Mele Kalikimaka… and all that Jazz

This was a really long blog with many pictures but for some reason only the title posted so I will rewrite this blog tomorrow cause its late and i’m aggravated!!


Well that was fun…

imageSo just another day in paradise… Bryan took me to go pick up my car today which means I am now mobile. After we got to the car place I found that my car had a few dings on it that it didn’t have before so that took a little longer than I expected… I also found out that Hawaii does not have satellite radio so buh bye¬† XM… After we got the car all done I followed Bryan to Fort Shafter so I could fill up my tank and then I was left to my own devices to find my way back to Schofield Barracks… I do have the whole touch screen navigation system in my car but I will be the first to admit that I am a HORRIBLE driver and I HATE traffic so I still got lost and turned around… I missed exits and definitely made some locals mad today(it didn’t help that I’m a natural blonde as well). But I couldn’t get too mad cause the more lost I was the more gorgeous the scenery got… After I finally found the base I came in the main gate and once again took another wrong turn and went right out the back gate… Once I found myself back at the front gate the gate guards helped me find my way to where I was trying to get to… Luckily Michael got home not too long after we did nap time and I didn’t have to drive again today but tomorrow is a new day with new adventures…we are hoping to make it out to the beach tomorrow…I’m ready to put my toes in the ocean… Aloha!!

And it begins…

imageSo we’re finally here in Hawaii. Our adventure started in Saint Louis with a quick flight to Minneapolis and then followed by another flight to Seattle and then finally one more flight to Honolulu. Luckily, we had amazing people on the plane and an even more awesome crew that went above and beyond to help the children get acclimated on the plane and checked in with them regularly bringing them snacks and drinks. The kids were actually pretty amazing on the plane. It definitely helped to have Henry in a car seat. Once we landed and got all our stuff off the plane (3 carry on bags 5 if you count my purse and Emma’s back pack… plus the car seat and 2 children) we walked through the airport which is mostly all open and outside and finally found our way to baggage claim. By now the kids were both awake and happy and running around so we didn’t have to carry them as well. Mike had to stop at the USO before we got to where our bags were to check in so I went ahead and grabbed our bags. Which we checked 3 giant duffles and another rolling bag full of just hair products (they won’t ship liquids…don’t judge lol). After about 10 minutes of playing “lets run around in circles around the giant pile of luggage” Michael finally was done and met up with us to help haul everything outside to the curb to wait for Bryan, my brother, to pick us up. After Bryan picked us up we went and got some food at Jack in the Box (yes J in the B is the first thing we ate in Hawaii) then we headed towards Schofield. We landed at night so I can’t describe the beauty that I know surrounds me. We are staying at a hotel on the base right now and are waiting on word from housing. Michael had to go to work this morning so we are waiting for him to get off so we can find out about getting the car and possibly our dog today. Our first adventure at the beach will hopefully be later this week or this weekend… Stay tuned! =]