Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Ode to Missie

We can't believe our adventure here is coming to an end. We've had the time of our lives and are happy we could share it all with you and have loved all the comments we've gotten. One in particular though...from Missie.

Awhile ago we put up the guestbook for people to sign and leave comments pretty much thinking it was gonna be a couple close friends signing it. So we were shocked and elated when "a mom from Montana" whom we didn't even know was our 3rd signer and told us not only that she's hooked on our blog but that she thinks we're "H.I.L.A.R.I.O.U.S."

This inspired us to do a little something special for her. Here's what we came up with...Missie we love you and this one's for you!!!

Ceri & Brooklyn

Don't forget to mute our playlist at the bottom of the page before playing the video!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Sillies and the Saucies

Before leaving the land of endless backdrops, also known as Hawaii, I wanted to do a photo shoot with Brooklyn. We were cutting it close but right there at the end we set out around Kailua and got some fun shots. I've broken them down into 2 categories; the sillies and the saucies.

The Sillies & Smilies:

What is Brooklyn laughing at you ask??
The sicko couple parked on the sand nearby...I'm guessing they were on their honeymoon???

The Saucies:
This is my absolute FAVE!! How hot is Brooklyn??? WOW!

Friday, December 18, 2009

So, let's be real here...whose "favorite movie" list does not include 50 first dates?? Honestly. It's got it all; Romance, humor, music, and stunning scenery. Now that we've established we all know and love this movie, it's safe to assume we all remember the scene where Henry and Lucy first meet at the charming little family owned eatery, the Hukilau Cafe. He looks over and see's the sun rays perfectly falling on a beautiful girl who is building a volcano or something out of her waffles. Right?

Anyways, what you may not know is that there really is a small city and beach called Hukilau and there's even a small family owned eatery called, the Hukilau cafe! Which I'm sure leads you to the same question we this where 50 first dates was filmed?

Well come along with us as we investigate. The audio isn't the best in some parts of this one but you'll get the idea.

Well, there you have it folks. Another Myth Busted!! It was not filmed there, they were just paid for the use of there name and it was actually filmed a little ways down the road at the Kualoa Ranch.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

No go on the puppy :(

So each time I'd really start leaning towards getting a certain puppy we'd go back to check on it and it would be gone. Then I started thinking about how the kind of puppy I'd been wanting for years now is a goldendoodle or a labradoodle...not a chihuahua or terrier or whatever. Although they're all adorable and I'm sure I'd be happy having any one of them to love I don't want to get a dog just to get a dog, or get a dog in hawaii just to have gotten a dog in hawaii for souvenir purposes. : ) I should look into the breed, what they need, what I can give, I'm opting not to get a puppy. I'm a little bummed but I think it's best, especially after a cashier that checked me out randomly told me she might have to put her chihuahua terrier down for attacking the neighbors kid!?!

Also I started thinking about how the Vincent's might breed their dog Ikaika, whom I adore with their daughters puppy, Makana, whom I also love so maybe I'll wait a little while for that to happen. This is great for several reasons. 1) Their both beautiful purebred boxers. 2) I'm familiar with boxers as my sister has two. 3) It would be fun to get a puppy and have known it's mom and dad. 4) This is an excuse to go back to hawaii in a year or so!!!

Here they are heading out with the Vincents.

Here are a couple better ones of Ikaika. So cute!!

So no go on the puppy as a I guess my ukulele, frog attracters, coconut thumb piano's, 2 muumuu's, shell leis, sole sandals, name bracelets, puka dog relishes, pink fishing pole, chipped tooth, and 80 GB of photo and video footage will have to do.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Hammerhead fishing

So after a friend of my dad's told us that Kaneohe Bay is the breeding ground for Hammerheads we were set on trying to see one or better yet, catch one!! We headed to the Fishing supply store to see what we'd need.

We were excited to find some awesome pink fishing poles and when we saw that the reel lights up when you turn it we were sold. We were thrilled when the men at the store said we'd for sure catch one if not more. We bought some squid & shrimp and we were told that's what a Hammer pup would eat and we headed to the pier.

It wasn't the best day for Shark fishing. Or maybe fishing at all. The winds were out of control and unfortunately were gusting towards us and not away from casting our line out into the wind was difficult. We couldn't ever get it too far out and once we would the wind and current would slowly carry it back into shore. We were determined and stayed out trying until the rain came.

Day 1 =

DAY 2: We headed back to He'eia Pier to try again. No rain this day but the winds were still really strong making it difficult to get our hooks out into the reef that was a good 60 feet away.

A big milestone for me today was loading my own bait! I finally found a way to put the squid on the hook all by myself. It was a pretty nasty experience but I'm glad I did it. I felt like such a big girl and I'm sure Brooklyn enjoyed the break.

Eventually Keanue came and met up with us and had some ideas of other places we might have better luck so we followed him to Waikalua Beach Park. It looked promising. We hadn't even gotten from the car to the shore before one of Hawaii's many kind locals started striking up a conversation and trying to help us out.

His name was Jerry. He said our poles looked good, our bait looked good, and the location was good. He'd caught hammer pups right off the shore before when he was really wanting fish. We were confident and loaded our bait. After a little while Brooklyn helped me get the guts to walk out into the water a little help us cast our lines further. I wasn't even to my knees but was sure at any second a shark would be biting my ankles and I quickly headed back to the sand.

We fished for a couple hours and I'm proud to inform you I CAUGHT SOMETHING!!!

A crab. BOOOO. It was a tiny one. I didn't even see it on my bait, Keanue did. It was funny because I didn't really catch it, it just grabbed onto the squid and wouldn't let go.
I wasn't about to try and hold it but still wanted a picture with's what Keanue and I came up with. Can you tell whose arm is whose?

The time came for Brooklyn to head to work but her mom and I decided to give it another go. We'd heard from several people that sharks like brackish water (mix of salt water and fresh water). Like the areas where the ocean meets a river or canal. So we decided to try the canal. We had a great time. Jeanne gave it a few throws.

And I managed to catch another crab. A pretty big one too.

As we chatted and waited a cute dog came running over and ended up hanging out with us for a while.

No sharks today but still some impressive stats...

Day 2 =
Matthew Fox sighting-1

Day 3: When I got home from Day 2 of trying to catch a shark I started doing a lot of Hammerhead/Kaneohe Bay research and found a news article about dozens of Hammerhead pups found dead tangled in a net left in a place called, Waikalua Loko Fish Pond in Kaneohe. Waikalua pond sounded so familiar to me. I realized it was the street the church is on and happened to be the street Keanue had just taken us to the day before so I google earthed the pond and it was the name of a certain portion of the bay just 80 feet or so from where we were standing in the water that day!!!

You can imagine my excitement at this point in knowing we were in the right place and that they were out there. So the next morning we were up early and headed back to get closer.

We wanted a shark bad but we knew to get one we were gonna need to get out a little further. Next to the beach there's a pier that's length would take us out right to the edge of the "pond" where I was sure we'd be able to catch something but it had a gate and a private property sign. As we all know desperate times call for desperate measures and so we jumped the gate and rushed out onto the pier, behind a small wooden half wall we thought would keep us a bit hidden. We hooked some squid, threw out the line, and got back behind the wall as fast as we could. This day there was less wind and we were able to get it out there a ways further than we had previously I was positive today was the day.

We weren't there long before we heard feet walking towards us...that's about the time my nervous giggles usually set in. Three security patrol type men came. They asked us what we were fishing for and were surprised for us to answer "sharks." They said we were definitely in the right place and they were sorry we hadn't had any luck because they needed us to leave. Apparently we were on the property of a rehabilitation center and weren't allowed on the pier. BOOOOOO! Today was gonna to be the day!!!

Day 3 =
Matthew Fox Sightings-0

For two ridiculously impatient women 3 unsuccessful days was all it took for us to lose interest and find other things to do that offered a little more instant gratification. Before you write our experience off as a failure look at our totals:

sharks -0
matthew fox sighting-1
adorable pink fishing pole-1

Even though we didn't walk away with a Hammerhead in hand...we did have in hand the cutest pink fishing poles ever and with stats like those we can in NO way call this a loss.

We remained determined and decided if we can't bring the sharks to us then we'll go to we booked the SHARK CAGE!!

dun Dun DUN!!!