Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Quick Trip to Boise

Dane and I and the Grandparents are off to Boise to visit the kids. (Dane was really missing Ethan) It might be a little Crazy since it is the end of February and it could snow at any minute.  These are the Crazies.

We are so happy to be with cute Natalie and Ethan
Addison and I got to do a little shopping together.  Nat had to work.  Kade gave great back rubs.  For dinner we got to go to Grimaldi's for delicious pizza and eat outside, well in a net tent with heaters.

Grimaldi's is in the Village with all these cool dancing water and lights.  Kade and Addison really enjoyed the Great Grandparents.

Oscar aka Brown Dog is the king of the castle.  He gets lots of attention, walks, and everybody love him.  He is a good dog!

Don and Nita were pretty easy to have around.

Addison just learned how to do a cartwheel and she is really good.

Happy, happy old people with Kade
Ethan and Natalie live in such a nice neighborhood.  We went on lots of walks, even in pj's.

 We had lots of good eats, played lots of games, it was just so fun to be together.

Dane sang karaoke with the kids which they were really good.  Dane and Ethan did a very funny video too which they were all posted on Instagram. 
Dane received this note.  Gee I wonder who wrote that note?  Ha Ha  It was a quick trip but very fun.  The weather was great, the roads were good and the company was the best.  Thanks for the visit kids.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hawaii Love

I think I could go to Hawaii every year.  I love the flora and fauna, the warm air, the 80 degrees, and the smell.  On a cold day in December Dane checked the prices of Hawaii and bought the tickets on a whim.  He was pretty excited and clicked away and some how just had my name just  as "J Schofield."  To get that changed took several phone calls, a visit to United at the airport and a full body scan at the airport.  What a pain.   We invited our friends the Clarks to go with us but Lenny was still recovering from his chemo so Dane and I were off to MAUI, Hawaii the 13th of February.  We flew to Denver then Honolulu then on the Maui.

We arrived in Maui to high winds, so we decided to take the drive to Hana first thing.  Lots of flora and fauna, windy roads and 50+ one lane bridges.
 I guess we weren't going to pee in this port a potty.
We drove and drove with lots of beautiful views then headed back over to the other side of the island to this ...

Dane lost his inhaler probably on the plane and was having trouble breathing.  He was hoping that the tropical air would help but when I could hear him breath from across the room it was time to go to the Urgent Care.  After several of our vacation dollars he had a new inhaler and we came out of the drug store to this downpour.  It rained like the hose was on for 3 hours straight but it was still 80 degrees.
The next morning we woke up to a beautiful warm day, no wind and no rain.  We stayed at the beautiful Hyatt.
We found lots of good eats and loved being together.  I think Hawaii is our happy place.  We went to Church and probably 1/3 of the congregation were visitors, mostly old ball headed men.  The place was full and they read in 20 new Ward members.

We love the beach.  We went snorkeling and saw pretty fish.  There was a pretty strong rip tide and the waves beat us up a little when we were coming back in, but it was fun.

The sun sets so quickly here.  In about 3 minutes it is gone.
So now off to Kauai and all these good eats.  We found a Krispie Kreme donuts and went crazy over the Shave Ice.  Both of these two Shave ice were our favorites with vanilla macadamia nut ice cream. YUM It makes my mouth water just looking at them and remembering how good they were.

We rented beach cruisers and took a 10 mile bike trail along the beach.  We found this beach without even one person on it.  I loved riding bikes and Dane semi enjoyed it, at least the ride out. 

The chickens!  They are everywhere and they are just ignored.  We looked it up and they aren't even good to eat.  They say if you put a piece of volcanic rock and the chicken in a pot you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.  I think it is funny that nobody cares that they are around.

For about 15 minutes before you leave your hotel room you get to have good hair in Hawaii.  Then the moist air and a hat you are done.  I know 1st world problems.  We rented a convertible so a hat is a must and the sun was bleaching out my hair like crazy.

This beautiful beach off the 8th green and nobody on it but us.

We wanted to go golfing but found that they were having a golf tournament and the BYU Cougars were playing!  So we rented a cart and followed along, we were the only followers.  Dane was thrilled and knew the players and their stats.  On the first hole the coach, Todd Miller, Johnny Millers son, came over and introduced himself as well as the BYU golfer.  Dane new that the BYU player was the Utah State Armature Champion last year.  We got to the next hole and this man introduces himself as Brian and Dane goes "Brian Santego, of course."  They chat and I'm thinking how does he know who all these people are.  Well Dane is a true Cougar and knows that Brian is the senior assistant athletic director at BYU.  After checking out the beach and Face timed with Ethan we found out that Ethan plays golf with the guy we were following and knows the # 1 guy on the team. Golf is such a boys club.  When we came back Dane asked the coach how the team was doing and he 
 asked if he had the app to follow along.  Dane was like I can't quite get it and Todd the coach says "gimme that" just like our kids would.   

We loved paradise! We had our summer tan on, spent the kids inheritance, ate like kings, read several books, swam, snorkeled, laid on the beach, biked, shopped, got  accustomed to the chickens, and napped.  So time to make the journey home.  We got to the airport a little well a lot early, as I read the itinerary wrong, so the man who can sleep anywhere took a nap.  The airport sign says          "Mahalo Until We Meet Again" 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Life is still good

Cute Alex who just turned 14 just got his braces off.  What a great smile!
Oh Brown dog.
Brown dog aka Oscar is the luckiest dog ever.  He is so happy to have all the attention.

 Love that Kade boy too!
Our favorite place "Harper and Madison" seems to be this dogs hangout also.

Dayne's horse picture that she painted this week in her art class.  I think she is really good. I love the different colors of grey, brown and blues and the depths of the shore and the horse and water.  My sister says it is so "expressive!"
 Love that Baby Dayne
 Love this Birthday girl.  She is everything and more.  Can't believe she is 38, where has the time gone.  I love that she loves to read, she loves music, is a great Mom, wife and daughter.  She is my best friend and favorite girl. 
 A very foggy February Temple morning.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy 90th Birthday Grandpa

Let's get this party started. Grandpa do you have any words of wisdom for your family? " No, my ear Dr. asked me the same thing.  It's a secret"  Grandpa do you have a bucket list?  Anything you still want to do? "Nope, I'm not George Bush, I don't want to jump out of an airplane."  Me neither Grandpa.

When Grandpa was 18 he enlisted in the Army and spent many days on a troop ship to the Philippines to fight in WWII for 3 years.  His division of 150 beach headed the island of Cebu.  They were the forth wave and he talks about how they got out of the ship in 5 feet of water carrying a backpack and part of the motor and as he got to the beach he saw many men laying on the beach.  He wondered why they weren't getting up.  After the Americans took that island they were planning on going to Japan.  Fortunately when the got to Japan the was was over and Grandpa helped rescue the POWs.  When it was all said and done he was 1 of 7 from his group of 150 returned home.  Thank you for your service and thank you Heavenly Father for letting him be our Grandpa.

The birthday celebration continues in San DiegoGrandpa what is the best invention that you have seen in your 90 years?  "The telephone."  Grandpa the telephone was before your time.  "Yes but not the cell phone.  All these people can be on the phone at the same time and nobody runs into each other.  When I was a kid we had a party line and we had to take turns using the phone.  My number was 3336j."
Grandpa LOVES donuts, especially the huge "Escandonut" dogs and Grandma.  Maybe his secret is eat lots of donuts and you will live long and prosper.

Peterson Donut might be Don and Nita's happy place but mine is the beach.  It is beautiful perfect weather!
Dane got a wild hair to go to Ensanada so the party continues in Mexico.  It was a beautiful hour drive south of Sand Diego on highway 1 along the coast.  Spent the night in a very nice hotel over looking the harbor.
Ensanada was very clean and green.  We stayed in a very nice hotel and enjoyed some great shrimp tacos.  The next day we headed back to San Diego through Tijuana.  Tijuana is huge with about 1 million people everywhere.  We tried to find the Temple but didn't have any luck.  We sat at the boarder waiting for an hour.   Several people were selling all kinds of junk, blankets, wooded stools, statues of Jesus. Lots of people crossing the boarder and for a good reason.

 Sunset on the Coronado Beach
one without people

We stayed at the Del Cornado and while Don and Nita hung out Dane and I rented bikes and rode all over the island.  It was perfect weather and so fun. 
Life is good

 San Diego is all of our favorite place, especially Coronado.  We ate lots of great Mexican food, walked on the beach, enjoyed the warm weather, shopped a little and ate some more.  Grandpa want to come back in 2 years to celebrate Grandma's 90 birthday? "OK let's do it."

Right on this beach Dane asked me to marry him 42 years ago and I still love him and love to come here.

We have watched many a wave right from this bench

Don and Nita like the Imperial Beach pier

Love you Darlin, you are the best!