Monday, March 31, 2014

Aloha Hawaii

We had a fabulous trip!  We went and saw and did just about everything on our "Would Like to Do" list.  The girls did a fabulous job of traveling, getting along, not complaining (much), being cheerful even when there was way too much time between meals, being adventurous, trying things they have never done before (and may never get to do again!), and making the trip so fun and exciting. 

We swam in Turtle Bay, hiked up to and swam in Waimea Falls, the girls took a surfing lesson, spent a day at the Polynesian Cultural Center, went to Pearl Harbor, went to the Wednesday Swap Meet at Aloha Stadium (great shopping for girls that saved and saved to have spending money in Hawaii), snorkeled at Shark's Cove, went to the Sea Life Park, the Dole Plantation, and took a submarine ride.

We also found plenty of time to play in the ocean and swim the condo's pool.  We ate in most nights, so the girls swam while I was making dinner.  I would have to say that no one had any issues falling asleep at night.  We dropped like rocks!

The only mishap was Curt lost his wedding ring.  We think probably while snorkeling, but we don't actually know.  He never takes it off, so we know he didn't just set it down and forget it.  Quite the bummer on a trip to celebrate our 10th anniversary.  Oh well, we will replace it. 

We flew home on the over-night flight Friday night.  Then spent Saturday and Sunday recovering.  Back to work/school today with a smile on our faces and fabulous memories in our minds and hearts. 

Here are some highlights of the 400+ (no kidding!) pictures the Housley family took between Curt's phone, my phone and Jenna's new camera.  Whew!  Going to be difficult to weed out and select the 'just right' ones for the scrapbook!

Atlantis Adventures Submarine:
The Polynesian Cultural Center:

Surfer Girls:  (First is Amanda, middle is Jenna, right side is Valerie.)

Some of the beautiful flowers and plants we saw:

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Hawaii Here We Come.....almost!

Check in done and boarding passes printed?  Check!
Laundry done, or at least in progress?  Check!
Started gathering clothes to pack?  Check!
Gathering stuff, books, coloring tools, and various entertainment for the carry on bags?  Check!
Creating a list of stuff we still need to during one last trip to Fred Meyer?  Check!
Newspaper stopped?  Check!

We are making progress on preparation.  Departure is in:

0 days, 17 hours, 4 minutes and 17 seconds can be converted to one of these units:
  • 61,457 seconds
  • 1024 minutes (rounded down)
  • 17 hours (rounded down)
Woot!  Woot!

Jenna's 9th Birthday

We decided to have a Glamor Makeover Sleepover party for Jenna's 9th Birthday.  Being a slumber party, we had to have a very small invitation list.  But believe me, 6 giggly girls seems like 60 at times! 

The girls arrived and shortly after were served pizza for dinner.  Then the makeovers began.  I wisely asked Allison Spain and her friend Allie to be the hair/make up technicians.  They worked upstairs in the master bath while Kristin and I were the nail techs down on the kitchen table. 

After gifts and Olaf Birthday Cake, the girls settled into their sleeping bags on the living room floor.  We watched a movie and three of the six were almost asleep.  The other three claimed they could not sleep.  I said I didn't care if they stayed awake, but they could not be loud enough to keep the other girls from sleeping.  I went into the Jenna Den (guest room) to bed. 

After about 15-20 minutes, Amanda, Valerie and Jessy were asleep.  Jenna, CJ and Amy were not.  I had to give a reminder that loud was not okay. And I went back to bed.  And apparently to sleep. 

At 2:05 AM, I was awakened to a banging noise in the bathroom next to the room I was sleeping in.  I found Jenna, CJ and Amy 'camping' in the bathroom because they could not sleep and knew they were being too loud.  They had moved a sleeping bag in there and pillows. 

I put the kibosh on the bathroom party and sent them to bed.  But the problem was they were all very hungry.  So we had a little 2 AM snack and then they crawled into their sleeping bags.  I told them I was going to sit in the recliner until I hear snoring coming out of them.  While they still claimed they could not sleep - thunk thunk thunk!  They were out in a matter of minutes.  But so was I.  I slept the rest of the night in the recliner! 

The birthday fun continued Tuesday night when we hosted 'the Family Birthday Party'.  Molly, Galen, Peggy and the Bergeson family joined us for dinner and more cake.

All in all, I think the kid had a pretty fun 9th birthday. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Closer and closer and . . . .

3 days, 9 hours, 28 minutes and 40 seconds!
  • 293,320 seconds
  • 4888 minutes (rounded down)
  • 81 hours (rounded down)
  • 3 days (rounded down)
 Hawaii is just around the corner.  I can feel it and taste it now!

Happy Birthday