Sunday, June 1, 2014

Spring Catch Up

We are enjoying having Ayano. She and K love to cook. Rice balls are their speciality!

Easter Eggs
The bunny came
K works out with my trainer now on Saturday mornings.  They kick box and I do some weights (or watch them)

Decided it was time to say good bye to our trampoline

During
More during
After-our little raised vegetable garden
K getting a Japanese lesson

Trip to Magic Kingdom-don't think K was feeling the princess love!
VIP Disney.  Only way to go, especially on a 99 degree day the day before Memorial Day.  Loved our sweet guide Monica and her trainee.
Perennial garden looking good this year.
Pool project finished but in need of landscaping!

One.  More.  Week.  Of.  School!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Hualalai


My big girl relaxing over a morning cup of coffee



Lava bed during the day-it glows at night
We toured the volcano and lava beds.  It was freezing.  We vowed never to leave the Four Season again!
Interesting lava
The lava bed glowing at night
Beautiful flowers in the lobby

This guy runs through the resort every night lighting all of the torches and blows his conch shell
We saw whales on our last night but I did not get a photo
These little monkeys fell in love with K
Tesla parked at our hotel one night


Love our turtle friends who sunned themselves every morning
K having a Bento box on the beach
We had a couple of very windy days
We miss you Hualalai!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

We Won the Lottery

We have a foreign exchange student from Tokoyo and I feel like we won the lottery.  She is sweet and so much fun to have around.  K just adores her.  Here is a picture when we went out for sushi last weekend.  We went to our favorite sushi place, Umi, which I now know means sea in Japanese.  I'm probably the only person who didn't know that!  But do you know what Wagamama means?



Sunday, March 9, 2014

Better With Age

I cannot believe K is 14. How did this happen? She just keeps getting better with age. Not a typical teen-thinks Facebook is a waste of time. Just finished reading War and Peace. I've lost track of how many books she has already read this year. She has become an amazing piano player this year. She continues to love art and drawing. She also has a love of languages and teaches herself different languages and is excelling in Latin at school. Happy Birthday K!


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ice Jam 2014






Or perhaps the title should be Goat Rodeo 2014.

 The time line:


At noon it started to snow.  I decided to run a couple of errands.  Got an automated call from school saying school would be open until 6PM and that there would be school on Wednesday.

1:00  Winston called and said he was on I75 and it was really bad and I better go get "little girl" and stay off 75.  I stopped at Whole Foods and left at 1:20.  Traffic had gotten really bad in the 20 minutes I was in Whole Foods.  I stayed on backstreets but still had to get on Peachtree for a bit.  It took me an hour to go one mile.  I had 9 miles to go.  Tried calling K's driver to see if she was picking up the other kids she drives.  I got voice mail twice.  I was near a MARTA station so called the school to ask if someone could get K to the MARTA station that was close to the school I could take MARTA and pick her up.  They did not like that idea.  As it turned out there was a fire on MARTA so it was all messed up.

2:30 Driver called she was on the way to school near downtown and would pick up kids by 3:30. I headed back home.  I had been concerned that the Tesla battery would die.  It uses more energy when the heat is on, seat warmers, etc....  Also had talked to a friend who was stuck in traffic and had to pee.  Made the call not to drink the juice I had picked up at Whole Foods even though I was so thirsty.

3:30 Driver called-she had only gone a mile.  I was back home.  

5:30 Cousin of the other kids picked the kids up and  took them to her house.

6:30 Driver picked kids up at cousin's house.

8:30 K finally arrived home.  I'm really amazed they made it home!  Poor driver had been driving for 7 hours.  K loved the adventure.  Had video of people pushing an ambulance that had skidded backwards and almost went off a bridge.  Other people had to push the car K was in up a hill.

I have to call pants on fire on our mayor who was on the Today Show this morning claiming that the pictures that the Today Show was showing were not actually of Atlanta.  The school they were showing was our neighborhood elementary school.  The highway sign was Mount Paran right here in our neighborhood!  

Saturday, January 11, 2014

2014!!!!

So excited for the new year.  2013 was a great year and 2014 is looking like another wonderful year.

After asking for an intervention if I ever plan to go somewhere cold, I am headed on a quick tip to France next week on a buying trip.  With a couple of days on London on the way home.

We are building a new house!  More on that later-hoping for something small but nice.

Big Island for spring break-counting the days!

Back to Scandinavia for summer vacation.  We are going to see those fjords this time!

Girls's trip to France for one of those big 0 birthdays.  Yikes!

Maybe a Singapore to Hong Kong cruise next Christmas.

Happy New Year!!!

Planning to stay closer to home in 2015.  Will probably be broke from the new house.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Intervention Please

Please schedule an intervention if you ever hear me mention going some where cold for Christmas!

Our trip to Sun Valley started out well. Flights on time.  Easy drive from Salt Lake City to Sun Valley.  Holy cow-the speed limit in Utah is 80 MPH.  Makes me want to move.  Sort of.

The Brady Bunch!

Our neighbors were on our flight-K is not looking too happy.
Not a ton of snow but enough man made for skiing.
 



Sleigh ride to a cabin for dinner.  Very cute place and dinner was good.  It is all a blur-I was starting to get sick.  Ride back after dinner was not so much fun!





These carolers showed up at every place we had dinner.  This cabin was in the middle of nowhere and there were the carolers.  It started to get creepy after a while.





Adams's first and last ski lesson.  He threw up right after the lesson.  I was too sick to get any pictures of the girls skiing.


I do love this picture of the sun coming up over the mountain.  Taken from inside.



Olivia got sick so she spent her vacation watching Dance Moms.


K spent a lot of the trip drawing.


I finally made it out of the hotel to Christmas dinner.  Do you like my hat?


Adam is looking a little wary of this Santa.  He also kept showing up every place.




If you look really hard one morning right after I woke up and opened our drapes I pictured Santa headed out to pack his sleigh.


Our room had a view so I watched one minute of the Nut Cracker on ice-had to head back to bed because I couldn't stand up. 


I brought a tree and lights so K could have a normal Christmas morning. 




K and her cousin at Christmas dinner. 



My cousin and aunt. 


We discovered the best lobby on the second floor of our hotel.  It had fireplaces on both ends and a view of the ice rink and mountains.  That's Buddy my cousin's "service"dog.  The lobby had a piano and lots of sofas.  We ended up spending most of our trip in this lobby.  I think we all looked so scary other guest chose to hang out in the first floor lobby.