1 Dave made us whiskey porridge (that's the Scotch topping it off, above) for New Year's Day breakfast. SOOOO good! We first had this in Scotland and had to take a nap afterwards. Recipe: steel cut oatmeal (the kind that comes in a pretty can), cream, butter, honey and Scotch. Enjoy!
2 A family hike up the Pillbox trail - finally escaped the remodeling!
3 Sam is doign a really good job managing using a trekking pole as he navigates the rocks.
4 This is one of FEW pictures of huge mommy. I only included it for the look on Sam's face :)
5 Stopping for a drink.
7 Such good bouldering!
8 Baby panda wanted to go on this hike.
9 Silly face :) But you can see the reflection of the water in his sunglasses.
10 Playing with the space station from Uncle Dan and Aunt Heather.
11 see the beady eyes?
12 And the globe? We were landing on different states and countries :)
13 Daddy is making dinner in the background...
14 New kitchen!!!
15 Dave's favorite thing is the beverage fridge. It's a nice feature and allowed us to get a smaller counter-depth fridge which is now more conveniently located by the table.
16 Love the range hood. Found that on ebay and saved a fortune vs sourcing it here.
17 Gym class! Sam loves going to tumbling class on base. He is pretty much game for anything, although he thinks the little parachute game is lame. He took off while it was being dragged around by all the mommies. Up he went with his beach ball, climbed out of the circle and made straight for the trampoline (again)!
18 A little secluded cove where we found a turtle feeding one evening.
20 A pretty piece of coral that Sam found.
21 Sam enjoys romping around at Tripler after my OB appointment.
23 Up and down!
25 My friend Dana and I after a wild night walking the dogs and child on the marsh trail. Funny that the wine label matched the evening. (I only had a sip!)
26 A beautiful sunset over the marsh (cell phone picture).
27 Sammy got an "ultrasound," too...
29 It's baby panda!
30 Sam was so good to the little model baby.
33 Getting our Christmas tree ready for Christmas campfire.
34 It was fun but pretty stinky...
35 Dave supervising my safety precautions.
36 Sam and Thomas watching.
37 Look at their faces!
38 Getting more ready to throw on.
39 Sketch for a button I made at www.cafepress.com/kampkrug for our little peakbaggers.
40 Monk seal molting at Kailua Beach. These rare creatures are protected by federal and state laws. There are guardians keeping watch around the clock to prevent anyone from disturbing the seal.
41 Sam is enjoying burying himself in the sand lately...
42 Our friend Kathy and kids came back after a hike in the morning with us to check out the monk seal.
43 Sam making a volcano and telling us all about "lava flowing down here!"
46 The moth we spotted on a hike - I'm working with the state entomologist to try to identify it. It was 4"-5" long and almost as wide, and very hairy! (VERY!)
47 On a "date" with Gramma at Famous Amos' cookie store in Kailua. They have a lot of books in there, so it's a fun place for kids to go and read.
48 Sam picked out this "cookie basket" from his room after nap :) Here it is with water and a little bag of cookies.
49 Checking out the big kids' fort on the beach.
50 What a sweet face!
51 Dinner on Gramma's lanai. The lights are dim, so it's a "romantic" dinner! (He knows to talk softly, sometimes hold hands, and generally be sweet when out for a "romantic" dinner :) ).
52 Is he checking his blackberry here?
53 Family fun on the beach - finally cleaned up after the remodel and got a nice weekend to celebrate some free time again!
55 It's fun having mom to take pictures of us like a celebrity family. Can you see us on the cover of "People"??? :)
56 He loves to boogie board and body surf!
57 Eating dinner at the farmer's market. No shame slurping up shrimp scampi!
58 Out on a date with Dave! We caught the sunset at the Hale Koa (Army hotel in Waikiki).
60 Cool reflection, isn't it? Look carefully...
61 Diamond Head
62 Reading a favorite book with Gramma at the library.
63 After jogging, we stopped by the beach for a brief visit. I thought it was funny to juxtapose this shot of Sam playing while the other little kids are "working" during a Pottery Barn Kids photo shoot. Didn't look like they were having too much fun - looking straight into the sun with no sunglasses on, standing around and waiting for direction, not being able to play...good money, though ($150/hr). Just not sure it's worth it...
64 Log covered in limu.
65 One of mom's shots of the Moks.
66 Sammy making us some tea!
68 Burying Sammy to make the Mt. Sammy volcano.
69 We kept thinking he'd get nervous all buried, so we asked did he want more? He kept saying "yes, all the way up to my neck, please!"
70 So are you ready to erupt? No...not yet. So we waited a bit. Then we asked if he was ready and he said he wasn't ready to come out of his chrysalis yet. I asked how long he would be in there, and he said 40 hours! So we asked if we should go get him some lunch and he said "no, just wipe the sand off my chinny chin chin, please" and we cracked up :)
72 Still waiting for Mt. Sammy to blow! Good way to capture a wiggly buddy for a nice family photo! Maybe we'll do this with Ben next year!
73 This is a good way to capture a shot of Ben for now :)
75 Turtle right by shore.
76 Out for acai bowl with mommy and Gramma after a jog and doctor appt. What a life, huh?
77 Trying several kinds of eggs thanks to Frances in the cute "Bread and Jam for Frances" book :)
78 Ooooh! It wiggles!
79 Gramma made sunny side up, over easy, poached and scrambled for us to sample!
80 It looks at you!
81 Yummy, though!
82 Brushing his doggie...
83 Playing with a portable Thomas set from Grammie and Grandpa!
84 And great letters and numbers from Aunty Angel! Can you find a special word in there?