Usually I look back at the weekend and wonder where it went, but this past weekend was so jam-packed for us that I know exactly where it went. It felt like the perfect mix of down-time, adventure, and socializing. It feels really good to know that we truly got the most out of the past three days.
We woke up early Saturday morning for Ben’s second half marathon, the Valley to the Sea, which starts up at ‘Iao needle, includes about a mile beach run, and makes its way to the Whale Sanctuary in Kihei. It was a nice small race, a gorgeous day for a long run, and Ben smashed his goal of running a sub-2:15:00 half!
It turned out to be the perfect day for a long run, as the rest of it was filled with food! After a quick shower, we headed to our friends’ baby shower. My friend/classmate Christina is due about five weeks ahead of me – at the end of May – and her friendship has been so incredibly meaningful to me as we navigate the journey of school and pregnancy together. It was so much fun to hang with her and her family for a few hours.
After the baby shower we came home and watched Crazy Stupid Love, which I liked a lot more than I imagined I would…
and then we ended the night at a 1st Birthday Lu`au with my family. It’s hard to believe that my cousins’ kids are old enough to tell me how they’re doing at school [one of them is in college already!] but I absolutely adore them!
Sunday was my twenty-seventh birthday, so I got to sleep in while Ben made me pancakes! We had breakfast in bed and lazed around for the morning before heading to a hair-cutting/styling fundraiser. I usually like to wait until my hair is long enough to donate it, but I realized that I only cut my hair once since I last donated it. I figure it needed a bit of a style so I told the lady to do whatever she wanted with it. She wound up cutting about 4 inches off the length, adding a bunch of layers, and then curling it [which fell out in a matter of minutes].
[My Momma gifted me to the new ‘do… encouraging me to pamper myself ]
The rest of the day was filled with more pampering and lots of love from friends and family! I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by so many incredible people!
Yesterday was Prince Kuhio Day so Ben and I got to adventure together! We had a picnic at the beach and then got to play in the water for a while. We spent time reading our books on the beach and then just followed as our intuition told us where we should go next. I love days without plans!
It’s now Spring Break for me which means I get a break from grad school, teaching, and practicum [but not really, since I have three papers to research + write]. Ben’s birthday is also on Friday, so there’s a lot to look forward to! I have so much to do that I feel like this week is actually going to be more busy than usual.
I’m glad I’ve got a great weekend to think back on as I’m getting all my stuff done!
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