Saturday, March 14, 2015

That time I took Davin to Hawaii

I have written and re-written this blog post so many times already.  It always ends up being too long and with too many words.  Does anyone actually read the words?  I know I tend to skim over other blog posts that I read when there are too many words.  So we'll just keep it short.  

Andrea spent a month in Hawaii before entering the MTC.  My parents invited me to come for a visit, too.  So using miles, I purchased tickets for Davin and I.   Davin did great on the flight, especially considering that our initial flight was delayed to the point of missing our connecting flight to Honolulu, so we ended up going home for the night and flying out the next day.  So it was more like 2 days of traveling than one.  

What a little world traveler Davin has become!  In his less than 2 year of life he has flown to Utah 4 times (2 months, 5 months, 7 months, and 19 months), and to Finland and Hawaii once (14 months and 21 months).  It's no wonder he does so well on flights. 

On to the pictures.  Keep in mind that I'm not a tourist.  I grew up in Hawaii.  So most of our time was just spent hanging out at home and/or taking trips into town so my parents and sister could get their Costco fix.  So my pictures may not be what you're expecting.   

Anyway, one of the great things about the home I grew up in is that it's very kid friendly--the front porch opens up onto the driveway.  So it's easy to just walk outside and let Davin play to his heart's content:

So we spent a lot of time just hanging out on the driveway.

One of the few must-do's is a trip to Haleiwa to get shave ice from Matsumoto's.  There's a scoop of ice cream in the bottom of that cone, so the flavors of the shave ice drip down onto it and flavor it.  And the ice crystalizes some of the ice cream.  It's even better than root beer floats.  My favorite flavors:  melona, li hing mui, and pina colada.

We took a lot of walks, multiple ones per day (because in my family, exercise in all forms is what we do together!)  My parents and sister prefer the beach, but with Davin it was kind of difficult.  He just wanted to get down and play in the water:
 His first time swimming:
Being February, it was warm enough to swim, but not very warm:

My brother Jeremy joined us for a few days, so Alana, my niece (who I met for the first time in December), stayed with us during that time.  Being an only child, she handled Davin quite well most of the time.

When Jeremy was around, we went to the beach almost every day:
 Alana turned 5 while we were there:

 One of Jeremy's favorite places to take Alana to the beach is at Turtle Bay.  It's a hotel resort about 15 minutes from our home.  I had never swam at the beach there until I went with Jeremy:
 Because of the coral and rocks, it forms a bit of a cove, so there aren't as many waves.  So it's a great place for kids.  And it's a great place to snorkel if you don't want to battle the crowds at Hanauma Bay.  I brought along a pair of goggles and did my version of snorkeling (which isn't snorkeling at all; it's just swimming like I do in a pool with the bonus of fish being there and having to dodge people).

On our last night we decided to have a barbeque at Waimea Bay.  On the way there, we stopped at Ted's Bakery to get a chocolate haupia (coconut) pie.

Hanging with the family, waiting for the food to cook:
Davin playing in the sand after dinner:
We were hoping for a good sunset, but there were too many clouds:

Our last day was kind of overcast, but we went to the beach, anyway:

He and I had fun playing in the waves:

It was nice to finally get him out of the house.  About halfway into our stay, he came down with a high fever and was lethargic for a few days.  And he had coughing fits at night (possibly due to the vog?).  We got him some antibiotics and he perked right up just in time for these last few days.

My only real goals for the trip were to spend time with Andrea, get shave ice at Matsumoto's, go to the temple at least 2 times (I ended up going 3!), and buy some more Hawaiian fabric for my etsy shop (I ended up going home with about $130 worth).  I did them all.  So it ended up being a great trip!