Monday, June 29, 2015

Happy Anniversary Baby...

It was our 34th wedding anniversary on the 27th so we planned a day in the sun.
The weather has been sooooo nice.  Too warm for a lot of folk here, but it really can't be too hot for me. Well, too hot for me would be a heat wave like I remember in 7th grade in Sunnyvale, CA at Ortega Jr. High when it was over 105 degrees. If I lived in Vegas or St. George that would be too hot for me too. Oven hot is not for me, but 85 to say 95 is great!

 We decided to go to Many Glacier and do a hike then kayak somewhere. We had all day with nothing to get back for. We were out the door by 7:30 am.
Sherburne Lake on the way to Many Glacier was like glass. You really don't get too many days like this.  This is about 8:15 am.

 Indian Paintbrush

We did the Redrock Falls hike because Mark hadn't done this hike and I knew he would like it.  It's over 3 miles roundtrip which was just right because of the heat and we weren't looking for  a long hike anyway.  This is Fishercap Lake.

  I'm totally posing for this picture, but this is Fishercap Lake too.
Mark is using his iPhone here.

 Bear Grass

 Redrock Lake.  See the falls on the far left? The small little white lines.

 Mark wants to do this hike next time with a fishing pole and I can't blame him.  
All the dots on the water are bugs.

  Here is my Mark.   
My husband of 34 years, dad to 5 great kids and grandpa to 2 of the cutest grandkids ever with 1 on the way and the hardest working man I know.  No word of a lie.

  I bent down to take a picture of this flower and then these butterflies decided to land here.  I'm pretty sure this is a Black-tipped Ground-sel without the black tips and maybe that's because it is too early in the season or it's not a Back-tipped Grouns-sel.  
FYI...I have a flower chart so don't be thinkin' I know my flowers.  Some I know off the top of my head and some I don't.

 Creeping Beardtongue

  Redrock Falls. 
 Last year I did this hike in mid August so it was fun to do it earlier this year and see 
the difference in the amount of water.

This is the upper falls of Redrock. 
My picture is on the left and Mark's (iPhone) on the right.

 Mark's Picture. It's fun to have a different perspective.

  I was totally posing for this picture too.   I was showing that my sea glass and shell bangles are in Montana.  Last month they were in Hawaii right?

  Our snack spot just around the corner from the falls.
Look what was not 15 feet behind me in the trees...

 A young fawn.

After our time in Many Glacier we decided to drive the Going-To-The-Sun Road to the west side of Glacier and did a short little walk at Trail of the Cedars.  It's a spot where the climate is humid so Cedar trees grow there along with two other kids of trees. 
The picture on the right is from Mark's phone and the other one is from mine cuz it's a selfie. 
We stopped at Apgar Village for lunch afterwards 
and had yummy burgers at Eddies. 
The waiter had a t-shirt that said, "almost everyone eats at Eddies".  
I had the Blackbean burger and Mark got the Buffalo burger. 
We both loved our choices.

After getting an ice-cream cone for dessert he headed towards home and decided to kayak

 on St. Mary's Lake near St. Mary's.  
This is our first outing with our kayak this year and the weather was perfect!

  Look, it's Goose Island that everybody takes pictures of and we are headed right for it.

We had a really fun day celebrating 34 years together and we could not have asked for a more perfect day.  We might complain about the long winters and the annoying wind sometimes, but other than that we can't complain too much.  
To think that we can grab our passports and in 30 minutes cross the border, drive another 30 minutes and visit places like this is pretty darn great. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Happy Birthday!

The day after we got back from Hawaii it was my (our) birthday or is it our (my) birthday? 
It is the big "twin digit" birthday this year.  
I'm on the right.

 We had a deal set before I left for Hawaii that Lou Lou and Chris would come for dinner.  I would make the dinner and Lou Lou was to bring the dessert. I put in a request for a coconut filling. I love coconut everything and any thing!

 Just look at this Hawaiian spread. 
Shoyu chicken with cabbage salad, macaroni salad, fruit salad and rice. 
It was definitely a carb filled meal.  It was ONO!

 I wanted to re-create the plate lunch and it was a smash. 

Before cutting the cake it looked like a typical chocolate two layer cake. The Eagans make one for every member of their family on all of their birthdays.  Great tradition.  It was a heavy son of a gun too.  Cakes from scratch are always dense and heavier than the package ones right?   I asked Chris about the coconut filling cuz that was the deal, but he said that it wouldn't be the Eagan chocolate cake if there was filling. Um, OK.  After the table was cleared off we grabbed the plates, ice cream and cake then got going on slicing the cake.   I had to put my camera down and Lou Lou made watch her cut the cake. Um, OK.
So I'm watching.........

Back story...a couple of years ago we had a get together at our house and Chris and Lou Lou said they would bring potato salad. Chris thought he would be clever and bring potato chips.  Not clever.
 Not clever at all.  I could have bought chips.  
I was so happy that the cake had the coconut filling as you can see from the pictures. I told Chris that I wouldn't bring up the potato salad/potato chip episode again.  The surprise filling in this cake made up for the potato salad fiasco big time.
The Eagans also have a rule regarding left over birthday cake. Usually the last piece is saved for the birthday person so I was hoping that would happen, but something better happened. I got to keep 1/2 of the leftovers!
Cakes for days...not. Maybe 1 1/2 days.  Maybe.
Happy Birthday Lou Lou!

Friday, June 19, 2015


Me people watching, taking selfies and eating See's candy suckers while Mark sleeps on the cement bench. 

So I have to explain these two photos above.  As you can tell we are in Hawaii.  It's the airport.  It's early in the morning. Very early, like 3:30am which in reality is 7:30am.  
When we got into Vancouver we found out there was a 7 hour delay.  They had to bring a plane in from Toronto.  Nice!  The airlines gave us 2 vouchers for meals to tide us over until 11:30pm which was nice, but still. We heard about the Skytrain so we decided to go for a ride and use up some of our time. We took it from the airport to the coast of Vancouver and then we took the ferry to Vancouver island which was fun.   
This delay totally made it impossible for us to get to our condo when we flew in to Honolulu because all of the car rental places were closed until 5am.  And to make things expensive for Michelle and Jordan, they had to take a taxi ride to the north shore because we were supposed to be their ride. We got our car, drove to the condo, took a little nap then hit the beach. 

It was hard to pick just one of these pictures so I posted both.  
You guessed it..... in Hawaii with the grandkids!  
Jordan graduated from law school last month so to celebrate before studying for the bar, taking the bar and starting work by August, he and Michelle splurged on a trip to Hawaii.  The trip was open to the family, but only Brad, Kelly and Jack could swing it so it ended up being a "married couples" vacation. 
Next time it will be the whole family!

 It was so nice to enjoy each others company 24/7 for a week and a half.   

Look!  We each have a grandchild to hold! 
Camryn is 16 months and Jack is just over 5 months.  

 We ended up going to a different beach almost everyday and found out what our favorites were for various reasons. These first three pics are from Waimea which was a favorite for enjoying the water.  Not good for little babies, but the adults liked it for the bigger waves. 

 These pics above are from Kuilima Cove at Turtle Bay. This was a great beach because we could walk to it in 10 minutes from the condo, snorkel and because it is a cove the waves were nice for playing at the shoreline. 

 These little tents really came in handy for the babies. 

Pounders.  This is one of Clark's favorite beaches and actually had to call him up to find it.  The girls weren't too thrilled with it because of the waves (thus the name, Pounders) so we hung out a little further up where the water was calmer. 

Kawela Bay.  This is a long walk from the condos, but you can get here by parking on Kam highway and walking a short distance through banyan trees to the beach.  They filmed LOST here and you can totally see why.  Calm water, sheltered from the public and very pretty. This beach was a favorite for taking the babies out on their floaties. You can also snorkel here. 

Kelly had pictured Hawaii being like this (Kawela Bay) so we are glad we went here.  You feel like you are on a private beach because you kinda gotta know where to park to get here.  These are the best kind of beaches. 

Man did we have our share of food.  This shave ice place is right next to Kahuku Grill.  We went to Kahuku Grill three times I think because the food is so awesome and so are the Hannemanns for treating us like family.  The coconut shrimp was a favorite, but then the Paniolo burger was a favorite for the guys too. The peanut butter rolls were heavenly and then of course, Peggys banana bread was so good. Peggy made us a loaf of her banana bread and Shez delivered it to our condo.  

 We went to the farmers market across from Waimea beach one day which was fun. 

And Seven Brothers was a must.  Hannemanns own this too.

 Next time we go to Aloha Stadium for the swap meet it will be just a girl's trip. 
Brad said he enjoyed it where as Mark and Jordan went along for kicks. There are a couple of places you have to experience once and from then on they can be optional. The swap meet is one and the other is Hanauma Bay. Hanauma Bay has turned into such a tourist trap. Back in the day you could just drive in, find a parking spot and take the cool lava rock steps down to the beach.  Now you have to fight for parking, pay to park, pay to enter the park and watch a video.  The lava rock steps are off limits and you can't walk to toilet bowl anymore.  We found that snorkelling was better at three other places on the north shore so we were happy. 

Bellows in Waimanalo was a favorite beach for everyone. Also, we stopped at 7-11 in Waimanalo for manapua, spam musubi and mochi. I think the beach is the best place to eat this myself. 

 Is not the water and sand and sky to die for? 

This was a favorite beach  Bellows) to come to when Mark and I were engaged so to be here with our grandkids 34 years later made it extra great. 

And yes, we went to Leonards for malasadas. 

I think we ended up getting 3 dozen all together which is crazy because they are big! 

Pretty sure jack smiled the whole trip! 
He is the most content baby ever.  

 We just parked and picnicked.  I think it may have been the same park Mark and I stopped at in February when we ate more than our share of malasadas.

 Snorkel date while grandma and grandpa babysat. 

 Camryn was very fascinated with her and Michelle's toothbrushes and we were all super excited to go to Ted's Bakery for chocolate haupia pie and plate lunches more than once.  Brad and Kelly made a third trip for breakfast one morning where Kelly reports the chocolate covered croissant was "marvellous".  

Brad, Kelly and Jack

 The above pictures are at Chinamans Hat. 

So Sharks Cove was a favorite for snorkelling only.  There is no beach, only rocks to walk across and sit on, but I hear it's the best place to see all kinds of fish.  Jordan even saw a turtle. I'll try this spot next trip. 

This is at Malaekahana in Laie. We liked this beach for the shade and the waves. 
Jack loved his little contraption.  

Mark and I took a walk to look for turtles and ended up finding the back way to Kawela Bay.  The beach was just around that bend. 

 We found one.  We found a turtle and just in the nick of time. Within 5 minutes he was back in the ocean, but I did get a picture. 

 He was nibbling on the mossy stuff on the rocks and now I know why their beaks/mouths are shaped like they are. Perfect set up of scraping off the moss. 


 Zippys at Koko Marina shopping center in Hawaii Kai was a fun place to eat too. 

 Hawaii Temple visitors center.

Trips with grandkids is a bonus for everyone. 
 Parents get a break and we can hand them back when they wake up. 
We so loved our trip with the "marrieds".  Kelly and Jordan had never been to Hawaii so it was fun for Brad and Michelle to share it with them for the first time. 
"Alooooha" or as Kelly would say, "Yahtzee!"