April 7, 2009


We had such a wonderful time in Hawaii!

Day 1:
We flew in at 2:30 pm, and just hung around Waikiki. We shopped, ate yummy food, and the boys watched a little basketball. We walked to the beach from the hotel, and watched the sunset. Beautiful!

Day 2:
Diamond Head Hike:
The end of the hike you had to climb a bunch of stairs. I had flashback's of when I hiked this with the volleyball team in 2002. I got to the top and really missed those girls. Especially you Heather! Hawaii is where our friendship really began!

The view from the top.

Chel, Emily, & Erin

Pearl Harbor:

I love learning about History. Pearl Harbor was such a great learning experience. I really gained a greater respect for all of those who have served or are serving our country.

This was probably my favorite part of the trip! All 6 of us walked over to the sand courts on Waikiki, and played 3 on 3. Then me and the boys played a few more games. A couple of locals came over and asked if they could play next. It was so fun! We played doubles for a couple hours. I can't think of anything more fun than that!

Day 3:
Pizza Bob's, on the way to the Polynesian Culture Center.

Matsumoto's Shaved Ice....

TJ had to try it with beans and without. We needed ideas for our snow shack up in Bear Lake! They were so yummy, but we didn't really like the beans!

The Polynesian Culture Center:

Canoe ride.

TJ pretending to be the statue. Ha ha! I married a funny man.
We spent the entire day exploring the PCC. We went to their big show that night. Although I did sleep through Act 1, it was a decent show. We then went and stayed with TJ's cousin Cassie, and her husband Brett. They have 2 of the cutest kids ever, Taylor and Jack.

Day 4:
The Beach!
Our crazy surfers! Brett taught TJ and JR how to surf. It looked so hard! I tried to go out one time and the waves took me down. The board actually hit my shins, and they are still hurting me!

I love this picture! What a babe!

Emily, Chel, Cassie, & Jack

The waves were coming up and crashing into us. Taylor was so fun to play with! We made drip castles, and let the waves destroy them.

Brett, and TJ's cousin Cassie are attending school at BYU-Hawaii. This is their little girl Taylor again. They were so kind to move around Taylor's room so we could stay there. She is such a sweet girl, and not shy at all! She instantly becomes your best friend! Thanks so much you guys! We miss you!

Day 5:
We got to check into The Turtle Bay Resort! What a beautiful hotel! We went back out and the boys tried to surf again. We snorkeled, and layed out. I could lay on the beach all day!

Awesome rooms, look at that view!

The view from our hotel room!

Lunch at Ted's Bakery, yum!

In front of our hotel.

Dinner at the Hotel's restaurant. It was amazing food!

Day 6:

Breakfast at the Hukilau Cafe. The movie 50 First Dates got the name of the cafe in the movie from this place! We decided that after we paid for this meal, our vacation was over. Sad! TJ and I actually had more time because our flight didn't leave until later that night. We went back to the hotel, and swam for a while.
Us in our hotel room, right before we checked out.

Our trip didn't really end there though! We were flying stand-by on some of TJ's uncles tickets. We couldn't get on a flight that night, and had to sleep in the airport. We woke up and got on a flight to Kauai. We then got on a flight that night to LA. We were number 48 and 49 on the list, and 49 people got on the flight. We were so lucky! People had been waiting for 5-6 days to get out of there because all of the flights were full. It was busy because of spring break, and there was a flight canceled earlier in the week. We were so lucky! When we got to LA, all of the flights there were full, so we had to take a bus to Orange County, and fly out of there. By then we were so ready to see our boys! We had such a great time! Thank you to our mom's for watching our boys!

I know I missed a ton of stuff from this post, but it is already really long! Thanks for the fun trip you guys! The countdown is on for our next one.....4 years!


Elise and Lane said...

Oh mercy! That trip soooo trumps the one I just got back from! I've always wanted to visit Hawaii- and for all the reasons you just showed! I'm so glad you guys had a blast and those beaches in the surfing pictures look heavenly! *(doesn't that make all the hard work as a mama worth it ;)

Tina said...

ohmygosh...your trip looked like it was SO much fun! I am insanely jealous! I loved all the pictures...great scenery, and you and TJ are SO cute together! Glad you're back safe and sound though!! :)

Melissa said...

Sounds like you guys had an absolute BLAST!!!!!!! I didn't know Cassie was down there. Holy cow, her little girl is drop dead gorgeous! It makes it even MORE fun that you went with other couples!!!!!

Gunnell Fam said...

It's so fun to see all your pictures. What a blast it must have been! I love that little hat you're wearing. You look great in it.

theSwensenFamily said...

I'm so jealous! What a fun trip! Your pictures were beautiful! I love you with dark hair, Erin! So cute! I'm glad you got away with just friends and no kids. It's like therapy! You fall in love all over again!

Shalice said...

Love all your pictures! The one of Taylor on the beach is perfect! She is so fun.....

Looks like you had so much fun! Glad you got to relax!!

Sarah said...

How fun (well, everything other than the trip home ;) Seriously, it looks like you guys had a blast - what a great experience!

Reena Bostock said...

Wow...you guys really know how to have fun. I bet you couldn't wait to hold your three boys again. Glad to see you safe at home and can't wait to read your next post.

Melissa said...

Oh my goodness, I know the feeling of sleeping in airports... But it sounds like the rest of the trip was a lot of fun! That Hawaiian sun looks so nice! Love all the pictures!

Emily J. said...

I want to go back....but I love my new tan. Everyone is so jealous of it here and that is pretty pathetic because I am really not that tan. It is still rainy here in Ohio. Where is the Hawaii sun when you need it. Thanks for letting us crash the party it was worth all of it!!! Here is to 4 years from now.

Kristina said...

How fun, you guys! That looked like a fun group! We stayed at Turtle Bay when we went, too. Loved it! Only I was 7 months pregnant, so hiking Diamond Head wasn't quite as fun. =) I did it, though!

Courteney Cole said...

Erin I'm so glad you got all the pictures posted! They make me want to be in Hawaii so bad! How about next time you leave TJ home and I'll come with ya...jk he is a pretty hott surfer dude though. Does he have any little brothers?

Jen said...

love all the pics from Hawaii! Beautiful scenery! Sounds like you guys had a fun Easter too! I can't believe that Hayden is almost 1 year old!! You and TJ are so cute together!

Lacey said...

It looks like heaven! What an awesome trip... even if getting home was a pain. :)