Happy Birthday from Hawaii!

We left rainy Portland for 8 days in Hawaii! We planned this last year and booked the house on the Big Island with my parents and brother and his wife. It was the first time we’ve all gone on vacation together. I was really looking forward to this.

A bit of a whirlwind! Logan did pretty good for his first time traveling on an airplane. A friend drove us to the airport and we got through TSA ok (with a toddler!) and had a quick breakfast and then boarded the plane. Logan’s favorite part was the people mover in the airport. 🙂

The flight was pretty good. Logan played with toys, colored, watched a movie, took a nap. He only got fussy at the very end when we were about 40 minutes from landing in Kona.

Getting our car was kind of a nightmare. There was only one person working and the line took FOREVER. And Logan was ready to get some energy out! But we got our car, got a quick snack and then arrived at the rental house and met up with my parents. 

My mom and I got some groceries. The fruit in Kona is AMAZING! The avocados were spectacular and HUGE too.

Then we made burgers at the house, got settled in the house and went to bed. It was a gorgeous day in Hawaii but we were all SUPER tired. We tried to keep Logan up later so he could adjust a little to the time but he kind of burned out. We all slept super good but were up at 4am. OUCH. I was going to be a LONG day.

The house we rented was amazing! Big enough for 7 people to be comfortable. There was a master bedroom (for us) with a master bath and walk in closet. There was another bedroom with a queen (my brother and his wife got that one) and a bedroom with two twin beds. Then another bedroom with a queen downstairs where my parents slept. There was a huge lanai with a view of the trees and ocean and the backyard had a hot tub, fire pit and an outdoor shower.

Day Two My birthday! Hello 40! 

It got kind of a rough start. We were all up early, Logan was out of sorts. The time change was hard. Being out of his routine was hard. He had a ton of extra energy and things were just HARD. 

We went to the Kona Farmer’s Market first. We got a bunch of fresh fruit! SO GOOD! And some souvenirs. Logan got a turtle luggage tag as a souvenir and his very first wallet. 🙂 I got a dress, Michael got a Hawaiian shirt and we got a few souvenirs. Then we walked to the small beach across from the Farmer’s Market. 

After that we got lunch at Da Poke Shack! Michael and I have thought about that poke for like 7 YEARS!!!!!! And we finally got to have it again and it was just as amazing as we remembered it!

Then we went to the beach– Spencer Beach. It was SUPER nice! Perfect for kids. There was a park, nice beach, not too big waves… I got to swim some laps in the ocean and it was HEAVENLY!

For my birthday we made taco salads at the house and then the family surprised me with a huge chocolate ganache birthday cake from Costco and it was so so good. It took us three days to eat that huge cake. 😉

What a great way to celebrate!


In a few days I turn 40 years old. It’s weird because it was an age that I never looked forward to. When I was in my 30’s I felt this weird pressure the closer I got to 40 because I was going to be “too old” to have a baby (and I was considered “advanced maternal age” and “geriatric pregnancy” with Logan…so many eye rolls!) so there was this dread as 40 was approaching.

My friend put it well, she said it was “anticipatory grief” and that’s exactly how I feel. I don’t know why. Because I am definitely glad to be alive. I have my health (for the most part) and I am alive. That’s all good, nothing to sneeze at.

I have a son who is going to be 4 years old this year. I have a lovely husband and wonderful animals (two out of the three furbabies are excellent cuddlers!).

When I think back about my life, I did a lot of stuff! One of my first memories of a big world even was the Berlin Wall coming down. I remember watching it on the news.

I also remember the Challenger Explosion. I was standing at the bus stop for school when someone told us and then we learned about it at school.

My first record was Thriller.

I grew up in Seattle. I did the “Running Start” program at school where I could go to community college and get both high school credits and college credits at the same time. I *almost* graduated high-school with enough credits for my AA degree but needed to take some not so fun classes (math yuck) later to finish.

I had the amazing opportunity to go to London with my cousin, Anna, and when I was 18. It was one of the most amazing trips ever!

Columbine happened a year after I graduated from high-school and I remember watching it on TV as it happened. When I was 19 I moved to Portland with my boyfriend and went to college and worked. When we broke up, I moved home for the summer to regroup. 9/11 happened and again, I watched that unfold on TV, too.

I’ve lived in Portland for 21 years now. (Crazy!) I’ve done so much in my life and traveled a LOT. It’s great! And for my birthday we are going back to Hawaii for a week!

Part of it was so I had something to look forward to instead of dreading my birthday! We rented a house on the Big Island with my parents and my brother and his wife. I am SO excited about it! I’ve been looking forward to it for a YEAR! (Yes we booked it a year ago!) It will be amazing!

It’s a big house with a huge lanai that has ocean views. I cannot wait to relax on the lanai with a beverage and just chill. The house has a firepit, a big yard, hot tub and outdoor shower. It’s a 15 minute drive from our favorite beach on the island. It’s going to be magical!