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! πŸ˜€

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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!) πŸ˜›

Until next month!

Mahalo ke Akua / God Bless

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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. #morningwalkΒ 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. #thelightsfestΒ #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? πŸ™‚

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 β€œSkunk” 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, β€œYou 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…Β  πŸ™‚

Mahalo ke Akua, God Bless!

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Makani & me…

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February 16th, 2019 – Happy Birthday/Valentines Day!!!

Hey there,

February is always a busy month for us.

First off – Happy Valentines Day to you and that special someone in your life (even if you are single – love yourself, you are SPECIAL too!) Also, Happy Birthday to my Beautiful wife Rachel πŸ’šπŸ’•πŸ’šπŸ’•πŸ’š

At the end of January the boys participated in a dedication ceremony at our church. This is similar to a Baptism but does not involve christening the child in water. A baby dedication is a ceremony in which Christian parents dedicate their infant to God and make a promise to raise their child in a godly way. It is a commitment to the Lord to surrender their child to the will of God.

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Our little Grown ups!

We celebrated Rachel’s birthday with a quick trip to Seattle. πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚. It was a nice break to get away for the weekend – just the two of us. We met up with Justin & Libby (another family with triplets) a ton of laughs and great conversation was had by all! Thank you guys for celebrating Rachel’s birthday with us!!!

A HUGE thank you to Grandma Anne, Auntie Elva, Auntie Marilyn, Cousin Krysta, brother Avery and Cece for helping to watch the boys while we were out of town. πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

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The Pink Door – Seattle.

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The Seattle Great Wheel

The boys were pretty happy to see us when we got home. I took Monday off to give Grandma a break and celebrate Rachel’s actual birthday together as a family. We went out to Sushi for dinner and I baked some birthday Brownies for Rachel.

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Happy Birthday to you!!!

Since returning from Seattle it had been raining pretty hard, but on Sunday it was too nice to stay inside. After church we headed out of town not knowing our final destination. The idea of having lunch at Shanghai Dumpling King in the Outer Richmond District of San Francisco came to mind along with a possible stop at the SF Zoo or some random playground nearby. Okay, so now we had a plan! However after arriving we quickly realized – Shanghai Dumpling KingΒ had CLOSED!!! 😒😳😒😳😒😳 SO SAD!!! It was replaced by a restaurant named Bao Bao noodles – NOPE! It’s just not the same. We walked down the street and had lunch at a place called Little Henry’s Italian Food. It was decent, but I’m not sure if I would go back.

After lunch we headed off towards the house – it was almost 1pm and we were quickly approaching our usual 230pm nap-time. Before I could even turn on to 19th Ave. I heard a little voice coming from the back seat saying – “Dad, I thought we were going to go some place fun?” Guess who – Yes, it was Makani boy – he melts my heart! πŸ’šπŸ’•πŸ’šπŸ’•πŸ’šΒ I find it difficult at times to say no to him! So off to the park we went… 🀣🀣🀣

We ended up going to the Koret Playground and Carousel in San Francisco. We saw some SFPD officers having lunch by the park carousel, so I took the boys over to say hi and get a closer look at their motorcycles. The officers were SO friendly! They gave the boys Junior SFPD sticker badges and offered to let them climb up on their bikes and operate the lights & siren (see the photo opp below). Needless to say – this was the highlight of their week!!! Don’t miss visiting this playground located in Golden Gate Park if you are in San Francisco. They really have something for everyone!

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Cool slide…

Until next time – Mahalo ke Akua!!!

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Keoni riding the wave – Shaka!!!

January 16th, 2019 – Happy New Year!!!

Greetings and Happy New Year!!!

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2018 was a Great year for us and we hope that 2019 is even better. We reached a lot of new milestones at our house. The boys are growing by leaps and bounds in every imaginable way. It’s hard to comprehend how quickly time is flying by. It seems like it was just yesterday when we welcomed this crazy trio into our hearts and this world.

We got the boys scooters for Christmas and they love them! We have been on a couple of walks and I wasn’t sure that they would take to them as quickly as they did.

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Makai & Keoni

We are so grateful that the boys have been so healthy and pretty much normal in every way. I know that we have been lucky and blessed in this regard.

Sadly, the boys said good-bye to their little buddy Rosie this week. Grandma’s dog Rosie was called up to the big dog park in heaven. The boys have been pretty understanding and accepting that they won’t see her anymore – except in their dreams and memories. Rest in Peace sweet Rosie!

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Rosie…

Here is our Annual Tinsel Head New Year’s picture:

The boys probably won’t look back fondly at these pictures – lol!!!

Mahalo ke Akua & God Bless!

 

 

Mele Kalikimaka – December 16, 2018

Merry Christmas!!!

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Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!!

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This is a fun/challenging age for the boys. 3 years – 3 months, going on seventeen!

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Brothers for life!!!

The boys are full on enjoying the Christmas season (except for the cold & rainy part!)

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Keoni & Makani hamming it up!

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Silly Makani

They are pretty silly and very emotional. They have all had a pretty nasty cold since the middle of November.

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Makani at the Doctor’s office

Here’s a blast from the past, the boy’s first Christmas:

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Mahalo ke Akua!