Sunday, March 2, 2014


Drew learned that he may be going to Hawaii for work last year, around September-ish, I think. I told him: if you're going, I'm going. And I stuck to my guns. I knew it would be crazy expensive but how many times am I going to have an opportunity to go to Hawaii with my man? 

Since we were already going to be in Texas for Christmas, we asked Drew's parents to watch the kiddos while we skirted off to Hawaii for 10 days. They graciously agreed. So here's our Hawaiian adventure:

Day 1: 8 hour flight to Hawaii. Drew upgrades our car rental to a red Mustang convertible, which takes me by completely surprise! We go to Wal-Mart for food for the hotel room and we eat at the "restaurant" that's inside Wal-Mart, called L&L Hawaiian BBQ.

8 hour flight!!

Mustang Sally

Fine Dining

Hotel beds pushed together

Day 2: We started our day with driving to the Dole Plantation. This is where the famous pineapples come from. We had the "famous" Dole Whip, which is really just pineapple ice cream. It was fine, I think people had talked it up too much and it was a bit disappointing. Anyway, we also did a maze at the Dole Plantation and took a little train ride around the grounds, which was a little boring. My advice to anyone going to the Dole Plantation: get the Dole Whip and wander around. Don't spend the money on all the other things. 

Then we stopped at a shaved ice place on the side of the road and that shaved ice was like butter. Seriously, it was shaved so fine that it was smooth and oh so delicious. We then drove on to see BYU-Hawaii and the Laie temple. Then we went to the Polynesian Cultural Center and stayed there for the rest of the day. That place was so neat but we were so exhausted by the end of the night that we ended up leaving early. But there is so much to learn there! It was really awesome.

Dole Whip

On the train ride

Pineapple plant (I had never seen one before!)

A gorgeous spot along the North Shore

Pina colada shaved ice...yummmm

Oh you know, just driving around Hawaii in a convertible. No big deal. 

Laie Temple (the grounds are GORGEOUS!)


Day 3: We went to the Pearl Harbor Memorial and we also hiked Diamond Head.

USS Arizona Memorial

Diamond Head

Day 4-8: Drew had his conference these days. I would exercise and hang out at the beach. Drew got to hang out on the beach with me one day for about an hour. On day 8, we got to see the Beach Boys in concert and John Stamos performed with them!

Day 9: We went to Hanauma Bay to go snorkeling and it was AH-MAZING! We even saw a huge turtle! Then we went to North Shore for some shaved ice from Matsumoto's (we heard it was the best and it did NOT disappoint!) and stopped at a North Shore beach. Then we went back to the Laie temple to the visitor's center. After that we stopped for some Loco Moco - a local favorite apparently. I wasn't a huge fan.

Hanauma Bay

North Shore beauty

The temple


Loco Moco...not so delish

Day 10: Our last day! We explored downtown Honolulu and drove around looking at different beaches and then we ended up going back to Matsumoto's for more shaved ice. Then...back to the airport and back to our babies!

The ONLY royal palace on American soil

And that's it! We had so much fun! If you made it all the way to the end of this post, congratulations! 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


We had a big snow storm hit North Carolina last Wednesday & Thursday. It was kind of fun, actually. Drew didn't go to work, we ate snow cream, and the kids absolutely loved it. I'm a little disillusioned by snow at this point because it's cold and makes me wet and miserable. But I still went and played and was a trooper for the kids' sake.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Gracie's First Haircut

My good friend Hayley is a talented hairdresser and I had been wanting to get Gracie's hair cut forever. Drew wasn't so sure. He loved Gracie's long, curly locks, but they also looked ratty a lot and her hair had grown in all uneven. 

It was time. 

Here's her before picture.


And after! Isn't she beautiful?

I didn't save any of the hair like I did when Luke's hair was cut the first time. But really, will she someday think to herself, "I wish I had the hair from my first haircut"? Probably not.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Texas Christmas

We drove to Texas for Christmas. We're crazy. Also, I realized that a van is in our very near future. I NEED more space. It would have been nice to have on the drive to and from Texas, but this isn't a perfect world, so we didn't have one. Oh well. We took 3 days to drive to Texas. On the way we added Drew's grandparents to the mix and they caravanned out with us. Here's the only travel pic I have:

They were very bored.

The day after we got in was Matt (Drew's bro) birthday, so we went out to Chili's that night to celebrate (Kev & Martha left a little early from dinner):

The cousins got lots of baths together. Because of this, my children now know Miley Cyrus' song "Wrecking Ball." It's Matt and Kevin's fault. It's because Kev cleans his daughter Penelope with a method called Baby Bowling Ball. If you have questions (or concerns) about it, contact Kevin.

Christmas Eve was filled with family! It was also the day we were planning our little gender reveal activity, so I was super excited about that. We had a delicious dinner and then who came and surprised us all but SANTA! He walked right through the front door! He also looked suspiciously like Brett Thorpe...

Funny story: Drew asked Luke what he had asked Santa for and Luke said that the Santa that came that night wasn't the same one that he had seen in North Carolina. Oops! He's becoming too observant!

We also read the nativity story from the Bible and Luke and Grace dressed the parts:

And after that we had our gender reveal! So I had given a friend a picture of the sonogram that told if it was a boy or a girl. I also gave her 4 piggy banks: 2 pink and 2 blue. I provided her with boxes to put the piggy banks in, obviously she'd put the pinks in if it were a girl or the blue ones if it were a boy. Then we'd have a present for the kids to open to find out what we're having! I really wanted to involve the kids and a present was the best thing I could think of. Anyway, I tried to upload the movie but I don't know how to do that. Sorry.

Holding up their piggy banks:

It's a BOY!! (Or mancub, as Drew put it)


The kids came out and Luke was shocked to find that Santa had drank SO much milk! (Not so much the cookies.) He was also very excited about the new presents that showed up overnight. 

 The kids got bikes from Drew's grandparents:

Penelope watched her cousins ride outside for a while:

 Funny story: Luke had been opening presents and all the sudden he says: "I'm tired of opening presents!" Poor boy, he has a rough life.

We did LOTS more fun things while in Texas:

Crazy family photos

Putt Putt Golf

Several park trips

Mani/Pedis (compliments of Grandma Olson!)

Just Dance (obviously Matt is doing something wrong here)

Celebrated 7 years of marriage (7 years!!)

Saw Saving Mr. Banks

Spoiled by Grandma

Annnd...another park trip.

Sonic, friends, mall, library, dress up, slumber parties, temple trip. Not to mention all the food we consumed! We went to Chili's, Texas Roadhouse, Chick-fil-a, Taco Bueno, In'n'Out, Chicken Express, Braum's, McDonald's, and had lots of delicious homemade food!

Next up...our Hawaiian adventure!