Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Anniversary Presents!

A few weeks ago D said to me, "I think I should tell you what I'm thinking of getting you for our anniversary, because I think you might be getting me the same thing." I guess we know each other well! We decided to buy the set of East Maui prints by Everything is Jake for our kitchen. We already have the Kauai set, which we love, but we've been loving the East Maui ones too. We decided we can have both, and rotate our kitchen art every 6 months.
We have such a soft spot for Maui, and East Maui especially. We visited all three of these places and loved every one! The first print is of the Road to Hana. We did the famous drive and spent three nights in the tiny town of Hana and felt like we were experiencing an untouched Hawaii. 

The second print is of Kipahulu Bamboo Forest. We hiked through this on a gorgeous hike that finished at a waterfall where we went swimming. 
The last print is of sunrise at Haleakala. This was an amazing experience. We drove up the dark, windy road in the middle of the night and then stood out in the cold to see the sun rise. 

I love that the Haleakala print also includes a mention of the silversword, a plant that only grows on Haleakala.
And while D was smart enough to check before buying these (because I had contemplated it) I had already bought him a present. At Craftland, I bought this screenprint from Sibling Design. I see a theme. Think we like to travel? 
Another highlight of celebrating was reaching into the cellar for some fancy bubbly. We felt pretty bad ass drinking Cristal. You can read our review of it here. What better thing to sip while planning our next place to visit?

Monday, June 18, 2012

New Toy

Yesterday, D and I went to our favorite lake for the first time this year. It felt so good to unplug and relax. We were excited to use our new toy, an underwater camera. When we were in Maui, we bought a disposable one. By the time we had it developed, it seemed like a lot to spend, for one or two good photos. So, we've been looking for an inexpensive digital one. While it was too cool to swim yesterday, we tried it out at the edge of the lake. D attracted some fish over with some bread, and I stuck my hands underwater and tried it out. We're excited with the results!

It even has a video setting. Now, we just need to plan a trip some place tropical for some more colorful fish! Check out our first video here.

As usual, D spent the day tending his Little Weber Grill, he smoked a whole chicken and made his tasty potato dish that I love. Also, he grilled up some small, sweet peppers.

I spent the day with a book on watercolor painting, and my travel watercolor set. Whenever I use this little set on a trip, I always wish my skills were better. Not that I have any desire to be a painter, I do like to sit and chill and capture things quickly, and colorfully, in my journal. So hopefully I'll improve my skills a bit between now and our next trip. (Hint, it will be in October. We're in the process of finalizing what to do for D's 40th.)