"Begin today and write in it your goings and comings, your deepest thoughts, your achievements and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, your impressions and your testimonies. I promise you that if you will keep your journals and records, they will indeed be a source of great inspiration to you, each other, your children, your grand-children and others throughout the generations. Remember, the Savior chastised those who failed to record important events." --President Spencer W. Kimball

May 15, 2008

Tea's 50th SURPRISE in Vegas!!!

So Tea turned 50 this past April 24th, and we got her so good! It's always been her dream to go to Vegas with her sisters, she's been saying that forever....so Li and I just thought we'd make her dream come true. It was perfect! All her sisters were there, plus her neices, and in-law neices....it was such a nice get-away weekend for the Fangupo ladies! No husbands and no kids! True that we had to lie like crazy up until the day of, but it was so worth it! I told her that I was taking her to Vegas for one day to eat buffet and go shopping. I'm sure she thought it was so weird that it was going to be just me and her....but she had no idea that it was actually everyone. Namu and Li flew in from San Francisco, Auntie Toa flew all the way from New Zealand, Pisila Alisi and Tina flew from here, Toa and her family drove down and Kiki lives there. They all got there before Tea and I even left SLC. They prepared the hotel, the cake, her gifts and they had the front desk in on it. As soon as our plane landed in Las Vegas, I started texting Li. It was so funny because Tea kept asking me who I was texting and I totally lied and said that Ova was bugging me, but really it was all the ladies at the hotel. We took a taxi, and the whole time she was telling me how she wishes her sisters were there. I told her that I wanted them to come, but nobody had money...hahaha. We pulled up to the hotel and walked in the lobby. It was so funny because the facial expressions of the desk clerk should have totally given it away...but Tea still had no idea. I was telling her as we were walking up that she needed to thank Ana Lopi for the room because she hooked us up! We got upstairs and I put the card in the door and pushed her in as I was looking for the light. Everyone screamed "SURPRISE...HAPPY BIRTHDAY," Tea of course couldn't stop crying....it was the best surprise ever! Here's some pictures of our fun Fangupo ladies weekend.....



All the Fangupo cousins kickin it together on Easter Sunday. We love our family bbq's!

May 14, 2008

Beautiful Cancun Mexico

In February 2008 we took another family vacation to Cancun, Mexico. It was so nice and clean and warm! It was actually one of the cheapest vacations we've taken because we found a nice all inclusive resort for like $69 a night (kids were free) and it included all the food and drinks and activities. I think we're a bunch of beach bums because we always go towards the warm sun and the sandy beaches. We stayed at the hotel Flamingo which was right across the street from Margaritaville....they were bumpin their music all night long! The views were amazing! Cancun is a little strip of island so you have a perfect view of the beach and ocean from anywhere you are. We took a million pictures, but I just put a few of them in these two collages so you can get a taste of our trip to Cancun. The pictures on the top are from when we took a little boat ride to the isla de mujeres, it was just a little island off of Cancun that was surrounded by white sandy beaches. The top left corner was the view of the beach from our room....if you are pondering on a vacation spot.....we HIGHLY recommend this spot! It gets a 10!

Having fun in the snow....

All the Fangupo Family was here in January for Grandma's 85th birthday, so we thought we'd all go sledding. It's kinda a tradition that we have. We had a lot of fun....it ended up being SLC vs. The Bay.....we won of course! hahaha!

Ova and Mone are in the top left corner, Pisila-Joey-Makai in the top middle, Siosiana and Aden in the top right, me and my fatso in the middle left, Siosi-Ova-Mond-Aden-La'au in the middle, Mosese in the middle right, Pisila in the bottom left, Siosi and Kina leka laughing at poor Alisi who slipped on the ice and feel flat on her face, and a group picture of the Fangupo men in the bottom right!! What a fun day!


We took a little family trip to Hawaii this past December. We actually were planning on going to Cabo, but when we got to the airport, they wouldn't let me travel because my passport was in my maiden name. We were pretty bummed, but since we were already at the airport, we decided to just go to Hawaii instead (that's the luxury of working for the airlines....you can just jump on a plane to wherever you want :-) We were only there for like 3 days, but we had so much fun! We spent the whole time eating and playing at the beach...isn't that the best way to vacation! Here is a collage of pictures I put together so you can see how much fun we had!! We love our little family vacations!

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