The new year is now upon us and we feel like things are finally starting to settle back down. We had many great visits during the holidays; GranMary, Nanna and Pop-Pop, and Grandpa. Furthermore, we all got to play "tourist" for a while and spent many a day seeing the sights. GranMary came with us to Waikiki while Cory ran his third marathon in a year; the three "dad's" went on deep-sea fishing tour that was in exciting conditions but never got one bite; Cory and Pop-Pop went sea kayaking near Kailua; Amanda and Nanna went to high tea in Kailua; and we also visited the Valley of the Temples, Pearl Harbor, Dole Plantation, the North Shore, and many of our favorite beaches. Not to mention there was also a graduation party and ceremony thrown into all of this; Cory earned his PhD.
For the boys it was the ultimate Christmas. Actually, it was more like three Christmas' over a three week period. First with GranMary before she had to leave, then with Grandpa before he flew back, and finally with our family and Nanna and Pop-Pop on Christmas day. Wonderfully spoiled kids:)
There are other things currently in the works that we will keep you posted on as they develop. So until then...enjoy the photos and aloha!
At the PCC
Fell asleep working on his letter books
"Bee"ing silly. Leif drew, free hand, the picture on the right after the drawing on the left.
Exhausted waiting for Dad to cross the finish line at the Honolulu Marathon
Honolulu Marathon 2010
Leif and GranMary making a gingerbread house
Leif and GranMary reading books together
Heading to Cory's graduation
Cory getting hooded
A surreal moment, sitting with the faculty
Ready to head home after the ceremony
Older dad's getting schooled by a preschooler
Happy graduation...no more late nights or classes!
Kayaking near Kailua with Ric
Ric and Cory on an island just off Kailua
Taking a dip at a hidden pool
Mike and Leif spent many hours playing and making special paper airplanes
Needed a cat nap after all that play
Flat Stanley visiting us in Hawaii
Nana and the reindeer
Leif, Cory, and Nana frosting Christmas cookies
Riding the special/magical Honolulu Christmas Trolley
Look! It's Shaka Santa!
The young Jedi thrilled with Santa's gift
Leif and Pop-pop watching movies on the laptop
Two of the neighbor kids and Leif playing with the new puppet theater
Crazy things they eat for breakfast
After Kian's blessing
Light-sabers and 3-D glasses
Leif and his Yoda drawing
"Yoda I am"
The family at Leif's birthday party
Amanda said it would be a small party and said gifts were not necessary; Leif is in heaven.
Love hanging with Kai
Kian walking. He has been going at it for a several weeks now and he is only 10 months old.
Toot-toot! Exploring the Childrens' Discovery Center
The boys are jammin'! Hope you like jammin too!
I'm a little sea star.
Visiting Japan and having a little sushi
Watch out! Crazy driver coming through!
So...stay tuned for the next installment and aloha!
Cory, Amanda, Leif, and Kian