I hope those of you who celebrated Mother’s Day yourself or with family had a lovely day!
If you missed this post last week, I wasn’t expecting anything at all for Mother’s Day (seriously). I knew that because we just moved to Hawaii (a week ago today!) that there would be no time for my husband to get me a gift during this crazy time anyway. But I truly just let go of the expectation of “needing” a gift for the holiday and it went much better for so many reasons.
Anyway, back up to Saturday, we had a lovely day. The weather has been so great here! We chose to forgo actual gifts, but my husband had the idea of doing a photo shoot for Claire and I for Mother’s Day. This photo shoot also doubled as my mom’s Mother’s Day gift (part two) that I’ll send her soon.
We went to Waimanalo beach, which is on the east side of Waikiki/Honolulu and had much less tourists. Waikiki is super famous and beautiful but there’s next to no space, so I knew I couldn’t get any good shots there without a bunch of bikini-clad people in the background. Turns out the drive there is right along the ocean and Wiamanalo is beautiful. Like, I will be back there for sure. It was one of the most gorgeous beaches ever. Watch me say that about all the beaches I go to from now on 😉
And yes, I acknowledge that this photo is so like “this is NOT real life.” I am still asking myself when this whole “I live in Hawaii” thing is going to be a dream that I wake up from. I am so so crazy grateful.
I’m also grateful my husband can pass as a second shooter for me 😉 He did an amazing job with photos!
After our little beach photo shoot, we went to Hanauma Bay, which is one of the most famous places to snorkel on Oahu. We didn’t actually go down to the beach but just looked at the bay from above for a bit to check it out.
That was pretty neat, and we’re excited to go back and actually be on the beach and snorkel sometime.
After that, we tried to go to a farmer’s market, which I guess is a big thing here in Oahu but it was already closed. But they are open year round, so we’ll catch one one of these days! We had lunch at a local Poke place, which is a type of fish that I don’t think is cooked when you eat it? But it’s REALLY tasty.
We had some leftovers for dinner but still wanted to go out in the evening. We go our first shave ice, another big thing here in Hawaii. It is NOT a snow cone, but actual ice shaved off a big ice block.
This thing was huge and it was the small! We got rootbeer float and coconut cream flavored and they were both so good. There was also vanilla ice cream on the bottom. I want more shave ice!
Sunday, we went to breakfast at Eggs n Things. Every time I’ve passed by here, there’s a huge line. They advertise big fruity pancake plates and it looked good. We did have to wait a while, but it wasn’t too bad considering it was Mother’s Day.
I got the pineapple whipped cream macadamia nut pancakes. My husband got some mandarin orange cheesecake crepes. So good! Definitely not a bad way to start Mother’s Day 🙂
We were right on Waikiki so we walked on the beach a little and I asked my husband to take some more pictures. He couldn’t say no to me on Mother’s Day, right? 😉
Then we went to Island Sole, a cute boutique with ALL things pineapple stuff that I kept passing by this week.
I got this pineapple tank top (in white) because – pineapples! Love!
Then we went home for lunch and ate some more leftovers before we headed out to look at open houses. Every Sunday in Oahu from 2-5pm, most houses on the market have open houses so buyers can just hop from one house to the next. We looked at four homes and while none of them were totally perfect, we were really impressed! It definitely gave us hope for buying a home here. Hopefully “the one” comes along sometime!
Speaking of homes, we are headed out with our realtor soon to check some more out today. Have a lovely week, friends!
Questions for You:
- What did you do over the weekend?
- Have you ever looked at homes to buy?