Friday, December 21, 2012

With the Help of Two Little Elves

Three-month-old Aiden was having trouble breathing and the sweet babe ended up in the hospital for five days with RSV. I kept his siblings, my little buddies, Evylee and Ethan, with me for much of the time enabling Dez to be with him at the hospital and Michael to travel back and forth to work.

The kids were so good and were such great company. 

It was a great blessing that Aiden was able to return home before Christmas. We made cookies to celebrate!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Lucy Julienne Warner

She was scheduled to be delivered by C-section on December 13, but little Lucy had other plans. 

Jenni called me late in the afternoon on 12-12-12 to let me know that her water broke and Mark  was driving her to the hospital.

Lucy was born at 8:18 in the evening and weighed 8 lbs. 10 oz. She is our twelfth grandchild and the twelfth grandchild for her other set of grandparents also! Won't be difficult to remember HER birthday! Twelve has GOT to be her lucky number. 
I am aching to be with my Jenni and her knew little one, but I will have to wait. We are scheduled to fly to Seattle on Dec. 24th. Seems ages away!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hana and the Black Sand Beach

As I mentioned last trip, the infamous 50-mile road to Hana has over 600 curves and 50 one-lane bridges and takes about two and one-half hours to traverse. In my estimation, it is the most beautiful side of the island and SO worth the trip.  

A waterfall or two can be found at nearly every turn.

We stopped to eat lunch about half-way, and felt a bit self-conscious with the feline audience staring us down. We counted 24 cats!

Wayne arranged for a hotel in town for two nights. so we could take our time without having to rush to back to "civilization".
With a view like this, an ocean breeze, and the mesmerizing sound of the waves -- why would I ever want to leave the room?
We did attend church, however. The branch met in this small chapel less than a block from our hotel. We were met with hugs and kisses and made to feel so welcomed. 
To let you in on a little secret - this branch meets for just two hours on Sunday rather than the usual three-hour block. I think I want to move to Hana! :o)

Hana's black-sand beach truly is BLACK -- with sparkling little white bits of coral here and there.

It really is a sight to see!

Before I close this blog entry and move on to other themes and subjects, our deepest thanks go to Wayne and Marsha for inviting us to share this amazing experience!
What a tremendous opportunity! You are the best!

Friday, November 9, 2012


Ever seen a 5-inch snail? Yup, this guy is nearly actual size (depending on the width of your computer screen.) 

Kaanapali Beach

Love this shot! Nice job, Randy!

Thursday, November 8, 2012


When fishing boat meets power lines --
Can't go forward...
Can't go backward...

What's a fisherman to do?
Sorry we didn't stick around to see just how he got out of this mess.

Secret Cove

This is such a peaceful-looking spot; a favorite of Randy's to photograph.

Who's to know that it held three weddings, three other photographers and a crew of trevally fishermen.

We watched as one of the fishermen dove with a spear and picked out a small octopus off the ocean floor.  It was split into four parts (that's two "legs" per part) and used for bait.
A kayaker then ran the hook and bobber from the poles seated on the beach...
...out into the ocean as far as the eye could see.
I don't know if they were successful. We left as soon as the sun went down and they supposedly stayed well into the night. I haven't ever tasted trevally before. Have you?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A Familiar Seascape South of Lahaina

You might recognize this seascape from our last trip here in January. Its a black rock and pebble beach off a particular bend on the Honoapiilani Highway south of Lahaina.

I climbed a nearby cliff and unbeknown to my subjects shot pictures on my iPhone of the men shooting pictures.

Here's Randy attempting to protect his camera from ocean spray.

Wayne and Randy chose different vantage points and shoot until the sun goes down completely.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Dragon's Teeth and the Kapalua Coastal Trail

The men spotted this lava formation last trip and were anxious to return and photograph it.
The sunset wasn’t quite where they expected it to be, but they enjoyed the excursion regardless.

Randy and I returned twice to hike the Kapalua Beach Trail and witnessed rainbows both mornings.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Empty Church, Empty Parking Lot

Randy and I awoke after our first night  and readied ourselves for church. We arrived about 20 minutes early and found the parking lot emptier than in times past. As we parked the car, we noticed that the few cars in the parking lot looked brand new (unmistakably rentals) and their drivers looked pretty pale for around here (timeshare dwellers). Someone came to our car window and said, “I hear they were building a new meeting house. Maybe it’s finished? I think I know where it is!” By now the parking lot was filling with more rentals and time-share dwellers. One by one, we followed that man who thought he knew. 

This is what we found:

Nope, not quite finished. 

So the string of rental cars returned to the Marriott.

We found out later that today was their stake conference held about an hour away by the airport. We chose to listened to General Conference instead. Better luck next week in Hana.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Flip Flops for a Week

Wayne and Marsha Fox have invited us to “share their time” in Maui again. 

No second thoughts here!