3 Fireside checkers at the Big Island ... a left-over cell phone shot miscategorized. Oh well!
4 Another one!
5 Dave waiting to get us some coffee before heading to the airport. Another misplaced cell phone shot :)
6 Wally Amos at story time!
7 The kids were just enraptured. What a guy.
9 Getting a hug!
10 Checking a book out of the library...
12 Sam built a "club house" out of ropes and palm cuttings.
13 Ben on a hike with his buddies.
14 That's Camden, and they are KING OF THE HILL!
15 A neat garden in Kahana Valley.
16 Sitting on the truck waiting for mom to pack him in :)
17 On a hike with our buddies!
18 Love my girlfriends! This is Tamara, Ang, and me with my fishing line necklace that I made the day before. I found the line on our morning beach jog and tied a heart-shaped rock to it.
19 Kahana Bay...
20 Dense old-growth forest.
21 Now where is that other fishing shrine?
22 Pointing out letters :)
24 Camden does his, too!
26 Love my friends!
27 Beautiful garden in Kahana Valley. We got a personal tour from Jessie.
31 After-school swim - a Friday tradition. Then pizza at Bob's. Dave used to be able to meet up with us but the past couple years he's been very busy even on Fridays. We bring him home a slice.
32 Ben talking about singing "woudwy" (loudly).
33 This is a stretch, mom!
34 Watching second-bump - that's what he calls it. Fascinated with bumps in the road!
35 Oh, nice Ben!
36 A butterfly release! Two ladies and a male this year!
37 Counting pieces in a tall tower - 201! Brought this enormous tower in for sharing time at school and asked the kids to estimate how many pieces. He remembered many of their estimates to share with us at dinner. I think I guessed 226.
38 One of the many forts erected out of driftwood on beaches in Kailua Bay this year.
39 Lounging at a playground and watching a little girl. He is something, isn't he?
40 One of our favorite spots.
44 You don't always see these very muted colors here in Hawaii. And when you think of the place you probably envision the lush greens, tropical blues of the water, deep blue skies, purple plumeria, red ginger. But there are some very muted days, too.
46 Love seclusion. We are often off the grid on weekends.
48 Dave has this picture on his computer as a desktop. We love it.
49 Trying to get Dave in a picture with me!
50 Have to head-lock him :) Love you! Ten years together this 12/31/11. Wonder where we'll be?
51 Another massive creation going to school in my "roof rack". It's a working ferris wheel! See the black box? That's a motor!
52 Somebody busy working on the beach.
53 Very funny lecture by Sam about platelets. Trying to get Ben to listen...well...
54 "Ali'i" lunch - ali'i means leader, royal. This is after a hike - clean up and eat up! Then nap while Mom works. We have very precarious timing trying to fit in all the adventure we want and stick to Sam's school schedule and my work demands.
55 Off to the commissary with two helpers! I have a new policy for Sam, who is very (VERY) full of ideas about what to buy. He peruses the aisles, reads the labels, and then presents me with options at the end of the aisle so I can have some think-time as I walk down the aisle. I don't use lists, I just use recall and improvisation. Crazy, I know. I am not a good wife.
56 Another Engino project. This set is for 6-14 year olds I think. Sam absolutely loves it. This is a spinning swing thing. We looked up the difference between centripetal and centrifugal force for this. He spins a lever (in his left hand) and that turns the central pole which spins the swings.
57 The spinning swing thing in action!
58 At the Y! Back to swimming time for mommy! Taking it a bit easier on knees and back might ensure they are around for the long haul ;0
59 Bye Gwamma!
60 At the beach after school again...on Friday. Doing a family circus act!
61 A new friend, Cinnie, who so graciously and gently helped me through losing Caffrey. I am so grateful for the serendipitous meetings on the beach that have transformed our network of friends and extended ohana here. Cinnie happens to be part of a Lab rescue organization and a former nurse. She is so wonderful. She led me to her vet, Dr. Haddock, who was also absolutely incredible.
63 Sam got some compliments from bystanders about his body surfing. He doesn't use a boogie board much - maybe because his is still broken! We need to get him a new one, but in the meantime he just body surfs and has very good timing on the waves.
64 I did it!
65 At Sea Life Park!
66 To cheer some sick boys up I made these for dessert. Droolie, slobbery strawberry pirates.
67 A haircut for handsome guys!
68 What is this face?
69 The best part.
70 Then to Ft Hase beach to swim and dive.
72 "This has hematite in it!"
73 A fort we built together! This was so fun to do.
74 A little shade, too.
76 All three in one shot! Wow!
78 Building a tripod so we can take a shot of all three in the lean-to.
79 And we did it!
80 There's the fort and the tripod.
83 You can see by the jugular vein in his neck that he is talking about something. Ben speaks with force, always, loudly. We are trying, but even when he isn't speaking loudly he is speaking forcefully. Wonder where his personality will take him.