Destination: Hawaii

Hawaii–My Mom’s Favorite Place!

When my mom was 91, she wanted to go to her favorite place on earth one more time. And she wanted to take all of her kids with her. She insisted that we stay in the Sheraton Moana Surfrider Hotel.  It used to be known as The Moana and is the oldest hotel in the Hawaiian Islands.  We were all happy to comply with this wish! She had been to Hawaii eight times, and always stayed at the Moana except once, and she never wanted to repeat that lodging. It is located in Oahu on Waikiki Beach across from the International Market Place.

Mom’s favorite thing to do was to sit on her lanai and listen to the ocean and enjoy the view, the breeze, and the sounds (pictures 3 and 4 on this collage). We rented two cars, so that we could separate and go our own way some of the time. My husband and I wanted to go off on our own, so we rented a convertible. Car rentals are pretty cheap in Hawaii, and we found that a convertible is the ONLY way to see Hawaii! Wow.


These adult trips with just siblings and Mom were wonderful. We created so many happy memories! Lots of funny things that we can tease each other about, and just happy times to reflect on. We rented two cars, so we also did things on our own as well, but we always had dinner together. We got closer to one of our sister in laws than we had ever done before. (We were never quite sure if she really liked us or not.) She laughed more than I had ever seen–we all did.

My mom and one of my brothers and his wife have died now, and we all are grateful to have had fun times to remember with her. These trips are treasures we each still keep in our hearts. They were relaxing, luxurious, and just plain wonderful!

Destination: Alaska Cruise

The Inside Passage on the Norwegian Cruise Line

We had an amazing time. We had our own time schedule for much of the day, so we weren’t together all of the time. One good thing about going as a group was that there was always someone who had the same interest as you, such as the morning walk; swimming; dancing lessons; midnight buffets, etc. So we mixed a mingled in smaller groups a lot of the time.Family Reunion--Alaska

We were always together for dinner, and the evening shows, and We did most of the land excursions together. It was a great way to strengthen bonds! Wow. It was so fun! I really want to do this with my kids, but that is in the future…