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Aloha from Oahu, Hawaii

JoshAs I stepped off the plane and down the ramp toward baggage claim, I pictured my husband greeting me at the metal luggage carousel with his gentle smile and laughing eyes. Instead, he greeted me at the bottom of the ramp with a broad grin, fragrant dendrobium and tuberose lei, and an orchid tied to a clip for my hair. newbalance 2018 “Aloha, my love,” he said. ugg australia pas cher “I’ve missed you and I am so glad you are here.” Hibiscus 3

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect greeting. timberland soldes It’s difficult to put into words exactly what runs through your mind when you realize that the person you have missed and ached for has also missed and ached for you. There is a sense of peace and equality. ugg australia pas cher iphone 7 plus full case Yet it is more than that in this case. To be missed and thought of in a land of perpetual rainbows where there are sunny beaches, mountain views, and everything (I mean everything) is blooming — well, that is a new level of awesome.

Our first stop was actually the Honolulu NEX (Naval Exchange) which is probably the best shopping center that I have ever been to and then we were off on one of three “interstates” headed to Schofield Barracks. lumme case iphone 6 Why again are there interstates in Hawaii?? The roadway curves around and over lush green valleys and huge multi-trunked trees. I was completely overwhelmed… chaussures puma 2018 sensory overload.

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Sensory overload pretty much sums up the first twenty-four hours here. tumi iphone 6 case The bright colors of the exotic flowers, the tan flat-bellied youth with their thickly-lashed eyes and casual elegance, the majestic trees towering above hibiscus hedges, and the thick sweet scent of blooming flowers and barbecue. It was hard to imagine the sky filling with planes and bombs dropping as it did nearly seventy years ago when my grandparents lived here. My grandfather’s very first duty station was Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. soldes puma chaussures They lived just a short drive from the room I share with Josh and thoughts of them are never far from my mind. tech iphone 8 plus case I like picturing them as grinning giggling newlyweds with flowers in my grandmother’s dark hair and my handsome grandfather with his half-moon eyes reflecting the aquamarine surf.

Kailua Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

My favorite beach thus far was our trip to Kailua Beach (click here to see the map). We drove through the mountains and Pali Highway to get there and I honestly thought it couldn’t get any more beautiful than that. nike air max Fuchsia and white flowers dot the mountainsides and bamboo lines the roads. The wind whistled through the bamboo creating the sweetest music I have ever heard (apart from a child’s laughter) and the overlooks showed windswept valleys with sparkling lagoons. ugg soldes 2018 We arrived in the Utopian town of Kailua with its gently curving sidewalks lined with broad-leafed palms, friendly residents, and heavenly beaches. High winds moved the clouds above us… Chaussures Homme New Balance rolling them across the skies and chasing us with cloudshadows as we drove with windows down toward the famous Kailua Beach Park. puma basket iphone 8 plus case red silicone The park was filled with smooth-barked trees (again the multi-trunked variety), singing birds, and happy families tenderly turning steaks on their grills. Josh and I shared an ahi and mango salad at one of the picnic tables while zebra doves hopped on the seats beside us to beg and we sat in comfortable silence just taking it all in.

Kailua Beach 2, Oahu, Hawaii

After our picnic, we walked to the water’s edge and I wept. It was the loveliest beach I have ever seen. ugg australia pas cher femme iphone 8 rainbow case I took video just to make sure you could share in it, too. The video does not do i justice. But, I have to brag: I swam to the island you see in the video. That’s right, folks. I did it.

More to come. moncler jacket soldes I’m so sorry to take such a long time to post. I confess to being distracted by my surroundings.

  • Michele - Distracted really? Why? Ha Ha! Have a good time. I love Hawaii.ReplyCancel

  • Leah - I am so completely envious… I wanna be in Hawaii too! Enjoy it all twice as much, on my behalf ok? And I cannot wait for more pictures and details – I am living vicariously through you girl! LOLReplyCancel

  • Laura - I’m so glad your having a wonderful time! The chickens, goats, dogs and cat all say they miss you and can’t wait until ‘Mom’ comes home.ReplyCancel

  • Kath - You lucky lucky girl!!! No wonder you have been so distracted!!! How are you ever going to be able to leave there????ReplyCancel

  • Julie at Elisharose - Beautiful, beautiful. Both the photos and the love you two share. Have a great time. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Rosa - That first shot is stunning! What a beautiful place!

    Cheers,

    RosaReplyCancel

  • Sophie - Beautiful!!

    Looks that you had a lovely time with your husband!ReplyCancel

  • YDavis - Simply beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Marlene - Oh Lacy,
    It sounds like you are in the most beautiful place in the world. You and Joshua really deserve this get together. I hope you have the most enjoyable second honey moon so to speak. Have a great time there. Love AlwaysReplyCancel

  • Lucy - Lacy,
    Thank you for sharing a little bit of the paradise you are getting to see and be a part of. You describe things so well, I felt like I was there. You really have a gift.

    Please give Josh our love and appreciation for his service to our country.
    Blessings,
    LucyReplyCancel

  • Meadowlark - We lived aboard MCAS Kaneohe Bay for 4 years. Heaven on earth!!!! I think you can see a portion of the base in your shot of Kailua.

    Have fun!ReplyCancel

  • Aly in GA - My aunt lives in Kaneohe. I visited her there once, in 1991, when my uncle was still alive and my cousins weren’t ungrateful adults (merely ungrateful elder teens.) I have never forgotten the beauty and majesty of the islands and its people. One day I hope to get back with my own lil’ family. It warms my heart that you were able to experience this with your love.

    Peace & Aloha!
    ~Aly (back in rainy GA…. 9 inches in the past 3 1/2 days)ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - It is so beautiful and the photos of the flowers are amazing. I went to Hawaii years ago and it was definitely gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Diowinferee - Hi Travelers
    My boyfriend is back from Iraq and we would love to getaway for a quiet and romantic vacation..
    I want to fly to St. Martin,!

    Does this make sense?

    Cheers.ReplyCancel

  • Robin - I guess I missed this when you first posted it. Amazing and beautiful! I am so glad that you got to go, Lacy. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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