1 New Year's morning - bright sun after days and days of rain! We'd just camped out at Bellows for the night, and forgot our sunglasses for a morning stroll. Like moles coming out of our hole!
2 Nana and Pop Pop, Mom and Richard were all there for the campout.
3 Sam cuddling a big stick while watching some football in the cabin Nana and PopPop, mom and Richard stayed in.
4 At an informal concert each Sunday at mom's church - amazing local musicians play and jam together. This is Eddie Kamae...Sam got to have his picture taken with him, so now we're signing a CD!
6 Which CD to pick? SO many songs
8 Out on a jog...a cell phone picture for Daddy :)
9 One last swim before heading East!
10 And then the rain came falling down!
11 Some impromptu family portraits thanks to Richard!
13 Being mauled!
14 I love this one - look at Ben's legs!
15 A quick paddle on my board! Woo hoo!
16 Sea Life Park for Anneliese's birthday...
18 Feeding the turtles was fun! They can spout water out of their nostrils!
19 The fun gang - Kathy has great friends!
21 Baby honu!
23 Ben gets to touch, too!
25 Moonrise over the Mokes - moon is at perigee, so closest to the earth. It was very big and bright! We had a nice time playing in the water - just me and the boys. Everyone else scooted home soon after sunset. We romped by moonlight, and Ben crawled straight for the water, just like a baby honu hatchling!
26 The next day proved to be beautiful as well - we enjoyed all day Sunday out on the water. Dave and Sam kayaked out to a little rock offshore. They went about 3 miles roundtrip. Great adventurers!
27 Such handsome guys!
42 We have a special tree we keep an eye on for caterpillar friends. This one is ready to make a chrysalis!
43 Off to the ice skating rink! Doesn't he look like a big guy, ready for hockey practice? Just like my brother did in high school.
44 Gramma putting on his skates :)
45 First steps!
47 And friend Anneliese to the left. I got to skate as well - it was so fun feeling my skating legs come back to life! Crossovers and small turns - woo hoo! At one time I almost joined a speed skating club in Saratoga. Perhaps if we move there again some day...
48 A movie for Sam skating!
49 On our way to ice skating with our adventure friends - he was so excited he put his helmet on for the ride!
50 Another jog...another good time.
51 Ben at the Y while I do yoga or swim. Thought I'd capture him while he didn't know I was watching. He loved checking out the big big boys.
52 See him in back pulling books off shelves?
53 No looking, mommy!
56 Showing me all his "stuff" :)
57 uh uh mommy!
60 Chilly here in the morning - about 69 degrees inside the house!!!
61 Sam went and got his "elf" hat, too!
62 Now we have TWO elves, says he.
63 Out holo holo at Hickam for a jog and exploring a random reef. Sam is into BIG rocks these days, constantly hauling them around, saying they are METEORS!
64 Ben rolling and twisting, trying to get down.
65 If you make lots of smootchy noises, he will give you an open-mouth wet kiss. Trying to take a picture of it was tricky - he wanted to smootch the camera, not me!
66 Ah - ha! Got one! Little eyes are closed, too! How sweet!
67 More rock hauling.
69 Must find out what this is. It has a mouth on the underside. Like a circle of little teeth.
71 The Monarch butterfly emerged right in front of our eyes! Here is a time sequence, then larger images follow...
73 Mom was taking this picture as it started splitting open! She went "ooooh! ALLISON!"
74 See the big fat abdomen? It pumps fluid out from the abdomen into the wings to spread them. Looks like the butterfly is going through labor for about 10 minutes.
75 Wings spread out now. See how delicate the chyrsalis is? It is so so very fine.
76 Notice two toes??? And lots of whiskers?
77 Sam enjoys it when we take a picture of his track creations to make a record of them before baby Ben gets his "Bentacles" on them. Sam has gotten very good at building intrictate arrangements. This is all his doing, taking him only about 15 minutes or so.
78 Learning to salute as we go through the gate at the base.
79 Beautiful mountains after several days of rain.
80 Mom and I are out for a walk with the boys - just messing around at the tide pools.
81 Jumping off rocks, and other silly endeavors.
83 "I'll catch you, mommy!"
84 Doing a "show" :)
87 Ben likes to "drive" :)
88 And again at the commissary :) SO proud of himself!
89 Sam isn't taking naps any longer, but every now and then he just slumps over and falls asleep out in the living room. I am working at the computer while he builds with Legos. I encouraged him to hang out on the sofa if he needed to relax for a bit. So he sat down and just zoned out. Then I heard a grunt and looked over - he'd slumped down and fallen asleep!
90 Out playing soccer with neighbor and friend Jonah.
92 We enjoyed having mom's landlady and friend, Carol, over for dinner. She is such a gracious lady who has lived her for many years. It was so nice to have her over. She used to put on dinner parties for her husband's colleagues, with three little boys running all around. I am amazed. It's all I can do to feed Ben most nights! He is WILD! Nana and PopPop - you remember extreme eating!? He is getting better now that he can feed himself many things.
93 Ben is wearing CROCS!!! He's up and about quite a bit, wearing the skins off his toes with crawling, so got him some shoes. He wears a size 4. Already. He is so strong. When I took him for passport photos he nearly toppled over the lady holding him still while he sat on a little table. This is a cool pack - it collapses down into a regular backpack, and the outermost section zips off to be a diaper bag. I love it. Thanks, Dave!
94 Horsin' around - don't remember what about but it makes me smile just seeing us.
95 Chubby legs!
96 This was from today - Sam was making Ben really laugh. I spied on them :)