Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Practice Egg Hunt

Last night one of our neighbors set up a little egg hunt at her mom's house for some of our friends and their kids. My kids were so excited to hunt eggs all over this enormous backyard. Yesterday was the warmest day we have had yet this spring, I think it was mid 60's at one point in the day. So I think just being outside again made them super happy.

{All the little egg hunters}
and guess what? Ady is one of the oldest in this group, poor kiddo is gonna be pretty shrimpy like her parents.

The kids had to wait like 20 mins when we got there for the dads to "hide" the eggs. They were huddled pretty close to this little grouping of 3 "hidden" eggs then all of a sudden the eggs were gone. So I think they were getting a little impatient.

On a completely separate but related to Spring note. I am so glad sunshine is on the horizon. I have been so anxious to get out of the house. I think I planned as many weekends away as possible in January and February but I am tired now and want to spend more time at home. SoI need some sunshine and outdoor entertainment for my children.
I am feeling better, still on my nausea meds but rarely throw up anymore. But I have a new annoying symptom this pregnancy, besides the headaches and nausea. EMOTIONS. I have been extremely lucky to never have to deal with postpartum depression. My pregnancies are usually so bad by the time the baby comes I am the complete opposite of depressed. I am quite the opposite of depressed. So, I have never really experienced very noticeable change in my emotional state. Until this pregnancy. Things that would normally just bother me, now make me sob for 2 hours. And things that I usually wouldn't even think to worry about are becoming slight obsessions. I tell Eric all the time, I think this is so hard. I feel bad for women who feel this emotional every pregnancy. I don't like feeling not like myself, I already don't look like myself. But, luckily my crazy days are only every once in awhile and there is an end in sight. I am so so so looking forward to June and to having a sweet little baby in our home again. Tomorrow s Max's 3rd birthday, and I really can't believe its been that long since we have had a newborn. I am craving one. But anyway, that little side not got away from me. But, basically I am just happy Spring is in the air and I have one trimester left til we are a family of 5. Yay!
Happy Easter Weekend!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

White Dinner at the Haiku Mill, Maui

Ok it's been a long 6 weeks waiting for this photos from Mike Adrian, but they are finally here and I couldn't even wait til my kids were in bed to post them. Every year on our President's Club trips we take Eric's employees on, we have one company dinner where everyone wears white, we do a official President's Club photo that is hung in the lobby at the office and basically celebrate the achievement of the employees to have made it. It's always a nice night. One that I look forward to the most. Every year I try to find a super unique location to the destination we are at to make it something that they couldn't do just anywhere. Last year in Cabo it was all Mexican food, and music and ambience on a cliff over looking the Sea of Cortez. Unique to that President's Club for sure. This years location took me a lot of scouting. But I finally found the Haiku Mill. You cant describe this place but I will try, it is an old Sugar Mill built in the 1800's that has now been made into a super gorgeous secret garden like wedding venue. Every inch of it is absolutely stunning. and if you think the outside surrounding are beautiful you should see the to die for shabby chic bridal cottage you get for a night if you rent the mill. Anyway here are the photos from our special night.

I had them use mostly local Hawaiian flowers for our arrangement and decor, orchids are harder and more expensive to come by on the mainland but in Hawaii they are plentiful. And beautifully fragrant also our dinner table smelled as good as it looked.

I love things hanging above tables where possible, they had never done this before at the Haiku Mill but they hung 9 foot strands of white orchids from the glass roof down to our table. And the chandelier they already have hanging about the tables sort of illuminated the strands at dusk.

I also requested an eclectic variety of glass jars, urns and votives all around the mill/steps and tables.

And another pretty addition to the mill where our guests dressed in all white.

We used Local Maui caterer from Soup to Nuts to do all the food, Hawaii local ingredients and flavors were the theme for the meal.

Our whole group of President's Club attendees, so many cute couples who we had tons of fun with.

We had an acoustic guitarist playing pretty music during dinner.

We ate appetizers and explored the mill until the sunset, then we sat down for the plated dinner, Eric's thank you speech and to enjoy the dinner. Its really pretty how all the lights on the mill, hanging strands, the chandelier and the other small spotlights slowly come on after dusk and get brighter as it gets darker, it makes the mill just as pretty in the dark.