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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