Thursday, October 13, 2011

we're back from Hawaii!

We have returned from our amazing time in Hawaii. was wonderful.

I tried to read a few comments and blog posts from others while we were there, but didn't spend much time on it (obviously, that would've been dumb) now I have some major catching up to do! It's funny because I feel like I've really missed out on your lives for those of you who also blog...and a lot of you I've never even met in person. But I do feel connected to y'all and love keeping up with everything that's going you better believe I'm gonna be going through all those blog posts and reading them! Haha. I love my blog friends.

Anyway...I'm not going to do a huge recap today or anything, I'll save that for another day because I am SICK and my ears won't pop so I can't hear and I just feel bleehhh. But I'm not complaining - I'm thankful that I wasn't feeling like this while we were there!

Here's a picture of the view from our balcony taken with Jordan's phone. Beautiful. We stayed at the Queen Kapiolani if you're wondering.

Here's a few things I learned while we were in Hawaii that I'm sure I'll talk more about later.

Lessons from Hawaii

1. My husband loves me. Yes, I already knew this, but after this trip I know it a million times more. He was so sweet and loving, patient, protecting me and taking care of me when I was a wimp or just scared. Why would this be evident? Because were constantly doing adventurous things that were out of my comfort zone. And he lovingly helped me the whole time. I'll never forget it.

2. I love my husband. We had such an amazing time of bonding and I feel even closer to him now. It was so nice to have so much quality time and learning experiences together. He's my favorite person. There's no one I'd rather travel with.

3. God's creation is ridiculously awesome. I was constantly in awe of His works.

4. Time away from normal life is eye opening. Because I wasn't interacting with people or doing anything from my normal routine, I had a lot of time of reflection and thinking. I also noticed so many things around me that I should notice at home but don't take the time to simply look around. 

5. I am not adventurous by nature. This is a conversation I've had many a time with people: "No, I don't want to jump off that thing/climb that/or whatever." "But you're so athletic! You'd love it" "No." "Oh, come on! You'll be glad you did it!" "No, I won't." For some reason, a lot of people assume because I'm athletic and love the outdoors and all that, that of course I'd be interested in doing adventurous and dare devil-ish things. That is not the case. Those qualities are not related whatsoever. 

I am the type of person who asks a ton of questions before I do something. My best friend Ashlee points this out all the time. I like to know exactly what I'm doing and how to do it. I'm not a "just go for it" type of person. You know those game shows when people have to go through some sort of obstacle course or complete a series of tasks? I wouldn't be able to stand there and listen to someone tell me how to do it and then just do it. I'd want to go inspect everything, ask the director 487 questions, ask other people how they're going to do it, and try to estimate if I will be good at it or not.

For instance, I'll give you a little sneak peek of something we did in Hawaii - we rented scooters. Like moped type scooters. It took me TWO HOURS of driving around a little side road and a parking lot before I would attempt the real road. And some crying. Bless Jordan's heart. See how patient he is with me?

6. This kinda goes along with the non-adventurous thing, but let me just say that I am definitely the weaker vessel. (1 Peter 3:7) Emotionally, physically...and it's not a bad thing, it's just how I am. And Jordan was very understanding which was encouraging. But I cannot do everything that he does. I just can't. Want some pictures to prove it?

Yeah. I'm bruised. I told you we were adventurous. (You can read how I got those bruises here!)

7. Journaling about trips is a very good idea. I don't know why I haven't done this before. I really wish I had for our honeymoon. Every night I wrote down everything we did that day and details about it. One night we did a video journal. I already love looking back at it so I'm sure I'll love it in the future. I guess this blog is sort of like that too, huh? :)

More to come about Hawaii, but that's all for now. Now I'm off to do some blog reading! Yay!



  1. So glad you had a great time! Sorry about the bruises though. I like the idea of bringing a journal with you on your trips, what a great idea! Video journal would be even cooler!!!

  2. super in love with this post! Can't wait to see photos! looks like a great time!

  3. Can't wait to hear all about it! Nice teaser...sounds wonderful!

  4. I love the journaling and video ideas! Now I just need a vacation so I can put them into practice :) Glad you had a great trip!

  5. Ouch! I hope you didn't fall down a volcano. And I thought I was the only one out there who blatantly refuses to jump off/climb on things. Glad you had a great time, it's good to have you "back"!

  6. Glad you had a wonderful trip.. which I knew you would. There is nothing like a trip like that to make you see the things you shared. Can't wait to read more about it. :)



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