We are less than 2 weeks away from our Hawaiian ‘honeymoon’ and I am literally counting down the days.
I’ve always thought of Hawaii as a sort of paradise. The beaches, the sunsets, the cocktails and the Luau’s. It’s hard to go wrong with such a romantic destination. The pictures I’ve seen are stunning, featuring amazing scenery and beautiful happy couples.
You can see why I am excited.
There is a small catch and that is that we are taking our little Pickle with us. Ok, that’s not the only catch. There may be just a couple of other teeny tiny, little details that I may have neglected to mention… first, my husband doesn’t know that this is a honeymoon AND we are staying in a two bedroom oceanfront apartment WITH my husbands parents.
Yep, you read that right. Strange? Perhaps.
You’re probably wondering why my husband doesn’t know. Perhaps I should start there. Well… it’s not so much that he doesn’t know, rather that its not his primary focus. My husband is one of those guys that goes against the grain. When everyone else is going right, he goes left to make sure that he isn’t missing anything. His take on the mainstream is usually controversial and his view on honeymoons is pretty much the same. What does it really mean?
I don’t disagree entirely but…. Who doesn’t want a little romance?
We used all of our holidays last year to entertain our families that flew over for our wedding. It was wonderful, although it would have been nice to slip away after our nuptials to have some R&R together before our little man was born. Once he arrived, naturally, everything became about him (and still is) and meeting his grandparents who were unable to come to Australia this year trumped family holiday/honeymoon.
We planned this holiday in conjunction with my in-laws so that they can meet our son. Instead of flying all the way to Canada to see them, we suggested a halfway meeting spot so that it felt a little more like a holiday and I was really pushing for something exotic and new. Hawaii seemed to be an obvious winner with it being roughly half way for each of us and met my exotic and new criteria.
My husband is looking forward to spending some time with us. Being able to wake up to his son’s face each morning and put him to bed each night is his idea of bliss. An opportunity to switch-off from his busy life dominated by alarm clocks, appointments, emails and phone calls. Time to relax, to rest and to recharge.
So… here we have 2 couples and a baby flying across the globe to meet in one location… all with a very different idea of what this holiday is going to be.
It’s going to be interesting. I’m not going to lie. I’m not in complete denial. I am basically trying to hijack a holiday and honeymoon the crap out of a non-believer whilst hanging out with in-laws and our baby. Traditional …. Not even close.
We are in Hawaii though… what could possibly go wrong? Are these famous last words?
Well, this hopeful traveller is going to pack her hopes into one family sized suitcase and hit this honeymoon hard!
I will let you know how successful it was when we get back.