Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Birthday Break

For those of you who follow me on Instagram,
you know I took a fabulous break from cold,
snow, slush, shoveling, ice, (taking Christmas down),
etc. and took my entire family to Hawaii.  Only one little
18 month old was left behind with her favorite aunt.

We had so much fun in the ocean and pool and


my big 60th birthday!  How can that be?  I still feel
30 something inside.  

(To create the cake, I ordered a two tiered
chocolate and chocolate raspberry cake
from the local grocery store, then found
macarons at Whole Foods, added fresh roses
and orchids and fresh raspberries.  The cake
plate came from Wal Mart on Maui and I had
ordered the diamond studded Happy 60th
on Amazon.)

Hubby and I went one day early and stayed
three days after the kids left.  

No, I haven't been gone this whole time,
but it was fun taking a break from blogging.

What a way to celebrate!
To be surrounded by my favorite people, little and big,
was the best present ever.

The Grand Wailea on Maui is our favorite place.
It is so family friendly and gorgeous.

There are turtles right on the corners of
the beach.

We offered a photo contest for the kids to encourage
them to take lots of photos too.
(A winner above!)

The only thing missing was the Grand Wailea
Pineapple Banana Split, that we looked forward to.
It was still listed on their online menu, but
sadly they had a new chef and he had crossed it
off the menu.  (Why, oh why?)

Our waiter quietly told us that all
of the new desserts were so small that they were
not worth buying - two bites apiece!  Loved him!  Big tip!!

So we promptly had to come home and make them
for Sunday dinner.
(They also told us that they had never served them
poolside - well we have pictures over the years proving
that wrong!  Time and time again!!)

Click here if you need to make this at home too.

We also got to see turtles coming in to rest
at night.  Yes, these aren't rocks - about 63 of them.

And we jumped by waterfalls.  Who knew the
water would be ice - I mean ICE cold!
Honestly, I have always wanted to do this
and I never dreamed it would be so cold
it would stop your breath!  Of course,
I still had to do it.

They also had a new water toy called
The Fish Pipe.  It turns and feels like you are
on a mile long waterslide.  It was fun!

Thanks family for the best birthday.
You made getting older fun!

Goodbye paradise!

Thanks for coming to visit and celebrating
my 60th year with me.  I am willing to celebrate
all year long!


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. Wonderful ......congratulations !!! Ria x ❤️

  2. Wow, what a great vacation. Nothing better than sharing it with family. The photos are awesome. Sounds and looks like a wonderful trip. Love the blingy happy birthday! So happy for you. Happy belated 60th Jackie.

  3. Bon Anniversaire Jacqueline
    Que le Seigneur vous garde
    Tout le bonheur pour Toi et ta jolie Famille
    Bisous du Cameroun

  4. Oh wow, thanks for taking us along. You really know how to celebrate and take a blog break must say!

  5. Happy Birthday-this is the best way to celebrate-with family.


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