Tuesday, March 04, 2008

I'm back!

I was here:

but now, I'm back. Sad panda.

I went home for a short visit to see the fam, since I didn't make it back around the holidays. It was great, as always, to see everyone and get my fill of yummy local food. My trips back home are usually spent at my dad's house, which is great in and of itself, however, not quite the true "Hawaiian vacation" most people get to enjoy while visiting my home state. I decided it was high time I get me one of those vacations. So right smack dab in the middle of my trip, I checked myself into a bonafide resort (which happens to be at my favorite beach spot) for a few blissful days of uninterrupted relaxation.

I didn't leave the hotel grounds for 3 days. It was fantastic! My little sister came over for a sleepover one night, and spend the whole next day with me. We had a great time. We started the morning with this:

And then meandered our way to the spa for massages and some quality time in the steam room. Aaaahhhh...

We also hung out by the pool, and the beach. Oh, and I even got in a little run (okay, jog/walk - hey, I'm just beginning!) one morning, on this great path that lines the lagoons that make up my favorite beachy area. With scenery like this, I could run everyday!

I don't know how or why I hadn't done this until now. Hello? In the end, it was a splurge, a ridiculous indulgence...and I would do it again (and plan to) in a heartbeat. I plan to make this a permanent stop whenever I go home. It's just too good to pass up. So this is what a real vacation is like!

More on the vacay later. Now I must attend to some 235 emails and many, many blog posts. So, I'll be stopping by soon to catch up with everyone. I've missed you guys!

10 comments:

knitzalot said...

Oh my gosh, that looks amazing. I'm SO jealous!

jillian said...

Mnnnn, that breakfast tray is making me hungry. What a wonderful (and necessary) indulgence. Way to treat yourself right!

Disentangled said...

Great photos as always! So glad you got some real vacation time in :-)

Erin said...

Hey, I am from Hawaii too! Looks like a great visit--love the stay in a hotel idea.

Jennifer said...

It sounds like you had a fantastic time! Look at that gorgeous weather.

tentenknits said...

i love everything about your trip! haha beautiful weather, family time! but so happy you're back! YEA!

Jessica said...

Wow, if my hometown looked like that, I'd probably make it home more often. Sounds like you had an awesome vacation!

Nasus said...

I LOVE that first pic. I remember the shot of that beach you took the last time you were there. Can't wait to hear all about the trip!

Shelley said...

Oh baby! That is gorgeous!!! A real Hawaiian vacation without rain. Lucky girl. Makes me even more anxious for May.

mle said...

Ooo, those cookies are making my mouth water!
I'm so glad you had a great trip back home! I'm sure those trips are never long enough!