Saturday, November 24, 2007

Gobble, Gobble...Wobble, Wobble

Aloha and Happy Thanksgiving!

What more can we say besides Leif is just a wonderful boy. We have been able to make it back to the beach again and he simply loves exploring the sand, trees, and even enjoys being in the water. He especially enjoys splashing the water in his buckets and crawling in the sand. He has always like being outdoors and this is becoming more evident as he laughs, smiles, and squeals when we go to the beach!

I love the beach!!

Maybe the other toy will taste better.

Yup! It sure does!

OOO! I want that , too.

It's not hard to get overhead waves when you are only 29 inches tall.

Sweet, I found the ball.

Mom...where does sand come from?

These margaritas are great!

Oh do I have an idea!!

We have been having a lot of fun taking Leif to parks as well. If there are big kids there it is even better for him. He loves to follow all the older kids around the playground though he often becomes a little shy if one of them stops to talk to him.

I like going for walks with my dad.

I should have paid for the upgrade to first class.

Supporting Dad's home team even though they get their butts kicked.

Amanda and I thought Leif would be walking by Thanksgiving but as the days approached he just didn't seem ready to. Low and behold, to our surprise one night when he decided to just let go of the furniture and toddle, wobble, and sway to the other side. Since then he prefers to walk over crawling and is so incredibly fast. One minute he is in the other room and the next he is right next to you.

Finally, Thanksgiving was a real treat. We started Thanksgiving's Eve at the Kauiho's (Uncle Kimo, Auntie Tasha, and cousins Dylan and Elijah) watching them cook prepare their great big Imu (traditional Hawaiian oven) to cook the turkeys in (about a dozen or so people came by to drop some off). The imu is big enough to cook a 400 pound pig! On Thanksgiving day we went to the Putegnat's to eat lots of potatoes and stuffing. Leif loved his Mom's stuffing the best.

That is one big imu!

I love my Mom's stuffing!

WOW! Smashed potatoes!

We can't wait to see all of you and hope that it is sooner than latter.

aloha and a hui ho

Cory, Amanda, and Leif

Sunday, November 4, 2007

All Treats...No Tricks

Once again, Leif has experienced another first for holidays. This time it was the all hallowed Halloween. The best part of the trick-or-treating experience was Amanda and I were able to score a little chocolate! Leif dressed up as a little honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle) and needless to say it was a big hit.

Load me up with the good stuff!

We also carved our first pumpkin which he loved to look at once it was all lit up. All in all, Halloween was a lot of fun. It is so amazing to watch how he changes and though he is still shy of his first birthday it seems like he is growing up so much.

Aren't we cute!!!

Since the University of Hawaii Warriors football team is doing so well we thought we would attend a game this season. Currently we are trying to get tickets to the last game of the season against the University of Washington. As such, Leif picked up his first Warrior shirt to show his team spirit! Perhaps one day he, too, will be a rainbow warrior like his dad.

Leif learning the three point stance...but he can't count yet.

As you can see in the video he is greatly improving with his locomotion. Amanda and I both feel that there is a good chance that he will be walking by Thanksgiving. He has been walking bare foot this whole time so today we finally got him his first pair of shoes (he already grew out of his slippers--flip-flops for you off-islanders).

A big aloha to you all and hope you are enjoying a sunny and warm fall like us!!

a hui ho

Cory, Amanda, and Leif