Saturday, February 25, 2012

Acting Like Tourists

Seester stopped in for a mission so Daddy took the day off and we went to meet her in Waikiki. One of the guys on her crew hadn't been here before so we walked up and down the strip and acted like tourists for the day. It was fun! I haven't done that since Will and I visited back in 2010.

We were up before the sun...hence the Starbucks.
Swinging around on the tree roots like I used to when I was a kid.
Those are tv crews lining the sidewalk. They were getting ready to shoot scenes for Hawaii 5-0.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Daddy raises butterflies from caterpillars. It's super cool to see them go through all the changes. He gets the caterpillars from the yard and puts them in a cage on the back patio. It protects them from all the birds and gives them more of a fighting chance of survival. He texted me today to release the butterflies while he was at work.

You know how in the movies, when they open the doors the birds/butterflies/flying creatures come rushing out in a mad dash for freedom? That doesn't happen in real life. At least not with these ones. I had to poke at them to fly away. And even then, they were reluctant! I guess they know they had a good thing going with the food delivery and protection. Eventually they all wandered off. Hopefully they avoided the birds that hang out in the trees across the street.

This guy hung out the longest.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sister Time

I try to spend lots of time with Leetle and Beebee when I'm home. They're old enough to understand I can't always come home. They're so understanding when they ask when I can come home and I tell them "I don't know" or "I can't now because it's expensive". Daddy and Stepmom did a really good job explaining that to them as they grew up. To make up for lost time we go on sister dates and have lots of playtime together.

This visit, we spent a lot of time outside in the yard. When Seester and I were growing up, we spent most of our daylight free time outside. Rollerblading, biking, climbing trees, playing catch, chasing lizards...all the cool stuff. So I try to get the girls out and running around. It's good for them and it tires them out so win-win.

Leetle used to take gymnastics classes and Beebee has been taking them for awhile now. So they were all about practicing and showing off their tumbles and handstands.

They were all over the place, I have a gajillion blurry pictures them running back and forth. They're getting so big, it's hard to believe they're 5 and 8 already! I feel like I was just carrying them around and avoiding changing their diapers just last year.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Unexpected Trip Home

I had to make an unexpected trip home to Hawaii to be with my family. My grandma has been sick and she took a turn for the worse. I got to the care center just in time to say goodbye. I had some divine intervention that day. My first flight out of Italy had been cancelled due to Air France strikes in Paris. My whole itinerary had to be rebooked; it was such a nightmare. But in the end I was able to get in a couple hours earlier. If I had been on that original flight, I don't think I would have made it in time.

I got spend almost a whole month with my family. We mourned and laughed together. It was exactly what I needed.

As always, my time in Hawaii was spent eating. Every single time  I go home, I have to stuff myself silly. There's just so much food that is hard to get or impossible to get the same quality outside the islands.

My cousin and I were both craving sushi when we were helping clean our grandparents' house. So that night I talked the family into getting some. I got my favorite soft shell roll. We have yet to find a restaurant in Italy that serves it. Crab in general is hard to find in our part of Italy. 

But now that I'm living in Italy, I also crave fast food and greasy American food. In college and when I was working at the hospital in Portland, I pretty much ate Bacon Cheddar Potato Wedges from Jack in the Box everyday. So of course I had to make Daddy stop by for some.

Leetle, Beebee, and I were surprised with a trip to get shave ice. Real shaved ice. Not that ball crap some mainland places serve.

Daddy and Stepmom with their shave ice

Thursday, February 2, 2012


I swear Nuvola (our landlord's dog) is in love with my husband. Will was taking out the recycling and she was right by his side as he made trips from the house to the can. She does this a lot. If they're both outside at the same time she comes over to see him.

Even when I call her over to say hi and give her some love, she still can't keep her eyes off my man!

And this is why...she turns into a lush whenever he rubs her stomach. Even after her surgery, she was still rolling over asking for tummy rubs. I must not do it right because she has only rolled over for me a few times. Other than that she's happy with just ear scratches and hugs from me.