something fun

you know what i want to accomplish this year?

other than my one word, order.

i want to go away with my husband…for a vacation.

a night.

maybe, a whole weekend.

or,  dreaming big here, even longer!

we have not been anywhere…ALONE, just the two of us, since february 2009.

that’s FIVE years.



he’s been away on his own.

i’ve been away on my own.

we’ve been on vacations as a family.

but, we haven’t been on a vacation (or even a night away) as a couple since BEFORE baby girl was born.

that’s crazy!


i’m planning something.

something fun.

home is…getting away as a couple.

home sweet home

We said goodbye to this yesterday…

And, after a brief delay at the airport…

We got on this and flew across the Pacific.

Lorelai and I had a nice snuggle on the plane yesterday.

The boys also snuggled for a bit…

Then we had a little fun with photo booth on my laptop…

Then I realized that the flash was going off and the other passengers might not be too happy, so we stopped. Oops!

The boys woke up from their snooze, and we all settled in for the remainder of the flight.

The kids did awesome. They are both sick and were troopers during the long flight home.

We’re all happy to be home after such a wonderful family vacation.

Now it’s back to reality…

I will be listing these in the colton+cadence etsy shop today.

Isn’t it the best feeling in the world to be home?

home is…home sweet home.


Last Friday we got on an airplane and flew to the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

We’re on Maui…one of my happiest places on earth.

Today is our last day here on the island.

It’s been a wonderful time despite many meltdowns at breakfast, lunch and dinner; a crazy sleep schedule; kiddos that don’t want to walk anywhere; and sniffles and coughs.

Lorelai has become a fish in the water.

Reece is making fast friends with kids of all ages at the pool.

They have both perfected the words ‘Aloha’ and ‘Mahalo’.

It is an awesome experience to share such a special place with my kiddos (and Ryan).

We ate breakfast at The Gazebo, lunch at Kimo’s, and dinner at Hula Grill.

We ate quickly melting ice cream under the Banyan tree, and looked for crabs on the rocks along Front Street.

We’ve also created new family experiences…staying on Kaanapali Beach at a hotel with a fabulous pool (and the only full service Starbucks on Kaanapali right below our ocean front room).

There are awesome kids activities…feeding the fish around the resort grounds, outdoor movies, treasure hunts, and shave ice.

We have relaxed by the pool everyday…going on “tours” of the big pool, waterfalls, and slides…swimming like mermaids and searching for pirate treasure at the Pirate Ship.

Last night we took the kids for a night swim and had the entire pool to ourselves.

Very different from all the other times I have been to Maui, but an amazing experience to share with my kids.

I can’t wait to come again and share even more with them…snorkeling, paddle boarding, boogie boarding, the North Shore, Haleakala, rainforests, waterfalls, Hana, Kapalua, Napili, Lanai, Molokini, Makena, and Little Beach.

Reece wanted to save a trip on the Sugar Cane Train for the next time we come.

I guess we have a reason to come back…

home is…island magic.

i do’s

My cousin is getting married today on the shore of a beautiful northern Idaho lake.

It’s going to be an amazing celebration.

Reece and Lorelai are in the wedding…ring bearer and flower girl.

They rehearsed yesterday afternoon…

After the wedding festivities we get to stay here and play for a few more days.

It’s going to be an amazing vacation.

home is…getting away from home.