October 16, 2017 – Urban Wildfires, Pray for Sonoma County…

Hi everybody,

Anxiety levels and stress have been high this past week. We live in close proximity to the urban wildfires that have been burning in Northern California. Everyone you talk to knows at least one family, if not several that have lost everything! The Air quality has been so bad that N95 particle masks have become an integral part of our lives. The sound of sirens, black-hawk helicopters and CDF bombers echo throughout our neighborhoods at all hours of the day and night. Sadly NIXLE updates are also a part of our daily routine – I don’t know a single person that hasn’t signed up for them. We cringe when we receive a new text message with the latest breaking information. Also, KSRO is always on in the background, providing up to the minute updates via live streaming of their radio broadcast of weather conditions, voluntary/mandatory evacuations and sadly the latest death toll. There has been so much loss and devastation in my home town, the town that I grew up in – that I can’t even wrap my mind around it…

There are many stories of Heroes – First Responders and everyday folks that have risked everything to help in this time of need. Some working shifts up to 48 hours straight fighting the fires.

I am at a loss of words – here are some images of the loss and devastation we are experiencing:

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Air Tanker 944, a 747-400 dropping fire retardant

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Firefighters receiving air support from the CDF helicopter in Santa Rosa

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The historic Fountaingrove Round Barn built in 1899

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The historic Fountaingrove Round Barn built in 1899 on fire – 10/9/2017

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One of the over 9,000 firefighters that are deployed here to battle the fires

Mahalo ke Akua – THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR First Responders, Volunteers and Businesses that have given and offered so much support during this tragic state of emergency.

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Thank you to the owners of Jamisons Roaring Donkey for setting up as a distribution point – receiving, organizing and distributing donations to the fire victims.

On the home front, the boys are doing well. They haven’t been able to go outside all week because the air quality has been so bad. We have had a couple of soccer matches in our living room to help release some of their pent up energy. This past Saturday we were able to take them out to the coast to let them run free and be kids, they were so happy!!!

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Makani playing in the sand

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Kaleo chasing his shadow

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Pure joy for Keoni to finally be able to run free

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Checking out the sea lions at the Tides in Bodega

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The boys at a fundraiser for Rancho Adobe Volunteer Fire Department 9/23/2017

Our family is blessed, we have not had anybody that has lost their house or their lives. One thing to note: A strong sense of community, help and support can be felt as a result of this tragedy. My heart goes out to all of the families that have been affected by this wildfire. I hope that our lives will return to some sense of normalcy soon – #LOVE #sonomacountystrong #wewillrebuild #kahalewaiboys

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On a side note – I proposed to my beautiful wife, Rachel 3 years ago today. Happy Anniversary my love…

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September 16, 2017 – A Note to My Sons III, Happy 2nd Birthday!!!

To my sons – Kaleo, Makani & Keoni,

Wishing you the Happiest of Birthdays!!!

The three of you have brought so much joy to our lives 🙂 When we are out together, total strangers always come up and say to us – ‘Wow, you have your hands full!’

Not nearly as full as our hearts!!!

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-Baby Kaleo

What you lack in size you make up for in attitude and cuteness! You are such a creative thinker and always try to be the center of attention. It cracks me up when you when you come up with all your ‘new dance moves’!!! Sometimes, I feel like you get the short end of the stick because your brothers are a little needy when it comes to Mom & Dad’s attention. Never the less, you manage to keep yourself entertained and happy! You are fearless to a fault – I have never seen you shy away from a danger or a stranger! Hopefully we can get you to reel it in a little, but I definitely don’t want to hold you back – it is who you are!

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-Makani Boy

Daddy’s boy! I have stopped trying to count how many words you know now – the number is unfathomable. So smart, so articulate and such a Papa’s boy! I am grateful for the unspoken connection that we share. You teach me new things on a daily basis. I love how observant you are, especially as you notice all of the little details in the world around us. You are always quick to point them out to me! Keep smiling and flashing those baby blues!

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-Keoni ‘Big Boy’

Mama’s little Big Boy! People say all of the time that you are a Mini-Me, so I guess it’s true that the apple doesn’t fall far from this tree! You are clearly the shyest of our boys. It takes you a little longer to warm up to strangers, but I think you have the biggest heart. Also, like me – you love your Mom so much and I know it warms her heart when you give her one of your Big Boy hugs! I hope that your love of life continues to grow and blossom!

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Mahalo ke Akua! (Thank you God!)

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

Dad

August 16th, 2017 – 23 months

Hi folks,

This update is being brought to you LIVE from the beautiful, sunny shores of South Lake Tahoe!!!

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Kaleo & Makani testing the water

23 months – coming up on 2 years!!!

It’s been a while since our last getaway with (or without) the boys. 🙂 We stayed overnight at a local casino that comped me a room for the weekend, but our Sea Ranch trip was the last real vacation that we have had as a family!

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Keoni, Kaleo & Makani

The boys are getting so big! It’s a little bit of a challenge for me to carry 2 of them up/down our stairs. I can still pick up all 3 of them at the same time, but I am a bit crazy for even trying…

It is fun to watch and listen to them play. They are so interactive right now and will say the darnedest things! lol.

We tried to limit their screen time until after they turn 2 years old, but who are we kidding? When you have 3 toddlers that are cranky – you will do practically anything to calm them down! Right now their favorites are Despicable Me & Cars! They still like Toy Story & Moana but they’re just not the same…

Overall, the boys have a very good temperament. At least around Daddy they do! 🙂 They eat and poop like NFL lineman! 😮 They love being outside, even if it’s just for a ride in the car.

They still sleep pretty good, sleeping through the night usually from 7pm until 630am. We still put them down for 2 naps per day, they could function with just 1 nap – but the grownups need a break too!!!

The boys love Fire trucks and Police cars! Honestly, what boy doesn’t?

 

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Story time…

Some pics from our adventures:

South Shore Lake Tahoe

 

Tahoe Tot Spot

 

MS Dixie II Emerald bay cruise

 

Until next time!

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Mahalo ke Akua!

 

May 5, 2017 – Cinco de Mayo (19 ½ months)

 

Greetings everybody,

I am sorry for the late post, but so much has happened since the last time I checked in.

Rachel had Abdominal Wall Reconstructive Surgery at Kaiser on April 17th, the day after Easter.

Rachel suffered from a severe case of Diastasis Recti as a result of being pregnant with our triplet boys for 33 weeks 6 days:

Diastasis Recti is a condition where the abdominal muscles are separated and no longer located next to each other. The most common cause of diastasis is pregnancy, and no amount of exercise can reverse the condition. When diastasis is caused by pregnancy there is a significant change in shape of the abdominal wall, even in extremely thin patients. This leaves the abdomen looking swollen. The condition is quite common, and studies have shown that it occurs in 35-62% of women.

The only way to resolve diastasis is through a surgical re-approximation of the muscles.  A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty surgery is the ideal procedure because it not only corrects the separated muscles, but also removes the excess skin that is associated with a diastasis. During tummy tuck surgery, the doctor reconnects the left and right side of the abdominal muscles, recreating abdominal tightness.

The weakening of the abdominal muscles and the reduced force transmission from the stretched linea alba may also make it difficult to lift objects, and cause lower back pain. Additional complications can manifest in weakened pelvic alignment and altered posture

This is considered a Major surgery, it took approximately 3 ½ hours to complete. Rachel was in the hospital for 6 days and now she can not lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk during her recovery (estimated 6 to 8 weeks). So 3 – 25 lb. boys are completely out of the question! 🙂

I took 8 days off of work to take care of the boys while Rachel was in the hospital. We had a pretty good time even though we all missed mommy! We were able to take a day trip to the Oakland Zoo and then stopped for lunch at In-N-Out on the way home.

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Train ride at the Oakland Zoo (Kaleo, Makani & Keoni)

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Kaleo, Makani & Keoni waiting to eat at In-N-Out

The only bummer is our Big Boy – Keoni got sick the day after Rachel had surgery, then the other 2 guys and myself caught his cold on Saturday. Taking care of 3 – 19 month old boys by yourself is NO JOKE!!! Add a cough/fever to that mix and OMG that was a long week!!!

Hats off to Grandma Anne & our great group of family/friends for dropping off meals and staying with the boys while I visited Rachel in the hospital. We continue to receive a generous outpouring of help from our family and friends – Thank You All!!!

All in all the surgery went well. Rachel is at home recovering and the doctors are really happy with the results!

A couple of side notes – we have had a mini-heat wave (temps up to 90 degrees) the past week and I scored this cool little construction truck sandbox/mini pool for the boys off of Nextdoor.com

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I also received 2 tickets to the GS Warriors vs. Utah Jazz playoff game in Oakland last night – from the owners of the Roaring Donkey (my weekend job) Thanks Brian & Greg!!! It was an unexpected, nice, well deserved break for Daddy!!!

Mahalo ke Akua!

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Kaleo, Makani & Keoni rooting for the Dubs!!!

 

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My nephew Joe & I at the Dubs vs. Jazz playoff game…

 

 

 

December 31, 2016 – Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! (Happy New Year!)

Happy New Year Everybody – from our Ohana to yours!!!

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The boys and I went shopping while Mama was home sick. (Makani hamming it up…)

As 2016 draws to a close, there are a lot of fun and exciting things happening around our homestead. First and foremost – we have 2 full time walkers! I know I touched on this subject briefly in the ‘No More Bottles’ post earlier this month (I couldn’t help it, I was so excited!) – but yes, Makani & Keoni are both able to walk now. Makani can pretty much run at this point and Keoni is practicing his jumping skills. Kaleo doesn’t appear to be too far behind, we have seen him take up to 5 steps before reverting to a crawl.

We also have a lot of talking going on! All 3 boys are working on their vocal skills, plus they know a little sign language too.

Here are some of their favorite ‘words’ & ‘phrases’:

  • Wow, wow, wow!!!
  • Oh oh…
  • No, no, no…
  • Puff (puffs)
  • Wawa (water)
  • Dis
  • Dat
  • Truck
  • Fire Truck (followed by woo, woo, woo, wooooo!)
  • Dump Truck
  • Tractor
  • Tow Truck
  • Bad boys, bad boys (theme song to Cops! 🙂 )
  • Car
  • Bike
  • Down, down, down (put me down)
  • Up up up (pick me up or go upstairs to bed)
  • Blueberry
  • Banana
  • Blackberry
  • Pease (please or I want goldfish 🙂 )
  • Mouse (Mickey Mouse)
  • Bird (followed be tweet tweet or ca caaa!)
  • Duck
  • All done
  • Book
  • Box
  • Go
  • Baby, baby, baby…
  • Mom
  • Dad
  • Eat
  • Ball

and many more being added daily…

At 15 months, the average child says 14 words – so these boys appear to be right on track for their actual age (not adjusted).

Makani has the most extensive vocabulary of the three boys. He is a natural at picking things up – you can always see the wheels turning in his head. Last night when we were getting them ready for bed & I heard Makani say ‘shit‘ several times (very clearly)! I am not sure if I said it first, (maybe)  – but he definitely had a diaper full of it!!! lol 😀

The boys are down to 2 naps per day and will sleep up to 12 hours at night. Bedtime is around 7pm and I usually go up and get them around 630am. Mommy wasn’t feeling too good on Tuesday so I stayed home from work to give her a break. Much to my surprise Makani slept in until 930am and Kaleo & Keoni did not get up until after 10am. Their sleep schedule got thrown way off as a result of the Christmas holiday and family visits. Speaking of naps, when it is bedtime these boys are Ready to Go! We say up, up, up or Who wants to go night, night – once they hear that, they all line up and head for the stairs. I have never seen kids so EAGER to go to bed!!! 🙂

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The boys caught a cold the week before Christmas. Keoni started with a low grade fever that lasted 24 hours. Next up Kaleo & Makani caught it and weren’t feeling well for about 48 hours. On Christmas Eve I took Keoni & Makani outside for a walk around the neighborhood and left Kaleo home with mommy because he still wasn’t feeling well. When we returned, I found Kaleo crying and he was SO upset that he had been left behind!!! I decided to take him for a short walk around the neighborhood and he loved it!!!

Doesn’t the picture below remind you of Ralphie’s little brother in ‘A Christmas Story‘?

 

I would like to take a moment to thank all of you for taking the time to read this blog and follow our journey. All of your comments & support along the way have meant so much to us, it has been quite a wild ride so far. We have been very fortunate to be able to connect with other families that are just starting out on their journey of parenting multiples. We are grateful to be able to share our experience, strength and hope with the community that was so helpful to us. Together we have been through so much joy and grief. Sadly, we have lost a few of our little angels! May God watch over them and take care of their families. My heart goes out to all of those who have experienced losing a loved one this past year, especially the parents…

Please take a moment out of your busy schedule each and every day to LOVE your little ones and each other!!! Life is short, life is precious, tomorrow is not guaranteed…

In Hawaiian to Mālama, is to take care of, to serve and to honor, to protect and to care for.

Mālama each Other, Mālama Keiki (kids), Mālama Ohana (family)…


Mahalo ke Akua – No Keia la, No Keia Po, A Mau Loa (Thank you God – from this day, from this night, forever more)

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