I love making sentimental anniversary projects for my sweet babu.
We had a beautiful celebration. Spa day, then the temple, then dinner at one of my favorite places in Haleiwa. It was such a wonderful day.
Read part one here….
DeCosta Family Reunion
So after the Jordan’s wedding Bryce and I flew back to Oahu to get ready for another family gathering, DeCosta family reunion on Kauai. Momma G flew over too. The three of us went to Kauai for the reunion weekend, but we also got to do some sightseeing as well since Momma G had never explored Kauai that much. We stopped at some local favorites and even played tourist, driving up Waimea Canyon. Kauai is a beautiful island, it is my favorite of the Hawaiian Islands.
The weekend went by too fast, but we were able to spend time with Uncle Cucu, my grandpa’s brother, the only living sibling. Uncle Cucu doesn’t get to Oahu too much, so he insists we come back to Kauai to visit him since we live so close.
Girl’s Camp 2013
The next big thing that happened this summer was young women’s camp. As the president, it was kinda imperative that I was present at girl’s camp, and as much as I do not like camping, I’m so grateful that we got to spend a week just us girls. Our theme this year was “Girl on Fire,” as in Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen. The girls loved it. We had crafts and skits, and camp food galore. Of course the leaders and I also had a great time also. I’m so grateful for my calling as a youth leader, the girls inspire me constantly and I love them all. I secretly wish we could rewind and go back to girls camp so I can keep them all safe in our little camp ground and not let the evil of the world consume their young spirits. We made some great memories though, and I hope and pray that they will look back on our camp time with fondness one day.
So Long Summer 2013!!
I think it was a terrific summer spent with both family and friends. Summer is over now though. Bryce is back to his online classes and I am back to teaching. It feels good to be back to work after not working all summer and I breathe a sigh of relief now because I feel at ease with how I was able to spend my summer 2013.
Things to look forward to:
3 year anniversary
I can’t believe how quickly the summer of 2013 came and went. I’ll be starting the fall semester at HPU (as an instructor) and Bryce will begin his second year at Arizona State Univ (as a student). It’s nice to take this time to reflect on all the fun we had this summer with family and friends.
We got to spend some time in California this summer for Jordan’s nuptials. Prior to getting down to wedding business we were able to spend a little time with our friends. We love the Garretts and since they live in California now, they drove down for the weekend preceding the wedding and we played games, had delicious food compliments of my bestie and got to go to Knott’s Berry Farm theme park together.
Of course no California trip is complete without a trip to Disneyland!
Yes, it’s true, Disneyland is always a must whenever Bryce and I visit California. Disneyland also goes hand in hand with our dear friends the Art and Zoila. Back in the day, before we were all married, the four of us went to Disneyland on Bryce and my first date. So naturally, we enjoy spending at day at the happiest place on Earth with the couple that has been there from the beginning. Momma G also joined us that day.
Happy birthday Bryce!
We spent the first part of Bryce’s special day at the La Brea Tar pits. Bryce wanted to go see that cause he vaguely remembered it from his childhood. For lunch we had Five Guys Burgers, they don’t have Five Guys in Hawaii so that was a real treat and worth mentioning in this instance. Momma G spent the day with us and took us to see the space shuttle Endeavour in Los Angeles too as part of Bryce’s birthday celebration. The space shuttle was at the California Science Center, next to the USC Colosseum. That was a neat thing to witness, as it was the actual vehicle that took men and women into space. It was a long day but I think Bryce enjoyed seeing and trying new things for his birthday.
The Jenks’ Wedding
So the main reason for the California trip was to witness my younger sister get sealed to her now husband. My sister asked me to be the matron of honor and I got to wear a stunning dress (she picked it out) and have my hair did (thanks Sara). Bryce was the resident photographer at the reception, which was also at Aunty Agnes’ house just like mine was three years ago (with slight differences of course). It was a lovely time and it was so fun to get dressed up and look fancy for the day. Congrats to the Jenks, who against all odds and opposition, stayed close to one another and to the Lord, and came out victorious.
Fun times were had by all on our California trip 2013. I always enjoy going home and look forward to the next time we get to see Momma G, family and friends. Part two of our summer 2013 still to come…
We are writing to ask you to hurry and get here soon. Bryce and I need some time away to recharge our batteries. Even though we are only going to Utah, it will still be nice to be away from the cares of our present lives and be somewhat free for the week. No work, no school, no calling, just being.
It’s not that we are ungrateful for our lives vacation, we couldn’t be more blessed, its just sometimes, life gets too hectic, and we start to feel drained and exhausted. See we have a lot we are responsible for here in our lives, and, well, as much fun as it is living on our island paradise, it’s nice to get a new perspective, the kind that comes from leaving on you, vacation.
Vacation we know that a lot of people are waiting patiently to see you, just like we are, so we don’t mean to put additional pressure on you, but all we want to ask is to not delay in arriving to us just as soon as you are able. The plane tickets say April 19, we really look forward to it vacation, we really do.
Thanks for all you do vacation, we don’t see you often, but when we do, it’s like no time passed at all.
Bryce took a leisurely cruise around the island a few weeks ago, on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon. These pictures he took were from the east side of Oahu, otherwise known as Hawaii Kai. (No photo editing needed)
The year 2012 was good to the Aubrey Hale, we lived, we laughed, we loved.
The year started like any other, work for Bryce and I. I taught my second semester at HPU in the winter, and I was blessed to get a new job in May with SMS Consulting as an administrative assistant. I was able to travel to outer islands because of my job, and I have enjoyed meeting people and learning more about small business and marketing strategies.
We were really blessed to meet some great friends in 2012 and welcome some new tiny friends and family into our bunch. Our summer vacation in June to the California, New Mexico and Turks and Caicos Islands was the perfect blend of family, friends, and exotic destinations. We had a great summer on Oahu with our new friends.
Bryce started school full-time in August, and after being back in school after such a long time out of school, he managed to get a 4.0 his first semester back, even with a full-time job and a demanding church calling (ward clerk).
In October we celebrated two years of married life at Morton’s Steakhouse.
I was called to be the Young Women’s president in November, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to continue working with the young ladies of the Moanalua 1st Ward.
In the fall months, we decided to look for a home to buy on the west side of Oahu (Kapolei/Ewa area). We lived on a very strict budget, and saved money for a down payment. After many weeks of looking at homes, and praying for inspiration, and signing our names to offers, both Bryce and myself decided it was not the right time. We took the money we saved and paid off my car, and all of our credit cards. This perhaps was the biggest blessing this year, to rid ourselves of all credit card debt. We still hope to buy a home, and we continue to pray for guidance to help us chose the right home for us.
Christmas was a quiet one, we had a ward (church) party, a work party (SMS-Rachel’s job), a family (Kaalekahi family), and of course, Bryce and I were able to spend Christmas morning together before he had to go to work. Santa was good to us, and we continued our family tradition of reading Luke 2 before opening presents.
We had a great 2012, and look forward to 2013. This year will undoubtedly be a busy one, and we can’t wait for more adventures whether they are on land or in the sea!
Happy new year to our family and friends!!
Before our date night this particular week, I was able to capture a gorgeous sunset. That is the Laie Hawaii LDS temple in the background. I think this is my new favorite picture! The clouds were just perfect, the palm trees were perfectly framed, and the temple in the background.