Saturday, August 29, 2015

Our First Wedding Anniversary

To celebrate our first wedding anniversary we went camping at Malaekahana on the north shore. We
had not used our tent since we lived in it on the farm so it was good to set it up again and reminisce about our start on Oahu nearly 3 years ago. The camp site was really nice and we enjoyed spending uninterrupted (no cellphones) time together. We sat up our camp and then walked the beach. As we were walking we saw a lot of Portuguesse Man-O-War (box jellyfish) so we were a little skeptical about going in the water  but that didn't stop Zach from taking a quick dip. Even though the sun was still up we decided to start our campfire as there were dark clouds forming over the mountains and we were hungry. We cooked up some chili dogs and made s'mores for dessert. After we ate we walked the beach again for a little bit and then drank champagne while enjoying the sound of the waves. Everything was great about camping except for the fact that we got no sleep.  It was windy so our tent was flapping all night and for whatever reason we thought the ground would be soft enough that we would not need an air mattress but it was hard as a rock! (our mistake). We got up around 6:00 and ate breakfast by the ocean then we packed everything up and left the camp ground after 7:00. Our plan was to stay at the north shore for the majority of the day but we were zombies and just wanted to go home. I took a 3 hour nap and we bummed around our house before going out to dinner. On Sunday we did a 5 mile hike and on Monday I took the day off of work so we could go to the water park. It was nice having a long weekend together to celebrate our first year of marriage!

Malaekahana Beach

Portuguesse Man-O-War


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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Beach Photo Shoot

It seems our GoPro movies have taken place of our blog...and the fact that we haven't really been exploring much this summer. Work and school have been taking up the majority of our time lately. But we have a few fun things planned in the next couple of months.

How the heck is it already August? It's crazy that we will be celebrating our first wedding anniversary next weekend! Our first year of marriage has been awesome. I am very blessed to have Zach as my husband and for the life we share together.

I was able to talk Zach into taking pictures on the beach for our one year anniversary and I think he actually liked it. We were laughing through the whole shoot and I love that the photographer was able to capture those moments of us being silly and truly in the moment!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Our Week in Kauai

I am so grateful I got to celebrate my 29th year in such a beautiful place as Kauai and I'm happy my mom and Dan were able to spend the week with us as well. 
If you have not been to Hawaii before I would highly recommend booking a vacation to the island of Kauai. 
It's pretty incredible. Full of lush green mountains, tons of waterfalls, crystal clear ocean, uncrowded beaches, and home of the Grand Canyon of the Pacific and the Na Pali Coast. 
A week was not enough time to explore the island. We could have easily spent the whole week hiking Waimea Canyon. But our week was filled with other fun things like zip lining, water tubing down old irrigation canals, boating along the Na Pali Coast and seeing caves, driving all over the island, eating yummy handmade Hawaiian ice cream, relaxing on beaches, hiking, going on bike rides,  snorkeling, playing in water falls, and chasing rooster with our GoPro.

Our week went by too fast!

Hiking to a waterfall in Waimea Canyon.

One of Zach's favorite things is playing in waterfalls but Dan was the first one in at this fall.

The red ridge line to the left of the waterfall is the ridge we were hiking in the first photo of this post and the water fall Dan and Zach swam in leads into this big waterfall.

Waimea Canyon is beautiful.

The Na Pali Coast line. 
You can only get to this northern part of the island by boat or hiking.

I was in complete awe of this coast line. This was definitely one of our high lights for the week. 
We road bikes one morning to watch the sun rise and took some photos of my mom doing yoga.

Happy I got to celebrate my birthday with my mom!

On our way to tubing. Watch our video to see how much fun we had!
The peak to the right of Dan is Mt. Wai'ale'ale one of the rainiest places on earth. 
The waterfall from that mountain flows into the irrigation canals, which is what we road down in big inner tubes and that water was COLD and even colder in the dark tunnels!

For all those tourists. 

Wailua Falls.

Hanalei was my favorite town. It's so green and pretty. 

We spent a couple hours at the Ke'e beach which is where hikers begin their Na Pali Coast hike.
The Na Pali Coast from the opposite direction from our boat ride. 

Dan zippin'!
Zip lining was a lot of fun as well. 

He knew I was trying to get him! 

Check out our GoPro video for more of our week in Kauai.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Hawaii Lately

We have been busy.
 Last week was Zach's spring break and we were able to enjoy the sunshine and adventures together {grateful for those moments}!
We've really been enjoying hiking thanks to our GoPro. 

A couple Sundays ago we hiked "crouching lion" and it turned out to be one of my favorite hikes. The view at the top is spectacular. The hike is along the northern side of the island in Kaaawa. I love that it's a short hike but steep so it got our heart rates up quickly. We were lucky when we got to the top because no one else was up there so we got to mess around with the GoPro and take some fun pictures. I could have sat up there for hours.

Looking out into the ocean 

Looking back towards the valley

Love the colors of the ocean

It was super windy at the top so I was a little nervous to extend my leg further then this.

Stunning view

Practicing taking pictures with the GoPro!

Over Zach's spring break we hiked, swam at Waimea Bay, went kayaking, went to a wine tasting, and explored more of the island. 

From this point up at the North Shore we saw skydivers landing
{I think we are going to skydive soon}

We did an early morning hike to watch the sun rise in Lanikai

We are so happy we got a GoPro and are now capturing our adventures.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Incubus Live

Incubus is one of our favorite bands. 
We first saw them together in 2004 and then again in 2007 & 2009 {Zach also saw them in 2002}. 
We saw them play at The Forum, The Irvine Amphitheater, and Usana Amphitheater, all pretty big arenas. 
So when we heard on the radio that they were playing at The Republik in Honolulu we were stoked!
It's been on my life goals list to see Incubus live in a small venue and on Monday night that goal became reality. And to make that reality even better we were front row, right up against the barricade. 

 We held our spot in the front row for 2 hours before Incubus took the stage. 

It was awesome being so close to these guys!

We ended the night with sore throats and ringing ears but it was definitely one of our best nights out! 


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Our President's Day Weekend

I just have to say I love 3 day weekends and I think there should be more of them. 

That being said, Saturdays are quickly becoming my least favorite day of the week because it's another day I don't get to spend time with Zach. 
He has started shadowing at a PT clinic (yay!) on Saturday mornings from 8-12. This is a great experience for him and I'm super happy he was able to find a clinic so fast. 
For him to get into grad school he has to have somewhere between 20 to 100+ hours of PT observation experience. 
Each school requires different hours and experience from at least 2 different PT settings. 
 Once he is finished at the PT clinic he comes home to eat and change his clothes then he's out the door again to go to work and I don't see him again until 11:00 at night. 
He is a busy guy and I am so thankful for our Sundays off together. 

This past Sunday we bought a GoPro!
We have been wanting one for a while now and with our tax return we finally got one. 
We charged the batteries and then went for an evening drive to test it out. 
We had no idea how to use it but we just went for it. Unfortunately, when we got home we realized I had the setting on time lapse the whole drive so the footage was useless but we enjoyed our drive. 

We decided to try another GoPro adventure on Monday since we both had the day off. 
We woke up at 5:30 in the morning and drove to Makapu'u lighthouse. We wanted to capture the sun rising and try out time lapse the correct way. We walked quickly up the mountain and got our camera in position. 
Even though it was a little hazy out it was neat watching the sun rise and the clouds change color. 
We were back home by 8:30 and excited we still had the whole day ahead of us. 
When we downloaded the sunrise footage somehow we deleted it so we don't know if we got any cool footage. I guess we'll have to try a sunrise time lapse again. 
We spent the rest of our morning playing around with the GoPro, we even made our first movie! 
But we have been a little surprised by how complicated it's been figuring out how manage downloading the footage. It seems it should be simpler but I'm sure we'll figure it out over time. 

We spent the rest of our day at Waimanalo Beach with my old co-worker Amalis and her family. 
It was a beautiful day and we had a lot of fun playing in the water and filming. 

Sunday evening drive up Tantalus

Loved seeing the different colors in the sky and the sliver of moon

Adventures with him are the best!

Cotton candy looking clouds 

We love a good beach day with fun people! 

If you want to see our very first attempts at making GoPro movies click on the links below. 
Our skills are a work in progress so please don't judge!
And please don't mind how messy our house is! Kinda embarrassing!