Tuesday, August 15, 2017

First Day of First Grade

Cormac is in first grade. What?? I can't believe he is grown up enough for first grade. He was wicked excited to go and see his old friends. We went beforehand to meet his teacher and see his classroom. And then he did so well! Last year, he was really nervous and needed me to hold his hand and stay close by until the classes went inside (for weeks). This year, he did so much better! He was still nervous, but he found some friends and his teacher and just waved goodbye to me as they walked in. I was such a proud mama!!

Russell was soooo sad to say goodbye to his brother! He missed him wicked bad, all day! He begged me to pick him up, a few times... every hour. He alternated with asking me if it was "Setember" so he could start preschool  :)

I can't believe my boys are growing up so fast. I know everyone says that, but I still wasn't prepared! Honestly, I like this stage so much  more than when they were babies. They are so much fun! They have great personalities, and are learning so much about the world, and I am just so proud and excited!

Oh and did I mention Cormac started school on his birthday? Happy birthday to him! And me  ;)  I tried bringing him a big Pokemon mylar balloon when I picked him up, but it popped because it was so hot outside  :(  Still, we went out for a nice dinner and had a great time. Happy Birthday to us!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Cecret Lake hike

We crammed in one more hike before school started again. It was beautiful, and shorter than we thought it would be to the lake! So we hiked past the lake a bit, up by the ski lifts, and saw great views, some late flowers, and little streams.

We were glad we got up there early, because it got pretty crowded on the way down. It was so beautiful and cool, though. The boys were asking for jackets when we started! It was plenty hot when we got home. So nice to get away from the hot city!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Donut Falls hike

We've always wanted to hike to Donut Falls. It was a good hike, and the boys did well. We didn't quite get to the "donut" part, though. We would have had to hike through a river with the boys, and there was a little too much water to get them up to the top. Still, we could see the top of the falls, and it was a beautiful hike.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Squaw Peak hike

Squaw Peak was a really fun hike! It is the shortest peak in the area, and the boys had been asking to go to the top of a mountain  :)  So we did! It wasn't too hard for them, though there was some loose rock on a steep part. Both boys wanted to run up/down, and we made them hold our hands  ;)  Yep, we're mean like that.

These boys love hiking -which means we are raising them right! And their small-town-at-heart parents are always happy to get out of the city  :)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day

Ahhh, I can't believe how much our boys have grown! I love looking at my Father's Day pictures, and seeing my boys all dressed up together  :)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Happy 10th Anniversary to me and Scott!! We celebrated early by going to Hawaii, without the boys. It was AMAZING. We went to Kauai for a few days, then to Maui. It was great to be really busy and adventurous on Kauai, and then relax and take it slow on Maui.

We flew in on Saturday, so we just got some groceries and went to our hotel. Sunday we went to church, in a tiny ward nearby. We went for a drive later, and saw some fun stuff. We went to Poipu beach right by our hotel. Then we saw Spouting Horn, a place with a weird cavity in the rocks, and water shoots up when the waves crash, and whistles (kind of sounds like a horn). Then, after dinner, we went back to Poipu Beach and watched the sunset.

Monday we went to Wailua Falls. You can't really hike to it, so we just drove. We also went to Opeakaa Falls. Both were so beautiful. Then we took a Helicopter Tour, which was amazing! Well, except the part where I threw up. I didn't think it would be quite so dizzying... Anyway, that night we watched the sun set at Salt Pond Beach. It was a nice, sandy beach (unlike Poipu). We had fun finding different beaches, pretty much the whole time. They were all different, but all incredible.

Tuesday we took a kayak up a river and hiked to a place called Secret Falls (which apparently hasn't been a secret for a very long time... lots of people hiked out there). It was beautiful, and the water was freezing -but of course we had to swim by the falls! Then we drove to Kilauea Lighthouse, Hanalei Pier, and Maniniholo Dry Cave -and the beach next to it. We shared a coconut, too, which was pretty yummy. I'd never had one before.

Wednesday we flew to Maui. We just explored the beach by our hotel, and the shops down the road in Lahaina. There were soooo many great places to eat there!

Thursday we drove part of the road to Hana. Honestly, it was the only thing that was a bit of a let-down. People told it was wicked pretty and there were tons of great waterfalls and everything... Maybe it was because we'd just been in Kauai, but it wasn't really that spectacular (ok, it was HAWAII, but still). And we didn't see a lot of places with amazing views or anything. We did find one great place. We hiked to a place called Twin Falls. It was a good hike, and the waterfall was really beautiful -and not as popular as Secret Falls, so that was nice. We swam for a while, and then came back.

Friday we went to a famous breakfast place called The Gazebo. The wait was too long, but the food really was amazing. I had banana white chocolate chip pancakes with coconut syrup. I could have eaten those every day!! We bought some coconut syrup to bring home. Mmmm. We also got massages, which was awesome.

Saturday we had a late breakfast again, and then went snorkeling. It was awesome! We tried to get to a beach that was packed (and parking is impossible there), so we just drove down the road and hoped for the best. The beach we chose worked just fine. We didn't see much at first, but then we saw lots of colorful fish and two sea turtles. The tide started making the water murky, but we'd seen enough by then.

Sunday we went to church, then just relaxed at the resort the rest of the day. It was such a beautiful place. Lahaina was nice and close to plenty of restaurants and shops, and our hotel balcony gave us a great sunset view every night.

Our trip was amazing. The boys kept asking if they could come next time, and I said yes, so we'll see if that ever happens  ;)  I did miss them, but it was so great to have Scott all to myself and just relax for a few days. Hopefully we get to do something for our 20th anniversary, too!