Last week was so busy I didn't get to blog about it, but we had lots of fun. Last weekend started with a congregational farewell party. We have so many people leaving from the Pearl Harbor Ohana this year that it is going to be quite a transitional time for us. Some of you may may be interested to know that Phil and Sandy (Preacher and wife) are leaving this Fall. Our congregation has already formed a preacher search committee to find their replacement, so pray for them. Before the Terrys exit the country for England most of the rest of the church will also be leaving! Likely they'll be replaced by new faces as the Summer always brings a great influx of new military families.
Tracie Hendershot is moving on to Vancouver, WA, right across the river from Portland, along with some of our good friends, the Cousers who are also headed for Portland. So, if we do end up going there, we will be in great company! At the farewell party the person announcing where everyone was moving to thought we were all joking that so many of us were moving away to the same place together! We are still waiting on the news of when we'll get to Portland, but hopefully it'll be this year instead of next.
Sunday evening we decided on a somewhat impromptu camping trip. We talked (Uncle) Wes and (Auntie) Jessi into joining us on our adventure and headed for Bellows. We decided it was not going to be a frugal camping trip because we were not really prepared to pack all the food and necessities for cooking on our impromptu trip. Besides, there are several places in Kailua that we have never had a chance in which to dine because it is just too far to drive (and we are obviously too local based on that last statement!). So, we invited our anti-camping friends (Brad and Rebecca) to join us for dinner after we had set up the camp-site and went for a nice dinner at Formaggio. Then we headed back to the campsite and sat on the beach in the moonlight, visiting and enjoying the sound of the surf! Aaaahhh some of the things we will miss....
I have to just make a note here that local folks really know how to camp here!! It was absolutely incredible to see the set-up that most of these families had for a holiday weekend. Some had their own portable toilets (like full-on out-houses!) and showers. One family had a HUGE screen set up and were watching Hawaiian music videos! It's a good thing Hawaiian music is basically soothing or that would have been terribly annoying! I decided that most of these people use more electricity when they go camping (via generators) than if they had stayed home for the weekend! The camp ground was filled to over-flowing! I guess no one cares about permits on a holiday weekend because there were tents set up well beyond the boundaries!
In the morning we woke up and headed back into Kailua for breakfast at Boots and Kimo's for some wonderful banana pancakes with this incredible mac nut sauce! If you know me and breakfast, you probably know that I am pretty critical of pancakes since I think I make some pretty fine ones myself and rarely ever think you can get anything close to homemade in a restaurant, but these were fantastic! The omelets were good, too, but nothing to rave about.
After some fun at the beach, some lunch, a nap in our tents, and some tennis, we headed back into town for some Maui Tacos (Yum!), Starbucks and ice cream. We finally headed home about 8 PM. We milked that holiday! Since we have been trying to live on a more limited budget and only take out a certain amount of cash to spend each week on all food and incidentals we really had to scrimp and save this week after eating out for almost every meal on the weekend. We actually did very well and were still able to have friends over for dinner at least two nights, I think! I was pretty pleased by that!
The rest of the week was equally busy. We have some friends who are having some marital problems right now and are also in the middle of a forced move (Navy renovations) so we spent some time visiting with them for encouragement and also helping them move. Between Zak and I, we've visited with them and helped pack/move stuff on 3 different days this week.
Zak also started a SCUBA diving class to get certified as an Open Water Diver through PADI. His best friend (Brad) just completed his Divemaster certification which enables him to teach the SCUBA certification course, so he's teaching Zak one-on-one. Needless to say, Zak's getting through the material much faster than he would in a regular class (today Brad and Zak were at the pool for about 4 hours knocking out a couple days worth of instruction!) and he also got a fantastic deal on price! They're hoping he'll be done and certified by next weekend (now they need to make some dives in the ocean). The only real bummer is that I can't do it with him since I'm pregnant. I will have to be satisfied with snorkeling a bit longer! Zak has really wanted to get certified for a very long time and it's definitely a little over-due since we may be leaving Hawaii very soon, so we're glad he gets to do it now and hopefully be able to do a little diving before we leave!
I have lots of fun little Koa tid-bits, but I will have to make that a separate post since this one is a marathon post!