Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Babies & More! September 2014

I have to say, every time I put together a blog post I'm reminded of all that I have to be grateful for. Without the blog I don't think I'd put aside time to reflect on what I've done in the past month, but I think it's really healthy.  

Anyway, our friends moved back to Hawaii! Aaron grew up with Makana and I met Emily way back when I met Aaron. They have 3 kids now - fun fact, their family has the same birth order and age difference as me and my siblings! If they have another girl in 3 years it will be exactly the same :) The two older ones are water babies and the real baby is just so fun for me to hold!

We watched the sunset at Sharks Cove and we were not disappointed - we were also treated to a pretty rainbow.
 
Aaron's brother David came from Big Island with his family for their younger brother Ammon's mission farewell. David's son and daughter are about the same age as my sister's kids! Kekoa is their gorgeous smiling son on Aaron's lap. Seriously this baby is an angel. I just loved soaking him in for 3 days straight. I'd just hold him while he was sleeping and watch him smile when he was awake. He is so cute!!

Aaron with his nieces and nephews
Model baby, right?!
Ava is my little princess niece. We have fun together. She picked me this lovely plumeria to wear :)
We said our goodbyes to Ammon at the airport. He is currently at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, UT practicing Spanish for his 2 year LDS mission in Mexico! We will miss him.
Aaron actually ended up flying to Utah to drop Ammon off with his parents and sister. They had a great time eating tons of food and facetimed me right before he was going to leave :)
 
On a lighter note, we also took out our board and I tried a back-bend on it for the first time. It actually was pretty easy. I'm going to have to try a few other tricks.
We also stopped by the mountains to take a few shots. We drive by them all the time, but the lighting was just drawing us in to take a picture!
 
I got hydroflask water bottle - it keeps whatever is inside hot or cold for a super long time, and it doesn't sweat. It's perfect for the beach. We also bought a Ninja blender and found acai mix at Costco. Aaron perfected the acai bowl and it's my favorite snack after spending time in the sun.
As you know, the iPhone 6 and 6 plus came out in September. Aaron wanted to get the 6 plus off the bat, I on the other hand, wasn't sure. I decided that I had to hold both in my hands to decide. So we went to the Verizon store super early in the morning on opening day. We were one of the first people in line. After holding the 6 and 6 plus I decided to get the 6 plus. It's bigger, but not unmanageable. Within 24 hours I was 100% used to the size and the 5 seemed like a baby phone, haha. I really love it!

The BIG news in September is that my sister had her baby! We didn't know if it was a boy or girl - and it was a girl! Her name is Lana Mae (cute, right?!). She was born on Sunday morning so I planned to go visit her the next weekend. I left Hawaii Friday afternoon, and I got to Virginia Beach Saturday evening. Flying standby is always risky... I got there later than I planned, but at least I got there (and for pretty cheap!). My parents and brother & family were at my sisters when I arrived. It was nice seeing everyone!! I got to hold Lana for hours :) I spent all day Sunday with her and left on Monday morning. I love that I can leave last minute to see my newborn nieces and nephews. I've seen the last 5 who were born (3 on my side and 2 on Aaron's) within a week thanks to my flight benefits. I love newborns especially because they're so small and cuddly and just sleep, haha.
I got Lana a pack of headband bows that I thought were so cute!!
I love holding babies hands!
She looked so cute in the little onesie I got her :)
So tiny!!
Here's a short video I put together:


So I know I've raved about 3 different babies in this post... but I really love them all. And no, we're not quite ready to have one of our own yet!

Last thing - we saw the US Navy Blue Angels perform at the airshow in Honolulu this past weekend and it was a blast! They choreographed their routine to different songs and it just blew Aaron and I away. I shot and edited this video on my iPhone 6 plus. Make sure to watch in 1080p and enjoy!!

Here's a few photos Aaron got during the 45 minute demonstration:
Me and Captain Tom Frosch of the Blue Angels
Until next time, alooooha!