Aloha! Hawaii Part 2

Oct 22, 2014

It's luau time!
We were lucky enough to attend a traditional Hawaiian luau on Saturday night.
As we were greeted at the door with mai tais and I knew it would be a good night.
The timing of the luau was just perfect with the beautiful sunset over the water.
I could have taken about a million more photos.  I loved taking the same shot just a few minutes apart and watching the sky change.
Dinner was a true Hawaiian feast full of pork, salads, traditional desserts and, of course, pineapple.
That sky! Have you ever seen anything so beautiful?!

Thanks to the time change we were getting up very early, which made it easy to squeeze in some great work outs.
My favorite being an early morning run along the lagoons/beach near Kait and Dane's house.  My pace for the whole run was terrible because I kept stopping to take pictures.  And I was a okay with that.  The morning was too beautiful to pass up.

I'll take that running scene any day.

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Aloha! Hawaii Part 1

Oct 21, 2014

Aloha!
As you may have seen on instagram we spent the past week+ in Hawaii visiting Kait, Dane and, of course, JUDY!  This trip has been a long time in the works and we were in much need of a vacation so to say we enjoyed ourselves would be putting it very lightly.  
This was one of those trips where we felt like it flew by and we were there by 3 months, all at once. 
(I know trip recaps are not everyone's favorite but selfishly I love looking back through them for our own memories...I promise regularly scheduled posts will resume eventually). 

Sans the nonstop screeching child on our 10 hour flight, our trip started off with a bang because of a fabulous airport surprise. (If you know me, you know I 1. LOVE surprises and 2. LOVE picking people up at the airport.)
The plan that was laid in place (or so I thought) was that Kait and Dane were going to be out of town when we got to Hawaii and that their friends were picking us up, no big deal.  Kait said they would have a sign for us and take us to their house and we would in turn pick Kait and Dane up when they got back in town. 
I texted Kait when we landed so she could update her friends and she was telling me what a great time they were having but excited to get back to Hawaii. 
As we were walking to baggage claim I said to Mister, 'isn't it so weird that we don't even know what their friends look like?' And he said, 'yeah yeah but it's fine, I have their number if we need to call them.'  He then proceeds to shove me toward a baggage corral and I see a girl with a sign with our names on it coming full speed towards us.
In a matter of .3 seconds a million thoughts go through my head, mostly, 'man Kait did not tell me that her friend looked EXACTLY like her, that is so weird!'  Then as I got closer 'OMG that is Kait and Dane! What in the world are they doing here?'  lots of screaming and jumping
Turns out they had worked out this whole plan with Mister, sent him fake phone numbers (in case I snooped), made fake rental car plans, the whole works.  And surprised me at the airport, you can say I was a bit excited ;)
After the excitement wore down, we grabbed food and headed home to meet Judy.  She's just as fabulous and adorable in person.  We then toured the beautiful area where they live.  Everywhere you look was fabulous.

Thankfully, because of the time change, Mister and I woke up super early on Saturday and were able to cram a lot into one day.  That is one benefit of Hawaii, everyone seems to get up pretty early so not many hours of the day are wasted, I loved it.
We headed up to the North Shore for the day - we had heard a lot of great things about the North Shore and were really happy to experience it.
The day started with an amazing breakfast at Konos (breakfast burrito with pineapple jalapeƱo sauce, yes please).
 Then it was stand up paddle board time! I had really been looking forward to trying SUP and it was just as fun as I expected! And we saw about 6 sea turtles sun bathing on the shore so I was one happy camper.
We continued up the coast to Turtle Bay- where Forgetting Sarah Marshall was filmed.  It was absolutely beautiful, you can totally see why they would film a movie there.
And with only one road in and out, it was time to head back down the coast and stop for the the classic Haleiwa sign picture.
Once we headed back it was just about luau time.
But that was so much fun it deserves it's own post ;)

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Fridays with Floyd : Grandma's Golf Course

Oct 17, 2014

There is a golf course in very close proximity to my mom's (Floyd's Gma's) house and Floyd is 100% certain it is his.
We really think that Floyd believes that Gma purchased that golf course for him and that it is solely his to sniff and peruse at his leisure. 
As soon as we pull into my mom's driveway, after he says hi to her, he beelines it for the golf course.  

(Floyd only has the privilege of running amuck on the course if no one is around.)
There has only been one instance where Floyd has barked at someone on the course mid swing...and it happened to be one of our friends so it was more comical than anything.  But we are very cautious not to disturb other golfers :)

So we venture out early morning and late evening on to the course.
And if Floyd is lucky, he gets to do some off leash exploring. 
I am pretty sure if we let him, he would sniff for hours on end.
We often wonder how long and how far he would sniff if he was left to his own devices...
'Rhanks Gma for buying me dis wonderful land for sniffing.'

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Blogtober14 : Fall Fashion

Oct 16, 2014

Like most, fall fashion is a weakness of mine.
I love the layering, the new pieces coming out and the beginning of putting my Christmas wish list together.

I have been falling more and more in love with Nordstrom lately and would be 100% okay if my entire fall wardrobe came from there.
I've been perusing their website and have my eye on a couple pieces that would make a perfect fall outfit.
This green jacket is a staple.  I have a similar one from Target YEARS ago that needs replaced and I love the draw string waist of this one.
This tunic is everything.  Chambray, aztec, long...I love everything about it.  
These leggings.  If the almost , ratings weren't convincing enough, I've had multiple people tell me these are the leggings to own. Wide waistband, thick, hold their shape...winner all around.
These boots.  I need new brown boots and I love this wedge heel.
And admittedly I already own this (and am wearing it as I type), but it is a staple and I think every girl should own (at least) one for the fall. 

Linking up with Helene and Taylor

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Blogtober14 : Favorite Fall Recipe

Oct 13, 2014

I could not pass up todays #blogotber14 prompt from Helene and Taylor.
Favorite Fall Recipe

Last fall Mister and I discovered this chili recipe and have made it approximately 47 times since.  
Mister deemed it 'Best. Chili. Ever.' and I couldn't help but agree with him.
Every time we make it is turns out slightly different but the base is the same.
I think the sweet potatoes are the secret ingredient if you ask me.
We've already whipped up our first batch of the season and I know it will not be our last.

We are huge fans of trying new soups/chilis when cold weather strikes.
I have pinned (and tried!) a few new chili recipes that have been definite winners thus far this fall season.

Mexican Lime Soup with Chicken (the more lime the better!)

Paleo Turkey Crockpot Chili (works in dutch oven too!)

and next on our list is, BBQ Chicken Chili 

Do you have a good soup/chili recipe? We are always looking for new ones! 

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