After 8 full days in Hawaii – and a full day of travel on either side – we’re finally back home. It’s great to see the animals again, but it sure was hard leaving Hawaii.
Our last day in Hawaii was a fun one! Jace had some play time on the lanai with his grandma. They played together with toys, with the mirror, with spoons, on the balcony, on the beach, on the blanket – they’re great playmates!
That afternoon, we went on a whale watching cruise. Jace did great on the boat. He didn’t have much interest in the whales, but he was happy and smiling the whole time we were out on the water. I think he liked the breeze. He did try to eat the boat though (picture 2). In picture 5, Jace and Adam both have their eyes closed because there was a lot of splash/mist/rain coming in through the open window – you can see how wet the railing and their arms were getting…. But they both seemed to like the fresh air.
After the boat ride, we got tacos for dinner (yummy!) and headed for the airport. Our first flight (5 hours from Maui to Los Angeles) was great. Jace slept almost the entire flight! We had a fairly short layover, then got on the plane for our flight to Houston (3.5 hours). This time Adam and I were in the same row (yay) and we had an empty seat between us. It worked out great! Jace napped for the first 90 minutes, then we played for the rest of the flight. We had a longer layover in Houston (delays), but Jace did pretty well. And then, he slept the entire flight to Knoxville (2 hours). It was awesome. He’s such a great traveler!
And now it’s almost midnight and he’s happily playing on the bed next to me. He might still be on Hawaii time…. We tried for a 7pm bedtime, but it ended up being a 45 minute nap instead. At least he’s happy! He’s playing with the gel mouse pad and talking to Claire. I think he was really happy to see the animals again!