Did Someone Say Wednesday?

I know, I know, it’s Thursday, but it wasn’t Thursday on Wednesday… or something like that 🙂

Get caught up here:
Post 1 – Friday night
Post 2 – Saturday
Post 3 – Saturday

Post 4 – Sunday
Post 5 – Sunday  
Post 6 – Sunday 
Post 7 – Monday 
Post 8 – Pineapple Selection
Post 9 – Tuesday (Vow Renewal) 
Post 10 – Tuesday

On Wednesday when we woke up, we thought we’d hop the City bus and head to Pearl Harbor.  Instead, we grabbed a cab down at the hotel lobby, THAT was one expensive cab ride!  The cab driver I still really think was taking advantage of us! but I can’t prove it :(.

We hopped on the H1 and headed to Pearl Harbor.

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Leaving to Come Home – or did we?

Sorry for the second post today, but I really don’t want Hawaii re-caps to carry over to next week…. So therefore, 2 posts in one day it shall be 🙂

Get caught up here:
Post 1 – Friday night
Post 2 – Saturday
Post 3 – Saturday

Post 4 – Sunday
Post 5 – Sunday  
Post 6 – Sunday 
Post 7 – Monday 
Post 8 – Pineapple Selection
Post 9 – Tuesday (Vow Renewal) 
Post 10 – Tuesday
Post 11 – Wednesday 

So Thursday morning was our last morning in Hawaii.  It was a sad morning and I won’t deny, I might have pouted a bit even!  We called down to the hotel desk and got a late check out of 1pm (instead of what the normal 11am?) since our flight didn’t leave until 6:30pm and we were leaving for the airport around 4:30.

Then hubby, dad & I headed to the bus stop.  Next destination, Diamond Head.  

Truthfully the trek up to the creator was enough to wind you. ha!

If I remember, this was part way up climbing Diamond Head.

And sometimes as you can tell the ground was uneven and rocky.

There were a few “turn out” points and the views were absolutely stunning!

Then there were narrow passages… and apparently goofy people climbing through them 🙂

And steep stairs to climb.

Here you can see the elevation.  Ok my hometown is 1,004 ft above sea level…. maybe that shows why the goofiness… ya think?

Now there’s a hilarious story about this set of stairs.  Look at the next picture…..

As you saw, we’ve already climbed a bit… then you get to this spiral staircase.  We stopped for a few minutes (as did a lot of people) but it was funny b/c the first people after us to come to these stairs saw the staircase and said, “Oh Sh*t” and continued up.  We busted up laughing, b/c you know that’s what we were thinking when we saw them.  So about a minute later another set of people hit these stairs and their words were, “Oh f*ck” and of course we died laughing again.  I truthfully think that would have been the place to just sit all day and listen to people.  But these stairs were very deceiving.  You only went up 2 flights, maybe 13-20 steps per flight and you were there.  I’m not exactly sure where the on up part lead to b/c it was roped off.

And this is what you see!

Hubby admiring Honolulu!

So then we stayed up there for a few, got the, I climbed Diamond Head souvenir papers and headed back down.  As we got down and started back for the city bus, a cab driver asked if we needed a ride.  Knowing how it went the day before we were skeptical but he said it’d be about $12.  We were like ok that’ll work so we hopped in his cab.  This cab driver was cool, he chatted with us and when the meeter hit $12 he turned it off.  How awesome was he!

When we got back it was only like 9:30am.  A little early yet for lunch but still, what can you do, so we wandered around for a bit and then headed back to the beach.

Haha this was a short video I filmed with the camera… seriously watch it, you might just laugh like I did 🙂
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2JIKYeETQc?hl=en&fs=1]

Then we ran back up to our room and grabbed the parents & grandma and headed off to go eat an early lunch.

We ate at Moose McGillycuddy’s.  OMG, so worth it!

And to honor our last day in Hawaii…. we had a round of Mai Tai’s for the table… even grandma had one… LOL 🙂

But in the end we wound up calling them Ninja’s.  Mom & hubby finished theirs off first and all the sudden both started acting very… um… goofy.  I was laughing at them and poking fun.  Then I finished mine off and POW it hit me like a freight train. It literally snuck up on you like a Ninja.

 Hubs had the Mahi Mahi.  I’m not sure if I’ve told you this but I don’t like fish.  However, I made him a promise that no matter what he got while we were here in Hawaii, I’d at least try one bite.  Here we are getting close to a month after Hawaii, I still don’t like fish, but I tried a bite of everything he got over there :).

I had my choice narrowed down to 2 and then let the waitress choose for me :).  I’m not big on decision making anyway.  She said try the Kahlua Pig Plate.  OMG, I want more of this.  It didn’t disappoint!  I ate every bit of it!!!

Then we went back to our room, gathered our things and went and checked out.  By this time it was about 1pm and our limo back to the airport didn’t come until 4:30 so we had to find something to do to kill time.  Grandma went off and read a book, somewhere, I’m not sure where she wound up.  Mom went shopping and I’m assuming dad must have followed her.  Hubby and I went and sat in the sun for a while trying to stay out of the sand since we’d taken showers before checking out of our hotel room.  Once we finally got hot we stumbled back to the International Market Place and went and got massages.

Then it was time to meet back up, grab our luggage from the bellman and head for the airport.  At the airport we grabbed some Cold Stone Creamery and waited to board our flight.

We got on our flight and I teared up.  I so didn’t want to leave!  The real world has so many issues… I liked my vacation life!  So once on the plane, we were first to depart on the runway, and away we went off into the blue sky that was very fastly approaching dark, remember we were flying East where it was already night time.  We got about 200 miles from Honolulu, about 30 minutes, and they still hadn’t turned off the fasten seat belt sign.  Hubby said, um… we should be to cruising altitude.  About that time the pilot or co-pilot came on and said that one of the fuel gauges wasn’t working and we were turning around and heading back to Honolulu.  They didn’t want to not be able to monitor the gas in our left wing.

As we approached the airport they said, we don’t want you to be alarmed but there will be fire trucks, ambulances, and police sitting on the runway with lights flashing.  This is standard protocol.  We prepare for these types of landings so it should be smooth sailing, but they are there in case of emergency.  I looked at hubby and said huh?  So I didn’t know this, and if you did, well don’t judge me :), but the fuel is carried in the wings, at least of the jet we were on.  If it is too heavy, the jolt when touching down could cause the wings to hit the ground if the jolt is enough and boom, big fire :).  Luckily our pilot did awesome and I’m still here to type this :).

So we stayed on the flight for what seemed like forever while maintenance tried to fix the plane, then they came on and said the plane was being de-commissioned and we got another night courtesy of American Airlines for staying in Honolulu 🙂

A LOT of people were upset.  I was like, um… do you want an all expense paid trip to the middle of the Pacific to see if there really are Man Eating Sharks…  I understand when people have plans, but I’d rather be safe than sorry!  So we deplaned, grabbed our luggage off the carousel and went to our new hotel, The Ala Moana.

I got luggage patrol and as you can see, there were a bunch of people sitting around waiting to check in.  Our plane was full :).  A lot of people were in a good mood (ie me) and there were a lot who weren’t.

We were on the 29th floor in this hotel.

Entering our new room for the night.

The bathroom.

The room itself.  Now the AC didn’t shut off here when you opened the balcony door.

View off the Balcony at night.  This hotel was down by Pier 9.

It sure was a beautiful night!

Mom & dad decided they were hungry so they ordered delivery pizza, so technically our LAST night in Honolulu we got to eat pizza at 12:37am 🙂  I always like to try pizza at least once in a new town… I mean why not!  This was good pizza too!

Then we went up to our room and crashed.

Dole – Let's Talk Pineapples

While we were at the Dole Plantation, we got to sit in and watch a pineapple selection/cutting demonstration.  Now I like pineapple and fresh is always better, however, I learned a few things and I thought it might be fun to share.

Selection
1.  Smell – you don’t want them to have a real strong pineapple smell.  The more pineapple smell you get, the more the fruit is actually fermenting.

2.  You want the Pineapple’s eyes to be relatively the same size all the way around.  That means it is ripe.

3.  Color has nothing to do in the selection process, it just means how much sunlight one side had vs the other.

4.  You can twist the top out (yes twist, not pull, not cut, etc), allow it to dry a couple of days, place it in water and create your own pineapple plant.  You need to keep it between 70 and 90 degrees year round and it should produce about 3 pineapples per plant.

Now, there are 2 ways to cut up your freshly chosen subject…  One is with a knife, the other is with the pineapple cutter (btw I’ve wanted one of these forever!! and now we own one.  I actually bought mine at Bed Bath and Beyond here on the mainland but Dole sold them too.)

So anyway the knife cutting way:

Very simple.  Cut the pineapple top off & bottom.  Give yourself a stable base.

Next cut your pineapple into quarters. (no not the 25 cent pieces and I understand this picture is just half…)
Then once you have your quarters, either cut the outside away or else… use a flexible knife to cut the fruit from the skin. 

Once you have the fruit from the skin, you can slice the fruit up.

Now if you used the flexible knife you can then arrange the pieces back and forth and display in the skin… ah!

So the second way to slice up your pineapple involves the really cool gadget!!
Again you start the same way, slice off the top, but not the bottom.  This way you can get into the fruit!

Next lay the tool on top and slowly start winding it down into the fruit.

Once you have gone all the way to the bottom, slowly pull the fruit out of the top.

Now mine has the little apple like chopper that goes to it.  At this point you either take a knife and cut it up into pieces, or else use the little chopper and slice down to make your pineapple wedges.

And definitely DON’T get rid of the shell because it makes a GREAT cup for a fruity drink!!

Get caught up here:
Post 1 – Friday night
Post 2 – Saturday
Post 3 – Saturday

Post 4 – Sunday
Post 5 – Sunday  
Post 6 – Sunday 
Post 7 – Monday

How we spent our 1st Anniversary Part 3

Get caught up here:
Post 1 – Friday night
Post 2 – Saturday
Post 3 – Saturday

Post 4 – Sunday
Post 5 – Sunday

For our Anniversary we ate at Top of Waikiki.  The restaurant makes 1 full revolution (yes it spins) every hour so you can see the city.  Here’s one of the photos I got, and of course, spinning restaurant with low lights=blurry!

 

Happy 1 Year Anniversary baby!

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First things First – On our way to HI

Catch up here if you missed the first post.

We picked my grandma up around 6:15 and headed for the airport.

Hubby, me & Grandma waiting to board the plane at the airport.

This wasn’t our plane but it was exactly what we flew from SGF to DFW.

I can’t help it, I like window seats for this reason!

Now where most airports are all enclosed, HNL is all open for the most part, so if you’re running late for your plane, you will be sweating by the time you get to your gate 🙂

See that Giraffe?  Yeah, that’s my luggage.

I was excited it made it to Hawaii! LOL 🙂

This is riding in style!  This is how we went from the airport to the hotel.

It was huge inside!

While it was 9:30ish pm back home as you can see by my watch, it was bright and sunny in Hawaii.  Hawaii is 5 hours behind Missouri when we are on Daylight Savings Time.  They don’t honor that so in the winter we’re only 4 hours ahead.

Don’t I look excited… NOT… LOL

We stayed at 2 hotels while here (long story) and walked through 2 others, then the parents have stayed at 2 more.  Now there are 150 hotels in Honolulu alone, but my recommendation, choose this one!  Especially b/c you walk directly out of the hotel onto the sand!

These floral arrangements were EVERYWHERE!  Gorgeous!

My beautiful mother (who will disown me if she knows this photo is up so don’t tell!)

Hubby checking us in.

If you wanna read this click on it and it’ll make it a smidge bigger I’m sure 🙂

The previous description goes with this 🙂

This is our room.  We were on the 15th floor.  Since Hawaii is an island, they can’t have “sky scrapers” like some of the large cities of LA, NYC, etc, the tallest buildings they can have are 40 stories since they are an island not on a continent.  I think our hotel only went to like 20 floors.  Anyway back to our room, we had a king sized bed and the couch pulled out into a full sized bed.

The bathrooms were large enough hubby and I weren’t dancing around each other.  In the sink cabinet you had a mini-fridge so we ran across the street and bought bottled water and always had some on hand.  (ABC store (best friend btw) big bottle water $0.79 or vending machine 20 oz for $2.50, lemme think about that… LOL)  The shower & toilet were off in their own little room with a sliding door, then the sink was in a room of its own plus there was a door to shut off the 2 rooms together.

This was a little room off right behind the sink.  We locked all our electronics up in the safe when we weren’t in the room and never thought twice about it.

Here you can see how the 3 little rooms all fit together.

Then there was the couch and on the opposite side of the room (back by where I’m standing) is a little nook type table.  We played cards there one morning.  Seriously, 5 hours difference will screw with your sleeping habits.  I usually woke up every morning at 3am which was 8am Missouri time and then had to convince myself to go back to sleep and sleep until 6am HI time which was 11am MO time.
We happened to have an adjacent room to my parents/grandma so we had the door that lead over to their room

They had 2 queen sized beds but otherwise their room was just like ours.
We had a Partial Ocean View.  We could have upgraded to mostly ocean view for $50/night or full ocean view for $100/night but seriously, we weren’t in our room enough and you’ll see our view in a minute, it was GREAT!

This is looking straight down.

This was our Ocean View.  It was fabulous!

And this was to the other side.

And here is our balcony.  We sat out here every morning taking in the beauty and eating breakfast and left the sliding glass door open at night, with the beautiful breeze and sound of ocean waves hitting the shore.  It was bliss!

My Do’s & Don’t’s recommendations:

Do:

  • Stay at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach, their sand outside the hotel is so much nicer than any other hotel around, their prices were decent, & the rooms were nice!  {No they aren’t paying me for this plug, this is my honest opinion}
  • Rent a Limo from the airport to the hotel, it’s about the same amount as a cab (especially b/c they charge for 1/8 mile or 40 seconds of sitting in traffic so sometimes your cab bill can be more than the limo) And come on, it’s cool and you’re in Hawaii!
  • If you fly American, take snacks b/c they don’t feed you, only drinks, you know unless you want to buy some of their ridiculous priced food…

Don’ts:

  • If you think planes are chilly, wear sweat pants, don’t wear jeans, especially when you sit on the plane for 8 hours… it kinda sucks! 🙂
  • Don’t be grouchy, yeah you’ll be running on a little lack of sleep, but come on people, you’re in Hawaii, save grumpiness for when you get home and have to go back to work 😉

Wedding ABC's

The count down is on… I’m officially 5 days away from being married for 1 year.  Oh. Holy. Cow.  Someone pinch me, make sure I’m not dreaming because seriously, where has this year gone?!?!

Attending:
I would guess we had between 100 and 150 attendees
I’m not really sure, that day was a whirlwind!

Bridesmaids
2 of my favorite gals!

Cakes:
Ours:

Groomscake:

Apple Laptop… get it?

Dress:
I loved my dress, even though I didn’t want to go dress shopping.

Engagement:
We planned our wedding in 7 months.

Flowers:
I saw a bouquet on Tara’s blog and fell in love, took the photo to my florist and this is what I got.  I loved it!

Groomsmen:

Honeymoon:
The Great City of Chicago, Illinois

Invitation:

Justice of the Peace:
Our minister was James Lee

Keepsake:
We had our wedding video’ed so I’ll always remember laughing through the entire ceremony (more like giggling) and grabbing hubby’s right hand instead of his left hand to put his ring on.  The minute I realized I did it wrong I fixed it and made the preacher chuckle.
Ladies Night:
We had a joint Bachelor/Bachelorette party

Music
The wedding party & I entered to:
Beauty & The Beast: Tale as old as Time
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOmVM9ix7L0]
Our First Dance:
Hank Williams Jr. Blue’s Man
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIuAQPKp4x0]

Newlyweds

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue
Old, bracelet:

New, Necklace:

Borrowed, saddle ring from Aerielle:

Blue, shoes:

Photography:
Main photographer was Mindy Greene of Greene Photography
Back-up Photographer was Taylor Orr
Videographer was Gregg Hall
Question Popping:
Happened at work on a Friday in front of all my co-workers.  Some were even in on it.

Reception:
Was held at the Phelps House

Shoes
I wanted blue shoes.  The bridesmaids and I actually wore the same shoes.  We found them in Texas because no where around home had blue shoes.

Trash the Dress:
Heck NO!!!
Repeat after me…. LOVE the dress 🙂
I plan on preserving it, I just haven’t yet.  I really want to see if a year later if I can fit into it still….
Unique:
We not only did a unity candle for us, but we did a family unity candle to include his daughter because she is part of this family.

Vows:
Our vows were traditional
Wedding Woes:
Our wedding got off without too many glitches.  We had one problem at first getting the church and then trying to get the bridesmaids dresses shipped in from Dallas, TX, otherwise there weren’t problems with our wedding.  I didn’t even break down with stress like a lot of brides do.  I tried to roll with the punches.
X-rated:
um… wouldn’t you like to know… LOL
Young Kids:
my {step}daughter and nephew were the flower girl & ring bearer

Zzzzzzz:
Our wedding was a mid-morning wedding so the reception was over by about 3.  We then went to our house and opened the gifts and then headed to Fayetteville, AR and stayed the night at a hotel close to the airport.  We were so wound up that we didn’t get to sleep until after midnight and were up at 4am so we could go to the airport and I could get frisked by security because of the bobbypins in my hair at 5am.  Fun times!!!  Once we got to the hotel and checked in we crashed for a couple hours until our theater ticket time.  We went to see Shrek!

Not bad for 5am eh?