Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sand and Surf

We took a break from our lives last week for a few days of RandR.  We headed to a place that we consider a little slice of heaven - Hawaii.


Many years ago my DH was a Navy pilot and stationed on the island of Oahu.  Naturally, we enjoy returning and seeing the changes made over the years.  We love the easy life on the North Shore and like to base ourselves up there. 

Everyday we watched beautiful sunrises from our balcony and gorgeous sunsets as we sipped Mai Tais and Blue Hawaiis at the outdoor lounge. 



Our homes where we lived have often changed over the years, but it is always nice to revisit them and recall the terrific times we enjoyed. 

This was our house.  It has definitely seen better days.  Our view stretched the entire coastline from Diamond Head towards Makaha.
There were no gates when we lived up on the 8th floor of this building.
...and this was our backyard!!!!!

The hospital when our second son was born. 
We loved the week filled with awesome views, warm temperatures, great eats and carefree living.





Lots of time for looking upwards at the graceful palm trees.



Diamond Head
Surfboards are as good as hoses on a fire truck.

If we had not had the wonderful recommendations for the shrimp trucks, we would have never stopped.  They were fabulous and most generous in their servings.


Even the limos stop here.
There were chickens running loose everywhere.  This little one had managed to get on the road and we all stopped while mom carefully got it over to the side.
Loved the dog with a lei on the beach.

The BEST shaved ice on the island!!!!!

Our final glimpses of the wonderous colors as we left.  I can't wait to return!




How much sewing did I get done????  I picked up my cross stitch project on the flight home.  It was a long flight though so I did get a few stitches done. 

BTW....I switched back to the old interface on Blogger and managed to access Blogger with no problems.  I guess it is the new interface that kept giving me the error message on my desktop.  VERY strange.  Any one else have that problem?

42 comments:

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Oh my, what beautiful pictures! Nothing better, in my book, than a sunrise or sunset at sea. I don't suppose we'll ever get to Hawaii (we hate to fly), so I've especially enjoyed your pictures since that's as close as I'll come to being in Hawaii! ;-)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhh looks delightful..I would love to travel there one day.

wackywoman said...

I was just switched over to the new blogger; we'll see. I didn't know you could switch back. I know that it did not notify me via email when you left a comment on my blog yesterday. Thanks for stopping by. My daughter and family lived in Kailua for 4 years. Gorgeous spot. My SIL is in the Air Force. Their 3rd child was born at Tripler. Gosh what a huge hospital. I was there when Kalani was born and I did not even attempt to navigate that place without help. Have a good day.

Hilachas said...

OMG! What a wonderful trip. Thanks for sharing all the photos. I know that I definitely would not have gotten any sewing done either. So glad you were able to have this nice trip. BTW, I don't like the new Blogger interface either. I don't do well with change. I didn't know we had the option of changing back. I'm going to go look into that.

andsewon said...

Beautiful place. My BFF Deb is heading back again this year they went 4 yrs ago. Going to a diff island this time. I do not think I will ever get there but do enjoy seeing it through others pics. Glad you had a nice R&R. Hope you work out the bugs on your blog soon.

Maria said...

WOW!!! What a wonderful place. No wonder you loved living there and now love to go visit..
Beautiful beaches and I think the dog photo is my favorite...LOL

Sheila said...

Lucky you , I did visit there in the 80's for a week and it is incredible , some of these photos look familiar ,I would dearly love to return , a slice of Heaven for sure.

Jill said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Barb said...

I had two sons born there...so love the islands and really enjoyed your pictures and post.

Linds said...

Well, Hawaii is now moving way up on the bucket list! Such fabulous photos of fabulous scenery..... and so great to see it as you remember the time you lived there. All those beaches...the blue skies and the blue seas..... oh my word. You do not want to see the grey and wet skies right here at the moment!

Brooke said...

What an amazing trip! I have never been, but hope to get to see it someday.

Your newest granddaughter is so beautiful! Congrats!!

Sinta Renee said...

I love your photos... what a wonderful trip and a great connection you have to the Islands!

Val said...

Oh My!! I want to run away to Hawaii too!!!! Just absolutely beautiful pictures. So glad you had a good time!!!

Michele said...

Memories!! And great times now too :-) We must have passed your old house on our way to surf last year! How nice that you were able to take some time out and get away :-)

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Hawaii.....what a beautiful place! I was there once...back in March of 1970....also for R&R....I had never seen an ocean so blue before....nor since....We drove all over the island of Oahu in a little bitty Toyota Corolla and had a blast......thanks for sharing those fantastic photos and also your memories......

Sue said...

What a wonderful place to visit and stay. I didn't even spot one tourist! Thanks for sharing your photos with us.

Kathryn D. Duke said...

WHAT A TRIP!!!!! your pics are just lovely and make me feel the breeze and the water...
It must be a bit strange revisiting the houses you actually lived in and see the changes.
I have an "old friend" on your side of the US (hehe) and they too visit Hawaii,kinda like we go to the Caribbean...I have never been but your pictures sure do make me wish I could!! thanks for sharing!!
KD

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Oh my gosh! I am sitting here green with envy! :-o LOL We were stationed in Hawaii many moons ago too~ hubby and I were both AD Army nurses. Great times!! I glad you had a fun trip!

Joanne said...

Such amazing photos!!! Thanks for sharing.
It seems like lots of people are having problems with the new interface. I have been using it for quite some time with no problems.

Joyful Quilter said...

Now that's what a vacation should be! Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing them.

QuiltSue said...

Oh it looks absolutely beautiful.

Tangos Treasures said...

Wow great pictures!! I wanna go!!!!

Ivory Spring said...

Oh wow, what paradise! So glad you got to go and relax! :)

The reason you didn't get my Flower Duet project booklet with your subscription is because it's not available with the regular subscribers' issues. You have to purchase the newsstand edition. I am not quite sure why they do it that way.

Connie said...

Beautiful photos and how neat to go back and visit the places you used to live!

Stephanie said...

Did you stay at the Turtle Bay Hilton on the North Shore? My daughter was born at Tripler. We lived in Kaneohe, off base, and I used to stop at Tat's Shave Ice truck. Memories...One of my favorite things to do was snorkel at Hanauma Bay. No place is more laid back than Hawaii.

Talin's Corner said...

What beautiful pictures. You put me to shame.

nancygrayce said...

Gorgeous!!! I've never been to Hawaii, but my granddaughter is going this summer and I'm so happy for her to experience that! I hope to go one day. My husband has a cousin that lives there so maybe???

Dawn said...

Louise did mention that you were going to H, but I forgot. No wonder you haven't been over to visit! We're trusting with all our hearts tnat we'll be able to celebrate our 40th back there. We've been for our 25th and 35th, and would love to go every year! We love Kona, and want to go to Kauai this time, too. It is truly paradise.

We've found in Maine that those little rough looking lobster places on the side of the road have the best deals! We found that on the island as well -

Glad you had such a great time!

palmtreefanatic said...

oooooooohhhh....aaaaaahhhhhhh.....
I am drooling over all those BEAUTIFUL PALM TREES! They are simply taking my breath away! WOWEEEEEE!!!!

I hope to go there b4 I die someday! loved all your pics! Thank u for sharing! So happy you got to get away for a nice relaxation time!:)

Vicki said...

What a wonderful place Hawaii, I'm hoping that we get back there next year. I'm glad that you had such a great trip and thanks for sharing your photos. Loved the dog with the lei.

Kerrie said...

Wonderful photos, wonderful trip! So glad you got to go! hugs, Kerrie

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a wonderful trip - I've never been to Hawaii but maybe someday. :) blessings, marlene

supermomnocape said...

Thanks for the lovely photos. We lived on Maui for 4 years. The islands became home of our hearts and we plan to return to live there and retire there one day. It was good to have a glimpse of home.

badlandsquilts said...

Such pretty pictures...the water looks fabulous.

Deborah said...

I love Hawaii!! Lucky you. How nice to visit places that have so much meaning!

em's scrapbag said...

Looks like a wonderful trip. Love the picture with the surfboard on top of the sign post.
Glad you were able to figure out your blogger issues.

Notjustnat said...

Mary, that must have been a nostalgic visit. It looks beautiful, the color and the sea. It's always nice to revisit the place you used to lived and it was nice to see where one of your son was born.
Have a lovely Mother's Day Mary - Hugs
Nat

Barbara said...

Looks and sounds divine. Loved the swimmers in the sea at sunset.

Oliver was conceived in Hawaii after a lot of years waiting!

Can see why you want to go back.

Melinda Cornish said...

I love the north shore...I have been to Hawaii a lot. It is one of my favorite places...I wish I could retire on the big island. I know people who have. It is peaceful there.
I always loved the chickens running all over. Of course I have this thing about chickens anyway.
I am glad you got to do this and thanks for sharing the pictures!

JJ said...

You take the most awesome pictures. They make me feel like I was there. It looked like a wonderful trip. I love warm weather and would love to go visit someday. Thanks for sharing.

Lynne said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful week - I particularly enjoyed all the photos of sun as I sit here on a cold, grey, almost-winter's day!

Jane said...

Hi!
My name is Jane and I'm with Dwellable.
I was looking for blog posts about Makaha to share on our site and I came across your post...If you're open to it, drop me a line at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
Hope to hear from you :)
Jane