I am officially on vacation. I'm at home today so that I can clean my house, do laundry, pack, take my dog and one of my cats to be boarded, and get my nails done. The car comes for us tomorrow at 7am, and our flight leaves from O'Hare Airport at 10a.m. I'll be in Hawaii tomorrow afternoon.
I am beyond excited about this trip. I've wanted to go to Hawaii for 15 years - since I met my husband shortly after his Army stint in Hawaii. In college, where I was a dietetics major (I am not in that field now), we ran a student restaurant, and all the students had to plan and serve a "theme" meal to paying customers. My meal was a Hawaiian Luau. I think that in speech class, I gave a speech about the Hawaiian Islands. I've been thinking about this trip for years, and it has always been my dream vacation.
We'll be staying at Turtle Bay Resort for four nights, and the Hyatt Regency in Maui for 3 nights. Our plans are to enjoy the islands, see the sun, kayak, snorkel, go see the volcano in Maui, and overall relax and reconnect. And disconnect. I'm hoping to stay off the internet, stay away from my e-mails, and step away from my "normal" life somewhat. I need this trip, and I need to step away for a bit.
And, when I come back, we jump into IVF number 3. My baseline ultrasound will be the Monday I return. I'm hopeful about this cycle - which scares me. I've always had it in my head that we would have children after we were able to go to Hawaii. I'm so hopeful that this comes true. As my husband says, through science or finance, we will have our family one day soon.