I am ALL done with the holidays for 2014.  So much so that I can’t bring myself to even write a post about where, how, and the best places to celebrate New Years on Oahu, in Honolulu or anywhere else in Hawaii.  I’m about as tired as I’ve ever been.  There’s been plenty of time off from the job to hang out and relax but I’m finding that when you have four women in the house, under one roof, and wanting to “have an awesome Christmas” then that can be more exhausting than work.  MUCH.  MORE. EXHAUSTING.

My daughter lives in Massachusetts.  She’s been to visit us in Hawaii twice now.  Once in May/June of 2014 when she graduated high school and again this week (she’s still here and leaves on 1st).  Both times were a whirlwind of craziness, fun, and exhaustion.  I get excited when she comes to visit. She’s my daughter and I kind of feel she got the shit end of the stick by not being able to leave her life behind in Massachusetts to come and live in Hawaii at least for a little while.  (Incidentally, I’m doing my best dad guilt trip into her trying to convince her to drop it all, move to Hawaii, and find a job here on Oahu…I’m Sicilian and I do the guilt trip thing really well.)

Of course, on the day my daughter leaves I’ll cry like I usually and pretty soon after I’ll be begging for some more female-daughter anarchy in the house that I’m writing about right now.

Christmas in Hawaii 2014

Lots of the thoughts and emotions that my daughter exhibits when she’s here is pretty consistent with many people who vacation on the Hawaiian Islands.  She has mentioned moving here and working here.  She has mentioned that it’s a small, tight, expensive existence but that the beauty and atmosphere is worth the trade off.  She’s a lot like me in the sense that she’d be willing to give up a lot of mainland luxuries in order to spend some “permanent time” in Hawaii.  I’m not as high-maintenance as her but I think she could do it.

I hope your Holidays and your New Year is GREAT (was good, depending on when you read this).  I have a few Hawaii New Year’s Resolutions that I’ll share in my next blog post after the turn of the year and once my household is somewhat steady and quieter again.

In the meantime, until we talk again…take a look at some of our pictures from the week and, well….”see ya’ next year!”