Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Our Sundays

I can't explain how grateful I am that Zach now has Sundays off. 
Since we've lived in Hawaii our work schedules have never matched. He works evenings and weekends and I work during the day Monday through Friday. 
It finally got to a point where we NEEDED to have at least one day off together each week. 
And Zach made that possible! 

The last 2 Sundays have been awesome. 
We've gone on 2 really cool hikes and spent the afternoons at the beach. 
It feels so good to get outside and explore the island again 
(I was starting to turn into a hermit).   

First, we hiked the Hanauma Bay Ridge Trail, which was a neat hike. 
The water was beautiful and looked so inviting. 
There were some pretty steep parts on the trail and there was no shade but it was super windy 
so we didn't get really hot, just wind blown. 

 Hawaii Kai all the way to the  left, Koko Head, and Hanauma Bay 

The wind was crazy

This last Sunday we hiked Friendship Garden on the Kokokahi Ridge in Kaneohe with a couple of my co-wokers and their boyfriends. The views were awesome. The air was a little heavy with no wind so we were hot but there was shade and tall grasses to keep the sun completely off of us. 
 Kaneohe Bay to the left and Kailua to the right

 Kaneohe Bay

 Love this picture of the mountains

Walking through the tall grass
The Kapaa Quarry 

We were hot and tired after the hike so we rested at Kalamas Beach Park in Kailua. 

It is so nice having a day off together!

Saturday, November 15, 2014


Our wedding day was amazing. The weather in Santa Barbara was perfect and Elings Park was beautiful. It turned out better than we both imagined, thanks to our amazing family and friends who helped and supported us, and who shared in on our special day. 
And a big thanks to our photographers, Mactaggart Media for capturing the love, fun, 
and beauty of the day!



Saturday, September 20, 2014

Year 2

September 12th marked our 2nd year living Hawaii. 
These past 2 years have flown by and we are proud of the life we made here on Oahu!
Within our 2nd year in Hawaii we moved into a house with a roommate, Mom & Dan, Tim & Chelsea, and Eric & Nicole came to visit, we got engaged, Zach started school at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, I completed my yoga teacher training, we got married and had the best wedding ever, our 1992 Ford Explorer died so we bought a new 2014 Prius C, and I got a promotion at work. 

We are happy, healthy, busy, and still enjoying island living! 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Pre wedding festivities: the day before & morning of

We drove up to Santa Barbara the day before our wedding and stayed the night. We stayed at the Montecito Inn, which we fell in love with. Zach had a room for him and his guys and I had a room for me and the girls. It was so nice having our friends all together! I decided to make all the flower arrangements, bouquets, and boutonnieres. The girls and I got to Santa Barbara around 10:00am, went out for breakfast, checked into our hotel room, and stopped by Costco to pick up the flowers. We spent the majority of the afternoon in the hotel room arranging flowers before we headed off to the park for the rehearsal. My friend, Chelsea drove down from Sacramento to be a part of the fun, which was super nice of her. 

On the morning of our wedding I woke up at 4:00am, after going to bed around 1:00am. I woke up thinking, "I am getting married today" and I felt super excited but also very nervous. I truly didn't think I would be nervous and I was surprised to find myself nervous. After lying in bed for an hour I didn't want to wake the girls so I just hung out in the spacious hotel bathroom. My mom texted me around 5:00am saying that we woke up at 4:30am full of emotion. 

Around 8:00am Zach and his friends went to the park to help set up. Thanks to Zach and his friends, our parents and my Uncle Greg & Aunt Tori they got the park looking wonderful, it was truly better than I imagined. While they were all busy setting up us girls were busy getting ready. Truthfully, I wasn't feeling the best with my stomach in knots and feeling tired I just laid on the couch for a while. Our morning went smoothly and then before we knew it it was 1:00 and we were rushing to get dressed because we had to be at the park at 2:00 to begin taking pictures. 

They really liked Santa Barbara

Making arrangements 

 We did it all pretty quickly thanks to these ladies

Our last day as single people

Leighton, Heather, & Chels on the way to the park 

Heather & Sonny 


We both couldn't believe we were rehearsing our wedding!

The morning of...
Tori, Berna, & mom ready to help set up

Feeling kinda blah

 I was so happy Chelsea was there

 My mom looking beautiful 

 Beautiful bridesmaids!

 Couldn't have done it without them

Once I got to the park my nerves were beginning to settle and after Zach and I said "I do" I was feeling wonderful!