Aloha friends, I am back. After a lovely vacation and a long flight home, I am back in action. I was really trying to get back on my every day posting schedule last night, but I was literally so tired I couldn't even stay awake to see the Frogs play in the College World Series. It's fine because they sadly lost, but still that's how tired I was. I went to bed last night and woke up 13 hours later. I am really not sure how I did that because I don't think I have ever slept that long. Hawaii is such a beautiful place, but the travel there never seems to be easy. I have been fortunate to travel to the islands three times now. There has not been a time that my family and I haven't had any type of problem but I mean the airlines these days really messed things all up. Especially to Hawaii. I am guessing because it is so far, but still there is no excuse. Also, did you know that now when you fly NOTHING is complementary except one drink. For the hassle you are put through and then to be on long flights, after paying all that money it's sad to not be accommodated. But since that is the only way to get to Hawaii, and other magnificent places, I have to be thankful for these airlines because they help us see and experience God's great earth. I mean that is something I will always appreciate in life. It is a hassle, but in the end it is honestly worth it.. most of the time lol. I kept joking saying the next time I go to Hawaii it will be on my private jet... now wouldn't we all love that?
The trip was overall a 10. We, as a family, always sit down at the last meal of the trip and tell of favorite things, stories, and rate the trip on a scale of 1 to 10 with ten being the best. I think not counting the travel mess, everyone gave it a ten. My family went to Maui about 4 years ago and it was great. Going back to the same place and staying at the same place was amazing because the Grand Wailea Resort is one of the best places to stay on the island. They treat you so well and really make you feel at home in one the best places on earth. My Janjan was worried that it would be the same trip as last time, but it was far from it. The lodging and location were the same, but the adventure was to a whole new level. I did so many fun things in this breathtaking place that I will never forget.
1. I had homemade sushi right in front of me
2. I travled via moped all week
3. I snorkeled in water that was the prettiest shade of blue I have ever seen
4. I swam with turtles, sharks, fish, and a manta ray
5. I cheered for the TCU baseball team from a ship in the pacific ocean
6. I had a starbucks drink: size mini (the worker couldn't understand my accent)
7. I woke up early, but it felt great cause it was late at home
8. I played volleyball with a soap opera star and his family
9. I drove through a storm on my moped
10. I jumped off a cliff at 7200 feet to be carried into the air, which gave me a mind altering view of this earth
11. I paddle boarded... It looks way easier than it actually is
I am sure this list could go on and on because this trip was truly a trip full of adventure. This has all made me so thankful to be able to do things like this. Thank you to my Janjan and Bia for using their money to give me the best gift in the world... a ten. Everything is always so fun, so cool, and so true. Life is best seen when you travel and see it with your own eyes. Thanks so much for that. I am thankful for a trip I will never forget with the people I will never forget.
Until next time Hawaii... Aloha!
Southern and Thankful
Blessed is an understatement when it comes to my life. Each and every day I am amazed by God's steadfast love. In return, I have claimed this space to show my thanks and whatever else comes along the way. A student at Texas Christian University who loves any creative insta post, all donuts, and dress pants that make you do a double take. I pray God has a grand purpose for me and I plan to get there with a little Southern and a lot of Thanks! Join me!