So I categorized this under vacation but I'm not sure it really falls under that...
In June we went to a camp with teenage girls from church. It was up in the Sierra's at Rucker Lake and so much fun. I went to be the nurse and Scott came up later to help with a zip line. There weren't any serious injuries but one girl did get a nasty cut when she was whittling with an xacto knife...
We camped at a lake and the girls would go swimming and canoeing every afternoon.
A warning that we took seriously. (Instead we just had an adult stand in front of the tree!)
Scott coming across.
Sadly I couldn't upload a video where Scott was under the line in a raft and I attempted to drop into it from the zip line.
Our fearless camp director dropped in fully clothed in an attempt to get her daughter to go.
A morning canoe ride.
5 cute girls decided to do a morning swim across the lake. It was 6:30am and so windy but they did it!
Camp was so much fun and it was great to have Scott there. We didn't spend much time together but we can still laugh about things we saw or heard.
To celebrate Independence Day Scott and I drove up to the National Cemetery near San Francisco. We weren't there long but just looked around and thought about the sacrifices made so we can enjoy so much freedom.
The pretty gate entrance.
Scott had a good eye and found a Mormon grave.
This guy just wanted to make sure he wasn't wrong about any religion when he died!
So much sacrifice! We are overwhelmed with gratitude.
Look at these super cute bags I made. I made the bigger ones to take for a shopping bag but the smaller ones I made for my nieces. (However, I haven't given the bags to them yet so don't ruin the surprise!) The bags are reversible too. I'm pretty happy with my renewed interest in sewing but I am about to acquire my second sewing machine. I'll now have one for sewing Scout shirts and another for thinner materials. No one told me not to use my cheap-o machine on thick materials...
Well, I opened this post to blame Scott for never posting but turns out it's my fault. This is from probably last year when we went up to Santa Rosa for Labor Day. (Is that right Melissa?)
We drove out to Bodega Bay to go rock climbing and it was fun.
Scott climbing with Jake as belay.
Rush was not a big fan of the cold and not being able to do what the boys did.
Melissa making the climb.
And even more Jake.
A dirty little boy that was finally having a good time.
we went to Pearl Harbor (aka Hawaii)! We left on Friday and came back Tuesday so the trip was short but so much fun. We've been home a month now and just yesterday Scott mentioned how much fun we had. We're hoping to make this a regular event!
After checking in at the hotel we went to Diamond Head so we could stretch out our legs.
Looking at the eastern coast.
Waikiki and Honolulu.
Climbing the stairs back down.
Saturday we went on a tour of Pearl Harbor. The weather was kind of stormy at first so it made for a somber mood while we reflected on the sacrifices of those who protect us. The memorial is so great and informative. We could have spent hours there.
This is an anchor from one of the sunken ships.
You can see the memorial in the way distance.
Going out to see the sunken USS Arizona. (Many ships were sunk that day but 900+ people died on this one. Over 1100+ total died.)
Some of what's left of the USS Arizona behind us. There is still oil leaking from the ship and it's said that it will continue to leak until the last survivor passes.
The rest of Saturday was spent at the Polynesian Cultural Center. We made it just in time for the boat show where dancers come out on rafts. It was so fun.
Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Coconut tree climbers taking a break (aka posing for pictures).
Can you see the resemblance between us and the statues?
Yes, that is a fake waterfall we're posing in front of.
The PCC is run by BYU Hawaii students and most of them are actually from the country they represent. They come to school and the PCC helps pay for their educational and living expenses.
Sunday afternoon we went to the Dole Pineapple Plantation and sadly learned that pineapple grow in the ground, not on a tree. (The plantation is kind of lame and I wouldn't recommend it unless you have time to kill and want to visit an overpriced tourist trap. A pineapple is $10 there!)
We also visited the Laie LDS Temple. It is so beautiful and we met some of the nicest people there. In the Visitor's Center they played a short video that gave a history of BYUH, the PCC, and the temple. It was really interesting.
And how can a temple not be beautiful if you look out to see the ocean?
This was the only sunrise we saw. The weather was actually kind of crappy but it's hard to complain about bad weather in Hawaii...
Monday morning was spent scuba diving. I've never been but Scott is certified. It was awesome but my ears and pressure weren't friends so I didn't really do the second dive.
Tuesday was our last morning and Scott went paddleboarding. I was going to go with him but after he took a few dives I thought I'd just stay on the beach and laugh. It was hilarious.
This tree was enormous and so beautiful. It was at the Westin. One day we'll stay there instead of the discount hotels we visited on this trip...
All in all it was so awesome and so much fun. We can't wait to go back someday!