Thursday, December 25, 2008

D.C. Trip

Before heading out to Michigan for a Thanksgiving tour, we made a very important stop in Washington D.C. where we were proud to witness the wedding of our dear friends, Beth and Catalin. It was an amazing event and we felt so blessed to be a part of this momentous occasion in their lives. The rest of our visit was spent exploring D.C., enjoying time with our friends, and exposing Siena to her first taste of crisp autumn weather. Featured below is a brief video montage of some of the highlights.



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Monday, October 20, 2008

Swimmer Girl

We know we left you guys hanging at the end of our first video when Siena first went in the ocean. It was not a huge success the first time around and she just wasn't sure she liked being in such a big bath tub. Things have changed since then, however, and Siena has discovered the pleasures of bobbing around in the clear blue Hawaiian waters.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Siena's Comical Atttempts at Crawling

Siena is experimenting with different ways to get around lately. She has been combining rolling and an army-style crawl that requires her to rub her face into the floor. It's quite comical. I don't think she gets where she wants to go but she moves and sure is proud of herself.

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Giggle Factory

Here's a little compilation we put together of Siena giggling. Equally funny are the shameless lengths we will go to in order to hear her laugh. It is so worth it.

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Siena loves to stand (and eat the couch)

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

New Video of Siena: August & September

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Here's a fun video we put together of footage from August and September. Funny thing is that it seems by the time we get these posts up, she has already changed! It's crazy how babies grow. Makes me a little teary-eyed actually. . .but then there is so much to look forward to as well. Each day brings new discoveries.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Siena's First Hike: Manoa Falls



Siena has started reaching out to grab and touch things---leaves,branches, walls---when we go out for walks and just seems to really take it all in so it seemed like the perfect time for her first hike. Per the recommendation of our friends Mark and Elizabeth, we decided to try out Manoa Falls Trail for the first time as it is a bit more family-friendly than some of our usual hikes. It proved to be a great success. Siena stayed awake for the first leg, took a quality nap through a bamboo forest, and then awoke to be mesmerized by the waterfall. She stared at it so intently, we could see the reflection of it in her eyes. Sometime during the hike back, however, she remembered she had not been fed for a while, and complained outwardly for all of Manoa Valley and its inhabitants to hear. In total it was a considerable success for a first hike. . .especially for a 3 month old.

Cuddles with Mommy

 
This is me squeezing Siena as hard as I can when I get home from work.
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Pretty Eyes

 
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Book Time


Siena loves, loves, loves her books. Putting some books up in front of her is a sure way to get her to stay happily in tummy time and hold up her head. I think she looks so grown-up in these pictures! Sniff, sniff.

Siena in "the big girl bed"

 
One of Siena's favorite parts of her day is making the bed in the morning. Jeremy lays her in it while he makes it over her and she just thinks it's the funniest thing ever.

Siena loves her ducky

 
Siena has really started loving her blankies. She especially loves these two blankies that have stuffed animals attached to them---a ducky (pictured here) and a bunny. And what does she like to do with her blankies, of course? Snuggle them. . .and eat them.
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Siena, the Chef

Lately, one of Siena's favorite activities is to chill in the kitchen with us and "help" us cook. There's just so many fun things to look at, touch, and play with in there. On this particular day she was making oatmeal cookies with Daddy and really got into playing with the spoon. There was a near disaster when some spit-up missed the bowl by centimeters (good reflexes, Jeremy!) but the cookies turned out to be a success nonetheless. I think we have a future chef on our hands. :)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Go Blue!

The whole family got decked out for the first University of Michigan game today. We may be far away but we still have school spirit!





















Siena later had an explosive poopy in her University of Michigan onesie. . .hopefully this is not an indication of the season U of M will have.

Exersaucer proves fun for both our kids!

Siena woke up from her nap yesterday to discover that a surprise had arrived! Daddy had been hard at work assembling the 4,000,000 pieces of her new Baby Einstein Exersaucer. She sure was excited when she saw it and got straight to work exploring each station! Her favorite is a rubber star that she chews happily. (Yes, she is teething early. . .oh joy!) Every few minutes she circles back to find the star and chomp away.

Kody, as you will also see, was not left out of the family fun. Let's just say we now have an exersaucer and enormous box adding to the decor our living room too. . .

A few random pics from break

We've been really into taking video lately but here are a few random pictures of our break. As you can tell, it was a very relaxing and layed-back kind of break!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Video: The Beginnings of Siena

Here's a little video we put together of Siena's life so far. Hope you like it!

Warnings: Partial nudity & excessive baby talk

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Birthday Bash

I missed out on Birthday Bash last year as a result of my procrastination and disorganization but there was no way I was missing out this year! For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about (don't feel bad!), Birthday Bash is a 2-day concert featuring some of the most popular local musicians (Hawaiian reggae) in honor of KCCN FM's anniversary. It is held at the Waikiki Shell but for those of us who are thrifty (or in my case, straight up cheap) and looking for a more relaxing setting, it's the perfect opportunity for a picnic/bbq in the surrounding Kapiolani Park.

We had a great day enjoying some ono grinds, great friends, and local kine jams. Siena is becoming an expert picnic-goer and was happy to just chillax under the trees, cuddle with her Aunties and Uncles, and fell asleep contentedly in her blankets when the sun went down.

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Not to be ignored, Kody takes the stroller for a spin. We think he approves. Next step: Kody in the basket and Siena in the seat for a family walk. That's sure to get some attention!

Siena Snugly Swaddled: Before & After

Siena loves to be swaddled at night when she is sleepy and ready for bed. She actually smiles and seems relieved to get all bundled up. . .we think her out-of-control limbs stress her out sometimes. (Wouldn't it stress you out to have these little things flailing around your body, occasionally hitting you in the face?) But something mysterious happens between bedtime and morning. . .we may have a little Houdini on our hands.



Jeremy's Birthday

Here are some highlights from Jeremy's birthday. Siena and I had a good time planning him a tricky scavenger hunt to find his gifts, we battled his favorite poppyseed cake, and had a great sunset party with friends. Hope you enjoy the slideshow! (Special thanks to Roy and Bridget for sharing your pics of the party. . .I was so excited to see everyone, I forgot to take any!)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Open Water Swim---Waimea Bay

Okay, so Jeremy and I are trying to get back in shape. You know, lose the baby weight, right? So when our friend Stacy mentioned the idea of a 1.2 mile open water ocean race, we thought it sounded like a great way to get motivated. The catch? Oh yeah, it was only 2 weeks away! Needless to say, with a newborn baby, training consisted of swimming only once prior to the race. . .and as we found ourselves shoulder-deep looking out at the vastness of Waimea Bay surrounded by 600+ hard-core swimmers in their Masters team suits, we also found ourselves wondering what the heck we got ourselves into.

But what an experience! As we stood on the shoreline wrestling into our mandatory neon green swim caps (very sexy), I noticed some heavy splashing on the horizon right along the swim course. Of course my mind immediately went to sharks (something I had been working all morning to keep far, far away from my mind) until there was a collective "Wow!" from the beach and a frenzy of finger-pointing as a pod of spinner dolphins broke free of the water, flipping and jumping excitedly. It was clear to us then, even if we came in dead last, this was no doubt going to be an amazing day.

And it did not disappoint. Sure, there were 600+ pairs of legs and arms to contend with at first (600x4=a ridiculous amount of splashing, bubbles, and limbs in the face for those of you who are wondering) but once everyone fell into pace, the crowd spread out and it was nothing but blue water, the rhythm of your stroke, and the occasional chatter of dolphins breaking the muted hum of the water in your ears. There were several exciting surprises along the way: the occasional sea turtle, a scuba diver I mistook for an octopus, a few strangers accidentally grabbing my feet, and the exciting moment when I completely overshot the island we were supposed to circle around (racing in the water, I discovered, can be considerably more disorienting than a footrace---I spent a lot of time zig-zagging). Having made a conscious decision not to push myself too hard for fear of panicking in the middle of the ocean and making the 6:00 news, I found that the most difficult part of the swim was not physical but rather mental. When the first stretch of the race to the island (see pics below) felt like forever, I had to tell myself to shut up a few times as I started to think "Holy crap! There's so much more to go. . .what if I don't make it?". But after rounding the island (after my little excursion off-course), I caught glimpse of the distant beach and heard the sharp trill of dolphins underwater, and couldn't help but think---"This is outrageously cool."

It was nonetheless with extreme excitement that I rounded the last buoy and headed for shore. Endorphins kicking, I sprinted the last little leg in shallow water only to discover that in a cruel twist (or for the amusement of the lifeguards and spectators), the race did not end when you swam to shore. Alas, no, we had to battle the undertow, rip off our masks (none too gracefully I might add) and run (more like stagger) up the beach across the finish line. Talk about a fish out of water. . .my legs had apparently forgotten their original purpose, and flopped quite uselessly over the sand as I wobbled my way to the finish. Once both Jeremy and I caught our breath and regained normal use of our legs, however, a feeling of great accomplishment swept over us. No, we did not come in first in our brackets, but we had finished, and that alone felt like something to celebrate. And what is more, we had spent an amazing Saturday in the crystal blue waters of Hawaii surrounded by some of the most spectacular treasures that the islands have to offer. I can't think of a better way to get in a work out.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Baby Siena

No, we have not entirely forgotten about this blog, silly. We've been kind of busy, well, creating a baby, carrying a baby, and now, raising one. Here are some highlights of our life with bebe so far.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Kalalau Trail Video

You have to check out this video created by our friend Bridget (You rock, Bridget!) of our hike into the Na Pali Coast in Kauai this past year. You may remember an earlier post titled "The Cliffs of Insanity" in which I detailed the experience and my gradual downhill spiral into emotional instability as the trail became more treacherous. Here is some footage to prove it.

Disclaimers:
1) Prepare for more than your daily dose of pics of me in spandex.
2) Jeremy is sporting some killer hair towards the end of the video. It looks like a plastic toupee.

Check it out:
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Thursday, February 14, 2008

 

 
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A sweet sunset and the amazing colors reflected on the water.

Update

Aloha All

Holy Cow. . .2008 is up and running already and you must know by now that Jeremy and I are expecting a baby for May 31st. So much has happened since our last posts. Where does the time go? I am afraid the blog has taken a back-burner as we prepare for the baby and I waddle my way through these 9 months. . .only three more to go! Jeremy has created a belly blog to keep everyone updated on the belly and any baby news in the meantime. (Check it out if you haven't already! The link is on the right hand toolbar of this page.) We will probably just merge the two blogs after the baby is born and once we regain our bearings. . .be prepared for lots of baby pics I am sure!

Thinking of you all and sending you aloha wherever you are.