Friday, November 6, 2015

September 2015

In September, Bryan and I took advantage of a morning when he was off and both girls were in school to hike the Kealia Trail. 
The start of college football made for some early mornings cheering on our Dawgs. 

We enjoy taking advantage of using the Hale Koa resort located in Waikiki.  We spent a full day there with our friends bouncing back and forth from the beach to the pool.
Marlie participated in a golf clinic at Leilehua Golf Course, which is the local military course.

We got to enjoy a rainbow while having dinner from some food trucks.

We went to an event called Sunday Funday at the Ward Warehouse in Honolulu.  The girls got to make prints, we watched a breakdancing contest (only in Hawaii do they breakdance in "slippahs"), and then got stuck in notorious Honolulu traffic.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Marlie's 8th Birthday

Somehow I now have an 8 year old!  Marlie turned 8 at the end of August and we celebrated with lots of friends.  I took a group of girls to do karaoke and they were so cute singing their little hearts out.  

After we returned from karaoke, some of the boys in the neighborhood and all the kids parents joined us for brownies and ice cream.  Even though I offered to make her a cake, Marlie insisted on brownies which was even easier on me.  

I'm so proud of my big 8 year old after going through another move this year and all the changes that come with it.  She is the epitome of a resilient military kid.  

Monday, October 26, 2015

August 2015 Part 2

It's no secret that I love supporting small businesses.  I was selected to participate in a shirt exchange called The Traveling Sweatshirt by Imperishable Clothing Co.  I took a quick picture one day of me in my sweatshirt with some mugs from another small business who just happens to be a few miles from here, Linen + Ink.

Emma has been taking swim lessons in a town between here and Honolulu.  After swim lessons, we've been going on little adventures.  We made our first visit to the Ward Shopping Village and Emma got to meet Felix at one of the cool little shops at Ward Warehouse.  

Bryan had to go to Korea for work and before we picked him up at the airport, we checked out the Made In Hawaii festival.  The highlight of the pit stop for Marlie and Emma was meeting Ronald McDonald for the first time and get some mini soft serve cones.  

It didn't take us long to find "our" beach here.  This spot is very close to our house and not crowded at all.  We love that we can make a quick trip up the road to hang out at the beach for a couple of hours.

I participated in a mug swap for the first time.  I was randomly assigned someone to send a mug to and I included some Hawaiian goodies.  I also received a box with some fun things for me.  

We just had a little bit of free family time one day and headed back to our favorite beach.  We made a stop by the North Shore food trucks on the way and I got some garlic ship from Giovanni's. 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

August 2015 Part 1

Bryan's unit had a family day the first weekend in August.  We were able to participate in some of the training scenarios that the soldiers do.  Marlie and I were practicing clearing a room/building in this picture.  We also got to try throwing a grenade, completing an obstacle course and shooting  a few different weapons at the range.  

Just another Friday night dinner at the food trucks...

Almost every Saturday morning I drive to a nearby farmers market on the north shore.  Waialua is a tiny rural town but I love how much great produce you can get at this simple market.  When I top the hill on the way to the market, I love this wide view of the north shore.  The market is held at the site of an old sugar mill which is now home to a coffee factory/gift shop that also sells good natural shave ice.    

Our friends invited us to meet them at Kewala Bay which is also known as Secret Beach.  It's nice how few people were there, but the water is also pretty rocky with quite a bit of coral.  There is a really cool banyan tree that you pass as you walk to the beach.  On the way home we decided to stop by Aloha General Store and try a pineapple bowl for the first time.  It was definitely more than one person could eat!  

Leonard's malasadas are pretty much famous around here.  I happened to stumble upon their truck while out running errands one day.  I got one of each flavor and wasn't disappointed by any of them.    

I've been trying to get back into swimming on a regular basis.  I found a really nice, large facility about 20-30 minutes away, but eventually decided to stick with the small local pool.  There is a small group of locals that is usually there and I appreciate how easy and convenient it is for me to get my workout in.  Sometimes when I'm done swimming, I just like to sit in the sun and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Some of our neighbors recommended that we try a restaurant in Ko'olina called Monkeypod.  It claims to be a farm to table style restaurant.  The area is really nice and we liked the atmosphere.  I think if we went back I may just have a cocktail and their excellent fries for a meal!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September 2015 Part 2

During the second half of September we took the girls to see Honu By The Sea at the Hawaii Theatre Center.  They also enjoyed getting to meet the characters after the show.
I had the opportunity to attend the Joint Spouses Conference at Hickam Air Force Base.  We got to select 4 workshops to attend and the highlight for me was a surfing lesson and getting to snorkel.  I also participated in an Asian cooking class and Mixology lesson
Marlie had a biography project for school.  She decided to do her project on Wilma Rudolph and made a bottle version of her.

Our home décor is always a work in progress and we livened up Marlie's bed a little.

We ended the month by welcoming my mom to Hawaii.  She came to visit us for a few weeks.

Friday, September 18, 2015

The End of Summer Break 2015

As summer break came to a close, we had to start getting ready to go back to school.  Emma's preschool had a registration day where we went to finish up her paperwork.  The girls ended up looking so cute that day, I had to grab a quick picture before we left the house.

Emma keeps me on my toes with her fun personality.  On the morning, I took this picture she walked up with a back pack, hat and sunglasses on.  She informed me "We press the Blues Clues button to take off to the sky". 

We have found ourselves a new farmers market "home" at Waialua Farmers Market.  The vendors are so friendly and always send me home with more produce than I actually paid for.  All four of us went one Saturday and Marlie got to enjoy a fresh coconut among other goodies.

Bryan & I got to celebrate our anniversary a week late with dinner at a popular local restaurant, Opal Thai.  After dinner we got some ice cream and did a little window shopping.

On the actual last day of summer break, we spent a few hours at the pool with friends.  It was a nice laid back way to enjoy the day.

The girls both started school on July 29.  Marlie is in 3rd grade at our local post elementary school and Emma is in preschool at a local private school.  They were both so excited to attend their new schools.  

Marlie took tennis lessons for the first time.  She had a lot of fun and considering it was her first time, I thought she did great.  

We went into Honolulu on the last day of July for our first Eat The Street.  There was lots of good food but I think the girls enjoyed running around outside the most.  

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Oahu Week 5

After a month of living on the island we were starting to find our way - a little bit!  The girls and I ventured out to one of the malls to run an errand and afterwards tried out Aloha Crepes.  They got some strawberry, chocolate, cream combination and loved it!  

We all went to the Haleiwa Arts Festival one weekend.  Bryan and the girls spent most of the time hanging out at the keiki (children) tent while I walked around to all the booths.  There were a lot of things I liked but I ended up just getting three pieces of wall art and a cross body purse.  Emma and I enjoyed an Uncle's Ice Cream Sandwich before we left the festival.

Bryan and I celebrated our 12th anniversary on July 19th.  We weren't able to plan anything special for just the two of us that day so we just packed a picnic and all 4 of us went to the beach for the evening.    It was simple but definitely memorable!  We even opened our last bottle of eiswein from our Germany years for the occasion. 

One of our neighbors organized an end of summer beach bash for the moms and kids.  We all basically took over a small beach area in Haleiwa for the day.  My friend and I rented paddle boards for us and the kids to use.  It was another surreal experience to paddle around the famous "Rainbow Bridge". 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Oahu Week 4

Food trucks are very popular in Hawaii and in July we got to try some of them.  The local high school hosts a monthly food truck night as a fundraiser so we were more than happy to support them.  We bought way too much food, but the girls' favorites were probably the bacon wrapped mochi, fruit lemonade and popsicles. 

One of our neighbors from Fort Leavenworth is originally from Oahu and has been here with her family while her husband has been deployed.  Her youngest son just celebrated his first birthday and we were invited to his awesome party.  It was held on Secret Island at Kualoa Ranch.  It was literally a small island that we had to take a boat to.  They had so many activities for everyone to do including volleyball, paddle boarding, kayaking, and sand toys.  It was a beautiful location and such a fun day. 

There are always cool little things to be found on an Army post that are unexpected.  I had noticed this "castle" on my morning runs and drove the girls over to it after we survived the commissary one morning.  It isn't in the best shape but the girls were still impressed.  It was built by an engineer unit and  looks like a castle on this side, but the other side is just cement stands for a baseball field.  It would be nice if one of the units would take the initiative to clean it up again.
My friend, Teri, took us to Lanikai/Kailua, which is one of her favorite beaches.  Emma laid out in the sand again to relax and enjoy the view. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Independence Day in the 50th State

On the 4th of July, we rented a boat with our friends and went out to the Kaneohe Bay sandbar.  It was such a beautiful place and it was pretty cool to be on a shallow sandbar out in the Pacific Ocean.  We spent almost the whole day at the sandbar and came home just in time to see the fireworks on post.  I'm so thankful for this wonderful country that we are blessed to live in and explore!

We packed some coolers of food and the guys even grilled us some hamburgers and hotdogs!

We tried stand up paddleboarding for the first time with our friends' boards.  Marlie got right up but Bryan and I weren't quite as steady.

On the way back to the marina, each of the kids got to help drive the boat for a few minutes.

Emma was a champ through the long day, but the relaxing boat ride back did her in.