Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Our Babymoon

Well Bryson surprised me for my 30th Birthday with a trip to Hawaii...the only problem...we didn't know we were pregnant yet when he booked it so it was originally scheduled for spring break which wasn't going to work with a baby not too far from that point. So after working on some rescheduling we went this past week to Maui and loved every minute of it. I had been to Hawaii twice, and swore I would someday take Bryson, and let me tell you what. He loved it even more than I had expected. He didn't want to come home! Here's a little bit of what we did...

CAUTION: This posts contains of photos of a disgustingly huge pregnant woman who normally does not allow any photos to be taken while pregnant! Hopefully you will be able to distinguish her from the humpback whale.


Day 1: We arrive in Maui early afternoon. Torrential downpour! No pictures.
Day 2: We started at a beach just outside of our hotel and caught some rays for awhile but decided to look for a more private area. We drove aways and found this awesome beach. The waves and the undertow were really strong. I got slammed into the ground and my headband and ponytail were gone when I came up :) Bryson freaked out and kept telling me to "get back here" the rest of our time there.

That night we went to a Luau. Bryson thought it was great. We met some cool people and had some funky food including a purple potato. I should have taken a picture of that...


Day 3: Snorkeling trip left at 5:15 am and got finished at around noon. Bryson loved it so much. He said it was his favorite thing he has ever done in his entire life! We used an underwater camera that day, so I have to get the film developed...then I will post those pictures.
That afternoon we went to the East side of Maui and went for a long walk on the beach, watched some crazy cliff jumpers for awhile, and went to a market for some shopping. By the way two Hawaiin women, at separate times, told me my baby was a boy for sure..."much too low to be girl."
Day 4: The Whale Watch. This was probably the highlight of my trip. It was something I had never done. Almost immediately after we got out of the bay the captain spotted a couple of whales. It's mating season in Hawaii so the females are constantly being chased by groups of males hoping to be the lucky guy. We saw several from a distance, but there is a law that if a whale comes within 100 yds of your boat you have to kill the engine because humpback whales are considered endangered. So when the captain killed the boat we were all watching rather anxiously when a humongous whale swam right up to the boat. It came out of the water and made a huge noise then swam underneath us. The guy next to me said it looked like a plane flying under the boat. (Humpback whales average about 50 feet long and weigh around 40 tons...not a little creature.) It swam beneath us a few times and I got some amazing pictures...not because my camera has a great zoom, but because it really was that close! I loved it! The crew member narrating told us it was probably top 3 whale watches he's been on in over 10 years. After the whale watch we decided to check out the North Shores of Maui. We were told that's where the huge waves are and the surfers flock to. A woman told us that every year there's a wave that reaches up to 120 feet called Jaws in this area. The beach was a lot different than the ones we had previously gone to. The waters were much more aggressive so I decided to sit this one out, and just enjoy being on the beach. Bryson spent a good half hour trying to catch these little white crabs that kept scurrying around us.



Yeah we were only there for four days...by choice. I didn't want to be gone any longer, and although people thought we were crazy, there was a HUGE storm the 2 days before we got there, and it was predicted to be back the day after we left so I think it turned out perfect.

We had so much fun spending time together. It's been A LONG time since we have done anything like that. I was really nervous about leaving my boys. I am no good at being away from them, but they were in better than good hands. They had a little vacation of their own at Sissy and Nate's and finished of the last day at Grandma Mary Ann's. Check out Sissy's blog to see all the fun stuff they did. Warning: it will make you jealous that I have the best sister and brother in law in the world! Thanks guys, the boys loved their time with you...we love you both very much!!

8 comments:

Monica said...

That is so great! I had been following Lindsey's blog but she never mentioned where you had gone to. It looks like you two had a blast. How awesome to have a little 'babymoon' in Hawaii. Great pics by the way. And you look adorable.

kristib said...

So fun! Tyler and I are having a little babymoon next weekend but no where near as awesome as Maui. You look great and it looks like you had a fantastic trip. I can't believe those whales were so close. And here's hoping that the Hawaiian women knew what they were talking about! If it's true that boys sit lower than girls, I am a prime example. It's like he's sitting on my lap already when I sit down.

Bo and Nell said...

That is AWESOME! What a GREAT hubby! Sounds like you had a blast! So jealous!!!

Jess n Jer said...

Oh Ad - I just couldn't wait to read about your trip! It sounds like you guys had an amazing time. I too, loved the snorkeling and snuba more than anything I've ever done! We didn't do the whale watching, but it might have to be on the agenda for next time, given your experience! I'm SO glad you guys had so much fun!! :)
Oh, and P.S. - you are a totally adorable little pregger!

Dan and Eden said...

What an AWESOME birthday present!!! (Way to go Bryson) It sounds like you had 4 wonderful days of "Babymoon" Bliss!!! Congrats on Baby Number three!

West Family said...

how fun! i am so jealous! good for you! you look great - the pictures are awesome - i love the ones of the whales - especially the tail fins going under- i miss you!

West Family said...

how fun! i am so jealous! good for you! the pictures are awesome - i especially love the whale ones - the one with the tail fin going under is cool. i miss you and hope you are doing well!

aironn said...

What a GREAT birthday present! Can Bryson talk to Gary? Hawaii seems amazing and you two looked like you had so much fun. It is so nice to reconnect as a couple every once in a while.