This past week, we entertained some long awaited guests, Vance’s older brother George, his wife (and my BF) Christie and their daughter Scarlett. Scarlett and Brendon are only four months apart and very similar in headstrong personality. Dare I say, this visit was much more exciting, if you can use that word in conjunction with Hawaii, than when they came to see us in North Carolina for Vance’s 40th.
We started off the week with a visit to Lanikai, Island Snow and our favorite of the Boston’s Pizza set (Kaneohe location). Scarlett took to the water way better than our boys did upon arrival last year. The highlight for hubby and myself – snorkeling together. I love that.
As with kiddos, plans change with a visit to the ER. Oh yes, our dear niece had a reaction to something; we’re still not confident what it was. Blueberries? So, no remembrance tour for this gang. Instead, our favorite land activity, the Zoo. I know it’s received lack luster reviews in tour guides, but it is absolutely perfect for the age of our children. I refused to feed snacks to my troops. Sounds cruel I know. You’d do this too if you were taking them to the GIANT pancake showdown afterwards! We came as close as we ever have, but have determined, we need five adults for the takedown.
The next morning we met Payge and her girls at our favorite lagoon, where the turtles did not disappoint and came out for a visit. When the kiddos were done, the guys dropped Christie, Scarlett, Brendon and myself at Disney’s Aulani where we spent the night and most of the following day. More on that to follow. What the guys did on their time with just John is still shrouded in mystery.
Friday was a pivotal day. Brendon, who had behaved unbelievably well up to this point, decided it was time to let his hair down. Come what may. Also on this day, I could not summon the energy to spend the day at Dole Plantation and instead spent time running errands by myself as the rest of them enjoyed the train, gardens and Dole Whip. I was a little disappointed about the whip.
Back on track, well me at least, Brendon never fully recovered, the next morning Christie and I trek’d the Swap Meet. Found many souvenirs, some gifts, a couple shave ices, aloha shirts and a surprise find of an aloha dress for myself. The Christmas photos this year are going to be epic! Marina, I hope you’re ready.
Our guests never made it out for a hike, so we thought we’d treat them to a run on Hickam AFB with a visit to the beach following. I know when someone says with a smile they are going to run 10 miles to non runners, it is met with much suspicion. Especially if they’ve been eating junk food and drinking “mommy juice” for the past six days! Well, we did it. All of us got out there and ran a bit. I was thankful for company for part of my run and even more thankful to dive into the ocean in my running clothes when I returned.
Due to a canceled flight, our guests had to spend an extra night with us and flew home on a multi-city flight. I felt for them. Thankfully, Scarlett matches Brendon’s love in watching the iPad. They were wonderful guests and Christie rounded out the trip by cleaning my house. Seriously? Who is this woman?