Tuesday, May 27, 2008
So long - thanks for the fun.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Since Ryan is off galivanting in Utah, Ava and I have free reign to do as we please. Though we weren't really taking time off from anything, I thought we'd better get out and enjoy our Memorial Day just like everybody else. We went swimming, thrift store shopping, and stopped in at our favorite bakery for a handful of goodies. Best of all, we were able to do our final walk through on the new condo. Everything seems to be in order, so we are just eagerly awaiting Wednesday when we'll be able to move in.
Friday, May 23, 2008
The good(ish) news is that since we are coming up on a long weekend, the deal won't fund until Wednesday, which means we can't move in until then anyway. This means that Ryan will not be able to get out of helping to move our stuff over there. Also the company who has been storing the bulk of our belongings is booked solid through the second week in June, which means we can't get any of our household items until then anyhow. We're going to tough it out in the condo regardless. We won't have any towels or dishes, but we did have the forsight to bring an air mattress with us - so we'll see how that goes. It'll be sort of like camping...but not as fun.
We had the unfortunate job of informing Ava that despite our wishes, she would not be sleeping in her own bed for yet another two weeks. Doesn't she look dismayed?
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
After moving to a state which happens to be surrounded by leagues of water, we thought it would behoove us to get Ava enrolled in some swimming lessons. After some research we settled on ISR - a program that focuses solely on very young children (6 mos - 6 years), and teaching them lifesaving techniques should they be involved in a drowning type situation.
The course lasts six weeks, and for the last few days Ava had to practice what she'd learned (mainly keeping her eyes open under the water to search for an exit and rolling onto her back to float so she can rest and breathe) fully clothed. Here's a quick snippet of what her final lesson looked like. Pardon for filming it sideways...I've no excuses.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
The original plan had been for me to start working as soon as I was done so that Ryan could go back to school and finish up fast. At that point though we had no idea we would have Ava or that Ryan would be deployed for nearly a year - or that he'd get a job offer we couldn't refuse when he came home either.
Fast forward to today, Ryan has spent the last year working full time and schooling full time. Despite changing jobs, moving to Hawaii (and losing a textbook in the process), working odd hours, and maintaining a surprisingly fair amount of contact with his family he's been able to excel in his courses, and yesterday morning (after working a full 12 hour graveyard shift) he took his last two finals of the semester - thus completing the requirements for his Associates Degree. He is thrilled to be done (at least for the summer), and Ava and I are thrilled at the prospect of more time together.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Today we went to the Honolulu Zoo. Ava had a great time seeing all the animals, and telling us what sounds they all make.
Here Ava is being very wary of the rhinoceros pen,
and pretending to be a guinea pig, and making friends with a little goat in the keiki zoo.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
It would seem that our frequent photo shoots have instilled in Ava the desire to be photographed as well because as we were heading out for a walk today, she asked to have her picture taken, and then started to pose away. I'm not sure where she got the idea to crouch, but it actually looks pretty genius, and I daresay I'll be attempting to copy it next time I'm in the line of fire.
Just think, in as little as a five years we could be looking back at these photos with horror, exclaiming, "I can't believe that outfit was seen in public!" - something my parents are probably already saying. Then in another ten to twenty years we could be wearing the same outfits again. Oh, how I love to hate the cyclical nature of fashion.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Part of the process for getting new plates involves having a safety inspection done on the car. Rather than wait at the dealership with an antsy toddler, Ryan elected to wander around the industrial area until it was finished. Luckily, for him and Ava, they stumbled on this lovely park:
I didn't see it in person, but these photos Ryan took make it look incredible. That is one funny thing about Honolulu - there are beautiful places like this smooshed in among dirty industrial scenes all over the place.