Monday, October 31, 2011

October . . .

We've been in Hawaii for over a year now. We have made a lot of new friends and have gotten to do so many fun things this past year. 

James and I celebrated our birthdays, 26 and 25 now!
Date night on Waikiki, having drinks at Dukes

 The beautiful opal necklace James surprised me with for my birthday.
With the help of his friend he helped designed it.
I surprised James with a painting by an artist named Naoki. This isn't the exact painting but it's very similar. We had gone to a little art gallery several times and every time we went James always marveled over this painting. So I bought it, wrapped it up and then hid it in the spare bedroom closet. Because James likes to try to guess everything that I try to surprise him with, I wrapped a decoy present and left it on the table for him. He couldn't figure out what it was, when he opened the decoy gift he found a picture of the painting and told him to go look upstairs. He had no idea and was very surprised. The painting is done by Naoki inking the fish and then he lays rice paper on top of it, then he goes back over the paper to highlight the details. 

 Cupcakes for the October bake sale.
Last ones for this unit, James will be moving to a new unit soon.

 From the top, is a chocolate cake with a salted caramel buttercream, 
right is a vanilla cake with a mango buttercream, 
bottom is a chocolate cake with an espresso buttercream topped w/ a chocolate covered coffee bean,
left is a vanilla cake with a Nutella buttercream

 Came home to a beautiful surprise,
I love how James will just surprise me with flowers out of the blue with a sweet little note.

 Pumpkin patch 
It just didn't feel right with the weather being 83 degrees

 We came home with 9 pumpkins and we baked lots of pumpkin seeds

Colt was a race horse for Halloween

He didn't even notice the jokey on his back.

 Shadow posing in the window for all the tricker treaters

 Our jack-o-laterns

We had some special tricker treaters,
Alyssa was Jessie and Ellie was a little gnomeo 
The ate tons of candy