September 16, 2019 – A Note to My Sons V, Happy 4th Birthday!!!

To my sons – Kaleo Samuel, Makani James & Keoni Schooler:

Happy 4th Birthday!!!

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Here we go, another successful trip around the sun is in the books! Kaleo, Makani & Keoni I can’t believe how great your memories are. You still recall things from our first trip to Hawaii (when you were only 2 years old)! The three of you are growing in every way imaginable. Big things are in store for you – I have a feeling that three of you will achieve GREATNESS in your life!

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Kaleo, you are quite the fashionista! If anything you are approaching DIVA status!!! (lol) You have a stick to it attitude – when you set your mind to something, you don’t put it down until you have mastered it. There’s still a sweet, caring, soft side to you that is mixed in with a whole lot of ATTITUDE! I firmly believe that in your mind, you think that you are an only child! We can always count on you to take a car nap (even when we don’t want you to!) Kaleo, sometimes you can be so stubborn! If you could channel this stubbornness into a career I am positive you would be very successful. Here is a funny thing that you have been doing recently – whenever you sit on my lap and you feel a fart coming on, you climb down and walk over to the other side of the room because you don’t want to fart on me! AND you tell everybody that is what you are doing too! 😀 You will make some girl a great husband some day! 🙂


Makani James

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You are still your Daddy’s boy & that is ok, I love it. You love trains, planes, police cars, fire trucks, boats and pretty much everything that is transportation related. I find it fascinating that your brothers will defer to you (especially when it comes to your spot on my lap). Anytime there’s a ‘New toy‘ they know you will set your sights on it and want to play with it first. You are such a good boy and our ‘rule follower‘. I love how you are always willing to try new foods (vegetables) and I know you would probably be a vegetarian if Bacon & SPAM were on the list. You are usually the first to rise and I still enjoy our morning time together before the rest of the house wakes up. Keep being you – Makani Boy!


Keoni Schooler

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My little Big Boy! You are at least 2 inches taller than both of your brothers and such a handsome young man. You are still a Mama’s boy & you love your Daddy almost as much. Makani always says that he loves both ‘Mommy & Daddy’ – but you, not so much. You are our little ‘All or Nothing boy’. You either love Mommy OR Daddy, rarely is it both of us at the same time! You are so helpful when you want to be. I love how you put away toys or pick up clothes even when we don’t ask you to. You are such a happy go lucky little dude. You are so shy, you remind of myself when I was a boy. I guess the apple didn’t fall far from this tree. Nevertheless – I see a lot of myself in you. I am hoping that is a good thing, maybe that’s why your mom loves you SO much, LOL! 😀


I am Pomaika’i (grateful & blessed in Hawaiian) to share my life with you and to see the three of you change on a daily basis. I don’t have much to give you, but I will always give you 100% of my love! I never thought I would have a son, not to mention three. Thank you for blessing me and my life…

Mahalo ke Akua! (Thank you God!)

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With all my Love – Happy Fourth Birthday Kaleo, Makani & Keoni!

Your Dad

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August 16th, 2019 – Living our best life…

It’s been a long, long month. I was just looking back at pictures, trying to get an idea or a direction for this month’s blog post – Living our best life…

My Father in Law was baptized last weekend and it was an honor to be present and in attendance for such an important event. All of the gifts that I have received in my life are a direct result of turning my will and my life over to the care of God as I see him. To witness ‘Grandpa’ taking these same steps was breathtaking. Mahalo ke Akua (Thank you God)…

There is so much going on in the world today. It is almost unrecognizable compared to when I was a boy. Mass shootings, acts of terrorism, racism, ICE raids, meth, heroin, fentanyl – the list goes on and on. I long for the time when life was simple. When you knew your neighbors. I remember as a child – when we went outside to play, we knew to be home before sunset or the streetlights came on. We didn’t stay in the house and play video games all day & night! There was no Internet, no Facebook, no Instagram. We rode our bikes or our skateboards, we played basketball, football or baseball. Now our schools have drills for what to do in an ‘Active Shooter’ situation or they practice lock-down scenarios. I realize that these things are all ‘Out of my control‘, but I worry about what kind of world my boys will grow up in?

I am so grateful to be healthy and to have the ability to provide a happy, comfortable, safe home for us to live in. There is always food on the table and another adventure around the corner. I know that Ke Akua (God) is watching over us. I know this because of my commitment to him. I trust that God will protect my family and friends. I know that he is there to provide guidance, help us make decisions and lead us in the right direction. -If only we would ask & listen. Without him, I would be lost! Seek and you will find him. He is always with you.

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The best park ever!

So much has happened in the last month, it is hard to be believe we have experienced so much in such a short amount of time.

There was a LOT of silliness!

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Makani, Kaleo & Keoni…

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Kaleo, Keoni & Makani – Hammin…

More than a couple of trips to the pool and the beach

 

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Beach days…

 

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Kaleo, Makani & Keoni at the pool

So, so many trips to the park – both near and far…

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Makani, Kaleo & Keoni – choo, choo…

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Playing at the park

AND the boys started pre-school last week!!!

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Kaleo, Makani & Keoni 1st day of Pre-school

Keep your eye out for these guys – you never know what they will be driving…

 

Post ice-cream mood at the River!!!

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-We (as a family) really, really Are living our best life

Next month – 4 years old!?!

Mahalo ke Akua…

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July 16th, 2019 Movies, Beaches, Carnivals & County Fairs…

Hey everybody!

It is so nice to finally feel the warmth of Summer!

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Beach day…

June was a busy month! We went to a couple of birthday parties (mine was super low-key!), a carnival, the fair, the beach, Independence Day and we even celebrated our 4th Anniversary! I love you Rachel!!!

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At our local carnival…

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Fourth of July I got the boys Fireworks, they loved the sparklers!

We took the boys to see Toy Story 4 – they loved it!

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Not the Toy Story 4 billboard, but it’s cute!

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We tried our hands (literally) at making home made pizza and the results were delicious!!!

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Pizza making party…

From what I have heard – 3 is supposed to be the toughest age for toddlers! Let’s hope that is the case. The boys turn 4 in September and I am counting the days!!!

At least they are cute!

Mahalo ke akua/God bless!

Tiki

June 16th, 2019 – Hello Summer!

Hey everybody! It’s finally summertime!!! A lot has happened since the last post, here is a quick recap.

The boys transitioned from toddler beds to Big Boy Beds, yes – BBB’s! 😀

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I didn’t realize how small their room was until I tried to fit 3 twin beds in it. We went with a bunk bed and an individual bed for the boys. There was a little bit of a disruption to their sleep schedules, especially with the added level of the bunk bed. I think the boys are enjoying their new beds.

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Makani (on the left) enjoying a juice packet for the first time! :-O

The boys have been taking a weekly gymnastics class since we returned from Hawaii last September. You can see them gaining skill and confidence with every week that passes. Although I still question whether we are getting the most bang for the $$ they really enjoy spending time with their teachers and friends.

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We went to the San Francisco Zoo where the boys rode the Carousel for the first time. I think they liked it?

 

We just got back from a quick trip up to Reno. The weather was great and the boys had a blast! Welcome Summer!

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Grand Sierra Resort/Reno

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Grand Sierra Resort/Reno

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2 Chicks restaurant in Reno

 

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Yum, Ice Cream (Shhhh, don’t tell them that it’s Sugar Free!) 😛

Until next month!

Mahalo ke Akua / God Bless

May 16, 2019 – It’s Been a Good Time Together…

It’s been a good time together
Lookin’ for the warmth of the sun
Gonna be a long time together
And the best is yet to come…

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Hey everybody!

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These guys do more before 9am than most people do all day!!!

Spring is in the air and so is the pollen. We have all been suffering from a pretty severe case of Hay-fever. Itchy eyes, runny nose & gunk in the lungs ~ NO BUENO!

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Kaleo, Makani & Keoni

I love springtime because we can get outside and do stuff. This month marked the return of Morning Walk. #morningwalk On weekdays I wake the boys up at 5am and we go on a 2 1/2 mile walk around the neighborhood. This gets their blood flowing and zaps a little bit of their unlimited energy. we have been able to add in a 30 minute play session at the park. Wednesdays are now known as Starbucks Wednesday #starbuckswednesday

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Keoni & Makani

The boys went to their 3 year well visit and are all progressing nicely.

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The boys love their pediatrician!

Happy Mother’s day to all of the women in your life. We celebrated by going to The Lights Festival, it was a really fun event and the boys had a great time!

What happens when you combine thousands of families, friends and foodies, with live music, dancing, and an eruption of Sky Lanterns? – Welcome to The Lights Fest, an experience where thousands of friends and families gather to listen to live music, fill up on great food, and light up life by sharing their personal wishes, dreams and goals. #thelightsfest #whatlightsyou

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The Lights Music Festival

 

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Settling in to our spot with Mom – Kaleo, Makani & Keoni

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Kaleo, Makani & Keoni having a slice of watermelon at the Lights Festival…

It’s fun to watch the boys bonding together. Don’t get me wrong – Sibling Rivalry is alive and well. It’s just fun to imagine the lifelong friendship that these guys will share.

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125 pounds of boys #whatlightsyou #thelightsfest

On May 7th, 2018 I celebrated 8 years of sobriety, 1 day at a time…

 

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8 years…

I am grateful to be able to live a life that I had always dreamed of living. Thank you to the people that showed me the way. The one’s that lived by example, that proved that there was a better way to live. If you a suffering – reach out and ask for help. Nobody knows that you are in pain unless you talk about it!

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Makani, Keoni & Kaleo…

Mahalo ke Akua!!!

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April 16, 2019 – Spring is here (kind of…)

Greetings everybody!

Today is April 16th and spring is in the air, have you paid your taxes yet? 🙂

Just a quick update for this month. The boys are FULL of energy – which is typical of 3 1/2 year old boys.

They like gymnastics for the most part – but, they love jumping on the trampolines!

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Makani & Keoni jumping!

We went all the way to Sacramento for some family style lunch at Bucca di Beppo Italian Restaurant. Oh so good!

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Keoni, Kaleo & Makani / Bucca di Beppo

There was a Groupon for Train Town in Sonoma and the boys as you might have guessed – LOVE trains!

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Keoni, Makani & Kaleo

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Rachel took the boys on their First roller coaster ride!

I bought 2 more Power wheel rides for the boys, they each have their own car now – WATCH OUT!

It’s hard to believe that this blog is 4 years old.

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Until next month, take care!

Mahalo ke Akua/God bless!

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March 16, 2019 – 3 1/2 years Old!?!

Happy March everybody!

The boys are 3 1/2 years old! Crazy right? We have officially made it 1/2 way through the Threenager stage!!!

The weather around the country has been wild. Locally we have had historic rain and record snowfall totals in the mountains. Our community is picking up after another natural disaster with major flooding in the Russian River area.

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Petaluma [Petaluma360.com]

The last 30 days we have been pretty busy. We had a quick last minute President’s Day getaway to Santa Cruz. The boys had a great time exploring the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and playing in the sand in Capitola. The boys also came down with their first major viral infection. Fevers, congestion, runny noses and coughing for 2+ weeks! Makani & Keoni were prescribed Amoxicillin because it was getting into their lungs and ears. On top of that we were all suffering from Cabin Fever with all of the recent storms!

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Playing on the beach – Capitola

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Kaleo – Santa Cruz

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Makani – Santa Cruz

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Keoni – Santa Cruz

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Makani & Kaleo – Capitola

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Me n Rachel – Capitola

We took a ride up north to the town of Willits and the boys rode the Skunk train for the first time. We had mentioned it a couple of weeks ago and not a day went by without one of them asking if we were going to ride the skunk train today. I surprised them last Saturday and told them that if they could get ready and eat breakfast really fast we could go! They had a really good time.

Starting out as the California Western Railroad, it’s originally purpose was to transport families and workers to the various lumber camps along it’s route. The route ran from Fort Bragg on the Pacific Coast inland to the town of Willits.

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1960’s Skunk [Ed Freitas]

The nickname “Skunk” originated in 1925, when motorcars were introduced (today sometimes referred to as railbuses or railcruisers). These single unit, self-propelled motorcars had gasoline-powered engines for power and pot-bellied stoves burning crude oil to keep the passengers warm.

The combination of the fumes created a very pungent odor, and the old timers living along the line said these motorcars were like skunks, “You could smell them before you could see them.”

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Rustic bridge [CWR & Nav Co.]

 

On a side note, I quit working my part time job at the bar. I was sad to leave, but the boys and Rachel needed me more on the weekends than the bar did. It was fun while it lasted – but I enjoy being able to spend more time with my family on the weekends! NOTE: While I technically resigned, I still plan on working the ‘Big events’ like St. Patrick’s Day and Black Wednesday…  🙂

Mahalo ke Akua, God Bless!

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Makani & me…

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