March 16, 2018 Halfway through the Terrible Two’s

Greetings everyone!


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.


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? 😥


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! 🙂


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.


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? 😉


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…


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!

2 Year ComparisonFixed

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.


The smoke could be seen from outer space…

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


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!


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

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!





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:




747 Palmer Fire

Air Tanker 944, a 747-400 dropping fire retardant


Firefighters receiving air support from the CDF helicopter in Santa Rosa


The historic Fountaingrove Round Barn built in 1899


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


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.


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!!!


Makani playing in the sand


Kaleo chasing his shadow


Pure joy for Keoni to finally be able to run free


Checking out the sea lions at the Tides in Bodega


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


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






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!!!

2nd Birthday

-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 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!


-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!


-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!


Mahalo ke Akua! (Thank you God!)

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



August 23, 2017 – Lake Tahoe Trip with the boys, slideshow

Just a quick post to share a video slideshow of the photos from our Lake Tahoe trip & the Cotati Accordion Festival.

Hope you enjoy!!! 🙂

The boys turn 2 next month – OMG!!!


August 16th, 2017 – 23 months

Hi folks,

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


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!


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?



Story time…

Some pics from our adventures:

South Shore Lake Tahoe


Tahoe Tot Spot


MS Dixie II Emerald bay cruise


Until next time!


Mahalo ke Akua!