Cam went to the zoo yesterday with his school and I was chatting with him about it last night when I realized… 3rd year of school (TK, Kinder, and now 1st) and this is the very first field trip!
I remember field trip days being something to really look forward to and not just for the destination. It was exciting to break routine, have a different lunch, ride on a loud and crazy bus and just not be at school doing the typical things, so it made me sad he hasn’t had any of them.
If you ask Joe, he would say it wasn’t all that fun… but that’s because he was chaperone in charge of five 6-7 year olds. That’s not a job I would want either. He said one kid set the pace and just kept running to the next exhibit so he had to wrangle the 4 others and just keep jogging around the zoo.
However, to the 6-7 year olds, I can confirm, it was a great time. When I asked Cam to tell me about the zoo, he gave me every last detail so much so that I felt like I was there. He talked about the sculpture outside, the reptile exhibit to the left, the 6′ Komodo dragon he wishes he could have, the monkeys that were all hiding, the microscope that let them inspect hair and feathers and what not…
Here he is demonstrating the lion sculpture at the entrance of the zoo. He nailed it.
Some of my favorite moments with Cam are when is so impressed and interested in something that he feels compelled to tell me about it in hyper detail, so I was feeling grateful last night to have field trips back on the calendar for my little ones.
Just a darling little montage of Joe as a dad of 2. It makes me tear up.
It’s been a bit since we got home from vacation, but I am fiiiiinally posting about it. One thing that struck me after vacation was that we rarely vacation without family or friends or someone to visit. While we loved it, it also highlighted the benefits of being with other folks. I think we would have pushed ourselves to do more different things. Nonetheless, it was a vacation to remember.
First the whole mashup of photos, then the lowlights and highlights.
- Demi decided she’d rather drive than sit in a car seat, so each time we got into the car for a 2 minute drive or a 2 hour drive, she’d try to get into the front or lose her mind screaming. This would go on for a couple minutes or up to 30, which was just awful. It reminded us that we’re entering official tantrum zone with her.
- When Cam had an accident in his pants during dinner in the bathroom of a restaurant and I had to run him out to the car with no pants on to change into his wet board shorts and finish dinner.
- Cam and Demi tug-o-warring over _____ (fill in the blank with whatever you want–a towel, the door knob, a piece of broccoli). This was also an indicator we’re entering that era where we need 2 of everything and they need to be equal, look equal, sound equal, be shaped equally… or someone is mad.
- Early morning sunrises on the back patio with coffee!
- Kiddie pool at the condo was 2 feet deep which means the kids could flounder about happily and mostly safely without active assistance. They looooved it.
- The kids “jumping waves” in Hanalei. I say “jumping waves” in quotes because Joe and I were breaking our backs lifting them up and over aggressive “pre-winter” waves as they shrieked and laughed and couldn’t get enough.
- Shave ice every day. Favorite: Wishing Well outside of Hanalei.
- Evening/night swims.
- The beach in Poipu was the best suited for small kids and therefore allowed Joe and I to chill a little more while the kids were still thoroughly entertained.
- All. The. Birds. There were sooooo many native birds. We fed the “nenes” (geese) each morning, watched the red-headed cardinals, tall white birds, and chased chickens and roosters around everywhere. Demi called the chickens “bawk bawks” so we spent a good portion of our vacation talking about bawk bawks.
- The rain followed by a rainbow! We only caught 1 rainbow, but it was a really good one.
- Naps after getting sun-kissed.
- The moments when the kids were cooperatively playing. This happened in short bursts every day.
- When Cam sounded out and spelled “pool” to earn going to the pool one evening.
- How Demi now calls all bodies of water “pool” even if it’s the ocean. It makes me giggle.
- Cam’s drawing of the Hawaiian Islands which included several volcano islands, the one we were visiting and the one that Joe and I got married on.
- For me: poké every day, no cause to put on makeup, convenient entertainment, discovering organic non-refrigerated milk (what!? It exists.), the scenery, the beer, listening to the waves to put us to sleep.
On weekday mornings when I’m headed to the office, I’m usually up before the rest of the crew and I try so hard not to wake the weary. Because seriously it would be a crime to interrupt this snuggle sesh.
Side note: why is baby bed head so much cuter than regular people bed head?
Father’s Day was mostly wonderful. We hung out at the house in the morning enjoying the new hammock chair Cam got for Joe as a Father’s Day gift (isn’t he thoughtful!?).
Then, we packed up picnic foods and drinks and headed down to Mission Bay to join the Stadlers on their boat. This was such a treat for all of us. The weather was perfect and any day on the Stadler’s boat is a special and memorable day.
The last time Cam rode on the Stadler’s boat, he fell asleep almost immediately. This time he was obsessed with the cabin and climbing in and out of it while munching on cheese and grapes. I have to say, this kid lives a really tough life.
Brett’s mom was a SAINT and kept an eye on the kids while the rest of us enjoyed the views.
Also notable, it was Demi’s first boat ride. I can’t say she loved it. But I can’t say she didn’t like it either. I think she was a little disoriented with all the wind and bobbing around. As always she was a good sport.
After docking, we took turns paddling around the bay in their kayaks. The fathers and their first-borns…
Then Shara and I took a jaunt around the bay. Apparently kayaks have cupholders, so I put mine to use.
After our boating adventures we met Poppy, Inny, Uncoco and Nicole at Modern Times Brewery…
… this is where things took a turn for the worse. Cam fell asleep in the car and after we woke him up, it was nearly impossible to get him out of his funk. He was an 11 on a 10-point grumpy scale. We pressed on and had a lightning round of BBQ with the folks before heading home and prepping for the work week.
All-in-all, it was a lovely day celebrating fathers.
In lieu of a Father’s Day card, I thought it would be neat to interview Cam and Demi and mash it up together into a Father’s Day video. Cam was happy to participate and so was Demi. (Please excuse the apple-eating… I knew Cam would answer more questions if he had a distraction).
Your kids clearly love you very very much! Happy Father’s Day Joe, may it be a styrofoam-smashing good time!
I can’t say our backyard is in the greatest shape. We (okay, Joe) dug a trench to get the electrical and whatnot out to the new office (I say “whatnot” because I’m not entirely sure what went in the trench, I just know that it took a lot of sweat and dirt and wires and messiness). Anyway, I think we’re finally at that point we can start patching the yard back together and enjoying it again. So it was the perfect time to upgrade our machinery.
Of course Cam loved opening the box for the new “mowlawner” and putting it together with dad. Then, once they got it assembled they each pushed their mowers around the yard.
Cam rarely mixes up his words, so it was pretty cute to hear him say mowlawner. I just had to ask him again and get it on video.
I’m going to pretend I didn’t freak out about their bare feet and focus on the fact that they handled our unruly yard.
Mowing. With bare feet. Oy.
Every day Cam says a few things that surprise or impress me because they show his thoughtfulness, his memory, his cleverness, his creativity, his honesty or his humor. Here are today’s highlights.
We’ll start with HONESTY:
Daddy: What did you paint today?
Me: Cam, don’t tell him, it’s a secret.
Cam: We painted you a sign! For your birthday!
While Cam was in the bath, we started talking about all his nicknames. I said I like calling him Cam, CamO, Camden Cruz, CamBone, Bone, Boney, Boney Baloney, Boney Maloney… and then I asked if there were any others he could think of. He said “Olanoff” in a very shy voice, I think because he has never said it before and he wasn’t confident saying it yet. I was so impressed I embarrassed him a little with my squealing and then he said “that’s your name too!”
I love when he demonstrates something we didn’t realize he’d picked up on. I’m proud of him for remembering not only what his last name is, but also that we share a last name.
Just by the nature of our current dynamic, namely that I’m breastfeeding Demi, I get to hold her all day long. As I was scrolling through my photos, I realized I hadn’t captured very many daddy-daughter moments. But this one is just P-R-E-S-H! I just want to squish them!!!