Oh hi, I’ve so sorry I’ve been MIA, but it is for the best reason: in the first time in what feels like forever, Q got 2 weeks off of work! We spent the first week of the break going to Hawaii with my parents and my best friend, Jess. Jess had never been to Hawaii and Q had never been with my family, so it was a blast showing them the local way (my mom is from Hawaii and my grandma, aunt and uncle all still live there).
We rented a fabulous beachfront house in Kailua(there’s nothing like walking on the beach each morning). Because of our fantastic view, we ate most of our meals as a family in our front garden.
Each morning we would venture into town for breakfast and the three of us joked that we went on a pancake tour of the islands, trying a different kind each day (these ones are lilikoi (passionfruit) pancakes from Mokes).
But we also felt like we definitely deserved those after spending 3 hours taking surf lessons that morning. I’ve had a few lessons before, but it took me a little while to find my footing again, but once I did I remembered how much I loved it.
We brought an underwater camera with us on the trip, which was so fun to use when we surfed and also when we went snorkeling in Lanikai.
I took them to my favorite food stop in Hawaii, Romy’s Kahuku Shrimp, for some local garlic shrimp. It took them a while to get used to peeling and eating the shrimp by hand, but in the end they gave it a thumbs up.
And in true local fashion, we stopped on the side of the road to get some fresh fruit and got to take pictures with an extra friendly parrot.
And because why not, we stopped by the Honolulu Zoo for a quick morning visit. Weird fun fact about me is that I LOVE going to zoos and seeing animals. I turn into a 10-year-old girl going from exhibit to exhibit.
Overall it was such a fun trip spent with Q, Jess, my parents and extended family. We are all still wishing we were there!