Friday, September 21, 2012


 Yes I did , I did turn the ever anticipated age of 22.( notice all the peace signs) I was sad to leave 21 behind. It was a good year, we have good run. I got married, traveled and moved back to Hawaii. What was not to love? So far 22 has been off to a great start.

The morning of my birthday- Taylor made me pancakes while I was at the gym.
He showered me with gifts and sent me off the school with a sneaky grin on his face.
Once I came home, we went to turtle beach. It was our lucky day! There were tons of turtles sun bathing and just waiting around to say happy birthday. After the beach he took me to my favorite Thai restaurant and ended the night with friends singing to me and eating oreo ice-cream cake made especially for me from Taylor. What a great guy.I was one happy 22 year old.

That wasn't the end.... it is birthday week around here. The weekend after my day Taylor took me bowling- it's a weird thing we both enjoy.Surprised me a with a shopping trip and took me costco. - we love costco.I had the best day/week. All i have to say is thank you to Taylor, who is the best husband ever! & thank you to my friends who made my day that much better!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

kayak kauai

 Taylor has been wanting to kayak the Na Pali coast in Kauai for months. Every so often he would casually bring it up to make sure I hadn't forgotten & was still on board. Last week, we did it. With the Roberts, we kayaked the 16 mile coast line. We spent three days making our journey from one end to the other.

The first day we kayaked four hours. It was a new experience for my arms. Good thing Taylor has enough strength for the both of us, or I would still be kayaking in a circle getting nowhere.
The one advantage to kayaking- you are constantly staring at the most beautiful mountains. There were caves we got to paddle through & explore while the tour boats don't. The boys took advantage of every opportunity to jump from every cliff possible.- i wish i could show you the videos but the ocean stole taylor's go pro, it was a sad loss.

We camped on Kalalau beach- which is equipped with enough guavas & hippies for a lifetime. We hiked around the valley, finding various swimming holes & waterfalls. Taylor got pretty good at making peanut butter, chocolate chip, marshmallow tortillas and warming my veggie soup by the fire. I became proud of my newly found camping skills ( not saying I want to practice those again anytime soon- i like my bed) & successfully boarded two flights with out any identification- though I do not recommend it.
I am happy we got to do this & with great friends paddling along with. It was beautiful & a perfect way to end our summer.

Friday, September 7, 2012

the rest of Europe

 My Europe saga on the blog has been going on for quite a while. This is picture overload. I can't help it. I LOVE ALL THESE PICTURES. The first bit is Switzerland. We stayed in the cutest cottage tucked away on the mt. side. We had the whole village all to our selves and spent the day napping on the lawn and exploring the near by mountain. It was the perfect day. The next morning we took a train to Zurmatt. I never wanted to leave. It was the town straight out of the snow globe. We saw the real Matterhorn. Hiked to a reflection pool & just sat to take it all in. We experienced cheese fondue and of course more chocolate. I loved Switzerland. I would move there tomorrow.

Next stop was Italy. It was an experience all on its own. Hot, humid & crowded. Notice the slick back look I was rocking the whole time there. We started in Milan and moved our way down the country & ended in Rome. Italy was everything I imagined. Gelato, pasta, and gondola rides. What more could I want? I was completely satisfied. The whole time in Rome I wanted to dance in the streets singing, "this is what dreams are made of" from the Lizzy McGuire movie. ( filmed in Rome) I loved the history and touring the Vatican. We even saw the Sistine chapel, which Taylor sneakily took a picture of.

 Europe is everything the pictures books make it to be. Which is exactly the reason my my dad can't fathom the idea of ever going. When I asked why his reply was, "it looks exactly like the books why do I need to see it in person?" Seeing it in person makes the sites real, & made we want to learn more.Go. That is all I have to say & experience the magic of Europe... & take me with you.