What a trip!

Wow! We have been gone for 2 weeks and it is SO great to be back home! You really see how blessed your life is when no matter HOW fantastic your vacation is...your favorite place to be is home :)
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We had quite the adventure on our vacation, starting with a day at SeaWorld, then one week at the beautiful island of Maui, and ending with 3 days at Disneyland! Yep...I'm exhausted :) I took about a bizillion pictures at all of these places, but tried to contain myself when posting them :) Here are some quick highlights of our very first trip without the kiddies in HAWAII!!
(and yes...I do realize there are a lot of pictures of me...feel free to scroll down if you want!;)

I have always wondered if they really give you a lei when you get off the plane...wouldn't that be incredibly expensive?! Luckily I got my lei when we arrived at the hotel...I would have been seriously dissapointed! ;)

This was the awesome view from our hotel room, we had a great patio with two loungers and a table with chairs. I loved waking up (fairly) early in the morning and going out to read, listening to the waves crash on the beach....SO relaxing!

We were exhausted the first day we got there and ended up taking a nap in the late afternoon. This is what we woke up to out our patio...

One really fun thing we did was to go golfing at one of the gorgeous courses by our hotel. It was my first time and I totally loved it! I want to take lessons so this spring and summer I can go out with Paul. It was a great place to have your first experience, just driving around the beautiful course in the cart was fun!

This is what we saw when we came out of our hotel every day...isn't it just amazing! I was constantly saying to Paul, "I can't believe we are in Hawaii! We are golfing in Hawaii! Can you believe we are whale watching in Hawaii?!" It is just so incredibly gorgeous.

The final night we were there we attended a Hawaiian Luau at a stunning villa RIGHT on the beach. It was rented out for the night and is officially my new dream home :)

These tables are where we sat for dinner, then the dancers came out with the trees and ocean as their beautiful backdrop.

One of the coolest things about going to Hawaii right now is all the whale watching you can do! We were lucky to go out 2 times, the first time was a combination whale watching and snorkeling excursion...we liked it so much we went back out again a few days later to see more whales. I loved this catamaran that we rode on...it was so fun!

Paul's favorite activity in Hawaii was learning how to surf. He was REALLY good at it, I was very ipressed. Since I am really uncoordinated and really bad at swimming...I layed out on the beach and took pictures :)

One of my favorite things about Hawaii?! Getting all dressed up! As a busy mom I am usually the last one to get ready, it was fun to take the time to get all ready to go out on the town with my guy :) And the shopping before Hawaii was pretty fun too :)

The best part about our trip was spending so much time with this guy. After almost 10 years of marriage and 4 beautiful children, he is still my best friend. I laughed every time someone asked us if we were on our honeymoon, but really, I still feel like we are. Every marriage has its struggles and is a lot of WORK, but all that work makes for the best reward. An eternal companion that I would never be complete without, I love you Paul! :)

Thanks for indulging me and all my pictures! I am excited to get back to real life and post some fun things I have had stewing in my head while I was gone. Thank you so much to everyone that emailed me or left comments while I was gone, I try to respond but I am sure I missed some of you. Stay tuned for lots more fun stuff at Blue Skies Ahead!! :)


Tonia L

How awesome Tonii! I would love to take a vacation with my husband!!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted

Ahh, Tonii! It looks like you two had an AMAZING time! Hawaii looks stunning....makes me want to go on another vacay asap!


Awesome getaway! Love all the fun pictures! What a great time to reconnect with your husband! I can't wait to be able to do that soon when my husband & I go n a cruise! Thank for sharing!

Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com

Looks like a great trip! It is always so nice to come home though! I think I know your hotel.. did yall stay in Ko Olina?

Rachel@I Heart Crafty Things

Your trip looks absolutely dreamy! I could definitely use one of those in my life....someday... Love all your pictures. You are so pretty!

Lyndee W.

What beautiful pictures! I love the sunset one...absolutely breathtaking!