Friday, October 16, 2009

Hawaii -- Our BabyMoon

Now that we tell people that we are expecting our first child they seem very excited but there excitement is often followed by comments like, “Your lives are sure going to change,” “You better get in all your fun now”, or “Get some sleep, you’re going to need it.“Not all together the most comforting of comments but we are sure that they were all shared with good intentions as we realize that many changes are coming our way. So how did we react to their words of wisdom? We went to Maui! Not that we weren’t already planning another vacation for the year but this is one that we had on our pre-children to–do–list and so we made some last minute adjustments and snuck it in just barely under the wire.

While most people think of Hawaii as this great relaxing place, our first several days there resembled anything but peace and tranquility. Yes, the island was beautiful, but it was somewhat of a blur for the first five days. We wanted to do and see it all and I am confident that we certainly did that. We traveled to every corner of the island and while Maui is not that big of an island, we can proudly say that we traveled on every major road, and quite of the few of the less developed ones, on the island. Needless to say that although we questioned whether or not we could function without a rental car when we were planning the trip, the 850 miles that were driven in the eight day period confirmed that we definitely made the right decision.

Overall the biggest surprise to me over the first five days is that my wife was able to do it all. For those of you who know her well you know she is certainly a Type A personality who wants to check everything off of her list, but I thought that the pregnancy might change her approach on how we vacation. I was wrong! It was not uncommon for us to be in bed by 10 but up at 3 so that we could start the day and get to where we needed to be at (she did find time to sneak in a nap or two along the way but that is not really all that unusual even when she isn’t pregnant). Whether it be a sunrise on the top of the volcano, an early morning snorkeling trip, or at the airport for an early flight to Oahu, she was always ready to go. In fact one of the most common things heard over the course of our trip had to have been, “Was she pregnant?” This was usually heard as Jill hiked past someone, or as they caught a glimpse of her as she buzzed by. Again, she continues to amaze me!

In an attempt to reward ourselves for our first five days of non-stop activities we scheduled the last three days of our trip to focus on our tans! That’s right, our focus was on nothing but relaxing. This was the peace and tranquility that we had heard so much about. We traveled a short distance to another part of the island and spent our day’s pool/oceanside and our nights enjoying great restaurants. Our biggest task over the last three days was to sneak in a ukulele lesson, but other than that we could be found lounging around or walking along the beaches.

Overall, we know that this is our last vacation without a child, but we are certain that we made the most of it. And to all those who tell me how much sleep I am going to lose out on, my only response is – it can’t be any more than what I lost during our vacation to Hawaii.

Loved this infinity pool!!!

We had great meals and views!

What trip to Hawaii is complete without Ukulele lessons

Waterfall along the road to Hana

Hula Trees

One of our favorite memories was hiking through a bamboo forest.

We got up one morning at 2:30 am to see the sunrise on Haleakala Crater

It was 32 degrees on top of the old volcano

Loved the shaved ice!!

Top of Diamond Head in Honolulu

Waikiki Beach

Oil still leaking out of the Pearl Harbor Memorial

Did I tell you we loved the shaved ice?

Snorkling with sea turtles

Old Lahaina Luau

Sunsets were beautiful!

Hiking in the rainforest

It was a wonderful trip!!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Big Announcement

Jill and I have always been a big fan of JUMBLE and so we thought this was an appropriate way to make the big announcement to our Small Group at Church. Although I wanted to shoot off a huge confetti canon my wife was there to control me and keep me in check. (I am sure that the custodial staff is breathing a big sigh of relief). But, with a similar announcement coming about every other week from someone else in the class, we thought that we needed to do something different because as soon as someone says “We have an announcement…” all the girls start shrieking and the guys stand up to shake hands as it is the basic assumption that the couple is pregnant. So instead, we decided to do the JUMBLE to announce our news. And while I don’t know if it was the chocolate brownie cupcakes or the announcement itself that made everyone excited, we were certainly ecstatic to share the news and excited of what is to come.
If you haven't unscrambled the above Jumble then scroll on down for the answer.

Friday, August 14, 2009


Chicago – July 4th
We decided to take advantage of the holiday weekend and took a trip to Chicago over the 4th of July weekend. Although the trip was a bit against our nature as it was somewhat of a last minute decision, it still worked out really well. We were able to squeeze in another day in the city because of the holiday, it was Taste of Chicago week, we were able to watch the fireworks display with 1,000,000 other people along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, and we were able to get Cubs tickets. All great events and happenings that we wouldn’t have been able to enjoy unless we went on that particular weekend and so it turned out to be some great timing.
In addition, to the special events that were happening that week we were also able to take in all of the tourist attractions that the city has to offer. We spent time in a couple of the museums, went to the Shed aquarium, looked over the city from the top of the Sears and Hancock towers, went to Lincoln Park zoo, visited “the Bean”, walked up and down Michigan avenue, spent time at the Navy Pier, and saw Jersey Boys. Needless to say we squeezed in a lot in the four days that we were there and the time went by very fast but it was a great weekend getaway that couldn’t have turned out better even if we had planned it a year in advance!

Sears Tower

"The Bean" at Millennium Park

Navy Pier

One of the big highlights of the trip were these cinnamon rolls!! Words cannot describe how delicious they were~!

Waiting on the "L"
Fireworks on Lake Michigan

The crowd after the fireworks-- Don't look Mom and Dad

An owl pellet dissection at the Museum of Science and Industry

Night at the ballpark

Lincoln Park Zoo

John Hancock Building

Taste of Chicago

Largest T-Rex
Field Museum

Shed Aquarium