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Thursday, March 13, 2014

I'm Baaaack!!

Hey there lovelies, it's me!!! I bet y'all have been waiting with baited breath to hear me say (write) those words--I know I've been impatient to say them! If you haven't been living under a rock (or just haven't visited the blog much), you might have noticed that I've been a little MIA around these parts. I was so lucky to get eight lovely ladies to take over Army Ever After for these past two weeks while I was busy....da...dada...dum....showing my sister around Hawaii!!

You guys, these past 12 days have literally flown by! My sister Ashley and I haven't seen each other since our wedding two years ago so it was amazing having her here with us. Zach and I had lots of fun showing her around the island. And of course, the second best thing to actually coming to visit us here in Hawaii (y'all are welcome by the way) is seeing pictures from Hawaii, right! Not really? Well....I'm going to flood this post with pictures anyway! 


Ashley (that's my sister by the way--top right in the picture above) flew in from Milwaukee on Friday night the 28th. We pretty much spent the whole weekend relaxing and catching up--translation: she and I spent way too many nights staying up talking till the wee hours of the morning. Zach had to work long hours the first part of the week but we did drive around the island and managed to go out to dinner at Ruby Tuesdays and hit the theater to see The Lego Movie. 


One of the main sights Ashley wanted to see while she was here was definitely Pearl Harbor so tickets to the USS Arizona memorial were pretty much one of the first things I booked when I found out she was visiting. And boy am I glad I did (and that Zach could take a half day off work)! Hubs and I had gone to Pearl Harbor before but had never made it to the Arizona memorial which made this trip even more special. If you ever get the chance to visit Pearl Harbor, the Arizona is a must-see! It was amazing yet incredibly heartbreaking to step off the ferry and onto the memorial. And I admit that seeing the wall of names and the ruins of the ship in the water made me cry. It was an emotional but worthwhile afternoon. 


Friday was Zach's last day of work before leave so we celebrated by going to the Ala Moana Mall in Honolulu and then heading back home for a game night! Zach invited one of his buddies to join us and we played Clue and Dirty Minds into the wee hours of the night--I'm pretty sure all of us enjoyed it way too much! It's pretty hard to imagine but we still hadn't taken Ashley to the beach (other than driving by it) until Saturday--I'd like to think we made up for it though because we spent all of Saturday at the Helemano Military Reservation. Zach and Bob Bob (you might remember him from the football game we went to a few months ago) swam in the ocean and Ashley and I tried our best to keep from drowning since neither one of us can swim. We chased crabs, got buried in the sand, gave ourselves sand facials and pretty much acted about half our ages--it was pretty much an amazingly fun day! 

Sunday was a busy and early day for us since Ashley was leaving in the evening and we still had quite a few things on the agenda for us to do. Zero six thirty was our scheduled departure time from the house but my sister and I once again proved that together we rarely get anything done on time. One hour and a trip back to the house for the camera later, we were on our way to North Shore for a photo shoot at the beach. 



After that was done, we had a breakfast fit for champions aka. McDonalds and headed off to Honolulu. There are a lot of beautiful places to hike here in Oahu--Diamond Head, Aiea, Maunawili Falls--but we decided on Manoa Falls. Of course by the time we got to the hiking trail it had started to rain, but that didn't stop these explorers! We donned our hoodies and sneakers and trekked out into the jungle. It kind of felt like we were Indiana Jones hiking through the tropics and by the time we got to the falls we were wet, muddy and exhausted. Ok, maybe I was the only one who was exhausted but we were all definitely wet and muddy by the time we reached the falls. 
Excuse the fact that we look like drowned rats, it's the waterfall's fault I promise!
Way to soon after that it was time for Ashley to leave. I'll spare you all the details but suffice it to say, I campaigned very hard for her to make Hawaii her permanent residence. It didn't work though and we sent her off to the cold frigid land that is Wisconsin this time of year with a suitcase filled with touristy things and a ton of great memories! 


That's all from me for now, loves! How have you spent the last two weeks I've been away from the bloggy world? 

PS: What are your thoughts on the new blog design? 

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

I'm Baaaack!!

Hey there lovelies, it's me!!! I bet y'all have been waiting with baited breath to hear me say (write) those words--I know I've been impatient to say them! If you haven't been living under a rock (or just haven't visited the blog much), you might have noticed that I've been a little MIA around these parts. I was so lucky to get eight lovely ladies to take over Army Ever After for these past two weeks while I was busy....da...dada...dum....showing my sister around Hawaii!!

You guys, these past 12 days have literally flown by! My sister Ashley and I haven't seen each other since our wedding two years ago so it was amazing having her here with us. Zach and I had lots of fun showing her around the island. And of course, the second best thing to actually coming to visit us here in Hawaii (y'all are welcome by the way) is seeing pictures from Hawaii, right! Not really? Well....I'm going to flood this post with pictures anyway! 


Ashley (that's my sister by the way--top right in the picture above) flew in from Milwaukee on Friday night the 28th. We pretty much spent the whole weekend relaxing and catching up--translation: she and I spent way too many nights staying up talking till the wee hours of the morning. Zach had to work long hours the first part of the week but we did drive around the island and managed to go out to dinner at Ruby Tuesdays and hit the theater to see The Lego Movie. 


One of the main sights Ashley wanted to see while she was here was definitely Pearl Harbor so tickets to the USS Arizona memorial were pretty much one of the first things I booked when I found out she was visiting. And boy am I glad I did (and that Zach could take a half day off work)! Hubs and I had gone to Pearl Harbor before but had never made it to the Arizona memorial which made this trip even more special. If you ever get the chance to visit Pearl Harbor, the Arizona is a must-see! It was amazing yet incredibly heartbreaking to step off the ferry and onto the memorial. And I admit that seeing the wall of names and the ruins of the ship in the water made me cry. It was an emotional but worthwhile afternoon. 


Friday was Zach's last day of work before leave so we celebrated by going to the Ala Moana Mall in Honolulu and then heading back home for a game night! Zach invited one of his buddies to join us and we played Clue and Dirty Minds into the wee hours of the night--I'm pretty sure all of us enjoyed it way too much! It's pretty hard to imagine but we still hadn't taken Ashley to the beach (other than driving by it) until Saturday--I'd like to think we made up for it though because we spent all of Saturday at the Helemano Military Reservation. Zach and Bob Bob (you might remember him from the football game we went to a few months ago) swam in the ocean and Ashley and I tried our best to keep from drowning since neither one of us can swim. We chased crabs, got buried in the sand, gave ourselves sand facials and pretty much acted about half our ages--it was pretty much an amazingly fun day! 

Sunday was a busy and early day for us since Ashley was leaving in the evening and we still had quite a few things on the agenda for us to do. Zero six thirty was our scheduled departure time from the house but my sister and I once again proved that together we rarely get anything done on time. One hour and a trip back to the house for the camera later, we were on our way to North Shore for a photo shoot at the beach. 



After that was done, we had a breakfast fit for champions aka. McDonalds and headed off to Honolulu. There are a lot of beautiful places to hike here in Oahu--Diamond Head, Aiea, Maunawili Falls--but we decided on Manoa Falls. Of course by the time we got to the hiking trail it had started to rain, but that didn't stop these explorers! We donned our hoodies and sneakers and trekked out into the jungle. It kind of felt like we were Indiana Jones hiking through the tropics and by the time we got to the falls we were wet, muddy and exhausted. Ok, maybe I was the only one who was exhausted but we were all definitely wet and muddy by the time we reached the falls. 
Excuse the fact that we look like drowned rats, it's the waterfall's fault I promise!
Way to soon after that it was time for Ashley to leave. I'll spare you all the details but suffice it to say, I campaigned very hard for her to make Hawaii her permanent residence. It didn't work though and we sent her off to the cold frigid land that is Wisconsin this time of year with a suitcase filled with touristy things and a ton of great memories! 


That's all from me for now, loves! How have you spent the last two weeks I've been away from the bloggy world? 

PS: What are your thoughts on the new blog design? 

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