Tuesday, January 20

"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something." ~ Neil Gaiman

For some reason I have a hard time writing anything if I am not caught up. So... here is a really quick catch-up on my 2014.

January - Quite an uneventful month because I can't find a single picture I took that month!

February - Trip to Hawaii to visit Ray!



March - Trip to Amsterdam with mom.

April - First fancy work party since working at Shell.

May - Family trip to Europe! (The trip that ended all my blogging because it was too long to finish).

June - I'm a bridesmaid for Arianne's wedding! Jen and I take a trip to Orlando!



July - 10 year high school reunion! Yikes! So glad all of the planning Laura and I did worked out! Then a trip to California with Whitney to visit Erin.




August - Kate officially becomes my roommate and we start doing roommate-y things like going to concerts.

September - Rebecca, Karen, Julie, and I do our first triathlon!



October - My birthday month! So many fun parties with friends and a visit from Laura!




November - Jen gets married! Plus, I cook Thanksgiving dinner for a ridiculous amount of people.

December - Ray graduates! A good excuse for a family trip to Hawaii.



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Friday, August 29

“Old Prague was a story-book city caked in grime: ancient, soot-blackened. History lived in every detail.” ~ Philip Sington


Back to the details of our trip!

The next stop after London was Prague.

The only thing I had ever heard about the Czech Republic before going there was that the food is bad. That is not true. I love Czech food.



We only had a couple of days in the Czech Republic, so we spent most of the time in Prague, with one side trip to the village of Mala Skala.

Prague is a really beautiful city, and it was nice to go somewhere pretty different from most of the places we have been.






Mala Skala is a tiny little village (seriously, so tiny) that is about 2.5 hours away from Prague by train. Also, not that many trains pass through, so we had to plan everything out really well.



Our purpose in visiting Mala Skala was to hike up to some castle ruins (a perfect activity since I love old ruins and Ray loves hiking). Unfortunately I wasn't planning to hike much on this trip so I was wearing Toms and slipping all over the place.






It was worth it thought because the castle ruins were amazing, and the view from the top was great! Although, a little scary for those of us with a fear of heights...

Next stop: Rome.

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Monday, July 28

“London has the trick of making its past, its long indelible past, always a part of its present. And for that reason it will always have meaning for the future, because of all it can teach about disaster, survival, and redemption. It is all there in the streets. It is all there in the books.” ~ Anna Quindlen


Remember a couple of months ago when my brother won a bunch of prizes on The Price is Right? In May, we decided to take some of the trips.

First stop: London. My brother and mom spent almost a week there, and then my Dad and I joined them for the last couple of days.

I love London. No matter where I travel in the world, London always remains my favorite city. It's unfortunate that I couldn't join them for all of that trip since both Ray and my mom are kind of sick of London (they're crazy).

We wandered London and did all the usual London-y things.




Hyde Park.



 Not too many pictures (it really was just a stop on the way to Prague), but just believe me that it was delightful.



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Sunday, June 29

“Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.” ~ John Green

Wow... I am really behind on things. It doesn't seem right to pretend the last 4 months didn't happen... so without further ado... MARCH!

In March, my mom and I went to Amsterdam!



It was our first international trip without either my Dad or Ray, and it was our best trip ever! (hahaha...)

Just a few of my favorite things were:

The Anne Frank House




The Rembrandt House (I don't have picture, but here is an etching I did while I was there)



The Amsterdam City Archives (obviously)


The Van Gogh Museum


Actually, I could go on, but I will resist. I just LOVE Amsterdam. My new life goal is to move to Amsterdam and ride a bike with a basket of flowers around every day. Amsterdam is such an idyllic city. Everyone visit RIGHT NOW. It's perfect. 

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Sunday, March 2

“It was his opinion that a man had to wait until he was dead to know the meaning of God, unless he happened to have known the sea in his youth.” ~ James A. Michener, Hawaii


Earlier this month, I went to Hawaii to visit my brother. It was just a long weekend, and I think most of my coworkers thought I was crazy to go to Hawaii for a weekend. However, since I went to school there as well and have spent a lot of time in Hawaii, I didn't really need to do any touristy things. Ray was most excited for my visit because he wanted to go to Costco. Haha.

As far as I can remember, when I was a BYUH student I never attended a single sporting event, but Ray and I decided to go to the basketball game.


The nice thing about the game is I won a free T-shirt, and they gave free ice cream to the whole stadium because the Seasiders hit 100 points! (Actually, they hit 99, but they decided to be nice).

Ray is working at the PCC as a tour guide right now, so our friend Iakaika and I decided to go to the PCC and spy on Ray's tour. 



Speaking of spying, I snuck into my old Hale (dorms), and even into my old room! Haha.


Our main goals for the weekend were places to eat. We mostly stayed around Laie and Kahuku, but on my last day in Hawaii we headed all the way up to Haleiwa. Our friend Liz just moved to Hawaii from China this semester, and we were shocked she had never been! 


Naturally, we had to stop at Matsumoto's for the best shave ice on the island. 


There wasn't a lot of time spent on the beach this trip. Frankly, I am not a huge fan of beaches, but Waimea is my favorite beach so we had to stop and let Lizzy get her feet in the water (she somehow moved to Hawaii without a swimsuit.... so hadn't been to the beach much and never to Waimea). 


Our last stop was Ted's Bakery for some chocolate haupia pie! The best pie in the world! I actually managed to have pie from Ted's 3 times in 4 days. 


It was a great trip, and a good start to the year! If Ray actually graduates (haha), I'll be back at the end of the year too!

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Wednesday, February 5

新年快樂!

I don't have a lot to say, but I just wanted to say HAPPY NEW YEAR!

This year is the year of the Horse! Hopefully it will be a lucky year for Horses, since Ray is a Horse.

Just to make everyone jealous, here is a pic of our Chinese New Year feast:


My mom flew in on Friday evening, and we spent all night and then all day on Saturday cooking for our party! It was definitely worth it though, because it was delicious. I don't know how I'll top it next year if my mom doesn't come to help again!

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