby visitors because Ella was such a hit everywhere we went!  I know I'm biased but I'm pretty sure she's darn cute. :)

Her first little taste of shave ice - it was nearly the size of her own head!

So weird taking a family picture with just the three of us.  By this point of the trip I was missing the girls SO badly.  I know I'm home with them every single day, ALL day, but man I missed their sweet faces!  One morning we saw a mother duck with her three baby chicks following her, and I broke down and started crying.  It felt so unnatural not having my own little three chicks with me. 

^^ "Babe, take a picture of me looking like I'm falling off the cliff!"  Him and I have SUCH different ideas of photo ops. 

The last time we visited Kauai six years ago we had just lost our first pregnancy and it was our "get away from our sadness" trip.  I had taken the loss pretty hard and was more depressed than I had ever been during that time.  If only I could have told myself that six short years later, I would be bringing our third baby here and that everything was going to be okay.  

Til' next time, Kauai!  

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