Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Photo of the Week

I love all the details on this beautiful little deck.
Oahu, Hawaii

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Peace Offerings

So I've seen this idea floating around on Pinterest or a blog (honestly I can't remember where, but I've seen a few different versions) and decided to give it a shot. We put our own twist on the idea and this is what we came up with. A cute little card with a sweet note, chocolate, ear plugs and to top it off my 16 month old was the one to distribute them. And yes, they were a huge hit! Everyone loved the gifts and was very kind and patient, and honestly my baby boy surprised me and did fabulous! So here it is, a little ziploc bag, chocolate, earplugs and a note. Total cost each came out to around .50 cents. Super fun, super easy and super cute! 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Kauai, Hawaii

What to do on a visit to the island of Kauai, Hawaii.
Take an island drive to see the powerful blowholes, lighthouse and breathtaking views that claim the coastlines.

Find your way to check out many beautiful waterfalls and even jump off a few if you would like.
Visit Kauai's magnificent Grand Canyon, Waimea Canyon.

 Stop by and say hello to all the local crabs frolicking on the beaches.
Charter a snorkel tour of the beautiful Napali Coastline!

And last be sure to soak up at least one romantic sunset!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Pedernales Falls

Enjoying a beautiful and relaxing day at Pedernales Falls

She was a little trooper! It is quite the hike. 

So many beautiful little details surrounding our hiking trail.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


The island of Barbados!! The cars drive on the left side of the road and the steering wheel is on the right side of the car. Very different to what we are used to! The weather was overcast and a little rainy when we arrived. We spent a lot of our visit driving and exploring the island. The island is fairly small (about 21 miles long by 15 miles wide), but has an amazing variety of landscape to explore.  

 Our first stop was a beautiful beach with huge cliffs. There was an interesting cave there to explore. The locals charged us $30 to all go down into the cave with a tour guide, not bad for such a unique experience.
We climbed down steep steps into a cave that came out into the ocean. The cave was full of tide pools, but didn't have much life in them.

The girls thought the cave was very interesting and especially liked the part when our tour guide told them about this being a cave where pirates used to hide their treasures!

We also found some interesting beaches with huge rock formations.
They were fun to hike and explore, but not so great for the kids to play in the water. 

Another interesting stop we made was at St. John's Church. The church was built in the 1670's. 
The church is at a high point on the island so it has fabulous views. There are little catholic churches scattered all throughout the island.

The next stop we made (after a brief visit to a lighthouse under construction) was Crane Bay. The water and sand were beautiful! We walked out on the beach for a while, but the waves were very rough and dangerous. 
The water was washing up so high onto the beach that I held the girls hands and decided to walk where the water was just hitting our ankles. At one point however it rushed up so high and fast I almost lost my balance. Heidi's crock went washing into the ocean along with a sweater of hers I had dropped as I was trying to keep my balance and hold on to the girls. Micah was able to recover the crock and sweater. We were all amazed at how powerful the ocean was even in the shallow parts. 

The final destination for our visit to Barbados was Batts Rock Bay. We found a beach that was empty and beautiful (and safer). We were excited to find a spot that seemed undiscovered by the rest of the island.
The water was beautiful and calm. Heidi tried out snorkeling and said she liked it, but still seemed a little nervous about it. She did like seeing fish though as long as they were only a few inches long. I loved seeing her try. Hallie didn't want to have anything to do with it... no rush, she'll enjoy it in her own timing. 
We all enjoyed our visit to Barbados, although we wish we had more time to explore the island. The highlight of the visit for us would have to be the cave. We had a fun and energetic tour guide that made the experience more memorable.