Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hawaii-Day 16

Beautiful day. I am thankful.

The morning started bright and early as I went over to at 5:30am to babysit for a mom who was trying to get her son a slot in a pre-school here. (I am happy to announce that all went well and he got in!)

The rest of the afternoon was spent picking Ava up from school, going to the "big playground", dancing around the kitchen to my Israeli dancing music as I cleaned the kitchen (that makes it go so much faster!) and trying on a thousand outfits for my senior photo shoot next week. A play date at the park with friends and a beautiful dinner out finished up the evening. 

One note on Hawaii. I have come to realize that there is one more reason I really enjoy it here. The culture here is like a mix between America and a foreign culture. Unlike when going to a foreign country, if you speak english here, everyone understands you,  and that is the accepted "normal" here. (Even though if you go into down town Waikiki every other word you hear is Japanese because apparently this is the ultimate Japanese tourist spot!) But on the other end of that, there are many words that are different (as in Aloha, Maholo (thank you) Keiki (kids) Kamaaina (local) ect. As well is small culture differences, like giving the "shocka" (I have no idea how to correctly spell that) as well as just the easy going way of life. It's almost like if you moved from Vermont to Texas. You are still living in the same country, but it might not feel that way at first, as they have two totally different cultures. 







Planting plants yesterday :)




First time I have seen "magic" growing dirt!

I LOVE me some hawaiian rainbows.

Playground today.
















Dinner tonight with a beautiful view of Pearl Harbor.


The Purple rolls. They don't look that purple in the picture, but they really were purple. They tasted very similar to the hawaiian sweet rolls you can buy at the store.

The beautiful skyline around pearl harbor after the sun set.




Ford Island bridge.


~Rebekah

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hawaii-Day 15

Today is going to be one of those picture-less posts. One of those sit around the house days. I got my school done by 10:30am this morning (boy did that feel good!) Most of the day was spent sewing curtains (which I LOVED! I haven't sewed in a while #busybusybusy and I had forgotten just how much I love creating stuff out of just a long piece of fabric!

I walked to the post office to mail something today. I have been enjoying walking places. I think that is one of my favorite things about this place. You WANT to walk places. I look for time to spend outside because it feels amazing to be outside! I normally like walking places at home, but A. I never have-or make-time. and B, I don't look forward to walking most of the time because it's either freezing or WAY to hot and I sweat like a pig. So I will treasure the last week *sniff sniff* I have here, and try to walk more places!

Mrs. B's new curtains look amazing (if I do say so myself) and have inspired us with ideas for a few more projects. The next week should be lots of fun!!

~Rebekah

Monday, February 27, 2012

Hawaii-Day 14

Two weeks, wow. It seems like just yesterday that I stepped of that plane. It has been a wonderful weekend, and today was just one of those days. The days where you sit around and do nothing. Hang out and make memories. I didn't end up taking that many pictures, but I'm ok with that. It was very enjoyable, and relaxing. We made cookies, which were the number one cookie on Foodgawker, but I used unsweetened chocolate instead of bittersweet, and the cookies turned out horrible. We went to the swap meet again. Walked around and spent $2 on a necklace and $1.50 on banana chips. Totally worth the time though. Nice to get out of the house. (Sorry if my thoughts are kind of choppy tonight, I'm writing this while watching the Oscar's) :) The rest of the day was spend inside, working on curtains, cleaning and having some pizza for dinner! :)






He came out of the playroom earlier and said "rarr, Bekah look at me I ama pirate"!





Making cookies with me. And the necklace she got at the swap meet.


lunch on the porch.





On another note, I think it would be SO very neat to be at the Oscar's. Though I will probably never have the chance to e there, just imagine being in a room with so many people that have changed movies as we know it. And let me just say, Meryl Strepe is one of the classiest people I can think of :) I guess I need to go watch Hugo now that is has won so many...


~Rebekah

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Hawaii-Day 13

Today was wonderful. Relaxing. 
We started our day with breakfast out and soccer. 
Then onto kite flying, which turned out to be quite the adventure. I first tried Owen's kite. It went up fast, and was hovering at a good height, so I gave the string to Owen and tried to get Ava's up. Well I come back to him 5 minutes later (after several unsuccessful attempts at getting Ava's up) and he says is in sweet little voice "it just kept unrolling." He is holding the handle, and all the string has unraveled, the quite is rather high. Well, to be exact, the string is 300 feet long. So the kite is 300 feet up :) It was like a little dot in the sky! Flying kite's 300 feet in the air on and Air Force base probably is not the best idea. It kept looking like the planes were getting rather close to the kite. Needless to say, it took a while to get it back down :)
We then proceeded to some frozen yogurt, which was delicious! I LOVE the frozen yogurt place's where you get to do it by weight. The watermelon with strawberry popper toppings was amazing!
A picnic dinner on the beach and watching Cinderella while in a tent (in the living room) finished up the night. 

Today was the first day I did not like the weather. It was humid. It felt hot and sticky all day. But 1 out of 13 days isn't bad :)

I left my phone and camera in the other room while we watched a movie. Just kind of disconnected. It was freeing. Watching a movie while snuggling under the  blanket roof. No worries. Just focused on enjoying the movie.

I waltzed with Owen to "this is love". We had been discussing a few minutes earlier that the prince and Cinderella got married soon after they waltzed. After we finished waltzing, Owen asked me "are we gonna get married now?" Sweetest question ever. Maybe just a bit too much of an age difference :)














Yes, that little black dot in the sky is the kite.













This is what Owen built while Ava and I built our sand castle. He said it was a sand rolleer coaster :)













Tinkle time!





~Rebekah