Saturday, February 28, 2009

Silly Boys Saturday

On our way down the hill from the Draper Temple Openhouse, Coby said that he could see our house. I told him that our house was on the other side of the mountain, so he couldn't see it. His response: But, Mom, I have stretchy eyes!

On Mardi Gras, Kai told his teacher "Mardi GRASS is when you lift your shirt when no one is looking!"

The boys were doing something annoying and I asked them to "Stop" then Liam said "dop".

While eating lemon pepper chicken, Coby says "I have some yummy tender goodness on my plate"

As we drove by Red Lobster, Kai said "After watching lots of commercials for Red Lobster, I finally figured out that they have more than just lobster" (The other day Kai asked Jake if we could go to Red Lobster)

Friday, February 27, 2009

Flashback Friday

While at BYU, I danced in the Luau held each year during Lamanite Week, which I believe is now called Celebration of Cultures Week. Previously, I had taken hula and Tahitian lessons, so I wanted to try something new. I decided to dance in the Samoan section and learned a sasa. It took a lot of work, but it was so much fun.
Colleen Redhair, Kami Koga, Me, Rachel Canyon, Lutia Leung-Wo
(my Freshman Friends)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Thousand Words Thursday

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wallaby Wednesday

The theme today is per Jake's suggestion:

wallaby - n. a marsupial that resembles a small kangaroo. Are widely distributed across Australia, particularly in more remote, heavily timbered, or rugged areas, less so on the great semi-arid plains that are better suited to the larger, leaner, and more fleet-footed kangaroos -

Wallaby's smokehouse - n. a restaurant which offers a variety of meats: ribs, prime ribs, pulled pork, brisket, as well as an assortment of sides including smashers (cheesy yummy potatoes) and a handful of BBQ sauces to choose from like Raspberry.

Which would you enjoy?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Ta-da! Tuesday

Happy Mardi Gras!!

While I was nursing, I wanted easy access to all the remotes, so I made this holder from some left over fabric from a nursing cover I made.


Measure from under the cushion over the arm and down to how far you want the holder to hang. This will be the length of the holder. Add an 1 1/2 inches for hemming.

Then I just laid out my remotes, the phone, my BOM, and whatever else I wanted to keep close to determine the width of the holder as well as the size of the pockets.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Marketing Monday

Some of you have expressed interest in the halau/hula dance school I attend, Island Style Dance Studio. The classes are full right now, but sign ups have started for the 4 week summer session, July 1st to July 22nd. Here's the info:

Monday Classes
Intermediate Combo I & II 9:30-11:00 $35
Creative Dance II level 1 (ages 5-11) 11:00-12:00 $28
Beg. Combo II level 1 (ages 9-15) 1:00-2:00 $28

Wednesday Classes
Adult Combo (my class) 9:30-11:00 $35
Intermediate Tahitian 11:00-12:00 $28 ($16 as a second class)
Beg. Combo II Level 2 (ages 13+) 12:00-1:00 $28
Pre combo (ages 8-12) 1:15 - 2:15 $28

Combo= Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan

If you are interested, it's first come first served, so call Lani Podzikowski 226-0308, and mention my name. This can be your stepping stone into the fall sessions.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sum up Sunday 2/16- 2/22

Over President's Day weekend, we didn't use our Hyundai because our neighbor's car was blocking the garage. We figured they were on a trip, since no answered the door when we knocked, the other car was not around, and it was a 3 day weekend. We hoped they'd be back by Tuesday morning. Morning came, the car had not moved, so Jake took the suburban to work. I have to get the kids to school, so I go over and ding dong the bell a few times, then politely ask that the car be moved. I'm all set to go, but then the car won't start. The battery is dead. Cheese & crackers!! Fortunately, my neighbor, Miriam is getting ready to shuttle some kids off to school and offers to take mine. THANK YOU!!! When Jake got home, we pushed the car out of the garage, jumped it, then Jake went to Wal-mart to buy a new battery. Aw, man!

I finally made it to halau. While I've been gone everyone else has learned a whole new dance. What? I didn't think we had been sick for that long. Anywhoo! This dance is fun. Its a quick trip to Hawaii, Tahiti, and Samoa. I've got a lot of practicing and sewing to do in preparation for our recital in April. I spent less than a $100 at the grocery store, which always makes my day.

Liam is back to sleeping through the night. Hurray! He is a climbing machine. He climbs on the trunk, then bounces on it. He has tried to climb over the back of the couch. He would climb the stairs all day, if we'd let him. He also climbed into the dryer, and the stool.

Liam also enjoys sliding/scooting off anything. He doesn't like me to be at the computer, but is just fine if I'm in the living room reading a book while he plays.

Kai had a difficult week respecting other people's things.

We finally got around to opening a present Kai got from his grandparents a few years ago. Yeah! We're lazy. We didn't want to put it together. He has spent the last few days of his free time putting it together himself, which he wouldn't have been able to do before now, so it turned out great.

Coby has been a little defiant. He whacked me in the face, and was banished to the bitter winter wasteland of the backyard. Ok, it was actually a beautiful day. Not warm enough to go swimming as Kai and Coby have suggested all week.

On Saturday, Jake and I went out without Liam. Woo hoo! Actually, he has been really easy to take with us on dates. He's been to more movies than Kai and Coby have been in their first 4 years of life. Liam just sleeps through the movie.

We went to Harvest for lunch then indulged in the Harvest Chocolate cake with a raspberry-chocolate truffle filling, served with vanilla bean ice cream. Yum! I can generally pack away any delicious dessert, no problem, but it was so rich and decadent that I couldn't finish it even with Jake's help. I highly recommend it!!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Silly Boys Saturday

Kai walks up to his dinner plate and asks "Is that a garnish?" Nope, it's broccoli.

Of the broccoli, Coby says "I like the top part" then he proceeds to nibble like a sheep grazing on grass.

Coby pokes at a grisly part of his carne asada "This is connective tissue."

While cutting his hair the stylist asks Coby what his favorite food is: "mustard, mayo, hot dog, and sourdough bread, cut into strips." He's eats it everyday for lunch. Super nutritious, huh!

Coby: Am I allergic to chicken pox?
Jake: No, it's a disease.
Coby: No, I mean the food.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Family History Friday

Last week, while Liam was sick and in need of hugs 24/7, I spent a lot of time on the computer, mostly on facebook. Hee hee! It's addictive. But I feel good about the time I spent on it because I worked on some family history.

Using the We're Related application I started filling in a family tree. My last term at the Y, I was the Family History teacher. Woo boy! I didn't know much to teach others, so we just learned together. Back then, I focused mostly on my dad's side since not as much work had been done on it, as on my mom's.

My dad: David Keahi Kaikolani Keliiheleua (aka David Keli'i)

Then a few years ago, I found a forum discussing his family history. I didn't do anything about it then. While filling in the tree, I remembered the forum and was able to locate it again to glean a lot of information regarding my dad's siblings, their children and grandchildren, as well as, my grandmother's parents & siblings. Although, I wasn't able to go back further than my great grandparents (in this session of searching at least), it was fun to see how our family has grown so much from two individuals.

I love seeing the connections and it was just a really neat experience. I've caught the bug and would love to do more, especially after using to find dates to input into my tree, and discovering incomplete data like the record of my dad's marriage to UNAVAILABLE on June 1, 1964. Hey! That's my mom! I don't like things to be incomplete, so I guess I'll just have to fill in the blanks.

P.S. Weird thing. Last night, I went back to check the forum and it was gone. Good thing, I have a computer savvy hubbie to help me track it down from the archives, so I still have that info available cuz my chicken scratch notes barely makes sense.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Thousand Words Thursday

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Which half? Wednesday

Coby: Do you know how I caught my cold? Because of Laci (his Peepaw's dog). I'm allergic to half dogs. Not cats but half dogs.
Me: What's a half dog?
Coby: I don't know. I can't see it. I'm blind. (He was under a blanket)

Later, at Smart Style, Coby recounts his story, which leads to questions -
Jake: Which part of the dog?
Coby: The front

Hair stylist: Which half of the dog?
Coby: The right. No. The left. No. The left right.

So which half would you be allergic to?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ta-da! Tuesday

We have a little back yard with a tall fence, but that doesn't keep people from the 2nd and 3rd floors of the apartments next door from seeing in. When we first moved in (Oct '07) I felt like I was in a fish bowl, so I decided to make some curtains.

For my Laurels projects, I redecorated my mom's living room, which included making curtains for her sliding door from sheets. I was impressed with the curtains once they were finished despite my complete lack of sewing ability at the time.

Using sheets is the quick and easy way to go. Most of the work is done for you. Sheets too long for your window, trim and hem. Sheet not wide enough, buy two and sew together. The top hem is a built in casing for a rod or a place to insert the hooks.

I have more experience now, so I thought I'd challenge myself a smidge by alternating some colors. I cut the sheets into strips, sewed them together and Ta-Da! curtains. I really like the effect.

My only gripe: the top flops over exposing the rod. Tacky!! I suppose in my overconfidence at my abilities (or was it haste?), I forgot to line the top with fusible interfacing to give it structure. Something to keep in mind, next time I make curtains.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sum Up Sunday 2/9 -2/15

I prepped lessons for Joy School this week, only to cancel to take care of Liam. Liam, woke up Tuesday morning with a barking cough and had a fever throughout the week. He spent most of his days in my arms and his nights in bed with us. He did manage to walk 6 steps though.

With holding Liam, I was somewhat limited in my ability to complete tasks. But I used my Bernina for the first time to start a grocery sack holder. What a wonderful machine!

I purchased some O'douls for a recipe and confused the poor cashier because the register did not ask for ID. It's non-alcoholic beer, hun!

Jake has been coming up with recipes to use the "beer" we have.

I don't really remember what the boys did this week. I was a little out of it from lack of sleep.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Silly Boys Saturday

As I walked out of Relief Society, Coby runs up to me waving some papers saying "Mommy, I drew a picture of Alton Brown. And here's a picture of Moroni on the temple. He's standing on one leg." I asked him "Like this?" standing with one leg up. He said "No, he only has one leg."
While eating dinner, Kai provided commentary on his method of eating rice: "I'm gonna whisk to combine salt & rice. Then I'm gonna stir in some sauce from the chicken to bring some smokiness to the party." We don't watch too much of Good Eats do we?

Coby was enjoying craft time drawing pictures: Here's a picture of our family. We all have hook hands, except Mommy. Do you know why? Because an alligator went crunch on all our hands.

One night after the boys bed time, I went up to check on them. Through the door I heard Kai telling Coby this: Well, when Heavenly Father sent us to earth he, uh, covered our veins. Not like the ones on our hands, but he covered our veins to make us forget.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Thousand Words Thursday

by Felt Photography

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Which one? Wednesday

Recently, while waiting to get my groceries rung up, I had an impulse to buy some chocolate. Wretched impulse buy bins! Anywhoo, I wanted a Skor bar, but the Heath bar was cheaper and I figured "Eh, close enough."

When Jake got home I asked him if had ever done a taste comparison between the two. Nope. So, we did a taste test. I felt like Willie Wonka for a few minutes. The heath bar's toffee is light and buttery, with a thick coating of chocolate. The skor bar's toffee is rich and has depth. We found that for us the thin coating was the perfect compliment and created a superior chocolate/toffe ratio. So we are fans of the Skor bar.

How bout you? Which is your favorite? Why? Or are you not a fan?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Ta-da! Tuesday

We visit the library frequently and the boys asked to have their own library bags. We went to Walmart so they could choose the fabric. Neither could decide on just one so I let them choose two and made the bags reversible. Kai is camouflage (left over from Grammy's scrap bin) and Transfromers. Coby has dinos and Disney's Cars.

Ok, the thought just came to me: Maybe people would like to know how to make the things I post. So let me know if you would like me to include the instructions. It might be a good thing for me to have instructions since I make most of these projects just from looking at something else, and sometimes when I try to do it again I kind of struggle through again.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sum Up Sunday 2/2-2/8

So I was finally able to get the video of Liam Scooting down the stairs on here. I'll include his ascent on another post.

Monday, the boys were off from school for Teacher Development. Good thing too since they were sick. Jake also took the day off to continue his recovery. Kai and Coby also stayed home on Tuesday, while Liam's 5th tooth came in.

The Vanderbilt Ophthalmic Imaging Center did free eye screenings at Coby's preschool. I received Coby's photoscreening results: it's recommended that he be examined by an eye doc because he may have an astigmatism. On Thursday, I met with Kai's teacher for Parent Teacher Conference. At this time, in the first grade, the students are expected to read at level 10. Recently, Kai has been reading at level 7, but he was retested and is now reading at a level 20, which is the highest he can be tested at in the first grade. As far as math, he has a good understanding of graphing, counting by fives, and is doing well learning the o'clock and half hours. He does well on all his spelling tests, and he enjoys writing stories.

Mrs. Reeves is also pleased with the improvement of Kai's behavior. In the last few weeks, the class has been working on learning activities, a packet of 12 activities of which any 6 should be completed throughout the week, and the rest of the activities can be done at their leisure. These extra activities have been wonderful to keep Kai occupied and focused instead of getting in trouble. Although he can be trying sometimes, she says that he is absolutely hilarious, and says the funniest things.

I have a cup of grapefruit juice with my breakfast every morning, & I go through 4 bottles a month. Fruit juice can be pricey and grapefruit juice rarely goes on sale. It usually costs $2.38 When I went to Wal-mart, I discovered that the Ocean Spray Lite Grapefruit Juice was on sale for$1.98. Woo hoo! Then I found out that there were $1 off coupons. A savings of 60%. So I shamelessly hit up all my friends and my Budget/Financial Group for their coupons, and several graciously shared with me. I was able to stock up. Thanks ladies!!

Saturday was a toothy day: liam's 6th tooth came through, and Kai lost his 3rd tooth. He's excited for the tooth fairy to come to make him rich. This morning (Sunday) when Jake woke Kai up, Kai bolted and exclaimed "The tooth fairy hasn't come yet" Jake responded "Well, it's still dark outside. The tooth fairy will come as long as it's dark outside. She can still some." D'oh! So while the boys were bathing. I snuck some money into the envelope.

After the boys went down, Liam discovered an itty bitty treasure chest. He played with it for an hour and a half. He was so cute opening & closing it, then whispering to it. He also rolled around and snuggled into some blankies then would pop up and open it. Sometimes it locked and he would bring it one of us to open it, but then he would get upset if we tried to take it. I'm glad he has found a TOY he enjoys instead of random kitchen sundries.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Silly Boys Saturday

After sleeping away the afternoon on Monday, the boys were having a difficult time going to sleep. Coby came downstairs to resolve a dispute he was having with Kai. He asked us "How many days are there?" 7. His response, "I was right! It's not 4." then he walks away singing the days of the week song. Ok. Then Kai comes down to ask us "How many days are there until Friday? 4, right?" Ah, now I see.

After eating a cup of ice cubes, Kai said "I'm frozen like a burrito" He also told his teacher, "I'm smarter than a cow" & "Mrs. Reeves can you make an announcement my Dad is in the bishopric?"

During final Jeopardy, while the contestants had their heads bent writing their answers Coby said "They're praying, right?"

Liam has been quacking, growling like a bear, hissing, and motorboating around the house. He no longer says ma-ma, but has moved on da-da. Sometimes he says di-di when he approaches Coby.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Flashback Friday

I was skimming through photos on my computer when I found this one. Isn't it a beaut?
When I worked at Wasatch Mental Health, once a year we had a day retreat of team building and training. One year, I was on the committee, so I suggested that we have spirit week leading up to our retreat on Friday.

We started the week off with University DayMy favorite was Poupon U.

Hats & Hair Day
And yes that's my hair. I put red dye rinse in my hair, rolled it in the smallest perm rods the night before then picked it out in the morning. I won that day's contest of most spirited.

Disco Day
I worked with a fun bunch of people.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Thousand Words Thursday

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Who's who? Wednesday

What's your guess?
The answers tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Ta-da! Tuesday

Last August, my brother, Jason, married his sweetheart Maria.Here's what I made for her. Jason selected the yellow monkeys, and I paired the rest. It's so cute. I wish I had one of my own. I'll just be content with the collection of monkey bibs I seem to be making for the boys.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Make-up Monday 1/26-2/1

When I woke up Monday morning my eyes were sealed shut. Lovely! Jake went into work to teach his class then came by to shuttle the boys every where so I could get some rest. Thank you! Kai got his new glasses. He's so cute!!
Tuesday, I felt a little better, which is good because we had a dinner group coming over. We had Southwestern Chicken and Black Bean Skillet. We were supposed to have cilantro lime rice as well, but it was gummy. Ew!

On Wednesday, I ascertained the problem with the rice:it is short grain rice and I used enough water for long grain. D'oh! I should have gone to Halau (hula dance school) for the exercise, but there was no way to survive the class without hacking my lungs up. Coby was thrilled that it was sack lunch day and he was able to eat early in class

Thursday, Liam took a long nap, so I was able to cut out 1 blanket and 4 bibs. Woo hoo! In addition to 15 minute bursts of work, I need to learn how to say no to myself, so I can stop piling on the projects. Then I went to an enrichment meeting. I'm excited to do a quilt project.

In preparation for my family to arrive Jake and I made a Beef Roast with some winter vegetables. We had some minor complications with the veggies, but they turned out ok. The beef and apple cider-balsamic vinegar gravy was delicious. Mmmm!!!

Liam became a stair climbing fiend on Saturday. It's not the first time he's gone up them, but it's the first time he has scooted himself down.

It was nice having them here. They took the boys to McDonald's so I could get some rest. I was able to sleep 15 minutes. Every little bit helps.

Sunday morning brought the second half of Christmas. Here's part of our haul:Lauren w/ Liam - Creamy BearKai - Wall-E Pillow & Fleece Blankie Set. Coby - McQueen Pillow & Fleece Blankie SetA Wonder Woman Watch for me.

I'm going to try to post a video of Liam on the stairs. My first attempt failed.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Sum Up Sunday

We are all so sick, sick, sick. Jake has slept since yesterday afternoon. Coby and Kai are coughing. Liam has eye boogies galore and is fidgety-fussey. The right side of my mouth hurts, my head is stuffed with cotton, my eyes are gritty and I am exhausted. I wish we were in better health for the visit with my family.

Also, I'm bummed that we missed the blessing and luncheon for our good friend's baby.