Wisdom from Philippians

Philippians 2:8-11 "And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and give Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus, ever knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Food in Hawaii

Food was my biggest disappointment on vacation.  What I expected and the reality were 2 very different things.  My expectation was "its an island....there will be lots of seafood".  The reality was actually, hard to find fish/seafood of any kind.  An the prices were astronomical. 

We thought we would eat a simple breakfast everyday, then go out for lunch and order our yummy meals off the lunch menu (prices are usually cheaper then) and then eat a cheap dinner (think Wendys or KFC or similar).  What happened was usually a simple breakfast ~ sometimes a drivethru biscuit, pb&j sandwich and chips for lunch and a search for dinner.  On the second island, we did have the breakfast buffet included in the package, so that helped.  We also switched up the sandwich variety to turkey and cheese.

We did eat 2 extravagant meals ~ we went to Benny Hanna's (probably not close to the correct spelling) for dinner ~ I finally got my shrimp.  And one night was a luau ~ the food was good ~ prices were way overpriced for the food but the show was spectacular.  Our last beach/pool day we decided to order from the "grill" at the hotel ~ we each got a burger, I ordered fries, Greg ordered  onion rings and we split a drink ~ the total.....$52.00.  Gasp.  And I thought our $20 tab at 5 Guys or Backyard Burger was pricey.  2 normal priced dinners were at Panda Express and a Thai Restaurant.

Here are a few pictures ~

my luau dinner ~ pork, rice, salad, taro salad & poi roll (lavender in color & delicious) & pineapple.
It was supposed to be all you can eat, but they ran out of food ~ I got salad and another roll.

Gregs plate included sushi.

Our Food Truck lunch at Pearl Harbor

The luau was part of the package we paid for at the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu.  We were surprised to find out (after we paid for it), while we were reading the literature that the center and its employees and dancers were all part of the LDS church.  Had we realized this up front, we would most likely would have opted for a different luau option.  However, the dancers and the show were really good and we enjoyed that aspect.  The last show of the evening was in an enclosed, un air conditioned auditorium ~ it was HOT.  Then everyone started running up and down the aisles selling bottled water and at the intermission selling ice cream.  Good money making scheme ~ but there weren't even any fans to circulate the air.  We left at the intermission ~ the show was too loud, the music would have been fine, but the shouting from the dancers was crazy.

The fire twirler was outstanding ~ and he was 12 years old!

Thankful for ~
the experiences
trying new food
the bright beautiful colors & flowers
marking things off our bucket list

Saturday, October 3, 2015


With waves comes water and with water comes swimming attire.

So here is my take on bikinis ~

some ladies need to retire their skimpy bikinis

if you are 50,60,or older ~ time to retire the bikini
if you are 6+ months pregnant ~ a 2 piece is not for you (at least in public)
if your body is overlapping your bikini ~ its time for a one piece
Swimming attire is really for beach or pool or lakeside not walking down the street shopping attire.

that being said....here are beach pictures!

cliff idiot.....I mean diver!  I'm assuming it was a long way down ~ I didn't look!

we are thankful for ~
a good camera for pictures
Gods beautiful creation to take pictures of
digital technology ~ you can take lots of pictures but choose what you want to print

Friday, October 2, 2015

Pearl Harbor

Anyone who grew up in the United States ~ had a history lesson or 2 about The Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941 ~ but if you need a refresher nudge you can read about it here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_on_Pearl_Harbor.

We always hear about the devastating casualties to the US, which were extensive.  But there were also casualties to the Japanese ~ deaths, planes lost....which I don't remember hearing in a history lesson.  A comment was made to us before our trip about a family members visit to the historic site ~ "several Japanese tourist were on their tour and they seemed to have the attitude of triumph because of the Japanese victory".  I thought about that for several days, and then the thought occurred to me ~ do Americans look like that to others when we visit Nagasaki or Iwo Jima or other places of great victory for the allies.  Just a thought.

The Arizona is directly below the Memorial ~


USS Missouri

Greg tried on a $600 leather fighter jacket ~ we didn't purchase.

Broken glass from a hangar at Hickam Field on Dec. 7

USS Bowfin Submarine ~ the original Teak deck has been replaced by metal slates because of the many visitors

Even at 5'2", the hatch was too short for me

Sample weekly menu from the Bowfin ~ men on the submarine ate well!

We are thankful for ~
the country we live in
the Men & Women of our Military who protect our Nation
the sacrifices of the military families
the opportunity to visit & pay honor to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice
those who work hard to preserve these historic sites

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Bucket List Vacation

Greg and I just returned from an awesome "Bucket List" Vacation ~ we were blessed with the opportunity to visit someplace we've always wanted to go ~ our 50th state Hawaii.  We left on Sept. 21 and arrived back today. 

So items we accomplished on our Bucket List ~

visit Pearl Harbor
go to a Luau & show
see volcanoes (as up close as you can get)
swim in the Pacific Ocean (cold)
drive around the islands (Oahu & the Big Island)
see a lava tube
watch the sunset (pictures to follow)
take loads of pictures (2- 2 gig cards & then bought a 16 gig card)
visited the Dole Pineapple Plantation & ride the Pineapple Express
visit a Coffee Farm or Plantation
go deep sea fishing (didn't catch anything)
got a flower lei (purple)
found lighthouses
buy Hawaiian fabric

Things we did that weren't originally on the bucket list

taste poi (pretty tasteless, lovely lavender color)
stand in the crater at Diamond Head
eat poi rolls (absolutely delicious)
see steam vents at volcanoes
battle time zone changes ~ hard!
toured a submarine at Pearl Harbor
ate from a Food Truck
Saw bullet holes from the P Harbor attack
stood at the table where the surrender treaty was signed
went to the Southern most point of the United States
followed the road from one end to the other on Oahu
saw a sea turtle
got stuck in traffic from the Aloha Festival Parade
found the Wood shop and bought Greg Koa wood for projects
saw a blow hole at the ocean

Here are our beautiful sunset shots from Oahu ~

Thankful for ~

time away with Greg
fun & sun
new adventures
another birthday
having a rental car so we could explore on our timetable
children old enough to "hold down the fort"