Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Really Long One About Hawaii

Well I finally got around to posting some pics from our vacation. I am sorry there are SO MANY. I feel like I left tons out too. Probably because I did. But here are a bunch anyway.
It was seriously the perfect vacation. Except when we had to take poor Whitney to the emergency room for pnemonia and I had to yell at the nurse who got her feelings hurt and went and told the head Dr. whom I also had to yell at. But it all worked out. :)
Too bad I didn't get a picture of Aaron singing Karaoke to Total Eclipse of the Heart. We rocked it.

But enough talking, now for lots and lots of pictures.

Just landing at the HNL airport.

The rental jeep. So Fun.

First stop - the beach.

One of the lagoons at the resort where we stayed.

Bishop Museum.
My great great great uncle Charles married the Princess of Hawaii
and this is their museum.
Very cool. They treated Aaron and I like royalty.

All 7 of us would ride this one golf cart from the condo to the lagoon several times a day.
(If you can't tell by the face, Aaron doesn't like being squished.)

I had to take a pic and blog about this because I found out Aaron has been hiding a hidden talent from me all along. Turns out he is an insane hand-stander and can walk unusually long distances on his hands. After 5 years this is the first time I have seen this. Weird.

I also found out that he can throw a football. He has NEVER played football around me before.

However, his palm tree climbing skills didn't surprise me at all.

Oooh pretty sailboat.

Chicken fights.

Playing in the water. That's Aaron floating (or something?) off to the right.

Heading out to surf. This is about 6:30 am.

Aaron and some local guy.

Prettiest sunsets.

Belly profile.

Jumping off the rock at Wiamea.

Aaron jumping. It was so high.

Laie point.

Mmmm Fumis shrimp shack.
Really delicious shrimp from the most unappealing places (like abandoned busses).

Banana Pancakes.

The temple at Laie.
It was closed for renovations so we just walked around the outside and the visitors center.
This cute little sister missionary from Korea pointed at my stomach and said,
"Is that a baby in there?"

Hiking to a waterfall. So LUSH.

The waterfall.

Drying off after snorkeling at Sharks Cove.
Didn't see any sharks but saw two HUGE sea turtles.

K- so the last 2 nights we went camping on the north shore on this private beach that this guy's friend owns. We got there and set up camp in the dark, went to cook our delicious food, but it was frozen. So we had to go down to the coral cliff water and try to thaw our food. We were starving! Did I mention it was pitch black?

Mmmm, thawed steak and shrimp.

Cooking it on the grill. Oh it was so yummy!

Our campsite at about 6:00 am.
Yep, no trees for a 7-month-pregnant girl that pees every hour to squat behind.
Good times.

Polynesian Cultural Center.

Whit, Ash, and me. Awe, best friends.
Ash hooked us up BIG time over there with all her family connections.
We couldn't have done it without her.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Birthday Week Kickoff, Mother's Day, and Nursery Update!

Just a quick post before I head into work this morning. Memorial Day weekend was very productive. Since we have been out of town for pretty much the entire last 4 weeks we needed to work on house stuff. We got TONS of yardwork done. Aaron's parents came up and helped us weed, get the garden ready, and more. They also kicked off what Aaron likes to refer to as his "BIRTHDAY WEEK CELEBRATION" (this is a large improvement from his old thinking of a "BIRTHDAY MONTH"). We also celebrated Mother's Day, visited graves, and of course played a little bit too.

The way to Aaron's heart... Home Depot Gift Card!

Celebrating Mother's Day: brunch at Market Street Grill.
Mmmm Yummy!

And finally for step 2 of nursery conversion.....
The painting is done and the crib is set up. Thanks to our awesome parents that share all their talent with us. (Aaron's dad painted, my dad makes awesome friends like the guy that gave us this crib for FREE, and my mom handmade the crib bedding.) There is still tons of decorating to do, drapes, glider, and my changing table is still getting it's makeover, but the process continues!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Work Before Play

The day before we left for Hawaii (I'll be posting that soon, promise! I just have like 400 pics to sort through.) Aaron was sweet enough to go up and help my parents do some ditch work on the ranch. He is so patient and always works so hard up there. I wasn't allowed to help so I just drove the 4-wheeler around, brought drinks out to them, and took pics. Here are some pics of another hard working day on the ranch. Thanks Aaron! We all love you!

Aaron and SuzieQ setting a culvert -

More compacting -

Thinking hard about something...? -

BigO doing what he does best -

Dad loves his tractor -

Finn testing out the culvert improvements -

Good dogs helping check the ditches -

Finn got a little muddy, he LOVES being at the ranch -