Aloha, all! I unintentionally disappeared for a week. I had meant to continue posting while Emily was here for Spring Break, but we filled every moment with awesome adventures and smooshy family togetherness. Oops!
We had so much fun, but a week is super short. I barely opened my laptop the entire time she was here. Want to know what we were up to all week? No? Tough, I’m telling you anyway.
We played a ton of Apples to Apples (which I dominated) with a little Monopoly thrown in and only 13 minutes of Headbandz because that is the worst game ever. We watched waaaaay too much Family Guy because I love my family and I want them to be happy even if that show literally makes me want to puke. We talked into the night about life the universe and everything. And of course, we ate our faces off!
The moment she walked in the door, I introduced Emily to the simple perfection of a sunnyside up egg. After that it was burgers and shakes at Teddy’s Bigger Burgers.
The next morning we prepped for a Forever 21 shopping spree by getting breakfast at Hula Grill. And since we made her walk 10 miles, we stopped off for shave ice on the way home.
Sunday we played in Waikiki. After a swim in the ocean and too much monkey in the middle, we strolled around the shops and restaurants seeing the sights and pretending to be tourists. We waited an hour to get food at Jimmy Buffet’s. At least they brought me gin and gingerale. The snickerdoodle cupcake at Hokulani Bake Shop was much more successful.
Monday was Hanauma Bay and a drive around the island just to chill out and take in the beauty. Oh, and pie. Do not go to the North Shore without stopping at Ted’s Bakery. You’ll regret it.
Tuesday, I had to go to work for a couple of hours, so I introduced Emily to the magic and wonder of Liliha Bakery. It was all we dreamed it would be. I also made lemon linguine for dinner, which is one of my favorite vegetarian dishes. I don’t have many of those.
Wednesday, Geoff had to work, so we did the most cliche thing two girls can do, we went to the mall! We shopped and lunched and made fun of high end fashion. We fell in love with everything at Anthropologie and then remembered we could never ever have it. It was wonderfully exhausting. We walked into Waikiki and had a disappointing dinner at Cheesecake Factory. I won’t be doing that again.
We spent the rest of the week eating leftovers and staying close to home, especially since I woke up sick on Friday. We took a lot of selfies, cuddled with the chicken, made some muffins, played more board games, and just hung out and made every moment count.
Because our face to face time is so limited, we try to make the most of every second. It can be exhausting, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Spending time with your kids doesn’t have to be about expensive outings. Simply being in the moment, giving them your undivided attention, and letting them set the pace is awesome enough.
How did you spend your spring break? Are you already thinking about summer? Yeah, me too! It’s gonna be awesome!