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!