74th Barrelassin’ Birthday Bash!

Located on the North Shore of Hawaii, near Honolulu, you can visit The Dole Plantation. Beautiful grounds and a good time. You could make this an a day trip if you want with several different things to do there. We didn’t do the GIANT maze, and I do mean GIANT, because we had other plans for the day. We elected to take The Pineapple Express around the place and get about 20 or 25 minutes of information of everything we passed via the train conductor. Great idea!
I highly recommend purchasing the GoPass Honolulu card if you plan to see a lot of sites. Make sure you purchase the one for the number of days you will need. Everything at the Dole Plantation is on the pass. And if you don’t have the pass, or want to save it for a more expensive place, nothing at the plantation is very expensive. Maybe $7 or $8 for each thing. If you have a large family though, it could save you a lot. You can get them for several different cities. Here’s a link to the plantation and the GoPass site.
www.doleplantation.com    www.smartdestinations.com

                     

The front of the plantation
My barrelassin hubby and me!
Barrelassin’ Momma and Barrelassin’ little sister!
Entrance to the train
About to take a ride on The Pineapple Express! Choo Choo!
No idea what type of tree this is- but these are the actual colors. Beautiful!

Pineapples sent all over
Fun time pictures on the property
Pineapples growing everywhere!

You MUST try the famous pineapple whip!
But be sure to finish before you get to the train. You can’t wait on the train with it.
It’s delicious!

Enjoy, Barrelassers 😉

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BARRELASSIN’ MOMMA’S ALOHA CHRISTMAS!

Barrelassin’ Momma got a big surprise this Christmas. She has been talking about Hawaii for as long as I can remember- essentially, my whole life, and this year that’s exactly what she’ll get!
We first tried to surprise her with a beautiful calendar that included all sorts of photos from some of her previous and most recent vacations. The surprise was- we added a new vacation on the very last page- Hawaii! Since we haven’t gone yet, we photo-shopped a picture of the ones going on the trip and added all of our faces to Hula dancers. Of course nothing ever goes off without a hitch around here so naturally, not only did the photo not get finished in time to add to the calendar but, the calendar didn’t get delivered on time. In fact, it didn’t actually arrive until the day after Christmas. But, like the true Barrelassers that we are- we improvised.

Photo-shopped picture that never made the cut 🙂

We decided to just pull up the calendar online from our saved projects page and let her know this was her gift that didn’t make it on time. The idea was for her to read the calendar and of course, be very surprised when she got to December. No surprise here that it was raining and our satellite internet wasn’t cooperating at all. We were able to make it slowly load on a cell phone which then made the writing almost impossible for her to read. Smh. We were finally able to capture some of the calendar reading and surprise on video- which you can see on our Youtube channel link and right here on the blog link as well.

http://www.barrelassin.com/2015/12/mother-gets-christmas-surprise-she-must.html

 And what else would Barrelassin’ Momma’s first thought be when she realizes she’s going to Hawaii to celebrate her 74th birthday in June but ‘did we rob a bank?’ Of course we didn’t rob a bank. We booked the trip- paid all of the deposits- and then for an even bigger surprise we told her she has to pay for her own portion. Shake my darn head again. Essentially- we knew she was willing to do that- but she wanted her family with her. So her real present is that we’re willing to spend the money so that we can join her on her next big Barrelassin’ adventure!

How do people such as us manage to go to Hawaii? We pay deposits and set up a payment plan with Alaska Airlines and we now have five months to pay it in full. Yes- it was like vacation layaway!

Enjoy, Barrelassers 😉

TURNING 40- THE BEGINNING…

So here we are- I, along with my two besties, barrelassin’ Amy and barrelassin’ April are turning forty very soon. Amy in November, myself in January and April in February, and we’re planning a big celebration together in January! I recently made the decision to stop stressing over the number and embrace it; find a way to look forward to it for my own sanity.

 I’ve been lucky enough to do many things I’ve enjoyed throughout my life, but there’s a lot I haven’t done, and I’m tricking forty. Forty is now working for me! I’m not simply making a bucket list. I’m challenging myself to a bucket list; a bucket list of things to accomplish in my first year of forty. Perhaps I’m not very realistic with the items on my list, but they’re certainly not going to happen if I just give up, settle, or simply accept that I will never do these things. I want to make a real effort before it’s too late. I would like to avoid looking back later in life with regrets that I cannot do anything about. I hope to accomplish certain things while I’m still young enough to enjoy them. And to get myself warmed up for the challenge, I’m starting now by working on myself a little, to make sure I look great the day of my party! That will be my  pre- forty warm up. Then on to the list.

I am using forty to my advantage from here on out…I hope. So here’s hoping, against all hope, that I don’t lose hope.

                                                         At forty I will…

1) Fly on a plane for the first time 
2) Visit California for the first time
3) Try Seafood and add some to my diet 
4) Get my mom to Hawaii- her dream vacation 
5) Add a closet to my bedroom  
6) Swim with Dolphins 
7) Finish the laundry room 
8) Read at least two classic novels
9) Be more successful in a career
10) Finish dental work in to order smile
with more confidence 😀
11) Sing Happy Birthday out loud with
everyone else instead of lip synchronizing
12) Get more organized with paper
13) Write into Shark Tank with my great
ideas, even though I have no money or
clue how to come up with prototypes
14) Take a class; any class
15) Practice more patience 
16) Pay off a debt
17) Give the kids more space.
Let them at fail at something in order
to learn how to succeed.
18) Volunteer- make a difference
19) Attempt to cook my way through
one of Bethenny Frankel’s books
20) Stop and actually smell the roses.
For real. Really smell the roses.
More than once.