Sunday, July 31, 2011


Did you know that I'm married to a merman?

Yup that's right. Chad is really half fish, half man. 
It's just second nature for him to be in the water...unlike me...not only can I NOT swim, but I am deathly afraid of being in water deeper than 5 feet. Chad held a few records in high school and was one of the fastest swimmers on his team. 

He has been wanting to get back into swimming ever since coming here to Hawaii, but work, surfing school, and other things have kept him from being able to. One day, something clicked inside of him and he decided to participate in the North Shore Swim Series - a series of races ranging from 1 mile to 2.3 miles in length on the North Shore of Oahu. He didn't have much time to train, so he got right to work. Every night after school and work he would go swim laps at the school pool in preparation for these big races.

He is such a dedicated and determined swimmer.

The third race of the four-race series was just today. Chad set himself a goal of finishing the 1.6 mile race in less than an hour. He knew that even with his training, he wasn't back to the level he was at in high school. With that goal in mind, he set off for the course against 650 other swimmers.

The Jaco's race went from Chun's Reef to Waimea Bay.  1.6 miles of upwind, against-current swim.

We waited for Chad at Waimea beach. We watched the first few swimmers coming in half an hour into the race. The first place guy came in at an amazing 32 minutes and 4 seconds.

Not too far behind him was my hubby. Against the 650 swimmers that participated in the race, Chad finished way ahead of his original goal of 1 hour. His official finish time was 43 minutes 30.9 seconds!! only 10 minutes behind the first swimmer. 82nd place overall, and 8th in his age group. 

{battle wound.}

I am beyond proud of Chad. He set a goal and not only achieved it but he surpassed it.
There's just one more race to come. 2 weeks from now Chad will be racing the Jamba Juice North Shore Challenge, the longest of the four races at 2.3 miles. So excited.

We love you and are so proud of you Daddy!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

One Sunday Afternoon.

Chad and I decided to go on a little bike ride while Chad's mother offered to watch the kids. They were both napping so we thought an hour long stroll wouldn't hurt. We got on our bikes and left for the new bike/running path off of the very scenic Kam Hwy. It had been a while since I had ridden a bike and it took me a minute to get used to the feel again, but once I had gotten the hang of it we were off!

It was so nice. I enjoyed not only getting out of the house and getting that fresh air, but also seeing the beautiful mountains and nature around us. It really was a very scenic ride.
BUT as much as I enjoyed being active and being able to connect with nature, it was HOT. The sun was beaming down on us, humidity felt like it was 250%, and there was no wind...despite being on a bike and it being 4 o'clock in the afternoon...

sweaty and sticky, we ended our ride at a hidden beach. We watched the waves get tossed in all directions by the wind and strong current. (where was this wind while we were bike riding, I have no idea.)
We decided that we had left the kids long enough, and headed home. Out of the BLUE (literally) it started to DOWN POUR. There was NO sign of rain, not even a rain cloud. Welcome to Hawaii....

We were soaked. (Chad doesn't look as wet as me but you'll see in the next picture that he really was soaked.) The rain brought the temperature and humidity down, so we were able to have a pleasant rest of the evening. It was a fun and adventurous day for us all.

(yes, Chad is sticking his bum out right here. haha)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Our Ocean...

Wow, it's been a while since my last post....
but that's only because I've been enjoying my time with Noa, Chad, Chad's family...
and this chunky monkey

We finally decided on a kanji for Kaiyu's name.
meaning abundant ocean.We thought it was very fitting for him.

I can't believe he is 2 months already!
well, 2 months and 11 days, to be exact.
We had his 2-month wellness checkup today.

and Kaiyu is...

12 pounds 5 ounces
23.5 inches

yup he's a chunk...gained a full 2 pounds since his last appointment.

Kai is so much fun...

He coos and gives us lots of social smiles and laughs.
His back and legs are so strong, it seems like he wants to stand up or crawl already.
Noa loves him to death. I often find him just laying next to Kai on the bed, holding his hand or stroking his head.

We are so lucky to have this little guy in our family.
We love you little Kai Kai.


Not really a side note, but I want to mention our other little guy........
Since, at the time Noa was born, we couldn't decide on fitting kanji characters for his name, we chose to give him some now....and they suit him perfectly.


....meaning, bright hope.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Red. White. and Blue.

Happy 4th of July!!

We had a pretty low-key 4th of July. 
Chad had to work the whole day, so I hung out with my two babies and baked some cupcakes.
o yeah....that's a good day.

[I know you want one...come on over :)]

the boys sported some red white and blue outfits and got us in the spirit of the holiday.

Noa enjoyed his "すいた"...or watermelon...and got himself covered in juice. head. to. toe.

it was a sticky mess. and he loved it.
me, not so much. but it was cute watching him enjoy every second of it.

After Daddy came home from work we ate some beef stew, enjoyed family time, and watched the Macy's 4th of July spectacular fireworks show. it was amazing.

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th!!!

we sure did!