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February 21, 2012

Scenes From the City

This long weekend was glorious. 

Ben + I took the 20 minute flight over to O`ahu to visit family and friends, celebrate the 4th [!!!] birthday of my amazing  niece, and do a bit of maternity shopping. 

Before I knew it, it was already Monday and I realized I had only taken a handful of photos.  Nonetheless, here’s what we got up to this weekend:

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[Jaylen: “Aunty Haley I thought you were bringing your baby with you in your belly.”  Be still my heart!]

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[Petting a dolphin at Sea Life Park for Jaylen’s birthday celebration!]

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[Catching up with good friends (who we don’t get to see nearly enough!), and watching the Oregon Ducks annihilate the Rainbow Warriors at baseball (we won 14 to 4)].  

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[Of course, we had to check out Target + Babies R Us for maternity and baby stuff.  Holy moly, talk about overwhelming!  Ben and I were so grateful to have my cousin + his wife with us… they were able to tell us what we really need.]

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[Preggy parking!]

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[This baby is already spoiled!  We came home with multiple newborn outfits, a blanket + stuffed animal for the little one from Aunty Jina, Uncle Cory + Jaylen.  Aren’t those duck feet just the cutest thing you’ve ever seen???]

The greatest thing about this weekend was getting to spend time with loved ones.  My family has always been really tight, so it was beyond special to be able to just hang with my brother and cousins for a few days again.  Between my bro’s massages [he gives the BEST!] and just being able to wake my sweet niece and have full on conversations with her [!!], I couldn’t have asked for a better long weekend. 

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We got back yesterday and today I’ve got a list of to-do’s that’s pretty out of this world.  So worth it. 


Aloha Pumehana.
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December 2, 2011

Snipbits from Thanksgiving

Just like last year, my family geared up to spend Thanksgiving with my brother Darren on the island of Hawai`i. 

We all had a blast with the randomness of last year [our feast featured a humungous fresh-caught mahi mahi rather than turkey], and this year was no disappointment either. 

I didn’t get many photos this year, as I spent most of my time feeling fatigued, grouchy, and dealing with the ebbs and flows of nausea, but I did want to post a few shots of the things I did capture. 

We relaxed, caught up, and played games. 

Mexican Train dominoes was our game of choice over the long weekend, but we also bellied up for a game of Bean Boozled, which is sort of like Fear Factor with jelly beans.  Everyone picks a white/yellow bean and chews; some people get buttered popcorn and others get rotten egg.  There were about ten different combinations.  I obviously did not partake in many flavors… although I do have to say that the toothpaste flavor really tastes like toothpaste! 

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We hiked. 

Hawai`i island is massive in comparison to the other islands, as is the vast beauty there.  The trees on the east side are all lush and humungous, and they actually have wide rivers, whereas Maui just has streams.  Exploring there, especially on the east side, is so much fun because there is so much variety and everything is just so beautiful. 

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[Waipi`o Valley]

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[Umauma Falls]

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[Lava Tree Park]

We drove to the north side of the island. 

Last year we spent our entire long weekend on the east and south sides of Hawai`i, so we were determined to venture north this year.  We hit Waimea and then headed up to see the heiau at Pu`uhokola. 

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[Beer tasting at Big Island Brewhaus in Waimea]

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[Pu`ukohola heiau]

We goofed off. 

Everything is fun when you’re surrounded by good people!  We checked out the astronomy center in Hilo town and went bowling at Hilo Lanes, since we can’t do either on Maui. 

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[3D movie at `Imiloa Astronomy Center / Bowling at Hilo Lanes]

Most of all, it was just nice to be on vacation with each other.  My brother is preparing to make a big move soon, so it was meaningful for all of us to be able to be close to him for support.  Family time means the world to me!

Alright, I’ve got a TurboKick class to teach, followed by some seriously overdue studying for finals.  I hope I make it through today because the reward tonight will be so worth it – watching my Oregon Ducks take the Pac-12 Championship title!  Smile

Have a beautiful day, friends!

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