2 Out for a little after-dinner stroll. The mishaps are recorded elsewhere under "Fonduta bellies and a double meltdown to go" :)
3 Yes...this is Sam out muddin' on the marsh trail with us - all in trash bags because Dave was at work this particular weekend with the truck, and our rain jackets :)
4 Just about to tackle a relatively steep hill.
5 Now at Kalapawai, modeling our nice outfit. He's old enough now to know this is a little "off" :0
6 All having fun now :)
7 The staff know us...this is the same girl that enjoyed our marker-faces :)
8 Ben modeling his hat. He is in LOVE with his hat. It has caused so much misadventure, though. Note to self, never let him take his hat out on a bike ride. Ask Dave how many times he canvassed the marsh trail looking for what we thought was a missing hat, which ended up in Ben's lap the whole time :)
9 Ah...don't I look great?
10 "Where's my feets mommy?"
11 Hee hee!
12 Sam's building Legos face, in the morning.
13 Out on a hike to Waihe'e Falls.
14 More funny faces!
15 Huge banyan tree on the path, a BOWS road.
16 Like this one, mom. Good composition. I saw it, too, as I was charging toward the falls with boys at foot!
18 Wow! Pretty tall!
20 This is where you get your water!
21 Love the framing on this one.
22 Snack spot!
24 Sam wanted to walk along this pipe!
25 Then it got a tad slippery!
26 Peek-a-boo view of the ocean on the way back.
27 Listening to mommy make some funny dinosaur noises :)
28 They enjoyed puddle-stomping most of the way back!
29 Oooooh! So dirty!
30 But so much fun to jump in!
31 Nice Gramma pictures :)
32 April giving us a private tour at the Aviation Museum, showing us riveting!
33 And comparing instructions for restoring jet engines to Lego instructions.
34 John showing us aerodynamics using water.
35 And giving us a special experience in the T60 trainer!
36 That's Oreo, the dog, watching Sam give us a shaka.
37 So interesting to walk in the footsteps of the WWII pilots by carefully considering the planes they flew and the difficult circumstances in which they tested new planes.
38 A little tricky footing with slippahs on :) What a neat experience! Mahalo nui!
39 April explaining how the elevator and flaps work on a glider. You can really get a feel for takeoff and landing, as well as steering, by using the controls and watching them move the elevator and flaps.
40 Ben liked it, of course :) He loves to "Dwive! I want to dwive da twuck!"
41 Found a good jumping spot for Sam.
42 And Ben snacked with mommy :)
43 One of our favorite places in the world. Black rocks good for warming up after a long snorkel.
44 Team Krug coming in from a snorkel. We all love it!!!!
45 A typical afternoon with Gramma staying with us for two weeks before heading home. She takes cues from Sam about when to start and stop her drumming.
47 Out on a date! I think you should hear some music with one of these?
48 Just before Dave left for NH :)
49 A little swim for the family! See the white picket fence? Part of my contribution as president of the homeowner's assoc here. We're replacing 20 yr old wood fencing, two properties at a time. Can't wait to do the pool, hopefully before we move.
50 Learning to dive :)
51 Ben liking to jump and swim! Even has his little eyes closed, ready for immersion!
52 Mom's Mother's Day present to me!!! A Saws-All!!!! We bought it just as Dave was boarding the plane for a trip back east...hee hee hee. He does not know yet.
53 The before picture...
54 And after. Opening up the backyard a bit by trimming a wild hau (hibiscus) that had grown to about 20' tall.
55 Love the Saws-All!
56 Trimming another hau over Sam's secret garden.
57 The boys like to jump in the bins. Helping spot Sam so disaster doesn't strike. I still wonder how mom and I did all this in only 90 min with no injuries to house or limb!
58 Precious guy :)
59 Out to dinner after the jungle-taming in the backyard!
60 The project of the week - building the big Lego Star Wars set!
61 All on his own, going through three instruction books, one at a time.
62 And day 2 - doing the deck. I sanded and stained all morning. Looks much much better now. Those rocking chairs really beckon!
63 A panorama of the backyard.
64 Didn't realize it was on pan, so this is a funny compilation of a few moments out back while Ben napped.
65 Sam is lounging with Gramma and "Jack" - one of his lizard buddies.
66 And to dinner/music at Honey's!
67 Trying to grab a Mother's Day picture was a little difficult - this was as good as it got! We chased Ben down from the other end of this fish pond before he jumped in with the fish! Then we had to wrangle Sam from the opposite end where he was playing his uke.
68 Constant high-speed motion, especially after the dessert table!!!!
69 Almost done with the Star Wars build!
70 Mother's Day surprise from Gramma! A singing balloon and leis from my boys!
71 Oh...so nice! I wore it the whole time I was staining.
72 Thank you, boys!
73 And a nice bouquet for mom!!! :)
74 Snorkeling up at Shark's Cove after three days of toiling (day 3 was cleaning out the garage). Great conditions up there, even though the water was a bit cold. Who cares when you can follow the fishies around! LOVE it!
75 A belted wrasse.
76 Humuhumu in the middle. Always makes my day when I get to see the state fish.
77 And the Sam fish!
78 A little gobie!
79 Sam really checking him out. He was so cute, popping in and out and smiling at us!
80 Same guy :) Look at his little feelers on top of his head!
81 The boys enjoying the water.
82 And catching a crab!
83 Humuhumu again!
84 Hi there!
85 Not sure what he is - papio?
87 Pearl wrasse (junior) on bottom. Some kind of tang or surgeonfish on top, haven't identified him yet.
88 Surge wrasse.
89 Video of us tracking a bluespine unicornfish!
90 Sammy finding his own way back to the truck.
91 Shrimp truck for lunch, and a Sam gobie!
93 Polo - Hawaiian style.
94 Mom sent this to me as a remember when photo - Dec 28 2002, our second wedding :)
95 Yay! The AC is fixed!!!! That's Jason, the mechanic I'd been haunting for a week trying to figure out when we should get in. We had to run to the Nissan dealer, grab a part, then call Jason at the Hickam auto hobby shop on our way back to say "OK! I have the part! You can rip the old one out now, we're on our way back!" so that we'd get it all done before the shop closed for lunch. What a wild morning. We were up at dawn just to get this done, but we saved $600 dollars doing it this way vs the guy down the street.
96 Shedding Caffrey dog, showing her some love.
97 A picture from a month or two ago which finally found its way to us. We are all in kayaks - both boys, parents and Gramma!
98 Out on a bike/run at Koko Crater Botanical Garden.
99 Cell phone shot for daddy.
100 Gramma it was a biiiiig roller!
101 Like this big! Wonder what he was talking about...maybe the hills we bounced around on? That is fig newton on his face :)
102 He likes to copy funny faces.
103 Sam working on a new creation.
104 Very studious guy, following every step...well, mostly.
105 We even restained the chairs before Daddy got home. A big week of household sprucing, thanks to Gramma helping out!
106 This is a precious lizard egg. The boys both love it so much. Can you believe we've kept it safe for weeks now?
107 No! Not the kind of egg you eat!
108 Ok - so here's where it gets interesting. The lizard egg went down into the planter. Sam is rescuing it.
109 Really working it here.
110 Almost got it!
112 Look at that tiny paw holding a tiny lizard egg. They are so cute about it. We have a special container we keep it in.
113 Morning reading time with cuties in jammies.
118 Romping with Gramma before she goes back to California.
119 Everyone still in jammies :)
120 After dropping Gramma off at the airport we hit the beach right near the runway.
121 That's where she'll take off, the flat thing to the far right. Diamond Head way in the distance.
122 Ben pontificating about something!
123 The boys are just starting to get a glimpse of how fun they could each be for each other, aside from the frequent episodes of tribal warfare.
124 Team Krug doing some team building...this is after church at Hale Koa beach on base. I packed a lunch for the boys. Dave is still in MA on a long weekend visit with his family, and recuperating from a bad stomach bug.
125 Awww...nice boys! Hold real still!
126 Nice lady came down and took our picture, probably figuring we were just visiting :)
127 We were really looney tunes this night...Sam put on this hat (since in one of Eddie Kamae's songs "Golden Stallion" - written by Rev Kamakahi but sung by Eddie in our version) it talks of a boy with a pail for a helmet and a pillow for a shield.
128 Isn't he nuts? So much fun!
129 Goof balls for sure!
130 Just completing the outfit. Notice anything wrong? other than the whole notion of walking into Pier 1 like this? ;0 Don't worry we decided against that idea before we got too far down the path.
131 Made some tasty rosemary sourdough!
132 Cleaning up before Cousin Mike and wife Mary arrive!!! Sam says "Mom, you've gotta lean into it, like this!"
133 They're here!!! Sam has leis in hand as he peers over the door.
134 Yay! Space-a luck like you would not believe!
135 Mike's famous grilling technique...making steaks just perfectly!
136 Ben just adores Mike. Kept talking to him all night long, especially to discuss Gollum and his tongue.
137 Goofing around, doing some dune jumping after dinner :)
138 Daddy out with Ben - showing Mary F. how he has almost outgrown his Habianas slippers. We'll have to bronze them! Thank you for those - they have long been a favorite of his. He likes to make sure he has his hat, slippers and glasses before heading out to "da twuck."
139 My jasmine likes its new home! Who would have thought that completely yanking it out of its container and moving it to a shallow temporary home would have done such good. I thought it was done for but now I am so delighted to see it bloom and welcome guests to our gate with a great fragrance.
140 Here's where I stashed it temporarily, knowing that we'll be putting in a white vinyl fence shortly. Now how to keep it attached to the white fence...ah, the nylon and crimping beads Sam and I picked up to make our wind chimes. Those will work perfectly...
141 At the Iwo Jima memorial on Memorial Day.
142 Paying respects. Please see post for May 31 for details.
143 These Marines and their families were honoring lost buddies from the 2/3. Please see full post for details.
144 Probably the most moving Memorial Day I can remember.