Then in April Taryn came to live with me for a month. That was the best month our friendship has ever experienced. We grew so close and had SO much fun. We were so happy that month-- exploring Hawaii, taking pictures, meeting new people, spending time together, living together! Gosh, it was incredible. Also during that time Sandra and the fam came to visit. The fam came for the kids' spring break, and Sandra came just for a quick trip and it was her first time. It was fun. :)
Dave the Party Guy from Michigan came to visit me in California in October and that was a lot of fun. He was only there for a few days, but he's a fun guy so it was nice. Johnny was also home in October... That was interesting to say the least. I'm not sure how much I want to say on here just because I'm not sure who even reads this, but for now I'm going to leave it at, "That was interesting to say the least."
In November I got to go to Maui with Lily for Natasha and Alex's wedding. Another super fun wedding! It was beautiful in Maui and the wedding was a blast! :) I felt very lucky to be a part of that.
During my months home in California, I kept saying that my plan was to eventually move back to Hawaii. (I think this is part of the reason Michael and I never made anything official-- we both knew we were just "for now", until I moved back.) So at the end of December I made a move to get myself back to Hawaii and applied for a position as Youth Activities Counselor at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa on Oahu. I applied, interviewed & was told I was put on the "wait list." Not a "no," not a "yes"... a "yes, but not yet."
I had a fantastic birthday weekend in March, and it made turning 24 practically painless. Michael took me out Friday night just the two of us, and we had SOO much fun together that night. Honestly, one of my favorite times we spent together. On Saturday (also St. Patrick's Day) a bunch of us went to Brendan's Pub to celebrate both my birthday & St. Paddy's, and that was also a lot of fun. On Sunday (my actual birthday) I had a party at home complete with tons of candy, pizza, a rainbow cake & a photobooth. It was great. :)
At the end of April I got a call saying I got the full time position as Youth Activities Counselor at Aulani. What a mixture of emotions that brought! Excitement, anxiety, incredible joy, panic. I spent my last month in California doing things anyone in my situation would: hiking with my mama, kissing Michael, fishing and cliff jumping at the lake, horseback riding to the Hollywood sign, going out with friends & preparing to move back to Hawaii. Plus I went on a weekend trip to Cal City & a five day trip to Disneyworld.