Saturday, June 16, 2012

Ready, Set, Vacation

Adjusting to the time change, we were all up pretty early.  Ava was ready to play at 3:30.  We let her play in her crib and finally got her up around 4.  I did some research on helping baby to adjust to the time change.  The biggest recommendation was to have as much outside time as possible.  I think this certainly helped, because Ava was back to sleeping through the night by the second night.

Before the fun could begin, we need to stock up on some vacation essentials.  So, we headed to the nearest military base and shopped at the PX/Commissary for provisions.  We made sure to get some water, soda, snacks, toiletries we forgot, a float for Ava (that we never used) and the most adorable diapers I have ever seen. 

hawaii diapers

I also made sure these gems made it into the cart.  I successfully ate the entire bag throughout our trip.


After the necessary shopping trip, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for some fun in the sun.  Originally, we were going to spend time at the pool, but opted for Waikiki beach instead.  Ava was awoken prematurely at the beach, so she was not thrilled about her first dip in the ocean. 



The water at Waikiki was so beautiful and you can rent chairs and umbrellas if you desire.  It was also pretty easy to bring Ava’s stroller on the beach, giving her a great shaded place to take a nap.

After enjoying some frosty beverages on the beach, Dan got a little hungry for lunch, so we headed to Cheeseburger Paradise (not to be confused with Cheeseburger In Paradise, which is much better!). 

I had the Kalua Pork Sliders with a side salad.  The side salad was very disappointing and the pork was extremely fatty.  Ava looked very interested in trying this dish…


After relaxing in the room for a while and cleaning ourselves up, we met downstairs for happy hour and then a late dinner at Dukes.  Our friend, Steve from North Carolina was in Honolulu for a conference, so he met us for dinner.  We had to wait a while since we were such a large party, so we didn’t eat until after 8!  Needless to say, we were starving. 

Dukes is a great, local landmark.  It is right on the beach in the Outrigger hotel.  They have a great menu, with a lot of fresh fish dishes and a nice salad bar.  They also have live entertainment most nights. Since we had to wait so long, they brought us complementary Crab and Mac Nut Wontons, which were awesome.  I had a bunch few.  For my entre, I ordered the Seven Spice Ahi.  I wasn’t in love with this dish; I wish I had ordered the Mac Nut and Herb crusted fish of the day.  Everyone else was raving about that.  Oh, food envy.

Ava slept completely through dinner.  Dan and I decided to do her nighttime routine before we went down for Happy Hour each night.  We would feed her, give her her bath, put her in her jammies, and tuck her in in her stroller.  This worked great!  She would sleep through dinner each night, waking up around 10 for another feeding and to be moved to her crib.  That stroller was a lifesaver! 

After all that sun time and waking up so early, we were ready to crash pretty early.  Lights out by 10:30.

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