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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June 16, 2018 – Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there!!!

Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds and the role of fathers in our society. Remember that when you buy that Father’s Day card or cordless drill set! The celebration, brought to Latin America by the Spanish/Portuguese is celebrated on March 19th. In the United States – Father’s Day is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of June.

June is a busy month – my Birthday, Father’s Day & then our Anniversary!!!

We started things off with a bang and headed up to Reno (minus the boys) for a quick weekend get away. We were invited to a “Choose your Cruise” dinner/giveaway. I have only been on 1 cruise – a 15 day sailing out of San Francisco to Hawaii/Ensenada. It was fun, but I learned that the longer the itinerary the older the passengers! Dinner was great and we received a Cruise voucher good for 2 guests with a choice of 10 different vacation departure cities/destinations.

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A huge thank you to our family and extended family for watching the boys for us so we could get away! Hopefully we can pull together enough volunteers so we can go on an extended Caribbean or Alaskan Cruise for a belated honeymoon!

The boys appear to be going through another growth spurt. Sadly most of their baby fat is gone 😥

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Papa John & GiGi Monica – story time with the boys!

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Bounce House

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Cupcakes

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Pool time

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Hamming it up!

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Blast from the past (2 years ago!)

On a final note:

Congratulations to the 2018 (Back to Back) World Champion Golden State Warriors!!!

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Mahalo ke Akua!!! God Bless!!!

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

 

January 16th, 2018 – Aloha Kakou!!!

Aloha Kakou – Greetings to all!

This post is being brought to you from the sunny shores of Hawaii 🙂

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We were going to wait until the boys were a little older before we took them on their first ‘BIG’ trip. Thanks to a generous gift from a relative/old family friend and the Atlantis Resort and Casino – Rachel & I decided to ‘Go For It’!!!

Let me backtrack a little before getting in to our big adventure.

  • What to Bring?

Rachel and I wracked our brains planning this trip. How do we keep almost 2 1/2 year old boys entertained for 5 hours on a plane? Fortunately an iPad, a Galaxy Tablet and a Lenovo Tablet came to our rescue. I loaded the devices with the boys favorite movies: Cars 3, Despicable Me 3, Big Hero 6 and Ice Age. We also bought them some new Hot Wheels and some playing cards. I purchased 3 Blue Tooth headsets to pair with each device so that they can watch whatever movie they want. This worked out pretty well and kept the boys busy for at least 2 hours. We also brought some new Hot Wheels and some cards for them to play with

  • Research Kid Friendly Activities

I love to travel and the one thing that I am really good at is researching/planning activities. This trip was a little different as I had to keep in mind that we have 3 toddlers to entertain and keep happy.

Here’s a short list of our ‘Must See‘ things while in Hawaii

  1. Honolulu Zoo
  2. Sea Life Park Hawaii
  3. Hawaiian Railway Society
  4. Waikiki Aquarium
  5. Matsumoto’s Shave Ice

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A couple of days before the trip we all came down with a cold. Fever, cough, scratchy throat. I went out and purchased some Zicam & Airborne and it helped me to fend off any further issues. Rachel was not as fortunate and had to visit Kaiser to see if she needed antibiotics. The boys each had their bout with the flu and Makani has had it the worst. Hopefully we get one full day in before we have to go home tomorrow.

I think the 2 activities that stand out from this trip were the train ride at Hawaiian Railway Society and an evening at the beach in Kailua. We also enjoyed playing at the Lagoon in Ko’olina (by the Aulani Resort). If you decided to try the train ride be sure to check out the model railroad museum and 2 Scoops Ice Cream in Ko’olina.

That’s all for now. Here are some pictures of our adventure:

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Waikiki beach – view from our lanai

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Honolulu Zoo – Keoni, Makani & Kaleo

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Kailua Beach

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Hawaiian Railway Society – Kaleo, Makani & Keoni

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Waikiki Beach – Keoni, Kaleo & Makani

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Rachel wrangling the boys at Kailua Beach – Kaleo, Makani & Keoni

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Family photo at Mokoli’i (Chinaman’s Hat)

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Waikiki Beach

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Keoni

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Tiki Bar

There was a ballistic missile alert for the Hawaiian islands on Saturday, fortunately it was a false alarm!

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We were oblivious to the threat because we did not receive an alert until after it had been cancelled. Mahalo ke Akua…

Until next time friends