Christmas in Paradise – Day 7

Today was a day ups and downs. We drove across the island to the Hilo-side to get a little of the greenery and rain – both experienced in full measure. We spent some time at Boiling Pots, Rainbow Falls, and then made our way over to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park where we hiked around and through Kilaweai Iki crater. Unfortunately, 1/2 way through a delightful high-energy trip, Sam took a spill and hurt his hand which cast a pall on the remainder of the day. We finished the hike, spent a little time at the black sand beach to prove to his school friends that such a thing exists, and finished up with an incredible chocolate chip cookie pie at Kona Brewery. I’d say that we finished well!

Mostly pictures taken OF Sam today as he was high-energy early and kinda bummed out later.


Christmas in Paradise – Day 6

Today Emily participated in a duathalon. Meanwhile Sam and I enjoyed YUMMY belgian waffles with pineapple, mac nuts, whipped cream and my newest obsession: coconut syrup. We then went to a beach with extensive tide pools where Sam was overwhelmed by an incoming wave, knocked down, tossed against lava rocks, and decided that we should do something else (very reasonably so!). We then drove to Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau, a place of refuge which we all agreed was a highlight of the trip. Sam completed some activities and earned a Junior Ranger badge. Part of the ceremony was to take an oath to protect wildlife and also to respect his parents. We plan on referencing the last clause extensively.

The shots below all come from our last stop of the day as well as our driveway when a flock of wild turkeys wandered through.

Christmas In Paradise – Day 5

Today we went on an underwater submarine, spent some time playing at the beach, and visited a coffee plantation. Sam was only interested in taking pictures on the submarine. The coffee plantation, in particular, was of no interest to him.

Christmas in Paradise – Days 2 & 3

More entries from Sam’s photographic endeavours!

Christmas in Paradise – Day 1

Recently, Sam has been asking to take pictures of things he sees. Last month he saw a tree that stretched across the path with pretty yellow leaves and asked to take a picture. Unfortunately, the leaves fell before we could find my camera to take the requested picture. So that Sam could always have something to take pictures with, he received an early Christmas present in the form of a water-proof / shock-proof camera. What follows below are the first day’s set! Clearly he has a long career ahead of him!

Halloween Craziness!

This year we had the Pasleys and some neighbors over to extort candy from our well-intentioned neighbors. They may have lost years on the life spans of their doorbells but nobody had to resort to anything too unpleasant!

Autumn 2014

I’ve been really bad at posting photos from our outings this autumn. Consider that oversight fixed!

First we have Salmon Days in Issaquah with the Pasleys and then Jubilee Farms where we got our first set of pumpkins of the year.

Introducing Cheeto Bandito and the Popcorn Kid

This weekend we celebrated Mothers’ Day by, among other things, driving up to Snohomish and picking up a couple new members of the family. Emily has a coworker whose family owns a farm up that way and their barn cat had a litter of kittens that they wanted to offload. Given that we were recently bereaved and that Sam has been talking about cats a lot recently, it seemed like a natural step to take. During the drive up there, we talked about possible names for the cats. Sam came up with the name Popcorn, which we all thought would fit the calico well. He than arrived on the idea of naming the orange tabby Cheeto and I added the middle name, Bandito. Thus, without meeting our cats, we already had names! Upon arriving at the farm, we found that the cats had spent the majority of their lives in the barn and only nominally socialized – which was a shame since it made it hard to tell their personalities. I bet you can figure out which one is the outgoing jokster and which is the wallflower, though! The Bandito was well named indeed!