Our first Christmas in Hawaii began before the sunlight was even discernible through the drapes. I slept restlessly, stressing about the ugly cake I had made and the timing of dinner tomorrow. A little after 6:00 am, I got up to use the bathroom, hoping to get another hour’s sleep, but my movements were quickly detected by the eager 11-year-old in the next room, and there was simply no going back to bed. I went to lay down and chat with her in her room while we waited for Geoff to wake up. Again, I hoped I could sneak in a bit of rest, but about five minutes later, Geoff came in looking for us, and said we could open presents.
Emily ended up with quite an impressive haul of pink stuff, including a pig ear-warmer knitted by Geoff’s mom, and those rad sunglasses. She also got some makeup, a board game, some drawing supplies, a Kindle card, and a new video game. Geoff got a soccer ball, a grill, some new flip flops, and the promise of whale watching when the season is at its height. I got a Banana Republic gift card. I’ve never ever been able to buy something from that store, and it’s been a favorite of mine for ages. I can’t believe I’ll finally be able to walk out of there with actual clothes. I also got a Nook. Just the basic touch model, but still pretty awesome. I couldn’t wait to buy a book. As soon as I get a case for it, I can start taking it with me wherever I go. My family rocks.
After presents and a breakfast of biscuits and gravy made by Lindsey, we decided to go for a little nature walk to the lighthouse at Makapu’u point. Emily started coughing and got tired (bored?) halfway up, so I didn’t get to see the lighthouse, but there were still some gorgeous views on the way up.
Our next stop was the beach at Waimanalo. The water was gorgeous and blue and crisply cold. It’s also a bit rough in this area, so it doesn’t really lend itself to casual swimming. But the sand is soft, and the view is spectacular. We took advantage of what sun we could find. Who ever thought I’d get a sunburn on Christmas day?
I had to sneak in a little nap before making dinner. I would have become very cranky myself if I wasn’t able to get in a bit of sleep before three hours of solid cooking. The crescent-wrapped brie was a hit with the waiting crowd. Everything came out tasting pretty nice. I was ridiculously full and exhausted by the end of the day. We all laughed a lot, and I think everybody felt loved. I think that’s the goal of the day.
I hope that your Christmas day was filled with love as well.