Our second family vacation to Kukuiula was nothing short of amazing! We made so many memories that will last a lifetime. We are so blessed to have been able to have this experience and we are forever grateful. Mahalo to our family for sharing this time with us.
The vacation begins…
This was Avery’s very first time on an airplane. The flights to Kauai went better than expected. The return flights… not so much. She happened to catch a cold while we were in Kauai, so the return was full of tears, screaming, unhappy travelers and one exhausted daddy. I had my hands full with our other sick little one who was extremely clingy to mama and tired from a high fever. We owe a huge thanks to Auntie Natalie and Uncle Scott for hanging in there with us.
The first morning in Kauai, we walked down to the Beach. Ella dipped her toes in the Ocean with daddy and smiled ear to ear when she saw the waves roll in. Avery fell asleep in dad’s arms, which ended up becoming a ‘thing’ during this trip.
Ryan and I celebrated our two year anniversary on May 2nd. We enjoyed a picnic lunch (sushi) at Mahaulepu Beach where we were married. After some food, relaxation and diving into the ocean waves, we layed by the spa pool at Kukuihula. I did the ‘Ritual‘ at the Spa while Ryan golfed. We went to dinner at the Beach House during sunset, which has the most amazing views and food. This anniversary is definitely one we will never forget. I love you Ryan!
We enjoyed several days at the pools with the girls. Ella loved swimming, floating, the water slide and her all time favorite- the hot tub. Avery preferred napping on the lounge chairs with the warm breeze and sounds of the waterfalls in the pool. She did some splashing in the water after her morning snoozes, which she always woke up from with big smiles.
With small kids, vacations aren’t always full of outings. We also spent some time playing at the cottage with the girls. With every giggle, tantrum and ow ow, comes a memory.
Ryan and I brought the girls to Spouting Horn to watch the water spray through the rocks. Ella said she was scaaaared, but she made a quick recovery once she spotted a chicken.
Later that day, we took Ella to the Farm to see the chickens, fruits, veggies and fish. She loved running around acting like she owned the place. She was so carefree and I loved every minute of watching her laugh and play with her daddy.
While the guys golfed, all the girls went to the Farm to explore. We had a good laugh when Ella dropped her shorts and peed standing up. Silly little girl.
Later that evening, Gram and I took the girls to a Tahitian Dance. Avery immediately stopped crying once the music started playing. Ella participated in the dancing when the children were asked to come up on stage. It made my mommy heart explode into a million pieces. She was so adorable to watch.
Ryan and I took Ella to a hula class, but it was re-scheduled, so…. a Koi fish feeding was where we ended up. Ella loves fish, so she was a happy camper. For whatever reason, these pictures make her look so grown up. Where did my baby go?
Beach day at Mahaulepu!! We loved every minute! Especially our little mermaid, Ella.
An afternoon in Koloa – Snowcones with sprinkles, mermaid fun and a little shopping.
Our little Hawaiian family enjoying our last day on Kauai 🙂
On our last night in Kauai, Ryan and I went to dinner at the Eating House at Kukuiula Shopping Village. It was a perfect way to end a perfect vacation. Aloha!