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We arrived home from Hawaii after a 8 hour overnight flight on Sunday.  It was a fabulous trip with my hubby's family.  I did not want to come home.   It was our first time to Hawaii and I have to say it is Paradise.  Just pure heaven.
Here are a few pictures to share with all of you from out trip.

We stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki   Just a beautiful resort.

One of the little greeters at the hotel.

The most beautiful beaches.

Beautiful waters.  The hues of blue in the ocean were so pretty.

Diamond Head

It is amazing what can come out of Lava and Rock.  

Our view from the balcony of our room.

One of the 6 beautiful pools in the resort.  This one is right off the beach.

Our reserved chairs on the beach!!! Heaven.

One of the neighborhoods.  The homes are right on top of each other and are built up but who cares when you get to wake up on this beautiful island each day.

They had the cutest little places to have lunch and dinner on the island.

We took a tour at the Dole Plantation.  The Gardens were gorgeous.

I love the Bird of Paradise plant.  The flowers do look like little birds.

There are over 200 varieties of pineapples.  I did not know that!!!!!

They just grow right out of the ground.  It takes 15 months for a pineapple to get to it's full potential before it is harvested.

Ha! Ha! my husband Terry as a Dole Pineapple.

Here are my in laws.  My father in law is a stitch and so much fun to travel with.

Terry and I hiding in a pineapple patch.  It was fun taking advantage of the props!!!!!!

They also grow chocolate and coffee on the Dole Plantation.

Here is the gang on our last night before we had to leave this beautiful Island.  It was a wonderful trip.  The sunsets were gorgeous and the beaches so heavenly.  It was a beautiful trip given to us by my wonderful Mother and Father in Law.  They are simply the best.
Just wanted to share a little of my trip with all of you.  Now it is back to reality!!!!! I have a ton of laundry to do!!!
Have a great week.


  1. Kris- I know it is kind of weird but I really MISSED you while you were away! lol What a fun, fun trip! I can't believe how beautiful it is. I have never wanted to go to Hawaii because of the long plane trip. I can see that it is probably worth it. I can't wait to see what you are up to now that you are home. I took the day off from Ruth's house (week four)...just really needed a down day to catch up on some things.

    Welcome home!! xo Diana

  2. How fun!!
    The last family vacation we took was also w/ the in laws to the Caribbean. They are such fun to travel with and we have done quite a few cruises with them over the years. The 3 generations (them, us and our kids) have such fun together.
    Luvly photos Kris.
    Vacation laundry ... the worst!
    Hugs, Gee

    1. Hi Gee,
      It was so much fun. The plane ride there was 9 hours, 8 hours home but it was totally worth it. I loved every minute in Paradise. Now I am going from the beautiful mountains of Hawaii to the mountains of vacation laundry!!!!!! It is amazing what two people can get dirty in one week!!!!!! Have a great week.

  3. I have been waiting for pictures.

    Glad you had a great time. I haven't been to Oahu in 30 years other than to change planes. It is a beautiful spot with warm water and yummy food.

    How wonderful that you were able to make it a family time. That is a memory that will be very special for everyone.

    Welcome home!

  4. Welcome back, girlfriend!! Your pictures are just stunning! Looks like you had an amazing time (and got a savage tan, too :)

  5. Kris, What a wonderful family you have. I bet you had the best fun ever. You all made nice little pineapples. :):) You had to leave paradise...but hey, you can home to a fun town Chicago.xoxo,Susie

  6. Welcome back, Kris! So glad your trip was a great one!

  7. It all looks like paradise - what a vacation!!!!!!!!
    And look at the tan on you :) You're the darkest of everyone - you must have never left that gorgeous spot on the beach :)
    Welcome back Kris

  8. Welcome back Kris. So glad that you enjoyed your vacation with family. How nice of them to take all of you to Hawaii. I love going to Hawaii and I haven't been in 15 years but for awhile was going 1 or 2 times a year.
    Loved the pineapple pictures and what wonderful memories to have.

  9. What a fun, and beautiful trip. You are so lucky. Hawaii is still on my to do list. I have a client with a guest house on her property, she keeps inviting me. I may have to take her up on it.

  10. Welcome back! Thanks for sharing this beautiful vacation

  11. Looks like it was a wonderful vacation! :-D

  12. It all looks so beautiful! So glad you had a wonderful time!

  13. Wow, what a dream vacation to Paradise!!!! Gorgeous photos, and looks like the weather cooperated!
    Mary Alice

  14. Welcome home! What is there not to like about Hawaii!!! I believe we went to the Dole Plantation too but it has been a little over 25 years ago so don't remember all that much except I enjoyed our whole trip so much. Glad you had a wonderful time! Nancy

  15. It's like a piece of Heaven, Hawaii! Glad that your trip was Great!!

  16. Oh my gosh looks like Heaven. I would not want to come home either. Just gorgeous. I have a friend there now, 3 weeks they went for. Yes, life is good indeed, and I can't wait for her to get home to tell me all about it. So glad you enjoyed it. Your pics are gorgeous!

  17. Looks like you had a great time. Beautiful photos! I've never been there, but sure would love to go someday.
    Welcome back home!

  18. So glad you enjoyed yourself!!! What a beautiful vacation....happy you and your family are back safe and the REAL world! I'm like you, one only could imagine what it would be like to wake up to this everyday!! Blessings~~~Roxie

  19. How exciting for you to have been able to holiday in Hawaii, my brother and his family live in Hawaii he is a contractor and has lived here now about 28 years now!
    I could have had my brother show you guys some sites as well, he has done this for friends of mine, if I had known you were going to visit. I love Hawaii but, truly I am not as much as a tropical girl as I am an urban girl, I love the cottage industry a little more so I hit the home town beaches her in southern Calif or Nothern Calif, where I grew up most of my teens and young adult years.
    Plus it's the great shops here in Calif that I can't stay out of :)

    It looks like you got a little golden colour to your face Kris, if not well your coloring is healthy looking :)

    Thank you sweet friend for stopping by, it truly is a joy to share my whites and grey's with you.
    I also sent off my editorial to you know who along with extra photos as she requested, will see how the out come turns out and how the photos of her choice work out.
    I hate to write about myself, I always blog about inspiring pieces in my hunt or found pieces I have painted.
    This was a bit different for me...yikes! To then write that many words at once geeezes :))
    Well, will wait to see how it all turns out, I did read all about you in A/B were you so excited to see yourself so out there for all to inspire by? It was soft and so pretty.

    Well Kris, I am off to do some reading to then nod-off, another day of work and creating :)
    Will love to see what's next in your posting.

    Keep inspiring your beauty.

  20. Looks like a great time, so beautiful.

  21. Oh so glad you shared Kris.What an amazing trip and beautiful photos!You are so blessed to have been able to go.What awesome inlaws!

  22. Welcome home, Kris. I'm one of your followers and glad you've shared these pictures with us. Makes me wanna go see it for myself. I'm growing two pineapples right now ! The original was the top of one brought back from Hawaii by a friend years ago. They are smaller than what you can buy at the store, but they are much sweeter ! Can't wait for them to be ready...probably later this summer. Did you bring one home ? Grow it, they're fun.

  23. Welcome home!! Beautiful pictures of an amazing place :)

  24. Breath-taking! That crystal blue water, gorgeous flowers, LOVE the pineapple pictures! I am so glad that everbody had such a fantastic time! Hugs, Leena

  25. Welcome home. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Your photos are beautiful - but, I am so glad you're back.

  27. Oh lucky family to all be together on Hawaii island

    I love the Bird Of Paradise plant my favorite, and I would love the pineapple tour
    I took a trip with 14 other family members to Jamaica for a nieces wedding
    and it have to say it was the best vacation I have ever had , us all being together

  28. your gorgeous pics bring back memories, kris! reserved chairs on a beach--pure heaven! glad you loved the trip!

  29. So beautiful, it must have been so much fun going with the whole family. What a treat a good way to make memories. We went to Hawaii for our honeymoon 25 years ago. I was only 22 and I am sure much has changed. I remember thinking a little slice of paradise.


  30. Kris - What a beautiful and memorable trip! That's the next thing on my Bucket List! Hopefully, after we get thru this cancer thing, we can make that trip. Looks like you had a wonderful time and your photos are just breath taking!!

    Thanks for sharing with us.


  31. What a wonderful trip! The pictures are just gorgeous. I've never been to Hawaii but would love to go someday. I got your magazine in the mail today - thank you so much! I am going to be blogging about it today. :-)

  32. Kris, your photos are beautiful. I have never been to Hawaii. Maybe someday.SIGH!!! xo Laura

  33. Getaways to a completely different environment is good for the soul... and tan, too!!! So glad you had such a special time in Hawaii. Quite different from Chicago, for sure! Fabulous photos.. fabulous memories!

  34. Sounds like a fabulous trip. Welcome back! I'd rather be doing your laundry than mine! :)

  35. How lovely! Looks like you had an amazing time. I went to Hawaii in 1977 and we stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village too! It was just as gorgeous back then!


  36. Did you take all those amazing pictures? Stop it! So well composed and so many cool scenes that make Hawaii look more magical than any pics I've seen before. You really know how to bring the scene alive through photos. Ahh, what a dream trip. Glad you got to experience it with your family. Looks like a wonderful time was had by all!


  37. total paradise! love your reserved beach chairs and umbrella, and you and terry in the pineapple signs!!