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  1. Well my plans for the past weekend included a nice stormy weekend at the Oregon Coast for church women’s retreat. Such a great time I am just now getting to catch up on my blog reading.

    What a beautiful day in the life of a deserving family.

  2. How can you lose with an opening line of “In a patch of banana trees a kitten can be heard hunting lizards”? I submit that you cannot! 🙂 What a fun li’l feature! Everything looks fab!

    And high five to Luke! May he bring home an epic win. 🙂

    Real-life magazines are the beyust! Come to me, glossy pages…

  3. Loved sharing this with my guy. Also looked through the online article from the magazine. So good. So fun! My two favorite pics were 1) your littlest “dropping into the bowl”, and 2) your littles being lifted up into the tree to pick some fresh fruit. Eager to hear how this week goes…

  4. What a thrill for you all! Photos look awesome and it seems like the skate park is paying off!

  5. It is a great reward for all the work hard and sweat.. God bless your beautiful sweet family.:)

  6. Elizabeth says:

    love your blog! Just found it through Shutterbean.

    1. Thank you Elizabeth. It was so nice of Shutterbean to share my post! 🙂 Glad you’re here! Aloha!

  7. We live in Santa Cruz, CA and have two boys. They are almost 17 and 19. The younger has been skating since he was 5 and when he saw your photos, he said “Mom, we NEED to do what they did!” Our older son is a surfer (as well as an incredible soccer player, playing since he was 4) so I love the fact that you invest your energy and time into your boys with their interests. We absolutely love our boys. It’s such fun to read your blog and see your posts about them and your lives there. Thank you for sharing. Now I only wish I could get someone to come and remodel our yard into a soccer park! 🙂

  8. Hi my beautiful friend!

    Can I just say how ridiculously awesome following you and your ahhhhhhmazing
    family has been since I signed on a month ago.
    I feel like im back in Hawaii again! Seriously!!
    Your wordsmithing & life as you see it is beautifully written by a very talented Mom/Wife/chef/teacher/Gardener/interior designer & writer extraordinaire.

    Thanks for sharing Monica, your posts are delight to read, especially that I’m able to see the latest as well as feel like I’m right there smelling the North Shore
    Have fun in Waikiki. Can’t wait for the pics.

  9. Hi Monica

    Love reading your blog from here in the UK, my husband and I are huge Hawaii 5-0 fans too so loved seeing the fleeting glimpse of your family a few episodes ago!

    My weekend

  10. Gorgeous pictures! I always love seeing how beautiful it is there in Hawaii!
    I’ll be praying for your son in his competition, for safety & success!!! 🙂

  11. Stephanie says:

    Silly question, but do you use a Vitamix for all of your smoothies? They are supposed to be top notch and give the truly smoothest smoothies! I don’t have one but was considering taking the plunge!
    Thanks! Love your blog! It enlightens and entertains. Beautiful fam!