Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
So we had to be a little creative last night before bedtime with the boys and come up with things that didn't require electricity or much light for that matter. We played some games by very dim candlelight and read books with flash lights. Being two days from my due date all I really wanted to do was lie down on the couch and watch some TV, but the boys thought it was so fun to have candles everywhere and use flashlights. And then when the boys went to bed Jason and I stayed up and watched The Office episodes on his laptop with the hour of battery life it had left.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Once in royal David's city
stood a lowly cattle shed,
where a mother laid her baby
in a manger for his bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little child.
He came down to earth from heaven,
who is God and Lord of all,
and his shelter was a stable,
and his cradle was a stall;
with the poor, the scorned, the lowly,
lived on earth our Savior holy.
And, through all his wondrous childhood,
he would honor and obey,
love and watch the lowly maiden
in whose gentle arms he lay:
Christian children all must be
mild, obedient, good as he.
And our eyes at last shall see him,
through his own redeeming love;
for that Child who seemed so helpless
is our Lord in heaven above;
and he leads his children on
to the place where he is gone.
Not in that poor lowly stable,
with the oxen standing round,
we shall see him; but in heaven,
set at God's right hand on high;
when like stars his children crowned,
all in white shall wait around.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Do I think all these families really "need" these dinner boxes and that this one box of food will really make a difference? Maybe not. There are probably many other issues these families have to work through in order to "get back on their feet." Is this going to bring these families to a relationship with Christ? Maybe not but I know that if this were a family I knew well, I wouldn't think twice about bringing dinner over to them and wanting to show them kindness. So I pray that God is glorified through our measly efforts to reach out to others and that these families will come to know the great hope and salvation we have in Christ through faith in Him.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Half Lit Up Christmas Tree
For some reason half of our Christmas lights on the tree went out. At this point I am not going to "re-string" our tree so it will just have to look pathetic for Christmas. Kind of a bummer.
**UPDATE** the lights work again. That happens a lot here in Hawaii...a consequence to not having temperature/moisture controlled homes. We've had DVD players, car windows and computers stop working and a few days later "fix" themselves and work again. I guess that salt/moist air doesn't mix well with electronics or anything motorized.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Well it started with the dream I had last night...I had the baby...and it was a BOY! Not that we wouldn't want another boy but poor thing would have a lot of pink to wear and would have a very girly name. So I woke up this morning and decided today is the day I will start washing baby clothes, sheets, towels to prepare for this little girl...I do only have 2 weeks til the due date. For some reason I can't be one of those moms that is deciding on the name on the way to the hospital or likes to be "surprised" on the gender. I am a planner (well God is ultimately the one in control but you know what I mean). So now that the 0-3 month clothes have been washed, name picked out, baby items are bought, baby room set up and the bag is pretty much packed...she can come whenever she wants.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
My husband surprised me with a gift certificate to get a pedicure. He has gained much wisdom over the years of previous pregnancies...once I get to the point of not being able to reach my feet to paint my toe nails, he knows to send me somewhere to get them professionally painted before I ask him (again) if he can. Cause you know how important it is to have pretty feet when you're in the hospital giving birth, right?
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Okay this has nothing to do with Christmas but it is what is going on in my life right now. Not sure if anyone has heard of a Neti Pot but this little bottle is basically the same idea...and to a pregnant women whose sinuses feel like they might explode and can't take any medication for relief, it is a life saver. A bit weird to use because as you're squirting saline water up your nose it is pouring out your other nostril. Jason still won't watch me rinse my nasal passages but boy does it feel clean in there when I'm done.
And because I am feeling under the weather I missed out on seeing the theatrical production of Peter Pan with Ethan last night at Diamond Head Theatre. A friend gave us free tickets, so Jason took him instead and he said that Ethan loved it and laughed through the whole play. It was a late night (they got home at 11pm) but Ethan said he loved watching "Peter Pants" and "Tinkle Bell".
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
A friend of mine needed to find child care for her two middle children while her husband was out of town, so she asked if the boys could stay at our house over night for one night. Well you can only imagine how excited Ethan was by not only having his buddies come over to play, but to also have a sleep over. Our small Hawaiian house seemed to shrink over night with this much energy. But thankfully everyone slept and had a good time with only a few minor casualties.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Funny side-story from the night...I went to use the restroom in the hospital after our trolley ride and the closest entrance was the ER. As I was waddling up to the doors a man came running over and with a frantic look said "Ma'am, are you looking for the birthing center? I can get you a wheelchair." I said "Oh, no, actually I was just looking for the bathroom." He kind of laughed and said "Oh sorry".
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Because of the rain we woke up to a chilly 76 degrees in the house and decided today we would take it easy. So we sat around in our pajamas and the boys watched some videos, played some games, played with cars and I did a little bit of sewing. It was nice to have a down day and relax a little bit...plus Jude is getting over a yucky cough and drippy nose.
Monday, December 01, 2008
A Ginger flower
Christmas holiday elsewhere: cold/snow, gray, sweaters, socks, hot beverages, fires in the fireplace, evenings inside...
Christmas here in the islands: warm/sunny, green, shorts, slippers (flip-flops), surfing Santas, cold drinks with lots of ice, days at the beach.
Friday, November 28, 2008
It was fun to see the boys so excited about decorating this year. They both loved putting ornaments on the tree.
And then as the morning went on it just got a little crazier and crazier......Ethan decided to try on the stockings to see how well they fit...
...and Jude was practicing his smile for our Christmas picture taking we are going to do in the next few days.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I found these cute (or should I say handsome) aprons at a local craft fair, so the boys can help me out in the kitchen now and be less messy than before. And Ethan's favorite part about making these cookies is the egg yolk "paint" that he gets to use to add the color.
For some reason sugary things still make me nauseous during this pregnancy but my sweet tooth hasn't disappeared, so sometimes I have to suck it up and make that sacrifice of feeling a little sick so that I can indulge in a sweet treat....or two...well usually three.
Monday, November 24, 2008
People have told me before that your children will humble you, but I didn't really know what they meant...until now. As usual Jude and I were hanging out together while Ethan was at Awanas. And once again we made a stop at Agnes' Portuguese Bakery, not for Baklava this time, but for their potato rolls for dinner. As I was at the cash register paying for my rolls Jude let out a very loud, manly, rip of a fart...but yet his expression remained the same. I sheepishly looked down at him and thought to myself "maybe no one heard that" (yeah right). At the same time the man behind the counter was looking behind him thinking that noise could have only come from a big, burly, bread-making man/co-worker in the back. When he realized there was no one behind him he looked back at us...to which I was nervously giggling and giving Jude the "I can't believe you just did that...that was so loud especially out in public" look. I'm sure he thought that that noise couldn't have come from such a small child but thankfully he turned to Jude (and not me) and said "was that you, bro?"
To which Jude replied, with only a blank stare, as if saying "I don't know what you're talking about". So I spoke for him, "yeah, it must be nice to be little and not care...he, he"
I can only imagine what conversations went on at Agnes' Bakery after we left. I hope we were able to brighten their day a little and bring some laughter. I must say though, I might have to stay away from Agnes' for a few weeks until the story of the pregnant lady with the manly farting 2 year old story is long forgotten.
Friday, November 21, 2008
"Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater" (Composition Lesson)