It has taken me a while to get back into the groove of things. I have been home from my trip for over a week now. What a crazy week it has been. Rick went to Dallas. We had 2 snowstorms. We got to spend some time with friends from Swaziland. We celebrated Rick's Birthday. All of that on top of the normal craziness that we call our lives(basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, piano, school, etc.) Oh, yeah, and shopping, feeding everyone, keeping our house presentable, and driving over 50 miles every day.
I have pondered this blog post the whole time. I am still processing my trip and all that it meant to me. It truly was so refreshing and life giving. I am struggling to share the full impact that it had on me. But, I do want to share. How can I not share the incredible opportunity that I was given. There are so many people that made it possible for me to go: Rick, my friends here who filled in all the gaps, my kids who really stepped it up in my absence, and the 3 amazing women who blessed me with their presence in Hawaii.
I guess the best way to do it is start from the beginning and just share my trip in words and pictures. I have LOTS of pics to share and these are not nearly all that I took. I just wanted to capture every second. I wanted to be able to bring this trip back home with me to capture those memories forever. I can't even fully express how alive I become when I am at the beach. Hawaii is all of those feelings on steroids for me.
I left very early on Saturday morning. I didn't sleep much. How could I sleep when in only 12 hours I would be in Hawaii?!?! I love flying. I love watching people, reading, listening to podcasts, napping on the plane. It is such a break for me because I cannot do any work. It just isn't an option. There is no one that needs me to do something for them. I just get to relax. I find that forced relaxation is sometimes necessary for me to truly unwind. When I am at home, all I see is work around me.
My first view at Hawaii. Palm trees at the airport, of course.
Walking to baggage claim.
Aloha and Mahalo!
I was picked up at the airport and after dropping our things off at the condo, we headed to the Disney Aulani resort for some Pupus(that is appetizers for you non-Hawaii folk)
Our first pic together.
My first sunset view
When I was looking at these views, I just kept saying in my head, "I can't believe I am here. I can't believe I get to see this all week long!!"
The view from our lanai each morning as we sipped our Kona coffee from our Starbucks Hawaii mugs that Carrie got us and ate our breakfasts. I swear even egg sandwiches taste better in Hawaii!!
Carrie even found sushi that I liked!
Those little orange balls are caviar. Yes, they are, and I ate them gladly. In fact, I would eat them again, Sam I am. I do like fish eggs on sushi!
We woke up early the next morning. I tell you, in Hawaii, I am a totally different person. I woke up early every morning, by choice. I think I just didn't want to miss a second of paradise. We went out for a walk to check out the resort where we were staying. It was so beautiful and breezy. Then, we packed up for a day at the beach.
We were right by the chapel. The bells would ring every 30 minutes and a newly married couple would run out of the chapel through the shower of flower petals. Then they would take pictures on the beach. That is my kind of wedding!
One view from my spot on the beach to the left
View to the right
View behind me
Each day at the beach was made complete by some Sweet Tea with Lemon
My pedicure and white legs
(I did get a bit of a tan before the week was over, but I think CO has sucked every bit of color out of my skin in only a week, not to mention how dry my skin is again now that I am back!)
After eating lunch on the beach, we headed over to the pool for some afternoon reading and napping.
View behind me at the pool
Another pool view
Front pool view
One of our meals on the lanai
One of my favorite pics. This pretty much sums up my week, a good book, the view, the life!
Another view from my spot
We took a day to do some island sightseeing and headed up to the North Shore. This day became an eating extravaganza before it was over.
I just don't think anyone should go to Hawaii without eating some Shave Ice
We roamed through the town, looking in shops. I love doing that, but don't normally do it with children. It was nice to look slowly and enjoy ourselves. We had lunch at a burger place. I loved my burger with the grilled pineapple on it!
This water is called Turtle Bay
There were turtles everywhere in the water. We could see them in the waves as they crashed on the shore. They would peek there little heads up. So cool!
Next stop, Dole Plantation
We were not hungry, but I could not leave here without trying the Dole Whip!
Pineapple soft serve ice cream with fresh pineapple on it.
I could eat that every day!
I love these trees. It looks like someone colored them with a crayon.
A different variety of pineapple
I would love to take a family picture at this spot.
I had to just settle for me
We got all dressed up for the evening
My favorite part of the meal, molten lava chocolate cake dessert
Garrett, the bartender, was nice enough to bring us out some fresh pineapple.
Lava Flow, another Hawaii must!
Carrie's crew joined us midday for some smoothie making and swimming
My last sunset
I love the water crashing on the rocks
Chris, Carrie's husband, came over and grilled for us for our Valentine's Day Dinner
Aloha and Mahalo!!