July 2013

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Guess what – we went to Hawaii! Yes it was 3 months ago, but hey – life is busy these days, and it takes time to sift through hundreds of photos. Especially when I only get 5 minutes at a time to myself! Both kids did great on the plane, and they handled a week long of unfamiliar environments and inconsistent scheduling better than we could have expected. We took Auntie Libby with us, and it made all the difference having an extra set of hands to help out. It was definitely not a restful trip, but it was a lot of fun and we had such a great time.

The first thing we did after arriving was go straight to the beach for a quick evening stroll. Luca got right into it, being chased up and down the sand by the waves, and Autumn dipped her toes into the ocean for the first time

After a long day of traveling and a yummy udon dinner, both kiddos immediately passed out in the hotel room for the night.

Luca and I woke up early the next morning since our internal clocks were still on West Coast time. So the two of us took a stroll through Waikiki. Of course we had to test out the sand again.

By then everyone else was up and ready for the day, so we gathered all of our gear and headed back to the beach for some fun in the waves.

 After a good cleanup, lunch and nap time, we headed out to Kaka’ako Park for the rest of the afternoon

And this is basically the same routine we followed each day for the rest of our trip. Beach in the morning, lunch, pass out in the hotel room, then out to a park or for a walk before dinner. What more could you want on vacation?

Here are some pictures of Luca and Auntie Libby frolicking at Ala Moana Beach Park

One of the non beach-related activities we did was to take a trip to Diamond Head Cemetery. As you may or may not know, Chris’ family has roots in Hawaii, and we found the grave sites of a couple of his relatives. The ironic thing is that Chris and I lived within walking distance of this cemetery when we lived in Hawaii!

Luca takes charge of the leis as we walk out to the graves

Luca and Autumn pay respects to their great great great grandparents

I’m not sure how much Autumn picked up on the significance of our visit to the cemetery, but she sure did learn a lot about the taste of a flower lei

Luca and Daddy share a nice snuggle at the end of the day

 Back to the beach for more fun in the sun!

Auntie enjoys her much-deserved iced coffee on the beach

Brother and sister wind down with a little movie time at the end of the day

Here we are at our old surf spot at Diamond Head beach

More beach time! Chris and Luca dedicated one morning to testing out the waves on their boards.

Family picture time!

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As we all know Luca loves books.  One of his favorite series is the Little Critter series.  One of the first Little Critter books he ever got was Just Me and My Dad.  In this adventure the dad and son go camping, fishing, and have lots of fun.  Ever since reading this book, and the 100,000 times that followed, Luca has asked me to take him camping and fishing.

This weekend we were able to finally go camping in the great outdoors… of our backyard.

Sunday we headed out to go fishing.  We found a spot by a little water fall on a little bank under a tree.  Ok cast away.  1…2….3….woooshhhh

Here’s how you reel


Luca got one!!

That’s a big rainbow trout

By the end of the day Luca had caught 4 rainbow trout (15 1/2 “, 14 1/2″, 14″, and 12”).  We cleaned and descaled them.

Luca and his other love cooking.  He helped prepare the fish and stuff them with herbs from his garden.  A little lemon, salt, pepper, and some olive oil and they were ready for the grill.

Camping, fishing, and cooking… just me and my dad.



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Here’s a bit of what we’ve been up to over the past few weeks:

We went to the nursery to pick out some plants for our herb garden. Luca helps load up the wagon with some lavender.

Helping Daddy water the herb garden (with the sprinkler turned upside down, of course)

Sweet boy

Autumn had a cold and got plenty of snuggles from Mama

Here she is feeling better, and wondering if she’ll be able to grab my phone this time

We went to Sunriver for a long weekend, and the house we rented was right on the golf course. Every morning during her diaper change Autumn immediately rolled over, crawled to the headboard, and pulled up to standing so she could watch the golfers outside the window.

Sweet boy in the morning sunlight

This is one of her favorite spots in the house. She loves to watch the washer and dryer spinning around.

We went blueberry picking, and during the brief moment that I turned my back, she decided to eat a nice clump of dirt. It must have been a pretty good size, because it took me about five finger swipes to get the bulk of it out of her mouth. Mmmm.

I really want to dump this bathwater over her head but I know I shouldn’t…

Silliness during lunch time

More silliness

We got a new wagon!

Fresh berries at the farmer’s market

Enjoying the sights at the grocery store

Luca has been getting in lots of bike riding with the nice summer weather

Play hard, sleep hard…

Face off

Sweet siblings


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