|Ko Olina Lagoons with permission via DJSlane|
In just over 48 hours we'll be touching down in Honolulu, Hawaii for a vacation we've been dreaming of for 5 years. To say we are excited is a vast understatement - for we are jubilant! We feel so blessed to be able to make this dream a reality - these islands have been calling out to us since our engagement. And the best part is that without our "sacrifice" of business travel to Alaska for the past several months, we wouldn't be able to take this trip either!
We'll be enjoying ourselves on the island of Oahu, with lodging at the JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina Spa & Resort, and access to the gorgeous and calm lagoons of Ko Olina. We have our bags packed with our beach essentials, and plan to spend at least 50% of our time soaking up the sun, building sand castles, playing frisbee and perhaps flying a kite. The forecast is showing upper 80's and sunshine every day with a low of 72/73 in the evenings, doesn't that sound PERFECT?
|Waikiki with permission via DJSlane|
Of course a trip to Oahu wouldn't be complete without a few excursions! We chose a hotel outside the crazy hustle and bustle of Waikiki, on the leeward side, but we'd be missing out to not take some time exploring the other parts of the island. We plan on renting a car occasionally from the onsite Hertz while we are there to take part in island excursions. We'll visit Waikiki one day and get a taste of the beautiful beaches, restaurants and shops there. We love the idea of this Waikiki food tour.
We've also been looking at other adventures - including the Polynesian Cultural Center, a catamaran cruise, ziplining and putt-putt golf. Of course there is also Pearl Harbor and the several memorial museums, snorkeling at Waimea bay, and the beautiful Ihilani Day Spa. A huge perk of staying at the Marriott resort is that they offer onsite babysitting, so we will aim to get out for some couple time while we are there as well. When we asked Zion what she'd like to do, she said she wanted to see dolphins and eat yummy food.
|Dolphin with permission via Merala|
She is going to be so thrilled when we take her to the Sea Life Park for their Dolphin Cove Show! And then after a day of checking out the sea animals, we'll thrill her once more at the Chief's Luau, voted best Luau in Oahu! That is going to be one fantastic day! I'm also hoping I can get us out on one outdoor hiking/walking excursion to see the lush tropical flora and fauna of Hawaii, maybe even see a waterfall!!
After spending six nights and six full days on the island, our fun doesn't end, as we head to Seattle for three days to spend time with family. We are so excited to be celebrating my sister Jessica's graduation from the University of Washington's school of Nursing!! She has worked so hard, and this is a huge accomplishment - so let the party commence! I'm hoping to get together with all four of my sisters for a coffee date while we are there, and if we can make it work, I'll have gorgeous pictures of us together for the first time in a long time!
Before I go, I just wanted to get you excited for what will be coming up in the next several weeks on BaxtronLife! With all of the excitement of our Hawaiian vacation, I decided I wanted to officially launch my "style" section on this blog, so I'm going to be doing outfit posts!! I have a heartful of words to share about why this is meaningful for me to do, so look for some fun and fashionable beach fashion. As September approaches I also have two things on my mind: my 32nd birthday and my 2nd blog anniversary. I'll be doing my long-awaited Anchorage Coffee Tour highlighting the best coffee I found while in Alaska, and will definitely have some fun giveaways lined up.
I may be a little quiet over the next week - but you can follow along on our Hawaii & Seattle adventures with Instagram!