Friday, August 19, 2011

Hawaii 2011

Allloooohhhhaaaaa!!! Last week, I was fortunate enough to travel to Hawaii with my parents, grandma and aunt and uncle. I flew over separately and I am so fortunate that I was able to go! I guess that is a perk of being the only cousin over the age of 20 that is single ;) Here are some pictures of our adventures...
Dad and I at the resort
The USS Arizona
We Can Do It! WWII propaganda.
Flag at the Arizona
Inside the Bowfin Submarine

I know, there is a thumb, but it's still better than the non-thumb picture
Dalea and Brian

This bronze plaque is where WWII was ended aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo BayBig Guns
The shrimp truck (this would be a great time to mention that I don't like shrimp)
The arm extended is for dear brother, Sheldon. He's on his mish in Argentina.
Tahitian Dancers
Making fire. Well attempting to make fire. I couldn't even make smoke.
On the boat with tour guide, Brendan.

The parents
THE face of the PCC

Cute little grandma
The parents dancing in celebration of their anniversary
Dalea and Brian doing the same
Soakin' up some rays!
Dole Plantation
Pineapples grow on plants. NOT trees.
My parents brought this shirt home to Sheldon the first time they went to Hawaii. He hates pineapples. This time, they bought him a new one and me one as well :)

Late night Phase 10 in the lobby--one of the best parts of the trip I might add.
The little swimmers
The non-swimmers
hanging with G-2-da-ma while everyone else had to sit in a time share meeting.
The happy pineapple

mom made me do approximately 42 cartwheels to get this picture. My pants ripped :(
View from the Poly something highway look off
I love this quote. It is a quote that President Lincoln wrote to a woman who lost 5 sons in the Civil War. it says, "The solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the alter of freedom."

The trip was a great success and we created great memories! I'm grateful for Kristen and her family who showed me the ways the last time I went :) I'm so lucky to have such a great family!! Thanks, Mom and Dad!! Love ya'll!

I Love to See the Temple

Let's begin by saying that I have the most wonderful family. They support me through everything. My parents, grandma, aunts, uncles and cousins really have taken me under their wings and always been so loving and kind. I am so lucky.

Last month, we all went to the temple together. Some of my best friends also were able to come! I am really disappointed that I didn't get a picture of all of us together (Coralie, Jan, Mary Rose, Sarah, and Lisa). They really are the greatest friends that I could ever ask for and I am just so lucky to have them. I adore them and relish in our great, insightful talks.

I had a really great experience at the temple and love the peace I feel as I enter. The peace I feel reminds me that all things testify of Christ. We are so lucky to know that we have a purpose and that we can do hard things.
Coralie and I (we met 10 years ago!!! Happy Anniversary :))
My beautiful mother who joined me from southern California. We had a grand time--sharing a room, shopping, frozen yogurt at night, and driving around SLC on a warm summer evening.
My sweet grandma and mama.

This basically sums up my experience:

I love to see the temple.
I'm going there someday
To feel the Holy Spirit,
To listen and to pray.


For the temple is a house of God,
A place of love and beauty.
I'll prepare myself while I am young;
This is my sacred duty.


I love to see the temple.
I'll go inside someday.
I'll cov'nant with my Father;
I'll promise to obey.


For the temple is a holy place
Where we are sealed together.
As a child of God,
I've learned this truth;
A fam'ly is forever.

My adorable family--Cecy, Jay, Marisa, Dalea, Grandma, Andrea, and Lorie
This one is just hilarious.

Madre at the Capitol