August 2013 - We celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary at Ruth's Chris (our tradition), and it did not disappoint. My favorite steak for sure.
November 2013 - We moved into a new apartment right across the street. We were so happy to get another bedroom and bathroom and we're just enjoying the space! We have a lanai (balcony) and a good size pool too.
(into January) - Liz and Steve came to visit! We hiked to the pill box in Kailua, ate red velvet pancakes at Cinnamon's, swam at Lanikai, hiked Manoa Falls, watched the sunset in Waikiki, played Just Dance, and so much more! It was so fun to ring in 2014 with my sister :)
I made a little video with the GoPro on it. We also went paddle boarding at Ala Moana and saw Waimea Falls and got our nails done. We always find cool and new things to do when Mom's in town :) And this time she had a friend come with her for part of the time, which was nice.
One more April trip - Utah! I was always planning on going to Liz's college graduation, but since Hawaiian Airlines doesn't fly directly into Salt Lake City I wasn't sure if I'd be able to. I don't get as good priority to fly stand by on other airlines (and the confirmed seats were expensive). On top of that, I got sick with a cold earlier in the week. The stars aligned and I was able to make it! My voice was still hoarse from my cold, but I was there, and so was mom and dad. I loved supporting my sister in that milestone, and it was kinda cool going back to my Alma mater for the first time since I moved to HI 3 years ago. I also got to say hi to my old coworker/roommate Diana and her new baby, and some our good friends Emily and Makana and their kids :) And I got some Cafe Rio, Rocky Mtn Chocolate Factory caramel apple, J-Dawgs, and Trader Joe's.
new show he's doing about Secret Eats, which features Tasty Tuesday at They Alley Restaurant at Aiea Bowl). Aaron's twin Adam and his wife Kristen joined us for dinner. We had 5 amazing courses including bacon wrapped filet mignon. Since we know the owner they made me a special off-the-menu nutella cake and gave me this super cool candle that shot out fire and spun out into a lotus flower with candles on the petals. It was delicious and fun. On my actual birthday I got a beautiful lei from Aaron and maple donuts for breakfast (a favorite). I also got a bouquet of flowers, balloon, and chocolate delivered from my parents :) After work Aaron ordered Thai food and we watched a movie at home. He gave me these sparkly hoop earrings I wanted and a gold custom necklace that says "Johanna".
I'm fully aware that Aaron and I are super lucky to be living the life we are. I couldn't ask for much more; loving family, awesome job, travel adventures, and the most beautiful place on earth to call home. We're very thankful. Until the next update, Alooooha!