I know, I know; it's been forever. All is well here in Kailua, Hawaii. Brad is working crazy hours; Jude is enjoying 1st grade the second time around; Lucien is still pining for Japan; Anders is becoming a little less Honey Badger like; and the new dog is a jerk. I'm too lazy to really write much more, but here is a photo montage of the last few months.
Cub Scout trip to Schofield Army Barracks.
Christmas morning in shorts! Hawaii certainly has my kind of winters.
The President and his family, which you can't see at all, are being whisked into the back of our church (base churches have all denominations in the same chapel). After the Catholic mass, Linda stayed for the Protestant service (not out of piety) and sat across the aisle from the Obamas! The secret service code word for the President was "Chicago." It takes a realy mastmind to crack that one.
Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens. I've never seen a kid catch a duck before.
We were lucky to have Linda here for a few weeks over the holidays. Unfortunately, Kevin was too busy at the FBI Academy to join us; we missed him and the rest of our family back in the states and in New Zealand.
Brad suprised me with a puppy to foster. Baxter charmed me and I am sucker for polka-dotted puppies with eye patches so I agreed to keep him and we renamed him Magee (It was supposed to be McGee but the boys insisted on Magee.) Looks sweet, right? Wrong. Once again my asshole filter failed me. He's as jerky as he is cute.
A stolen roll of paper towels - unfortunately I was cleaning up a puddle of puppy pee when he nabbed it. Double jerk.
A nice tourist took our picture on Christmas Eve with the boys' Santa sandman. She didnt' quite get the centering thing down.
Christmas morning in Japanese pajamas and kukui nut leis.
How awesome is Shaka Santa?
Papa knows how to make a three year old boy happy.
Kainalu Elementary had spirit week which included a crazy hair day. I let Brad take Jude to the barbershop and now his bowl-cut hair barely needs help getting crazy. Brad did stop him from dying it blonde, though.
Releasing a monarch butterfly in our backyard.
Lucien made this adorable flower bracelet for Anders. I have a feeling that this will be the first of many pictures with a blurry moving Magee in it. The ugly box above our cabinets is the air conditioner that only gets the kitchen and half of the living room. Most houses here don't have any AC at all. Our house certainly was not built with it in mind - no insulation whatsoever.