Monday, May 31, 2010

Long Weekends

We are embracing these 3 days off .. and I am learning that I love to sleep. I have slept in these last 3 days longer then I have in years, and today I was surprised to see the time of 10:30 after I stumbled out of bed. Normally I would feel guilty, and stress about all the things that are on that to-do list, but not this time. We are doing what we want, relaxing most, but also putting those final touches on our travel trailer makeover. We decided to take a perfectly fine decorated trailer, and redecorate it to a 50’s diner theme. At this point, we are ready for this project to be over, we had no idea how much it entailed. It will be cute at the end of it though.

 



Contests .. oh how a contest excites me. If you know me well, then you will already know that my middle school and high school days were filled with many radio call in’s trying to win that prize. And 9 out of 10 times I won, it even got the the point where I was told I need to give others a shot, and to please stop calling for a few weeks. We all benefited from the contest winnings, many free movie tickets, and meals were won .. but I think the best contest I won was those concert tickets to the Rolling Stones with Guns n Roses.   I was such a nice sister and gave them to my brother Steve for his birthday and along with my Dad they went to see the show at the Los Angeles Coliseum. If you grew up in my house and heard all that blaring hard metal through the walls of his room, then it was just a given that he would enjoy the show more then me.  Your welcome Steve.  So, much to my surprise when I won more free swag from a radio show a few weeks ago ..  I start my mornings listening to Rosie O'Donnell's radio show on Sirius and I called in and got to talk to her, and after she made fun of me for talking so quietly, she sent me a audio book and a cake from a bakery in New York City. Who knew that cakes could be shipped from New York City all the way to Oregon and overnight? The cake came from Bake Me A Wish, and it was so good!  You know that yummy piece of cake you get at a wedding, it taste just like that!

 




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Kev will attest to the yumminess ..

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We had a fun party planned for the kids last Friday. They had no idea why they were coming over, but they were all surprised when they got here. Their faces were priceless when they walked in. I was chosen to be a party host from House Party and this time it was for a McDonald’s McNuggets and Shrek Forever After party. I was sent a huge box of swag, including a gift card to McDonald’s, a  Shrek movie, and more. I had the house decorated all Shrek when they arrived, place settings with the Shrek party ware, boxes full of Happy Meal toys for each kid, and Chicken Nuggets and fries galore, so they could eat as much as they wanted. I even turned the 7-Up green by adding a splash of food coloring, and threw in some marshmallows which they all thought was super cool.  I think I won the “Best Auntie” award that day.  It was also a great to chance to celebrate Casey’s 4th birthday with him, since I was away for his birthday.  We used the free cake from Rosie, and I added some colorful sprinkles to it, and it was a hit!  

 




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And we had the freeze dance game to play, so prizes could be won.


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And I had them go out and jump .. hoping to get some sugar to release but instead I got these great shots.


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Fun was had by all, it was a good time.



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Gage wanted to pose for these .. he's growing up.

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Happy Birthday Casey.

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As we approach this new week, and a new month its time to get my butt back into gear. No more vacation mode for me. Time to get back to the working out and healthy eating every day.  We can do it. I’m reading this book, and at this point I’m kinda afraid to put anything into my mouth, so guess that will do the trick. 




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I’m working on a new post on how to coupon. People come over and look at my stock piled pantry and are surprised on how I get so many things on the cheap or in many cases for free, so watch for that.  As much as I would love to teach everyone that asks how it works, I just don't have the time, so I’m hoping this post will help you out.

 



Happy Memorial Day,  



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Friday, May 28, 2010

Paradise

It was, just pure, blissful Paradise. There are just not enough words to give it the beauty and happiness it exudes. We had a lot of traveling to do to get to Paradise, but each step was worth it. A five hour drive through Oregon, a trip to San Francisco, and at last we landed in Maui.

We had our tickets, and nothing was going to stop us.


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From the hot sultry sun, to the warmest ocean waters, breathtaking sunsets, and thee most exotic flowers, It was just all that and more. We had a few tropical rains too .. but nothing like we are accustomed to in Oregon. The tropical rains lasted thirty minutes at the most, and it was a light rain with warm drops. It was like standing in a very light trickling shower. This is a rain, I could learn to love.

The flowers are just so beautiful, and they are all over the place.


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These trees have the most beautiful white flowers. The grass adorns these as they fall off the tree, and it just blissful.


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We stayed in the tiny seaside town of Lahaina, where one side of the main road is nothing but breathtaking blue waters and the other side is beautiful mountains. And thrown in is a generous helping of palm trees. From what I read in those travel books, this was once the capital of the Hawaii kingdom and where Royalty once lived, and I can see why.



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I love Bonsai trees .. and having them line the road is just mystical to me.

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The water was so clear and oh so warm. Just as warm as a bubble bath. I would just sit on this shoreline for long periods of time,and stare out at the ocean. It was just so nice to sit and take it all in, and just be. Paradise for sure.


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We opted to stay in a condo instead of the luxurious resorts you can find on the island. The location could not be beat, it was a short 20 steps or less from our room to the water. We had Betty’s next door, located in the historic district, and the view could just not get any better. Our studio sized condo was not fancy, but simple and had everything we needed. We had a small little kitchen so we could eat breakfast & lunch in. We were happy to stumble upon a Krispy Kreme, (which we are not lucky enough to have here) so we got a few for breakfasts and made sandwiches for lunch. Find out more about the resort here: www.lahainashores.com


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The view from our room was stunning. We left the doors open at night, and sleeping to the sound of ocean waves crashing each night is something I can get use to, real quick.

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Our idea of a perfect sandwich starts with a sesame roll, a slice of cheddar, a lil' dab of guacamole and the red romas, shredded lettuce, purple onion, dill pickles .. and a dab of mustard. So yummy! And for you meat eaters .. you can add your choice of meat.

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We so needed this. We needed time away to just be, and we just did a whole bunch of nothing. That’s right, we went to Maui and did nothing, and that’s the beauty of it. We spent our days beach side to take in as much sunshine as our skin could handle. Truth be told, we went through a whole lotta sunscreen, a bottle a day in fact. Kev took in some snorkeling, which was so easy to do right from the beach. We had afternoon siestas, awoke to happy hour with fruity drinks next door at Betty’s. After happy hour, we took in perfect sunsets with the most amazing hues of orange I have ever seen. The way the sun just settles down against the ocean waters, well .. there are no words. AmAzInG. Sunset always seemed to come too soon. We always ended the night with a swim in the pool, however, the ocean was so much warmer. We caught a luau at Betty's a night or two, cooled off with a authentic Hawaiian shaved ice a few times, and just took it all in. It was simple but oh so very perfect.

We attempted this self portrait. I kinda like it.


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This is one of those places, where everybody knows your name.

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oh the drinks ... my first pina colada. I triple love. I will be back for more. Mark my words.

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We've all had snow cones, or what we thought was Hawaiian shaved ice, but I can promise you, you have not had anything of the sort, until you've had this.

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gorgeous ..

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someone had a bad day ..


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And isn't all about just being in the sand and putting your toes in the water?

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And the sky just seemed a little more blue to me .. kinda transparent .. maybe because everything is just better in Hawaii?

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and so I had a few extra minutes, and no better way to spend my time, then do a silly self shoot, so here is my idea of a photo strip. Have a good laugh at it,
I did.

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a rainbow on the license plate? This just makes it a little more perfect.

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Oh my husband, I think he loves me. I woke up one morning and took a little peak out over the lanai, and I see him out on beach, and he's acting a little coy ...


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but he's only drawing his love for me in the sand. I'm the lucky one. How I love him. It stayed there most the day until the tide came in, and it was nice to hear the passerby's oohh and ahhh about it as they walked by.


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did you know lizards were this tiny? Kevin rescued one from the pool.

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taking this all in, never gets old.

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how can you just not stop and stare?

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and we couldn't leave without a visit to the Hardrock, and pick up the
souvenir t-shirt.

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my new post-it pad .. says it all.

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We love the ocean and this island. I musta been a island girl in the past life because I feel like I belong. We will be back, and it will be there waiting for us ...

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Hope you enjoyed these pictures that made the cut .. hard to choose out of the 400 of them we took. Now its back to life, back to reality ... its just making me want to work harder to get back quicker. Ma halo for reading ... xo xo xo
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