3.29.2012

Kauai aka The Most Beautiful Place on Earth

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amazing Kauai "tunnel of trees."

Apologies for this post being so late. Guys, I can't even begin to tell you how utterly fatigued I have been these past few days. I have been putting the kids to bed an hour early so I can fall asleep by 8 pm. I have been napping three hours a day since I got home. Not sure what is was exactly, but getting up at 7 am to catch our plane and then not arriving home until 4 am the next morning probably had something to do with it. I can only remember being this exhausted twice in my entire life, once when I drove 18 hours straight home from Las Vegas, and these past few days. 

Alas, I am on the mend. Granted, my tan is already fading, however we are already planning our next Kauai getaway. Come December, say what?

Anyway. Kauai. The most lush and untouched of all the Hawaiian islands. Let me just say that Honolulu or Waikiki Beach it is not. I compare visiting the island of Oahu to visiting Miami. Beautiful as it is, it is so commercialized and extremely crowded. Maui is a bit better, and definitely a good place to go if you want a tropical island feel and some nightlife. But Kauai? Doors close around nine pm. Good luck trying to find a cocktail after-hours, as the island shuts down and all you hear is the crashing of the ocean waves.

Which is exactly why I love it so. Sure, I can get a little crazy, but I'll save those times for Vegas. (Shut it, Lindsey). I've been a lot of places, San Juan islands, Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, St. Thomas and St. Maarten, but my heart belongs to Kauai. Nothing compares, in my opinion. (Although I imagine Australia might come close. Anyone been? That is my dream vacation.)

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breakfast on the beach

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right out our front door

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my boys on the beach

Can we just stop a minute so I can talk about how good my boys did? I mean, I've said a lot of times that a vacation with kids is no vacation at all. This time? Not true. They had so much fun. They were so easy, so relaxed, so happy. Honestly, if there was any turmoil, I can't remember. I had the best time with them.

Barefoot and happy, just how life should be.

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the smith feet

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The littlest one? First time ever swimming on his own. The first day, he cried if I let go of him. By the second day? He cried if I tried to hold onto him. My little two year old independent swimmer.

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oh heeeeeeeeyy.....

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nighttime view of our resort

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Kioki's, best restaurant on the whole island. Don't miss it if you ever visit.
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Kioki's restaurant

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daily weather report. Doesn't get more accurate than that.

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got a little wet...

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...and he wasn't too happy about it

Ok, here's how the awesome meet-up went down between myself and miss Lindsey aka The Bargain Blonde...

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We have a condo in Kauai (kind of like a timeshare, but it's more of an ownership type thing. We bought into the Marriott Waiohai, and we pay property taxes once a year), and we use it every year/every other year, depending. This is the first time we brought both the kids, and I knew Rob would want to go golfing once or twice, so I asked Lindsey if she wanted to come with as a helping hand but mainly for company and so we could finally meet and realize in person how awesome the other was! (This was our first time staying at the Marriott Kauai Beach Club, as we usually always stay at the Waiohai.)

Besides, my kids are way too young to serve as a kick-ass drinking partner.

Let's just say that they loved Auntie Lindsey.

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Those drinks above? From one of the best restaurants on the island, Dukes, only steps from our front door. Which may or may not be where Linds and I hung out after the kids went to bed, cocktail in hand, listening to the live band play every night.

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open air restaurants on the beach. tell me I'm not in Heaven.

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The Sheraton, where my fave family members Greg and Lisa stayed. More on that in a later post.

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To be continued...


ps. you can see some of our other Hawaiian adventures here.





47 comments:

  1. cute pics of my boys! looks like a dream vacation! looking forward to being the helping hands next trip! =) love the pic of Rob with the caption 'oh heeyyyy' hahaha

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  2. the last picture .. you better frame that. and I agree with the gal above me -- definite dream vacation!!

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  3. Looks like a dream!
    I really need to get my booty to Hawaii ASAP!

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  4. Omg I miss Kauai so much after this. I think I might need to start looking into moving sooner than I thought :) And didn't you love the Marriott? They were great when we stayed there, everything was clean and everyone was nice! Ah to be in paradise!

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  5. Looks so amazing! And now I want to go back to Hawaii!! Kauai is definitely on our list of vacation spots! We loved Maui, but I really want to see Kauai!!!

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  6. AMAZING! All of the pictures are gorgeous! Looks like a dream vacation!!!!! You and Lindsey seemed to have such a great time as did the boys!!! Can't wait to see more!

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  7. It looks beautiful! I've been to Australia and am actually planning on moving there in the fall! It's so gorgeous! I would love to be in Hawaii some day soon! Beautiful babies!

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  8. My favorite place ever! My Mom was born and raised there so I've been many times. You are making some wonderful memories with those boys.

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  9. WOW this looks like absolute bliss!! You are blessed with such a wonderful family.

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  10. oh so fun. I have been to Maui and Oahu but never Kauai, sounds like a dream. And I love Duke's in Oahu so I imagine I would love it there too! I'm glad the boys acted well and you had a great blend of family and friends!

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  11. Love Kiokis!! I miss the sun. =( Looks like it was beautiful while you guys were there. What on earth are yu going to do now thst you have to finally join the "real world" again?? Speaking of, are you all caught up on RW/RR?? Totally just remembered I never watched last week's episode!!

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  12. Have I ever mentioned that I have experience as a full-time nanny? Take me next time!!! Haha!
    And you are absolutely right, Waikiki reminded me of being in New York, just with a beach and palm trees! My parents honeymooned in Kauai (a billion years ago) and they said the same thing, that it is just untouched and heavenly!!
    So glad you had fun, and we've missed you! The Hawaii jet-lag is the worst!!! Sending you energetic thoughts! :)
    <3

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  13. Looks like y'all had such a BLAST! What a fun way for y'all to meet IRL. I am still jealous! I am so glad that your boys were good for you :) It's funny because this guy I work with was just telling me yesterday how I should go to Kauai for my honeymoon this coming fall. Now I REALLY want to minus the long flight!!

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  14. Looks like such an amazing time I'm so jealous!!!!! :-)

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  15. I stayed at that same place 3 years ago and you made me want to book a trip! Kauai is gorgeous!!

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  16. i literally refreshed my instagram like every hour to see your and lindsey's vacay pics. LOVE that ya'll met up and loved seeing photo after photo of your sassy selves! hawaii is the bomb!

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  17. Heaven! I'm trying to plan a family trip in September. I've been to Oahau (I describe it as Seattle on the beach,) Maui and Kona but never Kauai. Looks like you had a ton of fun. I can't get over how grown up Colt looks without hair. And that last pic is presh.

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  18. WE stayed at the Marriott Kauai last summer. We almost bought the same time share...are you pleased with the purchase???? It sounded like a pretty fab deal but I wasn't working at the time so we didn't want to spend the extra money. Now that I'm teaching full time I wish we would have purchased it. Kauai is my all time fave vacay...beautiful!!!!! I want to go back BADBADBAD!!!!!

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  19. Kauai is amazing, I agree with you 100%! I'm so glad you had such a great time, even with the kiddos!

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  20. I CANNOT wait to get married in Kauai!!! The weather picture made me laugh out loud literally!!!! :)

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  21. I just moved to the Gold Coast in Australia two weeks ago!! While the beaches are beautiful, I don't know that they're as amazing as Kauai looks!! Quite commercialized over here, but definitely still gorgeous. For pure, untouched beauty my home (yes, maybe I'm a touch biased) of New Zealand is fabulous!! But the sand isn't as pretty in NZ as it is here.

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  22. What a gorgeous vacation, stunning pictures. If I am ever able to go to Hawaii, you've convinced me that Kauai is the place to go! Wow. I am extremely envious ;)

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  23. Beautiful... even though I am still jealous! But great photo's. You completely captured the feeling.

    xoxo, bree

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  24. One word. AMAZEBALLS! I'm extremely jealous of the awesome "womance" (ha!) between you and Lindsey! I'm glad it was a great trip for you all!

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  25. Oh wow. These are ALLL drop dead beauties - you have a gorgeous family & of course a beauty of a friend! :)

    Couldn't help but notice how incredibly large your husbands pointer finger looks in one of the pool photos. It's crazy big!!!


    Xo, Happy Thursday Raven!

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  26. Beautiful pictures!! Looks like you two had such an amazing time!

    That picture of your youngest little one crying because he got wet is SO cute and sad!

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  27. We went to Kauai in October & seeing this post makes me want to go back so badly! We love Keoki's too! One of our favorites on the island and we also stayed in Poipu. Gorgeous family, gorgeous pictures. So envious!

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  28. Goodness your kids are so dadgum cute!

    So Matt and I are going on a honeymoon this summer (just got married last weekend). Do you have any recommendations for resorts in Kauai?? Specifically all inclusive.

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  29. I loved seeing all your pictures! I want to visit so bad! That type of beauty has to be seen in person!

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  30. I just got back from Kauai yesterday. We stayed at the Sheraton. Hope you family liked it!

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  31. Those pictures are SO gorgeous that they don't look real!! I need to look in to taking the hubs there when he gets home from the 'Stan ;) I'm not supposed to drink (pre-diabetic), but I'd sneak in a few of those coconut bowls-o-fun!

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  32. Your boys are just too adorable!

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  33. SOoo beautiful! I love their little foot prints in the sand.

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  34. Beyond jealous of this!! Good advice about the different islands. One day I'll make it to Hawaii, one day.

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