Saturday, October 20, 2007

Moving on

Well, we have officially moved! Last Wednesday we packed up our things and moved to our dream house. We are so excited to be living in, what we hope ends up being, the house we raise our family in. We will miss some things about living in the beach house like; walking to the beach almost every sunny day, the cute old couple who live next door, the ocean breezes that flowed through the house and of course the memories that we made with the kids. Some things I wont miss are; the sounds of the train going by (especially the freight train at about 3am), the lack of space we had for the kids, the proximity to the neighbors, and especially the anonymous person who wrote this letter and left it on my car window.......

JULY 25, 2007

TO THE RESIDENTS AT *********.
IT HAS COME TO OUR ATTENTION THAT SEVERAL RESIDENTS HERE ON ********** HAVE BEEN COMPLAINING ABOUT ONE OF YOUR CHILDREN CRYING EVERY SINGLE NIGHT SINCE YOU MOVED HERE.
YOUR WINDOW IS CLOSED AND STILL THE SURROUNDING TENANTS CAN STILL HEAR YOUR CHILD CRYING FOR HIS MOTHER. WE WANT TO AVOID CALLING CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES, SO CAN YOU PLEASE TAKE CARE OF THIS SITUATION.
WE CANNOT KEEP BEING DISTURBED EVERY NIGHT.

SINCERELY,
SEVERAL SURROUNDING TENANTS.

Just to clarify, Abby (4 years old) was having night terrors (nightmares that you can't wake up from). Yes, she was crying for me but I was right there holding her. I did close the windows, I thought I was being courteous, although it was crazy hot weather and no A/C. Needless to say, I am very happy to move from that person.:)

Here are some pics of the house before we bought it (not our furnishings). I am excited but I also feel a little guilty, very spoiled, and very grateful. Ryan works really hard and I'm grateful the kids and I can be the beneficiary of it.




Sunday, October 14, 2007

Aloha

I recently was able to go on a trip to Maui with my good friend Autumn. We have been friends for almost 19 years. Her husband was on a fishing trip and Ryan was planning a surf trip so she and I decided to pack our bags and head for Hawaii.


We spent 5 days in Lahaina at a hotel right on the beach. It was beautiful! This is one of the many rainbows we saw during our trip. Amazing!



This is Autumn, we were like sisters growing up. She knows all my good secrets:) Not that I have any.



The view from the hotel was gorgeous! After getting in late we got up at 2:00 am to get ready for our volcano sunrise bike ride. We were planning to meet a guide in the lobby at 2:30, take a van to the top of a volcano at about 10,500 ft, watch the sunrise, bike down the volcano about 35 miles and finish it all off with breakfast at a cute little restaurant. We waited anxiously for our exciting adventure but nobody showed up. I called the agency and they said they were running late. We waited until 3:30 and called again, they had left without us. We later found out they tried to pick us up at the wrong Marriott on the other side of the island. We were bummed...



That night we went to a Luau. The food was excellent and the show was really fun.



Hula Dancers



Our second morning waking up at 2am. This time they came :)



On top of the volcano. A little cold but still very fun.



Okay it was freezing cold and at one point I asked myself why am I here in this freezing cold weather (I can't remember being so cold in my life!) and not on the beach getting a tan. Then I saw the colors of the sunrise start to come through the clouds and it was all worth it... until it started to rain.


This photo doesn't do the sunrise justice. It was breathtaking.



As soon as we were about 1/3 the way down the rain or should I say snow, no, snow is too soft, whatever it was it stopped, and we started to defrost. This picture is about 2/3 of the way down. We had so much fun!



The next morning we took a boat out to Lani Island and went snorkeling. We saw over 50 dolphins, two different species, it was so cool!



This little group was following the boat. It looks like a little family. If you look close, the one in the middle is a baby. It was the size of two footballs..so cute!



The under water pictures didn't come out that great. This one cut my head off but I had to put it in for proof that I went snorkeling. I'm not a big fan of being with all the sea creatures, but Autumn really wanted to do it. In the end I was really happy I did it. I'm even holding a sea urchin!



Sea Turtle



Autumn holding a sea urchin. What a pro!



How could these hot litle ladies with no husbands and kids in sight not get picked up by guys? Well we did. Check out the abs on the guy below. He had some wandering hands too.









Autumn and I were both reading the book Twilight and this was the closest we could find to Edward. He was "a perfect statue, carved in some unknown stone, smooth like marble". He didn't say anything to us but if he had I know it would have sounded like velvet. :)



This guy was Autumns hot little number. Just kidding. We went to a magic show and dinner and Autumn was chosen to take part in his magic trick. What we thought might be really cheesy turned out to be really funny and a great magic show.



Emily told us about this cute little breakfast place. It was worth the wait in line to get in. We ate macadamia nut pancakes and fresh pineapple spears. Yum! Thanks Em.



We drove part of the famous road to Hana on our way to the airport.
Holy Cow it was a great trip! Thanks for sharing it with me Autumn.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Happy Birthday Abby!

Abby was so excited for her 5th birthday she could hardly sleep the night before. The celebration started early in the morning and continued through the day and into the night. When it was all done she said "that was the best day ever!". Then she asked "when is my real party?".



Birthday breakfast.





We told her she could eat at any restaurant she wanted. This is what she chose. I hope it was for the playground and not the food.





The Family party.....at Mc Donald's





The "real" Polka Dot Party with her friends and Nana and Papa. Playing Flower Dots.





Charlie's turn.






Musical Dots.





Charlie didn't win.





When the music stopped this little girl voluntarily got out, smart girl :)





Lunch was circle PB&J's, grapes, cannon balls, & pink lemonade. For some reason the kids requested celery....who would have guessed.





Polka Dot Bingo.





What girl doesn't want a heart shaped polka dot cake? Make a wish!







The Birthday girl.