On spring break we took trip we had been dreaming about for a long time. We had been wanting to take the boys to Hawaii since they were little, but with three so close, and all the other issues, I just wasn’t up to the challenge. So, we finally decided to take them for spring break.
Family trips are like playing Russian Roulette. You just never know how they are going to go. They could come off fantastically, or, they could be a disaster from the get go. Trust me, we’ve had plenty of the disaster types. One particular one stands out in mind that I think I’ve mentioned before, where from L.A. to Atlanta, Roo (who was 5 at the time, and completely exhausted) kicked the seat in front of him the whole way and wailed and whined. I thought for sure the whole plane would insist he be sent to the cargo area.
This is the first trip we’ve taken that we’ve been in a plane with all three for more than 5 hours. It is almost 8 from Dallas to Honolulu airport. Well, you’ll never guess who the cranky pants was. It was me. I don’t know, maybe it was getting up at four in the morning. Maybe it was being over the wing for eight hours with the engines right there next to me droning on, and on, and on… Or maybe it was just my anxiety about being several miles up over water for 4 of the 8 hours. I dunno, but I was surprised to see that my boys’ good moods were not to be dissuaded. They were sooooo excited!
And that made me feel better. That, and the 3 hour nap on the plane. We landed at 2 pm local time, which was 8pm home time. We stayed up until, well, very late, or early depending on your point of view, but the boys were wired and raring to go.
But none of us slept well that first night. So, the next morning DH and I lazed on the beach while the boys tested the water.
It’s good to have brothers…
Roo and Buzzard got boogie boards and played in the surf.
After a morning on the beach, we came in and had lunch and lounged for awhile, then visited the pool.
Bugs and I went on a photo expedition before planting ourselves at the pool. These birds Bugs photographed, patiently explaining to me the technique he used.
It was a lovely day.