Wednesday, December 29, 2010

it's Dana's special day!

Happy 6th birthday today to our niece, Dana! She lives in Philadelphia, PA.

We wish you a FUN day full of SMILES, Dana !! :-)

Aunt Susan, Uncle Sal, Buddy & Aruba

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Well, just a handful of hours left in Hawaii now ... we're heading back to Florida on an overnight flight. And to help deal with the 11+ hours in the air, and to hopefully get some peaceful sleep, I finally bought a pair of these (I've been meaning to for a while, and Sal encouraged me to take the plunge while we were out shopping in Honolulu). I call them the "anti-coach", LOL !!

Now it's time to celebrate Christmas! Just like this fun surfin' Santa, dressed in his Hawaiian holiday finery -- an Aloha shirt and a lei ... cute!

Finally got rid of my cough after fighting it for nearly the entire trip, ugh! But, for the most part, I was able to enjoy our Hawaiian journey.

Now that I'm feeling better, there'll be lots of pics and details to come!

Mele Kelikimaka to you, which is "Merry Christmas" in Hawaiian, of course!


Friday, December 17, 2010

a room with a view


Forgive me for not posting sooner ... we've been in Hawaii for over a week, but ... I've been SICK for part of the time! Yes, such a bummer! {sigh} It seems that the leftover cough & congestion from my pre-Hawaii flu just won't let go of me. I'm sure that the 11-hour plane ride here didn't help either.....but I'm soldiering on with most of our plans because I love it here and want to savor it!

So, just today, I have a bit of energy to blog and finally begin to share our Hawaiian journey with you. I'll have to give all the details and pics later on when I'm feeling better, but for now ... we had a memorable and romantic belated 20th anniversary celebration at the Four Seasons Resort in Maui. Sal, you're the love of my life and my best friend !!!

And now we're in Honolulu (on Oahu) for Sal's chemistry conference.

He's attending Pacifichem 2010 and will be presenting his amazing research to chemists attending from all the Pacific Rim countries ... Japan, Korea, Fiji, Thailand, China, Malaysia, and many more. Congratulations, Sal !

Doesn't that look cool (and complicated, whew!)?

And here's the view from our room, on the 27th floor of the Rainbow Tower, way up in the Waikiki sky, here at the Hilton Hawaiian Village:

Pretty stunning, right? There's no App for this, LOL. And I LOVE the beauty combined with the sound of the ocean waves (yes, the sound carries way up here! ... so does the live music, but hey I can't complain). It all sure makes up for the disappointment of being sick while visiting one of my favorite places on the planet!

I'm missing Buddy & Aruba like crazy, but I'm hearing that they're being pampered (spoiled?) by Grandma & Grandpa! ;-)

I'm off to attend a hula show tonight while Sal attends conference sessions.

Thanks for stopping by.....

More soon,

Saturday, December 11, 2010

it's Ruth's special day!

Happy birthday today to our sister-in-law, Ruth! She lives in Philadelphia, PA.

We wish you a FUN and MEMORABLE day, Ruth! :-)

Susan, Sal, Buddy & Aruba

Thursday, December 9, 2010

island girl

I must really love Hawaii because I didn't at all mind taking a 4:00 AM airport shuttle! {yawn} But Hawaii is oh SO worth it! I'm indulging in a Starbucks peppermint mocha (yum) ... hoping the espresso in it will help wake me up!

I miss Buddy & Aruba already !! Sweet angels.... it's so hard to say good-bye to those precious faces. It's my least favorite part of travel, for sure. But they'll be having fun at their "resort" --- Grandma & Grandpa's house! Thanks Mom & Dad for all the TLC you give them!

Just wanted to share that right now I'm giddy ... I feel like a kid waiting to go to Disney World, LOL. :-)

Bring on Hawaii !!!


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Where In The World ... have I been?

Wow, have I been M.I.A. from my blog lately, or what? I've missed blogging!

November was such a BLUR for me ... so busy with work, etc. ... it was so hard to keep up with everything because Sal and I were both fighting a nasty flu for several weeks! Neither of us could shake it! Thankfully, we're both (nearly) 100% recovered and the timing couldn't be better ... because we're off to The Land of Aloha soon!

I'm busting with excitement, I absolutely LOVE Hawaii !!! I've been anticipating this trip for months. Sal is attending a chemistry conference in Honolulu to present his incredible research. And we're extending the trip to celebrate our 20th anniversary (again) on Maui. We spent our actual anniversary day (back in August) on Amelia Island, but we want to celebrate this BIG occasion in a BIG (and super romantic) way!

Hope you'll join me here at Where In The World? as I share our journey across 4 of the magical Hawaiian islands.