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Old 01-02-2013, 07:42 PM   #436
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Amazing update! I can just feel your joy and excitement!
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:09 PM   #437
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Looks like you had an awesome time surfing! So great that you got pics of all of you up on the boards. That's awesome that they were all firemen doing the instruction.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:55 PM   #438
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Okay...I was looking for an excuse to return to Aulani and now I have it...I wanna try my hand (or should I say feet?) at surfing like podsnel!!

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You go girl...or should that be...righteous wave riding dude? Either way, I wanna try it now!

Great update....more please?
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:03 PM   #439
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Love love love the surfing photos Gidget.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:31 PM   #440
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Righteous! Sweet! You Totally Rock!!!

I love the surfing pics! My sister and I are already planning June 2014 Aulani for my niece's 8th grade promotion trip, she would love doing this.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:14 PM   #441
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[COLOR="Indigo"] Absolutely!! And congrats on the MGR status- I love the moisturizer and eye creme!
Thanks, Ellen! So happy you are enjoying the products! I am loving these products and loving this business! It is great when people notice you look younger than the last time they saw you!

Excited you have written another update - heading in to read!

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Old 01-02-2013, 11:36 PM   #442
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Awesome Ellen!!!! I am so excited for you! It is so amazing when you accomplish something you've been waiting for all of your life! You did such a great job and the joy on your face, (and Tim's) is priceless! I love how Pods gave the Fireman a hard time. Now, I hope you can get back in your room.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:06 PM   #443
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LOVE LOVE the surfer pics!

You totally rocked! I would so be there too! When I get there I am definitely going surfing!

Side note but related - our local paper sponsors a fit contest every couple months where local folks compete to get healthy and lose weight. One of the recent contestants was getting fit for her 50th birthday, because she was going to Hawaii and going surfing! I think she lost about 30 pounds before going, and worked a lot on swimming and her stamina as part of her health challenge! (She didn't look as good as you at 50!)

When are you out to CA? I may be back in Feb for work...
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:45 PM   #444
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Had a huge smile on my face when I saw this photo because you look SOOOO happy! What a great, amazing thing.
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:27 PM   #445
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Love the pics! You did a great job Ellen. We are planning on a trip to Aulani at some point. Will nlot probably be until 2017 - the boys will be 16 & 13. I told Steve that I need to make a copy of your trip report so I will know all of the cool things to do/see/eat.
Thanks! LOL- I'm sure in 4 years there will be a TON more restaurants and shops in the area- it is just being built up, really. So then you will be able to tell ME where to go!

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Bravo Ellen! Wow! Your excitement is really infectious. You did a GREAT job! Best candid shot ever of you on the surf board. You go girl! You guys make it look easy and I know it wasn't.

Thanks!! I was very excited when he took it- can you tell? He did a great job capturing everyone's reactions- what an awesome job as a photographer, taking pics of people all day who are SOOO stinkin happy with themselves. It was definitely challenging, but those BIG boards make it as easy as possible- I would definitely like to try again.

So glad it all worked out with your room snafu and all.

(PS - I started a new TR with Cynthia -see below - so when your hectic social life allows - stop on by)
Thanks so much for the link!

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Your excitement shows in the pictures! Such a wonderful adventure for your family. I, too, loved the movie & book Gidget, & wanted so much to try surfing. Of course I didn't figure on the importance of knowing how ot swim!
Yes- well- swimming is pretty important for surfing- so I would definitely work on that skill first, if I were you.

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You Go Girl! How exciting for you. You look like you are having the time of your life in the photos.
Thanks! I was having a BLAST- I could not BELIEVE I could do it.

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Old 01-03-2013, 06:11 PM   #446
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You all look like you were having a *F*A*B*U*L*O*U*S* time! I'm glad you got to cross it off your bucket list!
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I wanted to ask how things are in your area since hurricane Sandy. I never hear much about the conditions in that area any more in the news.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:08 AM   #448
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Amazing update! I can just feel your joy and excitement!
Thanks Sally! I was joyful- what was cool was everyone cheered when everyone else got up- as well as me cheering for myself!

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Looks like you had an awesome time surfing! So great that you got pics of all of you up on the boards. That's awesome that they were all firemen doing the instruction.
Than you! Those firemen were GREAT guys- and they were really happy about what they were doing. LOVED them!

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Okay...I was looking for an excuse to return to Aulani and now I have it...I wanna try my hand (or should I say feet?) at surfing like podsnel!!



You go girl...or should that be...righteous wave riding dude? Either way, I wanna try it now!

Great update....more please?
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Love love love the surfing photos Gidget.
Thanks California Girl! Do you both surf?

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Righteous! Sweet! You Totally Rock!!!

I love the surfing pics! My sister and I are already planning June 2014 Aulani for my niece's 8th grade promotion trip, she would love doing this.
Thank you!! And YES! I am sure she would love this! My kids both did! Actually, every person there, did. It was a spectacular experience.

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Thanks, Ellen! So happy you are enjoying the products! I am loving these products and loving this business! It is great when people notice you look younger than the last time they saw you!

Excited you have written another update - heading in to read!
It is great stuff- thanks for recommending it!

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Awesome Ellen!!!! I am so excited for you! It is so amazing when you accomplish something you've been waiting for all of your life! You did such a great job and the joy on your face, (and Tim's) is priceless! I love how Pods gave the Fireman a hard time. Now, I hope you can get back in your room.
Thank you, Tammie- yes, it was very exciting, it truly meant so much to me to be able to do that. Pods was very funny- but really, I was out there talking to that guy for at least 20 minutes. It was a good looooooong break!
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:41 AM   #449
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LOVE LOVE the surfer pics!

You totally rocked! I would so be there too! When I get there I am definitely going surfing!

EXCELLENT!!!!! You will love it, it makes you feel totally empowered.

Side note but related - our local paper sponsors a fit contest every couple months where local folks compete to get healthy and lose weight. One of the recent contestants was getting fit for her 50th birthday, because she was going to Hawaii and going surfing! I think she lost about 30 pounds before going, and worked a lot on swimming and her stamina as part of her health challenge! (She didn't look as good as you at 50!)

Very cool! The surfing was my big motivator too- I WISH I had lost 30 lbs- that is amazing! I went to the gym a LOT before I went, mostly motivated by the fact that if I couldn't get up on that board, I would be disgusted with myself forever. Well, not disgusted, but disappointed. What was really good about all that was that I could do all the hikes, etc, and no issues. It was key to our successful vacation, and we were really aware of that.

And thanks for the compliments- very sweet! Makes my day!

We will be in CA August 13 to 26- 4 nights in San Fran, 3 nights in Yosemite, 1 travel, 5 nights DL.


When are you out to CA? I may be back in Feb for work...
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Had a huge smile on my face when I saw this photo because you look SOOOO happy! What a great, amazing thing.
THANKS!! I'm so glad about those photos- they very accurately show how it was to be there!

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You all look like you were having a *F*A*B*U*L*O*U*S* time! I'm glad you got to cross it off your bucket list!
Thank YOU!! Me too!! How is Fran? Did you see we changed our dates again? Now going to be in Anaheim 8/21-26....I think the first night they will be going to an Angels game- I will be in DL.
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I wanted to ask how things are in your area since hurricane Sandy. I never hear much about the conditions in that area any more in the news.
My area is fine- this is how it looked the morning after at my house-



So, other than the $6000 to take down all the trees, we were fine. Around the corner, this happened-



My neighbor had alot of damage, $30,000 worth, I believe-





She still has a blue tarp on her roof. We were all very fortunate. At the beach, some towns (like Union Beach) STILL have no school, I believe. All of my friends suffered some form of damage to their homes at the beach- but it's their parents' homes that really were damaged with flooding and most do not have flood insurance. Many homes got washed away, or washed off their foundations and into other homes. So sad, especially when it was a primary residence. There was a normal rainstorm a couple of weeks ago, and in Seaside Heights it flooded everything on the bay side because everything is already saturated and there is no where for water to go. Congress still hasn't ponied up for these people, and Chris Christie went in and blasted them all the other day- hopefully it will help all these folks who need the help so badly!

Thanks for asking-

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