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July 2014

Second Trip To Maui With Harper - Summer Fun Part 2!

Kurt had to come back to LA early so Harper and Gamma and I had a lovely time, just us girls.

One of the main reasons I was there was to attend the 50th anniversary of Seabury Hall. There was a gala event Friday, July 4th. There were old friends to see and catch up with and new friends to make. All of us part of that amazing place, Seabury Hall. Charlotte Melrose was there, one of the most important women in my life! Of course I burst into tears seeing her, that's how I roll. Harper got to see Seabury too though I wasn't able to introduce her to Charlotte.


Sitting in the same spot I spent many a study hall, out on the bench, under the jacarandas, waiting for the next bell to ring. Harper got to spend the gala evening with the childcare gang in Cooper House (the building behind her). She had a GOOD time! "Had Pizza!" That's my girl.

The next day, Sandi asked us to come pick apples at her place in Kula. Perfect weather for picking! Harper picked away like a pro.



Then I baked them all into a crisp for dessert! And yes, even though I forgot to take them out of the oven, half an hour after the timer went off, it was still yummy!


Sandi also had dahlias to pick. We love dahlias.


One morning we met a friend for brunch in Makawao. On the way home we stopped at the Hui to see mom's photo in the Paniolo Country Exhibition. There is a stick house/art piece outside by entry that Harper had a good time exploring.



Mostly it was just low key stuff. A lunch trip to Zippy's (OMG the Korean fried chicken is my fave!)


Morning chit chats on the lanai.


Some backyard "pool" time.


Indoctrination into the world of crackseed. "Harper try this (shredded mango)." [she takes one bite] "Not good." Hmmmmm. I wonder if that's how my first try went all those years ago...


It was a nice visit. Harper LOVES the beach! She talks about it a lot. I guess we have beaches here in LA. I've heard stories.

The rest of summer is full of potty training and music class and looking forward to the wonders that will be nursery school in September!


Sad Passing Of A Wonderful Auntie

Dear Auntie Martha died a few weeks ago. She was my grandmother's sister and the last of her siblings (and siblings-in-law). She had a wonderful life and I'm so happy I got to be a small part of it, especially in these last fifteen years or so. She was a gracious and warm hostess, always, at her beautiful ranch house (a house I would emulate if ever I got the chance to build my own). I loved her sharing of family history with me when I was full of questions. And so much more. I'm so sad and will miss her dearly. But she will always be near, especially at Christmas, when I put her ornaments on our tree.

Aloha Auntie Martha!



Second Trip To Maui With Harper - Summer Fun Part 1!

Here's an awesome (read: "goofy") picture from the flight over. We both have similar expressions and it just makes me laugh!


(I should add a big "DERP!" to it...)

At the airport, Harper helped Kurt with the luggage.


After the luggage was opened and shorts applied to our sharkbait white bodies, we headed down to Baby Beach and Harper was SO excited about the ocean she would have just stayed there all night. She was really peeved that we had to leave without going in all the way.


But the next morning, we packed our beach bag and headed down. The tides were perfect and Harper was fearless! She really loved being in the water and we kinda had to keep a close eye on her as her swimming skills are not as strong as her enthusiasm.


But sand castles were also a lot of fun. We'd make towers and she would Godzilla right through each and every one.




Ultimately, swimming with Big Papi (no, not David Ortiz) was the most fun.

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After the beach, we got to go to Star Noodle in Lahaina! I was so excited about this after hearing only great things and also cheering for Sheldon Simeon on Top Chef. The place did NOT disappoint. The best was the Ahi Avo - chunks of raw ahi and avocado in a chile-spiked dressing. DAMN. Okay the noodles were awesome as well. I wish I could order in from there every day! If you go to Maui, go to Star Noodle and get there early!

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Gamma kindly bought some toys for Harper, a golf set and a bowling set. We created a new game called "Bolfing" and got a few good rounds in.


Later in the trip, Harper created an alternate version I like to call "Water Bolfing." She excels at it.


Soon Papi had to return to LA LA land and Harper, Gamma and I had our own adventures. More to come...

Catching Up With Willoughby Some More

Willoughby is growing into a fine young cat. She is frisky and sweet and cuddly, all the things you want in an almost one year old cat. She sleeps on the bed and likes to lay on my chest when I'm waking up. So sweet to wake up to that. She also likes to hang in the bathroom when I (or Kurt) are showering. It always cracks me up to see this:


She is FASCINATED by the refrigerator. On a hot day she especially likes it.


Of course a nice pile of dirt is also fun. Look at that expression, pure bliss.