February 28, 2015

Mom's Birthday

For Mom's Birthday we will gather to celebrate. 
So Hayden & I googled her name while laying in bed. 
We looked at pictures and read from both my sister & brother's blogs. 
It's been almost 7 years & I have learned to live with the void she left. 
And I hate that
I never wanted to be okay with her not being here. 
We will laugh & reminisce about our cherished memories. 
But as I realized my little boy doesn't know my mom, 
I am sad 
and am not okay with her absence.
 Cancer really sucks.
Happy Birthday Mom! ‪ 
I can hear my mom say ‪"Quit Your Whining"‬ 
So its sheet cake and smiles today

February 14, 2015

Hosting Sweethearts

No restaurant was willing to take a reservation for 18 on Valentine's Day. 
So I happily invited them to my house for catered Cafe Rio.
She said yes.  I was THRILLED!


The Tables and Set Up


The dress



The hair

The dinner

The Group



Somehow they all fit in my living and dining room.

They are all best friends.
Hunter & Lauren, Kenz & Hayden


February 1, 2015

Super Bowl Party

Super Bowl 2015
New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks.

We were torn as to who to cheer for.  
I like the coach and QB for Seahawks but they won last year.
I don't like the Coach for Patriots but I do like Tom Brady.
Then Deflategate began... 
Did the Patriots deflate their footballs to make it easier to catch? 
Are they cheaters?  
So we chose to cheer for the SEAHAWKS! (except for Rustyn).
We had yummy food and lots of it.


Those interested in the game filled their plates and entered the theater room to find a seat.

  



others felt the theater room is too claustrophobic

And some just wanted to play the games of their choice.

Everyone was happy for most of the night...
The commercials were great... My personal favorite:

The Halftime show was Katy Perry with weird sharks.

The games was close which made it fun.  
Score was tight and then the Patriots took the lead.  
Rustyn was happy and I thought it was over.  Until this happened....


Then us Seahawks fans had hope.  
We could run it in for a touch down and win the game.  
And then this happened.

Rustyn was happy once again and we were the ones "Deflated"... 
Still it is always fun to gather as a family and eat, laugh, and trash-talk each other.  
I love my crew. 

January 26, 2015

Aaron's Birthday in Maui

Thursday January 15th Aaron turned 41!!
We took the family to Red Lobster to celebrate 
then opened gifts and had Ice Cream Cake from Dairy Queen - Aaron's favorite. 





Day 1:
 we took a 12:12 flight to Honolulu and then on the Maui!
We stayed at Honua Kai Resort.
This was the first year we were a little disappointed with our room.  Normally we have a large living space, big bathroom, and bedroom.  This year was still nice but not the same for the same price... :(
We asked why this year was different and they said "We must have been upgraded each year without knowing it."  Which is nice but changes expectations.  
Living Area

Messy room - I remembered to take pictures while we were packing to come home. :(

View from our balcony - Ocean to the left.  Street to the right

Resort Grounds at night
walking from pool/beach to room

 Day 2:
I relaxed at the pool and beach while Aaron went scuba diving with Brian (Dive guide at Honua Kai).
Aaron went scuba diving in North Kanapali called the "Corals" $92 - pictures to come

Lunch: Dukes with began the daily ritual of Hula Pie.



Day 3: 
We went to the Cannery to look for souvenirs for the kids. 

We saw this guy everywhere talking to himself wearing the same outfit with crazy hair.  
I guess if you're going to be homeless Maui is a nice place to be.


We picked up our new favorite appetizer  Ceviche/Seviche 
from Amigos then we headed back to the resort to watch the two FOOTBALL games.

Dinner: Gross hole in the wall Mexican restaurant - can't even remember the name. YUCKY

Day 4: 
We laid out at the pool and beach ALL DAY LONG.

We drove to Whalers Village for dinner




Dinner:  Hula Grill

and got Hula Pie.

 Day 5:
Aaron dove with Brian again in Southwest Maui called "Coral Gardens".  
He saw lots of HUGE turtles.
I lounged around at the pool of course.
We went back to Front street for dinner and say MISSIONARIES!

Dinner: Kimos

Yes - we got Hula Pie

Day 6:
We needed a break from the sun so we made it a sight seeing & shopping day.
We stopped at a Farmers Market.  Apple Bananas are yummy ;)
We drove around the Ritz Carlton properties. It was beautiful but looked a lot like Lake Tahoe.  
We headed back to shop the store on Front Street again.
Seeing the Banyan Tree

We ate lunch at Cheeseburger in Paradise.


We stopped at the store for steaks to BBQ at the resort. 
Aaron did order a Hula Pie from Dukes and brought it to the room. :)

Day 7: 
Aaron went diving with Maui Pacific Divers on two dives. $180.
The ride to the dive sites was an our away. 
1st: Lanai Cathedrals
2nd: Sargent Major
Pictures to come.
I enjoyed the pool. :)

We headed back to Whalers Village 



Dinner was at Leilani's on the Beach

Of course - Hula Pie

Day 8:
 We sadly Checked out at 11 am. 

Last minute shopping at the Cannery
Went to Regal Megaplex to see American Sniper
LOOOOOVED IT!

To a Flight to Honolulu 6:30 pm
Ate dinner in the airport at the Kona Brewery.  
Then boarded a 9:50 pm flight SLC bound.

Day 9: 
6:30 AM we arrived in SLC Utah scraped our frozen car and headed home to see our 3 little kiddos.  Thank you Josh and Megan for keeping them so happy and safe while we enjoyed the sunshine.
Although cold Utah is still beautiful
Utah Mountains at Sunrise
Flights $1600
Hotel $3100
Car Rental $450