Monday, February 28, 2011


It starting snowing... ironically, the day before our family headed up to Whistler!  So my boys definitely got their fill of snow before it all melts away into spring.  :)

 When Casey woke up from his nap, he wanted in on the snow action too.  Hold on buddy... mommy has to get you all bundled!

 Balancing on our stone wall (always trying to keep up with his big brothers :)

 The next day we headed up to GG and Papa's house (which also happened to be the half-way mark to Whistler). They had lots of snow too!  Gavin always seems to dive in and make a snow angel first.

I pulled them around the yard in our little sleds...

 Then they started pulling each other!

Sy even came out to play in (and eat) the snow.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Our Hawaiian cruise

The last time my husband and I went on a cruise was for our honeymoon.  We set a goal right then and there that we would go on a cruise for our tenth anniversary.  So here we are ten years later.  I was more than willing to do something simple, but Adam was determined to make our honeymoon dream a reality.  I was a little nervous about leaving our boys for that long, but I knew they would be in the best of hands with both sets of grandparents.  Knowing what I know now, I am so glad we did it.  The boys did amazing and it was so refreshing and memorable to be away with Adam by ourselves.  It reminded me of what life was like before we had kids... why I had married him in the first place.

Our cruise started in Honolulu, so we flew into Oahu the night before.  The next morning, we got up and went for a run on the beach.  We haven't gotten to go for a run together since we were first married!  The setting was absolutely gorgeous... white sand, aqua blue water, warm sun.  It actually ended up being one of only three sunny days on our trip, so that morning in particular is engrained in my mind as pure heaven.

After breakfast, we took a bus and headed out toward the ship.  There was a rush of excitement when 
we first saw it from a distance!
 We immediately noticed upon embarking the ship that we were one of 
the youngest couples!  Everyone seemed to know who we were merely based upon the fact that we were under 60.  ;)  It was fun talking to everyone though and we were able to sit down for an early dinner with the best dishes from each of the top restaurants!  (This ended up being Adam's favorite meal of the entire trip  :)

After that, we explored the ship together.  Thankfully, Adam is really good with directions because I was still getting lost on the last day of our cruise!

 The first sunset from the very top of the boat.
 They had something on the first night called a "pub crawl".  Basically it involved a different drink from each of the five different pubs/bars around the ship.
 They taped a name to your shirt and we were only able to call people by that name.
 Then they had people doing all kinds of crazy things... ;)

After the sun went down, the boat was all lit up.  Music was playing and we danced away the night.  We found another young couple from Australia and I could've talked to them all night... just to hear their accent.


When we woke up the next morning, we were in Maui.  This is the island we know best, so we decided to get a rental car and go to all of our favorite places!  My dad and stepmom also have a condo here, so we were more than excited to spend time with them!

 We spent the afternoon walking through Lahaina together.  This Banyan tree was planted in 1873 and now covers 2/3 of an acre!

 We had a fun time hanging around on it.  ;)

 Then we headed up to my favorite beach in Ka'anapali, where we were able to just lay back and watch the sunset.  

We have been to this beach several times at sunset, but somehow always seemed to miss this famous cliff jumping procession.

 The next day, we attempted to boogie board at Makena Beach... but the weather wasn't fully cooperating with us.

 I love my dad.  It was so cute to watch him play in the ocean.
  My stepmom told me that each time a wave crashes, my dad's arms come up... just like my grandpa used to do.