Monday, November 29, 2010


Being nine has it's perks. Elliot came home to cards full of cash, gift cards and an iTunes card from all his grandparents. He also got an iPod from the fam. Apparently nine is the new thirteen. Happy birthday, Elliot. You are great.
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Here's a shout out to Elliot whose birthday fell on the day we traveled home from Hawaii. There were no presents, candles or cake. Just flying, eating airport food, playing the iPad, reading, coloring and sitting close to his mom. There wasn't one word of complaint from him. Love you buddy!


We spent Thanksgiving in Hawaii visiting David in Laie with Grandma, Patch and the Clark Walkers. It was amazing, fun, relaxing, warm...I could go on and on and on. The kids thoroughly enjoyed the beach, which was our backyard, literally. I die. They dug for crabs, built sand castles, boogie boarded, body surfed, surfed, snorkeled, jumped over waves, layed in the sun, went on walks, watched sea turtles, spotted a shark, watched kite surfers, dug for more crabs for crab wars, ate coconut (which Dave knew how to open from watching man vs wild) and played football in the water. Phew!! When we weren't on the beach we got a tour of campus from Dave, visited the temple grounds, went to Pearl Harbor and the Dole Plantation. We also spent an afternoon at the Polynesian Cultural Center where the kids learned how to keep the Fiji beat with sticks, dance in Samoa and throw spears in Tonga. The hightlight of the PCC had to be watching Patrick try and make fire the old fashioned way. Unfortunately, he was unsuccessful. Overall, we ate way too much, laughed, played games, visited and had the best time ever! Thanks Grandma and Patch. We love you!