Monday, February 22, 2010

Lately...

Here's what we have been up to lately...Going to the park, since the weather has been crazy warm for February.

And loving it!

Playing with Daddy, since he finally has a little free time (woohoo for no more school!)
Being cute. (This is Brookies "mean face", she'll make it for you if you ask.)
Lots of jumping on the trampoline.

Getting beautiful (she came out of my room wearing 5 hairbands and 3 hair elastics on her wrist). I really need to remember to keep my door closed.
(The curlers looked cuter than the finished product, she needs a little more hair I think.)
Doing "homework."

We really hope the beautiful weather isn't just teasing us. Please Spring! Be on your way!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Hitting the slopes

Aaron has been talking about taking the kids skiing for awhile now, and since we didn't really have too much happening on Saturday, he took Tanner (I braved the movie theater with Dallin and Brooke). Aaron has fond memories of his dad taking him and his brothers skiing, so I think this is going to be our familiy's new winter-time hobby (now that Aaron is done with school and we can actually do things). I think it will be awhile before it is my hobby too- since I'll probably have someone too little to go for quite some time.

Before "hitting the slopes" as Tanner told me.

Whoa! Tough!


I don't know what it is with little kids skiing, or doing really any sport in their gear for that matter, I think they are so stinkin' cute!



I guess he did really well for his first time, and was able to figure out the whole rope tow thing. Aaron thinks next time he'll be able to send him down the mountian- yikes! Tanner is a pretty determined, competitive, and coordinated guy, so we thought he'd do well. Dallin on the other hand... maybe we'll wait until next winter for him.

They worked up a hearty appetite. And let me just tell you Tanner has been EATING lately. Like as much as his dad. He's put on a couple pairs of jeans lately that look like capris. We are actually planning on going to the mall tomorrow. I think he's grown at least 3 or 4 inches since summer. We'll have to get out the measuring tape today and check. It gives me hope that he will have some of his dad's height and not my 5 foot 1 and 3/4ness.

He can't wait to go back!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Not one of the most sanitary moments (to say the least).

So today I took Brooke and Dallin to the movies (while Aaron was skiing with Tanner). We went and saw "Princess and the Frog" at the cheap theater. It was pretty cute, the kids liked it. Anyways, afterwards I needed to go to the bathroom and the kids and I stuffed into a stall. I was just about to flush the toilet when Brooke dropped a piece of toilet paper into the toilet. Well, during the movie Brooke noticed I was wearing bracelets so naturally she ended up wearing them. Since the bracelets were huge on her they went right in the toilet bowl along with the toilet paper. Oh what to do!? I stared at the bracelets for awhile in that public toilet bowl, in the pee water. And I thought "I really like those bracelets". So I pushed up my sleeve and went for it. And after many many hand washing and sanitizings I am still wondering if that was the right decision. You may think twice about ever shaking my hand...

Monday, February 8, 2010

Butter is better

This morning I gave Brooke a vitamin while she was sitting at the counter. It just so happened she was sitting next to the butter dish. Next thing I know she is using her vitamin to scoop up a big ol' glob of butter, and then she eats it all . Yum! Maybe daily pats of butter will help her hit 20lbs by the time she is two.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Hawaii

**WARNING THIS POST HAS A TON OF PICTURES** I don't keep a journal, so this is more for us than anyone else.




Last Thursday night we got back from our long anticipated trip to Hawaii. And let me just tell you it lived up to its expectations. We don't travel much, and never away from the kids (we had only been on one weekend getaway since Tanner was born- yeah, he's 6 1/2) so this was a big deal for us. And it couldn't come at a better time. It was a long almost 3 years of working full time and going to grad school for Aaron, it was our 9th anniversary, and in just a few weeks it will be my 30th birthday. So we had a lot to celebrate. It was crazy being able to do what we wanted, when we wanted. Although I did feel a little naked not carrying around a diaper bag- that has been one of my appendages for 6 1/2 years now. My angel of a mother came down and stayed with the kids. My dad also came down for a 4 day weekend to help. I think everyone did well, they love their grandma so their were no complaints from them. It was so nice not having to worry about the kids- we knew they were in great hands.



We stayed in Oahu for 6 nights at the Aston Waikiki Beachside. It had a great view of the ocean from our balcony- as you can see.






Off to our luau and show the first night.



The next morning we got up early and went snorkeling at Hanauma Bay. We went early enough that not many people were there. It was great! We saw so many fish.



Early morning at Hanauma Bay.





Overlooking the bay- you can see the reef in the background.






Looking good! I have to admit that I had to remind myself not to hyperventilate while snorkeling- just take slow deep breaths. I am not afraid of the water, just what might be in there with me.






Aaron was loving it.



Surprisingly tasty. I think it had pineapple relish on it.



Our room at the Aston.





Out to dinner at the Hula Grill- very yummy and right on the beach.



We spent a lot of time browsing the International Market Place. Aaron had fun bargaining with the shop owners. He got us some pretty good deals, as well as plenty of Asian women calling him cheap and I am pretty sure swearing at him in their native language.


Aaron really wanted to bring this shark in a jar back for the boys- yuck! And after they saw the picture they were pretty disappointed they didn't get it. There is no way that thing is coming in my house.


On Waikiki Beach- we spent plenty of time lying on the beach and playing in the ocean.



On the "shopping trolley".



On the west side of Oahu.



We took a morning dolphin watch cruise off the west coast of Oahu. It was pretty amazing. We saw tons of dolphins and even some humpback whales.






This was before I started feeling queasy (good thing we were almost done by then). Surprisingly, Aaron -the usually sea sick boy- did just fine. Of course he did take every precautionary measure.






The water was so clear and blue.









We walked miles every day- just exploring, window shopping, and enjoying the beach.



Saturday we rented a car and drove around the island. Our first stop was at a farmer's market. A little different from the farmer's markets at home.



At the Dole Pineapple Plantation.





The North Shore...somewhere.






Aaron was really excited about the shrimp trucks. We had heard good things about both of these places (yes I know they look a little ghetto- but boy was it good!). We had to try both and do a taste test. I think Fumi's won with it's spicy garlic shrimp.





We made a pit stop at the temple, visitor's center, and BYU Hawaii.



One of the views from the side of the road- amazing!



We spent some time enjoying Lankai beach. It was beautiful and had the softest sand.









Aaron was still hungry after the shrimp trucks. Mmm... coconut.





For our last stop we jogged up a trail to a lighthouse. It had some great views of the coast along the way . I like this view too ;)






Nice and sweaty at the top. Time to go for a swim!





In the elevator.


On our way to dinner.


We at at a Thai restaurant called Keo's. It was so good and had great service.





Shave ice for dessert. I always thought it was shaved ice- but not in Hawaii I guess- shave. We found the best little place, and went there often.






This is what happens when you have too much shave ice.



Waikiki at sunset. Our last night on Oahu.







Next we made our way over to Kauai. Such a difference from Waikiki. No more hustle and bustle or high rises. It was absolutely beautiful. I wish we could have stayed there just a few more days.


Wailua Falls



Aaron's new friends.




At the Hyatt.




The resort was amazing. I mean really amazing. You really would never have to leave.



Shipwreck Beach- in front of the resort.








We spent one day exploring the island.




It had rained the night before, so it was nice and muddy. We attempted to make it to a remote beach. But since we were in a rental we didn't risk it too much.







Opaeka Falls



Wailua River



Another stop along the way. We saw some humpback whales in the distance here too.







We took a short hike to "Secret Beach." It was beautiful of course.








The trail back up from "Secret Beach."



Taro fields


Another beautiful beach on the north shore of Kauai.





In one of the Dry Caves. Can you tell Aaron had an accident (with a wave) at the last beach?


It was a little creepy in there.





We hiked up to a lookout point at the end of the northern road in Kauai. It was so green and beautiful there- and a little muddy.



The view from the top. The trail kept going for quite a few more miles- maybe someday we'll get to check out the rest of it.


Flip flops aren't the best for rocks, roots and mud.


Back relaxing at the resort- now this is the life.


Aaahhh... That is part of the saltwater lagoon you can swim in.




Some of the "wildlife", there were even some black swans that tried to attack Aaron's toes- it was pretty funny- he got a nice little nip.


Ice cream on the beach in a lounge chair. What more could a girl ask for?


More of the lagoon.






Aaron took a scuba lesson. He really enjoyed it and is itching to go on a scuba adventure. I opted to stay in my lounge chair.


We only saw a handful of cats, but there are chickens EVERYWHERE! It was the weirdest thing. Roosters on the beach? Never seen that before.


Spouting Horn


Our last night in Kauai. Aren't the grounds amazing?




Having a bit of fun with camera angles and tiki torches.












We at at Keoki's Paradise for dinner and dessert. Hula Pie- yum!


The last glimpse of the beach before we were off. So sad!




It was really hard to come back to reality. And to have to put away the shorts and flip flops. We were very ready to see our kids, but wished they could have come to Hawaii instead. We are going to pinch our pennies again and hopefully take everyone in a few years- when everyone is old enough to enjoy it. We would really like to spend more time on Kauai or explore some of the other islands. So that is our trip in a nutshell (we did take almost 700 pictures- yikes!). Thanks again Grandma for taking such great care of the kiddos. We couldn't have gone without your help.