August 3 @ 10:54am: An auspicious start to our trip: while the family was reciting the Guardian Angel prayer in the van, I broke into “Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts…”
August 3 @ 4:41pm: Wow…traveling with my family is sure a lot different than traveling alone. Phrases like “gong show” and “dog’s breakfast” come to mind.
August 3 @ 11:17pm: Having a little trouble distinguishing the locals from the Filipinos. Maybe they are all local Filipinos!
August 4 @ 12:55pm: Thinking of starting up my own chain of stores down here: “XYZ Stores” sounds original enough!
August 4 @ 2:45pm: Feeling the Aloha Spirit.
August 4 @ 10:58pm: Excited for our first tour. Hope it turns out better than that other tour that embarked from Honolulu many years ago…that supposed 3-hour tour on the S.S. Minnow.
August 5 @ 10:54am: Jake found a “SPAM Platter” at Jack in the Box. Needless to say, he’s a happy boy.
August 5 @ 10:06pm: Angry Boys…next thing you know they’ll be breaking pieces of wood with their heads.
August 6 @ 10:24am: Kayla was so excited to swim this morning that she blessed the poolside with a #1. Better outside of the pool than inside of it I guess!
August 7 @ 9:57am: Thinking of doing a home version of “Silent Library” in honour of my Japanese roots. Now I just need 6 willing participants. Who’s in for some pain and some mess? :p
August 7 @ 2:46pm: Enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon.
August 7 @ 3:45pm: Today’s Mass reading from Matthew’s Gospel is one of my favourite passages: I guess Peter didn’t think that Jesus was going to call his bluff. :p
August 7 @ 7:53pm: I think I have finally found my post-youth ministry job: a teppanyaki chef! I have the personality, the love of Japanese food, the sense of humour (questionable) and the coordination. All I need to do is learn how to cook.
August 8 @ 2:39pm: Spent a few hours at Pearl Harbor: a fascinating look at one of the most historically significant places in world history. Didn’t see Ben Affleck though.
August 8 @ 6:00pm: Taking the boys to hike Diamond Head tomorrow morn. Thanks to Oggy …I feel as ready as I’ll ever be!
August 8 @ 10:06pm: Forget teppanyaki chef…I have found my true calling: as a hula dancer! Affirming comments only please. :p
August 9 @ 6:48am: Sunscreen? Check. Power bands? Check. Water in pop bottles? Check. Off to Diamond Head!
August 9 @ 8:54am: Proof that we made it…well at least the boys did.
August 9 @ 6:08pm: Okay…forget teppanyaki chef and forget hula dancer. I want to be a tour bus driver: I enjoy driving and I enjoy talking. And I can do both at the same time!
August 9 @ 6:46pm: Jacob McDonald, Sean McDonald, and Ronald McDonald. Once again, in their Angry Birds t-shirts.
August 10 @ 9:05am: This trip has certainly been a blessing and has also re-affirmed the different personalities and relationships within our family: good, bad, and ugly. Gail and I have told the kids that the next trip will be just the two of us…haha!
August 10 @ 9:49am: Visiting Waikiki Beach one final time…albeit while picking up breakfast at McDonald’s.
August 11 @ 2:18am: I’m surprised at how many Boston Bruins fans I met in Hawaii. Interesting to hear their perspectives on the series and their impressions of our city after the riot.
August 11 @ 10:56pm: Home is where the heart is. Along with a bunch of shows on the PVR.
August 11 @ 11:42pm: Timing is everything: a couple we met at the Seattle Premium Outlets today complimented our kids impressed with their politeness, respect for each other, and “advanced” vocabulary (their words). Kayla’s next words were: “Jacob, you stupid idiot!”