A Year 

This time last year we were in the process of a grand adventure.  The “Move” to Idaho from Zion.  I will admit it was not an easy decision to pick up and leave family, friends and a home we loved.  All we knew was it was right.  Everythig in my mind, heart and soul led me to believe it was time for change.  So here we are a year later.  I can say without a doubt that those promptings were absolutely right.  So much has happened this past year.  Gratitude for many blessings and our new life here.  

This past week we finally took a break.  We celebrated Pioneer Day here in Idaho Falls.  BBQ and an outdoor movie made for a fun night.  I got a little crazy Tuesday and cleaned the house top to bottom.  I think I did everything twice.  Kids were murmuring.  We went to the Temple Friday.  

The kids wanted to start Friday Night Cinema for the rest of the Summer.  We had the first one this weekend with Iron Man.  It is so fun watching the movies outside under the stars.  The weather has been really nice.  Usually we are 5-10 degrees cooler than Zion.  I will not complain about that!  

Yesterday we got up early and took the four wheelers out to the dunes with some friends.  It was our first time since college out there and we had a blast.  Definitely want to do that again.  Keith has been wanting to buy some dirt bikes so Saturday after we got home the boys went motorcycle shopping.  He didn’t buy any yet, but he is wanting to bad.  There literally is no where to store them right now.  We really need to get this Barn and everything else done here at the Homestead so we can clear out the garage.  We need extra storage so bad it is crazy.  Our Garage and Food Storage runneth over.  

I have been packing all evening for our annual girl’s trip.  Mandy, Sara and I plus our daughters are headed to Boston and the Cape this week.  We have some school shopping to do, some sight seeing, beach time and a few dōTERRA classes to teach.  So we will be going hard and having fun.  My daughter has been bouncing off the walls she is so excited.  Flight time is at 8 am and we will meet up with the others in SLC at 9 and then arrive in Boston at 6 pm.  It is going to be an awesome week.  

Kauai 

3 Nephi 17:16-17

I have pondered this scripture many times.  Imaging how something could be so beautiful they could not write the words.  I think I got a little bit of understanding this week in the Garden of Kauai.  I now know there are things not meant to be captured by words or pics but remembered from experience.  

We left the Big Island of Hawaii Tuesday afternoon and after a stop in Honolulu caught our flight on to Kauai.  We picked up the SUV there in Lihue and headed north to Kilauea where we are staying.  On the way up we stopped for a treat and OMG!  Seriously think I am addicted. 

The property we stayed at in Kilauea had an incredible pool.  We spent all of Tuesday evening outside enjoying a beautiful night and a big chunk of Wednesday as well,  

It was truly like our own resort.  There was even a bar in the pool.  The kids and Keith thought that was the absolute coolest thing ever.  

Fortunately we didn’t have to eat out much on this trip, but when we do, we like to find fun unique places to go.  In Princeville there is a really cool place called Tiki INiki 


I was so hungry i ordered the Grilled Ribeye.  That steak really hit the spot.  Tiki INiki had a great atmosphere.  They were even creative with some non-alcoholic drinks.  


We finally got around to the store after to grab some food for the rest of our stay.  

Thursday was the first day of the rest of our adventures.  We got up early and headed West to the end of the road.  Literally.  Road stops there at Ke’e Beach.  This is also where the Hanakapiai Trail starts.  


Yeah…I will share some pics ahead but they do not do justice to the visual experience you will have if you come here yourself.  


The trail is 2 miles in from Ke’e Beach to Hanakapiai Beach.  The signs are very real and you do not go into the ocean there.  You can totally enjoy the beach and some nearby caves.  The water is beautiful but deadly.  From the beach we hiked another 2 miles to the Hanakapiai Falls.  This was a pretty difficult hike.  Had to cross the stream several times and a few scrapes along the way but we made it.  We went for a swim and cooled off in the Falls.  The size of the Falls doesn’t look very big from the pic but it was huge.  Hundreds of feet high.  Incredible pool to swim in.  Took us about 6 hours to get up and back.  I think we made pretty good time even with the swim.  We spent another couple of hours at Ke’e Beach then headed for an early dinner at the Kalypso in Hanalei.  Ordered a virgin margarita and a pitcher of water to start.  We had fish and chips and burgers for dinner.  Very fun day and a very tired family.  

Friday brought our second day of adventure with the Halii Zip Line.  Another early start and a 40 minute drive to Lihue.  The Zip Line is seven lines of thrill.  First time the kids have done Zip Lines.  Our little guy is 9 and he was fearless.  The others were a little nervous but the we got them settled down.  I don’t think they wanted to get left behind so they found some courage.  We had lunch and a swim at Hidden Falls.  The kids were so glad for that.  It was a hot and humid day.

We got back to Kilauea about 4:30 and enjoyed another evening at the pool.  We had Hoagies and fruit salad for dinner.  
Saturday brought day three of our adventure and the final day of on Kauai.  We had to get up super early because the drive down to Port Allen is like an hour in the best of circumstances.  We gave ourselves two hours.  A friend recommended Captain Andy’s Sailing Adventure to us, so we did the Na’Pali snorkel and BBQ lunch cruise.  They have these 65′ Catamaran Yauhts.  I honestly don’t really have the words, as I mentioned above, when I started this post.  I believe Na’Pali to be a sacred place.  It is a Temple and a Garden.  I have no doubt God is an artist.  Beauty has the capacity to humble us and testifies there is a God.  I have seen the wonder of creation and it truly took some time to process.  Please forgive the pics.  They do not capture truly what we saw.  

The dolphins were such a nice surprise.  Even in the wild they love to play and show off.  Very curious to see what we were up to.  Today was one of the greatest days of my life and I am grateful it was saved as our last for this vacation.  Definitely want to return and see it by helicopter next time.  We ended the day back in Kilauea and we made ribs, steak, potato salad, fruit salad and grilled pineapple for Father’s Day for Keith.  Wanted to treat him to a feast since we are traveling tomorrow evening.

I made a big breakfast for Keith this morning.  He was served in bed.  We went into Hanalei for church.  They have a Branch there.  The Saints are so kind.  I love to attend church when we are away.  We are getting things packed and will be leaving around 5 for Lihue and our flight home.  I am glad we get to fly into Honolulu one for time to see Oahu.  We fly home tonight and will be back to Idaho Falls around noon tomorrow.  Aloha Hawaii.  

Sorry for the long posts.  I’ll cut them back in the future.  So much to share on this vacation though.  Thank you for indulging me.  

Oahu 

We left Idaho Falls bright and early Monday.  Stops in SLC and LAX on the way to Honolulu.  Arrived there at 1:45 Paradise Time.  Picked up the Explorer and headed to our destination for 4 nights on the East Shores of Kailua Bay.  It was absolutely beautiful.  The beach was about as perfect as you can imagine.  We had 90 ft of beach behind the property plus beach to the north and beach to the south.  It was INCREDIBLE.  The sunrises were breathtaking as well.  I think almost every room had a view of the beach.  See pics below.

Monday night we were invited to a friends for a Memorial Day Feast.  It was fun meeting many of their close friends.  Very long day and when we finally did get to bed we were exhausted.  Tuesday we had a pretty chill morning.  Went to grab some groceries and enjoyed the pool and beach.  Sara and Mandy were getting in about 2 pm so we picked them up and went and had lunch at The Cheesecake Factory.  Tuesday night we had a pretty big dōTERRA class with 26 people.  Finally everyone left at about midnight.  Sara was so tired she was incoherent.  We were entering orders until about 2 am.  I was so happy for bed.  Wednesday I got up in time to see the sunrise and then went for a run.  So beautiful.  Took a nap after breakfast.  Sara and Mandy finally got up around 10.  Today was our day with the dolphins.  The kids were so excited and I just want to say this day was one of the best moments of our lives.  Jack and Chip were very talkative as usual and so much energy.  Kids and dolphins 🐬 are a perfect match.  Jack posed for this pic. 

Thursday we all got up for the sunrise.  Enjoyed the beach for awhile then up to the Polynesian Cultural Center for the afternoon.  Got some tees and souvenirs and didn’t have enough time to see it all.  We didn’t stay for dinner as Mandy, Sara and I had another dōTERRA class that evening.  Need to go back for sure.  Friday we didn’t go anywhere.  Enjoyed our last day here on Oahu on the beach.  After lunch we started to do the check out list and then were dropped off at the airport for our flight to Maui.  Hugs and goodbyes to my best friends.  They had an 8:45 flight later back to Utah.  Great way to go home by flying through the night.  I already miss them.  I’ll update Maui in a couple of days.  Honestly a lot of rest and relaxation is planned lol.  ❤️

Cape Cod Spring Break 

The week is coming to a close.  It has been so much fun to spend time with family and friends.  Tonight as I prepare to sleep one more night in this amazing bed I am feeling so much gratitude.  Time with those you love is precious.  We have had an adventure this week!  The kids were so excited to go some where new.  We were a little worried about the weather as this time of the year can be unpredictable in March.  The bonus though is no crowds.  Our best bets for good weather were Tuesday and Thursday based on the forecasts.  After getting in Monday evening we had no food and barely got out in time for some dinner.  Restaurants and shops close early tbis time of year in Cape Cod.  We found this place in Orleans called Sir Cricket’s Fish & Chips.  Here is a pic of the menu.


The fish and chips were amazing.  Even though they were closing at 8 pm they let us finish up eating.  I Totally recommend this place the next time your in Cape Cod.  

Tuesday we had a sunny and warm day that broke 50 degrees.  Totally felt warmer with the sun, not warm enough for swimming, but we did go tour the area in and around Orleans after lunch.  We even went down on a couple of beaches.  


The kids loved the fishing boats and the docks.  It was just incredible to see so much history.  Every where you went were buildings that were from the 1800s.  I am sure some were even older.  We had stocked up on groceries for the week on Tuesday morning.  Jen and I were up and at the store early early!  Made it back and had breakfast made before most everyone was up.  Honestly getting up two days in a row that early was brutal.  On Tuesday night we had a feast.  Bought several kinds of steaks plus chicken to BBQ and made potatoes and carrots Hobo style on the grill in tinfoil.  We even grilled some corn on the cob, even frozen corn on the cob tastes amazing grilled with butter and seasoning.  I tried to stay up to watch a movie but I didn’t make it.  Keith got me in bed somehow.  🙂  

Wednesday I finally got to sleep in.  Rain was expected but never fell.  It was cloudy and cooler all day though.  Kids watched movies, we played cards and I think most everyone got a nap in.  I even had time to get a little reading in.  I had a great view of the water.  
Thursday we had our second adventure day planned.  The weather was a bit chilly and we had two options, going out to Nantucket or up the Arm.  We decided on the Arm mainly because if the weather went bad we didn’t want to be trapped out on an Island.  In driving up the coast we saw Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown.  It was just spectacular.  I cannot even imagine what it must be like in the Summer.  



Beautiful beautiful is all I can say.  I am in love with this place and want to visit often. We had lunch in Provincetown at a place called The Squealing Pig.  I kid you not.  


Pretty quiet day for the shops and restaurants.  I think they were excited to see us.  Definitely treated us like VIPs.  This is another place I would highly recommend.  Great menu and service and so New England.  We had such a fun drive.  At Wellfleet on the way up we got off the main road and took Old County Road up along the inside of the Arm.  Driving through these quiet, almost deserted neighborhoods was surreal.  I think many of these homes sit vacant in the winter and many of these homes are older than the oldest buildings in Utah by decades.  

Friday we had another relaxing day.  It rained most of today so I got a nap in and started dinner around 4.  I made one of my most popular dinners for everyone.  Chicken Enchiladas.  With 9 of us I had to do make double because it’s a popular dish.  There was none left!  Jen made her Key Lime Pie and it was delicious.  

A few highlights of this trip I loved the most.  I got to run 3 mornings and the air you could almost taste.  More humid and at sea level I just felt I could run forever.  I had to will myself back.  The bed was I think the best I have ever slept in.  Maybe it was just the experience being here and everything just felt perfect.  The property sits on a point surrounded by 900′ of private beach which unfortunately we didn’t get to enjoy fully, but stlll made for a great walk and views of the bay.  There is a large flag pole behind the house visible to anyone out in the bay.  There was an American Flag in the house with a book and an invitation to hang the flag each day and recommended a couple of stories about the history of Old Glory in this book.  We accepted the challenge and it was a treasure I don’t think I will ever forget.  The kids got to raise and lower the flag each day and we learned several things.  So much sacrifice has been made for our Freedom.  I took some time to write in the guest book tonight and leave our gratitude.  I honestly think this has been one of those most memorable Spring Breaks we have ever had.  Tomorrow we head back to the Homestead in Idaho.  It has been a good week.  Scones and hot chocolate in the morning before we leave.  #CapeCodIsAwesome 

Hawaii 2.0

Such a fun week!  Arrived Monday afternoon and after meeting up with my colleague we had a business lunch at Dukes!  Such a great place to eat and Waikiki is a beautiful beach.  I got tee shirts for everyone, they will be thrilled!  So much history at Dukes, go if you get the chance.  I was pretty wiped out from the flight so we went back to their place and lounged around all afternoon by the pool and caught up.  Tuesday we had business until mid afternoon then more pool time.  I saw Kailua Bay for the first time and the North Shore again.  It’s shocking a place can be so perfect.  Her hubby grilled kabobs and veggies for dinner and it was YUMMY!  No rain despite the forecast, just 70s and clouds.  Wednesday we were up early and on a flight to Kauai.  Business I won’t bore you with but the drive up the coast was so pretty.  Stayed at the Westin Resort.  The rain didn’t come as predicted again :).  We took advantage of the spa and had scheduled hot rock massages then enjoyed some time in the wet sauna.  I was like so relaxed.  Dinner included a virgin margarita and a flash of pineapple juice with short ribs and shrimp.  No words can be uttered to express the sheer perfection of that food.  My taste buds are still happy.  I didn’t wake up at 4 am on Wednesday so I consider it a huge victory.  Thursday started out with a run and then I will tell you straight up the breakfast buffet would blow your mind.  I ate so much.  I had a waffle, an omelette, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, fruit plus hot chocolate, milk, OJ and pineapple juice to drink.  I was so full!   Thursday we had a flight to Maui with a short stop in Oahu on the way.  The rain came after I left in Kauai all day but we only had about an hour of rain in Maui.  Got our business done and spent a short time at the pool.  Mid 60s and cloudy but enjoyed some snacks and the hot tub.  Got hit on but flashed our rings lol.  The Westin Resort on Maui had an awesome performance with fire dancers and about two hours of entertainment.  The Luau was so delicious.  Taste buds were again very happy.  We had soooo much fun.  I am finally sleeping till my alarm goes off.  Today I even hit snooze and waited till 6:30 to get up.  This morning we had 90 minute hot rock massages scheduled.  After the massages we went to the breakfast buffet where I am writing this post.  I love breakfast buffets at resorts, they are over the top.  Trying to not eat so much today.  After we get back to Oahu we are going to meet up for a date.  I am so excited to see Jack and Chip.  I really am hoping they remember me lol.  I don’t even know why it really matters but we had so much fun last time.  It would just be fun to think they do I guess.  I have told my friend so much about them.  She lives here and has never swam with dolphins.  I couldn’t believe it.  So today we live fully.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  I am headed back to the mainland tomorrow.  Business was good, the food was better, the massages were heavenly but I believe the dolphins will take the prize.  😇