Sunday, June 18, 2017

I Love Summer

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Summer.  I don't love summer in Phoenix since it is something like 115 today, but Idaho Summers are fantastic, especially when the nights cool off.

I Love Popsicles, I especially love these lemon lime ones!
I Love my Summer Reading Program.  Right now I'm reading Rebel Mechanics:  All is Fair In Love and Revolution By Shanna Swendson.  If you love magic and the early 1900's, you will love this one.  I'm just about to start listening to Faithful by Alice Hoffman.  I hope its good.  One of my favorite reads while I was in Bali was Walk On Earth A Stranger.  It is so good.  I'm on the waiting list for the next book in the series. You should see my book list, it's pretty big.  I wonder how many I will get through this summer.

I Love Flip Flops, especially my sperry's and vionics.

I Love Summer Vacations!  Tonight I'm taking the red eye to North Carolina.  I hate red eye's but I love my peeps in NC.

I Love this soup recipe that we made in Bali.  I use grated lime rind instead of lime leaves and when
it calls for lemons, it is really limes.  They call lemons limes there.  Weird.
I LOVE that I can wear my hair up and that it finally looks normal, even though for some odd reason it has been falling out excessively lately.  Maybe I'm shedding my winter hair.

I LOVE licorice, especially the new California bags of redvines.  Look for them in your local candy isle.

Today I especially LOVE my dad and all he has done for me.  Happy Father's Day Dad!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Tony's Idaho Reception

I flew home to Idaho from Hawaii.  Since it was the first 90 in Idaho we had our first pool party for the summer.  The water was a little cold, but we still had a great day.
 One evening I had a most enjoyable 4 hour dinner with my girlfriends.  We had so much fun celebrating our friendship at the Melting Pot.  I haven't been there in many, many years.  I think I need to go more often.
Tony's Idaho reception was super fun.  The weather was kind of messy, but not during the 2 hour reception which was fantastic.  That morning we had brunch with Grandma Betty and the ladies.  It was fun as always.
 The Italian Soda's and mom's sloppy joes were a hit and always delicious.  The boys sure had fun making all the fun concoctions.
 We all went to church the next day and then the party was over and everyone left.  Until the next party...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Kauai, Hawaii

The Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend I flew to Kauai for 10 days!  I'm pretty sure I've worked the last several Memorial Day Weekends, which are always busy.  It was nice to be on vacation again!  I met my cousin Misty, her daughter Sadie and my cousin Marie and her husband Nick.  They picked me up and since it was after 10, we chatted for a few minutes before heading to bed.

The view that I saw Sunday morning from our balcony room was amazing.  Oh, how I love a tropical view.  We attended early morning church services and then drove to Glass Beach where the waves were amazing.

We also saw spouting horn which was cool, but we never really got a good picture of it.
Monday morning we boarded a boat for a tour of the Napali Coast.  I did this 10 yeas ago the same
week and remember it being one of my favorites.  This didn't disappoint.  I love the dolphins that swim around the boat, the amazing blue water, and the green and red cliffs.  We did a little snorkeling, but it wasn't the greatest.  Oh, it was such an amazing morning/afternoon though.
After our tour we went straight for the shaved ice, which was refreshing.
That evening and before Marie and Nick flew out, we had a delicious dinner at the Lemongrass Grill.
Misty's son Kade flew in Tuesday evening.  On Wednesday we went Kayaking (something I've never done).  We kayaked to a trail where we hiked to see a water fall.  I finally checked swim under a water fall off my bucket list.  It was crazy loud  and windy.  Completely different than I expected, but super fun.
To be honest, we pretty much had lazy mornings, at ice cream, snow cones, delicious fish tacos and spent most of the time in the pool or at the beach.  It was so delightful and very relaxing, exactly what I like in a tropical vacation wonderland!
One day we went to the North shore, because we stayed on the South Shore, which I actually really enjoyed.  We saw so many turtles and fish on the North Shore while we were snorkeling.  It was so awesome.  I love snorkeling.
The last day we stopped by and saw another waterfall and picked a coconut.  Oh, the beauty of Hawaii!
 And of course, one last snow cone, which was my favorite, sour cherry, sour pineapple and coconut.