craft night

Last night I had some of my favorite girls over for a much needed craft night. With everyone’s crazy work, school and surf (I’m looking at you, Auntie!) schedules it gets kind of tricky to find a night that works for everyone. And as an extra bonus, my mom is in town visiting so she was able to join in the fun too!

We were all pretty flexible on the craft choice so my mom and I headed to our local Ben Franklin to get inspired.

I don’t know if it is the same for you, but I have imagination overload every time I step foot into a craft store. I had a few different projects in mind for our craft night and was wondering how I was ever going to choose, but once we saw these wooden owls we knew that we had to get them!

Back at the house we set up the supply station. We provided everyone with a wooden owl, their choice of scrapbook paper, some paintbrushes, and eye supplies (bottle caps and little googly eyes)

craft set up

Everyone came over and was excited to get started on their owls. But first, we had an important matter to take care of…eating!

A gathering in my family is not a proper gathering unless their is delicious food involved. For craft night, my mom and I put together two pastie pies. (pronounced “pass-tea”) You can read more about pasties by clicking that link but for the sake of this post, all you need to know is that they are delicious and a family favorite.

pasty and milk

Once both pasty pies were devoured and brownie sundaes were had by all, we were ready to start crafting.

It was so neat to see how everyone’s owls turned out. I know some pretty creative ladies. Here are our finished products:

owls

craft night group

Pretty cute huh? What would you use your owl for?

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Disneyland

Over Labor Day weekend I made the trek across the Pacific to join some family and friends at the Happiest Place on Earth.

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We had an awesome time. We stayed on site at the Disneyland Hotel for the first time (love). We visited both parks which were surprisingly empty for a holiday weekend (love). We ate lots of good food (love). And we danced the night away at the Mad T Party (again, love).

I am very thankful that I was able to make the quick trip and am equally thankful for the house, family, husband and dog I came home too. Life is good.

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K+J Wedding

 

Over the weekend we had the pleasure of attending the wedding of our dear friend Kim. The ceremony and reception were held at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s picturesque North Shore.

Kim was a rockin’ DIY bride – she made the centerpieces, the favors and even the fans for guest’s at the ceremony. Her wedding was perfectly personalized and I was honored that she asked me to help with the final set-up while she and her bridesmaids got their hair and make-up done.

This wedding was very intimate and was one of the truest examples of two families coming together as one that I have ever seen. There were multiple times that I was moved to tears but the moment that outshone them all was when Kim danced hula for her groom. It was absolutely beautiful.

By no means was I the professional videographer for the evening but I did put together a short video of some of the wedding highlights. To Kim and James: I wish you nothing but lifelong happiness. Thank you for including us in your special day. Enjoy your honeymoon in the most magical place on earth!

K+J WEDDING from natashabyrd on Vimeo.

 

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hula grill

Today is a pretty special day. No, it’s not my birthday nor is it our anniversary. But it is a Sunday – and I’m off! This never happens. To say that I am excited would be an understatement. I know some of you are reading this and thinking “so what, you are off on a Sunday, big deal”. But like I said before, this never happens and I’m feeling like a “real” person (haha)

So I did what any “real” person does on any given Sunday – I went to brunch ! After a few quick errands that we needed to take care of, Alex and I headed to Waikiki to have brunch at Hula Grill which was a first for both of us.

Alex at Hula Grill

We pulled up to the Outrigger hotel, valeted the truck and made our way upstairs. We were quickly seated with an awesome view of the (rather flat) ocean and Diamond Head.

Outrigger

View

Alex ordered the kalua pork hash and I went with the crab & spinach omelette.

kalua pork hash

 

spinach and crab omlette

I love spending sweet mornings with my husband. Pair that with breakfast, which is easily my favorite meal of the day, and you have one happy lady.

 

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