The past few months have been completely crazy. I took on way more work than I should have and that really affected my Holiday spirit. It kind of sucked the life right out of me and though I know the kids are happy I feel like I really failed in the mom department. For 2015 I will plan better and make sure I stick to my guns when it comes to scheduling holiday photos for clients. I need days off and I need rest and that's that.
Some of the big things that happened this year were a couple trips to Honolulu as a family and one with just Peter and I (can you say BRUNO MARS?!?!). We hiked the Stairway to Heaven, which is a once in a lifetime type event. We went to Hana several times and completely unplugged from everything telephone/internet/tv - it was heavenly! 2014 also saw the birth of Nico and Abra's first baby, Arlo, which Kai has deemed Arloha and Grandie and Pops getting back together. We are so thankful for these things!
I started my second company over the summer and it's slowly but surely grown over the past few months. It's been a little stressful but ultimately Peter and I see it as a way to grow even further and eventually may even provide jobs to our kids if they ever want to work with us!
We closed out the year with a trip to Kauai. I hadn't been since I was pretty young and Peter too. So this was a great way for us to experience it with the kids. I love where they are right now. They are such great travelers and so much fun to be with. I am so stoked that Cruz is now at an age where he's going to remember these vacations.
We just had Christmas morning today, the 26th. As usual Peter's work schedule had us change the date. When Christmas is on a Friday or Saturday he'll get it off. But it was just fine changing the date. It actually kind of extends the holiday a bit. The kids are all occupied at the moment, playing with this and that while Peter is putting together a Lego boat for Kai. We'll see if I get around to posting pictures! haha
Ok here comes the picture overload....
|Cruz, Nana, Eligh and Chayce. Cruz loves hanging out with his cousins and Nana as much as possible!|
|No fear Cruz going down the waterslide on Kauai|
|Cruz was pretty stoked to be in the water all day|
|Kauai Adventuring at the Kilohana Plantation Train|
|Whirlpool in the pool!|
|Visiting Hanapepe town, the home of Lilo and Stitch and the swinging bridge!|
|Really like Hanapepe|
|Kai picked out a baby seal to be his toy from Kauai. His name is Umo|
|Honey straw addicts|
|Waiting for the train|
|I don't know why Cruz looks so unhappy - he was so excited for the train.|
|Feeding the chickens and pigs|
|The old Koloa Sugar Plantation - now closed. You know me and sugar mills (love)|
|Yep, he's peeing on the side of the road|
|Hanalei Town Overlook|
|Lumahai Beach playtime|
|Huge surf at Lumahai|
|Hanalei Bay was storming and big surf - all that mist is sea spray!|
|Hanalei Taro Fields|
|Somebody loves deep bathtubs!|
|Pops and Arlo|
|Pops, Grandie, and Arlo|
|Polo Beach right before I splashed my mom|
|Turtle swam right next to me!|
|The boys have expressed interest in helping with dishes - score!|
As 2014 winds down and we're looking toward 2015, I want to promise myself to not overextend myself so much, to have a couple more days to be totally present with my family and not so wrapped up in work, and to take the kids traveling more.
May 2015 be full of peace, hope, love, and thankfulness!