Anniversary in Paradise

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My husband and I are not your typical military couple. Steven and I met, dated for four and a half years, and got married, before he ever made any oath to the Army. We both have college degrees. We only have one child. We are so much older than most people around us.

For our one year anniversary, Steven was at basic training. For our second anniversary, Steven was deployed. Our third we FINALLY got to spend the day together. Our forth, I was pregnant! This year, for our fifth anniversary, we spent the day together as a FAMILY.

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Our anniversary marked 3 months in Hawaii for us. It has been a bit difficult taking in the full Hawaii experience with our little guy, but I would not have it any other way. For our anniversary, we made our first trip to the East side of the island.

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We first ate lunch at the He’eia Kea Pier General store & Deli. It is extremely quiet, just a store and some picnic tables outside, and it is absolutely breath taking. The food is very good, and I highly recommend stopping here if you are in the area.

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We then found our way to the Byodo-In Temple. If you are a fan of the television series LOST, the location might look familiar. Most notably, at least for me, this is where Jin and Sun got married. LOST aside, this temple was established in 1968 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants in Hawaii. It is a Buddhist temple that welcomes all religions (and non practicing humans alike) to enjoy its’ beauty. There is a lot of information available on the official website here.

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From there, we did not have set plans but, you can NEVER go wrong with making time for a little shave ice.

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We walked around Kailua. Went to Whole Foods for the first time since being on the island, and to Target for the umpteenth time.

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We ate sushi at a new place. It was not the best, but it was pretty good. Also, people did not seem to mind the loud baby talk happening in the back.

We came home and FINALLY got to enjoy a bottle of champagne we got while on our honeymoon. We were originally going to drink it on our first anniversary, but I’m glad we had to wait this long. We really have so much to celebrate lately.

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We ended the evening binge watching the last few episodes of Stranger Things on Netflix. Yes, you should watch it.

Five years down and an infinity to go. We have been through so much together (and apart, really) and every experience has only made us stronger. I cannot imagine myself without Steven. Thank you, Hubbers, for sticking with me all this time. I love you!

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