Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Oh! Chad and I have recently been on a diet. (I told you it's been a slow news month.) How come no one told us we had let ourselves go?!? We looked at pictures of us in Hawaii and we about passed out from the horrific photographic evidence of us at our "finest". Sick. Apparently those newly-wed blinders came on and we were totally content with being ignorant, fat, and happy. What were we to expect, though? I mean...come on, the workforce of Dairy Queen started to know us by name. They would say "Hey, Chad! Kandace! You want your usual?" (The invention of the Banana Cream Pie and Strawberry Cheesequake Blizzards was pretty much our downfall.)
So...get this...apparently diet and exercise really works! Huh. Who knew? Well...that AND banning ourselves from DQ. Chad has lost 22lbs and I've lost 20. Again. TOTALLY depressing that we even NEEDED to loose that amount of weight, but our home is now 42lbs lighter. Blessed day. We both realize we still probably have another 10-15 to go each, but hey, baby steps. P.S. We highly reccommend you look at a calender before committing yourself to the strictest of diets. Because dieting over holidays is NO fun. Depressing really. I doubt Chad has ever seen me more moody. I get cranky when I don't get my sugar. After witnessing me on sugar withdrawls, any pregnancy related mood swings should be cake for him to deal with. (These aren't coming anytime soon people, I'm just saying.)
Anyway, aside from this...we've just been living the dream. We work, Chad goes to school, I do laundry, we sleep and then repeat. Chad just got a promotion of sorts at his work, and he's been under a lot of pressure to acquire new certifications, so that's adding to his stress bucket. And while trying to not bug Chad while he studies I've been attempting to become more savvy in the garden...it's not going well. My thumb is far from green...as are my plants. Sad. I blame the soil.
Welp...It's a quick and pointless update...I don't even have a picture to go along with it. What fun is a post without a picture?!? It's not. I'll see what I can do to up the fun factor next time. But until then...this will have to do.
"It's all about a choice." -Chad T. Hatch
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
....Not this. Our shuttle driver decided that the best route to take for all of us first time visitors was right through the slums of Waikiki. Needless to say...my first impression of Hawaii was a tad disappointing. Although the above picture was not of the slums, it was actually the sunrise view taken from the top floor of our super nice hotel (fyi: booking on Priceline is the way to go) at about 5:30 in the morning. Our internal clocks were still on Utah time which was 9:30 in the morning, but I digress...where was I....Oh yes! First impressions. Well you know that old adage "You never get a second chance to make a first impression"? Well, I think they made an exception for Hawaii. Downtown Waikiki may have left me wanting...but Hawaii as a whole, is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.
With it being my first trip to Hawaii I wanted to see all the tourist-y stuff i.e. The Polynesian Cultural Center, Pearl Harbor, The Dole Plantation, etc... And thankfully, Chad indulged me, even though he has been to Oahu twice before.
The PCC was one of my favorite places we went. The canoe parade especially. SO fun! The Dole plantation and the super yummy pineapple ice cream was a highlight as well. One of our favorite parts was just cruising around Oahu and just seeing what we could see. North shore was great and we stopped at some gorgeous beaches and just chilled for a while and played in the surf.On Monday night we met up with our friends Lindsey and Jason and they were gracious enough to take us to a beautiful beach for Family night. We loved it! It was so pretty. Unfortunately, I was so excited to see Lindsey I totally spaced bringing my camera so I don't have any photographic evidence of this. Can you help me out with this Lindsey? You know you've got a good friendship when it's been years since you've seen them but it feels like no time at all. Thanks for the good time guys!
On Wednesday morning we met up with our fellow honeymooners, Lou and Phil, who had just gotten married on the 8th. As it turns out they were in our exact same hotel! Ha! Who knew? It was pretty handy for car pooling to Pearl Harbor and the swap meet though, which by the way is the PERFECT place to buy suvinors, SO much cheaper than anywhere else on the island. And it was SO much fun! We ran into a jam lady, Sylvia...or Sherry...I forget, but she makes her own jam. And it is GOOD! We got suckered into buying 3 jars of Jam, one of which was a "man jam" which Chad is ga ga over. BBQ's at our place this summer! These jams are great on meat! I know...it sounds weird, but trust us...you'll love it!
Wednesday we flew over to Kauai and started part 2 of our trip. In comparrison to Waikiki this island is pratically bare with habitation, but it is called the Garden Island for a reason. SO SO beautiful! Especially the north shore! Chad and I pretty much decided that when we are rich and famous there is where we want to retire. (HA...dream on.) THIS is the Hawaii I had pictured!
All the pictures really don't do it justice. You've got to go people. Find a way. Make it happen. Kauai is TOTALLY worth it. While we were there we went on a kayak trip up the Wailua River where we went on this GREAT hike to a secret falls, and we saw an old Hawaiian village. Way cool. And our great adventure was a raft trip to the Na Pali coast line! (that one opening aerial shot in Jurassic Park...yeah...we were totally there...just yesterday!) The raft trip was kind of rough...not going to lie. 35 miles in a little raft on the HUGE choppy ocean...my tail bone is STILL tender. BUT...once you get past that part of things...it's TOTALLY worth it. We were able to cruise right into some of these incredible caves with the bluest water you have ever seen, and we were also able to go snorkeling. A first for me. I was a little trepidatious about getting in because, me, a land locked girl all my life, has this thing about large bodies of water and the fish that swim in them. Kind of freaks me out. Okay...REALLY freaks me out. But I did it, and it was unbelievable! LOVED it! We were fortunate enough to see TONS of dolphins, a handful of turtles and even a Momma Whale with her calf! CRAZY cool!!! And it wasn't just a spout of water either. They gave us a whole show as they jumped and played. The baby would jump and then the momma would show him how it's REALLY done. SO amazing. I have a deep respect for the ocean...and the power that is in it. SO intimidating and completely awesome. This is one of our favorite parts of our trip.
We'd like to thank all the people who made this possible. #1) Chad's Aunt Heidi who hooked us up with buddy passes on Delta which saved us exuberant amounts of money. #2 Jason and Lindsey who showed us one of the most beautiful beaches where the locals go. #3 Lou and Phil for introducing us to the Shave Ice (mmmm...just talking about it makes me want one). #4 Delta Airlines for giving us first class accomodations on the night flight back (this is the way to go) and the lovely airport of Seattle, in which we currently sit, waiting for ANY flight to get us the rest of the way home. BOO on standby. And Tyler and Janet for being willing to be on call for local pickup back in our hometown!
Best honeymoon a girl could ask for!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
During the sealing the Sealer turned to Josh and said "You've got yourself quite an incredible bride here." and Josh's entire face just lite up! He had the biggest most genuinely happy smile I've ever seen on my brother. I've never seen him so filled with complete and utter joy. I will forever and always love Heidi for the plain and simple fact that she makes my brother so blissfully happy. His entire countanence brightens whenever she's around and I find that incredible. He loves her so much and I am SO happy for them.
Cute little Kua sportin' his pimped out suit! Walkin' with one of his favorite all time people Grandma! It's so cute, anytime he sees his Grandma he get's so excited! There's only 3 people on this planet who that kid will go out of his way for. His Mom, and his two grandmas!
Tai playin' it cool!
They do in fact Kiss!!! They just have a little bit of weariness doing it in front of people. There were about 4 public kisses their entire wedding day. One over the alter two which I have displayed on here...and one...maybe two more at the reception. And that's all we could talk them into doing.
Monday, March 29, 2010
We had SUCH a FABULOUS time! I took everything I had to come back to the real world. In fact...some would argue...I still haven't.
This was our suite in Kauai where we stayed. It was kind of like out of a magazine! So sureal!
It's not every day you just...find a coconut lying around.
Talk about a dream honeymoon, huh!?! Even if it was a few months later. Big deal! At least we got to go!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Well...it wasn't his arm...it was his
leg...and it wasn't leaping over parking meters...it was down hill skiing.
It was Chad's first time on ski's. He had decided (after quite a bit of coercing from his wife) that he was going to give skiing a go since it's one of my favorite outdoor activities and all of my family members are avid skiers. So...the day after New Years we went up to the Beav and took Chad on his first run down the hill on Skis. Sure he biffed it a couple of times, but he made it down Little Beaver fairly well, all things considered. After a few runs down the little beav, and a couple brief tutorials from me and my dad, Mr. Ski Patrol himself, my dad decides that Chad is ready for Gentle Ben. Now...don't let the name fool you. Gentle Ben is nice and all...but he's not as gentle as his name would imply.
On the first drop off Chad ate it pretty hard. He pulled one of those head first-kart wheels with a double lutz spin kind of wrecks. You know the ones I mean. Everyone who skis or boards has either had personal experience with one of these specific types of wrecks or have at least seen one happen from the safety of their lift chair and screamed out a rating on a scale from 1-10 based on snow displacement and the radius of their gear (poles, skis, hats, etc...) strewn across the mountain side.
He pulled the "Man" card for a while, and kept getting back up to try and finish the run. After 3 failed attempts and making it another 400 yards down the mountain...he knew something was wrong and opted for the "sissy" way off the mountain. Luckily my dad was skiing with us and radioed in for a toboggan. Chad said that was a once in a life time experience...and although the toboggan ride was fun...he'd prefer to never do it again.
We got down the mountain and made it to the Budge Clinic in Logan where we spent the next 3 hours waiting for the doc to tell us the verdict. After a few x-rays we found out that Chad had a "Mid-Fibular Fracture" And would be in a boot for 3-6 weeks and on crutches for the first half of that as well. Joy.
Oh well. What can you do? We feel pretty blessed that it was such a minor break. It could have been much worse. We're grateful it wasn't.
The demoralizing wheel chair. This was a breaking point for him I think.
The sign I noticed AFTER I took all these pictures with my phones...suckers. They shouldn't have kept us waiting so long...maybe I wouldn't have taken so many pics.