Sunday Funday

By Alicia Courtney

I am very lucky.  Wait… better yet, I am very blessed.  Today I got to spend the entire day with the love of my life on an unexpected, all day date.  When we woke up we decided it was a beach day.  So I loaded up my oversized zebra-striped “Hawai`i” labeled beach bag, packed lunches and headed to Waimanalo beach with my latest read titled “The Gilead” (thank you Raquel for passing it along to me!)  Once we had our beach chairs all set up, Chris took one look at me and knew I was freezing to death.  The wind was blowing pretty hard and despite the 80 degrees, my body couldn’t shake the goosebumps.  Within 5 minutes we were loading the car back up.  Now what…

And this day beautiful day of random adventures ensued.

Welcome to the 50th State Fair!

Unlike the Indiana State Fair, there was only a small petting zoo of about 8 goats, a llama and a dog. But just as cute as Indiana goats.

Not too packed yet.

There is something sorta Where's Waldo about those blow-up toys...

Finally tall enough for the rides!

After the fair, the next stop was the Swap Meet at Aloha Stadium!

So many pretty things. Made me think of my sister Brittany.

Wood carving... always amazes me.

Then we headed to Pearl Harbor to see the USS Arizona.

Christopher taking a break from reading to enjoy some ice cream.

History is so fascinating. And standing where something this monumental happened is indescribable.

I kept thinking about how we will be those parents that drag our kids to historical things and make them read all the plaques. And I am perfectly okay with that.

Boat ride out to the USS Arizona Memorial.

Such a surreal feeling looking down at the oil still leaking into the sea.

Such a place for reflection, remembering and honoring those who have and continue to serve. I am so thankful.

Looking at the blueprint of the USS Arizona just a few feet below us.

Then we ended our day in Chinatown at an amazing restaurant we had never tried before. This was our awesome waitress. It is the individual people that we meet that make our experiences that much better.

Chris: "How in the world do you eat peanuts with chopsticks???"

Enjoying my Hong Kong Hot Milk Tea. Deeee-lish.

In a quick summation: I broke out some sweet dance moves at the 50th State Fair (robot always included), resisted the urge to buy cheap, flashy jewelry at the Swap Meet, had emotional moments at Pearl Harbor and ended the day with Chris making me laugh until I cried 3 times at dinner.  I wish you were all here.

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5 Comments on Sunday Funday

  1. Kim Gillespie
    June 27, 2011 at 10:51 am (6 years ago)

    I just posted a photo of your Grandma and her brothers. Thought it was funny that she just gave me that pic to fix for her….It was taken on her birthday Dec 7, 1941…. Then you post these pics of Pearl Harbor.

  2. Lauren
    June 27, 2011 at 11:23 am (6 years ago)

    Sounds like a perfect day!

  3. Laurie
    June 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm (6 years ago)

    I was one of those kids that was forced to go to historical sites and read the signs….it’s totally ok! :)

  4. Taylor
    July 4, 2011 at 9:22 pm (6 years ago)

    Doing a little back reading! You look great!!


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