Friday, February 20, 2009

Dancing with the dolphins


Here we are at Sea Life Park in Hawaii pretending to dance with the dolphins. Happy Sabbath!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Aloha

I wanted to share a sampling of pictures from our recent trip to Hawaii. Our first whole day in Hawaii we went snorkeling at Hanauma Bay but I haven't developed my underwater camera yet. Sunday Ben was still recovering from a sunburn so one of the things we did was make a stop at Hilo Hattie's. Here he picked out a pearl for me. He wanted to pick a black one and was told if he picked an ugly oyster he was most likely to succeed. As you can see he was successful. :)

During our stay in Hawaii we made several trips to the Chinese market for tropical fruit. It never seemed to last more than a day with Ben in residence. The fruit he's touching in the picture is durian. Needless to say if that had been the only fruit we bought it would have lasted our entire stay and then some.

Here is some of the fruit we brought home. The green prickly one is soursop. The purplish ones are mangostein. The yellowing ones are papayas. And the strange hairy ones are rambutan.

One day we went to the Polynesian cultural center. While the boys were anticipating it would be dull they were pleased to discover they really enjoyed the day.

These boat pictures were taken during the middle of the day when they put on the Rainbow parade.

One activity that we had a chance to take part in was learning how to weave fish in "Samoa." These little fish could be pulled to one end of the stick and flung to the other. So cute!

We were spoiled rotten in Hawaii. We went to Sea Life Park and participated in a dolphin encounter were we pet the dolphins, kissed them and danced with them. The above picture was taken during the Sea Lion show.

There was a cute baby Sea Lion at the park who was born summer of 2008. This is a picture of him nursing on his mama.

We also fed the Sea Lion's while we were there. The Sea Lion Ben was feeding was on a diet.

I still need to scan the professional photos of Ben and I dancing with the dolphins but this is a picture of several of them performing during the show. One of the dolphins we met was in the movie "50 First Dates." We also met the world's only wolphin. Her mom was a dolphin and her dad some kind of whale.

We visited at least five different beaches while we were in Hawaii. Ben's dad had just finished snorkeling for the day in this picture. Fighting the waves back in can take a lot of energy.

Over on the North Shore of Oahu you can sometimes see sea turtles. This turtle's name was supposedly Isabel. She had been beached on the shore for about an hour when we drove by and stopped to take a picture.

Here we are on our last full day in Hawaii enjoying the warm water and sunshine.

Here we are sitting on the balcony I mentioned before on our special Valentine's date in Waikiki.

Mine was wonderful, was yours?

I hope everyone of you had a wonderful valentine's day. Below is a picture of a couple of the Valentine's day cards I made this year. I thought it was pretty cool how they opened/closed and looked like flowers. For my special Valentine's treat, Ben and I strolled down the street of Waikiki and grabbed a bite to eat on the balcony of the California Pizza Kitchen over looking the street.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Wishin you were here with me

We landed in Hawaii on Thursday afternoon and I thought I'd give a recap of some of the things we've done thus far. Snorkeling at Hanauma bay: we saw sea turtles, lots of fish in the water and mongoose on the beach. We went to a carnival at President Obama's high school. Hung out on the Waikiki beach and went swimming as well as shopping in the Waikiki International Market. We also wondered through the Chinese market on two different occasions buying a variety of fruit: Rombuitan, Mangostein, Pineapple, Papaya, Soursop, and Lanzenos. Of course lots of shopping including the Aloha Tower, Hilo Hattie's, and the Alamano Shopping Mall. Ben picked an oyster to find a pearl. Today we ate at a really good Indian restaurant that is a favorite restaurant of the Mayor of Hawaii.
I still have yet to try Malasadas, a unique doughnut like treat popular on the island.
Fun things still to do include the Polynesian Cultural Center, Sea Life Park/Meeting the Dolphins up close and personal, Boogie Boarding on the North Shore, local Water Park, Dole Plantation and a 2nd trip to Hanauma bay to go snorkeling. Pictures to come later when I get home to my computer.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Square Deal

Tada! Here is the pin cushion my friend Gillian requested. I used Heather Bailey's pin cushion pattern with the main fabric being from her Freshcut line. It will soon be finding it's way to her house. Hopefully I will get a chance to send it off tomorrow. Only two more work days before my trip to Hawaii. I'm super excited.