We were so blessed to be able to go to a friends wedding in Hawaii. The double blessing of being there and getting to be with friends and family! The highlight was watching Keane develop relationships with our friends' children! To see another generation of blessed relationship being passed down warms my heart! This time we visited, we had two children instead of one! Double the warm, bubbly feeling of having our little family in Hawaii!! Kai's first visit and lots of memories to take with us!
Be prepared for A LOT of pictures of Keane and Porter playing together! This is just day 1! haha
Bachelorette party time!! Kelli's last hoorah involved a belly dancer, wine and lots and lots of laughs! Exactly how it should be, right? For sure a great night with the bride to be!
The guys did a trip to the aviation museum! I guess the coolest part was they happened to be there at a time when a driver went down to the USS Arizona and they got to watch it all! Keane was stoked to see the ships and airplanes while Laine, my dad and Grandpa Ken were enjoying the history!
Beach day with the Tamaokas! I LOVED this day!! Laine and David surfing while I had the boys! I watched both sets of boys enjoying themselves with their friend! WE MISS YOU TAMAOKAS!!!
Paddling tour x2! Yeah! The guys did this last time we came (you can see about that from a previous post, HERE), but since my folks were there, we had them all do it again! Of course, they loved it! And we would definitely suggest this to our friends!!!
Laine's gopro video for the trip!
Wedding day finally arrived and it started out disastrous on our end! Laine woke up with a stomach bug which left him in bed all morning! So my dad ran to the store to pick up some coke for him and brought back one for me! I thought I'd share it with my sick-o husband! Not long after that, my dad found out that his mom (mamalew) had fallen and was in the ER! So we were all on edge wondering how bad it was and waiting to know if we had to take my parents straight to the airport to fly back to be with her! Within a couple hours and by lunch time, everyone was okay and we were ready to get on with the day! Laine was feeling less queezy and my grandma was stable!
The wedding was beautiful! For sure the best part was seeing my great friend marrying a man she has been waiting and praying for! The setting was a gorgeous beach ceremony in Waimanalo!
Saying goodbye is always hard! This year, watching Keane cry when we said goodbye to his cousin and friends pulled extra hard on my heart! It still stings a little when Keane asks to go on an airplane to go back and see everyone! God blessed us so much that we can say we got to see almost everyone at least twice! This dinner gathering helped!
We did get to squeeze a picnic at Moanalua Gardens before we left! Our tradition of visiting the gardens every time we go back is still going!!
And what's a trip home without Laine, humbly, beating Landon at kendama? So, we got it on camera! I didn't marry him for his kendama skills ;)
Our summer has been filled with family fun! And that's pretty awesome since we don't have very much family close by! The first week of July we spent time with Auntie Lindsay and cousin Landon! We got to spend an evening at Castle Park and ride some rides! It was very fun!
4th of july
Our 4th has to be the best one I've had in a long time! We started with a late breakfast, then play time at the park with the frisbee and soccer ball! Then to cool us off, we had shaved ice!! YUMMY!!! That night, we met up with Auntie Lindsay and cousin Landon to watch a fun game of soccer at the LA Galaxy field and ended with a fun fireworks show!
Birthday at Knotts Berry Farm
My birthday was so wonderful! I loved being able to spend it with our sweet family! We had been able to spend some time with Auntie Lindsay and cousin Landon at Knotts Berry Farm before they had to jet back to home in Hawaii! Keane LOVES his cousin and Auntie!! And was very sad to have to say goodbye! Hopefully we will see them soon!!
Well, anything in Hawaii, just is, BETTER! Maybe it's something in the air, or the water, or maybe it's just... paradise! Yeah, that's it! sigh.... (closing my eyes and pretending the sounds of Santa Monica Boulevard traffic are rushing waves washing over the beautiful, warm, sandy beach...) oh, sorry!! Anyway... I should have done this entry, oooohhh, maybe, at least a month ago, but things are always fun and crazy, so I'm just now getting to it! (SORRY LANDON!! I KNOW YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS!!!)
We are so lucky to be able to spend another Thanksgiving with our Hawaii family! This time, we spent a lavish 10 days in paradise, giving us plenty of time to see all our friends, and family and still having time to ourselves! Definitely one of the best trips back so far!
We were very lucky (a HUGE thank you to special family members ;)) to stay at the Marriott, Waikiki for the first couple days! This is where most of our "just us" time was spent, and it was HEAVENLY!
The beginning of our trip involved some amazing beach time, visiting the zoo, and yummy dinners with family!
We had breakfast at the ever famous "Mac 24/7". It was fun to get the challenge pancakes! I don't think these pictures show how large those things were!
Laine does some dramatics to show our experience of eating these delicious pancakes. OH BOY, they were YUMMY!!!
Thanksgiving was a great day with friends and family!!
The day after Thanksgiving, the guys did a paddling tour in Hawaii Kai. Apparently it was really fun and very educational! The guys loved it and we recommend it to anyone up for a physical challenge while being educated about the Hawaiian culture!
We mustache you to check out Keane's 2nd Birthday Party ;)
Keane's 2nd birthday was Sunday so we decided to have a fun chin-dig with friends and family while we were in town! We had reserved a great pool area at the local recreation center with kids play yard and basketball courts! Just perfect for Keane and his friends! Well, it poured rain the entire day. The pool was closed because of the storm, and we were forced to squeeze our party on a 900 sq.ft. covered lanai while we all listened to the down pour around us! Although my vision of this fun day were initially crushed, the party was a huge success! The kids had fun playing some indoor table games and coloring, while the adults were enjoying some relaxing conversation! But most importantly, Keane was hugely blessed and had a GREAT time with friends and family.
PRESENTS!! Fun opening gifts!
We sang happy birthday and had yummy cake. It was really a fun day! (you can see the birthday song video here.)
Wrapping up the trip
Our last few days were filled with friends and fun! And food, lots of food!
Sweet moments with his grandma! love, love, LOVE!!
Fun with our Tamaoka friends!
Lots of breakfast!!! Hawaii knows how to make good breakfast!!!
What a fun trip! A huge thank you to our family for being the best hosts as usual and the Bagoyos for lending us their van for the week! We love all of our friends and family and miss you guys so much! We hope to come back soon and see everyone and again!
Our Valentine's day was pretty chill! We busted out Keane's present as soon as we woke up! Laine couldn't wait to give Keane his first ever basketball hoop!! The cool thing is ever since Keane started walking, he's loved bouncing balls! Now he can practice setting a new baby world record of baskets ;)
Anyway, we chilled for the rest of the day. Laine had to work, so Keane and I made him some valentine's to give when he got home. We went to the park came home and had dinner, a movie and fresh homemade cookies! Sounds like a perfect day to us!!
Now, a fun little Friends clip. *sigh** I miss my Friends... hint, hint****
A special Valentine's Day wish to our family in Hawaii! We miss you guys so much!! Grandma Faye, Grandpa Ken, Uncle Bren, Auntie Linz, Cousin Landon, we love you guys and wish we could celebrate together. We hope you have a blessed day!!
Last weekend everything seemed to happen all at once!! Keane and I got to go to my girlfriends baby shower on Sunday! Then we headed straight over to our church annual picnic where... SURPRISE! Lindsay, Landon and Brendon were waiting for us!! We knew they would be visiting, but I was so happy to get to see them on Sunday night!!
We took a little family day while Linds, Lan, and Bren were here to go to Hurricane Harbor! Keane's first time in the swimming pool!! He hated it!! lol!! The water is actually pretty cold and he was so uncomfortable in the life vest they made him wear in some of the pools. But, we still enjoyed the time there! It was so fun. Made me feel like a little kid at the water park!
We are so incredibly blessed to have such great family!!! LOVE YOU GUYS!! xox
These are the pictures I uploaded from my camera, Laine's pics will be up soon! So Keane got to meet his Aunty Lindsay and only cousin, Landon this weekend! We had a lot of fun with them! Saturday we did Disneyland with them and Sunday they came to Washing Spot to see the shop and Chia! It was really nice to spend some time with them.
This is Laine, Jessica, Keane Kai and Chia's blog. We love sharing some great moments with our close friends and family. love, love ~