Homecoming

A few weeks have passed and we are more than thrilled to have our little family complete again! Daddy returned home from his deployment safe and sound! The hour+ that we joyfully waited at the pier was captured by the sweetest photographer Debbie Jones as part of a program where photographers donate a free of cost homecoming session to military families through a site called www.WelcomeThemHome.org 
Although he did not actually get off the ship until well into the dark night, which meant the actual kisses, hugs and loving weren't able to be captured due to lighting (We were prepared for a 4 o'clock arrival).. the photos of us waiting are gems anyhow!
E Komo Mai (Welcome) US Coast Guard Cutter RUSH!






The excitement and anticipation grew by the minute.


All of the sudden the ships horn blew as they came around the corner into the Honolulu Harbor


We waited and looked, hoping to spot him.. we searched..


and searched... 


We finally saw him! He was on the small boat the whole time!


And then he saw us!


Now you can use your imagination and dream up our beautiful reunion!




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My Sakura Bloom Ring Sling





I get a lot of compliments on Taj's ring sling from Sakura Bloom, and I'm sure it's because we look so happy and comfortable wearing it! For Hawai'i's climate, the single layer breathable linen helps to keep us cool and snug as a bug. 

I am DYEing (see what I did there?) to get my hands on the 
new SHABD collection, Equinox and Nebula are my heart breakers!
 


Anyway, now that I've drooled on my keyboard I can get back to 
sharing about our sling that is just as loved as the above *pause to stare and dream some more*..
 I am completely in love with our sling, and so glad that I can happily attachment parent, keeping him close and kissable, as he should be, in this sweet  and smooshy stage of life. I am excited to wear him into his first few years of life. 
I have worn him in his sling while at very quite intimate settings and 
loud bustling places and he loves it either way. 
It works great as a blanket, and backdrop for photos as well! 

Here is a collection of sling shots with my little love starting from day one.





 



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Sexy Yoga

If you thought yoga was sexy before, you haven't seen this! Especially the last 15 seconds! Whew, is it hot in here??
John.. ya babe, I'm talking to you.. lets try this out!!







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Macadamia Nut Farm Adventure

Sometimes my gypsy soul needs to just get in the car and boogie with no destination in sight. We always land somewhere that happens to be exactly what our hearts have been needing, and on this particular day.. our hearts needed nuts. Macadamia nuts!

Steve and Chrissy Paty started out selling mac nuts on the hood of their car two decades ago, and now they have a very popular to the tourist world farm which happens to be just a car ride away from our home. The beautiful winding road makes for a shady leisurely drive jamming to tunes, and when you arrive it is open and inviting. It's free to visit and the best part? MACADAMIA NUT EVERYTHING!! You can taste test just about every flavor they create, sip on a free cup of mac nut coffee or pick up a delish bar of soap. outside in the back they have set up a rather primal way to crack open your own fresh nut while sharing the shade with their many free ranging chickens. If you hit this spot at just right right moment, you could be just about the only person there. When the tour buses pull in, we know it's time to boogie! ;).

Harlow and Taj were very at peace here, which was no surprise.. it is a farm. The lush green property also makes for really sweet photo moments. Check out their website for more info!

// Cracking nuts! Watch out boys! //

// Our beautiful niece Ash came for a visit! //

// So grateful that she will try new things //

 

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Pua Pikake

Harlow is, as you know, just like her momma. A gypsy soul who worships the earth and it's living creatures. On our walks, she spots flowers from so far and commences a mission to get every last one. Yesterday was no exception when she collected a beautiful bunch. When we got home I asked her where she would like to display them (which usually ends up being our altar) but on this day she wanted to decorate the Hula girl! It just goes to show that having art in your home really is for everyone.

So, Harlow and I have adorned this lovely blonde Hula girl, "Pua Pikake" meaning sweet Jasmine flower. This 9x12 original on vintage hawaiian sheet music, is available for purchase. She comes mounted in a hand built reclaimed wood shadow box. Visit my SHOP link above! Happy Aloha Sunday! 





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Meeting with a Man-O-War

Our favorite neighborhood beach, Lanikai, has been our place of peace everyday. No joke. Every. Day. Harlow and I have found so many fun treasures on the beach, in the water, and in the sky during sunrise or sunset. We are totally blessed and BLISSed to call this "our backyard". On occasion, the Man-O-War's can float close to shore by the dozens..some get washed up on the sand and make for beautiful photographs, which I am considering making into greeting card sets.



^^ My little love wanted a picture of her pony by one ^^


Harlow is always very good about respecting the Man-O-Wars.. and here is the reason why. The following can be found on National Geographic's website.

     "Anyone unfamiliar with the biology of the venomous Portuguese man-of-war would likely mistake it for a jellyfish. Not only is it not a jellyfish, it's not even an "it," but a "they." The Portuguese man-of-war is a siphonophore, an animal made up of a colony of organisms working together.
The man-of-war comprises four separate polyps. It gets its name from the uppermost polyp, a gas-filled bladder, or pneumatophore, which sits above the water and somewhat resembles an old warship at full sail. Man-of-wars are also known as bluebottles for the purple-blue color of their pneumatophores.
The tentacles are the man-of-war's second organism. These long, thin tendrils can extend 165 feet (50 meters) in length below the surface, although 30 feet (10 meters) is more the average. They are covered in venom-filled nematocysts used to paralyze and kill fish and other small creatures. For humans, a man-of-war sting is excruciatingly painful, but rarely deadly. But beware—even dead man-of-wars washed up on shore can deliver a sting."


The morning after the Harvest moon was normal for us. We woke up happy and peaceful popped into the double stroller and climbed the big hills over to the beach for sunrise. We met a sweet new friend, who also lives in our neighborhood, to have a romp in the ocean when she so kindly took my begging little mermaid to play in the waves as I was wearing a sleeping Taj and couldn't go in. Then it happened. Something no parent wants to see their child endure. A Man-O-War had completely wrapped around my little girls body and was excruciatingly painful because it was a pain level she had never before felt. This was her first time feeling anything this intense and it broke my heart. I grabbed her and peeled off the long tentacles from her tender skin while she, screaming, tried to comprehend what was happening to her. It was AWFUL. I had been told that the berries from the Naupaka plant that grows wild on the beach can help alleviate these stings so I ran as quick as I could with her and broke open probably 20 to squeeze on her. We juggled our things back to the stroller, and I plopped both babes in. I am not a runner, but boy did I run! I ran through the sand (pushing a double stroller) and up 2 giant hills to get her home as fast as I could..all while texting my closest friends to start looking up remedies to help her. I must have ran that mile in 7-8 minutes, because I was home and had her in the bath so fast!

In the bath I put Lavender essential oil and Purification blend by YL, to help with the sting and calm her down. I decided to get in the bath with her so that I could hold her and kiss her while she calmed down (and Taj was in my lap also, because remember my beloved is deployed so I'm at this alone). Harlow finally calmed down and transitioned through a stage of zoning out for a few minutes and then to a cuddly mode. For the next 3-4 hours I continued to monitor her closely and apply oils (lavender, peppermint and frankincense or purification) every 15-20 minutes.

^^ Excuse the cheeky shot, this was right after bath ^^

^^ excuse my naked toddler, she didn't
 want her clothes on because it was irritating it!
 This was about 2 hours after ^^

Two days later it is still getting better but certainly not gone. We are so grateful she isn't allergic and that she ended up being okay. One of my biggest worries was that my sea sprite would end up afraid of the water, so I decided to take her back down to the beach that evening, and she blissfully trotted and skipped around in the water up to her shorts, while begging me to take her in.

Today we went to a new beach and she is back to her old mermaiding self, as you can see here. We also found a Man-O-War on the beach, which I scooped up in a coconut, and took some time to talk about it. I wanted to bring to her awareness that while they are dangerous and can really hurt they are still very beautiful. It filled my momma heart with pride to be able to give her a lesson shortly after the incident and to really feel like she understood what I was telling her about these creatures. Thank goodness!







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Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens

In the middle of a bustling town on the windward side of Oahu, there is a tropical oasis escape. Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens, which I completely found on accident looking for somewhere to stop and Nurse Taj, is a secret garden paradise!

There is a beautiful big pond where you can feed ducks and TONS of fish,  go fishing (at certain specified times) and relax on the sprawling green lawn that meets the pong water. There are trails that take you under the canopy of trees that invite the idea that you juuuust might have stepped onto the Avatar movie set. Leaves that are delicate pieces of art and can either fit in your hand, or cover your whole body! It is free most days to go inside and the information center has a lovely display that explains Hawaiian crafts from the plants that are on the grounds. We just visited for a few hours but you can also camp there or host a gathering..hmmmm my hostess mind just took a trip back there!

My little fairies were in bliss there!

 



// eating the bread instead of feeling it to the ducks.. //



 

// I need to frame these last two..someone remind me? //

 // Taj at 5 weeks old, loving his Sakura Bloom Sling //


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