Wordless Wednesday: December 1st at the Beach

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Norfork Trail Jeep Hike

Yesterday, our family (as well as several other members of Oahu Jeeps) hit the Norfolk Trail over near Kailua for some 4-wheeling fun! This was our second trip to this particular trail, so we were able to tackle a few new things due to knowing the area better as well as because of some SERIOUS upgrades that my husband made to the Jeep!

Here are some of the awesome shots we got from our cameras!

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View the rest here (these are all my Norfork Trail photos – not just from the latest trip)

How to get to Norfork Trail:

Norfork is located at 41-1888–41-1898 Kalanianaole Hwy, Kailua Hawaii 96795. Across from a private gate (where you better not park!) is a slope that goes up (steep) as well as another spot a few feet away that isn’t as steep (although, the first time we went it was blocked by large tree trunks.)

Remember:

Don’t go by yourself! Bring a friend – especially one who has been there before. It’s easy to get lost – it’s a big area with lots of side trails. Also – and this is EXTREMELY  IMPORTANT – leave the trail as clean (or even cleaner) as it was when you got there. Parts of the trail are on private property and if we as Jeep owners want to continue being able to visit our favorite trails we need to show that we can take care of them.

Geek Baby in Training

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Juliana (20 months) is a little obsessed with the Old McDonald’s Farm Preschool Storybook Piano app for the iPad/iPhone. It was created by a company called Kiboomu and, unfortunately, I don’t think it’s even available anymore! There is, however, a “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Preschool Storybook Piano” app that looks the same (by the same company) as well as an “ABC” song and a couple others!

Kiboomu was officially launched in January 2010. It was founded by two women who share a passion for children, music, education, and fun.  Kiboomu is a Montreal-based development company that specializes in creating award-winning children’s music for iPhone and iPad appssong downloads and kids music videos that promote learning through music and fun!

I Love My X-Shot

chrisanna-xshot I keep forgetting to share with you, my readers, one of my favorite toys! The X-Shot Camera Extender! I received one last year from my friend Drew and have used it ever since to take pictures during family vacations and even playgroup dates or girls nights out! It’s small and portable but extends over 3 feet! Plus, it’s strong – I use it with my Fuji S600 and also my small Sony.

The XShot is also great for making films and video diaries. Since the camera is pointing at you, you are always in the frame!

The picture to the left is a shot of my friend Anna and I at a playgroup Valentine’s Day party. I took this picture and several others with my camera attached to my X-Shot. Everyone at the party was going crazy for it! I mean, how many of you out there are never ever in the picture because you are always taking the picture! I have hardly any pictures of my son and I because I’m always the one taking the shots – not anymore though! Now I can pose right with my son, my friends and my family and take great pictures. I have no idea why no one thought of this earlier – it’s so smart!

Here’s some bullets for my "bullet" loving readers as to why the X-Shot is such a brilliant idea:

  • You may not always want to trust a stranger with your brand new camera
  • There isn’t anyone around to take a picture of you on top of the mountain…
  • There is no time or space to set up a tripod
  • You want to take easy pictures and videos on the go, to post on your blog or social network.

The X-Shot camera extender is super simple to use and is inexpensive – only $29.99 – where else can you get something this cool for that little? You will use the X-Shot and LOVE it – it’s really for anyone!

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Tis the Season

The holidays are seriously creeping up here – why didn’t anyone tell me it was already OCTOBER?? I’ve got Xander’s got about 5 birthday parties to attend this month, plus plenty of Autumn-filled play dates and Halloween festivities. Soon enough it will be be November and then December. These months always fly by for me!! How about you? What are you doing to get organized and ready for the holiday rush?

One of the cool things that I personally like to do is buy cards in advance – I’ve begun with Christmas cards that I will purchase right after the actual holiday – that way they are usually marked down quite a bit. I will sort them into a divider box (just one of those plastic boxes that you can put tabbed dividers in) and since I have my list of who gets cards on my computer I just print it out when I need to write out the cards!

Last year we did photo Christmas cards using a picture of Xander with Santa. This year I am sure we will be doing the same. Using photo cards is a great way to keep in touch with far away family. I know each year when I begin to get them they go right up on my fridge! Then, after the holiday I put them in a photo album. I love how everyone looks so festive and nine times out of ten The Holiday Photo is THE ONLY family photo for the year. That usually holds true in our families case!

So, get yourself organized … Get a small document size storage box, get some tabs, start labeling (Christmas, Birthday, Thank You, etc.) and then get your holiday card list and photo cards ready! Have fun!

More Helpful Links:
Greeting Card Organizing Tips
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The Tantrum Kid

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When my kid throws tantrums I honestly feel like crap. I mean, when he wants something and throws one I can handle it – I won’t give in simple as that – but the LOOKS I get from other people in the stores really tick me off. Like I am highly abusing this child by not giving him a freaking Spiderman toy.

Tantrums caused by lack of sleep are a whole ‘nother ball game. I know he still needs a nap during the day, but I’ve never forced the issue on him, so when 6 o’clock rolls around and the tantrums begin I feel awful because all this kid wants, wel, NEEDS is sleep! I need to figure out how to get him to bed – to sleep – earlier. Right now his “bedtime” is roughly 9 o’clock – meaning on a normal night he gets a bath at around 8:30pm – then a 20 minute bath and then by 9 he’s in bed being read to. We need to up that by maybe an hour when he doesn’t have a nap. But how?