Thomas had a business trip last week. Darn business trips, right? Well, normally I would concur, but this business trip was in Hawaii!!!
And I went with him!
We spent a whole week together, without kids, on the island of Oahu. Being that he had business to attend to during much of the day (8-3 or so), I had alone time. If you know me, you know I am not much of a loner. The peace and serenity in the beauty of the island, however, was magnificent.
I spent much of my days walking the beach, people watching, listening to music on my iPod, soaking up rays, shopping, and offering to take pictures of others together in a shot so that everyone could be in the photo. I also took time to run, kayak on the Pacific, and snorkel. Once Thomas joined me after work, we ate nice meals, had conversations without interference, visited Pearl Harbor and toured a battleship, hiked Diamond head, rode around in a Mustang convertible, participated in a luau, and rode ATVs in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen in my life. During those times it was like we were on our honeymoon, but with more life and couple experience to make it sweeter.
And, yes, I said it—we did it all without the kids. I’ll tell you, I was nervous about this venture, but the allure of a paid for trip (excluding my plane ticket) was just too much to pass up without major consideration. I consulted more seasoned moms to see what they thought about leaving my babies with my mom, who volunteered to take a week off work to watch them. Their verdict: do it, and do it guilt free. I can’t say I didn’t battle some mommy guilt but I did overcome most it once the perfect 80 degree temps met my skin and a rainbow outside my hotel room met my eyesDid we miss them? Of course! Did we have fun? What do you think? Did they survive? Absolutely! Would we go again? It it was free again, you bet!
We brought back lots of wonderful memories, fun souvenirs—and over 100 ounces of breast milk :O)