First of all, Happy Father's Day to my Dad and to my husband!
My husband's Father's Day gift is where we are right now: HAWAII. Yes, we stopped in Hawaii on our way back to the U.S. on our R&R in order to split the 12 hour time difference into two 6 hour pieces.
And, of course, in order to, like, BE IN HAWAII.
We flew from Chengdu to Tokyo, where we had just enough of a layover to allow us to eat sushi in Japan. I will say that when we got off the plane, a certain member of our family was all "Look! McDonald's!" but I was all "NO WAY are we eating McDonald's our one meal ever (probably) in Japan!"
So we had sushi. DUH.
It was neat to be able to watch all the Japanese sushi masters at work.
The only drawback was that China has completely spoiled me with its prices. Things in Japan were scary expensive compared to what we've been paying in China. So, yes, it was totally awesome to eat sushi in Japan, but we each just had a little (we didn't eat to fullness) and it was $86!!! Holy COW!
Then we found some seriously awesome Japanese fudge (did you know that such a thing existed?) and my family chowed down at the terminal waiting for our plane.
Then we boarded the plane for Hawaii.
A hundred zillion hours after leaving Chengdu, we got to Honolulu. We were more exhausted than we've ever been in our lives. HOWEVER:
Blue skies! Blue water! Green plants! So many colors!
We immediately went and worshipped at Pineapple World (aka the Dole Plantation):
Everyone was so freaking happy that the children VOLUNTEERED to have their pictures taken in the wooden pineapple cutout:
I am SO putting these pictures on Facebook and tagging the boys in them.
The Dole Pineapple Plantation is where Dole Pineapples are born.
It is FABULOUSLY awesome to see (blue) skies and (green) trees and, actually, everything is so insanely colorful (it's sort of like when Dorothy leaves Kansas and gets to Oz and all of the sudden: COLOR!) that even the tree trunks are very colorful:
James and I just kept staring at the colorful tree trunks at the Dole Plantation:
Meanwhile, the mountains are in the background, just being their amazing mountain-y selves:
So, anyway, we're going to put on our suits and go swimming. BECAUSE LIFE IS AWESOME, THAT'S WHY.
Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there. Thank you for sacrificing your needs and desires on a daily basis in order to bless the lives of your families.