Friday, February 28, 2014

Too Long

How long has it been? Too long.

Life has been a whirlwind for the past several months. I got back from vacation and our road trip to my life taking a complete 180. So many things have changed and happened since I last blogged with our Monday Mingling (so sorry Logan for my lack of attendance).

Let's see..

I still need to share my experience road tripping across the western part of the US, starting a new job, being a part of my good friend's wedding, and a ghost writer opportunity I scored. Whew! Bear in mind, my computer is still broken and am only having this window of space to blog thanks to Mike and his nice, shiny Mac.

I have folders of photos of recipes and events I need to share with everyone! I can't wait to get some time to sit down and get some things finished up. I just received my brand new Erin Condren planner for this year, so it's time to get organized.

Back in September, Mike and I flew home to Arkansas to visit friends and family. While we were on the mainland, we decided to take a road trip across the country. We started in Arkansas, went through Missouri and Kansas, all the way to see our friends in Denver. I was super excited to see the city, and the state of Colorado.

Of course, if you are following me on Instagram, you've already seen these.
At the top of a museum looking at the Rockies and the skyline of Denver.

Tasting the variety of beers at Great Divide Brewery.

Mike took this next picture. I may have a twin...

Under a bypass with several faces like this one painted. 

After spending a couple days in Denver, which I did not fall in love with, we headed through the rest of Colorado, across Utah, hit a tiny corner of Arizona, and ended up in Vegas.

Getting into Utah.

On the way to the Arches in Utah.

Scored a room at the Hard Rock Hotel for our one night in Vegas. I got the chance to see my oldest brother and nephew, a friend of mine from Arkansas that I have not seen in years, learned the game of Roulette, and had a blast!

Our whole vacation was a ton of fun. We went in the fall instead of summer. I had the chance to see my younger sister perform during half time at her high school football game, attend my high school pageant, Miss BHS, and see friends and family of course. 

My baby sister is all grown up!

When we got back from our vacation, I was expecting to get back to my normal routine. The bomb dropped on us at work that Cha Cha Cha was closing. It was like family at this place, I was deeply saddened about the news. Our last day open was the Saturday before Halloween, and we decided to go out with a bang, in good Mexican tradition..

Out of the 7 girls working our last night, I painted 5 faces including mine. We had so much fun! 

The only close up I managed to get of my face that night. 

April and I holding it down behind the bar.

It was such a fun last night. We had so many people come out to celebrate 18 years of business. I am still so sad to see it go, but I'm thankful for the friendships and contacts I made while working there.

Halloween was next and finally the boys and I coordinated. We were just a couple of regular high schoolers..

Look familiar?

I finally scored a job at a place called Tiki's Bar and Grill. It is in a prime location right in Waikiki. Probably one of the best spots to watch the sunset while listening to live music and sipping on a yummy Mai Tai. It took about a month and three interviews to finally land the position, but I've been there a couple months now and am back in action cash flow wise.

It is also the place we spent New Years Eve watching the fireworks and toasting to 2014 with champagne.

It was a fun Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. I got to spend them with friends and the moments were definitely ones I will always remember. At the beginning of January we finally moved into a house. I'm talking a real, with a yard, a living room, a washer and dryer, HOUSE! To say I'm stoked would be an understatement. I don't have any pictures yet because it's a fixer uper and in the middle of a makeover.

At the end of January, I had the honor of being a part of a good friend's wedding. My friend Sarah is one of the few people I have kept in contact with from high school and I was absolutely thrilled she asked me to be a part of her special day. It was the most gorgeous wedding I had ever seen and had a blast the whole weekend.

**Disclaimer: All photos were taken by Blake Studdard of Atria Creative Photography. View the entire wedding album here.**

After getting our hair and makeup done, before getting into our gowns. The beautiful bride and me. 

One of the bridesmaids, and youngest sister to the bride and me during the reception.

Bride and Groom leaving the reception through a sparkler runway. 

It was such a beautiful ceremony and I had the most fun I've had in a while. I didn't want the weekend to end! All of the girls in the wedding party were super sweet and we had such a good time.

While visiting home, I was so excited to experience my first winter in over 3 years. I loved being layered up in scarves, boots, and coats. It even snowed on Super Bowl Sunday!

I had so much fun visiting home this last month, I honestly didn't want to come back to Hawaii! I am glad to be back in my island home though and finally settling into a nice routine again.

Well, those are the events from the past several months in a nutshell. I'm so glad I finally got to share a little glimpse of them. Stay tuned however, I will be writing a couple fun posts about things happening with Tiki's.

Until next time..

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Lisa C said...

It's great to see you back!

Becky Dougherty said...

Hiiiii! Totally missed you!! I'm glad that you have had such an amazing few months! :) can't wait to hear more!

Megan said...

I was just cleaning out the blogs I follow and just went past yours (and kept it of course). I'm glad to see you back and it does look like you've been busy! I love the Halloween costumes-flashback!

Ashleigh said...

It sounds like you had all kinds of fun. I am glad you was able to enjoy yourself..

Ashley McCardia said...

So busy! I miss youuuuu xoxo