Thursday, June 15, 2017

Aloha, Oahu!

Hello, hello!

It is now the middle of June and I can't even remember the last time I posted or updated you on what's going on in my life! I could look back at my last post, but I am feeling a bit too lazy for that right now. Though I haven't written here in awhile, there hasn't been much that has changed. Connor and I are in school full-time over the Summer, we still don't have too much of a social life, and we are still in Utah.

Though life has been pretty much the same for the last few months, I have still managed to get out of Utah and have some fun a couple of times this Summer. In May, my Spring semester ended and I had about a week until my Summer classes started, so I took a trip to Arizona to visit family for a week, and then headed to Disneyland with Connors family for a few days. Although Connor had to stay home to work (yes-I went without him), I still had a blast and got to spend more time with his family.

About 3 weeks or so after Disneyland, Connor, his family, and I were off to Las Vegas to fly to Oahu, Hawaii! It still feels like a dream. I honestly never thought I'd ever be able to go to Hawaii in my life- It seemed like a pipe dream. It hadn't fully hit me where we were going until I saw the turquoise water meeting the lush, green land out of the airplane window. I was in awe.

The family rented a huge, beautiful home on North Shore with views out of every window of our own stretch of beach. With all of the windows open, a slight breeze, and the sound of the waves, I have never slept better in my entire life.

While in Hawaii, we went on amazing hikes to see waterfalls and gorgeous views, ate at roadside food trucks, went to a swap meet, snorkeled, went to the PCC (Polynesian Cultural Center) and to visit the LDS temple. Our absolute favorite beach that we visited was at Bellows Air Force Station. Luckily I am "retired" from the Air Force and was able to get us on base. The sand was like white powder and the water was the most amazing turquoise color that I have ever seen.

After a week of paradise, we had to return to reality, and it was painful. I guess if we got to have experiences like this all of the time, it just wouldn't feel as special. Below are some photos from our trip!