Thursday, March 27, 2014

40 Before 40

I have a friend who is turning 30 soon and has spent the past month focusing on and completing a list of 30 goals: 30 before 30. I thought that was such a good idea that I decided to jump on the bandwagon. This year I turn 40. Here's my list of 40 goals that I want to accomplish before I turn 40.

  1. Travel to the Big Island
  2. Hike to Laie Summit
  3. Hike Stairway to Heaven
  4. Hike Sacred Falls
  5. Hike Makapu'u
  6. Hike Diamond Head
  7. Complete a Marathon distance
  8. Complete a sprint Triathalon
  9. Learn to cross walk my surfboard
  10. Make home made yogurt
  11. Make home made caramels
  12. Make Granola Bars
  13. Make Gyros
  14. Make CocoPuffs (like Liliha bakery)
  15. Make authentic Pani Popo
  16. Get or make a dress form
  17. Sew a Hawaiian Quilt block
  18. Learn to tat
  19. Sew Easter Dresses for my girls
  20. Sew/Tailor a suit for one of the boys
  21. Sew myself a blouse
  22. Sew myself a dress
  23. Make curtains for the house
  24. Learn how to use the embroidery machine at school
  25. Further develop curriculum for THEA 141
  26. Make a container garden
  27. Read the Book of Mormon straight through, marathon style
  28. Read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  29. Read Brave New World
  30. Read Harry Potter Series
  31. Read I am the Messenger
  32. Write a story
  33. Write to Gramma at least once per month
  34. Sort through kids memorabilia
  35. Get my photo albums up to date
  36. Place my photography for sale on Fine Art America 
  37. Buy a piano (or keyboard with weighted keys)
  38. Pay off my student loan
  39. Get my motorcycle endorsement
  40. Build a hidden nest in my yard to collect eggs from (landlord won't let me build anything for real)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Big Waves?

I've been hearing about the big waves for days and yesterday morning I was awakened by my phone buzzing an severe weather alert. It told me the waves would be 40 feet on the North Shore! This I had to see. Dave and I made plans to go for a drive at lunch and witness for ourselves the biggest waves in 10 years.

It was a great plan but it didn't go so well. Apparently everyone else had the same idea. The traffic was at a dead stand still by the time we got to Ted's Bakery. We parked the truck on the side of the road and decided to walk out to Sunset Point instead.

Sunset Point is usually a calm beach with lots of sand. Not this time. This is what we found:

Pretty impressive but not all we had been hoping to see. We were really hoping for a little more drama, which we would have gotten had we made it all the way to Shark's Cove and Waimea. Bummer, maybe next time.
The haze over the North Shore is incredible. 

Not waves but it was on the beach and I thought it was cool.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Eagle Project Part 2

Heath got up early today, went and purchased the cement and came home to put the finishing touches on his benches. The boys helped him bolt the metal legs into position before loading up to deliver the benches to their final destination: The Bike Path.

 The boys did a lot of weed whacking and digging and mixing and measuring and leveling.

And then they went to the other end of the path to do it all over again with the second bench.

What a great way to start the morning and the week! Thank you to all the Laie 9th ward young men and leaders who helped Heath complete this project. Next step: Board of Review.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Eagle Project Part 1

Heath is working on his Eagle Project this week. It has been nearly three years in the making! Not because it was really difficulty or we had to get all kine approvals. No, it was because we have moved so much. He had a plan for a project in Washington and then we moved. He got settled in the first ward we were in and had the idea and then we moved. He was able to use the same plan after we moved he just had new scout leaders that had to get to know him and, yeah, it has taken awhile.

We are so proud of his work on this and so thankful for his excellent scout leader Brother Jeff Tyau. He has been a fantastic help since Dave and I really don't have a whole lot of knowledge about what he wanted to do. He is building and installing two benches for the Malaekahana Bike Path. This is the same path the kids ride to school every morning and that I run on regularly. It is a favorite spot of active families in the area.

With all the planning completed and approvals received and donations gathered Heath  and Bro Tyau headed out Tuesday to purchase the materials needed. At 7pm that night some of the 16-18 year old boys from the ward came over and helped him measure and cut and drill and prep all the wood. They were done by 9 and rewarded with bowls of hot brownies and ice cream.

Wednesday night the 11 year old scouts along with a few of the 16-18 year olds came over to help prime and paint the pieces. They too were rewarded for the efforts with treats.

Tonight Heath will be assembling and then doing touch up painting on the benches. Not sure who is coming over this time but I'll let you know in part 2 when I also tell you about how the install goes. So excited for him.

Monday, January 13, 2014

New Posts!

I know you all have been thinking I've been ignoring my blog all week but that is not true. Though there aren't any new posts dated in the last week there are a whole bunch of new posts sprinkled throughout the past year of posts. You see, Christmas cards went out last week with an invitation to check the blog for our update letter (because I couldn't get it printed and stuffed in the envelopes in a timely manner) and with that invitation going out I couldn't just write an update letter I felt the need to do a highlight roll on the side bar. Some of our highlights were still in draft and others just weren't even blogged at all so I spent the last week fixing that. If you follow closely and want to get caught up on all the new stuff without just scrolling and scrolling forever here is a link list. Happy reading!

Monday, January 06, 2014

2013 Update Letter

Aloha Friends and Family!

Another year has come and gone so fast that I find myself writing this Christmas turned New Year’s card on the 6th of January. We have had a full year and I guess it just couldn’t be contained by 2013. We started new jobs, travelled to places far and near, accomplished goals big and small and have worked and played as hard as we could, loving every minute.

Though he is still working at BYU Hawaii Dave has changed jobs this year from Career Services to Admissions. Always looking for a challenge and something new he has also begun a doctorate program. He is working towards his EdD with a USC cohort based here on Oahu. Though he misses every other weekend of surfing with the family he is enjoying the program and getting excellent marks in all his classes.  Dave has recently been called as the Young Men’s president in our ward and continues to serve as the Roundtable Commissioner for the Hukilau District of the Boy Scouts of America.

I started working at BYU Hawaii in the Theater Department last January as the Costume Design and Construction Instructor and Manager of the Costume Wardrobes. It has been a challenge and an exciting adventure. I also continue substituting at the Elementary school, managing student apartments, and doing custom sewing jobs on the side. I am the ward organist at church, a visiting teaching supervisor, and the ward Girls Camp director. This winter I completed my first two half marathons but my greatest accomplishment this year was finally finishing the family’s Christmas stockings that I started when Heath was a baby. I finished them Dec. 31st at 10am!

Heath is a senior at Kahuku High School and is really excited to be starting his last semester of High School tomorrow morning. He spends his time swimming, playing tennis, surfing, working construction, reading and doing lots of homework. The Eagle Project he’s been planning for two years is finally scheduled to be completed on the 20th of this month. He plans to attend school at BYU Hawaii but is leaning towards serving a mission first. He can put his papers in in March.  This year has been one full of mixed emotions for us as everything seems to be our “last time” as a family. So proud of this kid and the direction in which his life is going.

Kirkham is a sophomore. He swims, surfs, hangs with friends, rides his bike and longboard everywhere and is contemplating spending this next summer as a counselor at Pupukea Boy Scout Camp.  He is just a smidgen shorter than Dave and has therefore graduated to man status.  He works on the car, the motorcycle, the scooter, started watching football games with his dad, and he was a great help with all the heavy lifting when we moved (yes, again). He still has a cute little lovebird named Kiwi that he has trained to mimic him and he thoroughly enjoyed our summer trip to Washington to see friends and family.

Afton is an 8th grader, skinny as a bean pole and only a few hairs shorter than me. She checks her progress daily. She is an artist and musician, plays tennis, surfs (of course) and spends most of her free time with her best friends. She enjoys drawing designs for clothes and she sewed her first dress ever just earlier this week. She took an acting class as an elective this year and may have fallen in love with theater, but she falls in love with everything so we’ll see what interests next semester’s electives spark.

Cora is a 5th grader at Laie Elementary School. She is friendly and kind and talkative and helpful and bubbly and energetic and always, always, always happy.  She is great at keeping us on track and toeing the line. She is often the first up, the first one done with chores, the first one ready to leave, the first one to ask if we can do something fun together like play a game or watch a movie or go for a walk. She enjoys reading and learning. She rides bikes, skateboards, ripsticks, wants rollerblades. She charges big waves and prefers to do crazy daredevil stunts over brushing her hair, doing nails and dressing fancy. She is our exclamation point.

We hope this letter finds you well. We enjoyed receiving your holiday cards, pictures and notes. We read and displayed each one and talked about the good times we have had with all of you. We are grateful for those memories and your friendship. Each of you have made us better people in ways big and small and we hope that we, in turn, have brightened your life in some way. And if we haven’t yet we hope to teach you how to surf when you make it out to Hawaii. Give us a call or drop by, we love seeing old friends.

Aloha nui loa!

The Dooley Ohana

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Hanging with the Honu

I just love this picture Dave captured while we were surfing at Turtle Bay on New Years day.
 Yes, the honu (turtle in Hawaiian) are beautiful and they are good luck while out surfing but don't touch! It's against the law.

This next water creature here is also cute and very playful don't you think?

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