This weekend we quite literally threw the whole tribe in the car and trudged down to one of my favorite places in the world for a sweet friend’s birthday. The upside to not being on an island in the middle of the Pacific is that we get to be with people that we love that we haven’t been able to be with in a very, very long time. No blizzard or crazy kids’ schedules would be able to keep us away. We left Bria’s soccer game and headed off is hopes of an expressway that were quickly dashed. Thankfully traffic wasn’t bad. We made it to the party with seconds to spare.

I mean, really. How could I miss this?


Or this cake?


(Cake by Anna Delcour. If you are in the Hampton Roads area, I’ll be happy to put you in contact with her.)

Plus, the promise of saltwater and sunsets is too much for this former island girl to resist, even if I only get to see it on the drive down.


It was so nice to be back with all our friends from Granby Street. The only problem was that the hoe down didn’t last quite long enough. Everyone got us for a little, no one got us for a lot. It’s always like that when you live away and visit family. 

These two…

They were only two-years old when Uncle Sam called us to Tennessee. They’ve seen each other once since then. It took two seconds for them to be thick and thieves again. We all just love Ruthie!

Arleigh and Hanan got to catch up with their friends too. It’s been 6 years since they’ve seen some of them. We talked on the way down that it might be awkward but I think they agreed that it really wasn’t. Right it down…First time ever a Mom says she’s super thankful for social media. 

Of course, there are times when I’m not.


BUSTED!!! (Ray was actually working. No matter where I drag him, we are never far from Uncle Sam.) Since it was a Saturday afternoon in Hawaii, I’m willing to bet the teen was telling her Hawaii peeps that she could smell salt water. 

Everyone had fun, especially Jack. It’s hard to not have fun when your big sister agrees to be your horse when you’re dressed like a cowboy. 


Oh how we love the Delcours… and everyone else. I just didn’t have my phone out all night to take pictures. I wanted to get a picture of me lassoing Ray but we were having so much fun I missed it.IMG_2264

We stayed the night and went to church the next morning giving the bigs an opportunity to catch up with old friends. I can’t believe how grown up they look!


Hau`oli Lā Hānau Rachel! Thanks for letting us share the aloha with you! I hope it was your best birthday yet. Yee Haw!