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Saturday, March 31, 2012

P52 - Week Thirteen: Details

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I love the bark on this gnarly old tree at the end of our street.


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Friday, March 30, 2012

Five for Friday

1.  Good luck on your chili cook-off today!

2.  I like when we decide to get organized =)

3.  I love how cute you are when you snuggle Liam.

4.  Thank you for refocusing my attention to the big picture in a non-confrontational manner.

5.  Hopefully we get to do something fun this weekend (besides said organizing haha).

ily  <3

Monday, March 26, 2012

P52 - Week Twelve: Hunger

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I apologize for being so far behind with this post, yikes!  Better late than never though =)

Like everyone else who hadn't been living under a rock, the hubby and I went to see The Hunger Games this past weekend.  We loved it so much that we actually saw it again last night too, haha.  Definitely worth watching, and the books are worth reading, too!


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Friday, March 23, 2012

Five for Friday


2.  Thank you for being supportive after we got some random news yesterday evening.

3.  Eek!  We may be fostering (adopting!) a doggy soon!

4.  Don't you just love how Liam cuddled up to you on the couch last night?

5.  You make me so happy =)

ily <3

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Getting to Know Hawaii: Manoa Falls Trail

The Need to Knows:
  • Manoa Falls Trail is located at the very end of Manoa Road, very close to the Harold L. Lyon Arboretum and about fifteen minutes north of Honolulu in the Koolau Mountains -- check out this Google Maps link to see exactly where:
  • I'd judge the trail's difficulty as not super easy but not hard either, depending on the amount of rain that had fallen recently of course.  If it has rained definitely take your time and be careful since it can be pretty slippery at times.  Prepare for mud!
  • The hike is about a mile long one way, and took us about two hours to hike round trip, going at a leisurely pace (with ample time for photographs).
  • There is obviously no admission fee for the trail itself.  Parking is available for $5 at a private lot (owned by a restaurant/charter school) a little bit before the trail begins; you can also park at the Arboretum if you plan on visiting that as well.
  • Restrooms and a small store are located next to the private lot; none are along the trail.
  • I personally would not wear flip-flops along this trail, especially if it has rained.
  • There are benches located at the waterfall itself, but not along the trail.
  • Bring bug spray!  You'll be walking through rainforest, so when mosquitoes are out they will eat you alive.

Sign at the Manoa Falls trailhead
The Manoa Falls Trail is a very beautiful hike with a wonderful reward at the end.  Mr. L, his friend Joe, and I had a great time exploring the gorgeous landscape as we hiked our way up.

I of course had to make the guys pose at the gate =)
The very beginning of the trail is actually quite beautiful.  You walk across this bridge and are greeted by remarkable views of the landscape around you.

I took one of my favorite photos from this hike in this area:

I absolutely adore the colors in this photo -- maybe I'll get it framed =)
 After admiring the trail's beauty, we set out to actually do some hiking.

Boulders and steps along the trail
 Since it had recently rained (and was lightly raining throughout the day), we had to be careful where we stepped.  Ironically the fortified steps the trail preservers had built along the paths made things more slippery, so we really had to watch where our feet were landing.

And of course we had to stop plenty of times along the way to catch some great photos.

Thanks to all the rain we'd been having that week, along with the rain that was falling that day, the trail was pretty muddy.

And when I say muddy, I definitely mean muddy.  Check out the two photos below:

Wanna make some mud pies?
This muddy section was easily the worst part of the entire trail, and even it wasn't too bad.  After trudging through the slimy, gooey mess, we made our way through a gorgeous little bamboo forest.

After that we were rewarded with a sneak peek of the falls!

Getting closer!

And finally, we made it to the falls themselves!

Definitely heed the warning signs, even though not everyone does.  FYI - the water is NOT safe to drink, and I wouldn't even swim there.

Having this gorgeous waterfall before us definitely made it worth the hike.  I couldn't believe how big it was at first -- I was expecting something smaller, so it was a nice surprise.

Mr. L checking out the falls

It also is worth noting that the end of Manoa Falls Trail marks the beginning of another -- the Aihualama Trail.  We didn't keep going onto this trail (instead opting for other activities for the rest of the day) but if you're interested in learning more about it, check out the Yelp reviews here.

All in all, the Manoa Falls Trail was a great little hike that I will definitely be taking again in the future with friends and family as they come visit us on the island.  But hopefully the next time we go, it won't be so muddy!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Weekly Menu - March 19 through March 25

Time for another weekly menu!  So far I'm liking starting my weeks on Mondays instead of Sundays, but I'll give it another few weeks before I decide to keep it once and for all.

  • Monday - Fast food night (didn't get to make it to the commissary yet, ack!)
  • Tuesday - Bacon-Wrapped Chicken with green salad
  • Wednesday - Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese found here (and used a couple of weeks ago!)
  • Thursday - Chicken Bundles
  • Friday - Stuffed Shells
  • Saturday - Off Night/Leftovers
  • Sunday - Off Night/Leftovers
What's on your menu this week?

Friday, March 16, 2012

Five for Friday

1.  Thank you for working as hard as you do.  You're a pretty awesome sailor.

2.  I didn't tell you this after it happened, but one night this week I was about to fall asleep and you and Liam started snoring in unison.  It was SO dang cute.

3.  I am so thrilled we got to go parasailing together!!  What an experience, and I'm so happy I shared it with you!

4.  Hunger Games in one week!  You know you are totally as excited as I am.

5.  Less than two months until our 2 year anniversary =)  If only you were going to be here, blah!

ily <3

P52 - Week Eleven: The "Eyes" of March

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For this week's prompt I decided to use the hubby as a model once again =)

I adore the color of his eyes.  So beautiful!  And of course I couldn't resist these little Schnauzer eyes either.


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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

And it Comes Back to Us: The Gentlemen Dress Up

While the ladies and I were busy getting our makeup done and hair finished, the boys were downstairs in the Kirk House having themselves a good ol' time!

Mr. L and his entourage busied themselves with putting the finishing touches on their outfits and keeping up a lighthearted atmosphere with jokes and laughter.  In the picture above, Mr. L's mother is seeing Mr. L for the first time in his snazzy dinner dress whites!

I love this picture of the two of them!
Mr. L helped his dad with his tie...

...while Mr. L's best friend Joe helped keep the medals on his uniform nice and straight.

It was also around this time that Mr. L and I exchanged our wedding day notes to each other.  His reaction was caught on camera thanks to our wonderful videographers =)

I think this last picture captures his emotions during this time really well -- a little anxious and nervous, but overall very excited for what was to come!

Monday, March 12, 2012

You've Got Snail Mail: Postcard Swap 2012

Back last month, after spying this post from blogger Jessica of Jessica Lynn Writes, I decided to join up and participate in JLW's 2012 Postcard Swap!

My postcard pal was Cat of all the way in the beautiful state of North Carolina, which according to Google is about 4500 miles away from me here in Honolulu!  She sent me a U.S. Army postcard (yay for more military wives!), which made me tear up a little since it reminded me of my National Guard brother =)

Thank you Cat for your sweet postcard, and thank you to Jessica for hosting this fun swap!

Do you enjoy getting good old-fashioned snail mail?


To see more postcards from Postcard Swap 2012, check out this link: