Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sleeping GIant

Joe, Hallie and I did our very first, and definitely not last, hike here on Kauai!

The night before, Joe out of the blue said "lets go hiking tomorrow"!

I of course, agreed.

We pulled out The Guide to Kauai Handbook, and started reading up on all the different trails.

It gave lots of tips such as stay on the trail, don't go off the beaten path.

Never hike alone.

Don't be shy on how much water you bring.

Do not eat any berries that you are completely sure of what they are.

Bring compact foods, such as granola bars for energy.

The trails were rated from easy, moderate, and hard.

They also told which ones were "family friendly", and which ones had fruit trees to pick from.

We chose a moderate hike, family friendly, that was 2 miles there, which of course meant 2 miles back.

With a baby in tow, that sure seemed like a long hike to me, but I was up for the challenge.

Joe assured me that we could turn around at any time, and that we were not committed to anything if we didn't like it.

So, we started getting our bag all packed up!

Since we read don't be shy on the water you take,  we filled up 2 big water bottles, packed some snacks, and milk for Hallie.

After a big breakfast to energize us, the next morning we were off!

We had to drive about 20-30 minutes just to get to the trail, but let me tell you, it was so worth it!

The mountain is called Sleeping Giant, because from afar it looks like a giant sleeping on its back.

We got to the trail head, packed Hallie up in the Ergo baby carrier, put the backpack on and headed up the hill.

It had been raining up north that day so we chose a hike more on the east side and got very lucky that the trail was not muddy.

It was pretty much the perfect consistency, a little moist for traction, but not too much at all.

I led the way with Hallie on my back because Joe tends to take off like a rocket ship, or should I say speed *RACER* , and I cant keep up.

Your only as fast as the slowest person, they say.

As I climbed the mountain side, I was amazed at all the vegetation that surrounded us.

It was so lush, green and beautiful!

Every so often we would come to a clearing, where we could see out over the island and ocean.

It was absolutely breath taking!

The trail was very well established, so we had no troubles knowing where to go next.

Some of it was pretty easy, and then there would be these big lava boulders along with small ones we had to climb up and maneuver.

My heart was definitely pounding at times, and the sweat was starting to seep out of my pores.

My back was the hottest of all because little Hallie Rose was right up against me.

She was loving it the whole time!

We would stop every so often and get a drink of water, and let her feel the green leaves or flowers which she loved to pick and hold onto.

Once we reached the 1 mile marker, I decided it was time to switch roles.

Joe took Hallie and I took the backpack which was filled with our water, snacks, diapers, and milk.

He said Hallie felt lighter than the pack, and I said the backpack felt lighter, so it worked out nicely.

A little after the 1 mile marker, we came across a couple with two kids on their backs.

They were from Canada,  names were Jamie and Samantha.

Their kids were 4 years old (Harrison), and 9 months (Taylor).

They had obviously done this before, as the back packs they had their kids in were awesome!

So comfy for the child and the adult carrying.

Lots of room for storage, and even a little umbrella thing above the child in case of rain.

We spoke with them for a while and ended up hiking the rest of the way up with them.

At the top, there was a clearing with 2 picnic tables, and 2 lookouts.

We all just sat around, the kids played, ate food, and re hydrated.

After about 30-45 minutes of rest, we decided we would head back down.

It was getting to be about time for Hallie to take a nap, so we figured we would get going.

Good-byes were said, and we were headed downhill.

Joe carried Hallie on the front this time, for safety reasons.

I felt if he were to slip, he would most likely hit his butt, and possibly smash Hallie.

As we headed down, we had time to chat about life, us, our kids, and other things.

It was a great bonding experience for us.

Oh, and let me tell you, downhill wasn't that much easier physically than uphill.

My thighs were burning and I was definitely sweating!

By the time we reached the bottom, Hallie was fast asleep curled up next to her Daddy's chest, all tuckered out from her very first hiking experience.

Joe and I drank a lot of water, then headed out.

We realized we were starving, after all, we had just hiked 4 miles!!

So, we stopped at a local health food store called Papayas.

We both made huge salads at their sweet salad bar, and for dessert shared a piece of cheesecake.

It was such a fun day, and we both cannot wait to go on another hike!

Unfortunately, Jalen has no interest in hiking at this point in his life.

He would rather be surfing, body boarding, or swimming in the ocean or pool.

We are loving Kauai and all that it has to offer.

Our family is able to bond in ways we never thought possible.

We are learning new things about each other everyday, and getting to experience things together that we never dreamed of!

We are blessed and thank God everyday for those blessings.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

What a wonderful Thanksgiving we had this year!

It was the first time Joe or I was away from our family, but we were excited to spend it as a family in Hawaii!

Since we don't eat a lot of meat, planning the menu was going to be interesting.

The month before Thanksgiving, Joe and I wanted to take our "healthy lifestyle" to another level.

He did a detox, I didn't because I am still lactating and they do not recommend it because the toxins that are released can enter into the breast milk.

We excluded gluten, dairy, meat, and sugar from our diet. We were basically vegan.

It felt really good.

We ate a lot of veggies, fruits, beans, smoothies, and other products such as cheese substitutes.

Along with vitamins, protein powder, and superfoods.

Back to Thanksgiving....

That morning we woke up to a beautiful blue sky and cool weather.

I went on a run, and then we made omelette's for breakfast.

After that we packed up and headed to Hanalei Beach.

After hanging out, playing in the sand, and body boarding, we decided to go home and get things cooking.

We were invited to a pot luck on the beach, but because of Hallie's nap schedule, we opted out.

I had already brought a platter of fudge brownies and lemon mini muffins for the pot luck, that I did not want to take home or waste.

So, I had the idea to walk down the beach and give them away to the people (mostly tourists) laying on the sand.

The kids loved it!

We walked up to people and happily said "Happy Thanksgiving, would you like a brownie or lemon muffin"?

The smiles made me feel very good inside, and made me want to do that more often.

Once we finally made it home, we put Hallie down, and I realized we didn't have any appetizers.

Joe offered to go to Foodland and "hook it up".

He came home with goat cheese, crackers, chips and dips.

All stuff we don't normally eat.

So, Joe, Jalen and I took our snacks outside on the lanai and sat at the big table and played Monopoly.

It was fun!

We got in about an hour of fun before little Sugar bear woke up.

That was the end of our game, as we tried to continue, but she kept wanting to grab the dice and money.

We then went inside and started to finish making our feast.

It was around 5:00 by then, and we still had to make the mashed potatoes, gravy, and crescent rolls.

Since we dont eat meat, but Jalen does, I did not want to buy or cook a whole turkey.

I ended up getting a rotisserie chicken, and a couple pieces of mahi mahi.

Everything turned out so so yummy!

We had chicken, fish, cheesy potato casserole, cream corn, sweet potato bake, mashed potato and gravy, crescent rolls and cranberry sauce.

I was so excited for dessert, which was a chocolate macadamia nut pie made at a local bakery. Vanilla ice cream was to top it.

I ate so much that I couldn't even touch dessert.

But not to fret, I had a piece the next day, and it was very good!

Jalen loves french silk pie, so I got him a single piece of chocolate creme pie which he devoured after dinner.

At dinner, we went around and said what we were thankful for.

My Mom and Dad~they are always so supportive of all the decisions I make in life and show unconditional love to me always.
My beautiful family, I feel so blessed to have 2 awesome kids and a dreamy husband!
The opportunity to live in Hawaii
God~I'm so thankful to believe in my heart that there is a higher power helping guide me throughout life.

He was thankful for his Grandpa "papa" Gill, who has given us the means to live the life we do.
December 31, 2001~the day he met me:)
Our family~wife and kids he loves so much
Susan~who has helped him discover himself and lead him down the path he is happily on.

He said he was thankful for being able to help people, like how we did earlier in the day by giving away brownies and muffins.
His family.
His little sister.

I just feel so blessed and am beyond thankful for so much my life has given to me.

We are very happy as a family and enjoying bonding here in paradise!!


Thursday, November 10, 2011

a whole lot of nothing!

Man, Im having a total brain fart!!!

I cant think of anything specific I want to blog about.

I have all these random thoughts, but they are in no way connected, except that they are my thoughts:)

Part of me wants to say, "screw it, Im not going to blog today", and go hit the beach..

The other part of me says, UPDATE YOUR BLOG CARLIE BESS!! lol

Today is my day to do whatever I want, while Joe is taking care of Hallie, so I need to take advantage of my time.

Since we are both so fortunate to not have to work while here in Hawaii, we had to come up with something to give us space:)

So, he goes and does his own thing 2 days a week, I go do my thing 2 days, and then we go do stuff as a family on the other days.

It has been working out well.

On my day, I usually am laying on a beach, blogging, or doing nothing!

While he is usually out running around "getting things done"...

I guess thats the difference between him and I.


I am still not concrete on a post today, so I will just say that Im good, Joe is good, Jalen is doing fine, and Hallie Rose is happy.

We are going camping this weekend at a beach park called Annini.

It will be our first time camping with little Sugar Bear.

We are excited!!

I will post some pics and an update on how it went next week:)


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Chicken Pox

We think Hallie had the Chicken Pox recently.

I say "think" because we didn't take her to the doctor to get an actual diagnosis.

I looked up a lot of pictures on the computer, and I am pretty sure that's what is was.

She started with a low grade fever which is very typical of chicken pox.

The next day she had these little bumps on her legs and back.

They started looking like small blister bumps, and more were popping up all over.

Then they started to itch a little.

We got some calamine lotion for the itch and she was acting pretty normal.

She would sit so still as we applied it to every bump we could.

After a few days, there were no more showing up, and the one's she had were starting to scab over and heal.

They are very faint now, and she is feeling good.

We are not sure where she would have been exposed since most kids are vaccinated against chicken pox these days, and very few kids get them.

We did go to a play group with some other kids a few weeks ago, but I don't know that any of them having it.

Who knows..all I know is she is better now, and I'm happy.

Halloween Hawaii style

As I sit here at the Kilauea Bakery, trying to decide what to write about, the first thing that comes to mind is Kilauea.

It is a small town/beach town about 15 min south of where we live, in Princeville.

This is were the Fall Fun Festival was last night for Halloween.

They had different stations with balloon darts, petting zoo, angry birds(sling shot a basketball into some stuff trying to knock it down), jail (pay 5 tickets to have your kid "arrested" and put in a cell for 5 minutes~which we did and they came got Jalen:), smash car (pay 2 tickets to beat up a real car for 2 minutes), book fair, oh and Jalen's favorite~air soft gun wars.

Hallie was the most cutest and prettiest little hula girl ever!

She wore it well and rang in a ton of compliments.

Jalen was "Jason", the scary guy with a hockey mask~right up his alley.

He wanted to carry the real machete, but settled for one he made out of foam and duct tape.

When we left the festival, we dropped Jalen off in Princeville to go trick-or-treating with his friend Adam from Island School.

Joe, Hallie and I drove around looking for food, but eventually ended up at home having smoothies and leftovers.


When Jalen got home, I had him give me a snickers and a twix, then headed to bed.

It was a good first Halloween in Hawaii.