On Tuesday we celebrated my best friend's birthday.
Dan turned 26!
I was so excited to celebrate him from sun up to sun down, and spoil him, and sing happy birthday to him, and make him the center of attention all day long (his least favorite place to be).
I told him he better get used to it--I don't mess around when it comes to birthdays.
We went to lunch, played a round of tennis that turned into a battle against the wind, opened presents, had dinner with his family, dessert with my family, and ended the night with a round of Mexican Train. I think it was a birthday well spent.
I'm so grateful for that birthday boy. I love him for so many reasons. I love him because he's good, and kind, and loving, and fun, and because when he looks at me I know he loves me too.
Today he turns 26, next year he turns 27, in ten years he turns 36, and in fifty years he'll turn 76. And the best part is I plan to be there with my arm around him, singing happy birthday in his ear for every single one.
That's the way Dan and I like it, anyways.
Why stay home when you can go somewhere fun?
Two weeks ago we ran off to Sun Valley, and last week we ran off to St. George.
Sun valley was filled with skiing, hot tubbing, cross country skiing, games, and fun.
We were joined by Claflins, my parents, and Sadie and Logan.
It was a beautiful winter wonderland. Lots of snow, lots of blue sky, and plenty of breathable air.
Dan and I drove down to St. George with his parents for a quick 48-hour trip.
It was a beautiful, balmy 65 degrees all weekend... perfect for tennis, hiking, taking walks, and basking in a little sunshine.
I determined that if I could spend every weekend somewhere sunny with Dan, I would live a very happy life.
When the countdown was over, and we were actually on our way there I was giddy with excitement.
As always, it was everything I hoped it would be and more.
And having Dan there was just icing on the cake.
We saw the sunrise at Haleakala, we went scuba diving at molokini crater, we played lots and lots of tennis, we had a few intense rounds of paddle ball, we lounged on the beach, we ate well, we saw lots of whales, we spent time with friends, and we just enjoyed being together.
I loved showing Dan the Hawaii I love so much. I have so many memories on that beach and I wanted him to see it all.
And not only did I get to show Dan Hawaii, I got to see him embrace the trip and add to my special Hawaiian memories.
Hawaii is always a special time. It comes at the time of year when being with people I love sounds sweeter and better than ever.
This year I especially loved saying goodbye to 2014, and saying hello to 2015 in paradise. I'm confident this year is going to be the best one yet.
I am so lucky to have amazing parents that give us this wonderful trip every year. I'm already counting down the days till we're back there again.