Sunday, February 26, 2012

Puna fruit

You want to know one of my favorite things?
Running outside to pick fruit off the trees when we're hungry! There's nothing like a giant bushel of ripe bananas (or a sexy man holding them...)

or a large plate of Starfruit to munch on!
Oh I also have another favorite thing: being outside in shorts and slippahs in February!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

3 boys, a large box, a sunny day

A friend of ours posted onto a local mother's forum, that she was giving away a large box to the first person who wanted it! Yippee! So, I jumped at the chance to get it! It was from a big reclining chair, very strong, with wood reinforced on the sides. Who could pass up a free opportunity like this for a cool, new playhouse??

We waited for a nice, sunny day, then let the boys paint!

Before us the box had belonged to a little boy named Jaxon. It almost works.....

Zadok decided after a while that he would like to paint himself.

Needless to say, everyone got very painty. This was loads of fun, for everyone, including me. I love watching uninhibited creativity happening at my house.
I hosed everyone down at the end.

Sunday, February 19, 2012


This clip of the boys cracks me up. Yes, old lady at the market, I have my hands full. Full of wild and lovely little boys. xoxo

Feeling Better

Yesterday I took the two youngest boys on a drive in the car, since they weren't feeling well and we needed to get out of the house. I drove out of our neighborhood, down old Pahoa road. I took the long tunnel of trees towards Pohoiki Bay, I turned left past the Ahalanui-Kapoho warm pools, then looped back around past Lava Tree Park. This place didn't feel so big and unfamiliar anymore. It was starting to feel like.....home.
The boys fell fast asleep, and I drove in peace, soaking in the beauty all around me. I got a strong feeling that this is exactly where I'm supposed to be right now, at this time in my life. It was a good feeling.

On Friday one of my Young Women came over to help with the kids. A sweet girl of 13 years old, the middle child of 9 children. She was so wonderful, so patient, and she followed baby Jonah around like he was the most important person in the world.
In the past 6 years Micah and I have moved from place to place, job to job, school to school, raising our 3 young children alone. With no family, and few friends around, I hadn't realized how hard it's been on us. We are exhausted.
As I watched Maliana carry my baby across the yard, I felt peace, a huge weight off my shoulders. I felt that this was a place where we could share our children, where other people will love them and nurture them along with us.

Still got my old longboard. Here's me and Z at Honoli'i after a fun surf.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Collecting seeds in Hawaii

There are beautiful, colorful, seeds in nature, everywhere we look! We've been havng a lot of fun collecting them as we are outside exploring. The other day we went on a seed hunt. I didn't realize how much excitement this could bring to my boys! Everytime they spotted a seed I heard a "Wooop! I found one!", then a running-back-to-mom to show me how amazing, big, or cool their seed was. It was so much fun!
Here's some of the seeds we collected:
Odin, our 3.11 year old is especially fond of plants. Remember? He's always had a special thing for anything that grows. Odin is the one that keeps a watchful eye on the garden and trees, always ready to harvest, always ready to plant anew. He spent a long time sitting at the table, fingering each seed, and grouping them into categories. Afterall, his Grandpa Tim (Micah's dad) is a botanist by hobby, who collects and grows rare plants.
I can predict in the future, that Odin will have lots of questions for Grandpa, perhaps apprenticing at his side someday in Grandpas big greenhouse.
We got this book at the library to help us identify seeds while we were out. It also helped us to know which ones were toxic and what ones not to touch. I think that, if you don't have a lot of plants around your house, you could have a neat collection of seeds just by saving all your seeds after breakfast and dinner! Happy seed hunting!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Kona side

This is \a post about driving 3 long hours (with kids) to the other side of the Big Island! It's the hot, sunny, desert side, with white sand beaches and sand! Did I mention sand? Because there's sand over there, not black rocks, real sand!
It's a fun treat for us to take this little road trip over to Kona. We get to go to the beach and build sand castles, and role around in sand. We also get to load up on toilet paper at Costco, but most awesomely (is that a word?) we get to go to the Kona LDS Temple on occasion.
Now that is definitely worth a trip to the other side.
Here's a few pictures from our latest visit to "Kona-side", as the locals call it.
My Dad was there for work that weekend, and it also happened to be his birthday, so we met up with him and had breakfast at Denny's. I think our gift to him was a free ulcer, because it looked like he would get one after experiencing the fine art of kids-in-restaurants with our family. Jonah was pouring the salt out of the salt shaker the whole time, Zadok kept crawling under the tables onto the dirty floor, and Odin......well, he was Odin. All in all, I think we had fun. Happy Birthday Dad!

Tell me you love eating in restaurants with kids as much as I do?? Yay!

Here's us posing for a picture outside Denny's. That's me trying to order everyone to stand still and smile.

It worked.

Now here's a place we can really run free and cause havoc! The beach!
Jackson slippahs:

A fun frolic on the sand before we hit up Costco and the Temple:

There's a rock sea wall along the beachfront in Kona. It was such a beautiful morning to be outside on this lovely other side!

So that sums up a trip to Kona side! We don't do it very often because it is so hard on the boys to be in the car for so long, but it's fun when we do! (Except for the time Jonah threw up in his carseat, and the time Odin cried the whole way home. Oh and the time we were all grumpy and mad in the car, etc.....) To get there we have to drive up and over the middle of the island, near Mauna kea Volcano. It is cold up there, which is pretty cool if you're into that sort of thing. In December we saw snow! (Except it's not cold snow, it's warm, Hawaiian snow. hahaha)