Halloween in Hawaii.

Since I no longer have any seasonal cues, holidays just sneak up on me. Halloween?! Already?! So I made some plans to visit Front Street in Lahaina. I threw together a Minnesota Vikings fan costume that actually turned out really cute and made me miss my home state.
It was a perfect day for Halloween. I mean: Perfect. For someone who has grown up wearing layers under my costume–or jackets over my costume, 85* was a really nice change. Shorts and a T-shirt on October 31st?! I’ll take it.
We had dinner at Hard Rock Cafe and then headed out to see the parade. Little did we know that we would actually be in the parade so that was kinda cool. We had a lovely night and everyone was enjoying themselves. We saw some really creative costumes. Since we had kids and didn’t want to see any crazy come out, we left early so the kids could do a little trick or treating. Next year I’m going to do it big. Here’s a few pictures of the evening….

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Catching up.

Can it really be the end of October?! I try to wrap my head around the fact that life is going at warp speed. Boom. Another month in the books. Wow. Well we are a busy bunch and that sits fine with all of us. Jordan runs, McKenzie swims, Josh surfs and I do everything else. Haha. I love our little life. It really isn’t perfect and has quite a few hiccups, but He blesses my socks off. My heart is full of gratitude living here. Stay tuned for our one year blog post. I know… It’s about 5 months late, but I made a promise to another blogger and I am going to keep it. Plus I really have been reflecting on our first year here. I’ve learned so much.

Here are a few pretty pictures for you. This post would never be complete with out some Maui-wowies :)

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Honu.

Sometimes I am still in awe by the fact that we live here. Last weekend we went to North Shore for birthday party. While enjoying our time at the beach, we noticed a sea turtle (honu) making his way onto shore. Hookipa was super busy that day, but this turtle didn’t care. He was going to do some suntanning on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. It’s so glorious to see nature out and about doing it’s thing. After one turtle made his appearance, others followed suit. By the end of the night right at sunset, there was an estimated 25 turtles on the beach. it was such an awesome sight. Another reason why I am so thankful that I get to see some of these things with my very own eyes.

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Did you want a sample? You do :)

I started a jamberry blog… contain all my pretties in one pretty place. I will be posting periodically when I want to show you something new. If you want a sample, you can simply click on the link, fill it out and BOOM.. I’ll drop on in the mail STAT! Easy peasy!

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Pretty Hawaii photos coming soon. Stay tuned! But here’s a sneak peek anyway: DCIM100GOPRO

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BP

Hosting a foreign exchange student

Hmm.. hosting a student from another country. It was an interesting thought. I first saw it posted in our church bulletin. It sounded like a really fun opportunity. I was a little nervous though. What if she didn’t like staying with us? What if she got homesick and I didn’t know what to do? Then I saw a post on Facebook looking for host families. I figured this was my calling and I needed to answer I went to the website and filled out the quick application–for fun–and to get the ball rolling. I wasn’t 100% sold on the idea yet. I was immediately contacted by Chase who wanted to talk more and he explained how it all worked. I pulled the family together for a meeting over dinner. Since Jordan was in the mainland for the summer, we would definitely have the space to host. McKenzie was really excited to have another girl to hang with. We agreed it was a go. We read through her application and knew that she was a sweet, easy going girl… one who liked normal girl things: movies, texting and friends. And we knew her name was Estelle and she was from France. I attended a quick informational meeting to understand all the things that the kids would be doing and what the three weeks would look like. We were getting excited to meet her! Finally the day came and all the families gathered at the Kahului airport to welcome these students. They were all smiles–even after a 20 hour fight! We greeted Estelle, found her suitcase and headed out to grab some dinner. I learned from emailing her mother a few days prior that Estelle was a vegetarian which is a good thing for our family–we don’t do much meat. We asked her if she would like to get sushi and she was thrilled–it’s one of her favorites! We laughed and learned while dining on some of Maui’s finest food. The days to follow were planned out to fill in the gaps of her itinerary through ACE. We started out her first day on Maui–the 4th of July–with snorkeling, swimming and SUP. The girls had a blast together. Estelle scored her first sunburn–even though she was so thorough about applying that sunscreen. The Maui sun is just different. It’s strong and it’s really hard to avoid when you are enjoying the great outdoors. We took her all over the place: Hiking, BBQ’s, a birthday party, swimming, shopping and exploring. She is one busy girl here.
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So far these kids have visited south Maui, west Maui, Haleakala, Hana and the trip to Molokini is scheduled for tomorrow. They’ve surfed, hiked, paddled, swam, attended a luau, and spent many glorious hours at the beach! We’ve learned a lot from having Estelle here. She has become our french daughter and we are excited to keep in contact with her after she goes home. We have a few more days to hang and have fun and then they kids head home on Thursday. I’m already sad to think of her leaving. We won’t focus on that, we’ll focus on the fun things we’re gonna do this week!
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If you’ve been thinking of hosting an exchange student, I say “do it!” Talk it over with your family and get ready to have fun and play tourist.

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Contact Chase or Tenessa if you have any questions! They also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/aceinternationalhawaii?fref=photo

Till next time :)

The deep blue sea.

I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Big beach at Makena state park, but if you haven’t, you should. The color of that water is like no other. See for yourself:

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Like it’s not even real. I stand in awe of His creations. And when I stand on top of this ledge, I feel like a grain of sand. I feel so blessed and so thankful to be seeing this view.

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Here is my husband floating in his favorite pool. Look at how perfect. Thank you Lord. Thank you for blessing me for so much more than I deserve.

Be blessed. Be thankful.
BP :)

Girls trip to Hana!

I’m a little late, but I’m finally posting about our girls day trip to Hana. If you’ve been on Maui or if you’ve been there, you know why they call it “Heavenly Hana.” I will post my pictures, but it’s not even a 1/1000th of how AMAZING this part of Hawaii is. My girlfriend Crimson had a friend coming to Maui to play. She asked if we would be interested in joining the fun. We have a friend that we call “Hana Heather” and this girl has spent some serious time exploring this pretty place. She was our tour guide for the day. Oh the places we went!

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The day started off so great! Perfect weather, happy faces and waterfalls flowing!

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We had to stop and take a selfie.. :)

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The view! Look at this place!

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Three bears!! Such an amaZing place!

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Everywhere you look there is beauty. Every. Direction. I felt so overwhelmed with the creations that God has put in front of my eyes.

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The red sand beach was my favorite. What an amazing little corner of the world. :)

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Waterfalls. Rain forests. Rainbow eucalyptus trees. Rand sand. Black sand. Blue skies. I love escaping the busy city life to a world of “slow down and take it all in!”

A weekend trip with the family is on the to-do list. Have you ever been to Hana? What was you favorite place? I love hearing about it.

Till next time
-BP :)

The color run.

Oh my goodness. So here’s the deal: I take a lot of pictures. A lot. Ask anyone. And I live in Hawaii… The camera never stops. I just looked at my phone today: 1800 pictures and 55 videos. I went to take a picture and I got a notification telling me that the memory was full. Oh no. Time to delete. I started flipping through and saw that I have some oldies that haven’t been posted. So, two months late: here are the Maui color run photos:

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Pre-run. White shirts and clean skin! The sunrise was awesome! The energy was amazing. We were in for a fun time!

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….and the colored powder throwing begins! What a blast!

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It was a colorful time had by all :)

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We went to Starbucks when we were done. We got some very strange looks from the tourists :) it was a really fun day. I can’t wait to do it again next year :)
Better late than never,
BP

One month.

I signed on with jamberry one month ago and it’s been so much fun. I’ve met some really great girls. If you are curious about jamberry, message me! I send out samples and answer Q’s the best that I can. I hope you all had a great weekend! My toe jams are still going strong… 4 weeks! Isn’t that awesome?! Happy aloha June! Make I great!

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Till next time,
BP :)

Aside

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Bridgett