Tuesday, June 28, 2011

We Did Eat

The best quote of our trip was offered up by Brian when he said,

"It's not fat. It's vacation swelling."

Our favorite restaurant on the North Shore is Haleiwa Joes. Brian and Travis ordered the Fresh Whole Hawaiian Fish (sea bass that night.) Kellie almost ordered it, but when she realized that whole fish was indeed the whole fish--head and all-- she passed. Travis and Brian thoroughly enjoyed it.
We also made a run (or two) to Giovanni's shrimp truck where we always order the shrimp scampi. Yum! We smelled like garlic for hours. 
(Our family right before the luau)
One night we enjoyed a traditional luau at the Polynesian Culture Center where we had the most amazing coconut pudding (haupia) which we must replicate. Does anyone have a good recipe?
One of the perks we had at Turtle Bay was having our bed turned down each night. A little package was always left on our pillow. These were by far the most delicious coconut macaroons I have ever tasted.
On our way to the airport the day we flew home we stopped at Leonard's in Honolulu for their famous malasadas. Oh my goodness! Melt-in-your-mouth bliss!  Even the birds found them an addiction. As we sat on the benches outside the bakery, the little things brazenly flew to our hands and attempted to snatch the delicacies away.

Yes, we did eat!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Playing in Hawaii

How did we play in Hawaii?
We practiced soccer.
We swam in the pool, relaxed in the hot tubs, and took a ride down the slide.
We sipped virgin pina coladas, worked on our tans, and perused our books of choice.
We brought kubb all the way from home and played in the sand.
We played volleyball, boogie-boarded, snorkeled, and built sand castles.
But, mostly we just relaxed.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Aloha!

Our family vacation this year was a week in Hawaii at the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's North Shore. It was only possible because Brian was the chairman of the Calorimetry Conference here, and, as a result, we were given the royal treatment. We love this location away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. It is billed as "True Hawaii" and is indeed beautiful.
(Abby and David)
(Kellie)
One of our favorite things to do is to hike through the nearby "jungle".
Our first stop is the old bunker with lots to discover along the way.
(Travis)
Next up is the Banyan Trees (where some LOST episodes were filmed.)
Finally, we make it to "our" private beach.
Eventually we were all out there treading water. And, I must say it was heavenly having everyone old enough to enjoy the ocean at the same time and in the same way. As luck would have it, though, both Kellie and Abby were stung by something as they neared the shore.
(Abby and Brian)
It's still a bit of paradise.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Vacationing

We've been vacationing this week, but we'll be home soon. Here are two iphone photos taken from our balcony for a clue as to where we've been:

A stormy morning
A sunny morning

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Beach on my Mantel

I love to vacation at the beach. Gathering shells and other treasures is still a favorite past time. This year I was in the mood to decorate my mantel with finds from both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. A beautiful beach is my idea of relaxation and calm. 

The Shabby Nest

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Woodpeckers Return

The woodpeckers have returned to their nest in our Aspen tree. Last year what I thought were baby woodpeckers actually turned out to be chickadees. This year, however, I am certain I captured the real thing.

I had no idea there were so many different species of woodpeckers, especially ones residing in Utah. These look like Downy Woodpeckers to me. (Sally, am I right?)

They were tricky to photograph. The male, in particular, was quite elusive.

 
The female appears to stay close to the nest. I assume there is a nest hidden within that knotty trunk. We shall see.

Even though their home isn't that far off the ground, Linus is oblivious, and that's just fine with me.