And it was time to go home.
Our flight wasn't until 5:30 p.m. so we slept in, checked out of our hotel at 11:00 a.m., and then went to Pearl Harbor.
I love history. As a kid, I hated it! But visiting historical sites is almost one of my favorite things to do with Rick. I honestly knew very little about Pearl Harbor. We watched a documentary while we were there, and just walked around. We didn't purchase any of the tickets to go on any of the memorials. Honestly, it kind of creeped me out that the USS Arizona Memorial sits atop the real Arizona that is sunk and containing the corpses of those who were trapped in it.
But it is a sight to see. And, it made me decide that Dawson and I will study a piece of American History at all times during this next school year. I think we'll start with Pearl Harbor.
We had an overnight flight back to the mainland. We had upgraded to First Class so that we could sleep peacefully. They fed us like royalty, seriously, and then we settled down to go to sleep. Except that the flight attendants allowed a soldier heading to Afghanistan to get wasted on the flight and he kept everybody awake. I plan to send a complaint to American Airlines.
We were exhausted when we got to Dallas, and slept the whole flight to Kansas City. When we arrived we still had an hour and a half drive back to my parents. The kids were so excited to see us!! (And so was my mom!)
This was also Rick's 40th birthday. We made him blow out the candles on his cake before he had a two hour nap. Then he loaded up to drive the four hours home, because he had to work the next day. He took Kyndal and Chloe, Dawson and Crusoe, and Brynne. (After all that crying she ditched me without a second thought so that she could get home to Quincy and Buck.) Eli and I stayed the night and drove back to Oklahoma on Tuesday.
And our vacation was over ....
I hope you have enjoyed your Tour de Hawaii this week. It's been fun to relive it! Now, though, it's time to get to the business of being a SAHM with kids home for summer break. Hope you are having a great summer so far!