Monday, March 22, 2010

One Year Anniversary

Brannick and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary last month. It has been such an amazing first year, filled with lots of fun, love, adventure and excitement. And in keeping with that theme, Brannick thought it would only be fitting to celebrate our first year of our marriage in the same way, with a week long trip to Hawaii! Now I know this may come as quite a surprise and shock to our family, but Brannick thought it would be fun to take a "secret vacation," so we didn't tell our families we were going. But I can't keep the secret any longer, I should have never gone along with Brannick's crazy secret idea, because what fun is it to take a cool vacation without being able to tell anyone about it. So family I'm sorry we kept you in the dark, but now you will know all about it.

We spent our first day at Pearl Harbor, and were surprised by how many Japanese tourists there were (probably more Japanese than Americans), except for on the USS Missouri (where the Japanese surrendered to the Americans to end WWII) we didn't see a single Japanese person, very interesting.
On our actual anniversary, Brannick was nice enough to go against his better judgement and let me fulfill one of my life's dreams, to go SKYDIVING! We met up with a group of kids from our ward who are going to BYU Hawaii and had so much fun! I was the last one to get on the plane, not realizing that you got out of the plane in reverse order, so I was the first one to jump. Since we were the first ones to go and there wasn't much room, my instructor and I were just sitting on the floor of the plane and just rolled out of the door, which was terrifyingly awesome! If you look closely in the plane pictures you can see us sitting on the floor, and then right as we're going out the door. The drop zone is right on the coast so the whole time you falling (we free fell for almost a full minute) and floating (a very peaceful and gentle return to the ground) you got to see the beautifully clear ocean and lucious green coastline (the company claims its the world's most beautiful drop zone). Brannick had no desire to jump, but rode up in the plane with us to be our photographer, and he ended up having a scarier ride down than we did jumping!

We spent the rest of our anniversary at the Polynesian Cultural Center, which was such an amazing testament to me of the truthfulness of the Gospel and the prophetic foresight of the leaders of the Church. Our night ended with more excitement, Brannick left the head lights of the rental car on all afternoon, so we had to be rescued by our friends Abby and Tommy and the great security guards, it was very amusing.

Our last day on Oahu we went snorkeling at Hanauma Bay and did a crazy hike up Koko crater. There isn't a real trail to the top, just old army rail ties going straight up, and remains of bunkers and stuff from WWII at the top. And because I always like an extra challenge, I forgot my shoes at the hotel, so I hiked up in flip flops.

We flew to the island of Maui for the last few days of our vacation. We drove the very narrow and winding road through the jungle to the remote town of Hana, where we stayed for one night in a sketchy cottage, but got to go to beautiful white, black, and red sand beaches, all within a few miles of each other.

Then we made the same long windy drive back to civilization and stayed our last two nights on the desert side of the island in Kihei. While in Kihie we found an amazing snorkeling spot and even saw two sea turtles! I also introduced Brannick to one of my favorite beach activities, boogie boarding. He got the hang of it pretty quick, and only got slammed by a few big waves. One of the highlights of our time on Maui was going humpback whale watching. We could see lots whales from the shore jumping and blowing air, but we wanted to get closer. So we took an afternoon ship ride and saw tons of whales, baby whales, and dolphins up close. It was pretty neat to be out on the boat in the middle of the ocean and be surrounded by these huge animals (even though I got a little sea sick by the end).

We had an overnight flight out of Hawaii and when we landed the next morning we heard about the earthquake in Chile and the Tsunami warning in Hawaii, we got out just in time. We had an amazing trip which was the perfect celebration of such a wonderful first year of marriage. I truly am the luckiest to have Brannick as my eternal companion.

13 comments:

Crabtree Family said...

That is awesome! I seriously can't believe what a daredevil you are Emily! You seem all quiet and demure.....you have this animal in you! Yeah...there needs to be a girls night for sure. We should plane a girls night with regina at my house some night to finish up what every projects we have lying around. Does that sound good? By the way our new blog is www.crabtreelife.com

Angel said...

That looks like an AMAZING trip! I'm glad to see an update on the blog! :)

Tessa said...

Wow! Fun trip. I wouldn't be able to keep it secret- good job guys. I'm glad you got to go skydiving, Em. Did you get the video on the way down? If so I want to see it haha.

Keeping up with the Burtons said...

Wow Emily- it looks like you guys had a great trip! I hope the fun and adventures continue on in your second year. Congratulations!

Sharron said...

Wow, you definitely had a better trip to Hawaii than I did! You two always look so good for and with each other. I'm so glad that you did find each other . . . stay happy!!

Connie and Brandon said...

Oh my, that is the best anniversary celebration!!! Skydiving, I would be dying. I'm totally with Brannick on that one, but Brando would LOVE it. You guys are cute and I'm glad things are going well for you. Keep those posts coming;)!

The McCooks said...

Hey Emily, I didn't know you had a blog, I can send you an invite to ours if you want it. Hawaii looks like it was fun, so jealous you went skydiving!!!

Ali said...

Crazy! Jeff's gone skydiving once before and they bought the video along with it. It's my favorite DVD of the tens of hundreds we own. Kudos to you- I don't know if I could ever go. Happy Anniversary!

Kathy said...

You vacation looks awesome! I couldn't keep it a secret either. Happy Anniversary...I can't believe that it's been a year already.

Spencer and Audrey said...

So was your bun in the oven when you went on your trip?!?! Get your vacationing in now because life will never be the same! Congrats!!!

Jeanette said...

Ummm... excuse be but is that a PREGNANCY ticker!?! Are you telling me you went skydiving while 20 weeks PREGNANT!?!

Crazy lady. Looks like a fun trip though.

I don't know if there was ever any sort of "official" announcement like on facebook or something--I don't facebook much-- but CONGRATS on being pregnant! I just blew up my "birthing ball" you gave me when I was pregnant with Owen. I've been sitting on it around the house-good times:-)

Katie said...

That sounds so cool! I love all the fun pictures!

Christi said...

So fun!! Congrats on the Pregnancy!! You are going to be awesome parents :)