We're here! Obviously. The flight was a non event, same as the ones to Guam. Except for me, same as the ones to Guam. After a few hours, I got all itchy and couldn't catch my breath, but I got up and walked around and got over it. It was long, and boring since there wasn't a tv in every seat, but whatever, it was a free flight off that rock, and I'll take what I can get.
Did you know that I never set foot off Guam the entire time we were there? True story.
Anyway. We got to the hotel, I had yet another breakdown, and the next day, we headed to the housing office. Our plan was to get out of there asap so we could go look at these five rental properties we'd lined up. The housing office had been telling us for months that there was NO housing, the wait lists were all six to twelve months, blah blah blah.
Well. We got there and she immediately showed us two houses in one of the two neighborhoods that we wanted!!! One was a three bedroom and one was a four. Naturally, the three bedroom was nicer, and bigger, with a better layout. But with only three bedrooms. So we took the four, spent that night in the hotel, then moved in on Friday to sleep on sleeping bags and air mattresses.
Yes. I hate staying in hotels THAT much.
Our stuff gets delivered tomorrow!!! No idea how we're going to fit it all in (the living room/dining room is TINY!! And it's two stories, so NO IDEA where I'm supposed to put my EFX. Or the piano...but I'm not complaining, I swear!! Just a little nervous) but whatevs, I'm just excited that Nick will still be here. Trying to keep up with three guys running in with nine thousand boxes and finding them on the paperwork and checking them all off while directing the guys where you want the stuff- that wasn't as fun as it sounds in Guam.
So, finding a house, and having Nick be here for delivery. Those were my requests. Done and done. Praise the Lord.
So, here's the pictures. So far, we haven't done too much. No one else had Christmas early, so everyone's been busy with holiday crap, and we've been busy trying to find our way to the store for toilet paper. Hopefully we can do a few fun things before Nick leaves next Sunday, but if not, we'll just do it when he gets back at the end of January. Either way.
First up. We live on an island. ON an island. Does that make sense? Not to me either. But it is what it is, I guess. I swore up and down after living in Norfolk that I would NEVER live across a bridge or tunnel again, but I was so shocked that they offered us a house, I didn't even think twice. These are some shots as we were leaving our island for the rest of the island. It's weird, I know.
We headed for the Dole Plantation on Christmas Eve. No, I don't know where that is or anything about it. I was still a little overwhelmed at that point. But it was a really pretty drive.
These are my boys, on the Dole train. Yes, that's the little one with the bigger one in a headlock. So it goes.
Apparently Ava saw something very exciting on the ride. Sorry it's blurry. I still can't figure out my lens. I never know what it's going to focus on.
Train riding is very serious business for some folks.
We ate lunch. We had pineapples with a side of pineapples, and pineapples for dessert. I'm not kidding even a little bit.
Then, we headed for the North Shore. As in, where they filmed Lost. We googled it, and thought we had it, but in the end, we couldn't find ANY of the scenes they used. But it was still GORGEOUS.
We found a beach (not THE beach, but still) and stopped to feel the ICY water. ICY!!!
Nick wanted me to take a picture of this car for Grandpa Kenny. Not sure why. So, if you're reading this Kenny, here it is. Enjoy.
This is a girl blowing up an inflatable surfboard. Yes, you heard correctly. Weird.
So there you go. Our first three days on Hawaii. I'm still overwhelmed. I keep having panic attacks. I don't like the traffic, and there's too many people. But I'm sure once I calm down, I'll love it. It's got to be better than Guam, right?