HELLO AGAIN + THAT TIME WE WENT TO HAWAII

Hiiiiiii, you guys!! I can hardly believe it's been three months since I last blogged. Well actually, I can believe it, because life with a baby seems to move faster than ever. Whoosh. We are slowly finding our footing, establishing some rhythms + routines and I'm feeling a lot less frantic these days. Three cheers for that!

I've realized over the past couple months how much I truly miss blogging, just for the fun of it. No sponsors, no editorial calendars or agenda or pressure. Just sharing (oversharing, most likely) our life with all you sweet souls over the interwebz. Home projects, baby photos, trips + adventures and my continually evolving capsule wardrobe. The big and the little, the exciting and the mundane, the major and the minutiae. And now that I don't have a Facebook account any longer, I hope this space helps keep our faraway friends + family up-to-date on our life. Don't worry, I'm well aware that all anyone really cares about are updated Xavier photos - so prepare yourself for lots of those. Starting with our trip to Hawaii last month!

My parents have been planning this trip for a long time. So long, in fact, that Matt and I did our best to time having a baby to ensure we could still make it. I didn't want to be so pregnant that I couldn't fly, and we didn't want to have so tiny of a baby that would make travel nearly impossible. Of course, there's no such thing as ensuring anything when it comes to babies, but thankfully God saw fit for us to get pregnant when we did, and so we found ourselves flying to Hawaii with a 3-month old on December 27th.

Traveling with a little baby for that far and for that long (two weeks!) felt like no small feat, but thankfully Xavier did great on the flights and having my parents around to help with Xavier during vacation was such a godsend. And now we feel like travel pros! I mean, it took 19 hours total elapsed time for us to get to Hawaii, which isn't exactly getting your feet wet when it comes to baby travel. We dove straight into the deep end. But we lived to tell the tale!

We spent two weeks on the North Shore of Oahu, and it was truly paradise. We surfed, drank pina coladas on the rocks thanks to the condo's broken blender, and ate our weight in acai bowls. There was shave ice, beach hopping and taking walks along the resort's trails. We took Xavier in the pool, watched fireworks over Waikiki Beach on New Year's Eve and visited Pearl Harbor. It really was a dream vacation, and one I'll remember forever.