1. Ignore the camera. You must concentrate. Block everything else out. It's just you and the pizza. Become one with the pizza.
2. Feed your mommy the veggies you don't like.
3. Then eat the toppings you do like.
4. Ta-da! Pizza Italiano! Ciao!
A visit to the lava tube pools at Kiholo Bay! I have yearned to make the trip out there (about a 45-60 min. drive) for many moons now, but I've been waiting until Ryan is a little older since in addition to the long (for us) drive, there is also the challenging matter of hiking down to the ocean and then finding them, which will be tough with a two-year old. Still, I'm thinking we're just a few months from being able to do something like this....so this one could happen!
#3- A two night's stay at the Mahinui Treehoouse! I was hunting around for a nice B & B for my parent's to stay at on the volcano side of the island a few weeks ago when I stumbled across this gem...and I nearly wept with glee. This treehouse is hauntingly beautiful, a tropical, private oasis that beckons me like no other! I've been emailing back and forth with the very helpful owner about availability, but it turns out that Ryan might be a little too young to safely sleep in a treehouse with ladders, ropes and ledges. And I couldn't imagine leaving to go and do this without him (I used to dream of living in the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse as a kid!). So we will wait...but we will do it. :-)
I couldn't get a good picture of the actual tree house, but here is what I think is a gateway to the entrance....
And the stairs up to the treehouse...
Which I believe brings you to the lower level entrance...
And the best feature of all...this sweet, sweet outdoor hot tub! It's also filled with catchement water, even better!
This looks like the main level kitchen. I know that the entire treehouse accommodates only two people, and there is only one treehouse on the property, ensuring total privacy. However, it's conveniently located right near Volcano Village and everything that there is to see and do in the area (seriously though, how could you leave this priceless Garden of Eden?). :-)
How amazing is this view from your treehouse window?
So now that I've got you all drooling...the owner told me that they typically book 2-3 months in advance, but that they do offer a 10% kama'aina discount! :-) Check 'em out! I love it when locally owned and operated, Earth-friendly businesses succeed here!
And last but not least, #4- On a more serious note, since we're on the topic of holiday giving... Kona's own professional triathlete, Bree Wee, is organizing amongst other things, a Toy Drive for a Marshallese Village out in Ocean View. I'll link to her dream here so you can check it out and see if it's something you'd like to contribute to this holiday season. I just filled a couple of boxes with a few new outfits, some slippers, goodies and school supplies that we're excited about boxing up for the cause! It's officially time to get into the holiday spirit! :-)
Only in Hawaii can littles ones jump into cold water at 9:30am and still not shiver! Okay...I suppose Phoenix & Fallujah are like that too, but I'm pretty sure those are the only three places.
Keni, Riki & Papa getting ready to carve!
Ryan pulling out pumpkin seeds with daddy.
But his all time favorite thing to do at the hotel is to ride the train. I managed to capture the reaction he has each and every time the train pulls in (arms thrust in the air, huge smile, followed by "Yaaaaaaay's!"). This is also typically followed by an excited dance (captured in video below).
One of the many reasons why I love this kid...
And here is that aforementioned "The train is here!" victory dance (it kinda reminds me of what I do whenever I see a giant tub of movie theatre popcorn)-
Nice upgrade, eh? (Thank you, Craigslist!) Stainless steel appliances, more storage...but alas, as he pointed out dejectedly- no granite countertops! ;-) It took Ry and I a little over 2.5 hours, 20+ Lysol wipes, 4 'AA' batteries and some creative repairwork to fix a few broken parts here and there, but it was all worth it! We both love it, he even cooked and served up a meal to me of a stick of butter and a piece of broccoli. Better keep your day job Martha Stewart...Chef Ryan is on the loose.
So as crazy busy as today was...tomorrow proves to be equally fun. I have an early morning run, followed by a car wash & polish session (we're about 3 months overdue), then yardwork at our new house, a late afternoon stop off at the Democratic party celebration down at Keauhou Beach (can't wait to meet Neil Abercrombie and Dan Inouye!) and a birthday celebration for little boy that turns 6!