Thursday, April 25, 2013

A few Hawaii stragglers

I forgot to go through photos I took with my phone! So here are a couple. The beach, our patio, and a pretty lei at the airport

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Flowers in the yard

If you've been following this blog for a while (which I know all three of my readers have...) the you know that this quasi-springtime in the desert is when I start snapping photos of every flower that pops up in our yard. I can't help it, the cactus flowers are just so beautiful and any vegetation so rare. These are so pretty though, I know you won't mind.

Shark Potion

After dinner one evening last week Noah had a little ice cream left in his bowl, which he started to spoon into his water. This led to a full-blown potions project, using various powders and liquids from the kitchen. Noah's potion was supposed to turn him into a shark. Apparently it worked so well he needed to eat fish for breakfast the next morning.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Hawaii: Day 4 continued (and a mixture)

Okay, okay, I said I would do a last Hawaii post "soon". Well, it's only been a couple of weeks, right? These last few are mostly from the last day, when I was apparently so care-free as to not bring my camera to the beach at all. Aaah, those were the days...
Anyway... these photos are from Chris' tiny (but awesome, and waterproof) GoPro video camera. A few of them are from other days, but just too great not to share.

At Big Beach. Aren't those little footprints just adorable?!

Another awesome one from the top of Haleakala Volcano

Future Surfer?

Trademark Scowl. This boy was serious about his boogie-boarding.

Cool dude, just like uncle Colin.


"Hey Dad, let me take a picture."
Okay, and since I've had some complaints in the past about never showing myself on this blog, here is one of me enjoying eggs benedict and an iced mocha at the Kihei Cafe. You thought I would put one of me at the beach? In a bathing suit? Hah. Sorry, but I'm afraid the intense whiteness would hurt your eyes.


Monday, April 8, 2013

Husband Hijack!

Its always fun to see Em's cool photos and fun commentary of our lives together.  However, sometimes the hubby has to have his say in the matter. (and hopefully its not as filled with spelling and grammar mistakes as the usual author's ;)

Upon our swift arrival from a well deserved Hawaii vacation, we instantly felt pressure to get back into our usual circus routine.  House renovation, FedEx wrangling, wedding photography, and middle school advanced grading action left us in a whirlwind of serenity-wishing.  Now that Emery began her almost daily Hawaii blog post marathon, I have a few corrections.

First of all, I know it was her camera, and her computer therefore that recieved all the images from our trip, but my photos of sunrise were misrepresented.  This photo, for example, is part of a work in progress even though she displays it as a final product.


Although awesome as a single shot, and even better memory, it isn't quite the complete picture.  In an effort to do the scene photographic justice I decided to do a little handheld HDR.  This High Dynamic Range image below is constructed by taking 3 separate photos with varying exposures, and compressing them into one that shows all the colors as close to possible as reality.  Sam Clements' naked eye would be happy!


The other sunrise shot selected for this type of digital fraud also found its way into a previous blog post. Silly rabbit. Again, the before and after sequencing for your viewing pleasure.

IMG_9826 Haleakala2013_HDR2
And there it is folks, the husband rant about his proud moments in life. Well, actually, it was a great moment, but sad that I had to share it with a bunch of dudes rather than my cute family!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Maui, Day 4 (part 1): Haleakala Volcano

This is sort of a cheater post since I did not actually go to the top of the volcano... Chris, Colin and Adam Hauled themselves out of bed a 3:30 AM to make it for the sunrise. Supposedly Mark Twain said this particular volcano is the best place in the world to watch the sunset. Maybe next time for me. The boys were just so exhausted I couldn't drag them out at that hour.

Anyway, Here are a few of Chris' amazing photos taken from the top:






Yes, after seeing these photos I wished I would have gone. But there will be a next time.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Maui, day 3: A BIG day -- Sugar Cane Train, Banyan Tree, Big Beach


Day three of our Maui adventure started with Whale-shaped pancakes and other wonderful breakfast items. Wesley especially liked that they covered the pancake in chocolate chips.

Later that morning, we headed up to Lahaina to take the kids on the Sugar Cane Train (a definite highlight). While waiting for the train, the kids enjoyed their first experience of Hawaii Shave Ice.


Miles and June enjoyed it so much that it was a main attraction for the rest of the trip.


I loved this picture of June, taken while playing on the old engine set up outside just for the kids -- great idea!


And then... the real train came, with a real steam engine! Guess who was really excited?





Actually Wesley really loved the train. This was just the cutest little face, classic Wesley!


After the train we had lunch and then made a quick trip to see this giant banyan tree with multiple trunks that spans an entire acre or so. Pretty cool climbing on the huge main trunk.


And, as if that wasn't enough, we decided to drive down and pick up uncle Colin and head to a place called "big beach", a huge beach at Makena State park. I'd been wanting to see this gorgeous tree-lined beach, and I wasn't dissapointed!


Noah turned out to be a real ocean boy. He couldn't get enough of playing in the waves, even the big waves. Wesley thought we were a little crazy for wanting to get into that noisy water.




Even though it looks cloudy, it was warm and wonderful. The water seemed a little warmer on this side of the island too. Apparently day 3 was my day of taking pictures! Hope you enjoyed them all.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Maui, Day 2: Baby beach and Pizza

Day 2 was a trip to the gorgeous baby peach in Paia (north shore) while uncle Colin took our car to drive the road to Hana. We spent the whole morning at this (our favorite) beach. You could look out at big waves while letting the kids swim nearby in water that was completely sheltered by a lava flow at just the right spot.


After the baby beach we had a great lunch at a local pizza place with all organic ingredients, amazing local salad, and delicious pomegranate ginger mojitos. I took a few photos of the place, but my favorites were these two: the fun handpainted sign, and Noah's hands playing with the pizza dough the brought out for the kids.



Later in the evening we shuttled back to Kihei and swam and hung out at Adam and Amy's condo until Colin came back to pick us up. I didn't take as many photos that day as I should have. Guess I was having too much fun.