Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Aloha: The toddler edition - Part 2 {Quinn’s Weekend Adventures}

We’re back! Hubs, Q and I had a fabulous time on Kauai. I say, if you’re looking for a relaxing, tropical vacation without a bunch scheduled activities, Kauai is the place to go. And it’s perfect for vacationing with a toddler. Here’s how our usual daily itinerary went:

We woke up and ate breakfast.

We walked over to the nearby outdoor shopping center while we waited for the few morning clouds to blow away. Q jumped in rain puddles and ruined his first outfit of the day. Then he pushed his stroller from one end of the plaza to the other about 458 times, fell down 112 times, and cried 82 times. Not a bad ratio.

 We went home, (swim) suited up, slathered on sunscreen and hit the beach.

We spent the rest of the morning at the small beach across the street from our rental house. Splashed around in the ocean with Quinn. Played in the sand with Quinn and tried to stop him from eating it. Then chased Q back in the ocean. Then chased Q back to sand. Then back in ocean. Then back to the sand. And so forth.

Then we went back to the house and ate lunch.

Quinn then took a nice, long, post-lunch, worn-out-from-all-that-playing-in-the-ocean nap. Hubs and I enjoyed the silence. One of us would head back down to the beach for a solo hour while the other stayed back at the house with the sleeping Q. I went down to the beach a few more times than Hubs did. He’s sweet like that. Armed with just my towel, phone and a vodka tonic, I soaked in the Hawaiian sun, and now I actually have more tan lines than just ones on my feet!

After the beach, I squeezed in a quick shower, and by the time Q woke up from his nap, it was happy hour!

We headed to one of several local happy hours most of the days, and fed Quinn a snack while Hubs and I slurped Mai Tai’s and other tropical grown-up beverages. Q usually smeared food all over himself and ruined his second outfit of the day.

Then we went back to the house. Hubs usually handled dinner on the barbecue while Q and I played with trucks and trains and watched endless excruciating episodes of Thomas and Friends. Then the three of us enjoyed dinner outside on the front porch. Despite the bugs (and lizards!), I think dinner always tastes better outside.

Then we left all the dirty dishes right where they were and went back across the street to the beach to catch the tail end of the sunset, wine glasses in hand.

Q ran back into the ocean, plopped down on the sand and ruined his third outfit of the day.

We quickly learned to just strip him down to his diaper…

… and sometimes less.

When we returned to the house, I plunked Quinn into the bathtub while Hubs cleaned up the dinner mess .Then we put Q to sleep for the night.

Once Q was out for the count, Hubs and I cracked open a bottle of wine and played cards out of the front porch while we listened to music with curse words in it. (My favorite Hubs quote of the week: “Just bring the whole bottle of K.J. (our affectionate name for Kendal Jackson) out onto the porch.” That’s how you know we’re on vacation.)

Then the day of sun exposure and toddler chasing caught up with us, and we passed out by 9:30. 

Here are few more fun pics from our toddler-riffic vacation.

A monk seal took a rest on "our beach" one afternoon. 

I love this pic of Q's little footprints zigzagging across the sand.

Q and Mommy at sunset

We took Q on the short train ride through the Kilohana Plantation.
He went bonkers over seeing the train.  

Q watched the farm animals from the train car. We got out for a
closer look, but we didn't pet any. Maybe next time... 

We spent a morning at a local park, and Q went down the little tube
slide. This park should be called "Toddler Heaven."

Even rocks are fascinating when you're small.  


 Aside from one minor incident (that I’ll tell you about on Thursday), it was a perfect vacation for our little family. So if you’re looking for someplace tropical and you have a toddler or baby in tow (or even if you don’t), I highly recommend Kauai’s south shore. Or even the north shore. Any shore. Just go there. 


  1. it looks beautiful and sounds as relaxing as a vacation with a toddler can be. i don't miss that baby chasing business one bit! i'm sort of looking forward to the day when my daughter wants to lay in the sand with a book and work on her tan.

    1. Oh, I know! Vacationing is still a lot of work. I just did what I do every day, except I got to do it on a tropical island and to sneak off to the ocean during his nap time. :) Toddler chasing looks cute in photos, but it's anything but relaxing! LOL!

  2. OMG heaven! So happy for you guys -looks like a great little trip. xo

    1. Thanks, DeeDee! We had a great time, and it was nice to get away as a family.

  3. Fantastic pics! Thanks for sharing - I love looking at other people's family pictures. Hm. That may make me sound a little bit like a weirdo. I'm not too weird, I promise. LOL. Sounds like such an amazing get-away...

    1. I like looking at other people's vacation photos, too! I mean, you know, not all 2,000 of them for three hours or anything, but a quick look through the good ones is always fun. And I like weird, so we're all good. :)

  4. It sounds perfect! I live on the East Coast so Hawaii is a major trek for us. But we have lots of beaches near my home. My Melissa always loved the beach, it was always so much fun to take her because she just takes it all in! Now that she is 15, the parents are uncool, and she enjoys the beach with her friends! Glad you had a great vacation!

    1. Where you live is SO gorgeous. We have lots of beaches, too, but the ocean is too cold to get into without a wet suit, even in the summer. Some crazy people get in, but... they're crazy. Someday, you and Melissa will enjoy the beach together again. Probably when you're watching her little ones play! :)