End of 2014 Happenings

It has been a few months since my last post so here is an update on the last few months!

October

Halloween at home with Cooper the pumpkin

Cooper the pumpkin

Halloween Pizza

Halloween Pizza

November

Kaniakapupu Ruins Hike – very easy hike to the summer home of King Kamehameha III.

Ka’au Crater Hike – the hike to the  three waterfalls was not too difficult and very cool. The hike to the crater and on its ridgeline was hard especially after it having rained the day before. Extremely muddy!

 

Chris in the waterfall

 

Chris in waterfall #2

Waterfall #3. We climbed up this!

Cooper Goes to Daycare – we couldn’t take Cooper home to Indiana with us for Christmas so we started taking him to daycare a few weeks in advance to get him comfortable with where he would be staying for 10 days in December.

Cooper’s daycare sends multiple pictures a day

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing

Luibueno’s – my new favorite restaurant on the island! The carne asada tacos are awesome.

56oz margarita to share

Waimea Falls – easy paved hike through gardens to a waterfall.  Discounted admission for Military.


Thanksgiving – We made our first Thanksgiving dinner

Coopie wants turkey

Random cute Cooper picture

December

Company Holiday Party – I traveled to Boston at the beginning of the month for the company holiday party/bi-annual meeting. During the meeting, I won the GSD + Excellence award and was given a Sonos.

Christmas in Indiana – After my meeting in Boston, Chris and I met up in Indiana to celebrate the holidays with our families.

 

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Trip to Christmas at the Zoo with the Rohe’s where Cael and Isla met Santa

Hawaiian Christmas – we came back to Hawaii on the 22nd

Cooper and his stocking

Cooper and his Christmas gifts

Beach Day at Kailua

This Saturday we decided to make it a beach day at Kailua Beach Park.

Kailua Beach Park

On Friday night, after dinner at The Alley Restaurant Bar & Grill, we went to the NEX and picked up a few things for the beach including a boogie board and our awesome new canopy. When we got to beach around 9am, the canopy was super easy to set up and provided a great shelter throughout the day.

The weather was perfect and we had a great time playing in the ocean and relaxing under the canopy.

Actually, Cooper wasn’t the biggest fan of the ocean…

 

Chris did eventually get him out on the boogie board for a few minutes.

There was a lot of excitement for our little guy and, at the end of the day, fell fast asleep on the ride home.

Cooper Gets Fixed

Cooper’s humping was getting out of control so we knew we wouldn’t be able to wait until he hit one year old before getting fixed like the breeder suggested. As soon as we got to Hawaii, we found a great veterinary hospital and booked his neutering and hernia appointment. A few weeks after his surgery day arrived, we picked Cooper up in the afternoon and he was less than thrilled…

Cooper after the vet

 

Although never a big fan of the “cone of shame” he was in better spirits the next day.

 

That same day, Cooper got a special gift in the mail. He was so surprised when a Get Well Bear arrived at the door from Grandma and Grandpa Lowder. He was a little unsure about the bear at first…

 

…but eventually they became friends!

 

Cooper is feeling much better now and doesn’t even need to wear his cone anymore.

Cooper cuddling his Get Well Bear (doesn’t feel good to sit)

 

Next week, Cooper will get his sutures out but, for now, he is healing up perfectly.

While I’ve Been Away: August & September

Now that we have settled in Hawaii, hopefully I will be able to keep up on all of this blogging business.

August Happenings

Moved into Matthew & Heidi’s house for a bit.

 

Cooper sleeping on the air mattress

 

Cooper went to his first drive in movie theater and saw TMNT

 

Air Assault Graduation

Chris graduated from Air Assault on August 18th

 

 

Cooper got a Reds toy

 

September Happenings

Cooper and I moved in with my parents for about 10 days while we waited for his quarantine period to finish up.

 

I shipped my car to Hawaii

 

Cooper and I flew from Indianapolis to Chicago and then Portland for a 12 hour layover

 

Staying at the Aloft Portland Airport during our layover. Next stop…Hawaii!

 

Cooper’s first time playing in the sand

 

Went on a hike at Puu o Mahuka Heiau after snorkeling at Shark’s Cove

 

Sunset at Waimea Bay on the North Shore

 

Cooper got his first ever haircut

 

He also started bringing cockroach presents to mommy

 

And that is it! It has been a lot to deal with and take in but we are finally here and starting to settle in. Can’t wait for all the adventures to come!