so Hawaii. you guys thought i got eaten by a shark, didn't you?
well i didn't. i've just been diving headfirst into piles upon piles of sandy laundry.
Hawaii was delightful. we didn't want to leave.
we had the best time ever...after the flight--in which i spent 2.5 hours standing up by the lavatory holding sleeping Gem (in case you were wondering if anyone was able to tell if you took the poop on the airplane: believe you me, everyone knows. everyone). the baby refused to sleep unless i stood. it was really quite awful. but then the flight attendant gave me a ridiculously strong mai tai so then it was okay. but anyway, we landed in Hawaii all fresh and thrilled for our vacay (but missing JJ and Cleo a little bit). Gemsie was crabby and the moment i got her in the sleepsack and laid her on the bed, she cried. but then i climbed in next to her and she realized that OMG MOM IS SLEEPING WITH ME WTFFFF I'M SO EXCITED I COULD SCREAM! and she did. she laughed and laughed and laughed and patted my face and we giggled with each other about how much fun it was going to be to have sleepovers for a WHOLE WEEK (i spoke too soon. i spoke entirely too soon).
every morning we woke up before dawn. and Gemma climbed onto my body and sat on my face and yelled until i woke up. then i plugged coffee into my bloodstream and we dumped all the toys on the floor and played until Mimi & Papa woke up. then Mimi would make us a delicious breakfast. and we'd watch the news and hang out until naptime.
Papa nicknamed Gemsie "Queenie" for the week because she obviously doesn't have enough nicknames. and what a little Queenie she is.
Mimi got Gemsie the coolest pool floatie ever in the world which she loved until she got too hot or tired and didn't feel like being in the pool anymore.
ghoddddddd that swimcap kills me.
Mimi took G and me to run some errands and for a quick poke into her favorite shop where she bought us both new swimsuits. you guys. this swimsuit is amaze. it crosses over my tummy RIGHT WHERE you can tell i had a baby. it's totally cool. until you are in the pool pretending you are 8 years old doing handstands and you pop up out of the water and realize your nipple has popped up out of the water as well.
and Gemmie got a mermaid bikini which is also has a swim diaper built in it and OMG IT HAS A TAIL.
Mimi also took us to get the best mai tais with real lilikoi froth on the top yummm
most afternoons while Gemsie Bear and Papa napped, i sat out in the sun and read my book or stayed indoors and chainwatched Arrested Development on my parents' Netflix account. (side story: after G went to sleep one night, i wasn't tired so i decided to watch AD. only an error message came up: "you are attempting to watch Netflix on too many devices." turns out my sisters CA and MM ((AND sister M uses it too--there are literally 9--NINE--people using the same Netflix account)) were already using the account to watch Vampire Diaries and Greek, respectively. i was so unnecessarily pissed. i shouted at them via text to go to sign the F off and go to bed so i, their 26-year-old sister, could watch my television show using our parents' Netflix account.
and on Monday morning we shit our pants with worry about Nannie and Bear. my Mom ran the Boston marathon, and crossed the finish line just before the explosions. and my Dad was in between them. we were so relieved they were safe--and are so heartbroken that others weren't as fortunate.
we just want peace. peace. peace. peace.
that's my Mom running in the pink top. and those are the bombers in the back. this picture gives me chills.
so so so grateful they're safe and sound at home now.
we went to Mimi & Papa's church where the priest gives his homily while barefoot which is totally awesome and everyone hugs everyone and there is so much love in the air it's so cool.
we also went to the Aulani Resort (per my request--duh. if it's Disney, my ass will be there) for brunch.
and we had to pose in front of the wooden Stitch
and wouldn't you know it--WE SPOTTED MICKEY OMG. i shrieked and ran up to him and pretended that no, really, Gemma wanted to see him, not me. and so i introduced my baby to Hawaiian Mickey. and she fell in love with him and delicately placed her little hand on his nose and patted him. and my heart exploded with happiness and my life was complete.
we met up with an old friend who lives in Hawaii and she treated us like royalty, giving us a taste of her life. she is all sunkissed and gorgeous, while we tromped around the beach with our NorthFace backpack full of touristy shit like maps and spf 70 sunscreen.
and she even got Gemmie and me matching BFF bracelets. which we are completely obsessed with and haven't taken off since she gave them to us.
we adored Hawaii and cannot wait to go back! it was the best trip ever! (well, except for the mad case of the squirts G got towards the end of the trip which caused sleepless nights and general discomfort for everyone) we are so lucky Mimi and Papa were such wonderful hosts.
me: who wants to eat sand and part of a dead crab? Gem: OMG MEEEEEEE!
hunting for shells
we were so excited to see JJ and Cleo at the airport. i was a sweaty mess from hauling G in the Ergo, the backpack, the carry-on suitcase and the carseat (you guys seriously. i looked like a nomad) and demanded DEMANDED in n out immediately (we flew into LAX for our niece's baptism that weekend) and absolutely inhaled my grilled cheese and fries and Gemma was beyond thrilled to see her dog and her dad.