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:

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Tahoe Tot Spot

 

MS Dixie II Emerald bay cruise

 

Until next time!

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Mahalo ke Akua!

 

July 16th, 2017 – 22 months

Hi everybody,

Hope you all are doing well.

Happy 22 month birthday to Kaleo, Makani & Keoni!!!

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Keoni, Makani & Kaleo going for a ride…

Here are some updates:

  • Naps and Sleep: The boys are still napping 2 times a day and sleep from 7:30 pm to 6:30 am on most days. They still sleep in their cribs for now, hopefully they don’t get any ideas on escaping anytime soon!
  • Food: The boys have a voracious appetite. Keoni still has a thing for greens – green beans, asparagus, spinach, cucumbers and broccoli (Go Big Boy!!!) Makani is warming up to them – he is our ‘Old Faithful’ when it comes to eating. He doesn’t mess around – his brothers will play with their food, sing and cry – while he goes at it with a workman like pace! At this point Kaleo doesn’t really care for vegetables, I’m not sure if corn is considered a vegetable, but that is the only thing he will eat. I have a feeling that he will be on the receiving end of some good lickens’ from his brothers for eating too slow and holding them up. He is ALWAYS the last to finish!!!
  • Milestones: The boys are talking up a storm and have a pretty extensive vocabulary for their age! Rachel and I feel like they are all well ahead of the norm. The typical 2 year old toddler knows between 50 – 75 words. There is a pretty wide gap for this age ranging from 50 to 225 words. I made a list of words that Makani can say and it is already at 250 words and counting.  Plus he is also starting to form sentences. I wouldn’t be surprised if he started reading sooner rather than later. This is a pretty amazing age for their young minds. They pick things up so quickly! As far as weight gain – all 3 are 30+ pounds and show no sign of slowing down!!! 😮
  • Testing the waters: We are getting to that age where the boys are starting to test us on a daily basis and depending on if they get their way or not – things can get pretty emotional for them. Fortunately Rachel has a lot of patience and can usually redirect them long enough to calm them down. I, however – am a work in progress!!! 🙂
  • Rachel update: Rachel is still recovering from her AWR surgery. She got the go ahead from the doctors to start lifting the boys 10 weeks after surgery. It’s been a long road – but she is feeling better. Thank you to everyone for your prayers, thoughts and well wishes! It has meant a lot to both of us.

Here’s a fun slideshow that I put together (with music):

Until next time – Mahalo ke Akua (God Bless!)

June 16, 2017 – 21 Months…

Hey everyone,

Just a quick update this month. Rachel is still recovering from AWR surgery. It is a long recovery and according to her doctors she is making good progress. She had her 8 week follow up appointment on Monday with the surgeon and he recommended light duty for another 2 weeks, e.g. no lifting anything heavier than 10 lbs (i.e. – Kaleo, Makani & Keoni) 😦

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Happy 21 month birthday boys!!!

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Walking home from the pool – Makani, myself, Kaleo, Rachel & Keoni…

Last weekend the boys had a little cold – runny nose, fever & really cranky! Hopefully they are fully recovered in time for the NICU Reunion Party on June 24th at Kaiser Walnut Creek. We have only been back to the hospital once since the boys were transferred to Santa Rosa. It was when our friends Plamen & Cveti welcomed their triplet babies into the world. That visit brought back many fond memories and experiences from when we were there in September of 2015.

Held every other year, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit reunion at Kaiser Permanente in Walnut Creek brings together NICU patients and their families to reunite with many of the nurses and physicians who cared for them during their stay.

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1 for each baby…

About 3,500 babies are born each year at Kaiser Permanente’s Walnut Creek Medical Center. Roughly 440 of those spend time in the NICU. The Level III NICU has a team of neonatologists, pediatricians, respiratory therapists, and specially trained nurses who provide care for infants with all types of issues, including premature births, infections, and respiratory distress.

We are looking forward to not only seeing the staff, but we are really excited to catch up with a group of families that we have met through our ‘tight knit’ multiples community who also delivered at Kaiser Walnut Creek.

And finally – a huge Shout Out to the 2017 NBA World Champion Golden State Warriors!!!

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What an amazing season!!! DN4L…

Mahalo ke Akua…

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Makani boy, representing the Dubs & Raiders!!!

May 16, 2017 – 20 Months & Happy Mother’s Day…

Hello Everyone!

Happy 20 month birthday to Kaleo, Makani & Keoni. 🙂

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Happy Mother’s Day!!!

The past couple of weeks we have noticed that the boys are getting more and more attached to certain objects – e.g. pacifiers, lovies (monkey blanket), toys, etc… We had an incident last week where their lovies were in the wash, (unbeknownst to me). Kaleo & Makani were PISSED!!! They screamed and cried for almost an hour (Keoni is our best sleeper & he didn’t care either way). They all have been pretty good about naptime or bedtime, but on this night they were just not having it. Rachel replaced their monkeys with another plush blanket animal but that didn’t work. Finally I had to go upstairs and bring both of them down until their lovies made it out of the dryer. They were elated to be reunited with their monkeys and happily nodded off into dreamland…

We have learned that you should always have a backup of their coveted lovie or whatever they are attached to and rotate it out just for situations like I described. It sounds good in theory, but we all know how Real Life works! lol 🙂

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Lovies (Monk, monk!)

Rachel is still in recovery mode. Things are going well, but she can not lift the babies yet and she is having a difficult time sleeping as a result of the pain medication that she has been taking. Hopefully her recovery will continue to progress with time!

It has been difficult to get the boys out of the house on a regular basis. I have been working on toddler proofing our small backyard with some success. We have a slide, sandbox, water table and a couple of garden boxes filled with dirt that they can play in. Getting outside into the backyard usually makes them pretty happy, but I know they miss our family outings on the weekends. 😦

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Kaleo, Makani & Keoni

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms!!!

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Until next time, Mahalo ke Akua…