Monday, May 20, 2013

Beautiful, Beautiful Hawaii

We're home from a wonderful and restful 10 days in the islands... 

We the very bedroom where my husband stayed as a boy....  his mom has lived in this house for over fifty years....  that's the view everyone has enjoyed for so long.....  Easy to see why she doesn't want to move.

She turns 89 today...  and sadly has Alzheimer's.  We heard many of the same stories over and over but she was so joyful in sharing them that they were new and fresh each time....   She's been very independent since my father-in-law's death over 20 years ago.  And, actually played tennis until about 3 years ago and was involved in a lot of charity work and her church....  much more content to be at home now.

It broke my heart when the end of our trip was nearing and she kept asking us to stay, to come back soon, she had plenty of room, could we move in, and telling us how much she'd miss us.  Bless her heart.  She stood in the driveway watching us leave until we turned the corner.  Boy, that was a tough departure.

Happy Birthday Sweet Maggie...  and yes, we'll be back soon.

The view above is looking left from her home....

This view is looking to the right.......isn't it fabulous?

Soooo beautiful........

This shot is from our first morning....  we always go out to watch the sunrise...  Not too spectacular this morning, but it's a great place to have your morning cuppa!

On our way home from Hawaii Kai...

Diamond Head..........OH MY GOSH........there are some spectacular homes and views up there.  Unbelievable...

Love the courtyards.  So many homes all over Hawaii have them.  They're not allowed in our little community, but oh how I wish they were!

Blue skies and blue, blue ocean....  I wouldn't mind coming down this road to make it home.......

Many homes have gates like these.  I wish I'd taken more pictures.  My darling hubby isn't as patient as I am in the picture taking department.    :-)

Look at that HOUSE!  WOW!  Wonder who lives there.

Lunch at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company...  Ala Moana.  Even that little place has a view.......

My favorite lunch........Kona Brewing Company...  It was FAB.U.LOUS!

A good get-a-way is wonderful, but it's always so great to get home.  I left my bathroom remodel mid-stream so it's good to get home and get back to work on it.  I'm anxious to show you.....  Lots still to do.

And, I have some other pictures of some homes to show you.......they are incredible.  

I'll post them in the next few days.

So, until then...........Aloha....    :-)




  1. What a wonderful visit to such a beautiful place. I recognize several places mentioned. We can't do the flight over anymore. So sorry about your MIL. It is so sad the toll that age we all well know.

  2. Hi Spencer! Oh, I'm sure you've had a wonderful trip. We've been to Hawaii so many times and it's just most marvelous! That is sad about your little MIL. It's so hard to see our parents grow older. My mother is having issues right now too that has thrown us for a loop.
    Take care and rest up.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. oh, you lucky girl! And your husband was a lucky guy growing up in such a paradise! Beautiful pictures!

    I'm so sorry about your mother in law. Does she have outside help? It was so good of you both to visit and listen to her stories, the older they are, the better!


  4. Spence, I have missed you terribly, but I'm glad that you got to go on this FABULOUS trip. I would move there in a heartbeat. It's gorgeous.

    I'm sorry about your sweet MIL and wish her a happy birthday as well.

    Love you, my friend. Love you lots and lots.




Sweet and dear little Chickies....thank you so much for your comments. I read each and every one. I always try to make a return visit........sometimes I fail miserably... but you're alllll soooo special to me!

Many, many hugs!