I don't even know what to say...
My absence is the result of a tireless 20 month old who loves to sing, color, and have an insanely advanced vocabulary coming out of her mouth at volume ten at all times. Reise has had a strain of poxs, (molluscum contagiousum..sp?), for what feels like forever, so we've been keeping her away from people, (kids mainly). It's made life interesting, but the beach we go to is always practically vacant and she asks for "beach" EVERY SINGLE DAY, so I believe she's still incredibly happy. She also counts to 10, knows half of her ABC's, and can sing a number of songs semi-coherently at the top of her lungs. I'm done bragging... maybe.
So, my gardens are not only lovely with plants, I have this deep intention to make them a sanctuary for Reise to enjoy. In doing so, each garden has a "theme". One garden has all sea creatures and ocean themed items scattered throughout. One garden has my own painted rocks with strawberries, lady bugs, and a koi pond painted rock, (remember them from this blog?). Another garden has my thrift store steal of two terra-cotta statue replicas of the Xian Chinese Warriors for $2, (which I bought before I researched them and then they later became obsessed... I never wished to go to China before, but now it may be in my top 15, all because of these statues I found in a dark corner at my favorite sketchy thrift store). I even found a decapitated miniature beach ball with a friend at a beach on the West side... We were picking up trash anyways, but I up-cycled the beach ball into a well known face with a little red acrylic paint and my hand print. Wilson lives covered in chayote squash leaves with bees buzzing all around. Apparently he's not allergic.
My garden feels like treasure... a little treasure hunt I'm building for Reise, but also treasure for me. Each piece has a story that I can't wait to share with her. The whole whimsicality of it all keeps me buzzing with ideas to make it even more magical as she grows. One of my recent projects that I just couldn't get out of my head was a tic-tac-toe log. I saw one with bees and lady-bugs, but I wanted to up it a notch to my liking, (especially as I already have so many painted and real bees and lady bugs around already). I searched tirelessly for logs lying alongside roadsides to no avail, until I found this log in a forrest, (one that I'm not sure if it's legal that I took it from, but those are all minor details). Lono was, (happily), the key to tearing the bark off, (which I used for mulch), and then I painted it as I pleased. Here's what I came up with:
|The "extra" frog rock fell into that hole in the log on the|
bottom left. My tongs don't fit in there, so I guess that's
where he will live until I feel like lifting this heavy
a$$ thing AGAIN and shaking it upside down.
|He looks way cooler now... surrounded by chayote vines|
and planted on his garden post.
|They are currently guarding the taro, chilies, and|
lots of herbs. I'm so obsessed with the Xian story!
And while I've wanted to photograph my gardens in all their blooming beauty, the weather has been, well... rainbow season. Rainy, cold, sunny. One minute I'm craving a hot chocolate, the next I'm outside in a tank top. Either way, the lighting and the constant "drizzle" hasn't made for perfect picture taking weather for my gardens... However, the rainbows have been magnificent all over the island and so here are some rainbow pictures I took at the beach the other day:
|There's been a lot of winter rainbows... I was just lucky enough|
to have brought my camera with me to the beach this day.
|"I'm walking on sunshine... Oh OH OH... and don't it feel good!"|
Just a little quote I wrote a very long time ago and finally decided to put on my Pinterest page:
|Something I wrote some time ago and decided to put on top of|
one of my photos from the top of Haleakala at sunrise. I love how
the sun ended up accidentally lining up perfectly with the O.
The "R" Painting I did, (courtesy of a friend's find):
|An "R" treasure find from our sweet friend, Safron, who|
picked it up from a thrift store and knew I would paint it.
It was all a red gloss paint when she gave it to me... so I
repainted it to be an underwater beach theme.
|"R" is obviously for "Reise", and so it hangs above her bed.|
And if we're not friends on Facebook, here's some pictures of my darling sweet baby girl
and some of our latest adventures:
|I just don't know how much longer I can stand it...|
|Beach Baby Tai Chi.|
|Time is a blur... but one of my dearest and greatest friends, Genelle, came|
to visit for a night and a day a few months ago and we had such a blast.
Reise obviously loves spending time with her Auntie Genelle!
|I love this so much that my heart hurts.|
|Just incase you needed a lesson on "How to chill like A BOSS".|
|The pumpkin patch at Kula Country Farms this year was|
so wonderful for children. A perfect photo-op all around!
|She LOVES music and will play any instrument given the chance.|
|Me and my little pumpkin. :)|
|The kiddos on another hike.|
|A picture my friend Kevin took of me showing Reise|
a hermit crab at the beach on a day we met with Kevin
and his beautiful girlfriend, Laura.
|Jun, Reise, and I found "where the red fern grows" hiking|
|On said hike with la familia. Pardon the no make-up on my behalf.|
|Mermaid blowing bubbles.|
|My sweet angel "Cheers-ing" me on my birthday with|
her beverage of choice and me with mine. :)
And just a few more shots that warm my heart of "everyday life". A girl and her guys,
(my amazing husband, her amazing father, and one amazing dog).
|Yes, she "lounged" herself in all of these photos. No staging|
required when it comes to this girl and her dog.
I always love hearing from you.
XOXO and Aloha,