We’ve been home since Friday morning. It’s hard to believe our Hawaiian sabbatical is now over.
I never really shared that much information about our trip. Every year, we typically take a two-week family vacation at the end of August – the two weeks between the end of camp and the beginning of the school year. This year, we decided to take a month and go to Hawaii. Ed and I are lucky in that we both freelance and work from home so technically, we can work anywhere.
We figured that if we didn’t do it now, we might never take a vacation like this in the future. While I could have worked while we were away, I decided to minimize my work commitments and to take a real vacation. I don’t remember the last time I took a real vacation.
We rented a condo on the West side of Oahu in an area called Ko Olina. It’s a newly developed area with four man-made lagoons and a number of condos and hotels (including Disney’s Aulani resort). We choose it because of the lagoons (safe and protected from the ocean – perfect for the kids to swim and play) and because of its proximity to a good (for us) surf break. It was also easy to get to other parts of the island – about 40 minutes to an hour from the North Shore, Waikiki/Honolulu, and Kailua on the East side. I’ll have more specific Oahu recommendations in another post.
I have so much I want to share with you. I’ll try to do it in a coherent fashion over the next week or so
First, I learned some lessons during our vacation. These aren’t life changing lessons that I learned during my month away from home. More random musings that I collected over the weeks.
- Everything and everyone outside of New York City move at a much slower pace. Normally it doesn’t bother me, except if it keeps me from my coffee.
- I love seeing my boys experience things for the first time and the look on their faces when they surprise themselves like standing up on a surfboard for the first time.
- I’m much more comfortable wearing a bikini now than I was 10 years ago.
- I don’t care about tan lines anymore. Between my tank tops, running tops, rashguard and bikini, I’m a patchwork mess. Speaking of tan lines, I used to think tan lines from running shorts were bad. What’s worse? Tan lines from board shorts, knee brace and ankle strap for my surfboard leash.
- I like being tan. I know that’s not necessarily the “right” thing to say but it’s the truth. I do slather on sunscreen and reapply multiple times during the day. Apparently, I have a lot to say about tans and being tan.
- For the most part, we kept a loose routine during our vacation but more often than not, the boys slept in the car, ate dinner later than normal and went be bed later. And you know what? It was OK even though my kids are creatures of habit.
- It was interesting spending 24 hours a day, 7 days a week together as a family. Overall, it was great to have the family time together and to not have nagging work commitments. We could say yes to the kids more often than we normally do at home. At the same time, I’m not going to lie – it was hard at times.
- I like running in new places –> oops
- The tooth fairy will visit on vacation. We’re not sure what happens if you lose a tooth on an overnight airplane flight though.
- Snorkeling makes me really, really, really anxious. More on this in another post.
- I actually don’t really like the beach all that much except if I’m there to surf or be in the water. It’s too hot and sand gets everywhere. I know – we did choose to vacation in Hawaii. I see the irony.
- I missed my Vitamix for making green smoothies and my foam roller while away from home.
- While my kids enjoyed being in Hawaii, they missed home. I found Jasper “walking” home via Google maps street view one afternoon.
- I missed writing over the last month. However, I didn’t feel as anxious about unplugging and disconnecting for the month. OK, I may have cheated because I was still on Instagram and looked through my personal Facebook account but it felt different. I didn’t feel like I had to update things or read a gazillion posts. I did (and read) what I wanted to.
- I still struggle to be in our vacation photos and photos with the kids. My husband is much better than me but I tend to be the photographer or opt out.
- I don’t do well when I don’t have a to-do list and am not busy. I’m less creative and more sluggish. At the same time, I don’t want to run at a 100 mph. There has to be a happy medium.
Did you learn any lessons this summer?
Read more about our trip to Hawaii:
- Finally Surfing
- Little Surfer Dudes
- Life Jacket Required – Lessons from Snorkeling
- Learning to Disconnect and Listen
- Sunrise Surf, Yoga Sutras and Mantras
More Ways to Follow Love, Life, Surf