13 in '13 Linky!

I'm joining up with Hadar, Teeny, and Traci for their 13 in '13 linky party!

1. Over this past year, we have had so much fun living on the Pineapple Island

2. My husband and I got scuba certified last spring, which was such a fun experience.  We actually went scuba diving for my birthday a couple weekends ago!

3. In February, I froze my butt off traveled to Ohio to meet up with some of my blogging besties.  It was so much fun!

4. We sold our house in Oregon, which was bittersweet, but also was a little liberating.

5. In September, I ran the Spartan Race in Oahu with the best team!  It was so hard and I'm so proud that I finished!

6. We also swam with Galapagos sharks on the North Shore!  That's me in the pink bottoms in the lower right of the cage.  There were sharks all around us!

7. I got my first tattoo. I know, I'm hardcore now ;) It's of my favorite flower, the plumeria, which stands for "perfection" in Hawaiian patterns and motifs.  The scrolly things off of the flower actually spell out Lanai.  My friend designed it for me, which makes it even more special!  And yes, it hurt like hell.

8. I got to travel to Maui and Honolulu a couple times and to Kona for work conferences over the past year.  I enjoyed connecting with other teachers across the state and learning new tricks to hone my craft of teaching!  And then in September I got to see The Sisters present again, while meeting up with some other amazing teachers and Hawaiian bloggers!

9. We had some awesome visitors over the past year.  I love getting to show off our new home!  Here are my kiddos and my parents walking down to a secret, natural pool outside Hana, Maui during fall break.

10. My mother in law came to visit for spring break and we went to the Disney Aulani resort.  So so so fun! 

11. I had the opportunity to foster some of the best friendships ever!  My Lanai friends are easy-going, kind-hearted, and hilarious!  We go to the beach, relax, craft, and just have fun together.  No obligations and no expectations.  They are the best!

12. I got to stay in 2nd grade and am in love with my room decor!  I worked hard over the summer making DIY projects, painting bookshelves, and organizing junk.  I found health curriculum from the 70's and worksheets from the 80's!  Yikes!  But thankfully, my room is finally clean, organized, and bright - just the way I like it!

13. I became a sports mom!  Audrey took gymnastics lessons and Nathan played t-ball and football!  It is soooo much work coordinating all those schedules while also working full time!  I commend all the moms who do this!  Here we are, playing a game in Maui.

So that's it!  My favorite highlights from the year!  I feel so blessed to live this life and be able to share it with all of you.  To say thank you and Merry Christmas, I am making my Schedule Cards FREE for today and tomorrow.  I hope you are able to use them!  

Merry Christmas from my ohana to yours! :)


  1. Your pictures are gorgeous! From Oregon to Hawaii-What a huge change. Have a wonderful 2014!

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  2. your house in oregon was CUTE!!

  3. You were in the Spartan Race!? My brother was the crazy guy filming the whole thing! --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_Y86zJkt9s

    I wanted to go to the Daily 5 Conference.. but I didn't have enough time to come up with the money :( I was even thinking about going to see Katie Wood Ray when she comes! I think it was February.

    What part of Oregon were you from? Your house was adorable!!

    1. So cool about your brother!!!
      I grew up on the coast in Lincoln City, went to college in Eugene, and lived in the Portland area for 8 years. Our house was in NE Portland :)

  4. Sometimes I feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving someplace like Hawaii...I think you're mighty cool for doing that! {and for other awesome reasons!}

    Merry, merry!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  5. I love Aulani!! And look how brave you are swimming with sharks!! I'd be totally freaking out!!!! LOL! :)

  6. I love that you get to go scuba diving! I miss it. I live vicariously through you :) I love your blog design by the way! ~April

  7. Glad to have found a new blog! Thank you for the FB Hop Freebie and a fun morning! :)