Saturday, December 31, 2016

Life in Hawaii >> Snorkeling and Christmas

 4:30 a.m. I awoke to the rustling of my parents packing last-minute things into bags. I urged myself awake and slipped out of bed to get ready.

5:00 a.m. I handed the man my bag to toss into the back of the shuttle, and got on excitedly. I felt nervous for Lexi, who was about to go through one of the most stressful days in her little life.

6:00 a.m. Dad handed me a twenty and I walked into the small airport shop to buy some Rolos and a bottle of lemonade. I sat down with my kindle and happily ate my "breakfast" while we waited for mom to be done dropping Lexi off at cargo.

7:00 a.m.-- 4:00 p.m. (give or take because we were in three different time zones that day) Here it is!! The plane dropped slowly. I was a bit disappointed that I was seated in the middle of the middle row, so I couldn't enjoy my first-ever view of Hawaii. The plane slowly landed, and I was so, so excited. It came to a stop and we finally got off.

 The first thing I noticed was how humid it was. I was sweating as soon as I got of the plane, and it wasn't how I expected. I thought it would be beautiful, blue skies with a nice ocean breeze, and we would go to the beach as soon as we got there, like in the movies. Instead, I was greeted with gray skies and misty rain that made everything wet and incredibly humid.
 I've learned to love the humidity and misty rain that comes every day. The scrapes and bruises I have from being smashed against the reef by a bigger-than-expected wave. The bug bites and the frizzy hair. Being barefoot all. the. time. The huge leaves that drop water on your head when you walk underneath them. The people.

I love Hawaii.
 We stayed in a hotel while trying to find a house, and I really struggled with that. I mean, I wanted to go to the beach! I wanted to explore! To my delight, we quickly found a house and moved in. This house, guys, is big. We even*gasp* got a forth bedroom! Family, you are totally welcome! ;)
Christmas 2016

On Christmas Eve Eve we were invited to a new friends' house for a Christmas party. I met lots of awesome girls and everyone walked around barefoot. It was awesome!

On Christmas morning, everybody woke up around 7 and opened gifts. I got a boogie board, rip surf, Kylo Ren mask, and snorkeling set. We hung out and played with our gifts. After lunch, we headed to the beach! The surf was pretty big that day, so we got thrashed around quite a bit while snorkeling. After, we drove around and stopped to look through a gift shop and get shave ice.

When we were inside the gift shop, my mom spotted a cat sleeping on the counter. "Is that real?" She was super confused until the cat started moving. :D

BTW, if you're ever in Hawaii and don't know what to get for your shave ice, order Blue vanilla, lime, and strawberry. Just trust me on this one. ;)
New years eve skateboarding
I had an amazing and terrifying 2016. I went to the Outer Banks with my family, went to Busch Gardens and the plantation with my youth group, took more trips to New York than I could count on my fingers, and moved to Hawaii. Awesome, right?!

Bring on 2017!


  1. AHH this post is so exciting!! This is so awesome Abigail :) Praying for you and your family :D


    1. THANK YOU!!!!!!! Thank you so so much!!!!!!!!!!! <3

  2. EEEP It must be so exciting to be living there now!! I would love to see some photos of like the beach and stuff XD Do you think you'll have more time for blogging now??


    1. Oh, it is so exciting. I have to remember to grab my camera when we go back sometime this week! I definitely will be blogging more, mostly because I have a bunch of post ideas floating around in my head and life will be much more normal and mellow from now on (hopefully). What kind of posts would you like to see?


  3. Hi Abi!
    That's so exciting you now live in Hawaii. :) Are you starting to learn the language?


    1. Hey Ashley!
      I know, I'm super excited. "Hawaiian" language is pretty interesting, because it is just English with different words and slang thrown in. I am starting to get the hang of it, though. Enjoy your year! :)

  4. That all sounds so wonderful, abi! I love you and i am so happy for all the new adventures you guys will have in hawaii! ((Hugs))!

    1. I love you so much!!!!!!! ((fifty billion hugs))!

  5. oh my goodness that is insanely cool, Abigail! I've actually never been to Hawaii, but it sounds wonderful . . . and I will remember the blue vanilla + lime + strawberry thing for whenever I need it. XD

    1. thanks! haha, it's really good to know ;)