[I’m not done talking about our dreams. But give me a few days….]

There are a few moments I want to share with you from our trip to Hawaii.

Do you recall this moment when our family rode in a big canoe?

Here we are.

So fun, right?

Then, our canoe sank. And because my mother had purchased a waterproof camera and she was facing me and was not required to paddle, she started snapping. And this moment happened that we must discuss.

Begin laughing now….

1. Look at the water. It is up to my waist. I mean, seriously. I’m smiling because I’m thinking, “This is going to be A.W.E.S.O.M.E. on my blog.”

2. Sally, on the other hand, is not even a little bit entertained. Girl is paddling like her life depends on it. She is mad and she is pushing water.

3. The Hawaiian? He is laughing. Rude.

About five minutes later, when they realized that HELLO WE ARE COMPLETELY SUNK they made us evacuate. In the ocean. Awful.

But it makes for a good story and a WAY better picture. I mean, that thing is funny.

Here’s another favorite:

Ok. This was the MOST DELICIOUS sweet potato recipe I have ever put into my mouth. And I want to share it with you. Tatum’s dear friend Audrey [who I also would like to call my friend, if you don’t mind] made them and truly, they are delish.

Audrey’s Sweet Taters

  • 3-4 sweet potatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of melted butter
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of ground cloves
  • 1 large orange
  • handful of cranberries
  • handful of pecans

Directions: Put the sweet potatoes, cranberries, and pecans in a casserole dish. Mix the cinnamon, ground cloves, maple syrup, brown sugar, and melted butter. Then toss the potatoes etc with the sauce. Squeeze the juice of an orange over the dish. Then slice it and drop the slices into the casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or so, just until the potatoes are cooked through.

Sounds good, right? IT. IS. Times a billion.

Also. I can’t tell you how or where to get these, but I think they are the sweetest salt and pepper shakers I have ever known. They live now in Hawaii, but they will live on in my heart forever.