Be ready for a ridiculous amount of pictures... December was a busy month for us and forgive me but they are not in order.
We walked by this guy our first night in Hawaii and I had to get a pic
The night before we left for our trip Aricin did some rock climbing at a party
Aricin and Daddy at his Christmas Party
Us at the Denver Ballet's Nutcracker... We all loved it!
Tally at Ballet Class
Daddy surprised her and made it to one of her classes
Newport Beach... This was towards the end of our trip back in Cali
Newport... oh how we miss this beach
Oliver at the Lego store in Downtown Disney
Daddy and Aricin at ToonTown Disneyland
Brotherly Love in Hawaii
Impact Edventures Christmas Tree Auction- it was an awesome fundraiser!
Hugs in Hawaii
Before Christmas we had an Elf show up different spots every morning
O and Daddy
Bad Hair day in Hawaii
The kids got to feed the Koi at our hotel
The boys on our balcony
At the Paradise Cove Luau
All of us
Beach fun at the Lagoon
A loved the slides at the Hotel Pool
This is what happens when we asked Grandpa and Uncle Jon to babysit Oliver...
My little bro, Jon down on one knee...
She said YES!
Petting the Penguins at the Hotel
Hanging out with Uncle Jasun
View from the Balcony
Diamond Head Hike
Diamond Head with little Bro, Jasun
The engaged couple... love them!
Oliver's first paddleboarding session
Family Paddleboarding adventure
Aricin loved surfing on the Paddle board
We got to hang out with my old roommate, Kristen from when I went on Semester at Sea in 2000.
Martinet Family Gift... Being able to touch our noses with our tongues
I made him take this, he's a good man :)
Happy Kiddos in Santa Barbara for New Years
So much fun with the Falconer's and Copus Families
Daddy went surfing out at UCSB and we got to play in the sand
Aricin got stuck on a rock
Visiting with Great Grandma in SB
Hanging with the Bancrofts
LOVE LOVE LOVE Small World!!!
Lake Arrowhead Visit to see Great Grandma Ruth and Great Grandpa Ron
Bryn and the swings
Fun with Grandpa Rick
Farmers market in San Luis Obispo- so fun
Concert for Grandma
As you can see we had a pretty Killer December/January. Before we left we were busy with our crazy Elf surprising us every morning in a new funny spot. Aaron's non profit threw a fundraiser, a christmas tree auction that i ended up catering for and decorating. It was a huge hit and despite being a lot of work was a lot of fun too!
December 21st we left HR at 2pm and drove 14 hours straight to Phoenix where we tried to fly stand by. We were numbers 39-42 on the stand by list but by the grace of God we made it, got the last 4 seats and made it to Hawaii at about the same time as my parents via Sacramento and my brothers via San Diego. Our Hotel (The Hilton Hawaiian Village) was amazing. Super kid friendly, with it's own lagoon and water slides at the pool. Our days were spent surfing, paddle boarding, playing beach volleyball, hiking diamond head, playing with the kids in the sand, and laying around the pool. The week went by too fast! My little brother Jon, proposed to his girlfriend while we were out there, it was fun to watch him go down on his knee and then celebrate with them the last few days of the trip.
We didn't have any problems flying back to Phoenix, we got in at midnight and drove straight to Pasadena, getting to Aaron's dad's about 6am. We had a great time with them and even got to go to Disneyland. We also spent New Years in Santa Barbara with good friends and Aaron was able to get another surf session in. We also hit up Newport before Aaron flew out. I spent an extra 5 days in Cali with my parents and then over in San Luis Obispo and Avila for Farmers market on Thursday night. Oh yeah i almost forgot we also Drove up to Lake Arrowhead to hang out with my awesome grandparents- Needless to say we were BUSY but it was SOO FUN. We are blessed with some pretty awesome friends and family. My mom made the drive back to Colorado with me- it was so good to have her help, we were sad to see her go.
We are now home and trying to despoil the kids and get them back into a normal rhythm. They are back in school, Aaron's back at work. Oliver has started a once a week tumbling class. Tally's back in Ballet and I am always busy doing or planning something. We just found out Aricin got into Aspen View Academy, a charter school in Castle Rock- it's pretty hard to get into so we were pretty excited when we found out.