Thursday, May 21, 2015

on maui, part three

the epic conclusion.

kayaking and snorkeling turtle town:















hike to punalau falls:

side note: it was raining a bit, and unbeknownst to us, there was a flash flood feeding into punalau falls, making it so that we apparently should not have done this hike. when we looked up other pics of the falls, we were all, "wait a minute, that's totally not the same one" 'cause the waterfall we were in was a rager, and we had to jump rocks through waist deep water to get up to it. 

even still, one of our favorite excursions. thanks for the tip, em kev!





a hui kaua (until we meet again), maui:




the end.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

on maui, part two

ka'anapali beach and nakalele blowhole:













waihee ridge trail:







and our favorite refreshing treat:







Tuesday, May 19, 2015

on maui, part one

whenever i go to write about a vacation, it's like a total brain cramp for me. too much happened in too short a period of time, and it's all sensory overload up in here.

luckily, we take our fair share of pictures, and word on the street is that those suckers are worth a thousand words (each!), so, phew, someone else can do the talking for once. 


at our resort in wailea:














sunset at haleakala








Sunday, May 17, 2015

life's a beach

  

bryan and i are home now from our six day stint on maui, busy kissing and loving on our cute kids, profusely thanking my mom for watching them, and going through photos, reliving the dream. i found this excited-emily-couldn't-be-ghost-white-paler-but-is-having-the-time-of-her-life little gem to get the blog ball rolling. it sums up our getaway quite nicely.

more beach bliss (sharks! hikes! waterfalls! volcanoes! turtles! shaved ice!) to come.

but first: a nap.

Friday, May 15, 2015

aloha!


kids: don't wait up.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

motherhood



"motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else's happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you're not sure what the right thing is...and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong."

from At Home on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball

Monday, May 04, 2015

field trippin

my annual chaperoning gig this go round was with afton's kindergarten class to see the ugly ducking at the kirkland performance center.



and lunch! at the park! in the sun! 


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

red handed

that moment when: 



you find out why it's been so quiet.



Sunday, April 26, 2015

deception pass

last weekend, we celebrated the michaels' april birthdays (that would be bryan and caleb, respectively) by taking the family up to deception pass state park.

the kids climbed, splashed, and explored to their heart's content (all snug and warm in their jackets, of course).

the pacific northwest at its best.




oh look, caleb found a stick.