Wednesday, December 26, 2007
It was fun watching the boys open their gifts. Our neighbors from downstairs, James and Troye, came up for a little bit to enjoy the boys excitement too....and have a cinnamon roll or two.Then we read the Christmas story from the children's Bible and sang happy birthday to Jesus. We each had a cupcake with a candle and blew them out.
Once the kids went down for their naps, the party planning began. We decided (with James and Troye) to ask anybody we knew that didn't have family in town, to see if they wanted to come over for Christmas dinner. So we set up our downstairs shared lanai to hold about 15 people and spent the afternoon cooking, baking and decorating. Our meal was basically Thanksgiving all over again with my family's traditional eats as well....shrimp and meatballs for pupu's (appetizers), sweet potatoes with cranberries (recipe to come later), and cherry mash and fudge for dessert. It was a day of celebrating with new and old friends. Christmas day to me is gathering of friends and family...with plenty of food and laughter...with some game playing thrown in.
Most importantly, this day means celebrating the birth of our Savior, the greatest gift and most joyous occasion. I am truly thankful for God always fulfilling his promises and the hope that brings.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
So hopefully we can fix the problem soon and I can get back to my regular blogging.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
We stopped at this great playground (I think the greatest in all of Hawaii) and let the boys get some of that crazy energy out (kind of like the Mountain Maze for those of you who are from Chattanooga). They had a blast.
We then ventured on over to see the 80 foot Wailua Falls.
We then headed over to Puka-Dog for lunch to get their famous hot dogs...with their famous lemon garlic sauce and your choice of 5 fruit relishes. I actually heard about this place on the Travel Channel the night before we left. So of course we had to find it once we got there.
Our next stop was to Gaylord's Plantation and we got to take a carriage ride around the property. The boys thought it was the greatest thing since it was their first horse drawn carriage ride. They also had other animals there to pet but after seeing these donkeys chew the wood off the fence, the boys weren't too excited to get up close. This is Waimea Canyon...the Grand Canyon of Hawaii. Amazing to see and freezing at the top....3400 foot elevation. There was also Waimea waterfall which is 800 feet high...so high that the water was blowing away before it could hit the ground. We then made it back to our hotel in time to check in. We left the next day after swimming in the hotel pool for a little while. It was nice to get away and spend some time together as a family. Whenever they have $9.00 tickets one-way again, we want to go back.
Friday, December 14, 2007
It's not just your normal sugar cookie. It has a little bit of orange (or lemon) zest. Once it's rolled, cut out and put on a lightly greased cookie sheet...an egg yolk "paint" gives it some festive color and then it can be popped in the oven. By looking at the pictures you would think it would be a fun thing for little kids to do...but let's just say that Jude was told "no" a lot and finally was excused from the table with parts of angels and corners of stars missing...with the evidence smeared all over his face. But for Ethan's age and older it is a really fun project.
Once the icing was drizzled on the top, we got to enjoy eating them. Yum!
I told him that daddy is on an airplane (in other words out of town) and that is all he says lately when referring to his daddy. So yesterday he was saying at the top of his lungs while we were out and about:
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
You can't see it real well in the picture but his left foot is twice the size of his right. Of course this happens the day Jason is leaving town for a few days....it always seems like we get sick or something when he leaves town.
Monday, December 10, 2007
and this...and lots of car and train noises mixed in with some arguing/screaming noises...which resulted in the trains being put away for the rest of the morning.
We then took a breather to watch Lassie...who needs all the new animated/computerized cartoons when you can watch a fun black and white sitcom that uses words like "gee whiz" and "good gravy".
And by the end they were all fed, happy and ready for a nap. Whew!
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Ethan (in a very excited voice): "Mommy, I spelled February!!"
Ethan just started memorizing the Days of the Week and Months of the Year. So I guess spelling words will be next on our list. But since we're just now starting with the at-family words it might be a while before he's spelling 4 syllable words.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Jude was just happy that he got to eat snacks all morning and watch the "co-co's" (motorcycles)go by.