Saturday, August 30, 2008

Update from Aki

Hi folks, it's me Aki. I haven't posted in a while, so I thought I would give you all an update on what I've been up to.

Aki scoots backwards now
I can scoot backwards now. Sometimes I end up in unusual places.

Entertaining Aki
I am easily entertained by this guy. This is Owen pretending he's seen Kung Fu Panda, which he has not. This makes me laugh.

And most importantly, mommy has started feeding me real food! With a spoon!

My first bite of real food
My first bite of real food

Maybe this is okay
I'm okay with it

Are you sure this is right?
Really, I am

I done eating
Got milk? rice cereal mixed with breastmilk?

Forget milk, I want meat!
Oh, forget the cereal. I want something solid! This finger will do.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Garden in the Woods

I've been really into gardens lately. I arrange my comforter into a circle and then tell mommy that I'm sitting in my garden. Mommy and daddy aren't allowed to touch my garden or I might squash the bunnies.

So to celebrate my interest in gardens, mommy and daddy took me to the Garden in the Woods last weekend. There was some kind of big bug walk they wanted to take me on.

The bugs were big!

Ladybug sculpture
Giant Ladybug

Praying mantis
Giant Praying Mantis (about to eat some other little boy)

Checking out a bumblebee
Looking at a real bumblebee

They had neat plants and flowers too...

Peppermint twist garden phlox
Peppermint twist candy flower

Hibiscus in Massachusetts
The pink version of daddy's state flower growing in Massachusetts (with turtles sitting at its bottom)

California poppies growing in Massachusetts
My state flower growing in Massachusetts

Afterwards we went to the Lego Store.

At the Lego Store
My first time playing with little Legos

Box of Lego mini-figs
You could buy a little Lego man. $3 per little dude!

I got a little Lego bulldozer to start my collection. I think maybe I need some bigger ones though because it keeps falling apart.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Exersaucer is Back

This week mommy took out my old friend, Exersaucer. But it wasn't for me, it was for Aki...

Aki is in the Exersaucer
I am eying the Exersaucer. Aki is eying you.

Owen in the Exersaucer
I am in the Exersaucer

Playing in my exersaucer
Ah... fond memories. Me at Aki's age.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Outside My Window

Is it fall already?
Originally uploaded by Mikenan1
The weather is still warm but this tree outside my window is getting ready for the winter already!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Blueberry Picking

Last weekend we went to go blueberry picking. This turns out to be much easier for the grownups than strawberry picking since you don't have to bend down so much. It wasn't too different to me... Here are some pictures from our adventure.

Look at our loot
Look at our loot

Aki checking out her new seat position
Aki checking out her new forward-facing view of the world

Giddy up horsie
Giddy up blueberry horsie

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Back in Boston

Honolulu Zoo Music
Originally uploaded by Mikenan1
A couple of days ago we flew on a big airplane over the sea all night long until we got to another airplane and then arrived back in Boston. As soon as we got on the airplane, I said, "I want to go home!" I meant back to Hawaii. Also, "I want my guitar!" which meant my ukulele, which of course, was back home.

So now we're back in Boston, and I stay up super late with mommy and daddy because I don't feel tired. Aki is sleeping on a regular schedule, which makes life fun for mommy and daddy with two different sleep schedules, mine and hers.

We had an awesome last week in Hawaii. I don't have the energy to describe it all, but there are some pictures if you click on the pictures thing on the right. Hopefully once daddy gets over his wanting to sleep all the time, I can do more blogging. I hope we get to go back to Hawaii soon!

Sunday, August 03, 2008

The Rest of Mommy's Family's Visit

By the time we woke up on Wednesday, daddy had gone to the airport to go to a place called Moloka'i.

Ah Gu took Ah Mah and Ah Gong hiking up the mountain (!) and we went to work out by the beach.

Ketpuras overlooking south ridge of Diamond Head
Ah Mah and Ah Gong on Diamond Head

For dinner we went out to a special restaurant called Roy's. I had the juice.

Dinner at Roy's
And I enjoyed the view

Ah Mah Teasing Aki
Ah Mah teasing Aki with grown-up food

On Thursday we went for a long drive to the North Shore. On the way we stopped to play with pineapples and have some pineapple juice. Daddy says that when he was growing up there was pineapples as far as the eye could see and burning clouds of caramel smoke from sugar cane, but now there's only this pineapple museum. Eh, it was fun anyway.

Even as a pineapple, I love the ukulele
Even as a pineapple, I love my ukulele

Pineapple express train
There was a pineapple train

On the Pineapple Express
For pulling us pineapples

After we left the plantantion, we went even further up. We had shave ice at Matsumoto's Grocery Store, if only to compare it to Waiola's. I drank the juice.

Then we got to this island theme park, the Polynesian Cultural Center.

Feeding the koi
They have fishies to feed here

Ah Gu shows me how to fish
And fishies to fish too!

Na Alii
Hawaiian chiefs of olden days

Three Warriors
Three amigos warriors

That was a long day so everyone just collapsed at home after Chinese food from Lung Fung.

On Friday, daddy played hooky. Hooky from us that is! He took Ah Gu hiking up in the mountains.

Trailhead of Maunawili Falls hike
The hike they went on

View of Koolaus from the ridgeline
Koolau crest

Nick wading in the pool at Maunawili Falls
Ah Gu wading in the pool at the end

Looked like fun. Maybe next time I go?

Later on Friday we went for a party at Sea Life Park. We got there early so we had to wait for the doors to open.

Ah Mah and Aki waiting
Aki loves waiting!

Ketpuras are finally in the park after 1 hour
Finally we got in

The shell was so fake looking!
Gizmo is a baby sea turtle. He looks fake but he's real!

Ah Gu being silly
Ah Gu getting in the spirit

I like the dolphin show
I liked the dolphin show

Then it was time to eat. And watch dancing. But really, it was time to eat. Daddy led the way with two plates of the yummy Hawaiian food. I had some fried noodles, rainbow jello and juice. Hey, it was late.

More luau show
Polynesian dancers

Fire dancer
Ooh, I almost went to sleep before this guy came out

On Saturday we woke up extra early to go to the Farmer's Market at KCC. Grandma likes to get there before it opens at 7:30.

A little loco moco
Mommy fueling up for the day with the special high-energy loco moco. Looks good!

Then it was on to the Windward side. We saw lots of plants and flowers at the Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens. I mean, Ah Mah and Ah Gong did, since me and Aki were asleep.

We woke up in time to get to this place, the Byodo-In temple at the Valley of the Temples.

Byodo-In with seated Buddha
Buddha sitting outside

Fishies are eager for food
We fed the fishies here too. These ones were bigger. Must be the huge bag of food you get for your $1.

Me and Daddy ringing the bell
Daddy helped me ring the bell

In the evening, Aunty Marlene, Grandma and Kung Kung came over to have dinner.

Our entertainment: making balls of mesh
We put them to work wrapping up plastic mesh to make into dish scrubbers. Really.

Wrapped up in mesh
I wanted a mesh t-shirt, but this was the best we could do

Bubble blower!
So instead of the mesh t-shirt, I went outside to play bubbles

Today Ah Mah and Ah Gong had to go back to California. I was sad to see them go...

Our family
Hanging in the back yard before they left

Ah Gong stuck around a little longer, if only to get a little more sunburned.

Lunch at the beach
Eating plate lunches at the beach with Uncle Jeff

Ah Gu and Mommy enjoying the shave ice
Most importantly, we got some shave ice at Waiola's! And I drank the juice.

We had a great time with Ah Mah, Ah Gong, and Ah Gu. Next time, maybe they can stay for two weeks? And can I have some juice?