Saturday, September 7, 2013

"Home is where the Heart is"

Those words have never felt so true.

I cannot explain to you how good it feels to be reunited with Maikal. 7 weeks away from each other was absolute torture! Even though I was staying in a place where there was family, where I went to school, where I once still never felt like home. So I truly believe that 'Home' is where your family is.

I am so grateful that I was able to stay with my parents for a whole month. It was fun to be able to spend time with them and my other family up there. And my parents had so much fun spending time with their only grandbaby! It was also great for me.....Free baby sitters!! ;) I never got up before 9:30 because they would take care of him for me. I was able to leave for work and had no worries about who would watch him. Thats what I love about family! They are there for you whenever you need it. I was worried that I was going to have a hard time with it just me taking care of Ben. But I had more than enough help and I am so grateful! And seeing my cousins and having little play dates at the beach were just a cherry on top! I was actually able to keep myself pretty busy so the thought of missing Maikal wasn't so painful. Minus Maikal being away, I had a great summer full of plenty of great memories.

When the time came to purchase tickets back to Hawaii, I was a little worried. Who wants to travel for 10 hours with a baby.... by yourself??? NO ONE! So I asked the sisters (Ylanna and Mysha) If they wouldn't mind going back with me and of course they said yes! YAY! brother Cody decided that Hawaii sounded like alot of fun and that he would come as well! (ps he bought a 'one way ' ticket so he is still deciding when he wants to leave. Which is fine with us!) The flight back was good. But I will say that we will probably never do a day flight with a baby ever again. He barely slept at all and was pretty cranky when he couldn't sleep. Night flights are so much easier. He just sleeps the whole time!

This week Maikals two Aunts and their families came out to Hawaii and it was SUCH a blast!! We had activities planed for every day! SO im pretty pooped haha.

Day 1:
Waimea Beach. Swam with turtles, Jumped the cliff, Went to Teds Bakery, Toilet Bowl (a small cave where water flushes you out), and snorkelling.

Day 2:
China Man's Hat. To get there you have to walk/swim there. It takes about 20 min to get there on foot. 10 min if you're on a Kayak or surf board.

Day 3:
Swap Meet, Costco, Walmart. Just a good shopping day. We found these sweet shirts for everyone and had a cool fam pic!

Day 4:
Sharks Cove. Lots of Snorkelling, climbing on rocks and caving. There is this place called the blue room. Its a small underwater cave that has the most beautiful colour of blue at the end where the sun comes in. It took me and cody a long time to get up the courage to go, but we eventually did it and it was a blast!! LOVE CAVING!

Day 5:
Monawilies Hike. This hike takes you to a beautiful (but small) waterfall. The hike was nice and easy (just the way I like 'em!).

Day 6:
Waimea and Castles. We spent the morning at Waimea Bay and ended the day at Castles Beach. At Waimea we body surfed and it was so fun. Castles is a beginner place to surf. But the waves were so crappy today so we just played in the water. Also, forgot to sunscreen we are all a little burnt :(...

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