Home Again, Home Again — Jiggity Jig

Home again, home again, jiggity, jig — that's what my dad always said when we returned from a trip.  I love to go on vacation — especially a FREE Incentive Trip but it is also great to be back home again.
Final Day Drinks
Here's a picture of Tina and I on our final morning.
We had some Rumchata and Fire Ball left that Tina couldn't take home
so of course we had to finish it up — no sense in wasting it, right!!!

The suitcases are emptied — not everything is put away yet (went to work yesterday after a couple hours of sleep).  I put all (or at least most) of the gifts and prizes that
I received on my bed to take one group picture.
All the Gifts
I received:
a burlap beach bag
a burlap zip tote (our tickets and information came in this)
2 pairs of Maui Jim sunglesses
2 stamp sets
a Project Life by Stampin' Up! card kit
a Project Life by Stampin' Up! embellishment pack
a necklace
a cosmetic bag (Hawaiian quilted)
2 packages of DSP
a roll of Smoky Slate Chevron Ribbon
a package of new silver & gold doilies
a crumb cake sarong/scarf (that missed the picture)

I think that's everything
It was an amazing trip — thank you Stampin' Up!
and all of you for helping me to earn the trip.

USS Missouri Memorial

Our final event was a Farewell Dinner. Stampin' Up! bused all of the demonstrators and their guests to the USS Misouri Memorial where we were able to tour the USS Missouri battleship and a BBQ dinner was provided under a big tent. What a fabulous evening. I have learned (or maybe relearned) some of our country's history. Again I had a great time — our hosts were wonderful giving us talks about different areas of the ship.
Missouri Plaque

This was the plaque greeting us as our bus pulled into the memorial area.
Sailors & Girls

As we walked into the entrance we were greeted by this wonderful scene. It felt like we were walking back in time.
Missouri Guns

Here is just one picture of the battleship. I plan to print pictures as soon as I get home so I can put together a Project Life by Stampin' Up! memory album of this fabulous trip. Thank you all for your help in earning this trip. I so appreciate everything you do for me.

Pearl Harbor

Friday's excursion was to Pearl Harbor. We were there 6 years ago but wanted to go again. They have completely remodeled the whole place since we were there — they tore down buildings and replaced everything. It is such a moving experience. We arrived there about 7:00 a.m. and had to wait for it to open. Once inside we were handed phones and headsets — very cool — the displays had numbers and you just pushed the numbers on the phone and you could hear all about the display. We were in one building looking at the displays and all of a sudden I heard the Star Spangled Banner — I went outside to see what was happening. It was being played over the loud speaker on the military base — it was 8:00 a.m. I stood there listening with tears running down my face — wow — what a feeling. Thank you to all who have served our country in any capacity — whether you have been sent to other countries or if you've stayed in the states to work on equipment or office jobs. What our military service people do for us each and every day is definitely felt when you go to Pearl Harbor. Image
This plaque is in front of the USS Arizona anchor
Way to Arizona

This is the USS Arizona Memorial as we are being taken over to the memorial.
USS Arizona Memorial

When we were here six years ago everyone was quiet as you got off the boat and stepped on to the memorial. This time was not quite the same — there was much more talking amoung people — I liked the respect and somber feeling six years ago. This is truly a moving experience. We head home today — it has been a fabulous trip but it is time to go home.