Well that vacation didn't go the way we wanted! Noah started a fever/flu on the day we left and it lasted for 7 days. When it finally ended he was sore and cranky, then to add to the fun Dad got the fever/flu. YAY! Our flight home was delayed 6 hours and I still feel like crap, but for the sake of this post I will ignore my "Debbie Downer" instinct and focus on the good moments we managed to have. Everyone loves pictures of other peoples vacations, right?
Noah enjoyed running around new places and exploring, especially on stairs since we don't have any at home.
We did make a stop at an Urgent Care center when the fever wouldn't stop just to make sure it wasn't an ear infection or something more serious.
We took a trip north of Waikiki to find Oahu's most famous bakery "Leonard's" and have a local specialty called a "malasadas" which is basically a doughnut in ball form and optionally filled with custard. They have been around since 1952 and make the malasadas fresh to order.
They are delicious! Warm, soft, sweet and better than any Krispy Kreme.
The streets were lit with torches at night and it was beautiful, we came across a bunch of people hula-hooping and Mom showed off her stuff.
There is a market style shopping area called Dukes Lane that is pretty well known. Be warned if you go there the shop owners can be very aggressive.
We managed to make it out for a sit down dinner once and we went to an all you can eat sushi place with a dinner show.
We watched a lot of beautiful sunsets.
Noah loves planes and runs to the window every time one flies over out house. Naturally he was very excited to be at the airport.
And here is a few more vacation photos...
We are currently on vacation in Hawaii for a week and a half. We are staying in Waikiki beach and enjoying the cooler, less humid air.
It's been a rough start, Noah got the flu on the day we flew here and he is having a really hard time with his bottom molars. Today is the first day he's clearly beginning to feel better, so it's looking up.
On the bright side Noah's flu scored us an upgrade at the hotel so we could have a bath tub! Here is our first room....
That's about all the space Noah had to play before. But now....
He's got two rooms and a couch to bounce off! We even have a view of Diamond Head crater...
We have done a ton of walking, eating and some shopping for staples we can't get so easily at home; clothes, shoes, snacks.... Legos.
It's been a little too cool for the beach, plus it's no place for a baby with a fever. We have just enjoyed the view, a couple free shows and even a parade.
We bought a weeks pass to the zoo ($45... not too bad) and have taken Noah twice already. His flu has made him less interested than normal but we will go back.
I just wanted to give everyone a quick update and I'll post again when I don't have to use a cell phone.
Papaya is another fruit that grows all over the island, we have 4 trees around our house. There are two varieties of papaya, one is yellow-orange in the middle and the other is orange-red. We prefer the less common orange-red variety, they are more flavorful and the meat is a little firmer. It is difficult to tell the two varieties apart, but the red-orange ones are slightly less elongated that the others. We recently tried a melon-papaya cross bread that someone on the island has grown and it was awesome... like a cantaloupe and papaya in one.
Most papayas at the road side stands are one to two dollars depending on size, the one below is dollar sized. Papaya is a good sources of antioxidants, Vitamin C, B vitamins, potassium, copper, magnesium and fiber. When applied to the skin, papaya helps break down inactive proteins, removes dead skin cells and helps prevent blemishes. This is the reason you will find Mom rubbing the papaya peel on her face after every breakfast.
The seeds of papaya's are edible, helpful for digestion, and can even eliminate intestinal parasites. They taste a little peppery and a little bitter, some people use them as a pepper substitute and they look just like peppercorns.
"The Food Around Us" Running Total (4) - Breadfruit, Coconuts, Taro and Papaya
Last week Dad appeared on the news for work, on a half-an-hour TV round table discussion for the EPA and had his material on the radio for a different topic. If you want to have an impact on people, and island is a good place to start!
The Jaskowiak Family
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