Sunday, January 6, 2013

A Place in the Sun…

For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamed of a place in the sun.  When I was a kid, my dad spent most Sunday mornings listening to his records.  The record jackets would be strewn on the floor by the stereo in our living room where he selected his choices for that day.  He had a huge collection but the ones that seemed magical to me had less to do with the music and more to do with the photos of Hawaiian beaches (mostly Dean Martin and The Rat Pack and Don Ho on Waikiki Beach) and beautiful tropical sunsets. 
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Through my teenage years and twenties, I planned many imaginary adventures to southern destinations – Tahiti, the Caribbean and mostly Hawaii - and longed to sit under a coconut palm that leaned over the blue waters of a tropical shore.  Movies like South Pacific and Blue Hawaii were among my favorites.  When my husband and I were first married (and still today!), we’d often plan Friday evenings around travel shows with sunny destinations and shows where families are searching for vacation homes in the sun.  Believe me, it’s been a lifelong theme – music, the Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffet, beach décor… it goes on and on!
My husband and I began to take winter vacations on the March Break (escapes from the snow and cold!) about 20 years ago – our first trip was to Florida.  I’ll never forget seeing my first palm tree outside the Orlando Airport – I was SO excited!  I’ll also NEVER forget the most surreal feeling I had sitting in a small boat headed for the island of Bora Bora, a place that in all my wildest dreams I never dared to believe I would ever visit. I still get teary when I think about it.

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Over the years, we’ve been so fortunate to experience many of my imagined destinations including islands in the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and in recent years, several visits to Maui and the other Hawaiian Islands.  The idea of somehow having our own place in the sun had been a constant topic of discussion and source of entertainment!
Sunset view from our deck!!
Well…and get ready
‘cause this is BIG…in November, we bought our own PLACE IN THE SUN!!!! I can still hardly believe it! It’s in Maui, our favorite vacation destination – and my favorite part is the beautiful sunset view – the memory of those old record album covers has become reality.  Talk about surreal! 

 I’ll be back with more details and some updates for Wild Woman while we are away.


  1. Wow! Oh WOW!!!! What a wonderful dream come true for you! Can't wait to read more!

  2. oh mollie! thank you, girl! I can hardly believe it and just can't wait to go back! :)