Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Land of Aloha

During my graduation party, I spent a fair amount of time opening gifts from people. Most of the gifts were in the form of money or gift cards. There were 3 or 4 actual presents to unwrap, and the rest were cards.

My boss and her husband both attended graduation and my party, and I was so appreciative of that! I have worked for them since October 2004. It's been almost 5 years! They are such caring, supportive individuals, and finding them has been a blessing. Kathy is from Hawaii, and now owns the house there she grew up in. They travel back there several times a year, and every time they go, I joke about sneaking into her suitcase to go with them.

Fast forward to the end of opening my presents. The last card on the table is from Kathy; I could recognize the handwriting on the envelope. Inside the card was this simple message:

"Way to go! We're proud of you! Now you won't have to sneak into our bag - you can bring your own! Aloha!"

Also inside was a single piece of paper, folded into quarters. I opened it up, and this was my reaction:

It was my confirmation for my flight on June 10th from Seattle International Airport to Honolulu, Hawaii, with me turning on June 22nd.

Kathy and her husband are sending me to Hawaii!!

I went over to them and hugged both of them, with tears in my eyes. They then told me I could bring a friend! It was the most incredible gift, from two people who owe nothing to me.

After hugging them, they walked over to Josh with me, and they started talking about when his flight was scheduled for. I was very confused at this point, seeing as how Josh just started a new job and I assumed he couldn't take any time off of work.

Turns out, EVERYBODY was in on the surprise, and Josh already had his ticket booked to come with me!


I am so excited, and excited doesn't even begin to describe it. We have already started making plans for what to do while we are over there, including visiting the Honolulu Zoo, snorkeling, going to a luau, and visiting the Pearl Harbor Memorial. This is even talk about flying to Maui for the day!

I am still in shock over all of this, and have started working out like crazy to get ready. I'll be posting more details and updates as I get them!


Mandy McMahan said...

I got so excited just reading this post! I heard about this trip already from Pam and Amy but it's so much more fun to hear it from you (or, your blog, I guess). :) James and I have been to Maui and it was our absolute FAVORITE trip ever. Hawaii is unbelievable. I can't wait to see what kind of pictures you take there. Maybe we could meet before you leave and I can share some of my favorite photography tips/tricks with you.

I might ask you to take some special pics at the Pearl Harbor Memorial. My Papa was a Pearl Harbor Survivor and he was very, very special to me. I've always wanted to go there.

I love how much you're blogging these days! It's fun to follow your life from afar like this since we don't get to see you often!