We finally got to the beach yesterday after wanting to go since we got here but being too busy doing other stuff. First we went to WalMart to get some kick boards and slippers, then we spent a lot of the day at Ala Moana Beach Park, which is wave free and kid friendly (although you can still see waves breaking and surfers beyond the reef). For lunch we went to Grace’s Inn which is my favorite plate lunch place and had gigantic portions of chicken, beef, rice and macaroni salad. Dan had a hot dog, and Liz had some fried saimin.
The next day we and Grandma went to Ala Moana center and we were amazed how every time we go there it just keeps getting bigger and bigger. We got lunch from Shirokiya, the Japanese department store, and took it home to eat.
After that we headed up to the North Shore to try to see sea turtles that supposedly regularly sun themselves on the beach. But when we got there, there were 30 people all standing in the water and on the sand around a turtle that looked like he might have come ashore if wasn’t so crowded. But we got to see him swimming and got some pictures. Then we celebrated with some shave ice on the way home.
We really packed in the Hawaii activities this weekend starting by going to a very crowded craft and food fair on Saturday with Grandma and Jordan. We saw tons of shirts and jewelry and other fashion items and tasted a thousand different types of food. We left with some trinkets, some li hing kettle corn, and some dead animals preserved in resin. Dan got an octopus and immediately named him Bobby Flay because he thought Bobby Flay might have made some good calimari with it if he had gotten the chance. Elizabeth got a gecko, which was appropriate since she’s been chasing lizards and geckos since we got here. Jordan got a hermit crab. We went to Sam Choy’s for lunch, and Miles joined us to watch Hawaii beat up on Tulane for dinner.
On Sunday we brought flowers to Punchbowl Cemetery where three of Sandy’s uncles are interred and where Jeanine had spread mom’s ashes. It is a very beautiful location.
After that we toured the grounds of Honolulu City Hall, Iolani Palace and the State Capitol. Then we went to the Arizona Memorial but were kept from actually going all the way to the site because high winds made it too hard for the boats to take us there. We still went through the museum and were able to look across Pearl Harbor to see the memorial and the battleship Missouri. Dan, Liz and I were impressed by this giant snail, but Jordan didn’t understand why since she sees them that size all the time.
We then drove out the new Aulani Disney Resort on the West side of Oahu. It was lacking in Disney-ness in lots of ways and while very pretty, it could have been a Hyatt or Marriott. Still Dan was impressed by the river pool and water playground and wants to stay there some day. This time we just ate at the hotel buffet which was very tasty but also very expensive. I still can’t get to sleep at 1:30 a.m. because I ate so much. Now I’ll have to tone down the eating for the rest of the vacation.
We got to spend Thanksgiving this year with Grandma and Grandpa and Jordan and Miles in Hawaii. We had some great turkey and prime rib and ahi limu poke along with lots of other goodies. When Elizabeth and Daniel and Jordan weren’t eating they were torturing the neighborhood lizards, and there are lots to torture. They keep catching and releasing them, relishing each catch and lamenting each release. We also went to the Bishop Museum and saw the renovated Hawaii Hall which was impressive and got to play with lots of science-y stuff. Later we went to watch the University of Hawaii beat the University of Pacific Tigers in a really close, really fun basketball game. (Made more fun by all the snacks) Next it’s a Christmas craft fair and the UH – Tulane football game. Some pictures are here.
Well, so much for keeping this as a scrapbook, diary or chronicle. When I tried to put Halloween pictures on JoeSanDanLiz.com, the WordPress software decided that if I didn’t update, it wouldn’t let the site be seen on iPhones any more. That was important to me so I did the update. Of course I wasn’t smart enough to back every thing up so when the update failed, all of the previous entries were lost, maybe forever. There was no restore. Luckily all I lost was the ramblings attached to the pictures and movies. I still have the pictures and will post them back up, but that will take time, since I must do each one individually. If I can find what was written I’ll include it, otherwise most past entries will just be photo albums.
For the second time in less than a year, Elizabeth needed to be rushed to the emergency room. This time for stitches to her chin after she fell off her bike in the back yard. (Last time it was because she split her lip with her tooth.) I was getting ready for work when Sandy remarked that Liz was riding her bike really, really fast in the back yard. I thought nothing more about it until I heard screaming and ran out to find that she had scraped her chin open on the cement. After a long ordeal that involved lots of crying and screaming and cajoling and soothing she ended up with half a dozen stitches across her chin. She wouldn’t let the doctor work on her (she was afraid of the anesthesia injection and I would be too, that needle was GI-NORMOUS) until Dan, who said he has dealt with her before, bribed her with a toy paid for with his own money. If she wouldn’t agree to stay still they were going to have to admit her to the hospital, put her to sleep and then do the stitches while she stayed overnight. But, she did eventually let them sew her chin up and we then went toy shopping. Dan didn’t have to pay and even got something for himself for being so helpful. Elizabeth says she has a beard now since the stitches sticking out of her chin look like whiskers.
So we finally got a PS3, a purchase prompted by mainly the release of Star Wars on Blu-ray, and it has been hogging up lots of my time. The PS3 Formula One 2011 racing game is fantastic, at least for me, and even is more awesome to watch than the real life races, AND I get to drive. We indavertenly missed the Raiders beating up on the Chargers Thursday because we spent the whole day watching the Lord of the Rings on Blu-ray. Chores, web-surfing, tv-watching, and interacting with my family have all taken a back seat for a while.
This year Daniel was the Phantom of the Opera and Elizabeth was a Dragon. Elizabeth was a dragon before, but she really loves wearing the costume, even when it’s not Halloween, and jumped at the chance to show it off at school and trick-or-treating. Mom made some adjustments to make it fit better and look just a little more awesome. The “season” started with a trip to the pumpkin patch at an old farm in the hills of Livermore. Then on the Friday before Halloween there was a school parade. We carved and decorated pumpkins on Saturday and then on Halloween, Sandy and the kids went trick-or-treating while I handed out candy. There’s an album of Halloween pictures here.