Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Finally! Pictures!

Whew!  It's been a busy morning.  Of course, when I went to the grocery store yesterday I forgot several items for this weekend when the kids will be here.  Must have been jet lag!  So this morning I was off to the grocery store at 6:30 a.m.  Then I had to shovel the snow out of the driveway when I got home.  I then vacummed and dusted the entire house, wrapped gifts and I just finished ironing 12 of my dear husband's shirts.  I had most of the gifts wrapped before our trip, but of course we  found several new things for our grandbabies and some small gifts for friends.  Tomorrow I'll clean all the bathrooms and finish last minute preparations.  Friday morning I'll bake the pies and the kids will arrive in the afternoon!  I'm so excited to see them all!

Mid-morning by best girlfriend called needing an emergency babysitter for her granddaughter.  Kaydence is six years old and out of school for the holidays and her mom and dad are both working.  Grandma had to work this morning unexpectedly so they were in need of a babysitter.  Kaydence helped me wrap presents and we walked to the mailbox together to mail the last of the Christmas cards.  She liked holding Chloe's leash while we walked.  She's now watching a Christmas video.

So with no further ado....some pictures from our trip.  I'll spread them out over the next few posts so I can enjoy the vacation longer.

Aren't the sunsets beautiful?  This was the view from our condo's lanai every night.  We would eat dinner while watching the sunset.

 Sorry for my husband's slicked back hairdo.  We had just been swimming and our hair was still somewhat wet!
 This is a more natural hair style for him.  But now he's squinting into the sun!  Never can get a good picture.  The one below is me doing the same squint!!!! These two pictures were taken at the black lava flow on the south end of Maui.  I think I read that it was from an erruption in the late 1700's.

 This is the living room of the condo.  Doesn't Dennis look excited there at the table.  We were playing a dice game called Farkle.  I'm standing by the lanai door.  The kitchen is there behind the breakfast bar.  Stainless steel large appliances except for the almond colored range and all the small appliances and dishware you could possiblly need.  There is a washer and dryer down the hall to the left.

 King size bed  and lots of closet space on the other side of the room.
 This is the floor of the shower.  Aren't those little swimming turtles cute?  They look like they're swimming toward the drain!  The walls and ceiling of the shower have the same rocks.  It's beautiful
 A few more pictures of the sunsets!  I took pictures every evening because they were just so beautiful.  It was hard to believe that Christmas was only a week away.  I'm used to snow, snow, snow at Christmas.

This was in Lahaina Town where we had lunch one day.  They had live music in the courtyard playing both Hawaiin music and Christmas music.  They were really, really good.  I wanted a CD of them but they were sold out.  Don't the Christmas decorations look strange with the sunglasses and green plants?

More pictures to come tomorrow.  Please let me know if they are boring to you and I'll try to cut back on them.

Hope your Christmas preparations are all going well and I'll be back soon!  Kaydence is getting restless for her lunch so I need to run.




  1. Hi Betsy!
    I came over to say 'hello' and thank you for the comment on my crocheted cushions ... now I'm the same colour as your blog background with envy. In the middle of a cold, grey, wet and DARK Bavarian winter, Hawaii seems pretty close to heaven :-) I hope you enjoyed it and had some time to do some (relaxing) crafting! Enjoy the holiday season and I hope you find lots of yarn in your Christmas stocking...
    Olivia / The Gingerbread Lady

  2. Hi Betsy, thank you for your good wishes, EM is home! Everyone is so relieved, still on medication but she is getting better.
    Looks like you had a lovely holiday, yes, Christmas decorations do look strange in that setting.
    I haven't done as much decorating as usual but I am 'ahead' in my preparations for a change.
    Carol xx

  3. We were in Egypt last Christmas. It sure was strange to have sand dunes and not snow drifts. But I'm not complaining. It was a delight last year.
    Lovely pictures. Thanks for sharing all of them.