Beach and a good book! Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

When I’m at the beach I love to read a good book.  I find me a nice space in the shade and get comfy with my book.  This week the kids really wanted to go to the beach, so we took a little drive to the North Shore.  The weather was perfect!  I chose to start Nine Perfect Strangers.  I’m a huge fan of Liane Moriarty and this book did not disappoint.  If you enjoy her books… you will love this one.  And I have to say, it was the perfect summer/ beach read.

No one better than daddy to go to the beach with.  I’ll give him that one, Im not a fan of the beach and hate the sand, so daddy wins over mommy there!  He will let her bury him for hours if she wanted.

I hope you all are having a wonderful summer!  I know most of us are working during the summer, but I hope everyone can find some time to do something fun!

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Mini Putt with my Tea girl!

My daughter loves to go to Bay View Golf Course for the mini putt and zip line.  On Monday her and I shared some mother & daughter time with a round of putt putt.  We had such a fun time that I actually wouldn’t mind doing it more often.  Maybe this weekend the whole family can go (fingers crossed).

My daughter is very competitive so she took the game pretty serious!  I beat her score on a couple of holes and it only made her more focused.  A good thing for the future.

After we were done she got a bubble gun from a friend.  She’s growing up so fast that it was nice to see her being young and having fun!  Life is so busy and crazy that this day was a good reminder of how I must find time to do more things as a family.

Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden

Over the weekend we took our 3 year old to Ho’omaluhia in Kaneohe.  She loves to go to the lake and feed the ducks and fish.  Its a beautiful place and great for families to have a relaxing time without costing anything.

It’s a little bit of a walk to get down to the lake but along the way you’re shaded with trees and the chirping of birds.  There’s something about being surrounded by nature and the sounds of nature that is an instantaneously calming on the spirit.

It was such a hot day!  It’s been really hot and muggy here lately.  We only spent about an hour before we couldn’t handle the heat any longer.  On our way back we took our time and learned about some of the different plants.  Aria was complaining about her legs being sore, so the lucky bugger got to ride on daddy’s shoulders.

Aria is 3 years old

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My little girl is growing up so fast.  I can’t believe she’s 3 already.  We celebrated all weekend with a camping trip on the North Shore.  We stayed at camp Mokule’ia where we rented a cabin (because I need a private bathroom, shelter and electricity).  We really lucked out because we were able to rent a cabin just a week in advance.  The camp is currently being renovated so they gave us the end cabin and we were literally the only ones there!  It was like we had our own private beach.  It was amazing!

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My dad lives only a few minutes away, so he was able to spend a lot of time with us.  We had family join us on Saturday for a BBQ, fishing, crab hunting at night and of course we roasted marshmallows and made s’mores.  Everyone was happy and having a great time, especially the kids.  I love that my kids are able to look back and remember this, the way I remember when I would go camping with my cousins when I was younger.

Aria was loving all of the “Happy Birthday” wishes from everyone that came by all weekend.  She heard it so much that by Sunday night she actually said “my birthday is done already”, it was hilarious! Im going to make it a point to start doing more of these little “staycations” with my family, having all of my kids together laughing and enjoying each other is what I live for.

My little ones are getting big fast

My youngest daughter and my granddaughter are just getting so big… time is just flying by too fast for me to keep up. It’s amazing how babies and toddlers can make all the stress in life go away in their presence. They truly are my sanity at the end of a crazy day. I’ve been so busy and hopefully I can soon share with you all the new things going on. Til then, here are some updated pics of the girls.

Rock n Fun Kapolei

Games, Burgers, Fries, Milkshakes and… A BAR!  There’s fun for everyone at the new Rock N Fun, located at Ka Makana Ali’i in Kapolei.  Last night we were invited to the soft opening of this new venue that combines Fun Factory and Johnny Rockets.  Here on the island, we associate E. K. Fernandez with all things fun.  They’ve provided family entertainment through their Carnivals and Fun Factory game rooms for what feels like forever (since I was a little girl). So we were so excited to learn that they’d be collaborating with one of my “must-eat” restaurants whenever we travel to California.

I’m not too sure about the actual Grand Opening, but I’m assuming that the date will be within the next couple of weeks.

The food was so good! Kahele and the kids are definitely Burgers & Fries lovers, so they filled up til satisfied.  My favorite burger at Johnny Rockets is the patty melt and a chunk of my afternoon was spent craving it!  When I took my first bite it was exactly what I’d been wanting.  Of course the shakes were awesome. I love how the adults are able to get their grub and drink on while the kids are in watching distance playing arcade games.  It really is the best of both worlds.

SOME WEEKEND PICS

On Sunday we celebrated 2 of our nephews (Kanaloa and Kahaku) birthdays at Kailua beach followed by a BBQ at Kahele’s parents house.  I was able to capture just a few pics at the beach. It was so hot and crowded that while everyone was swimming I stayed in my nice breezy spot under a huge tree where I was able to read my book.

Rock Island Cafe Waikiki

For years I’ve walked by this cafe and I’ve never tried it.  Today Kahele picked me up for lunch and I told him that I really wanted to try it out, so without knowing what to expect we headed over.  The minute I walked in I loved the place.  I didn’t even know how the food or the service was, but the decor and feel of the restaurant totally won me over.

  I mean how cool is this place!  It’s like walking into a time machine and heading right back to mid-century.  All of the Elvis, Audrey, Marilyn, I love Lucy… amazing!  And they played the Grease soundtrack while we ate.  Now I think that all my meals should be eaten with the Grease soundtrack playing in the background 😉

Everywhere you turn there’s just some random piece of furniture, stuffed animal, quote, picture that you can’t help to smile at.  I mean, this chair right next to the popcorn machine?

This cute little bar that sits about 5 is located at the very back of the restaurant, sort of like… “hey we need a bar, but don’t have any room for one so let’s just stick baby in the corner”.

Not too sure if this stage is just for show or if they actually have live entertainment.  OMG if I find out that they have Karaoke and you’re able to perform on this stage I’m going back!

Another random bar/podium.  Not sure what it’s purpose is but it oddly fits right in with the restaurant.

All of the vintage posters made me want to watch some oldies.  I think this weekend I may have to make some time for Audrey or Marilyn.  Maybe, Seven Year Itch?  That sound good to me!

Our table had the retro decor and even had Trivial Pursuit cards to keep us busy while waiting for our food.  I wish we had more than an hour but I had to get back to work.

The food was really good. Nothing fancy but really tasty.  I had the Pizza with a Plantation Iced Tea and Kahele just had to have the Diner food- Bacon burger, french fries and a chocolate malt.

Be prepared that this restaurant is a little pricey for the simplicity of the food.  We ended up spending $43 on just what’s pictured above.  But for the experience, I feel like it was worth it.

Rock Island Cafe

131 Kaiulani Ave

Honolulu, HI 96815