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Old 01-11-2013, 08:17 PM   #496
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The baby always draws the short straw. Joshua is our baby and he always hangs out with me. The girls, who are teenagers, are high pressed to do little more than admit I'm not a total goof but Joshua, he's my buddy. Smart boys!

Great update, the drinks look delicious.
That's true!! OOH! I just saw Timmy on TV! They are sitting 3 rows off the floor at the Nets game- it wa sa Christmas gift.

Yea- Timmy does draw the short stick in that way- but Tyler is the one who does anything I ask at home, so, I guess they both have short sticks to draw!

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Old 01-11-2013, 08:19 PM   #497
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Woo hoo I'm caught up again. I'm enjoying your pics of Aulani, it makes me want to be there right now.

I was going through Hawaii withdrawals and have already booked the Big Island for the end of May. I had a airline credit to use up, ok I'll confess it was only $182...I'm so out of control.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:25 PM   #498
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Woo hoo I'm caught up again. I'm enjoying your pics of Aulani, it makes me want to be there right now.

I was going through Hawaii withdrawals and have already booked the Big Island for the end of May. I had a airline credit to use up, ok I'll confess it was only $182...I'm so out of control.
I'M SO JELLY!!!!!! Lucky you! All I do is plan other vacations, and the whole time all I can think is, I wish it was Hawaii again! I think 2015 might be the year....or 16. But I am going to go before it's 5 years, THAT is a promise. But MAy??? Again- SOOOO JELLY!!!
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:25 PM   #499
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I forgot to tell you that in that Christmas Aulani video, my friends daughter was in it too. She is in the 2nd to last scene. How awesome to "know" 2 people in it now.

The paninni looks darn good.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:31 PM   #500
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I'M SO JELLY!!!!!! Lucky you! All I do is plan other vacations, and the whole time all I can think is, I wish it was Hawaii again! I think 2015 might be the year....or 16. But I am going to go before it's 5 years, THAT is a promise. But MAy??? Again- SOOOO JELLY!!!
I hope you make it back before 2015.

The thought of waiting until June 2014 to go back to Aulani was too long. We were going to go to Victoria BC, but the flights were too expensive so we switched to the Big Island and we had enough points for 5 free nights so we're only paying for 2. It's my after budget season reward.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:49 PM   #501
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Great update Ellen !! Your boys have grown soooo much since I first started reading your TRs !!Funny how kids tend to do that!!
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:54 PM   #502
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Once again, your pictures are amazing!!

Those Lilikoi drinks look amazing!! I will definitely be trying something with Lilikoi in it on our next Hawaiian vacation (which will hopefully be Jan 2014)!!
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Just booked Aulani for a week in August and am joining in here for the ride with you to tide me over until it's our turn!! We haven't been to Hawaii since 2006 and have never spent a full week on any 1 island so it will be different for us. We are stopping at DL for 4 nights on the way and then after a week at Aulani are going to hop over to Maui (our fav. island) for 3 nights to finish up.

We usually spend only 2 or 3 nights on Oahu (always in Waikiki) and have never rented a car before on Oahu. Debating if we'll really need a car for the entire time or not? DH was thinking maybe play it by ear and rent 1 by the day from the desk there at Aulani if we decide we want to go somewhere?! I priced a mid-size one thru Costco and it was just under $300 for a week. Would hate to pay that much to have it and then it sits in lot most days. We definitely want to go up to the North Shore once or twice (we've never been). The surf school looks cool too. That would fun for a change. (I started snow skiing at age 45 so trying to surf at age 52 shouldn't be THAT far of a stretch, right? I never said I ever got past the "green" beginner slopes. My goal is to just keep all 4 limbs in working order when I get to the bottom.)

We have never done scuba...have snorkeled a LOT (always bring our own equip.). I would like to maybe try the Snuba thing tho (DH did it once & liked it). Did you see any place that offered Snuba? I think that would be my speed.

Have only just begun reading. Looking forward to catching up with the rest of your days...It's been a good read so far!!
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:39 PM   #504
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It was light. It was refreshing. It was PERFECTION. Effen Vodka, oh where oh where hast thou been all my life??? Who knew? Cucumber Vodka is IT!


Yes Please!

That looks like the perfect poolside drink!

I'm glad Timmy danced with you at the Hiu! What a good kid! It looks like it was a lot of fun.

Cool that you got some insider information on the new changes at the resort.

That scenery at the pool - gorgeous. It's really hard to look at those pictures when the weather here is so rotten!
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Good thing you made it back to the Hui in time! So nice that Timmy will dance with you. I love the way he hangs out with the girls at dances - he's got it goin' on!
I thought the horseback riding looked interesting, but like you I would have a hard time tearing myself away from Aulani when there is so much relaxation to be had!
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:24 AM   #506
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And another amazing update! So much yummy food!

Perfectly spent time at the pool too .... and I would have ordered the same things you did.
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First off that meal at Roy's looked awesome! We have quite a few Roy's here and I have always wanted to try them, just never got the chance!

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I just wrapped up that TR, and hope to wrap up the other one in time for our trip in just about two weeks. It's been long overdue and I can't even believe that we will be getting on a plane and going to WDW!!!!!
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I will do replies later this weekend (hope you don't mind ) but I HAD to come on here and because I am SOOOO CRAZY EXCITED!!!!! And I can't show it around the house-

Because I'm surprising Timmy in March when we are down in WDW before our cruise. On Saturday, I'm going to get a rental car- and take him to see the Yankees vs the Tigers during Spring Training AND....

I JUST GOT SECOND ROW BEHIND HOME PLATE!!!!!!!!!



He is going to be SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy!!!!!

Ok- thanks for letting me do that- I called Pods about it, but he is with a client (he's a CPA- it's end of year stuff) and so that means I pretty much just scream into the phone all the details as fast as I can with limited squeeling before he says that's great- gotta go.

Thanks DISpeeps!

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On Saturday, I'm going to get a rental car- and take him to see the Yankees vs the Tigers during Spring Training AND....

I JUST GOT SECOND ROW BEHIND HOME PLATE!!!!!!!!!

Congrats on your score!!!

OMG my DD would be so jumping up and down for those tickets!!! Me on the other hand being an A's fan, not so much, I'd have to cheer on the Tigers.
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Great score, Ellen!

No wonder Timmy likes to dance with you - you are his SUPER cool mom!
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