Sign for my dishwasher

I know, I'm so creative when it comes to titling my blog posts, huh?

I imagine there is some level of confusion regarding the dishwasher in every household. Are the dishes clean, or are they dirty? I've seen magnets that you can buy to help with this dilemma, but I'm way too cheap, so I made one for myself.

I had a large promotional magnet, and I cut the letters out with my cricut. Then I mod podged everything.

I think it's cute, and it's already come in handy.

One good thing about this magnet: I knew I wanted to post it here, so I put it on my dishwasher to take a picture. Then I realized how dirty the dishwasher was, and I couldn't take a picture like that. So I cleaned it. Just for you. :)


Things I have discovered about Hawaii, part 2....

I knew that pineapples grew in Hawaii, but I didn't know how much fruit there really was here. Mangoes, especially! They are everywhere on this island, and our neighborhood. There is a tree in a common yard area right behind our house, so for a while, we had all the fresh mangoes we could eat. Except no one likes them but me, so by "we", I really mean "me".


Things I have discovered about Hawaii, part 1....

Lizards rule the island!

Just kidding. But they are everywhere! I know there are lizards in every state, but I continually find them all over the house (inside and out!).

This little (and I do mean little, that huge looking bottle is a small vitamin bottle) guy was hanging out on my kitchen counter. He (she? Do lizards have sexes?) stayed there for hours! Jeremy, being the animal sucker that he is, out a small puddle of water on the counter for the lizard to drink, lol.


I can see Maui

Can you? I promise it's there. :)

Blowhole Lookout. Yes, that's the name of the place we went.

We stopped at a scenic lookout while driving a while back. It was beautiful! This is called Blowhole Lookout, it's supposed to be a good place to see whales in the winter. Right now we are in the middle of summer, so we did not see any whales, but it was still a beautiful place. The water was so blue, and the waves were crashing on the rocks like crazy.

There was a beach park over to the left. We did not go there, because the waves were crazy, and we knew the kids wouldn't like that at all.


I don't know the name of this beach park.....

.... But like all other places here on Oahu, it was beautiful. Every beach we have been to here is just gorgeous, but they are all very different from each other. Some have rocky ledges, some have rocky areas on a sandy beach, some have only sand, some have huge waves, some are as calm as a pool. We have enjoyed seeing all the different types of beaches here.

This beach park was another side of the road small park, on the western part of the island.

As you can see, there were some rocky areas at this beach. The waves were pretty big too.

The kids would act like they were going to get in (while the water was calm), and then a big wave would hit the shore. They would run the other way. No one got wet here except for Jeremy.

See the big waves? They're crazy!

It was a steep beach, and Jeremy decided to build stairs.

This beach trip was part of one of our adventures. We just got in the car and drove around, stopping at any place that looked cool.


A weekend adventure, part I (Barber's Point)

Last weekend was an adventure. Both days we got into the truck, not really knowing where we were going, but loaded down with drinks and snacks.

We decided to check out the western part of Oahu. We hadn't been that way at all, and there were several spot that we'd heard were good. Our first stop on Saturday was Barber's Point Beach and Lighthouse.

It's a beautiful beach, but it's not a good place for kids to play in the water, and it's crazy getting there - we had to drive through an industrial park.

I love the palm trees by the water.

The waves at this park were pretty big, and there was a rocky ledge there at the end of the beach, so we did not get in at all.

Lola had a ton of fun on this outing. I'm not quite sure what's happening here, though. It looks like poor Lola is about to do a faceplant in the sand. But she did not, so it's cool.

we found these little tide pools in part of the rocky ledge, and Lola loved them. She was drinking some of the salt water (nutty dog...), and she kept getting in the water.

And here she is scratching her back on the rock. She is so funny. :)

I was a little disappointed by the lighthouse, I thought it would be... bigger, cooler. It was a little boring, but hey, we've seen it now.

The view from the lighthouse.

The waves were really crashing on the rocks. It was fascinating to watch.

We found some cool shells and pieces of coral at this beach.

Before we got back in the truck, poor Lola had to get washed off in the shower they had, because she was covered in sand. She was not happy about that, but Colette wrapped her up in her own towel, and she just chilled out.

another little beach on the North Shore...

These pictures were taken a couple weeks ago. I've been lazy about posting my pictures, I know. I'm sorry. :)

We went to the north shore this day (i don't even remember exactly what day it was, lol!), and found a little beach park that looked nice. It wasn't too crowded, either.

Apparently my pictures don't know how to load in order (or I'm just not paying enough attention to how I'm loading them), so sorry if I jump around...

Colette was riding the waves up the beach.

I sat on the beach towel for most of this trip. Hey, remember how I kept saying I could relax when I got to Hawaii? Guess what. I'm here now, so I can relax! (on the weekends, anyway. I still have housework and stuff to do..)

We always have to stop the kids from running into the water, so we can cover them in sunblock. We have upgraded to the kids waterproof SPF 70. It works for all of us (we are WHITE). We even put it in Gavin's hair, or his scalp gets sunburned.

No, I don't know these people. They got in the way of my awesome pictures.