Sunday, August 11, 2013

Back From Vacation

I know it's been a while since I've posted - sorry. This week we returned from a wonderful vacation in Hawaii. 
We spent most days at the beach snorkeling. Below is a picture of us at Shark's of our favorite spots on the North Shore.
Below is a picture of the kids snorkeling at one of the most beautiful beaches at Lani Kai.
Unfortunately, at this beach, my son Christopher got stung 3 times by Portuguese Man-Of-Wars. The kids nearby were capturing them in a bucket. They're very tiny, but definitely pack a sting.
Although, we brought an underwater camera, our pictures weren't very clear.
 But we saw lots of fish and even swam with a turtle (darn, we didn't have the camera with us).
This was one of our best vacations, we can't wait to go back again. As on all my vacations, I brought some cutting to do...this was everything I cut up on this trip. This will make some fun projects in the future.

This weekend, my niece Natalie and her friend Jean hosted an awesome family gathering at their home in Novato. What a blast we had with all sorts of outdoor activities.
They have a water trampoline and a boat...
Swimming pool (me and all my five sisters)...
Paddle Kayak...
The guys played volleyball.
Outdoor pool table...
Air Hockey...
Sports court and outdoor ping pong table...
And variety of pin ball machines.
Wow, it was like being at a resort when you go to their home. We had the best time - thanks to Nat and Jean for hosting a great family gathering.

We even had time for a little crafting...
We put together mini books/journals.

The next couple of months, I'm going to be very busy - we have a short trip to LA coming up (has to do with Rachel's YouTube channel), some family & friend events planned, work just got super busy and then sending off my son to college (boo hoo), so probably won't have much time to do much crafting or posting.


  1. really missed you and the family while you were vacationing in hawaii! what fun relaxing in paradise.

    thanks for posting nat and jeans party too. everyone enjoyed themselves. there were activities for everyone. we really enjoyed the crafting as well. you out did yourself coordinating everything. every one's self made book looked great.

    thanks for providing us with your hand colored cut up images.

    now take time for yourself and your family and hope you're return soon.

    lana cano kloch

  2. Looks like a great vacation - l love all the photos capturing your activities, including all the cut outs you did and the man of war in the pail. Also, great photos of Nat and Jean's party. There was definitely something for everyone to do. Nice to spend time with family again.

  3. Connie - Glad you had a wonderful vacation - I'm sure it was nice just to get away.

    Thanks for posting the pictures from Sunday! What a nice family get together!