1 Very dangerous, but very difficult to say no to - concerts on the "stage" :)
2 At the carnival during the air show - trying out a climbing wall for the first time!
3 Ben in a real helicopter! I wonder how the pre-flight check is after letting air show-goers in for a look-see?
4 Dad and boy :)
5 Mom and Ben up in a C-130, waving. Ben had been sick the night before, but we are thinking we're fine at this point - over it. Little did we know...
7 First carnival ride on his own - in a little helicopter! He really enjoyed doing his own thing :)
8 Still talks about steering it :)
9 Now it's Sunday, we've had a nice breakfast of crepes and a little walk around peaceful Byodo In. The fun starts again soon, though...
10 Talking about money as Ben raids the buddha's change - donations dropped into his folded lap.
11 Funny looking water, isn't it? Lots of swan droppings?
12 Pretty shot by Dave.
13 Da gong! Ring da gong, Sammy!
14 Out on a field trip with Sam's class - this is Wednesday. Sam and I have gotten sick, and well by this point. Just a touch of lactose intolerance hanging on to make things interesting (I didn't know yet what it was that caused sporadic "eruptions"). Sam was still very lethargic, but really rallied for the trip to the play. I was a bit horrified when some of the girls started going "I feel SIIIICK!" Oh no! That's NOT what I wanted to hear, or imagine!
15 Little boys finding great excitement in cleaning the bathroom one night, while awaiting Daddy getting home late from work and mommy wondering what in the world to feed them (still upset tummies, but BRAT getting really BORING!). They were so cute cleaning! At this point I am a cleaning NUT and figured playing with cleaning supplies was probably the best thing we could all be doing.
16 "Wike dis, mom." See water next to cleaning supplies? No big guzzles for him - he has bad reflux, so only sippy cups. Lesson learned...
17 This is over a week later...we are finally out and about like old times, only now mom has a head cold! But, adventure calls. Ben is sitting in the stroller watching us work this obstacle out. Sam is catchin' some air, man!
18 Oh no! Look at his face! He already knows it's going to end badly :)
19 Oh yes! Catchin' some major air man! Nice soft place to land, though.
20 I decided to give it a try on Sam's bike. That is NOT easy to do on a small bike. I got tossed!
21 Rockin' it this time. Learning the value of perseverance.
22 This puddle we named "Tar Pit" puddle - look at the bike. The mud is SO thick you can't pull it out, nor does the bike fall over. We decided to just play in it!
23 Jumping from side to side - trying to be a dino who doesn't get stuck :)
24 Oh yes - called this one "poo puddle" for obvious reasons. Wait 'til you see Ben's face in the next shot.
25 He's like a wise old man thinking "Um...Sam?"
26 And this puddle is "Pacific Puddle" - it is so deep it has waves!
27 Crossing through a puddle with a nice gravel bottom - you can actually ride through this one! It's a handlebar-cleaner!
28 After lunch dessert - a good literacy tool. Reading the flavors of the Jelly Bellys :)
29 Dave and Sam going to the USS Bowfin.
30 Ben having a date with mommy - checking out the periscope area of a submarine.
31 Steering wheel! Big one!
32 Afternoon jam session!
33 Playing some Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen...
34 Sam and Dave jamming on the deck.
35 After waffles, we found the boys snuggled up together just lounging :)
36 Now they're doing "I want my snack I want my snack" with a funny voice and a finger under the nose - something Sam came up with spontaneously about 3 years ago :)
37 Ben getting his first haircut! Very excited about the lollipop!
38 All three boys got a haircut!
39 Now at the Bishop Museum for the "Creatures from the Abyss" exhibit. This is a demo submarine with a video and viewports. Kinda like Dave's NR1?
40 Now we're off to Eddie and Myrna Kamae's documentary "Those Who Came Before" premiere in Waikiki!
42 Sam is featured in the documentary at the end - playing Twinkle Twinkle with Eddie. What a treasured couple they are and an honor for Sam to be featured alongside.
43 There they are! This was Sam's first time in a movie theater as well!
44 So the bag of popcorn was a HUGE hit!
46 Josh and Ang (and Rachel) over for Oktoberfest dinner - brats and spaetzle made by Dave!
47 Mommy and her friend, together again!
48 There they are!
49 Found on the beach, but I think this is an old O'ahu tree snail shell. I sent it off to a guy who makes nature documentaries. Nice guy - Rob Nelson - who I found online. He made a video of a tree snail laboratory where they are breeding and raising them. Maybe one of his buddies can tell me for sure if this is a tree snail shell.
50 Grammie and Grandpa are here! Ben getting to read a story.
51 A trip to the beach...
52 Snorkeling with Dad was fun.
53 There's the Billfish!
54 Fairly good visibility today, and good clearance over the coral.
56 A threadfin butterflyfish pair. They mate for life. I was wondering what it might be like to be a fish - they don't have arguments I guess because it's hard to hear under water?
57 Funny dad - that's a great picture! Shaka brah! Ben looking on in amusement :)
58 And Sam out snorkeling with us :)
59 Even got me, too! Tonight is moonrise over the Mokuluas...
60 A full moon rise in Lanikai! It was gorgeous down near the horizon, with a boat floating across its visage.
61 Shell pictures for Marilou :) These are tiny tiny - like 5mm - in a tide pool on a prickly sharp lava shelf.
62 Resting in the gloaming.
63 Here is the shelf where we found them.
64 You have to walk on a narrow ledge to get there, maybe 10 ft above the beach.
65 Jumping off the lava shelf into the water, with Grandpa looking on.
66 Doesn't he look like he's walking on water?
67 Checking for a good roller to catch as he jumps in.
68 Dad and Marilou :)
69 Working their way back to safety as tide comes barreling in.
70 Some limu Marilou liked as well. Testing out the macro after the camera had been in the water.
71 Ear limu.
72 "Waitin', waitin' on a sunny day!"
74 More singing :) Those are microphones...could you tell?
75 Nice last jump!
76 Romping time before bath! Everyone says this is such a bad idea, getting all wild before bed, but we've always enjoyed that time with the boys getting their ya-yas out :)
77 Now Grandpa has been recruited because Dad is at work. Grammie looks on with mild amusement mixed with a tad of concern.
78 Snorkeling with Dad!
79 While Grammie and boys have some snacks.
80 Sam is using a nice bag Grammie got him for collecting treasures. He was pedaling his feet to stay afloat while working the zipper and stuffing this bag. Who says guys don't multitask well?
81 My buddy!
82 Air bubbles released by the coral. I think...definitely air bubbles though.
83 Climbing, like Uncle Tom.
84 Very satisfied with himself for making it past a spooky spot where a bee was hanging out.
85 Had to take some pictures of Ben in nothin' but his reef shoes. I can't get enough of this cutie before he gets too grown up. So enjoy...
86 Only 1 more!
87 Awww - mommy loves you!
88 Another day at the beach! We love this place!
89 Boogie board marine biology laboratory.
90 Collecting specimens, when he found a hitch-hiker crab!
91 The boogie board laboratory :)
92 Sam and Grammie made a wonderful craft together for her to take home and keep in the kitchen window. And that is a neat shirt they decorated together! What special memories of time spent relaxing and just being together.
93 The gang!
94 Ben says this is his "skull" face - and he's licking a lollipop :)
95 Oh yeah - drool, too!
96 Grandpa built a very ingenious ladder for Sam to use to climb up pretty high. He likes to shimmy around in these palms all the time, so he and Grandpa worked for quite some time building the ladder. Meanwhile, Mommy was thinking about what kind of "Grandpa" insurance rider she might need to add to the policy...for Ben.
97 Superman tackling the monkey bars an alternate way.