Hawaii: Day 1 and 2

Checking out the surf

Checking out the surf

It’s our 3rd day in Hawaii and I wanted to recap Day 1 and 2 while it’s still fresh in my mind… What day is it? Oh yeah, it’s Sunday, April 7th. Funny how the days just blur together when you’re on vacation. I can barely remember the past 2 days. (Hence the recap now or I’ll never get it right!)

Our view

Our view

Day 1: We flew into Honolulu from LAX on Friday April 5 at 11:40am and grabbed our giant bag from Baggage Claim. Why the giant bag? We packed dry snacks, cereal and Silk Soy Milk in the room temperature cartons. And of course – Marissa’s baking supplies. She’ll be shooting a SugarNomsTV episode Hawaii Edition! We rolled our giant bag and 3 hand carry pieces to the car rental place to pick up our Jeep.

Exploring in the Jeep

Exploring in the Jeep

After we loaded up we were ready to head out for Haleiwa for some lunch and shave ice! We found a cool place called Grass Skirt Grill. The kids shared a plate of Teriyaki Chicken with rice and Jim and I shared the Grilled Ahi. Delicious! Then we drove down a ways to find some shave ice at Aoki’s. Soon it was time to meet the property manager at our North Shore beach house rental.

Shave Ice at Haleiwa

Shave Ice at Haleiwa

We’ve been dreaming about this house for months. (Check it out here: http://www.vrbo.com/327140) It’s a 2 BR house right on the beach, in between the world famous Pipeline and Rocky Point. The house is on a large lot with plenty of grass and trees. The waves were 15-20 feet when we arrived! We unpacked and settled in. The girls had fun playing hide and seek in the yard. We spent most of our first day relaxing and enjoying the house.

Marissa at North Shore

Marissa at North Shore

Day 2: Off to explore the town and look for a place for breakfast. Breakers Restaurant & Bar looked like a nice place. Marissa had a local style breakfast with spam & eggs. French Toast for Jessie & Jim. Acai bowl for me. After breakfast we stopped at Wyland’s Gallery. We saw beautiful art of Wyland as well as other local artists. We picked up groceries at Foodland (Yes, it’s expensive there!) and headed back to the house. We spent a lot of time on the beach and met another family who rented the same house we were in. They were staying a few houses down, closer to Pipeline.

Jessie found a coconut!

Jessie found a coconut!

Soon it was time for us to get ready for our date night. I booked a sitter through Happy Kids Oahu so that Jim and I could meet up with friends who live at Hawaii Kai, just past Honolulu. We met up at Kona Brewing Company at Koko Marina. I was so excited to meet Kelly Mitchell for the first time IRL (in real life)! We met through social media 3 or 4 years ago and have been tweeting ever since. Her and her husband Vince took us on their boat with 2 of their friends for a sunset cruise. We had a blast together!

On a sunset cruise w/ friends!

On a sunset cruise w/ friends!

So much fun w/ Kelly!

So much fun w/ Kelly!

Vince & Kelly

Vince & Kelly

While we were away, the kids picked flowers from the garden and learned how to make a lei for me. So sweet and pretty! Our sitter happened to be from Dana Point/Orange County and was wonderful with the kids. Marissa and Jessie woke up very happy this morning and said she was awesome. That made me so happy. Date nights are so important, and it’s not always easy to pull off with family travel. Pick a reputable nanny agency and have fun with your spouse at least one night of your trip!

The kids made a lei for me!

The kids made a lei for me!

It’s 9am and we’ve already had breakfast and we’re in our bathing suits and shorts, ready to explore! I think we are going to hit a more kid friendly beach. It’s not safe in the water at North Shore with these giant waves. We’ll be at the Royal Hawaiian in a couple of days so the kids can enjoy the smaller gentle rolling waves of Waikiki Beach.

Day 3: That’s today! More updates later… Aloha!

My office.

My office.

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