Sunday, October 28, 2007

ALOHA!!!!

Alex and I were lucky enough to spend a long long weekend in Oahu at our friends Kimi and Joshua's house. We arrive on Saturday afternoon and picked up our cheap-o rental car which turned out to be an orange jeep. After a relaxing afternoon we turned in early so we could get up super early on Sunday to do a dolphin excursion. We had to drive to the west coast of the island in Wianae to catch the boat. It cruised along the west coast of the island up to the north shore looking for the dolphins coming back from feeding at night. We were lucky enough to sight a pod of about 8 and got to get out of the boat and snorkel with them. They came about 15-20 feet from us and put on a pretty good spinner show. It was a lot of fun, we also got to snorkel in a reef and see fish and honu (turtle).

Don't we look so good after a snorkel?
After our snorkel trip we drove up to the north shore to eat some ono grub at Kua Aina and then sit on the beach at Waimea. What a gorgeous day!!
You can jump off the rock at Waimea!! Can you see Alex and I up on the rock? Well maybe we didn't go up there, it was just too crowded, and high. I actually jumped off once when I lived here so I don't need to experience it again!!
The next day I took Alex to one of the best beaches in the world (I am not just saying that, it has made the list) Lani Kai on the east coast of Oahu. It was fabulous, a perfect day and very few people.

The next day we started out with Kimi and her little Miranda hiking up to Makapu'u light house. It has great views and is a nice little hike. Alex did good job helpng to push Miranda up in her stroller, it is paved but still a steep hike. After our hike they headed home for nap time and we finished the day at the beach. You see the pattern, beach every day!!!

Our last evening we went down to Waikiki and took a sunset catamaran cruise and then had dinner at Duke's. What a great finish to a wonderful relaxing get away. It was nice to spend time with Kimi and Joshua. Kimi was on the Africa safari with me so she and Alex know each other from way back. It was also fun to show Alex some of my favorite places when I lived here because our honeymoon was rained out when we were here last. Thanks again Kimi and Josh and Miranda for letting us come stay. Next summer we will have you over here to kayak the San Juan Islands!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Kristen and Sara Last Hurrah!!!

So my girlfriend Kristen came out for a visit from Madison, Wisconsin for a long weekend. She is 6 months pregnant (but doesn't look it at all) and so we wanted to have a girls weekend last hurrah before she enters motherhood. It's not like it is a jail sentence or something, she got 18 years to life....... She flew in Friday night and then Saturday morning after breakfast we drove up to Vancouver for three days. It was great fall weather with clear blue skies. She had never been to Vancouver so that was fun. We stayed right downtown on Robson street and got a great view from our room on the 25th floor!

We walked around and looked at the shops and then curled up for a movie in our room. On Sunday we walked to Stanley Park and enjoyed the leaves and went to the Aquarium. It is such a great aquarium and has beluga whales which were a highlight. We also got a good kick out of the sea lions. They sure are chatty. Bet you couldn't guess it was a whole bunch of females!!



After the aquarium we worked up a good hunger and went for lunch, ahhh fish and chips hit the spot. Poor fish. After all the fun we relaxed and then went for a drive around.
Monday was a big hit. We hit the spa for massages and facials before making the drive home to Seattle. I am sure Alex missed us a bunch.

On Tuesday I took Kristen with my friend Hillary to our favorite cupcake spot, Trophy, yummy for baby Pofahl and then sat at Starbucks waiting for Dave Mathews to stroll in.




He lives in the neighborhood. In the afternoon we took the bus downtown and hit the Pikes Market, then we dropped in on Alex at work. After work he met us for dinner and then we went to the play To Kill A Mockingbird. It was really good and well done. Then it was home on the drunks and crazies bus (it gets a bit interesting on our bus route at night) and off to bed. Kristen flew home today. We had such a great time and baby Pofahl is due January 4th so our next cupcake date will have to be in Madison, I guess they better open a cupcake shop!!! Thanks for coming all this way Kristen, it was so much fun!!!



Sunday, October 7, 2007

Wedding Bliss!!!!

Here comes the bride..... well I was going to make a post with pictures from Robbin's wedding, only Alex the camera boy found the batteries to be dead at the beginning of the wedding!! Yikes!! So the best I can do is a link to the photographers blog spot. Her photos are amazing so you will be so pleased!! It was a beautiful wedding and a ton of fun. I think everyone had a great time and Robbin and Jason were so happy. They are now in Maui for the honeymoon!!! The best part!!! http://pearblossom.typepad.com/pearblossom/2007/10/the-wedding.html