Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Aloha Oahu!

We made the long flight from Atlanta to Honolulu on June 17th.  I had a bag full of tricks and treats to keep the girls occupied but luckily we didn't need most of them.  We flew Delta and they had a great electronic entertainment system for each seat. Emma got restless at times, but Marlie was totally into the movies and games at her disposal.
We had two families that we're friends with greet us at the airport.  It was so nice to see friendly, familiar faces as soon as we arrived.  We spent the first two nights here at the Embassy Suites in Waikiki.  We were too exhausted to do much else other than eat dinner on the first night, but it was awesome to walk along the beach to the restaurant, Duke's. 
On our second day we had to go pick up our car from the port.  After lunch and naps, the girls were able to enjoy the hotel pool for a few hours.  We walked to the Steak Shack to pick up some dinner and let the girls get their first real Hawaiian shave ice. 
Friday was move in day for us!  We checked out of the hotel early that morning to drive to post to get the keys for our house.  Both sets of movers also came that day so while it was busy, we were thankful to get our stuff right away.  Our house is in a neighborhood of historic craftsman style houses.  Ours was built in 1914 and has so much charm and character. 
The girls and I ventured out with our friends one morning after Bryan started work.  We went to the nearby town of Waialua and visited their old sugar mill which is now Island X Hawaii.  They produce coffee and chocolate and sell a huge variety of local items. They also make all natural shave ice so of course we had to try that.  

On the same property as Island X Hawaii is the North Shore Soap Factory.  We were able to buy some soaps that are made there and then the kids could stamp the soaps.  Even though it was a short and low key trip, we all had a great time on our first local adventure.  

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