for us, vacation means sleeping in, drinking coffee from a mug (not a to-go cup as we're flying out the door), and reading. that's all. it doesn't matter where we are; a vacation's a vacation when we get those three glorious things.
before evie, vacation meant scouting out the town's greatest attractions—from hiking trails to sea and air excursions—and cramming in as much activity as we could in a week, with a little pool time here and there. (ha! sounds like work to me now.)
last week, we drank our morning coffee from heavy mugs and read peacefully, interrupted only by the crashing waves of the clear blue-green pacific ocean. the water lined our back patio. those quiet mornings were my favorite time of day.
we weren't completely lazy, though. because of the early sunrise and time change, jeff and i were up around 6:30 every morning (still feeling like we'd slept in!), which gave us plenty of time to read and relax before wanting to go to the beach or wander through town.
life is slow in kailua-kona. the speed limit is 45, but people choose to go 40. there's no rush to get anywhere except maybe the ocean for prime-time surfing. it's nice, different.
every night i dressed up for dinner, not because we went anywhere fancy but because i had the luxury of getting ready without a two-year-old hanging on me, without her ransacking my make-up when i turn away. "evie put on make-up, too," she always says, looking up at me with a tube of mascara in one hand and a compact mirror in the other. i loved taking extra time to dry my hair and apply lipstick properly, but i missed that little girl hanging on me. whenever i closed my make-up drawer in our hawaii bathroom, i could almost hear evie yelling, "knock knock!" (while knocking on the drawer, just like she always does), begging the drawer to open and reveal all the make-up again.
one morning we woke up at six and went deep-sea fishing. gosh, i've never been more seasick in my life. we rode around in that boat for seven hours (seven!) and didn't catch a thing. not. a. thing. we got to see some dolphins jumping and flipping and splashing by the boat, though. they really put on a show. it was like they knew we wouldn't catch any fish and wanted to make up for it.
it was a spectacular, much needed adult-only vacation, but i sure am happy to be home with my little munchkin, getting back into the swing of real life.