Thursday, November 6, 2008

Vacation Time!

We did it! We finally took a real didn't start out being a vacation with plans to look at a chiropractic office for sale, but it was a good excuse to visit Hawaii. We stayed a week on the island of Oahu and went about 3/4 around the island. Our first visit was to Pearl Harbor which helped us (me) to realize how brave our soldiers are. Military service I think is one of the most unappreciated and gracious acts one can do in this life. I owe my life to those who defend this country.

One of our main trips was to the North Shore where BYU-Hawaii and the temple are located. During our day trip there we visited the campus and visitor's center at the temple, and probably the highlight of the trip was to the Polynesian Cultural Center (which is owned and run by the Church). This was AMAZING! It's not only a luau with a show but a full day event. You start out with a canoe show featuring dances from all the polynesian islands. Then you continue your tour of the islands with ceremonies and cultural activities from each particular island. This leads you up to the luau where you get to eat the traditional smoked pig feast with entertainment while you eat. I expected the evening to end after that but it continues with an hour and a half full on show featuring music and dancing from the islands (which is put on in an outdoor arena). We didn't get home until 11pm or so. Spendy but a great memory!

We did a ton of swimming- how can you not when the water is like bath water...except for the sand. We literally went to a beach every day! We realized that the North shore had the best waves. I even wore a bikini while pregnant...I wanted the least amount of tan lines as possible. I got a few stares but most people couldn't believe I was actually playing in the water.

We did a little snorkling at Hanauma Bay where it's known for lots of underwater life...we snapped a few shots of different sea life. Paul happened to see an eel, which he said looked like it was going to take a bite out of him. I was glad I didn't see one!

Of course we did some shopping. And on our last day there we tried to go for a hike which started out reminded us of the island on LOST (only our FAVORITE show) but we only got about 300 ft. into the hike due to the thickest muck and swarms of mosquitos!
It was great to get away from the rain and have sun and beach for a week!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

WSCC Graduation

He did it! Paul graduated from Western States Chiropractic College on June 21, 2008. We are excited to be at this point in our's been a long road, but good things have happened along the way. We were happy to celebrate "the day" with so much family support. Thank you all for coming!
After the ceremony at the Oregon Convention Center we went out for a steak dinner at Sayler's Old Country Kitchen. When we pulled up to the restaurant we weren't very excited to see a 30 year old sign with a faded picture of a steak on it. Luckily the steaks turned out to be delicioso! Two surprises were in store; one for Paul and one for everybody else. Paul was surprised to get a new mountain bike. (And it was even the right color!) The second surprise was the big one...Paul announced that I am pregnant! Family, food and fertility make a great day!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Time to Start a Blog

I've decided that everyone has a blog but us, but I kept telling Paul that there is no reason to start one since it's just the two of us. I kept saying that we'd start one once we had something to actually talk about...we finally do! Paul and I are having a baby...I guess I should clarify that I'm having a baby with Paul! I'm not due until January 14, which I think is great timing! I get to enjoy the summer without being too pregnant and hot, hopefully we can go on vacation to some warm and yummy place (a needed late honeymoon) this fall before I'm too big to fly, and then after all the holidays are over have the new adventure of being a mommy. The timing couldn't be better as well since Paul just graduated from Western States Chiropractic College a few weeks ago (post in preparation). All he has left to do is his preceptorship (working with another chiropractor in the area) until September and take his final board exam in November which he has heard is the easiest one of them all. We went to a financial planner the other day and they asked if there were any big events happening in the near future...we looked at each other and laughed! Of course the three big ones will be on our plate at the same time: new chiropractic business, probably moving, and baby. Why does it seem to happen all at once? Trial of our faith right? We are looking forward to these scary but very exciting events nonetheless.

We hope to keep up with our blog as we enjoy reading and seeing all the events that take place in all of our friends and families lives. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you all soon!