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A Whole Lot of Nothing!

I’ve been a bit absent on the blog for a few days for a good reason: Sterling and I (along with a couple of our girls and their husbands) enjoyed a little R&R in Hawaii! It was a wonderful trip, and talk about perfect timing! It was wonderfully warm and relaxing there. . .to fly home to snow was definitely a huge adjustment! I’m wearing snow shoes and layers of clothes and, well, I guess it’s time to just accept the inevitable—it’s winter in Utah!

Last year we bid on this trip to Hawaii as part of an auction at a charity event. The trip included a week at a condo along the beach and it had to be taken by the end of the year, so last week was the week! The condo slept six, so only two of the other Gardner couples could go. We invited any of the girls who were interested to put their names in a hat, and then we had a drawing—Shanna and Jared and Shalae and Jon were the winners! We definitely missed the others, but we also had a fabulous time!

Sterling and I have been to Hawaii enough times that we’ve seen most of the tourist attractions and when we go now it’s mostly for the warmth and down time. In fact, every morning when I asked Sterling what he wanted to do today, his answer was “A whole lot of nothing!” My thoughts exactly!

I did take work with me, of course, and spent several hours a day on that, but most of it was enjoyable work: I stamped a lot (birthday cards and gift envelopes) and did some reading. In fact, I read a novel (Redeeming Love) for the first time in years! We also managed a few Bikram sessions, sunbathed a bit, and only set the alarm one day! (On that morning, we woke up at 3 a.m. to go see the sunrise on Haleakala—a truly amazing sight! We’d seen it before, but Jared has never been to Hawaii, so he and Shanna took a few sightseeing trips, and we joined them on this one.)

Other than simply the rest and relaxation, the other highlight would have to be the food (what else would you expect from me, right?). We ate dinner out most evenings, found The Fish Market that a friend told us about, and discovered fish burritos! Who would have guessed? We ended up going back three times they were so yummy! And we’re also pretty picky shaved-ice eaters, so we had to find the perfect shaved-ice place, and once we found that, we were daily visitors there as well. And, although I’m not a huge luau fan, we went to a luau (again, so Jared could enjoy that experience) and it was even great!

That’s pretty much it—an amazingly relaxing week, which I enjoyed immensely and am very grateful for! When it gets a little too cold for my liking (which is pretty often during the winter), I can just picture myself back in Hawaii for a few minutes and warm right up!


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Dear Shelli,

I just wanted to wish you and your entire family a beautiful holiday season! I have been one of the lucky people that was introduced to Stampin' Up. And, although it is mostly for personal use, I became a demo a little more than a year ago. I love your product, but even more, I love that you share so much of yourself with us.

So thank you and God bless!

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat
It was years ago when I read Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers; a friend suggested I read it. It is not my usual genre, however it is worth reading -- again! Shelli, this reminds me of a commercial where the mom discovers some fantastic cleaning product who now has time on her hands, looks at some books and says: "I'm going to read one of these!" ;0) Next to papercrafting, reading is so relaxing.
December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKat Abbott
December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWendie Waldman
So lovely to see you and your family enjoying some 'just being' time together. Wishing you and your family and all the wonderful SU extended family of staff and demonstrators a happy holiday season. Thanks for your inpiring leadership, and for sharing your life with us on your blog. I love seeing your creative projects and hearing what family and business are up to!
December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClaire Daly
Redeeming Love is one of the best books I've ever read. It's definitely a favorite of mine! Glad you had the chance to read it again! Have a Fabulous Christmas! :)
December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeth
Your pictures make me long for a similar trip to Hawaii! Can you share which condo/island that was? It looks beautiful!
December 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarol C
You went to our favorite Fish market in Maui! You went to the best island... Maui no ka oi!
January 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarrie Weber
Shelli, I love hearing that you read Redeeming Love. We had Francine Rivers in our store at one time. She s a dear and very humble. Do you know her background as a writer? When I see you soon, I'll have to fill you in. She has many other books that are just as good as Redeeming Love. Do you need a loan? Let me know! :>)))
January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRuth Bingle

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