Monday, June 18, 2018

Maui #2 - the food

Thanks friends for sharing your favorite Maui food recommendations with us!

The Nash Family said they loved Coconuts Fish Cafe Fish Tacos - we agree!

(photo credit Coconuts Fish Cafe)

Jason and Natalie's family (who live in Hawaii) said after the kids games, 
a treat teammates parents often bring for the kids are Spam Musubi's. 
 They got some for all of us.
Yummy - seaweed, spam and all! 

They also took us to Leodas for AmAZing mini pies!
The key lime were just as fantastic as the chocolate macadamia nut!

(photo credit - Leoda's)

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We never tried any poi

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but we did see some taro plants growing. 

On that same hike we came across this little plant

and all agreed it must be a pineapple - 
so interesting!

Scott and April found a place for us to try one night 
called Down The Hatch
and we all shared tastes of 
Lava Lava Shrimp
which was super spicy but the best shrimp 
I've ever had

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and Lobster & Shrimp Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. 

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This plant took the prize for giving it's all
with the hugest blossom.

How do you like them bananas!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Maui #1 - Bamboo forest...

After the great time we had together in Alaska last year, 
Scott and April said let's go to Hawaii 
(Maui to be specific)! 
They'd been to the islands years ago 
and were wanting to go again 
but Paul and I didn't think it would really ever happen.

Just in case, haha, I started looking at some Maui instagram posts 
and this otherworldly looking bamboo forest 
showed up over and over again. 

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The fam bought me two bamboo plants years ago for our backyard
just in case a panda
should randomly wander through our neighborhood. 

One can always hope!

So this picture of a REAL bamboo forest called to us.

The impossible happened, and in March
Scott, April, Paul and I 
flew to Maui. 
I still can't believe it!

The hike to the bamboo forest was rocky, root-covered and beautiful
with waterfall vista's along the way

and then we were there!

There was bamboo everywhere! 

It felt almost sacred. 

What an beautiful world!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Senior pictures for our last twig...

Senior pictures have been such a fun rite of passage.

The whole family came along to take Zac's senior pictures. 
Man, he looks young!
We were racing daylight but got some great shots. 

Hunter was less excited haha. 
It was just him and me going to take his senior pictures
and I remember him telling me about his friends
who LOVED to go do photo shoots - for fun!
He said something like 
"how many more times in my life will I HAVE to do this." haha 
We surmised it will probably only be once or twice so he might live through it. 

I wonder how he remembers that conversation 
but with him on the other side of the continent 
I guess we'll just have to go with my recollection. ;)

He survived the photo shoot and 
it fills my heart to see pictures of that
face we love and miss so much.

Fast forward 2 years, 
it was just Emma and me and again we were racing daylight. 
Antelope Island is our backdrop of choice. 
We have heaps of great family memories there.
We love that place!

We love this girlie!

It was sooo easy to take her pictures! 

Congrats sweet girl and have a blast enjoying your graduation!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Congratulations on your big day!!

We had the best day

getting to watch our girlie celebrate her accomplishment 

of graduating from Weber State University
with her Associate of Science
a month before her High School Graduation. 

How grateful we are for the opportunity she was given
and the amazing teachers, staff, administrators, and friends

who helped her with this big goal!

Congratulations wonderful girl -
we're soooooo happy for you!!!!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

"You Are The Reason" - Prom 2018

This weekend, our girlie had her last High School Prom.
She graduates in just 2 weeks!

They had so much fun!

Their group was at our house for a little bit of the day date 
and you could hear the laughter come rolling up the stairs. 
How I love that sound!!! 

How grateful we are 
that the twigs have had 
such hard-working, fun-loving, kind, 
good friends through High School!

“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, 
the planners, the doers, the successful people 
with their heads in the clouds 
and their feet on the ground.” 
-Wilfred Peterson

“Surround yourself with people who have 
dreams, desire, and ambition; 
they’ll help you push for, and realize your own.” 

"Add to brotherly kindness charity,"
-2 Peter 1:7

Monday, April 9, 2018

When Bison are on the trail...

Friday night, after work, 
we had just enough time before sunset 
to enjoy a little hike on Antelope Island. 

We weren't far down the trail when we saw this guy. 

We hoped he'd head up hill 
but he was liking the trail 
so we 
 bushwhacked down to the lake. 

Suddenly, Rascal's ears shot up 
and he whirled around toward the Bison. 
All we can figure is he must have caught the Bison's scent 
in the air. 
He took some persuading to forget about that big guy.

Skipping stones in the lake did the trick!

He was ready to go right in after them!

Man am I ever grateful for these sweet people 
who will go on rambles out yonder with me.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Do you do Dabke?

Our girlie is taking an Intro to Dance 1010
class this semester and that tickles me because
 she might ask me to attend some dance performances with her!

I got lucky this weekend as she asked me to go with her to 
the Repertory Dance Theatre performance of Dabke.

The music was an interesting Middle Eastern Folk and Arab Pop blend 
and was my favorite part of the evening.

Our girlie is the dancer in the family so she could appreciate
the modern dance more than I could. 

A side note - it's been many years
 since we've paid for parking in a SLC lot 
and they've made the best changes
 with these handy dandy little machines! 

They're genius!

"Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances."
-Maya Angelou