1 This boat washed up on the beach and sat there for a while. It was interesting to check out.
2 Captain Ben!
3 This is the school's reading log upon which we record books read after school, as well as family time, fitness, healthy eating. A group of parents (including myself) revamped the old log to make it more comprehensive and something the kids could fill out as well. It also doubles as a school calendar.
4 Making pancakes! Daddy is away in Japan right now. Took me a while to get the griddle temp just right.
5 Found a swing down in Waimanalo that we hadn't known about before. Thanks for the tip, Giji!
6 Pretty cool!
7 Sam spotted this tree on Bellows AFS - he identified it correctly as a fig tree!
8 Amazing little figs!
9 Leaving church they spontaneously held hands. How nice! They are off to get donuts. Very quick walk to scout them out. Ben has Mr. Purrfect with him in his left hand. A little red cat we found in a geocache several years ago. Mr. Purrfect is supposed to behave well at church. Ben tells him how and takes charge of him.
10 Then to North Beach tide pools after church. So great to have our little cove back now that the sands have been carried away!
11 And we found Giji and her crew there, too!
13 Big lava shelf to play on. Sam is cooking limu for us.
14 Now...for an eating adventure. We went to a local ramen place to try it out. Never had ramen before. Very tasty! But hard to manage for boys until they get the hang of it. Here Sam is demonstrating very good technique! (Having ramen in honor of Daddy who is still in Japan at this point.)
15 Or you can do it this way.
16 They LOVED whipping them up by suction!
17 Thanks for joining us, Gramma, and taking this shot of all three of us!
19 These are for Daddy's benefit. I think he is very scared to take the crazy crew out to ramen. That is the province of daring moms and tutus.
21 Such a lot of food! Had to try it all!
22 Attractive, huh? I look like a bottom feeder (mouth points down if you are a fish who feeds from the sea floor - we learned that at Marine Munchies!).
24 Hungry yet? This was miso ramen. Loved it.
25 Our morning jog to school caught by Gramma!!!
26 Hi Sam! "No taking pictures, Gramma!"
27 Now you can see our gorgeous mountains on our way to school.
28 A field trip organized by me for Sam to meet a children's author who converted some traditional fairy tales into Hawaiian stories.
29 Mommy shark!
30 Swimming through the fish!
31 Mission Houses Museum where the author was speaking.
33 Kawaiaha'o Church - the first one built by the missionaries, as seen from Mission Houses Museum.
34 Talking to Sam about the missionaries, I think!
35 Hmmm...good picnic!
36 "Don't bother the builder!" Sam loves to work with knots and build these incredible "intruder traps" he calls them. This one got the pest control guy good! All I heard was a few "aaah! ooooh!" as his hose got caught! Good job, Sam!
37 Oh boy...Some naughtiness allowed by mommy while Daddy was gone. Do you see the fraction cards on the table? See movie next for what we got to do with each correct association. The harder the problem, the better the reward if Sam got it right. Even working up to correctly writing 14/3!
38 Uh-huh. Daddy not so pleased, but they loved it!
40 Such a fashionable guy!
41 Fixing my stroller.
42 This is the company my sister in law works for (Mary, Tita Bear). She is the VP of Public Relations for Michael Kors. I want to look like this lady when we move to WA. Right.
43 Making a basket using a float as a shape. Found him on my beach jog. He does computer programming for his day job, and was just out early in the morning finishing this up before work.
44 Ben likes to do this circus act with mommy, then flip on his way down.
46 Getting heavy for this at 40 lbs but he doesn't know that!
47 Climbing a tall plumeria tree on base.
48 Oh boy. Another naughty mommy treat. After a busy day hitting playground then commissary after school, thought they should get to have some Cheetos and Cheezits. After all, Ben's friend Camden gets to eat Cheezits for a lunch meal while out on the trail! It is a full blown food group - did you know that? Ben is getting a Cheeto from Sam.
49 Oh yeah.
50 The lifeguard's ATV is also of great interest every time we go by, so this day we decided to go ask if we could check it out. They said he could sit on it, too! The one lifeguard told me a funny story about how he ran into a tree one day because he was looking down at the ocean while riding along the ridgeline of dunes. Poor guy must have felt really dumb! He bashed up his nose and lip pretty good!
51 Tamara, Camden's mom, handing out freeze pops after playing at her house! It is always fun to see what other moms have in their pantries! We love a good pantry raid! Tamara has a good house for that with two young boys and one teenager at home.
52 Sam really wanted clothespins from the market, so Gramma bought them. He went out and created this art project - on each page is part of "One, two, buckle my shoe | Three, four, close the door...".
53 Boogie boarding after school I think - last Friday.
54 Sam and Ben are quite good at boogie boarding.
55 They love it!
56 Then look who showed up right behind us! Ledward Kaapana! Wow! He just started playing and we knew he must be famous with his slack key and incredible falsetto. I just don't recognize people by face very often, so we asked and were so surprised to find out it was him. He is a legend here, and Grammy award winning to boot. It was just unbelievable to have him chance to sit down behind us and play while the boys were swimming. What an incredible experience to share with mom.
58 Another band just walked down the beach, too!
59 Ledward playing one of our favorite songs. I am concerned you may not get audio on this one...I don't know why or where it went. Google Wahine Ilikea by Dennis Kamakahi for an incredible experience.
60 And another favorite! This one should have sound.
61 Beach jog ending spot, waiting for Gramma with a book. Maui is faintly visible to the right of Moku Nui, although I don't expect you'd see it.
62 Maybe here - like a long hump along the horizon just to the right of the island (Moku Nui) that you can see clearly.
63 Found another friend! This Marine family is visiting from Okinawa.
64 After spending a long time chatting, as we were leaving I told her how to find me (alli @ outdoorohana.org) and she said "Oh! You're Alli? Of Outdoor Ohana?" Too cool! I can't tell you how often that happens now. So glad my little website has made inroads in helping people explore the island as a family.
65 Ben likes the cappucino foam!
66 We stopped by to watch these guys fill a big hole the other day, and when we came back the next day Ben pretended to be the inspector :) We asked if we could maybe put a palm print in since we're moving and they LET us!
67 There it is! On the Kailua Beach boatramp! Ben's right hand.
68 Thanks guys!!!!
69 Here are pictures of my beach buddies - the folks I see out every morning. This is uncle Kevin!
70 And uncle Steve!
71 Mom and her bracelet, hand carved by "Ponch" at Hawaiian Heritage Jewelers!
72 A really cute ladybug at Bellows!
73 Climbing banyan trees :)
75 Hmmm...what is Daddy doing?
76 Whew. Nothing in there, but time to head you-know-where.
77 Shave ice for lunch?!
79 I came outside to find Ben working on his ATV with a little pillow for his head (his blow-up ball).
80 Fixing things requires turning it upside down, of course. Got to get at that drive shaft.
81 Telling me all about what he's doing.
82 Now you can listen to him, too :)
83 Only for the brave - start this one downloading, go grab your shower, and come back. It is a big one but so classic. It shows the backyard in shambles and boys being boys. One is without a shirt, the other without shorts. There is some near-disaster at the end involving a 10 ft bamboo pole and the journalist (yours truly). This one actually makes Dave laugh. If it's too disturbing for you (there is some screeching) then just turn off the volume and pretend it's a silent film.
84 At Palikilo beach where we found some really interesting spiny sea cucumbers. We made a little habitat for them so we could study them. This is the morning Ben finally figured out how to snorkel - take a breath then look around under water. Happy experience for him to figure that out! Wahoo!
85 Now he can see these guys, and many other creatures, much more clearly!
86 Morning jog on Easter weekend while Dave and Sam are at uke lesson. Maui again visible between the Mokulua Islands.
87 A fantastic drip castle!
89 More beach buddies! This is Travis. He is married with a little 2 yr old boy. He comes down to work out on the beach because he's training to join a pro football team here that his cousins are on. He wants to bulk up. I taught him how to do pushups with his head pointing downhill on the sand to make it a little tougher. Such a nice guy!