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My kids yelling so loud in the back to “We Are Young” by Fun; calling each other silly names like “old lady” and “old boy” (Kalena).

Days so clear you can see the other islands on the horizon; gorgeous blue skies and double rainbows… I love it here.

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Our morning conversation:

Kalena: “If you sleep walk, you will drown.”

Kai: “if you sleep walk near a pool, you will get burned and drown in the hot tub”

Me: “Kai, let’s not talk about things like that. Are you guys excited about going camping in 2 days?”

Kalena: “CAMPING!!!”

Me: “Don’t forget to pack your bags today with me”

Kalena: “CAMPING!!!”

Kai: “You’re too loud, Kalena. You are goin to break my ear drums.”

Kalena: ” Ear drums? Hahahahaha!!”

(Kai looks at me, confused).

Me: “She doesn’t know what ear drums are, Kai.”

Kai: “Kalena, ear drums are when a guy is in your ears, drumming like this (pretends to drum). Hahaha, I’m just kidding.

The kids were allowed to save 10 treats from Halloween to eat one a day. Kai remembered as soon as he got up from his nap, and chose a small bag of potato skins chips to eat. he made sure kalena had a snack to eat, too as they say together enjoying their treats at the table. then they had their little conversation together:

“kalena, sit at the table to eat please”.

“okay, Kai”.

“do you like it”?

“yup”.

“hmm…(referring to his chips) why do they make this SO good?! is this made of potatoes, mom?”

“yes kai, can you believe it? And you say you don’t like potatoes”. (me)

kai: “raise your hand if you like potatoes”.

we all raise our hand up.

Kalena put a towel on her head and walked around saying “boooo!”

“are you a ghost?” I ask.

“no mommy not a ghost, a GOOSE!”

Of course.

It’s been over a year since I last blogged. So much has happened in that time. I moved on to twitter and then facebook, but even those outlets don’t get the same attention they used to.

Life is good. Whenever I can I try to get away from the computer and into the ocean. It’s cathartic to be moved by the power of the waves. To view a quiet universe below the surface. To slide across the face of a windswept wall of saltwater with a huge smile on my face.

I have time to spend with my family. They bring me great joy and I see now what riches this family time brings to my life. Quality time is often highlighted as a must. But there is something about “quantity time” that is a must-er. The ability to laze away tine with the family seems to be an ultimate luxury. No pressures to take a trip or do an activity or see a sight. Just time to take a walk or play trains or tickle the baby until she laughs.

I really enjoy my work – the challenges and rewards combined. I have great client and coworkers. I have interesting issues. And most days I look forward to the next day’s work.

Blogging is nice, but Hawaii is nicer. Please come visit. Aloha.

it’s been so long since i’ve posted here.  life has been happening too fast for me to record anywhere but in my memory, which is rapidly fading.  i forgot what it’s like not to get solid sleep.  i’ve had plenty of short sleep nights but it is tough to readjust to an hour or two at a time.  kai has been pretty good about all this, but i’m sure his time will come.  i try to help out where i can, but sometimes alicia has to wake me up several times before i am conscious.

i took some shots in the hospital – tried to keep it clean and unobtrusive while at the same time being “there” in the moment for my daughter’s birth.  we have some favorite shots of kai when he first came out that we don’t show anyone else, but enjoy looking at privately to remember what a miracle his birth was.

let me just say that it is great to have family support at a time like this.  i don’t know how we would get by otherwise.  as we were warned, 1+1 is much more than 2 when it comes to kids.  i have greater respect for parents as time goes on and i experience the challenges of raising a growing family.

we love little kalena and will need to make sure she gets the same documentary photojourney her brother did.  thanks for all of your well wishes and advice.  lots of posting is going up on facebook so be sure to keep track there.

alohas…

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this blog has been neglected in favor of twitter and facebook lately.  i’ve also been too occupied to post many new pictures.  for that i apologize and promise that i will post something as soon as i have time.  in the meantime jason has requested that we list him in the blogroll, so please take some time to view his blog.  note that the first post may be offensive to your eyes, particularly if you don’t have children.

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