Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A Week in Waikiki and Brian's Birthday

It's finally here! We are packed out of our house and will be leaving this weekend! For now, they put us up in a hotel in Waikiki until we leave this weekend. We have two connecting rooms and we're having fun enjoying the beach and the pool and just walking the streets pretending to be tourists. We're so excited to have this little mini-vacation before we start this next phase of life in PA. Please be praying with us that we'll find a house quickly and that things will go smoothly when we get there since we won't have much time before school starts for Brian. We know God's in control. :)

We had the fastest packers... they never took a break and were done at 3pm. They were really nice too... we just hope everything's in one piece on the other end!
Our hold baggage wasn't picked up til the next day so we had one final dinner to finish up our food: Hotdogs and Macaroni and cheese and Baked Beans. Wow. The Hillmans were downtown so they stopped by to see us and say one final goodbye. When they left, Natalie said, "I miss Carter already!"
Hard to believe when we met eachother, Natalie had just turned 1, Carter was about 7 months, Blake was tiny in my tummy and Katie wasn't even thought about yet. Now look at them!
The Yoders and the Hillmans
Just playin' in the sand... it was early in the morning and we didn't have our bathing suits on. Should have known they'd get all wet and sandy. Oh well. :)

Walking around after dinner one night.
I have some funny movies of this but it's taking forever just to upload pictures so I'll post them later. The kids are definitely having fun entertaining themselves without all their toys. :) Fries poolside... "peshull!"
At the beach
Definitely going to miss this view!
Trying to take a picture of the three of us by myself. Brian's been busy finishing up things during the day so unfortunately, he hasn't gotten to enjoy much of this little vacation!
She actually put herself in this safe and had to call for help. And yes, that's big girl underwear. Finally!! :)
Yummy ice cream
Not quite sure about this look, Natalie!
Splashing in a fountain

At the Hale Koa pool

He preferred to walk than swim. :)
Ready to go home!

Brian's Birthday was yesterday and he was out clearing for most of it. But when he came home, we surprised him with a cake that I picked up at a bakery down the street.
Helping blow out the candles.
Blake grabbed a fistful of frosting off the top!
Opening a few small presents.And I found this great company online that will deliver food from local restaurants to your hotel room so after the kids were in bed in their room, we had a delicious meal from Macaroni Grill. Brian was totally surprised and loved the lasagna, chicken parmigiano, salad and warm bread. Not too shabby for having to be in a hotel on your birthday! :)
Well... not sure when I'll get to post again but we love you all and look forward to seeing some of you really soon! Yay! And for those of you in Hawaii... we love you and will miss you. Keep in touch!


katherine said...

Did you notice in that one picture with Carter, natalie, blake and katie, that katie looks like she is deep in conversation with blake and is like "hey look at that". SOOOOOO FUNNY! And I can't believe she's potty trained!! YAY!! Good work. I miss you guys. Thanks for the pictures... they are great. I LOVE YOU!!!

Michelle said...

Great pics, Jen! :) We're looking forward to Chrismas too. Maybe if we're here (nc) until next summer you guys can come down for a visit! That would be lots of fun! :) Have a safe trip to PA and looking forward to your next post!

Randy & Laura said...

WOOOh! Praise the Lord for being potty-trained just in the nick of time - probably much easier with the move. Good job, mommy! I laughed my head off at the one of Natalie in the safe -- how did she get in there those things are pretty small. What a great mini-vacation before the big move, thanks for posting. I'll post more of our beach trip soon. Love you, and definitely praying for your move & a place to live.

Erin said...

It was great to see you guys tonight!! Hope you recovered from all the noise. :) I hope you guys find a house this weekend. I know how stressful it is being in limbo. Call us anytime!

The Stallings Family said...

Can't wait to hear all your adventures in PA now. We hope you arrived safe and have great luck finding your new home. We are doing good here. I am having a PC Open House Sept 12 and inviting the whole area! So wish me luck on that one! LOL. I also have six other parties booked for September as well! I pray all of them stick to it. If so, I will have a great month. Let me know your new number once you get settled. I have met and been in contact with a cluster group here. They also invited me to a Fall kickoff in Jefferson City. It was like a mini conference. I really enjoyed it and actually won one of the new products! WhooHoo! Got lots of tips too! I will definitely have to email you the mini trifle candle holder idea. It is a really cool gift idea! Talk to you later! HUGS~

The Hillmans said...

Hope you guys are doing well. Miss reading your updates but I'm sure you're still trying to get settled. Found a house yet? Jess and the kids will be back tomorrow. Give us a call this weekend if you have a free minute.

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