Notes from His 2016 Birthday Party & Jet Set

Playground playdate, August 21, 2016, 10:12 a.m.

Playground playdate, August 21, 2016, 10:12 a.m.

From Daddy: This morning, we took a friend to IHOP for breakfast, then played at the playground, and then to his house for fun!

Here’s a conversation in the car ride from IHOP to the playground:

Friend: “Are you as bored as I am?”

Beanie: “How bored are you?”

Friend: “Pretty bored. Are you bored?”

Beanie: “No, just relaxed.”

Yesterday

We had a fun walk with some friends, then walked on the beach, and then had another playdate.

2016 08 20 13.47.48 Cliff House walk, August 20, 2016, 1:47 p.m.

While on the phone with his friend, the younger brother pulled their wagon, August 20, 2016, 1:47 p.m.

2016 08 20 14.00.33 Pokemon Go, August 20, 2016, 2 p.m.

Boy caught a Pokemon with a friend’s phone, August 20, 2016, 2 p.m.

2016 08 20 14.12.08 Ocean Beach, August 20, 2016, 2:12 p.m.

Walking on Ocean Beach, August 20, 2016, 2:12 p.m.

Four Weeks Ago

I just found notes from his birthday party four weeks ago. These were notes for coming up with obstacles for his obstacle course which come together that morning:

Train table crawl

Spike ball into clown car
Koopa shell brick wall mission
Fireball / piranha plant
Ice Flower / piranha plant
Cloud walk
Pit jump
Coin to unlock the door

Need:

  • Black construction paper
  • Clouds?
  • Masking tape
  • Printing of Bowser Jr.

Maybe

  • Clouds
  • Medals

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First Day of Third Grade!

From Daddy: How did it come to this? We have a third-grader!

2016-08-10 18.01.59

Our new homeroom is Room 307. Thanks to the U.S. Postal Service.

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Gold Fish

2016 08 13 20.41.33 Dessert Fish Hong Kong Lounge, August 13, 2016, 8:41 p.m.

At our very big family dinner tonight at Hong Kong Lounge, this was our dessert: a golden jello/pudding fish, August 13, 2016, 8:41 p.m.

From Daddy: We had a very big family gathering tonight to celebrate Vickie Goo-Goo. See the fish above!

Cousins at Dinner at Hong Kong Lounge, August 13, 2016

Cousins at Dinner at Hong Kong Lounge, August 13, 2016

Yesterday

The fog rolled in during my drive home from work yesterday (click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G38XVxhKu6w. When I got home, the boy wanted me to record the following for his friend during this week’s Camp Edmo (click below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zFj67UaYW4).

Dole Plantation

Here are the photos that Dole wanted us to buy!

Dole Pineapple Garden Maze

We entered the Pineapple Garden Maze happily on July 29, 2016, 11:58 a.m. Order this photo at http://doleplantation.photoreflect.com/store/Orderpage.aspx?pi=Y53I02CH030049&po=19&pc=30, dsc_4196

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I Can Show You the World…Unbelievable Sights


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv-blbU9ii4 to watch him play with an instrument banana, parade a bit, pose, and receive a birthday song)

From Daddy: On our last full day in Hawaii, we drove to the Disney resort and spa Aulani to enjoy a character breakfast with Stitch, Chip, and Dale.

Stitch visits the kids, August 2, 2016, 10:24 a.m.

Stitch visits the kids, August 2, 2016, 10:24 a.m.

2016 08 02 10.42.26 Chip selfie, August 2, 2016, 10:42 a.m.

Chip, August 2, 2016, 10:42 a.m.

Beanie, Daddy, and Mommy 3, August 2, 2016, 9:50 a.m.

Mickey too!, August 2, 2016, 9:50 a.m.

Afterward, we did finally make it to the USS Arizona Memorial.

Ticket to ride, August 2, 2016, 1:36 p.m.

Ticket to ride, August 2, 2016, 1:36 p.m.

On the USS Arizona Memorial, August 2, 2016, 2:33 p.m.

On the USS Arizona Memorial, August 2, 2016, 2:33 p.m.

Wall of remembrance, August 2, 2016, 2:32 p.m.

Wall of remembrance, August 2, 2016, 2:32 p.m.

The view skyward from within the memorial, August 2, 2016, 2:37 p.m.

The view skyward from within the memorial, August 2, 2016, 2:37 p.m.

The entrance to the memorial, August 2, 2016, 1:42 p.m.

The entrance to the memorial, August 2, 2016, 2:42 p.m.

View from the ferry, August 2, 2016, 1:43 p.m.

View from the ferry, August 2, 2016, 1:43 p.m.

2016 08 02 14.23.18 USS Arizona 1, August 2, 2016, 2:23 p.m.

Buried in water and stuck in mud, the USS Arizona remains, August 2, 2016, 2:23 p.m.

That afternoon, fun in the sun.

The cousins built this sand mountain together, August 2, 2016, 5:38 p.m.

The cousins built this sand mountain together, August 2, 2016, 5:38 p.m.

That night, dinner and dessert at Little Noodle Village House.

2016 08 02 20.04.32 Little Noodle Village House, August 2, 2016, 8:04 p.m.

Little Noodle Village House, August 2, 2016, 8:04 p.m.

The Next Morning

2016 08 03 08.15.09 Kuhio Beach, August 3, 2016, 8:15 a.m.

After breakfast, one final walk on Kuhio Beach, August 3, 2016, 8:15 a.m.

2016 08 03 08.16.40 Waterfall in Kuhio Beach Park, August 3, 2016, 8:16 p.m.

Waterfall in Kuhio Beach Park, August 3, 2016, 8:16 p.m.

2016 08 03 08.14.05 Kuhio Beach, August 3, 2016, 8:14 a.m.

Thanks for the memories Hawaii, August 3, 2016, 8:14 a.m.

At the airport, August 3, 2016, 10:33 a.m.

At the airport, August 3, 2016, 10:33 a.m.

Our souvenir from Disney Aulani--we found Dory, August 2, 2016, 11:13 a.m.

Our souvenir from Disney Aulani–we found Dory, August 3, 2016, 11:13 a.m.

2016 08 03 12.04.01 View from plane, August 3, 2016, 12:04 p.m.

From the plane, our last look at the blue water, August 3, 2016, 12:04 p.m.

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The Rabbit and The Shark Fin

2016 08 01 12.49.26 Makapu'u water, August 1, 12:49 p.m.

The boys look over at the blue water at Makapu’u, August 1, 12:49 p.m.

As mentioned in yesterday's post, one of our first stops was to look out on the way up Diamond Head, August 1, 2016, 11:12 a.m.

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, one of our first stops was to look out on the way up Diamond Head, August 1, 2016, 11:12 a.m.

From Daddy: On our driving tour of Oahu, one of our stops was the Halona Blowhole Lookout.

2016 08 01 12.09.09 Eternity Beach, August 1, 2016, 12:09 p.m.

The enclosed beach where a scene from From Here to Eternity was filmed, August 1, 2016, 12:09 p.m.

Later, Sandy Beach where the President spent some time, August 1, 2016, 12:31 p.m.

Later, Sandy Beach where the President spent some time, August 1, 2016, 12:31 p.m.

Later, we stopped at Makapu’u Lookout, a ridge with an amazing view.

2016 08 01 12.47.53 Rabbit and Shark Fin Islands, August 1, 2016, 12:47 p.m.

The island in the background is called Rabbit Island and the smaller one is Shark Fin Island, August 1, 2016, 12:47 p.m.

Mānana Island is called “Rabbit Island” because it looks like a rabbit’s head. I didn’t see the resemblance. The nearer island is supposed to resemble a shark’s fin.

2016 08 01 12.48.08 Makapu'u, August 1, 12:48 p.m.

A panoramic view of Makapu’u, August 1, 12:48 p.m.

2016 08 01 12.53.16 Makapu'u, August 1, 2016, 12:53 p.m.

Group shot at Makapu’u, August 1, 2016, 12:53 p.m.

Next, Waimānalo Beach. The audio tour called the parking area “Sherwood Forest” because of the high theft rate (of the rich to give to the poor? Maybe that just romanticizing the crime…)

2016-08-01 13.14.17, August 1, 2016, 1:14 p.m.

“Sherwood Forest,” August 1, 2016, 1:14 p.m.

2016 08 01 13.17.33 Waimānalo Beach, August 1, 2016, 1:17 p.m.

Boy at Waimānalo Beach, August 1, 2016, 1:17 p.m.

2016 08 01 13.17.52 Waimānalo Beach, August 1, 2016, 1:17 p.m.

He makes a funny face at the Man-o-war sign at Waimānalo Beach, August 1, 2016, 1:17 p.m.

2016 08 01 13.19.05 Waimānalo Beach, August 1, 2016, 1:19 p.m.

He’s in the sand at Waimānalo Beach, August 1, 2016, 1:19 p.m.

We got splashed by a big wave at the beach; that was no fun!

Next, a quick stop at the bronze statue of Akebono (which was cordoned off because it recently fell) and then a late lunch at Uahi Grill, seen on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Cousin ordered a very yummy Furikake Tofu Sandwich. I ordered the Red Curry Grilled Fish.

2016 08 01 14.03.35 Uahi Grill, August 1, 2016, 2:03 p.m.

An interesting way to drink water at Uahi Island Grill, August 1, 2016, 2:03 p.m.

2016 08 01 14.02.09 Uahi Grill, August 1, 2016, 2:02 p.m.

Guy Fieri leaves his mark at Uahi Island Grill, August 1, 2016, 2:02 p.m.

Later, boats and water at Lanikai Beach.

2016 08 01 15.17.41 Lanikai Beach, August 1, 2016, 3:17 p.m.

Boys at Lanikai Beach, August 1, 2016, 3:17 p.m.

2016-08-01 15.16.45, August 1, 2016, 3:16 p.m.

Boats at Lanikai Beach, August 1, 2016, 3:16 p.m.

Next, Nu’uanu Pali Lookout

Nu'uanu Pali Lookout, August 1, 2016, 4:04 p.m.

Nu’uanu Pali Lookout, August 1, 2016, 4:04 p.m.

Looking out, August 1, 2016, 4:01 p.m.

Looking out, August 1, 2016, 4:01 p.m.

Wild chickens at the Lookout, August 1, 2016, 4:04 p.m.

Wild chickens at the Lookout, August 1, 2016, 4:04 p.m.

After this, we headed back to the hotel.

Kids at dinner at Tiki's Grill and Bar, August 1, 2016, 7:04 p.m.

Kids at dinner at Tiki’s Grill and Bar, August 1, 2016, 7:04 p.m.

2016 08 01 19.06.57 Tiki's Grill & Bar - purple buns, August 1, 2016, 7:06 p.m.

Dinner at Tiki’s Grill & Bar in the hotel–the hamburger had purple taro buns, August 1, 2016, 7:06 p.m.

In the Morning

Family photo before walking to the Marukame Udon for breakfast, August 1, 2016, 8:02 a.m.

Family photo before walking to the Marukame Udon for breakfast, August 1, 2016, 8:02 a.m.

The Day Before

The daily lava pour at the Bishop Museum, July 31, 12:10 p.m. The sounds and intensity were too much for the boy and he left his cousins to watch.

The daily lava pour at the Bishop Museum, July 31, 12:10 p.m. The sounds and intensity were too much for the boy and he left his cousins to watch.

The Next Day

Breakfast at Disney Aulani!

Family with Mickey at Disney Aulani, August 1, 2016, 9:50 a.m.

Family with Mickey at Disney Aulani, August 2, 2016, 9:50 a.m.

Boy and Daddy at Disney Aulani, August 2, 2016, 9:55 a.m.

Boy and Daddy at Disney Aulani, August 2, 2016, 9:55 a.m.

Boy and parents at Disney Aulani, August 1, 2016, 9:52 a.m.

Boy and parents at Disney Aulani, August 2, 2016, 9:52 a.m.

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Udon & La Petite Athlete

Udon and a chopstick lesson for breakfast in Hawaii at Marukame Udon, August 1, 2016, 8:36 a.m.

Udon and a chopstick lesson for breakfast in Hawaii at Marukame Udon, August 1, 2016, 8:36 a.m.

From Daddy: After his birthday breakfast at McDonald’s in Waikiki, we made a big change and had udon the following morning!

2016 08 01 09.03.24 Udon menu, August 1, 2016, 9:03 a.m.

The menu wasn’t on the web site, so I took a photo of the sign outside, August 1, 2016, 9:03 a.m. I ordered a large Nikutoma Udon and he got a large Kamaage Udon.

2016 08 01 09.44.08 Kuhio Beach, August 1, 2016, 9:44 a.m.

Mommy was happy to have this view at breakfast, August 1, 2016, 9:44 a.m.

2016 08 01 10.01.10 Breakfast pizza, August 1, 10:01 a.m.

Mommy didn’t join us for udon, but we met her later for breakfast overlooking Kuhio Beach, August 1, 10:01 a.m.

2016 08 01 09.43.45 Breakfast Pizza, August 1, 2016, 9:43 a.m.

Hmmm, breakfast pizza from Wolfgang Puck, August 1, 2016, 9:43 a.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQ_H9zsaqp8 to see him jump for joy)

Mommy was happy for the company and for the flower he gave her, August 1, 2016, 9:59 a.m.

Mommy was happy for the company and for the flower he gave her, August 1, 2016, 9:59 a.m.

Later, we would take a GPS-led driving tour app around Oahu.

2016 08 01 11.12.27 Diamond Head view, August 1, 2016, 11:12 a.m.

Our tour began with a drive toward Diamond Head. Here’s a view of the water part-way up, August 1, 2016, 11:12 a.m.

Addendum to Yesterday’s Post

Here's another look at the daily lava pour at the Bishop Museum, July 31, 2016, 12:10 p.m. The noise and intensity of the room was too much for the boy, so he departed.

Here’s another look at the daily lava pour at the Bishop Museum, July 31, 2016, 12:10 p.m. The noise and intensity of the room was too much for the boy, so he departed.

Today


(Or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHFKw5R4UOc to see some of his swimming class)

This Summer

(or click https://www.facebook.com/swimlpb/videos/10154383449919719 to see a video from his swimming camp this summer)

Last Summer


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqD59muhMKo to see a video from his swimming camp last summer)

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Bishop Museum Birthday


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiMspldunHs to hear his birthday song)

From Daddy: We spent his birthday at the Bishop Museum and I can’t write enough good things about the museum. They had Hawaiian artifacts and more.

She led a tour of the Hawaiian Building, July 31, 2016, 10:30 a.m.

She led a tour of the Hawaiian Building, July 31, 2016, 10:30 a.m.

2016 07 31 10.42.25 Pu'ili, July 31, 2016, 10:42 a.m.

He played with these pu’ili instruments, July 31, 2016, 10:42 a.m.

Cousins playing on statues at the Bishop Museum, July 31, 2016, 11:30 a.m.

Cousins playing on statues at the Bishop Museum, July 31, 2016, 11:30 a.m.

2016 07 31 14.49.33 Picture Gallery, July 31, 2016, 2:49 p.m.

The third floor Picture Gallery was restored to the way it originally looked, July 31, 2016, 2:49 p.m.

2016 07 31 14.58.49 Drums, July 31, 2016, 2:58 p.m.

These are drums, July 31, 2016, 2:58 p.m.

Their signature exhibits include this whale:

The whale, photo from the Bishop Museum website

The whale, photo from the Bishop Museum website

2016 07 31 10.27.46 Whale, July 31, 2016, 10:27 a.m.

The signature exhibit of the Bishop Museum is this whale suspended from the ceiling and at eye level on the third floor of the Hawaiian Hall Complex, July 31, 2016, 10:27 a.m.

2016 07 31 14.44.32 Whale, July 31, 2016, 2:44 p.m.

One side of the whale is a paper mache exterior and the other side is this skeleton, July 31, 2016, 2:44 p.m.

2016 07 31 14.44.05 Whale, July 31, 2016, 2:44 p.m.

The whale has been featured at this museum since 1902!, July 31, 2016, 2:44 p.m.

This summer, they had a big “Planet Shark” exhibit.

2016 07 31 12.59.24 Sharks, July 31, 2016, 12:59 p.m.

A nice feature was the forward wall which regularly changed–like PowerPoint–to display more information about the sharks, July 31, 2016, 12:59 p.m.

2016 07 31 13.00.01 Sharks, July 31, 2016, 1 p.m.

There was a room for the shark exhibit that was amazing. There was a surround-experience cinema, July 31, 2016, 1 p.m.

And we enjoyed 2 planetarium shows, including one called the Wayfinders which taught us how Polynesian navigators used the stars.

2016 07 31 13.26.09 Elevation, July 31, 2016, 1:26 p.m.

While the boys waited for the planetarium show, they played with this exhibit. They moved the sand and the elevation lines automatically adjusted, July 31, 2016, 1:26 p.m.

2016 07 31 14.57.00 Stars, July 31, 2016, 2:57 p.m.

There was more to navigating the stars than I imagined. Navigators memorized the locations of 200 stars and where they rose and fell at the horizon to determine their compass point, July 31, 2016, 2:57 p.m.

Also, they demonstrate and pour lava daily! (Click below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIHvZkLOPyQ to watch)

After the museum, we bought malasadas as Leonard's Bakery, July 31, 2016, 3:30 p.m.

After the museum, we bought malasadas as Leonard’s Bakery, July 31, 2016, 3:30 p.m.

Birthday Breakfast

2016-07-31 08.34.35, July 31, 2016, 8:34 a.m.

Family birthday breakfast at McDonald’s. It would be our final trip to McDonald’s for the trip, July 31, 2016, 8:34 a.m.

Birthday Dinner

2016 07 31 18.18.00 Arancino di Mare risotto, July 31, 6:18 p.m.

The way they make risotto at Arancino di Mare was cool! They poured it directly into a cheese wheel and then scrape it out, July 31, 6:18 p.m.

2016 07 31 18.08.44 Arancino di Mare, July 31, 2016, 6:08 p.m.

We had dinner and dessert at Arancino di Mare, July 31, 2016, 6:08 p.m.

2016 07 31 17.49.52 Seat, July 31, 2016, 5:49 p.m.

Service left much to be desired. This was my wet seat before it stopped raining!, July 31, 2016, 5:49 p.m.

That Night

2016-07-31 19.40.13, July 31, 2016, 7:40 p.m.

Nighttime in the pool with a little bit of rain, July 31, 2016, 7:40 p.m.

The Evening Before

After dinner at Sansei Seafood Resaurant and Sushi Bar, we invaded a Christmas store!, July 30, 2016, 7:33 p.m.

After dinner at Sansei Seafood Resaurant and Sushi Bar, we invaded a Christmas store!, July 30, 2016, 7:33 p.m.

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