It is always a good time when we get together with the Ward crew. Ryan and Megan made the trip up to Washington right before the babies are born. I guess you can say it was the last time we could hang out without changing diapers and putting little ones down for a nap. It was a great trip and we got a few games of Settlers of Catan in. I can only imagine what a game would be like in a year when we have crying babies. Before Ryan and Megan left we had to get some pregnant shots in.
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Sophia and I had the opportunity to go to Hawaii for a week with my parents, younger brother Andrew and Andrew’s friend Coleman. We got to travel to Hawaii because my dad had a business trip and we volunteered to tag along. It was the Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA) Convention and we had the opportunity to lie in the sun, snorkel, play tennis, swim, make new memories and eat lots of good food. We stayed at the Fairmont Kea Lani Hotel on Maui. The Fairmont Kea Lani is the Gamblin’s favorite hotel. Our trip was very relaxing and also very busy; I thought I would break it down by each day.
We flew on Delta and we got a large selection of movies and TV shows we wanted to watch. Sophia cried during Marley and Me. I fast forwarded the last scene so I would not cry. The flight was long but watching TV and movies made it go by quickly. After arriving in Maui we went out to dinner at our favorite place to eat in Kihei , Maui “Lulu’s.” Lulu’s has the best food in Kihei and definitely best atmosphere. After a long flight we could not stay up late so we all crashed pretty early that night.
With the 3 hour time change we all woke up around 4:30 AM Hawaiian time. “The adults” went for a walk along the ocean into Wailea. By 9:30 AM it was already hot out so we all threw on our swimsuits and hung out at the pool. In the afternoon we got to move into our villa and relax. That evening we went to Andrew’s favorite restaurant, “Tommy Bahamas.” Andrew probably said a 100 times before dinner and after “The coconut shrimp is the best thing I have ever eaten!”
One of the great things about the WSADA convention is that they have breakfast every morning. So every morning we would always wake up and eat as much as possible. Sophia and I played one of our favorite sports on Wednesday, Tennis. We are both extremely competitive and we do not like to lose. I will admit that Sophia beat me 6-4 in the first set and I was ahead 4-2 before we called it enough because it was getting so hot. That night was the first night of the convention and we ate tons of food and did Gyotaku Printing which is the Japanese art of fish printing. My fish is awesome, Sophia’s not so much!
Thursday we decided to venture out and we went out to Lahaina to do walk through all the shops. One of the Gamblin traditions is stop at the Crazy Shirts store and pick out your favorite shirt and take a picture of the statue outside. After Lahaina we drove north up Honolu’a Bay to hang out at the beach and go snorkeling. It was Sophia’s first time snorkeling. She saw a turtle; my dad saw an octopus and eel. I just saw a lot of fish. That evening Sophia and I got to go out to a romantic dinner just the two of us at the hotel which was great!
It is amazing how tired you can get in Hawaii and on vacations by doing nothing. Friday we all were exhausted. That evening’s dinner was crazy Hawaiian outfit night. Andrew and Coleman dressed up in their hula grass skirts and coconut tops. They won tickets to a Mariners game for best costume. Stormy Glick a good family friend offered $100 for the tickets. Andrew and Coleman quickly made the exchange. Stormy known for his pranks asked Andrew if he wanted the $100 split in half so they both could share. Andrew then gave Stormy back the $100 in anticipation for 2 $50 bills. Stormy then proceeded to rip the $100 bill into two halves and would not stop laughing the whole night. (The hotel did take Andrew’s ripped $100 and cashed him out)
We brought a collection of board games with us and we finally pulled them out on our final day. We played Settler’s of Catan all day next to the pool. There is nothing better than laying next to the pool playing board games and eating food. This is one our favorite games (next to rummy of course, which Sophia beat me at on the trip). Sophia plays Settlers of Catan occasionally but she was too busy reading Angels and Demons. That evening we had the final banquet dinner and after dinner went back to the villa and watched Oceans 13.
We only had a few hours in Paradise on Sunday. We woke up packed and had our final delicious meal. Before the flight we hit up the all you can eat buffet. The flight home was full of kids and babies. I got to smell a stinky diaper all the way home. Andrew got to listen to a screaming baby for half the flight. Sophia and I watched one our favorite movies, “Rat Race” on the way home. We still die laughing during the Nazi scene.
We had a wonderful time in Hawaii and we wish we could sit and lie around the pool and eat nonstop forever but we had to come back to reality which was wedding planning!