Saturday, October 31, 2009

race car drivers and a 'lil pumpkin

The happy energetic kids before we headed out for some game playing and candy eating fun. We again enjoyed a local churches fall harvest party before we met up with some friends for some trick-or-treating in their neighborhood....where we lost the 'lil pumpkins hat.The boys also wore this little pumpkin outfit...we definitely got our moneys worth for this costume. And to make sure she wasn't mistaken for a boy, I added the pink bow on top. This is what Ansley really felt about it. And the boys and their race car driver uniforms. I was sewing the belt a few minutes before we left. Next time I don't think I will cut it that close.

A great night of fun and way too much candy.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

10 months old

time for a re-cap

Wow, has it really been that long since I posted? All that free time I used to have to do things, like blog, seems to have disappeared. I guess schooling a 1st grader and adding a 10 month old into the mix does that. So instead of making seperate posts for different things we have done this past week, I thought I would just give a "quick" run down. And this is the only picture I have taken this past week. So enjoy.

~So I'll start with last Friday when the fever bug hit Jude. He had a pretty high temp and I feared the H1N1, but thankfully it was a regular old virus and made a very active Jude into a very lethargic Jude. Now he is back to his normal digging in the dirt, riding his scooter, playing trains-self again. But before he recouped, he thought it would be nice to pass it along to his brother and sister as well. Thankfully it didn't hit them as hard and everyone is on the mend.

~I sewed 3 bears this last week for a friend of mine at church who wanted to give them to her nieces. So with that money I bought....brum-brum-brum (that's a drum roll)...a DEHYDRATOR. Okay maybe some of you aren't as excited as I am about this but I finally found one here on the island (way cheaper than trying to have one shipped here) at our local Japanese grocery store. I just made fruit leathers, dried apples and dried pineapple. I can't wait to make some sun-dried tomatoes, raisins and other dried fruits...maybe even jerky at some point. Oh the possibilities are endless. And the boys are very excited about the fruit leathers.

~Besides sewing the bears I am also working on the boys costumes for Halloween. They both wanted to be race car drivers. So those pictures will be coming up in a few days.

~Ethan and I went to see Sky Pirates at the local community college's planetarium. It was a cute little cartoon that talked about a few of the constellations and their names. It goes well with our study of Astronomy this year.

~I found a really cool website on crock pot meals. This lady actually has a cookbook out there but her blog features a different crock pot meal for every day- for an entire year. So far we've made yogurt and baked oatmeal...did you know you could bake things in your crock pot? I can't wait to try other recipes. It beats having to turn on an oven and heat up your house when it is already stinkin' hot in the house anyway.

~A friend of mine gave me the cookbook Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld a while ago but I finally got around to actually trying some of the recipes. It's easy for me because it uses a lot of fruit and veggie purees and since I have many purees for Ansley's baby food on hand I just pop a few out of the freezer and throw them in the recipes. So far we have had Applesauce muffins (with applesauce and butternut squash puree), Pink Pancakes (with beet puree), Mac-n-Cheese (with butternut squash puree) and brownies (with spinach and carrot puree). Kind of fun to have a little punch of extra vitamins thrown in. So far my kiddo's have eaten all of them.

~Jude had his first dentist appointment yesterday and he did so well. Both boys came out with perfect teeth...I always worry because there is no fluoride in the water here and they scare you about teeth decay, etc. But Jude was very excited about picking the cookie dough toothpaste to get his teeth "polished" with and I couldn't help but think how gross that sounded to have cookie dough flavor brushed all over my teeth. The amazing thing about our dentist is that he is on the 6th floor of a business building (well that's not the amazing thing) and when you look out the window while having your teeth worked on, you can see the ocean in the distance with its aqua blue water. Pretty amazing and beautiful!

~Our van is in the shop. It has a few "little" things needing to be fixed. Of course those "little" things always cost so much to fix. One of those little things was the outside sliding door handle. I went to open it a few days ago and it broke...not the handle itself breaking off but I seriously broke the handle in half! I guess it's all that lifting/holding a 20 pound baby that, I just didn't realize my own strength. Or maybe it's because the van is a 9 year old van that sits in the hot blazing Hawaiian sun every day and makes plastic very brittle. But I like to think it is actually my muscles that did all the damage.

Okay so nothing real profound or thoughtful but that is what we've been up to. Maybe when I have some real free time (you know the kind where you can have a complete thought without being interrupted?), I can jot down what I've been reading or studying. It's always neat to look back and see how God is trying to grow us as a family.

Off to do some schooling with Ethan.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


How can you tell if a house has an almost 10 month old little girl?

Your newly folded laundry ends up like this...I wasn't thinking when I set the pile on the chair within hands reach.

Notice how the criminal has left the scene?Yeah, I'm talking to you little missy. That cute little innocent face isn't going to work this time...okay maybe it is.

Monday, October 19, 2009


How can you tell if a house has boys living in it?

Your mirrors turn into target practice.

Your floor becomes a parking lot and...

your windowsills a traffic jam.
And they tend to get a lot of "battle wounds" from things like playing pirate ship in the toy box, racing in the driveway on scooters and bikes or wrestling on the floor...which always ends with someone getting hurt.

Monday, October 12, 2009

I'm lion...hear me roar!

Jude was getting dressed for the day...and then his head got stuck. All I heard was a little whiny voice saying "mommmmmy, I can't do it." So I turned to the little whiny voice and said "you look like a lion." And then the little whiny voice stopped and a big smile appeared on the not so whiny face and then that little face let out a big "ROOARRR". Very scary.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

This is what my baby is up to these days. For right now she can't move forward or backward from a standing position but she can cruise pretty good if she's holding onto furniture. She is one busy girl.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

t-shirt quilt

Well this is truly a recycled green of me, huh? Not only did I use a bunch of old t-shirts but I also used an old sheet/bedspread that I made for our bed a few years ago but has sat in the closet now for over a year. This definitely wasn't my best work and I didn't put a lot of effort into it but it serves it's purpose. So now I thought I would take you down memory lane... This is the camp that Jason worked at for a few summers during highschool/college and then he did a music gig one summer when Ethan was a baby...that was Ethan's first camp experience.

Jason worked in Student Development and he was MIA from our family every August from the years of 00-04. Busy times but lots of fun.

We've held many a retreat with the youth group and the kids from Trinity school at this camp. A little get-away in the mountains here in Hawaii.

Jason and I were RD's for a couple of years right after we got married. Lots of memories...some good and some not so good. But a huge part of our sanctification. This shirt still makes me laugh...and I realize is not funny to anyone else though.

While we were RD's, the other third of the job was devoted to Intramurals. I miss playing intramurals.
A couple of days before our wedding we went to Dave and Busters with all our friends and wedding party that was in town for the big event. Everyone pooled all their tickets together to buy us this shirt...we have great friends don't we?

Jason and I bought this shirt on our honeymoon in Prince Edward Island. The idea behind the t-shirt was a cool one (dyed in the mud of PEI) but the color wasn't. I actually don't ever remember wearing this t-shirt.

A year or so after we were married Jason and I went on a cruise to the Caribbean. We got these great deals for $160 a person and had fun laying on the beaches in the middle of January...with our pasty-white skin. Many great stories of sea sickness, great "free" food, our first and last time in a casino, almost dying on a moped (a little exaggeration), getting in trouble for talking and taking pictures while we were doing our boat sinking drill, spending the day snorkeling and hiking on our ships own private island and paying $15 for a taxi and traveling less than a mile. Ah, fun times!

Monday, October 05, 2009

my favorite season

A lot of people have been posting their fall pictures on their blogs...the changing leaves, jackets, apple picking, warm drinks, etc. Fall is my favorite season and I always get a little envious this time of year because everything is still green here and I'm still sweating buckets every day. Yes, I realize for some that is exactly what they would want this time of year, but I have realized that I like change...I need change. Maybe it's being an army brat and I'm used to my surroundings changing often...I don't know what it is. But I miss looking forward to the changing of seasons. People say they change here too but going from 89 degrees to 82 isn't what I call change.

So to help myself appreciate the beauty around me I thought I would go around and take pictures of what's out in my back yard.

The Plumeria flower/tree...they make beautiful, sweet smelling leis.

I can't remember what this is called but it has an amazing scent to it

This is some kind of palm type plant that has these wicked thorns on the stems...not a fun plant to trim back.
This plant reminds me of Salvia which is a mainland annual flower but here it just keeps growing and growing.
This is Bougainvillea...a fun name to say once you learn how to pronounce it right.

I believe this is a Heliconia?

Ginger...not to be mistaken for the root.

This tree is so cool looking and I have no idea what it is called.

The Kukui tree flower...

The actual Kukui nut which isn't edible (to my knowledge) but is used in lei's and for it's oil. And we just learned it is our state tree...right in our backyard!

The Ti leaf which is used in some lei's and is used to cook lau lau.

And for some of the fruits you can find in our yard...the Pomegranate.

The Papaya

And the wild tomato plants that grow like crazy...although the tomatoes they produce are small and sour. The birds love them...well and Jude. I just wish I could get my tomato plants to grow like that.

Wait! Is that Fall? Oh, no that tree is always that color. I guess I can just pretend.

Well thanks for coming on the tour. If you made it to the end you must be a lover of plants.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

A is for Ansley

Why is it so cute when babies have something embroidered on their britches?
My sister-n-law made these for Ansley. So cute!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

I got this off my friend Alli's blog and actually laughed out loud. We love being geeky around here and having fun.

Friday, October 02, 2009


In our Shurley Grammar curriculum we have been learning about groups and subgroups. So this week we were finding the subgroups under our large group "shapes". For a fun follow-up activity we had shapes for apples, triangle cheese, rectangle bread and square turkey. Fun times.