Sea Kayaks, Shave Ice & Perspective

Do you ever have those weekends where you and your spouse
just have the best conversations? Where you drift into talking about
life and suddenly 4 hours later you’re like oh shoot…we had somewhere
to be and now we should probably go be there…
Anyone?
Just me? Okay then. Well, this was one of those weekends for us. Dane
and I are in a big transitional period of our lives and we’ve been
talking and analyzing anything and everything lately. What do we want for ourselves? What
does our future look like? How could we make XYZ work? Have you ever thought of doing XYZ?
Truly the list goes on and on…but it’s a really exciting time in our lives and I’m grateful to have someone like Dane right beside me through it all.
Friday night was really low key. We made salad pizza (a re-make on our favorite pizza from Pizza Grille in our hometown) and we binged on Grey’s, per usual. We have watched every season from the beginning and are getting SO CLOSE to where the show is now on cable. For the record, we do not have cable (that is for rich people ;)) so I have no idea what we will do when we’ve come to the end of the road on Netflix!
Saturday we woke up extra early for our adventure in sea kayaking out to the Mokulua Islands. This has been on our Hawaii bucket list for quite some time. The first time we attempted it, I fell out of the kayak straight onto a reef and broke my toe. So, as you can imagine, getting back out there wasn’t exactly at the top of my to-do list. Thankfully, this time was SO MUCH BETTER. We got out there and paddled like mad people to make it to the islands quickly so we could explore. It’s actually a protected bird sanctuary, but you can walk the perimeter and take in some of the views.
We spent a good bit of time climbing around on the rocks and really taking in the natural beauty of our surroundings and talking about how truly lucky we are to live the life that we do.
While we were paddling back to shore we saw a family of sea turtles just enjoying themselves, floating around and bobbing up for air periodically. Dane and I both noticed them at the same time, so we were able to stop the kayak pretty quickly and float alongside them. Super cool! It got us to talking about how much we love the life we have in Hawaii, how it wasn’t always this way and how much we’ve grown as a couple here. Call me sappy, but it’s a moment I want to remember for a long time.
After we turned our kayak back in, we hit up one of our favorite places on the windward side, the Kalapawai Cafe, for some iced coffee and fresh veggie wraps. Afterward,we ventured over to Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha. Uncle Clay’s has been on our list to visit for quite some time, but it’s not really in an area we frequent. In this case we happened to pass it on our way home, so we had to stop! It did not disappoint — how could it with fresh juices?! In fact, we were able to talk with Uncle Clay himself for about an hour. He told us something that sort of stopped us in our tracks — everyone is so concerned with having money and making money, but if your life is full of love, that’s really all you need. Then he told us we should all take a photo together so..of course!
Headband: True North Collection
Sunday we spent the day exploring more spots that are new-to-us — Ai Love Nalo and some windward beaches.
I can’t say enough good things about the smoothies from Ai Love Nalo! This was a coconut milk, cacao and mint one that was refreshing, yet packed with delicious flavor.
As we get ready to prepare for the week ahead, all I can hear are Uncle Clay’s words echoing in my head and I know Dane feels similarly. Sometimes I think we get so caught up in the rat race of life — getting this, going here, doing this, having that (and just generally trying to “keep up”!) — that we forget how truly good a simple life can be. And now for some reason I’m singing ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE…
Have a great week, everyone!

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15 Comments

  1. Reply

    Courtney

    June 6, 2016

    Kayaking is my new favorite thing to do, but I think ocean kayaking would terrify me for some reason! And you also made me crave Pizza Grille – thank goodness I'm going there for dinner this week 😉

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    Jen

    June 6, 2016

    I love those types of conversations! Kyle and I had a few of those this weekend and it really is so good for your relationship. Looks like you guys had a great weekend.

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    Laina Turner

    June 6, 2016

    I was just telling my almost husband (we get married in July) that we need to find more time for just us. Great post.

  4. Reply

    Darcy

    June 6, 2016

    Glad kayaking went better this time! It sounds so fun!
    http://www.amemoryofus.com

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    The Girl who Loved to Write

    June 6, 2016

    ABC puts the current episodes online! You just have to wait a week after they air, I think!

  6. Reply

    BLovedBoston

    June 6, 2016

    Who needs cable when you have the outdoors like you guys do?! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

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    Anna

    June 6, 2016

    I'm so glad you stopped by my blog last week because I'm loving all of your beautiful pictures from Hawaii!! I can't wait to see more!

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    Alejandra Fernandez-Rubio

    June 6, 2016

    Uncle Clay is adorable! We have to make a stop there!

  9. Reply

    Rachel

    June 6, 2016

    I absolutely love kayaking but don't get to go enough. So many fun things to do in Hawaii, when can I visit?!

    Rachel / http://www.seashellsandsparkles.com

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    Kari Guastella

    June 6, 2016

    This looks so beautiful! I'd love to be there right now!!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

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    Malia Lilinoe

    June 6, 2016

    Yay for much better kayaking adventure! It can be rough going out to the mokes!

  12. Reply

    Shea Sayers

    June 7, 2016

    What a beautiful post, both in words and photos. This is a great reminder to just slow down and appreciate everything around me–I'm definitely guilty of getting caught up in the "rat race"!
    Shea | http://www.shealennon.com

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    Corie M

    June 7, 2016

    What an awesome weekend! I'm glad the kayaking adventure was much smoother this time around 🙂

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    Tiffany

    June 10, 2016

    Uncle Clay's is sooooo good. So jealous you got to meet him!

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