Wednesday, October 24, 2018

halfway to baby.

These photos are from an early September midweek getaway to Martha's Vineyard. I was 14 weeks pregnant. As I type this I'm 20 weeks and really enjoying the whole experience so far. I'm feeling incredibly grateful for it. I'm content to be relaxing on the couch in the evenings because that's when the baby kicks up a storm! There is no better feeling than little baby kicks; they are the definition of life affirming joy. This weekend I took a couple long walks to enjoy the beautiful fall weather. I learned early on that running while pregnant is not for me, but I definitely feel my best making time for both rest and light exercise. 

Seeing the 18 week ultrasound was pretty incredible too - fully formed little bones, arms punching and legs moving about. We are not finding out the gender. Both our initial instincts sensed a boy, however, around week 17 I had some new instinctual feeling that it is a girl. Truly, this baby's gender will be a surprise!

I know it's going to be hard - harder than I can really imagine and I know we're not going to get any sleep (I know the things everyone tells you but NONE OF THE THINGS at the same time.) But, we are so excited to be parents!! 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Pearl Harbor

[Aboard the USS Bowfin]

[USS Arizona Boat Tour]

I was moved by Pearl Harbor - how can you not be? It was one of the main reasons we wanted to spend time on Oahu. We arrived to a mass of crowds at the entrance gates before realizing you just stroll right in, entrance is free. Additional attractions once you enter will require a paid ticket - (we didn't chose to partake since these required shuttle buses offsite.) The USS Arizona does require a ticketed time but is also free of charge. Be sure to grab this right away - we arrived at 10 am and got on one of the last boat tours of the day around 2:45 pm. Touring the USS Bowfin Submarine was a big highlight - it felt very poignant and I took a ton of pictures. It's really cool to look back on and remember what it looked like, and felt like. 

Believe it or not, this is the final post in my Hawaii Honeymoon series. We honeymooned in June and I've been recapping everything we did throughout the summer and fall. All of my posts and recommendations are linked under the US Travel page. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Na Pali Coast by Boat

A little flashback to the red cliffs covered in bright green vegetation as they meet the sparkling blues of the Pacific - seeing Kauai's Na Pali Coast by boat. We went out with Na Pali Coast Hanalei Tour for a terrific four hours on the water. In their small vessel we navigated the sea caves, went snorkeling and they provided lunch. The tour felt personalized - we had a lot of laughs and it was informative at the same time. 

Everyone recommended to us it's worth booking a water excursion in addition to the helicopter tour and I'm glad we did. There's nothing quite like seeing these majestic wonders from another vantage point. 

The boat pickup and drop off spot was on Hanalei Bay Beach. We stayed to explore when they dropped us off. It was a gray and cloudy afternoon here - almost fitting for the mood conveyed in the photos I took of the beachfront homes devastated by the April floods. Believe it or not, it's not all sunshine and rainbows in Hawaii!