Most people think living in Hawaii is a vacation all the time and in a way it is. The weather is beautiful and I did get to spend almost every weekend at the beach but sometimes vacation is about seeing the people you love.
Before moving to Japan, we decided to go visit our family in Oklahoma. My Dad had other commitments in California so it was just my mother and I.
Thursday, we left Honolulu and flew to Maui. I can say I have been to Maui, well the Maui airport. Next we flew overnight to Los Angeles arriving at 7:00 am. First stop, McDonalds and coffee! The Iced Coffee in LA is cheaper than in Hawaii. A man commented that we were complaining about paying too little! From LAX to Denver and finally, to Oklahoma City.
We were renting a car so did not expect anyone to meet us but my Grandmamma and was waiting for waiting for us. Hugs!
The very first stop from the airport was Sonic for Limeade. I missed them so much.
Our first day was spent at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum with my Papa Fred and Grandma Darlene. There was so much to see. I was impressed by the large mountain lion but awed by the huge moving statue call the “End of the Trail” to commemorate the Trail of Tears.
The second day was my 15th birthday and I wanted to go see all of my favorite places. We lived there when I was ages 2-8. We started at our old house and my elementary school. Angie Debo. It had hardly changed! Then we went to our old church and lunch at Olive Garden; I love their soup and salad!
Our third day was my Nana’s birthday so we took her to lunch at Ted’s Escondido’s and spent the day hearing her talk about how much I had grown and how proud she was of me.
Day 4 was set aside for shopping. We went to J.C. Penney’s, Dillard’s, Hot Topic, Kohl’s and a huge bookstore called Books a Million.
The next day was my Grandmama’s 70th birthday. Early we went to Piedmont for haircuts and then later there was a dinner party at El Chico’s with the family.
Thursday had us back with Papa Fred and Grandma Darlene exploring the Bricktown Area and driving over by the capital. For many years, the Oklahoma capital building did not have a dome as they ran out of money during its original construction. With the 100th anniversary of their statehood approaching, the State government decided to finally finish the building. On top is a statue of any Indian. We visited the capital when we lived there and I go to see the Indian before he went on top. We visited the Bass Pro Shop and had lunch at the Old Spaghetti Warehouse.
Our 7th day was back with my Nana. Her brother drove over from Tulsa to have lunch at Johnnie’s and later my Uncle, Aunt and three little cousins came over for dinner. They had all grown and were so cute.
Saturday was visitation day at my Grandmama’s and Granddaddy’s. Everyone came to eat and talk. My cousins from Dallas drove up. I miss them.
Sunday was our last day. After church, one more Olive Garden stop and finally on Monday, I flew from Oklahoma City to Los Angeles by myself to meet my dad.
Vacations are better when there is family on the other end.
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