We cashed in 150,000 hard earned frequent flyer miles, reluctantly ditched the kiddos and headed to Kauai to celebrate our 10th anniversary.
After 6 some hours of panic (I am not a good flyer and was irrationally convinced that our plane was going to crash) I was so happy to see this glorious island.

It was so amazing to be together, just us, like honeymooners.  (Well, as honeymoon-ish as a 7-months pregnant lady can be.)

We watched unreal sunsets and wished we were on this sailboat.

For future reference:  Havianas + pregnancy + slippery rocks do not equal smart hiking shoes.

Jason played Tarzan.  I played photographer.  Glad he survived.

Once again:  Havianas + pregnancy + crazy trail through a sugar cane field do not equal good hiking shoes.

I sent Jason ziplining while I laid by the pool wasting brain cells as I read 1,383 pages of co-dependant, dysfunctional, teenage vampire garbage.  (Sorry Twilight fans.  I just don't get it.  No judging.)

Played tourists and went to a fun luau. All we got were arty pictures.  (No flashes allowed.)

Witnessed thousands of examples that our creative Lord designed this beautiful place.

Swam and snorkeled in warm, crystal clear water.  Was glad I didn't get attacked by Nemo. Still dealing with my fish phobia.

Drank can after can of the most glorious beverage ever made.  Tried to sneak one on the plane.  Got busted by airport security.  Tragic.

Couldn't believe how fast the past ten years have gone by.  Flew back home excited to see the kids who survived just fine without us.  So good in fact that my Mom was able to potty train Lucy while we were gone.  Best homecoming gift ever.  A two month reprieve from diaper duty.  Possibly even better than a week on a tropical island.


  1. Aww yay for you!!! You totally deserved such a wonderful trip AND such an amazing welcome home gift!

  2. YAY!! I am glad you had so much fun!! I LOVE Kauai! It is so serene and beautiful there! I would go back in a heartbeat...kids in tow!! I have some extreme issues with leaving them myself!!

    Thanks for sharing!! These images took me back to our honeymoon!!

  3. Happy Anniversary! What a great trip! It looks like you had a great time. What a great gift your mom gave you! Lucy potty trained FABULOUS!

  4. lovely, lovely, lovely!

    Your mom is a rock star! Can I leave Callen with her fora weekend? :)

  5. It's so beautiful...I wish I were there!!!
    You look so happy. I am happy that you had this amazing chance to spend some time with your hubby before the new baby comes! You both deserve it!

  6. oh i love that place! i want to go back! i think we would enjoy it more now! looks like you had a blast :)

  7. Yay! How fun! Jealous? Yes...but loved the pictures!! SO fun!

  8. Ahhhhh...Lucky you! Sounds lovely. And that potty training thing...again, lucky you! Your mom is the BOMB!

  9. well, color me JEALOUS!! Sounds absolutely FABULOUS!! So glad you got to go AND got to come home to an amazing gift!!!!

  10. After spending a week recently doing nothing but potty-training, I think your mom deserves her own trip to Hawaii! Ah, the gift of pottying... the best gift a grandmother could give.

  11. julie..
    i cannot believe that hawaii trip has come and gone!! Hooray for your first 10..here's to the next 50!!
    wanted you to know..i contacted you via your write me clicky button..but my computer wouldn't let me...unless you got it afterall?? if not i will email you,,
    i am so interested in the giveaway you are hostessing..
    glad you are back !
    ps..my word verification is
    dimpyrit..what in the world??

  12. what a fabulous trip! we went to vegas for our 10th. it was fun but didn't look anything like that :)

  13. how awesome! man, i love that hawaiian juice/soda/whatever it is. Took me back to my honeymoon too!

  14. WOW, what a well deserved break and a fun vacation!!!! :) You two are adorable and you look like you had an amazing time! BUT I am literally shocked that you aren't in love with Twilight!! I am ob-sessed. Weirdly so, I think. :) xo!

  15. Woow what a lovely looking place, seems like you had a wonderful time there. congratulations.
    canvas print