new friends.

i hope you all had a great christmas! it was a busy time in these parts. engagement photos/christmas at jake's grandparents/christmas at my parents/christmas at jake's parent/ blah blah blah. just plain busy! and yesterday, we picked my sister up from grand island. the dinkiest airport you will EVER find. we did meet some new friends on the way home. welcome to the middle of nowhere, folks. :)

country sister donkey


donkey kiss donkey

and one more...because i don't think you'll realize how short these guys are until you see my 5 foot sister kneeling...and still being slightly taller than these little dudes. :)

really short donkeys

under the sea

fish in hanauma bay snorkeling in hanauma bay sea turtle swimming in hanauma bay

while we were in hawaii we went to hanauma bay for some of the best snorkeling around oahu. there were so many beautiful brightly colored fish, it was amazing. not to mention the two sea turtles we saw. i even got to swim along side one of them! we used those underwater cameras to take the pictures, but many of the photos didn't come out as clear as we expected. nonetheless, we're still pretty happy to have them as memories of our snorkeling trip. the snorkeling trip where we came out looking like we had gone to battle after getting stuck in the reef. it wasn't so funny to me at the time....but looking back it's pretty hilarious. jake and i swam all the way out and somehow failed to notice that no other snorkelers were out that far. it should have been a clue. we now have 363 days to return without having to watch that silly 9 minute introductory video. i think we'll make it back in time. 


hello all.

my older sister got married in hawaii last week so my parents, jake and i flew all the way out there to attend and be a part of the festivities. it was such a crazy, busy, fun time. here are just a few snapshots. :)

palm trees
feet in sand north shore waves north shore surfer girls my momma surf boards paddling pineapple guypinapple lady sexy handsome man my dad is silly

we had such a blast cruisin' around in our rental jeep. unfortunately, i started getting sick towards the end of the trip and am in complete misery right now. (complete misery for someone who rarely gets sick, i guess i should count my blessings instead.) jake and i have resolved to go back soon. 
i love hawai'i.