Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Aloha Hawaii!

A few weeks ago, I was blessed to visit Hawaii for the first time.  My husband had to go there for work so I decided to tag along.  I've been to quite a few tropical locations, so I was excited to try Hawaii.  We stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Oahu.  It's a beautiful resort but driven towards the Asian tourist market.  The prices were inflated and simple things like renting a lounge chair for a day cost $15.

We decided to rent a car and drive around the island for a day.  We had the best time!  Once you get out of Waikiki, you realize that Hawaii is beautiful and desolate.  These are some pictures as we drove around the island:

(North Shore, Oahu)

(North Shore, Oahu)

(Kaneohe Bay, Oahu)

We also took a day to explore Pearl Harbor which included the USS Arizona and USS Missouri.  It was very somber knowing that so many people lost their lives on that day.

 (USS Arizona)

Overall, we had a great time exploring the island! 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Happy Foreign Affairs Day!

Thanks for coming over from Kelly's Korner!

My name is Shelly and I'm from Virginia but currently living in Orange County, CA.  I've been married 3 years to my wonderful husband.  I've tried to make an effort to blog more often but sometimes I find myself boring! HA!

Happy Foreign Affairs Day!  My husband works for the US State Department and is in the Foreign Service (which basically means that we move every 1-3 years).  Most people like to relate us to the military.  Although it's similar, we actually are quite different. The mission of the Foreign Service is to  "promote peace, support prosperity, and protect American citizens while advancing the interests of the U.S. abroad".  I've seen firsthand how these individuals sacrifice a "normal" life in the US to live in poverty stricken countries with little to no modern conveniences.  It can be a difficult lifestyle but knowing that my husband helps others is very rewarding to our family. 

(US Embassy - Quito, Ecuador)

The Foreign Service lifestyle can be a bit lonely sometimes.  It would be wonderful to be able to make new friends from blogging!