Thursday, November 30, 2006

tall pants

Because of our cold weather lately...we had to dig around our drawers to find warmer clothes. I was able to find a long sleeve shirt for myself and Jude and I found some jeans for Ethan (they were from our trip last year to the they were a bit short). I guess it had been a while since Ethan had worn long pants. He couldn't stop talking about it all day. He kept saying "tall pants mommy" like they were the coolest invention. He gets excited over jackets too (he calls them coats). Maybe he was meant for cold weather. I bet he would go crazy over snow.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

sunset in paradise

I caught this picture the other night of a beautiful sunset here. It's unusal to see sunsets on this side of the island because the sun sets on the other side behind the mountains. So I like to look at these pictures when we have days like is cold and rainy because of a cold front that is going through...I think it's a high of 75. I guess the winter season is here.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

my husband

I know most of my posts are centered around my kids and all that they're up to lately but I thought I would take a post to write about my husband. While I was looking at some pictures I had just taken lately, I started to think of all of the ways my husband loves me and his boys. With low energy (which sometimes results in low patience) and the demands of little children I tend to take for granted all of great things my husband does...and actually tend to focus on the frustrating things rather than his great strengths. So I wanted to share what a great husband and father Jason is:

This particular night I ran to get a picture because I thought it was cute to see Jason with his boys...but he was actually out taking them for a walk so I could have a moment of peace. He's very thoughtful about making sure I have some time to be "refreshed". He never says no to watching the boys so I can go out for whatever reason, and never makes me feel guilty for leaving him alone with our two little guys. He does great with them and they love their daddy.

If he knows I have a lot to do he asks what he can do whether it's cleaning a bathroom or getting the dishes done. And when I'm out for the evening I always come home to a picked up house...which is so wonderful!

He drives this beat-up car around and I have not heard him complain once about it. It smells so awful and has no air-conditioning. I know that he would rather have a great car but never shows us that he is discontent. I know that he is thankful for the car God provided and I am thankful that he is willing to make these sacrifices for his family.

His goal in his job is to show the love of Christ to the families and kids of Trinity Church and School. He serves in ways that people will never know and although it has it's frustrations and difficult circumstances I am thankful that Jason has loved the challenge.

I am thankful that Jason is teachable. Although he may resist it at times he tries to see and understand how God is trying to teach him and grow him into more of a godly man. He has pride just like every human being but he is not so stubborn that he thinks he doesn't need to change in any way. He will be such a great example to our boys...especially in how to be godly men and leaders.

When our boys were waking up in the middle of the night as infants, Jason would wake up every single time with me even though he couldn't do the feeding. He would change their diaper, bring them to me and then put them back to bed when they finished nursing.

He loves to do things outdoors. His new adventures are surfing and kayaking. I know he's looking forward to when the boys are bigger and he can take them camping, surfing, etc.

When I've had an exhausting day and we crash on the couch at the end of it to watch some TV or read a book. He will volunteer to rub my feet.

Jason is a very handy guy. He is great at fixing most things....whether it's a clogged sink, a broken water pipe under ground or fixing some part of the engine of the car. My dad was a very handy guy and I am glad that my husband has that gift also.

Another thing I hope our children will get from their dad is his love for learning. I hope that he isn't in school his whole life, but I am thankful that he likes to keep his brain sharp and gain in his knowledge of God, himself and this world.

So although he is not perfect (nor is any human being...especially myself)- he is a great husband, a great father and a great friend. I am thankful that God has brought us share in all of the joys and sorrows of life....the frustrations and the teachable moments.

Friday, November 24, 2006

decorating the christmas tree

Our tradition is to put up our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. Ethan was really excited about it this year and was ready to hang up all of the ornaments...all in one spot. We tried putting our tree on the coffee table to keep it just out of reach for Jude...but he still managed to grab a hold of some ornaments, lights and presents. I think he is going to learn the meaning of the word "no" this holiday season.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

happy thanksgiving

We had a great time having our friends over for Thanksgiving dinner...Beau, Malia and their girls and our friend Kat and her son Clay-we wished Cliff could have come too but are very thankful for all that he is doing for us over in Iraq. We are truly thankful for the freedoms that God has blessed this country with and for the men and women that make sacrifices to keep those freedoms.

We started out the day with a great brunch (from Dream Dinners, which many of our sides came from too) and then as the little ones went down for their naps, the big kids and dads headed to the beach so us moms could chat and hang out...I mean cook Thanksgiving dinner. It was a great time together.

We started off our dinner with saying what we were thankful for but with 5 kids under the age of 6 we got a little distracted and never finished going around. So I thought I would take this time to list some of the things that I am thankful for.

- I am thankful for our God and Savior- for His love for us, his provision, and His amazing grace.
- I am thankful for Jason and my boys and the joy...and sometimes pain ;o)...that they are to me.
- I am thankful for the challenges of life that help me to grow and know my Savior even more.
- I am thankful for my church and for wonderful teaching.
- I am thankful for our families.
- I am thankful of the house that we live...even though I complain about it a lot.
- I am thankful that all of our needs are provided for...especially when everything is so expensive here.
- I am thankful for our friends from the past and the present.
- I am thankful for our adventures here in Hawaii.
- I am thankful that my family is coming to visit us this Christmas season.

Hope everyone else had a great Thanksgiving holiday...I'm off to have another piece of pie.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

bear crawl

Poor little Jude. He has caught one of the weird Hawaii diseases. I guess being in a warm tropical climate has its drawbacks. Hawaii has weird diseases and infestations like ring worms (in children), lice, gigantic cockroaches, weird bacteria in the water after it rains hard here, bed bugs and...hand/foot/mouth disease. So the one time I put Jude in the nursery, he ends up getting hand/foot/mouth disease (which is something I had never heard of until moving here). Thankfully it's nothing serious, although it looks horrible. It's kind of like the chicken's highly contagious and they only get it once...and no it's not the same disease that cattle get. So it starts with a fever and then ends up with little blisters usually on their hands and feet and in their mouth. Well Jude just got them on his feet, knees and hands...which was miserable enough. He would have been fine except that it hurt his knees when he tried to crawl around...hence the bear crawl. Overall it just made him a little cranky and needy...which I don't blame him. And now he's almost over it...just a few scabs to show for. So far Ethan hasn't shown any symptoms and they say adults don't get it. Hopefully we will all be well for the holidays.

Thursday, November 16, 2006


baby talk

christmas preview

Well we got our Christmas pictures taken this week with some friends of ours. We walked out to the beach all dressed up in our coordinating outfits... and 94 pictures later....I think we finally had a few good ones (thank goodness for digital cameras). So here's a little sneak peek of our Christmas picture that you will be getting in the mail in the next few weeks.

This is kind of how it went...Jude starring at the ground with no smiles and then any chance he could he grabs sand and tries to eat it... Ethan looking away right before the picture is taken or looking at the camera with a goofy expression. Whew, so much work.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

8 months old

He's our little quarterback in soon as he can stand on his own.

his two little teeth

I can't believe a month has gone by already. Here's a run down of all the things Jude is up to these days. As you can tell by the picture he has two teeth which he loves to use when chewing up things. He also can walk along by holding on to things and he's even mastered the one hand hold while standing up. I still can't believe his mobility. Ethan at this age hadn't even moved from the sit up position yet. He loves to follow Ethan around the house and giggles when his big brother comes into the room. He has started babbling and says things like "blah, blah" and "ba, ba"...I know it doesn't sound like much but it is the cutest thing to listen to. He's figuring out all of those "no,no" things like opening cupboards even though there are no handles, finding the sockets that don't have plug protectors, finding books to rip apart and chewing on the remotes. That's about it. Til next month...happy 8th month baby Jude.

Friday, November 10, 2006

d-o-g spells dog

It was one of those days I realized that the house was way too quiet. So I went back to Ethan's room where the boys were playing and found them in the corner of the room where Ethan had barricaded them in with pillows. He was sitting there with Jude going over the letters of the alphabet. Jude loves playing with Ethan so he's perfectly content to just sit there with his older brother and look at Leap Frog word cards with him...actually chew on Leap Frog word cards. I am so glad that they are such good friends. They both light up around each other and look for the other when they're not around.

And as usual Ethan is in his underwear. I always forget that when I go to snap a picture. Poor kid will have all these picture memories of him in his tighties. I promise he is always clothed when we leave the house.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

who's that little puppy?

This is Jude's way of "carrying" something while he moves around the house. He sticks it in his mouth and crawls along. He's just like a little puppy... only he doesn't fetch...yet.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

mommy's helper

We start our children young when it comes to doing chores around the house. No, not really. Jude listens for the squeak of the dishwasher door and comes crawling as fast as he can. He loves to "help" me by climbing up on the dishwasher door and trying to chew on the clean dishes or the dishwasher rack.