Day 2 #Oahu #Hawaii Work Retreat

The morning of Day 2 I woke up at 6am Hawaii time. I was mad about that. That’s 11am Chicago time and I had a bunch of emails I wanted to get done. I had stayed up really late talking to family so not getting much sleep didn’t do much. As I said Peace woke me up an hour earlier than that but I was shoved back to bed.

I got up and headed downstairs to see what the breakfast buffet was going to be. So much great looking fruit I stole a few grapes and went outside. I had 4 activities planned for the day. Everyone had their own schedule so it was just picking what we all wanted to do. My group talked over the list and picked 3 of the things to do and the last one we blew off. No one wanted to go do it. I told them still use the shuttles to go into town and maybe look around a little. We had them for the 3 hours anyway. That was my nannies cue to suggest shopping (Of course) and everyone agreed.

  1. Surfing

I have surfed before. I’m a snowboarder so surfing really isn’t a problem. The problem is the water. The water moves unlike the snow shifting around and so it’s all the waves fault I couldn’t stay up on my board Lol I did get up there maybe 2 times if I’m being honest. The other 30 + times I ate it and fell off. We only have 1 photo of me up on the board and of course that’s the only photo of me I’m going to use for our surf trip. I didn’t want my wife to try but she did anyway and she got up the first try. Of course she did. She said she can still have fun and before our baby gets too big she wants to still stay active. So our son already surfed for the first time, in utero, but still. All of our group either tried to surf or just kind of splashed around. Because we have small kids my group is mostly my family, nannies, friends, and a few of my Uncles and Aunts. They are slow-paced like we are so of course they just hung out and chilled watching us. We did get my Aunt Maggie up on a board and Drew and I pushed her around the water a little. She called it surfing and we took her photo just so she could Facebook that to everyone. She did a great job I didn’t think she would do it when we started heckling her. Surfing was a big hit and all of the guys that helped us out, thank you! I really appreciate the lessons

2. Landmark Tour

As I’m sure you know there is a lot of really great history on the island of Oahu. I booked a one and a half hour tour around the southern part of the island since that’s where we are staying at. We are at the very base of Kahala. That’s where our compound is located. I want to say our shuttle literally pulled up next to each landmark and we got off. We walked less than 10 feet to get to each one however everyone decided it was “a lot” of walking. Come on, people! Work with me here. Also Lindsay brought my wife’s favorite wine as a gift for our house. She obviously isn’t drinking right now but my wife loves wine and is constantly buying it when she finds a new kind. Anyway, so our nice quiet Landmark tour got turned into a dang Booze Bus and all I saw were Red Solo cups being passed back to her seat Lol Then passed back up carefully. By the end of the tour everyone was giggly and Heston kept pointing at the tipsy shuttle passengers. Yes, son, Auntie Lindz strikes again. It really was a fun tour. I liked it.


3. Diamond Head Trail

We all ate lunch and decided to try to the trail. It only costs $1/person so it was worth the money for sure. It has the views of a life time and that’s really why I wanted everyone to try. It took us a while but my group got up there. Please do not wear flip-flops if you go hiking up Diamond Head Lol Shoes is the best thing for you as we all learned. We got up there and were able to take a bunch of really great photos. I was so proud we survived and no one passed out. Luckily the weather hasn’t been that hot. It’s been mid 80’s and cloudy. Check out all of the photos I just put on our Family Facebook page for this.

4. Tropical Flower garden tour Shopping Trip into Town

We blew off the flower tour. I was a little bummed I wanted to go but I was out voted. We went into Honolulu and did some shopping instead. The girls all got a bunch of hair accessories. I bought my kids a bunch of stuff and got myself some cool tshirts and Hawaiian shirts to wear. My wife went ape-s*** over some skirts so we probably need a new suitcase just to get all of those home. Geez. My group can shop! We all had fun and no one melted my credit card when we checked out. I paid for all of their stuff and left happy.

Our group had such a busy day we all went home, ate, and passed the f out. It was such a long day. My wife said she had such an amazing day and never wanted to leave. I told her well good thing my family owns this compound, we can come back anytime we want. She said she married me for the compound and we both laughed. She married me because I don’t put up with her s-h-you-know-what and she definitely doesn’t put up with mine. We balance each other out great. Day 2 for the rest of the groups was a huge hit and I’m so happy everyone is having fun. As you will see the 4 activities on each day rotates around. We all will be doing the same things just on different days. It will be interesting to see if everyone else blows off the Tropical flower garden tour too Lol I really thought it would be a very chill activities but my Uncle Don said “If I want to go see flowers, I’ll go look at a book” Lol Okay.

Day 2 wrapped. On to Day 3…

Day 1 #Oahu #Hawaii Work Retreat

Good morning from Hawaii! We made it without too much trouble. Peace decided she was done with flying about half way through the flight and we had a lot of calming her down between the group of us. We had the back rows so it worked out okay. I had chartered this flight to get all of my Chicago people out-of-town at the same time. I warned them all my kids would be on board and to be prepared if Alex pops off for a bit. He actually was the most chill this time, that never happens. Peace did calm down but it did take about a half hour. It really made me rethink flying with her this far. I know I rushed her into it but I wanted our daughter with us for this trip. I want her in the photos, I want her to experience the sights and sounds so she can learn what it’s all about. You are supposed to give your baby visual and auditory stimulus so we really thought what better place than Oahu! Sorry, Peace. I really thought you would be okay with it.

Let me see. Wednesday night we got in and got everyone over to the compound. The staff was waiting and ready. Wow, what a great staff we have there. They also hired a bunch of locals to help out for our weekend retreat. The place looks amazing. Cleaned up great, lots of extras, and the most important thing, my wife is comfortable. She is now 20 weeks pregnant, guys! We are half way through with our son. I hope he stays in and cooks as long as he can. I had 2 early babies already and it’s not fun. It’s a constant worry about development because they were a few weeks early. Peace was right on time. We will see what our son will do when it hits January. So we got settled, got all of the kids settled and walked down to the beach. We took a bunch of photos of our first steps into the water and playing in the sand. Man, I really do take a lot of photos Lol My wife loves it but I think maybe it’s a little too much. I can’t help it. I want to capture everything. After we checked out the beach and all the fun things they have waiting down there for us to use in the water we walked back to the cabin. My wife says she doesn’t think a mansion on the beach is a cabin but I said that’s just what we have always called it. I took the main cabin (House, Mansion, whatever) for my family and we will be joined by our older family members. They have been coming to Hawaii longer than I have been alive so out of respect they were all invited to stay at the main place with us. We also made room for Lindsay and Dave and Drew and all of his family too. I wanted them all with me for this trip. Drew had done a lot of our early legal work when I first started out and he has constantly looked over all of our real estate contracts. He’s a part-time employee. Lindsay is my business parter and does not work FOR me. That’s a constant distinction she makes especially when we are arguing over something. Her and Dave are still going strong. I do miss Ben but him and I have stayed in touch. Dave is a different kind of guy. He’s nice and he treats her well so that’s all that matters. I just wouldn’t hang out with him much if we were solo.

We waited for the first big group to get settled and by the time they looked around and did the same beach thing we all did they wandered over to the main cabin. That’s when the 2nd and 3rd big groups arrived. We directed them where to go, our staff got them all to the right places and then back to the main cabin for a huge meal. We had a welcoming luau. We did not have a pig. I wouldn’t let them do it Lol If they want that, they can all go to a hotel luau and enjoy it there. We did have a lot of seafood though and some regional foods. Man, that food though. Very tasty and a lot of it is naturally vegan. My boys LOVE pineapple. They couldn’t get enough we had to take the bowl away from them. Heston plowed through 3 bites before Alex even got one Lol We had music going and we all tried to do the hula. Seeing my wife in her wispy (That’s a word, right?) little skirt and her flowery lei with her pregnant little belly just makes me instantly happy. She looks so beautiful guys. I just put up all of the photos from Day 1 on our Family Facebook page so be sure to read this then go check that out. She was hula and swishing and swaying and I whispered some naughty things in her ear enough to get a smack on my chest Lol I couldn’t help myself. She is so happy and I wanted to let her know she’s making me happy too.

After the big feast everyone went back to their own cabins and the ones that were staying at the hotels decided to take off to go explore. We all stayed up until 2am talking. It was so good seeing my older relatives. I haven’t really spent much time in Nebraska lately so it’s important I get time with them like this. Family is #1. I also got to see my baby cousins, all 1 million of them. Geez we really have a huge family. That’s Catholic for ya. We got the kids to bed and only woke them up once from laughing too loud. Everyone crawled into bed really late and my wife kissed me then snuggled up and she told me she already knows this is going to be an amazing trip. Yes it is! I surprised her with a new piece of jewelry before we went to bed. She has had her eye on this new ring for a while and I decided to finally got get it. She opened the box and screamed a little. Then she hugged me and made me put it on her finger. It went on her right hand. She said now guys will see that she’s double married and they should back off Lol Of course that made me ask, Uh WHAT GUYS!?! and she said just the guys that hit on her. Great. I didn’t know that would be a thing but it is. She is gorgeous, smart, and funny, so I shouldn’t be surprised but she has never told me she gets hit on. I get hit on but mostly women want to know how tall I am and as soon as I show them my black wedding band most of them leave me alone.

Day 1 in the books and we all had a great night sleep. Now this time difference is really messing
me up. I slept great and woke up to Peace wanting to be fed. The nannies have a schedule and Aunt Lindsay was already in there getting her up so she wouldn’t wake up the boys. 3 adults, 1 baby, Lindsay won Lol She said she wanted to and shoved me out of her way so I just went back to bed. Sarah stayed up a little she said then went back to bed because she already knows not to argue with The Lindz.

I think I will recap each day in separate posts. I usually do that and I can keep track of things a lot better. I hope everyone is having a great week back on the main land. Please be safe if you are in the path of the hurricane(s), yes multiple ones! I also know Harvey is still drenching parts of the US so please be sure to keep donating money or find a list of supplies and send out boxes. They all need help NOW. Not later. All of my Miami employees are out of Miami. The ones that came here are safe with me and they are just worried about their homes. I told them all if our building blows up don’t worry we will just go buy a new one and I will find a temporary place for everyone to work from. My main concern is our family condos. I don’t know if they are all going to be okay. I’m worried about all of the money I have invested in those buildings and I made sure my insurance will cover all of the damage before I left the States.

If your local authorities have told you to evacuate, please LEAVE. Don’t ride it out, you don’t have to. There are plenty of places for you to go. Ask for help. Pray for everyone in the area and please donate guys. Even $5 will help someone. The American Red Cross is the one I prefer to ask you to donate too. I know the funds go directly into buying the supplies they need for disaster relief. Please do that $10 phone donation or something. Thanks.

On to Day 2…