This weekend we threw our first annual Halloween party! I absolutely love Halloween and the fall and everything t at comes with it. The past few years I have been really disappointed because we have had no reason to dress up (I would dress up every day if I could, that was probably my favorite part of high school. I love not having to wear real clothes.) It seems like we are in the in-between stage where holidays aren’t as fun as when we were single and where they will be really fun when we have babies to dress up.
So I decided to take matters into my own hands this year and throw a party. We did a murder mystery party. I’ve done it once before when I was 16 and I remember it being fun but can’t remember any of the specifics about it or how it worked. So I was a little nervous to host one because it could be cheesy and it may not make sense. But it sounded fun in my head, so I decided to do it. I think it turned out great! It seemed like everyone had a good time, and I hope they did! I was rushed getting the party set up and making sure I read all the prompts I was supposed to and completely forgot to take a picture of everyone! A huge shout-out to our amazing guests who got into character and made it fun! You are all good sports, you will all be getting an invite again next year!
A couple of weeks ago we were lucky enough to go to Oahu! Mark had to go for work (tough job, right?) and I tagged along! I have to say October is a great time to go on vacation! It’s nice to go somewhere warm when it’s starting to get cold here, come back tan and ready for fall!
We had a great time. It was fun to go to a different island and see and do different things. Oahu has great beaches. Perfect waves that are fun to dive in and out of without getting pummeled into the shore. I already want to go back! We mostly hung out at Turtle Bay. We would go lay on the beach and float in the ocean for the first half of the day and then sneak over to the pool at the resort. One day we went to Waikiki. That place is great but soo crowded. I am glad we went though. It was really the only “touristy” thing we did. We walked around the international market place, which is going out of business. I was on the hunt for one thing for Mark for Christmas…but I had no such luck . Then we walked through some of the gorgeous hotels like the Moana Surfrider (which is stunning. I hope to stay there one day, or have a house designed after it) and the Royal Hawaiian. Both hotels had these huge rocking chairs on the porch so we sat and rocked for a little bit. Then we headed to the beach and found our selves some Stand up paddle board rentals! After paying they basically sent us out. All they told us was to stand with our knees bent. They didn’t even tell us which boards to take, or warn us that they weighed a ton! I couldn’t even carry it to the water, Mark had to do it for me! (Pathetic.) Mark really didn’t want to try the SUPB because he was embarrassed that he wouldn’t be able to stand up. But he was a good sport and new I REALLY wanted to do it, so he came with me. We started out on our knees and paddled out away from the crowds and then decided to just try and stand up. Next thing I knew I was standing and saw Mark standing, then a wave came and took him out. But he got back up and we had a blast! At one point there were 3 sea turtles right next to us! It was amazing! We both fell once or twice but it wasn’t bad (although I did get a raspberry on my stomach from the board.) We were so glad we did it and would totally recommend it to everyone! My legs were sore the next day from squatting and trying to stay balanced.
The rest of our trip consisted of hitting the beach, eating amazing food, going to a high school football game (Mark is the only person who goes to Hawaii and wants to go to a hs football game, but those guys were massive!), eat haupia pie from Teds, watching the locals surf and boogie board in the huge swells, and eating lots of coconut-macadamia nut shrimp.
Today was one of those days where I woke up late with 20 minutes to get ready, I jumped in the shower but didn’t have time to wash my hair so I sprayed some dry shampoo, threw it up in a bun, slapped some makeup on and grabbed the first thing in my closet and ran out the door for work, luckily having remembered to feed Leo. I had a million things on my mind, which distracted me from caring what I looked like, because I’m leaving tomorrow for Hawaii!!
Days like today make me laugh because I’ve gotten more compliments from co-workers today than I have the past month combined when I have actually put in effort and tried to look nice. At lunch today I sat at a table next to a girl and guy who I could instantly tell was gay when I heard him talking, and as I went to sit down he said “You look really great, seriously, you look amazing!” It was so genuine followed by the sweetest smile (accompanied by smiling with his eyes, he learned well from Tyra) and it really made my day. There aren’t enough nice people in this world who take a second to give someone random a compliment.
So I’m going to work on giving compliments more freely.
Note to self: Apparently you look better when you don’t wash your hair and don’t care what you look like. That will work perfect in Hawaii this week!
This past weekend was General Conference, more on that later, but we also had the pleasure of watching the kids I used to stay with for a week during the summers when I came home from college. I love these 4 kids. The youngest one, Ali, wore her baptism dress to our wedding, before she even wore it to her own baptism because she wanted to match me, so cute! Anyways, it’s been a few years since I’ve watched them and I pictured them still being the little kids they were. But they are all grown up now, the oldest is a senior in high school and Ali is 10! We had a good time, it was funny to watch Mark and then hear him say, “How did you do this by yourself?” These kids have A LOT of energy and at the conclusion of the weekend I couldn’t help but think, “on second thought, maybe I do want to wait longer to have kids…” Granted, I know your kids don’t come out 4 at a time (usually) and 12 years old, but I couldn’t help but think about how good life is right now. It’s quiet and just the two of us (plus Leo, who is great because we can leave him by himself all weekend with a bunch of food left out, you can’t do that with a kid!) and we can pack up and go somewhere whenever we feel like it, aka freedom.
I’ll be thrilled when that day comes but for right now I’m enjoying this stage. I guess Mark’s going to get his way a little longer.
Now for some un-related pictures! Picture 1: Mark is the scout leader for the 11 year olds. He’s loving it… ha! 😉 #2: This is Mark’s favorite thing to do to Leo right now, he thinks this face is hilarious! It drives me nuts! #3: We are hosting our first annual Halloween party! (Annual is contingent upon this one being a hit…we will see) I’ve always wanted an excuse to use a wax sealer and thought Halloween party invites were the perfect one! It was so much fun and now I’m looking for any excuse to wax seal everything, bills, mortgage payment, etc…