Mele Kalikimaka came early for the Mellor family.  We were invited to Maui, Hawaii by one of our closest friends, Kristina Pluta, to celebrate her upcoming 40th birthday.  Not sure the Mellors could ever turn down a birthday celebration… or Hawaii.  And, best of all, kids were invited.  That means Charlotte was included on this Hawaiian extravaganza.  (Phew, I can’t be the only one with a baby on the beach OR a 5 hour flight.)  It was a wonderful eight days with amazing friends, to say the least.

Our dear friend, Kristina, likes to say “it takes a village” and I couldn’t agree more.  It not only takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to ring in your 40th.  Cheers and happy birthday, Kristina!  Thank you for the invite and thank you more for the memories we created.  Charlotte was surrounded by her village and we all walked away more enriched and full of gratitude for having such beautiful people in our lives.  One of our highlights from the trip was Kristina’s tradition of  “highs, lows, and gratitudes” – a way to think about what made your day great and what could make your day better.  We did this every night at dinner which led to great conversation and also gave us perspective on what really matters.  John was only able to stay for half of the time because of work but thank goodness I had the village to help out with Charlotte.   Thanks and love to Kristina, Mark, Jansen, Brett, Averi, Maxx, Vicki, Dennis, Brian, and Carolynn.

Charlotte and Maxx, twins for the day.

Jansen is a stud.

I guess he’s trying to work.

Mark and Kristina

Jansen, Kristina, Brett, and Maxx

Averi, Maxx, and Brett

Charlotte’s first beach.

Day 6 of Hawaii… Now eating sand.

Bye bye Hawaii, until next time…

3 responses

  1. Looks like a beautiful trip! I love that idea about saying what made your day great etc. I totally want to start doing that!! We really need to do a trip together some time!!;)

  2. Thanks my sweet Kelsi for all of your kind words. I love you guys so much and it meant to world to be able to spend that time with you, John and my sweet Cakes! I already miss giving her kisses and lovins’ everyday! We need to plan a “Village” dinner soon… so we can get the crew back together. I am sure all of us are going through withdrawls after being together 24-7 for a week. I look forward to skiing with you this winter and many, many more vacations, laughs, dates and fun. I also look forward to being part of Charlotte’s life and promise I will always be there for her. I would love to babysit anytime you and John want a date or alone time in the PC. She can spend the weekend with Jman and her Auntie Keena. Loves and hugs! Kristina

    Ps… so need the picture with me in the tube and Jansen in the goggles. Totally classic!!!

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