So at last it’s just me in this big ol’ house here in Kauai. The holiday’s are over and everyone has left to head back to the real world. The last of my family leaves today, except my grandparents, they’re staying until the 16th (me, the 13th). One of my best friends comes in on the 8th and I’m so excited!! Today I’m getting my nails done, grocery shopping for this curry I’m gonna make tonight, walk, and then watch the sunset at Shipwrecks beach. ❤
Mostly what this trip has consisted of:
– Cortado Coffee trips
– Beach x 1000
– Family dinners
– Kauai Juice Co…every day.
-Watching daily sunsets + sunrises like it’s our job
These past 2 weeks were amazing and also pretty exhausting, but in a good way. I love family time over here but I’m one of those people that gets so burnt out when I’m constantly having to make small talk every night at the dinner table and having to play catch up with all of the cousins/uncles/aunts. It’ll be nice to have some days and nights alone to have time to cook for myself, watch my shows, start to truly plan my Australia trip, and read a book on the beach with no interruptions like the good ol’ introvert I am likes to do heheh.
I think my family might win the award for most untraditional + zero f’s given of them all…and I love it.
Thanksgiving was in Kauai, not even with my whole family…where we gladly just ate fish and veggies and went to bed early.
Christmas was in Kauai with the whole fam. No Christmas tree or anything, just gifts on the porch. The rest of the day was spent soakin’ up the sun on the beach with everyone.
New Years will be rung in with my sister and her hubby here in Kauai with some new friends. Probably going to a bar for some drinks and the countdown.
Super super chill and I wouldn’t want it any other way. The holidays will always be the holidays despite the lack of super traditional events for us because as long as the whole gang is together, that’s honestly all that matters! I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas, traditions or not, because as long as you find what you’re grateful for each year then that’s all it really comes down to. ❤
Pictures of what I’ve been up to lately:
And from yesterday, an early birthday present to my grandma: a 3.5 hour ATV ride through mud and rain because isn’t that how most grandmas celebrate their birthdays?
If you ever want an epic ATV ride with amazing views (think locations from: Jurassic Park, The Descendants, Pirates of the Caribbean, etc.) then check out Kipu Ranch Tours. Super cool tour guides and epic scenery.
Happy Monday! Hope everyone is either on break or almost at their break for the holidays. I’m currently sipping my coffee looking out at the rainy weather outside our place in Kauai. It’s funny, I used to get depressed whenever it used to rain during Christmas time when we’ve been here in the past, but now I fully embrace it and actually love it! It’s so nice to see the island become so green, and you can smell the dirt (sounds gross but you know what I mean) and plants, etc. From San Diego where it never really rains, it’s always a nice change. Plus I can give my skin a break from the sun and write some posts for you guys! These past few days involved getting lots of Kauai Juice, going on a sunset cruise, seeing old friends, shopping, and celebrating my dad’s birthday! So far so good this trip. Can’t wait until the entire fam is all here ❤
Today my brother gets here all the way from NY!!! Can’t wait to see him. I’m probably going to shop for his Christmas gift at some point (p.s. why are brothers always so hard to shop for??), then head into Hanapepe to shop at Blu-Umi and find some goodies. Today is leg day which I feel like I should point out because I always dreaddd BBG leg days and it’s half of what I think about all day until I do it and it’s over haha. I die. But in a good way!
On Saturday I went to watch my cousin, dad, and his friend in a Motocross race up in Glen Helen, CA pretty much all day. Mom packed the coolers of snacks, dad loaded the trucks with the bikes, and we were out the door by 5:30am.
It was an extra special day because we got to hang out with my uncle David Bailey who is a legit legend in the Moto world. He had a serious, and career-ending accident before a race about 25/30 years ago and hasn’t raced since. Let’s just say he was up there with the top pros back in his day winning nationally ranked supercross races and raced on the U.S. team. So he’s a pretty cool dude.
Anyways, last night was my last night housesitting for my grandparents up in Rancho and I am so excited to be back in PL. This means I can be home to hand out Halloween candy to all the kiddos and get back into a normal routine. YESS. Genuinely miss tending to my garden and I can’t wait to get back to tutoring, being within reasonable distance of friends, and planning what’s next travel-wise. Really in the mood for a scary movie tonight so any recommendations i’ll consider! Also, has anyone else been seeing these unreal sunsets these past few weeks?! Bright pink skies almost every night.
HEY MONDAYYY. I plan on doing a lot of exploring around town this week and planning for upcoming road trips/Thanksgiving in Kauai with my grandparents! I’m also tutoring a girl I used to babysit starting tomorrow so that will be fun. Wish me luck since I can’t even remember the last time I gave thought to ancient Egyptian empires…
Anyways, here are some highlights from the past week while my sister and Blair (her hubby) were in town!
Vegan pumpkin cookies I stole from this recipe. Pumpkin puree made them sooo moist and good ugh.
No filter needed for this sunset the other night.
Bracelets from my grandma at lunch the other day because she knows how much I love anything silver and turquoise! How pretty are they???
Birthday lunch for Katie at Crudo in The Village at Pacific Highland Ranch! I had their lobster soup and it was so good. Not extremely filling but had a lot of flavors (and bread to dip into it…).
After my post-wisdom teeth check-up my mom and I got smoothies before heading to Costco at Juice Alchemy down the street. I got the “Natural High” (sans agave) and it was really good. Almond butter + vanilla = amazing combo. I like thicker smoothies anyways so it was perfect!
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Lego exhibit
Always groping hehehe
Drinks at the Lot feat. Blair
Little Italy’s Farmer’s Market
We went to the Air and Space museum as well as the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park on Friday (bragging moment: it was named after my great great grandpa who founded Consolidated Aircraft which was a major key in WWII!). Fun fact of the day??
This was Saturday night, K&B’s last day 😦 Family tradition of ours since I was a baby to drive to the college campus up the street and watch the sunset in Dad’s truck.
It was such a good end to the week and just reassured me of how lucky we are in so many aspects. Family + health + happiness is keyyyyy. Have a great week!!