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Sammy’s 5th Birthday

Sammy turned five on Saturday. Hard to believe, but it’s true. This year, he asked for a pool party at the YMCA, so we went with a Hawaiian theme. A bunch of his friends came, and everybody got to splash around in the water for an hour before heading over to the aerobics room for pizza and cake. A cake, I must say, that was the most amazing cake I’ve ever seen. Party Favors in Brookline, if anyone ever needs to get a great cake. We wanted to get one in the shape of a surfboard, which they offered to do, but custom shapes don’t come cheap. The more affordable option included white chocolate surfboards and crustaceans, sculpted fish and a palm tree, and the most realistic surf I’ve ever seen on cake frosting. It was a work of art.

Special thanks to Jesse for being in charge of the camera.


Hawaii – Act II

Here are more photos from Hawaii, this batch from our six days on Maui. We stayed at the Kamaole Sands in Kihei, along with Jenn’s parents. Mark, Scott and Sarah got themselves another unit in the same complex.

On Monday, we went to the Iao Valley, a rainforest in the West Maui mountains. Tuesday morning was our snorkeling adventure out at Molokini. Sammy went in the water with his flippers, although he wasn’t so keen on the mask. We still have to take the underwater cameras to be developed (digital photography has spoiled us), so we’ll post the fish and turtle pictures as soon as we can. Wednesday was for shopping and hanging out in Paia on the north shore of Maui. On Thursday, we set out for Haleakala, the 10,023 foot volcano that makes up the bulk of Maui. Technically, it’s still active, although the last lava flow was in 1790. Friday was spent in part at the Maui Ocean Center, a small but beautiful aquarium in Ma’alaea.

There was a lot of beach time as well, and Sammy has already made plans for us to move to Maui and buy a Jeep. Failing that, I’m sure we’ll be back to visit again.


Hawaii – Act I

Sammy at the IhilaniWe’re back, somewhat reluctantly, from Hawaii. The first batch of edited pictures is up on the gallery, covering the events on O’Ahu, namely the resort and the wedding. I’ve also posted, for anyone who is interested, all the photos of Sammy and his new friend, Daryn Siegel. Some are a bit scandalous, at least for two four-year-olds.