Beth and Ryan’s Wedding

Grace and I went to college with Ryan. We met Beth when she was living with my old roommate, Ky, and our friend, Bendee. A few years ago, I heard Ryan had been dating someone and I asked him about her. He said that we already knew her! What are the chances that two of the nicest people we know would meet each other serendipitously at work?

Beth and Ryan rented a cute house in Hanalei, right on the beach. The wedding an intimate affair of family and friends and we were honored to share their big day with them. Beth was simply a stunning bride and both she and Ryan were beaming throughout the weekend and especially as they made their vows.

We couldn’t be happier for this perfect couple and wish them the best in their new life together.

Golf in Kauai

On our Honeymoon, we played one round in Princeville at the Prince course, which is the signature course in the area. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to open until March, so we planned to play at the Makai course, which was right near/outside our hotel. On Friday, we were paired with a nice couple from Alaska who had played the course before. They blew past what I thought was the first tee, so I waited. They waved us up to where they were, so I figured they knew what was going on. We separated after a few holes and after finishing the first 9, I asked the started how many holes they had and he explained that they have a 9-hole course, which is obviously what we played. He felt badly, so he told us to start over on the first hole of the Makai course, which was a welcome relief. Much of the course is along the ocean, where the views are stunning.

We finished 27 holes in pretty good time and headed back to the hotel to swim and relax. After a luxurious afternoon nap, we headed back over to the St. Regis and ate at Kauai Grill again. Between the two of us and the two evenings, we were able to try most of the things on the menu. The food was amazing.

On Saturday morning, we went back to the Makai course and were joined by Grady and Ryan. We just had to make sure we didn’t hit Ryan with any golf balls and also make sure to get him to his wedding on time. He was safe on both accounts. It was a great way to start the day and we enjoyed spending time with the groom on his wedding day.

Trip to Kauai

On Thursday, February 16th, Grace and I headed to Kauai for Beth and Ryan’s wedding. Kate stayed at home with the kids, so we planned a short, but relaxing weekend with our friends. Grace and I spent the first half of our honeymoon on Kauai at the Princeville. It has since been updated and rebranded as a St. Regis. Call me crazy, but I really wanted to go back and check it out. Grace insisted that we stay at the Westin instead, which she heard was nice and very kid friendly, which was ironic because we were traveling WITHOUT the kids! Oy.

Upon arrival, Grace was duped into upgrading to some SUV, which might as well just have been a Jeep given how filthy it was inside and out. The second trip to the counter, she spared no expense and scored the Escalade I’ve been threatening to rent for years. Checked that off the bucket list.

At home, Grace has been getting into the Kimchi Chronicles, so when I found out there was a Jean-Georges restaurant at the St. Regis, I wanted to try it. Ky and Rhonda had been in Hawaii for a couple weeks and also arrived in Kauai for the wedding. We haven’t had a chance to meet baby Malia, so all of us went to dinner together. She is so sweet and was a champ at dinner.

Afterwards, Beth and Ryan were meeting with everyone at the St. Regis bar, so we spent the rest of the evening with them. It was great to meet their friends and family. We were already having so much fun after just half a day in paradise!

2011 McK West Coast Retreat in Kauai

On Thursday, June 16th, we headed on a charter plane from SFO to Kauai for Grace’s McK West Coast retreat. The trips are bi-annual, but they skipped a year during the downturn, so this was the first trip in 3 years. This was our first time back to Kauai since our honeymoon.

The event was held at the Grand Hyatt in Poipu. Grace was on the clock from the minute we got to the hotel, so the kids and I had fun by ourselves for the first day or so. We had a great time by the lagoon, which was zero entry and the only relatively safe place to have them play by the water. We had a nice cabana for a couple days and were out there all day with them.

On Friday, Olivia and I tried out the water slide. She just barely made the height minimum and was brave enough to go down after me so I could catch her. I wasn’t sure how fast she was going to come down so I stood back a bit and she went under briefly before I could catch her. I got an earful about it and she said she would never, ever ride the slide again.

On Saturday, I convinced her to give it another try, which was good and bad because we ended up going down it about 37 times. It did not, however, get old, even for me. We had a sitter each evening so we could attend the retreat dinner and events. After Grace being at the firm almost 7, there are a lot of familiar faces, many of whom I only see at these multi-office events. At the same time, there were so many new faces and we made a lot new acquaintances.

On Sunday, after just barely getting settled in, we were headed home. Last time, the event was held in Maui and we spent the following week at Hualalai in Kona with Olivia. This year we didn’t extend our trip because we have another big one coming up next week. The kids were amazing on the long flight home – thank goodness for iPads…

Hawaii, we’ll be back again soon.