A lot can happen in a month and I could write a huge long story about all the fun, the firsts, and the insane amount of love I've been feeling, but then you would have a novel AND around 70 pictures to look at. So how about around 70 pictures to look at made into a BIG picture story with photos taken from my iPhone, some Instagram-a-fied, and some, (GASP), from my REAL camera... About time, I know. So lets carry on with an obnoxious amount of photos divided into chapters in chronological order as best as I can remember from this past month, shall we? Reise grew so much over this month!
Adventure 1: Reise's First Swim in the Ocean
She's been in numerous times since this day, (including today), and
completely loves the water. We motorboat her around in circles now...
|Daddy took her in and dunked her up|
to just past her belly.
|She cried a little at first because the coolness|
took her by surprise... but then she was
happy again in his arms.
|And of course I got my paddle on for a bit|
to get some exercise...
|After her swim, hanging out on the towel on the beach|
chair... Just as happy as a clam.
|And we saw our friends, Danell and her|
adorable son Jaxon at the bay that day.
|Cute, ain't he? :)|
Adventure 2: Driving Backside; Kaupo to Redwood Forrest Hike
I did a little convincing for this day excursion, I wont lie.
Although we both have been exhausted, I had
been missing hiking miles in flip flops...
|Kaupo road block.|
|I love spring because spring= BABIES! (Us included).|
|You have to LOL a little to the one on the right...|
They were so interested in us and their sweet little
personalities left me NEAR re-considering going
back to vegetarianism, (though I still eat
little beef as it is).
|And this little one was my absolute favorite. He or she|
took center stage, (or center road), in the road-
block and came right up to the front of the
truck smelling us out. ADORABLE!
|iPhone pic of our hike in the clouds up|
Poli Poli. See Jun?
|The road to the hike is 4-wheel drive and DIRTY... and since|
it was my idea to go, I packed Reise on my chest in her pack...
|...And washed the truck the next day while Jun was at work|
as a way of saying "Thanks"... (and maybe there was a
little bit of "When can we do it again?"
thrown in my gesture too). =]
| I fitted him in my Maui Humane Society Volunteer|
T-shirt as soon as we got home so he would be
fluorescent for future hikes.
Adventure 3: Jun Cooks and Some of Our Pottery
|I made this dairy free, peanut butter chocolate ice cream|
out of our over-ripening bunch of bananas. So easy to
make and so good for you! (Again in one of our pieces).
Adventure 4: The Taro Festival
Taro, a root plant that is a Hawaiian staple and most
commonly known in its mashed up state, known as "poi",
gets its own celebration here in our small town of Hana. You
may have also seen it on TV's "Dirty Jobs" where the host is
taught how to harvest Taro from the lo'i, (taro ponds), which
is something I use to do when I lived and worked on Kauai.
|Those poi balls were DANGEROUSLY deep fried and|
OH SO GOOD!
|An "only in Hawaii" type menu at the vendor we chose to eat at...|
|Jun got the Fried Opelu with a watermelon lemonade...|
|And I opted for the Turkey Tail Lau Lau wrapped in Taro leaf.|
|Reise got lots of lovin' from Aunties at|
the Taro Festival. :)
|And a festival is not a festival here without some hula.|
|Plenty guys hula too.|
Adventure 5: Hana Bay Evening Walks
|Brothers fetchin' sticks and doin' the doggy paddle.|
Adventure 6: Hana Cross Hike
This day that I brought my camera is actually not one
of the prettier days... but hey, you win some, you lose some...
|Part of the gang halfway up.|
|We made it!|
|The view from here is INCREDIBLE.|
|Lono's on the lookout... Guardian of Hana town. ;)|
|Daddy and his girl.|
|The whole cross area is enclosed with lava rock and|
gardenia bushes. The smell is heavenly.
|A perfect gardenia with lava rock as it's backdrop.|
|This is another picture I took from the bay of the cross|
with my iPhone on one of our evening walks. The cross
is on this hill to the left in the picture.
Adventure 8: Adventures Around the House
Everyday is an adventure for us... around the
house there is gardens, music, baths, breath-
taking sunrises, and a ton of love.
|Reise diggin' me playing her the guitar.|
|Text messages with your significant other are|
no longer normal, (they are truly far
from it), once you have a child.
|Me and two of the crew checking on the gardens.|
|She likes looking up at the banyan tree that grows|
above the garden in our back yard.
|Our gardens gave us some of the ingredients for|
this delicious quinoa tabbouleh. WooHoo!
|Awesome onesie is from my cousin Laurie. :)|
|Lono and Reise like to share the futon. I have to give|
Lono his own pillow or else...
|They share her boppy pillow too.|
|Doing the reusable diaper thing when Daddy's not home. :)|
|I'm a little obsessed with our munchkin. I know this because|
peaceful moments like this when she is asleep, I will
look at pictures of her awake because I miss
her. That's borderline crazy, right?
Adventure 9: Adventures in Bath Time
I am completely obsessed with bath time with baby
Reise. She loves it so much and after she gets out of
the tub, we have our own little ritual which is
best explained in these pictures...
|This cool towel is from Uncle Chris and Aunt Kristina.|
|And this is our routine. She gives me her full|
|...And then her eyes get even BIGGER when|
I say, "I'm gonna wrap you up like a BURRRRRITO!!!"
(You HAVE to roll the R's!)
|And she gets SO EXCITED!|
|And then it happens...|
|My happy little burrito. :)|
XOXO from me and my little munchkin. ;-)
Let us know... What was your favorite adventure?