July 16th, 2018 – County Fairs & Farmer’s Markets

I hope everybody is enjoying Summer – we definitely are! 🙂

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Brothers for life…

This past month we have been venturing out to some local Farmer’s Markets to enjoy some live music and pick up some fresh local produce. Farm fresh fruits and vegetables can be had at a reasonable price and are ‘Oh So Good’. The boys love to eat plums and nectarines while dancing to the live music!!!

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Makani, Kaleo & Keoni headed to the pool…

We have had two local fairs come to our area and the boys are all just tall enough to ride on the rides! Poor Kaleo measures just slightly above the 36 inch height requirement and was forced to prove it before every ride. As you can see from the pictures below – a GREAT time was had by all at the fair!!!

Both June & July were busy, busy, busy months for us! Rachel & I celebrated our 3rd anniversary – while Grandma Anne & Grandpa John celebrated their Golden 50th anniversary! Rachel & I did the math – I will turn 99 on our 50th anniversary! Congratulations to Nani & Chris on your engagement – we are so excited for you!!! I also want to say happy 1st birthday to Will and Andrew – my ‘grand’ nephews and Nani my niece!

We took the boys to their first movie in the theater – Incredibles 2, they did really good and loved it!!!

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Ready to GO!!!

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Here are some random photos from the last month, I hope you enjoy!

 

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Photo credit: David Jones

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Air Kaleo…

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Kaleo enjoys some snacks on the 4th of July

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Makani and his goldfish on the 4th of July

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Keoni on the 4th of July

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Happy 4th of July!!!

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Makani Boy Loves Rufus!!!

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Caption this!!! 🙂

Mahalo ke Akua – God Bless!

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May 16, 2018 – Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Happy Mother’s day to all of the moms, grandmas & expecting moms!!!

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For Mother’s day this year – the boy’s surprised mom with some personal art, a card and some flowers.

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We spent the day at a new park and the Second Sunday Community day in the next town over. The boys loved the bounce house, Zydeco music and pulled pork Nachos. While Kaleo mastered the twisty ladder and climbing wall at the new park.

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Since converting from cribs to toddler beds last month – Nap-time has been a struggle!!! They are slowly getting better. At least they have been good about sleeping through the night!

Where does the time go??? I know I write about this every month it seems like – but seriously? I wish I could slow time down just long enough to savor these moments before they become memories. I put together a couple of time lapse videos of the boys (see below). I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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On a side note – I celebrated 7 years of sobriety this month – what a blessing 🙂

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Mahalo ke Akua – Thank you God!!!

March 16, 2018 – The return of Spring!

Hey everyone!

After a cold, wet and long Winter – Spring has returned! I love Springtime except for the pollen allergies that kick my butt until June. But it sure is nice to get out and enjoy the outdoors again!

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To ring in the new season – I thought I would share some of Rachel’s photos, she really has a keen eye for capturing the uniqueness of the world around us!

 

On the home front – the boys are growing, growing and growing! We recently joined the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County and the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Both of them are great places for the boys to play and explore!

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I want to give a shout out to the New Fathers out there – that are either expecting or have recently brought their trio home. Don’t worry, IT DOES GET BETTER!

Try to accept that this is your new normal, your new life will be dramatically different than what it was. Try to live in the moment – otherwise you will go nuts. Life with triplets, especially newborn triplets, is stressful, and difficult, and sometimes not so glamorous! You will need to compromise and accept that sometimes it is not the ideal situation that you thought it would be. But you WILL get through it. You WILL live through this amazing and unique experience! You WILL see these three babies together and your heart will melt and it WILL all be worth it. I PROMISE!!!

Those long drawn out sleepless nights (weeks, months) are only temporary. I barely remember the feeling of exhaustion – so I guess that’s a good thing. Our boys are at a fun age now. They are very inquisitive and BRAVE!

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Hawaiian phrase for this month:

LŌKAHI: The value of teamwork: Collaboration and cooperation. Harmony and unity. People who work together can achieve more.

Mahalo ke Akua – Thank you God

March 16, 2018 Halfway through the Terrible Two’s

Greetings everyone!

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I feel like the ‘Terrible Twos‘ are a self induced prophecy manifested by parents and picked up/acted out upon by their toddlers! Think about it for a minute – the entire first year was a sleep deprived blur of events, emotions and fear. The second year was filled with talking, crawling, discovering, walking, running, falling, adjusting your surroundings to their new found mobility and MORE FEAR!!! By the time they make it to their second birthday – most parents are wiped out! Toddlers pick up on everything and anything, especially FEAR. If they sense a weakness in you – they WILL exploit it! This age is the perfect opportunity to set realistic expectations, attitudes and behavior – skills that will last a lifetime.

The boys are halfway through the ‘Terrible Twos‘ and while we have had some issues, they are not the little fire breathing dragons that some parents make them out to be.

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Rachel and I try to maintain a positive attitude, set realistic goals/expectations and use them as learning opportunities/reinforcement to motivate them as much as possible. So far so good. We have had our share of meltdowns, but I think that it is just normal toddler stuff! Most important – we try to keep them engaged both mentally and physically. Story time or an outing to the park or zoo can make a world of difference to even the crabbiest of toddlers.

The boys are growing so fast – where did my babies go? 😥

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On a quick side note – I wrote an article for Father’s of Multiples about the time change (click here to read) and we failed miserably!!! We went the complete opposite direction -the boys were going to bed an hour later than usual (8pm instead of 7pm) and not falling asleep until almost 9pm. Well fast forward to Daylight Savings time and they are major grumpy kids! 😀 lol, oh well – maybe I’ll follow my own advice next time! 🙂

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Mahalo ke Akua!

God Bless!

February 16th, 2018 – Planning & $aving for our next vacation…

Greetings everybody!

If you have followed this blog for a while or know me personally – you already know that I like to plan and prepare for my next vacation as soon as I get back. Well this time was no different.

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Growing up – I spent every summer in Hawaii living with my grandparents – and I thought that was pretty cool!!! I want the boys to be able to look back on some of the things that we did as a family and think – “Wow, that was pretty cool!” too.

The woman that we rented the South Lake Tahoe condominium from last summer, reached out to me and said that her dates would be from July 14 through the 21st and asked if we would be interested in renting it again this year. I was so excited to hear from her – except when she told me that the price had gone up another $100 for the week. At $1,200 – I still think it is a pretty good deal. I tentatively agreed pending confirmation with Rachel. I messaged Rachel the dates + the cost and asked for her opinion. While waiting for her to reply I decided to look up the cost for a 2 week trip to Hawaii around the boys 3rd birthday in September. I work in IT – so I am all about gathering the facts and finding the best deal available in order to make an informed decision.

2 weeks – same flights, same hotel came out to be only $3,000 more than the 1 week in South Lake Tahoe. Hmmm – tough choice? Haha – I think not!!!

I messaged Rachel with the additional information and eagerly awaited her reply 🙂

HAWAII it is!!!

Now – how do we pay for it in just 8 short months? You don’t know how hard it was for me not to press ‘SUBMIT’ and charge it to a credit card. Fortunately we talked it over and decided that we would streamline our finances a little and try to cut out some of the ‘extras’ that we have grown accustomed to enjoying. With only 212 days to save until the boy’s birthday – where do we start?

Personally I have stopped purchasing and drinking energy drinks – Redbull & Rockstar – 2 per day and @$2 a piece – it adds up fast! Rounding it off that’s about $870 just in energy drinks! Rachel has decided to cutout Starbucks mochas & Starbucks runs. I am not sure how much we are saving here – I am rounding off to $1.50 each, 2 per day – that’s another $640! So we haven’t even started saving yet, but we already have $1,500 earmarked towards the trip! I think this might be a little easier to pull off than we had thought? 😉

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On the home front – the boys appear to be going through another growth spurt! Their sleep schedule has been a little wonky since returning from Hawaii, but they are officially down to 1 nap per day.

Mahalo ke Akua – Thank you God

 

November 16th, 2017 – As we recover…

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In memory…

The wildfires have been fully contained. The sound of rain falling as I type is a pleasant melody to my ears – our community is still in shock, the process of rebuilding will be a long and arduous journey!

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2 years – time is flying!!!

On the home front we continue to plug away. Poor air quality has made it difficult to plan any outdoor activities.

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The smoke could be seen from outer space…

We have been doing some arts & crafts (finger painting) and played some indoor newspaper basketball!

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Zip lock finger painting

The boys were so happy to get outside once the blue skies returned. We have a middle school close to our house that has a huge playground that the boys can ride their scooters, play on the slides or just wander around!

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A Gorgeous Day at the School

Last weekend we delivered some bottled water and couple of bags of coffee to the firefighters at the Rancho Adobe Fire Department on behalf of the Heroes of America Foundation. The boys got a tour of the fire station, climbed up inside a firetruck and even tried on real fire helmets! They were so thrilled! The firemen were so kind to do this for our boys. Thank you to all of the first responders from around the United States that came and battled the devastating fires that affected our community. We are grateful for all that you did!!!

If you would like to join the Heroes of America “Disaster Relief Team” or learn more about them, please contact info@heroesofamerica.org

The boys are at a fun stage in life!!! I refuse to accept or acknowledge that the ‘Terrible Twos‘ are a real thing- I am enjoying each every minute that we spend together. I feel that life is what you make of it!!! 🙂

Mahalo ke Akua/God Bless!

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#kahalewaiboys

 

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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