Monday, April 7, 2008

Surprise, surprise!!

Guess what!! I got a big surprise this weekend! My great husband(have I mentioned how great he is?) arranged to take me on a weekend getaway. He came home around lunchtime Friday and gathered us all around and instructed us to pack some things for the weekend. So we did, the kids kept asking me where we were going. I don't think they ever realized I was as clueless as they were. So within an hour we were packed and in the car off for our adventure.
So we start going up this road, James had said we had some errands to do first. Now up this road there are only 3 things that it could be. We past church so no surprise party or anything there(err, did I mention Friday was my birthday?). So up the hill we keep going, the next possible place would be a friends home or the park where we go hiking sometimes. He pulls into our friends home and parks but doesn't say to get out or anything.....although the kids are piling out of the car. He drops off the kids bag-Um, honey are we going somewhere without kids?? Wow! What IS going on? Everyone gets back into van and we drive to the airport where James and I get dropped off, me still clueless as to where we are going.
We get checked in and I find out we are going to Kauai. I love Kauai! It's so green and rural and just a great showcase for the Lord's beauty.
I ask ""how long have you been planning this?" "Am I the only one who didn't know?" All you people(and you know who you are) are way too good at keeping secrets!!
He rented a fun car for the weekend. It's fun to hear the grass move as you pass:) We had a gorgeous room. The bathtub was probably as big as our bathroom. Stone, stainless steel and granite in the kitchen. Quite the beauty that room was! We didn't get a chance to tryout the pool but it looked lovely as well. A heated seahorse shaped with slides and a lazy river. We could see the pool from our room and the ocean was on the other side of it. It was lovely to sit on the balcony in the morning and watch the sun come up.
Friday we spent enjoying the surprise, wandering around some local shops and making a run to Kmart to pickup those forgotten items(toothbrush!), too bad we didn't realize then that someone*cough* james *cough* had forgotten his swimsuit-we could have picked one up and tried out that pool;)
Saturday James had more surprises instore. The first was driving to a green and white gate and waiting for an ATV to meet us. There are no signs telling me what is instore. I had asked James what I should wear when getting dressed and he had told me pants and tennis shoes so that was the only clue I had. Someone comes up to the gate and lets us through. We manage to not get stuck in any of the big pot holes on this dirt road and pull into another gate and I see a platform. Aha! We are going to go on a zipline!!
It was soooooooo much fun! Can't wait to do it again:) We went in a group of 8 and between the 4 different couples that made up our group, 3 of us had birthdays and one was a honeymoom couple-so we were all celebrating something! It was really fun to be that high up in the trees, little did I know that we'd be getting higher later.
So after that adventure was over we got some lunch and drove down to an old harbor waiting around for something that would have james recommend to me to take some Dramamine. Turns out that was a helicopter tour. This was neat and yet not for me. I had a great seat, 'co-pilot' as it was. But the drugs didn't help me and I didn't appreciate it as much as someone else may. I was more squeezing my hands hoping we'd land soon LOL. It was beautiful and pretty cool to see things from air, gives you a whole new perspective. Our pictures do not do the island justice. It was rainy, the sun would play peek-a-boo with us and you can't see how GREEN it really is. Trade winds are up too so that's why you'll see me in a sweater all the time.
Sunday we had planned on a hike but just didn't get going soon enough. We should have just went on a short one but I had wanted to to a harder one since we were 'alone' but to try to get that in on the last day proved too much. We did drive up Waimea Canyon and have made plans for 'next time'.

All in all a WONDERFUL weekend!! We had a good time exploring Kauai together, and I had fun getting spoiled. The kids had a good time getting spoiled by their 'auntie and uncle' so much so they didn't want to leave;0. .....Now back to the 'grindstone'


Shari said...

Great pictures!!
You are so lucky to have gotten to go to Kauai! I wanted to go so bad but we never had the opportunity.

You are making me miss my HAWAII!!!

Shari said...

How blessed to be able to see Kauai as you did!