It’s 3:49 am in Boise. And almost midnight here in Kona. I can’t sleep. We went to Huggos on the Rocks tonight and I had a big Diet Pepsi. Apparently it was too late for a Diet Pepsi. There is lack of Coke products here in Hawaii, if you are wondering. Not that Coke would have made me any less hyper. It just would have made me a bit more happy.
So Hawaii. It’s absolutely beautiful here. I love being so close to the ocean. We went snorkeling a little bit a few days ago. I was a little trepidatious about doing it but the second I looked into the water and saw all the sea creatures I lost that trepidation. It was amazing. I watched all these beautiful fish swim right by me. I saw beautiful coral. I saw sea turtles. I felt like I was intruding a bit, watching them. I feel so blessed to be a part of that. We are going to snorkel again tomorrow, in a different place. Todd says that we will probably see some dolphins so that will be cool.
This whole trip has been eye opening for me in several ways. I miss my kids. I spent the last few months just dying to get on this trip and leave them for a week. The morning we left I was in tears. It was hard to leave but my mother in law reminded me that they were in good hands. (hers) I was just dying to leave them before that. Now I’m dying to get back and kiss their squishy faces. Have them tell me stories and sing me songs. Have them ask me to get them some pink milk. A week is a long time. A much needed week away, but still a long time. And I feel a little guilty for missing the first week of preschool.
The second eye opener is this island. I have been in a constant state of wonder this entire trip. This place is absolutely beautiful. The trees, the ocean, the waterfalls, the flowers, the fruit, the animals, everything. It smells good. It feels good. The people are good. I feel blessed to be a part of it. God really has given us some amazing things in this world. How lucky are we to have everything that we have?
The third eye opener is volcanos. It is a very humbling experience to see miles and miles of hardened black lava. It is humbling to know that around here there is angry hot liquid just below the surface and that at any moment it could spill over, melting and burning everything in its path. A good reminder that we are not in charge. Sometimes we forget this. Most of the time I forget this.
I told Greg today that Hawaii looks good on him. And it’s true, it does. It’s amazing how much we change when the stresses in our lives are put on the backburner for a short while. Things that seemed so darn important last week suddenly don’t seem so darn important anymore. It’s been nice to relax, have fun, enjoy each other and to just laugh. Hopefully this means that we can go home relaxed and recharged. Maybe when we go we can take a little bit of Hawaii with us. Since it looks so good on us and all.