We have been back from Hawaii for a week.  What a busy week it has been.
Because we extended our spring break vacation, my girls missed three
days of school.  Overseeing their make-up work and getting them
to school early in the morning to take missed quizzes and lessons
has kept this momma extremely busy.... In addition BOTH
girls had to have teeth pulled at the dentist this week -
in preparation for braces.....boo!  Seems my girl's mouths like
to keep those baby teeth for.much.longer. than. they. are. supposed. to.
As a momma, I HATE taking my girls to have something
painful done to them, no matter how necessary.  

Ok, I intend to keep this Hawaii recap short and sweet, just the highlights......

Since retiring, my parents have spent a chunk of time every winter on the island
of Kauai, Hawaii - lucky, huh?  When we lived on the west coast when the girls were
small we would join them for a week.  However, once we left
the west coast and moved east, we just couldn't swing the cost of flights and honestly,
flying that far and for that long is not something I get excited about.

When we moved back to the west coast last spring, my parents scheduled their time
in Kauai to accomodate the girls' spring break so we could join them.  Lucky us!

Hawaii is a special place and our favorite island is Kauai - for it's simplicity,
laid-back vibe and beauty.  Truth be told, there is not that much to do on Kauai -
for some, who like busy vacations, with lots of sight seeing and activities that
might not work for you.  But us?  Well, we like beaches, pools and generally hanging 
out with each other.  Our everyday lives, right now, are so scheduled
 that a vacation without obligations, places to be and driving
in a car is just what we were looking for!

The beaches on Kauai provide lots of 'activities' - my little girl loved to beach comb, she 
found lots of coral and beautiful driftwood for me to bring home!  She also loved to
boogie board and play in the waves.

My big girl LOVED her surfing lesson and her time SUP-ing {stand up paddle boarding}.
The photo below was taken during her late afternoon surf lesson.

And of course, I had the pleasure of spending time with Kauai's most famous
green juice and fine box wine drinking adventurer - Kasey Buick!

Kasey and her family are spending an incredible year on the island and thriving
while making lemonade out of lemons!  Kasey graciously hosted our family
at Hanalei Beach {where she takes many of the beautiful photos that appear on her blog}
for an afternoon picnic, swimming, surfing and jumping off
the pier {I, sadly, declined}.  It was so fun to be able to see how the locals hang.

I will close with these thoughts......
We are fortunate to take a vacation to such a beautiful place,
I don't take that for granted for a second.  We made memories!
However, the best part of the ten days boils down to this......
spending quality time being present with my family.

I am feeling time passing too quickly{extremely uncomfortable for this self-admitted control freak}
.....I am no longer the mom with children in primary grades....my big girl will go to high
school in a year......and college in five years {gasp!!!!!!!}.  Looking back
and realizing how fast those years seemed to go only makes me all the 
more committed to being present for the coming years.

Two years ago, our family was facing job loss and the unknown
{and NOT doing very well making lemonade out of lemons, I might add}, a
year ago we were celebrating a move back 'home' but also struggling with
what that meant for our children who had already moved quite a 
bit in their short lives........
This year, I am just grateful and proud of where we are right
at this moment and being able to savor that in paradise 
was the icing on the cupcake!

***The winner of some Hawaiian goodies is Julieann!  Please
email me at jillbeth@aol.com with your addy and I 
will send you all the macadamia nuts your could ever want!

10 comments on "Hawaii....."
  1. Great post Jill! ;) Adorable photos too! xo

  2. What a beautiful vacation with your family. I particularly like your thoughts on being present in the lives of your girls before they are grown and gone...something I consider each and every day as my kiddos grow on up on me.
    We just booked a trip of a lifetime to Hawaii for next February and will spend the next 10 months in eager anticipation! Glad you had a wonderful time together.

  3. Wonderful vacation! Lucky duckies!
    I love Hawaii, esp Kauai...my fav.
    We are on the West coast too...

  4. Oh you are so lucky! Kauai AND Kasey! Love her blog! Glad you had a great time. We get to go in July for our anniversary. :) hope you're adjusting to the everyday. You must be missing your girls!

  5. We just got back from hawaii too, it's so beautiful, but like you the long plane ride from MN is almost to much to handle. we just moved from oregon where the plane ride was a breeze. I also have two of my children leaving the nest in a couple weeks. Like you say I'm not sure I'm making lemonade with all this.... but these are not bad problems to have.

  6. what a sweet post. So glad we got to see you and spend some time together.

  7. :) Yipee I won!!! THANKS!!!
    Looks and sounds like the perfect vacation... Cute photo of you with the girls here. It is great when a vacation is really just about relaxation. The sun and the sand in your toes.

  8. Girl I am so with you on the girls growing up thing. My big chick "started" this week! Next week she gets braces. My head is spinning. Spending time with them is definitely the best part of vacay. Doesn't matter where we are as long as we are all together.

  9. Hi Jill, I am a friend of Lesley Thenell and Kathleen French and LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog, style, etc. I have to say, we have similar lives (I have three girls, Catholic school, etc.) and our family was facing life changing decisions two years ago. We moved from our safe and sound Portland, to LA, now onto San Fran. Just wanted to say I love your positive and real attitude. Hope we can meet up in person this summer when I'm back town visiting Thenell's and Frenchs! Keep up the blogging...I am a fan!

  10. So well said Jill. I have tears in my eyes. The kids do grow so fast and I feel like we were in similar situations for the last two years, and worked through those times in similar ways. You are spot on about just being PRESENT, and making lemonade out of lemons. Thanks for the beautiful thoughts....



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