It all happened so long ago, it's hard to remember how this trip even came to be. If the stories can be believed, I think the original idea came to light during the David Earl Christmas of 2012. Someone pulled out the blog books I made of our family cruise a few years before. Dad, feeling nostalgic and probably a little vacation deprived (I think he had been in town for a month straight) decided he would try to get us all on vacation together again.
Well, timeshares are what they are and when you wanna stay at the Ko Olina Marriott in Oahu, sometimes you gotta go when you can go. And the week before Christmas was not a popular one for our crew and all of their current schooling pursuits. So our whole family vacation turned into my family with children, Kristy and Trevor, and my parents. So basically, all the good ones. Just sayin'
And after a sleepless night of last minute packing and finishing up of stuff, we got up nice and early and got on an airplane with our four young children. For six hours. Over an ocean.
I dreaded the plane ride, and with good reason. It really didn't go that badly, especially if you ask the people around us who were probably horrified to be sitting by us. But it was six hours of having your parent switch on non-stop. Jon and I did a lot of trading off, but somehow, he kept getting sleeping/tv watching kids and they were not doing that when they were with me. Jon even dozed off a few times. Still not sure how I kept getting the short end of the stick but I totally did.
But we made it! We got our rental car and headed to the other side of the island. Our rental car, by the way, was awesome. They gave us a Chrystler Town and Country which had a built in DVD player. There is nothing that makes long car trips easier than a built in DVD player. Thank you oh wonderful rental car people.
Ko Olina is really a secluded area built around these four man made lagoons. On a kid free vacation, being that far away from everything would probably have not been very fun. But it could not have been more perfect for the crew we were traveling with.
The kids spent hours digging in the sand by the lagoon.
It used to humiliate me to no end. Now I think its awesome. Being an adult is really great for moments like that.
My favorite story was his attempt to put together a volleyball game. There was just no one around the pool, except for this Japanese family playing basketball that didn't look even the slightest bit athletic. But, dad wanted a game so he pulled them over. They spoke only just a little bit of English and it was clear immediately that they did not know a single rule to the game of volleyball but we just went with it.
They thought the whole thing was just hilarious. At one point, the mom stopped playing so she could video tape the game. It's fun to think that I will be in these people's home movies...
Scarlet and Rhode absolutely lived in the pool. After every break, they would beg an adult to come down and swim with them.
The resort had their own Redbox style machine and, after being severely behind, we got caught up on almost every movie we had ever considered watching.
Costco was the source of most of our meals. We went a little Costco crazy and ate about every easily preparable thing they had to offer. It was crazy delicious.
Coming up... pictures from those few times we actually dragged ourselves away from the resort.