We were surprised last night to find a hummingbird in our kitchen.  I was in the living room reading when I heard a strange sound coming from the kitchen.  I went to investigate and found a hummingbird trying to get out through the kitchen bay window. The bird kept running right into the glass. I called Tristan for assistance and also grabbed the camera (it is not often that we get a bird in the house).  We worked together to pull up the shades, remove the screens and open the two side windows.  We could tell the hummingbird was getting tired and frustrated when it started landing on the window seal momentarily and then would start to fly into the window again.  Tristan used the screen to carefully guide the bird out the open window were it flew away very quickly.

 That was an adventure.


8 Months & Super Active

Mason has become a little escape artist.  He does this great army crawl...pulling with this arms and pushing with his toes. He is amazingly fast when after something he wants (basically anything that belongs to the dogs or one of the dogs). He also loves to be outside and will crawl out the back door (which we leave open most of the day for the dogs) onto the ramp.

The other day he crawled outside and I watched him take the dogs stuffed turtle out of their toys (as if he did not have enough toys).  He played with it for a minute and then rolled over an dropped it off the edge of the ramp. He then looked at me, looked at the turtle and the next thing I knew he was going over the edge (1 foot drop). He cried for a few seconds and then realized all was well. The dogs also made sure he was okay.

We also took the opportunity to take 8 month photos. He is such a little ham!


Hawaii - Swenson Family Reunion 2012

We just returned from an amazing family vacation on the island of Oahu. I can hardly believe we were able to go to Hawaii again but this time we got to share it with 20 members of the family. We wish Aaron, Zachary, Daniel, Becky, Casey, Caley & Caden could have come to join the festivities. It was a week full of adventure, discovery and even relaxation.

After long flights for everyone, we were greeted by David and his family at the Honolulu Airport with a Lei for each of us. It was a wonderful way to be welcomed to Hawaii.  After collecting luggage and renting the cars we were off to the Marriott Ko'Olina Resort! By the time we checked in and found our rooms it was late which meant it was really late (or really early) for those who came from Florida. A great start to our wonderful adventure. I am not going to attempt to put everything in chronological order but rather share a collage of pictures of the things we did.

Visiting Pearl Harbor - USS Arizona: 
 USS Utah & USS Oklahoma Memorials on Ford Island

Mason's first time in the ocean at the Marriott Ko OlinaResort Lagoon:
Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay:
Andreas pulled a coconut off a tree and proceeded to open it for us all to enjoy.
Did you ever watch "Lost" (specifically the 6th episode in the 2nd season)?Yes! Then you have seen the spitting cave.

Playing in the Banyan Trees:
The Waikiki Aquarium was small but full of amazing fish.
The Dole Plantation is where we found a wide variety of pineapples along with delicious pineapple ice cream. Did you know it takes about 18 months for 1 pineapple to grow?
Finding the Sea Turtles:

We had a great time at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Here are a few pics from the parade of countries, done on the river.

We spent time at the Pool or Beach every day!

Mason woke up very early every morning so we (usually Tritan) saw the sunrise.


But unfortunately we were putting him down during the sunset so we have relied on family pictures for this beautiful event.

Now we just need to decide were to go in 2014!?!?!
Tahoe...Orlando...Hilton Head just to make some suggestions.