Thursday, April 30, 2009

Blog Re-evaluation

Sorry, it's been a while since my last post. I have several in the works that need polishing, which will soon appear en masse. In the meantime, I'm going to give myself a pat on the back for having posted for as long and as consistently as I did.

A few weeks ago, I was reading through the posts I had written in 2006-2008, and noticed that the writing was better, more creative. Since then I've been re-evaluating my blog format. I feel like it has possibly become too formulaic.

If you're worried that I will no longer be posting Silly Boys, don't worry. I know that it's a reader favorite. I've had several requests to continue posting it.

So bear with me as I figure out where I want to go or what I want to do with this thing.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Silly Boys

At Joy School, they were talking about the letter B. Jen asked what's the first word you think of that starts with the letter B, then she talked about Big Bird. The first word that came to Coby's mind was : butt

Friday, April 24, 2009

Girl's Night Out

We got together to see 17 Again. The Girls are big Zac Efron fans. Me? Mmm, not so much. But I will say that his acting has improved. It was a cute movie.

What I loved about it was the wooing of the high school principal by the best bud, who is a software millionaire and big time nerd. It was hilarious! Who speaks Elvish over dinner at a fancy pantsy restaurant? I haven't laughed that hard during a movie in a while.

Afterward, we went to Mimi's Cafe. I ordered the Classic Ensemble: a trio of petite desserts including Mimi's bread pudding, fresh apple cinnamon crisp, and a triple chocolate brownie. The bread pudding was ok. But theother two were scrumptious! Yum!!

A fun time as always when hangin' with the Girls!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Silly Boys

We were watching Chopped on the Food Network. Each round 1) Appetizer, 2) Entree and 3) Dessert, the contestants have a basket of mystery ingredients. Once the list is given, we pause the show and Jake shares what he would do with it. On this episode, the dessert round ingredients were: blackberries, kiwi, wonton wrappers, and gummi bear.

Kai shared his recipe idea: I would take the blackberries and make a sauce. Squeeze the juice from the blackberries. Then I would put it over the kiwis. I would grind up the gummi bears and chop up the kiwis and put them in the wontons like a taco with the blackberry sauce. It's half dessert and half taco.

Kai: I know how the easter bunny got into the house. He jumped over the fence. Then came through the window. Look it's open.

After going to Sunflower market-
Kai: Mommy, do you need rutabuggers for anything?
Mommy: Rutabagas? Not this week. (not that we have rutabagas very often)
Kai: Cuz Sunflower Market has rutabuggers.
Coby: Weeell, they have rutabagas at Smith's, and radishes too!

After a night of snow, Kai asks to go outside to play in the backyard to use the snow fort building set we bought from Walmart on clearance. To prepare himself to the cold, he donned "two layers of coats, Mommy. My winter vest from Peepaw, and my coat"

Liam loves the wind. I was blowing something, and he smiled and laugh then I blew on him and he went crazy with enjoyment and motorboated. Maybe I should have named him Makani, Hawaiian for wind.

Kai: Mommy, I know how the Easter Bunny got the candy for the eggs. He goes to Costco, and gets all the treats he can find, then he leaves money on all the desks for the workers to pay for it. When they go in to work the next morning they are all surprised.

Kai was carrying around a sword, calling it a Semi Sword. Jen thinks he was trying to call it a Samurai Sword.

While Coby was at Jen's house for a playdate with Tyler-
Jen: Coby, did you know that you're pants are on backwards?
Coby: Oh, yeah! Let me go behind the couch for some privacy.
Jen: You can go in the bathroom.
Coby: I have to go to the bathroom anyway.
He goes to the bathroom and comes out with his pants still backwards.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Tulip Festival 2009

Jake was up at the South Towne Exposition Center for the Gun Expo, so we decided to meet in the middle at the Tulip Festival at the Thanksgiving Point Gardens. We are frequent visitors of the Gardens, but there is something so special about the Tulip Festival itself. So I was bummed that I couldn't go yesterday, and this totally made my day.

In the last 3 years, this is the first time Jake has been able to come with us to the festival. It was wonderful to stroll with my honey and take in the colorful blooms. It was also fun watching his enjoyment of the various features of my camera. He took some panoramic shots as well as a few floral closeups like this:

So pretty and vibrant!

Kai wanted a picture with a daffodil, his teacher's favorite flower.
I'm rescuing the poor dirt and flowers from Liam.
Liam just before he started to shove dirt in his mouth.
Coby is getting up from a tumble.
Group shot. Such a beautiful sunny day.

The boys sometimes protest when I tell them that we are going to the "big" Gardens (they prefer the Children's Garden), but when we get there they love it. They love running around in the grass, smelling the flowers, feeding the fish, playing in the fountain in the Secret Garden, and rolling down the BIG hill. It's so peaceful and invigorating to be there. The flowers are just gorgeous. From March to October there are all kinds of different blooms. It's just so lovely.



Friday, April 17, 2009

Dinosaur Museum

A group of us were going to meet at the Tulip Festival, but it was too windy, so we went to plan B, the Museum of Ancient Life. Liam has been to the Dinosaur Museum (as the boys like to call it) before, but this is the first time he has been able to enjoy and interact.

Isn't he cute petting the dinosaurs?

Kai & Ryan and Kevin & Coby at the Erosion Table

Kai and Coby love hanging out with their friends.While they were playing with sand Jennifer, Alisha and I were discussing Sit n Stand strollers, comparing mine with other we saw parked around us, and just shooting the breeze. I always forget to get a picture of the moms.

The gang: Tyler & Alex Clement; Ryan, Kevin & Brenna Young, and my offspring.

The boys were glued to the computer for a good 20 minutes. At least once a year, we take a picture with this bronze? dinosaur. He's super cute, and it's fun to see how the kids have grown in the last year. At this point, it was well past Liam's nap so he really didn't want anything to do the dinosaur or pictures.

The last stop is the Quarry or the sand pit. The boys "dig" for bones and "gently" reveal them with their brushes. The boys always to get sand in their britches, but they don't seem to mind, until tonight at bath time. I walked into Kai's room and he is stark naked, scooting his bum around the floor. Ew!

Me: Kai!
Kai: My bum is itchy.
Me: Kai, don't spread sand from your bum on the carpet.
Jake: There's something else on the list of things I thought I'd never hear said out loud.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Olivia's Rule of Life

Lately, Coby's new favorite show is Olivia. I really enjoy the show as well. She's got lots of personality and is very imaginative. She considers her little brother Ian, a little bother. In each episode she shares a rule of life. Here are a few:

#? One good thing about little bothers (brothers), sometimes they get your jokes.

#3 If you have to sit next a little brother eating spaghetti you'd better wear a rain coat.

#4 If you really want to hide your baby brother, change his diaper first.

#15 If your little brother eats like a wild animal, it doesn't mean he is.

#21 Little brothers don't know anything about being a mommy.

#24 If you have a pet that never ever ever moves, watch out cuz one day he will

#28 I know this is hard to believe, but more of something isn't always better

#31 Most people think animals don't talk, but they do. They just talk very quietly.

#34 Sometimes your lucky tights are luckier than you thought.

#38 Just because a dog looks cute in a nurses hat doesn't mean he's a very good nurse

#47 Walking up things is harder than walking down them, but the view is beautiful

#47 School glue has many uses.

#52 If your mom is having a baby and she asks you whether you want a brother or a sister, that does not mean you're really going to get the kind you ask for.

#55 If your teacher says no to a sea lion or an elephant, a tiger is probably out of the question.

#68 If you build a really big solar system, make sure you have a really big bedroom door.

#88 If you wake your baby brother from a nap, he will be sad and your mother will be upset too.

#100 Red is the very best color for absolutely positively everything.

Olivia's teacher, Mrs. Hoggenmuller has a singsongy way of asking her students to do things or to remind them of the rules:

1) Apples, peaches, pumpkin pie when teacher's talking no hands in the sky.
2) Sit in your chair, no hands in the air.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I looked out the window and what did I see?

Snow on this gray April morning.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Cards

A few weeks ago at Kai's school, it was Teacher appreciation week. For Kai's teacher, Mrs. Reeves, the room moms decided on a Hawaiian theme. Each day the students were asked to do something special specific to the theme. One day was to bring something floral related. The night before at about 7:30, Kai asked buy her a bouquet of daffodils. Sorry, bud too late to go running to the store. But i had some time to cut and glue some very simple cards. Here are a few examples:


Here are some cards I previously did for Valentine's and St. Patrick's Day.

These are amateurish in comparison to my talented cardmaking friends: Wendy Glass, LeRita Willden, and Elana Johnson. I considered posting their cards as well, but then I would just be embarrassed.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Memory Monday: Easter

OK, really, I don't remember any Easters
But I do have these photos from my childhood to share.
Then there was this Easter Sunday. Photos of me and my pets.
Here's yet another picture
What I do I remember most about Easter was:
getting a new frilly dress, and going out to eat.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Sunday

The Easter Bunny left eggs all over the house. The boys woke up at 6:00, thrilled to find eggs hidden in the blinds, they were off and running to find more. In their rush, they missed some on the stairs that Liam found.

When they got down stairs they found these. Kai thought it was cool that the the Easter Bunny wrote their names in their favorite colors.

On Easter Eve, the boys asked if we could set out a plate of treats for the Easter Bunny. He left a few crumbs and note for them written on the plate.

After all the excitement, we had a mini devotional about the Savior. Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Silly Boys Saturday

Liam: Ay Ya Yu = I love you!
I Wa! = I want, accompanied with a grabbing motion.

Liam exploring the slide at the park down the street from Kai's halau.

Coby: Every Sunday, Olivia will be my friend
Jake: Why only Sundays?
Coby: She's our class pet.
Me: Ooh, how fun a class pet.

Coby: What is a whale?
Jake: A large marine mammal
Coby: Why does it eat small things?
Jake: Because there are lots of small things in the ocean
Coby: Like seals.

Kai: Mommy, my eye hurts
Me: How does it hurt?
Kai: It feels like it gonna fall out.
The next day Kai dictated to me for his journal: Last night, these germs made my eyebrows really hard. Eyelashes, I meant. And my face was very crummy. My daddy put a wash cloth on my eyes. I held it there then the goobers were out.

Turns out he had a sinus infection. For 4 days, we put drops in his eyes. Not an easy task. He also had a cough, so spring break started 3 days early.


The boys were play fighting in the back seat, and Kai blurts out "I command you."
We have no idea what he was commanding Coby to do.


In Joy School this week, Coby was asked to share a talent.
Here's a video of his talent:
video

Kai and Coby's favorite show right now is Deadliest Catch.
Here's Kai's rendition of the theme song:
video
It's a hoot!!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Family Names Friday

During Conference weekend, my sister, Lisa, and her friend, Silvia, came up from Vegas to stay with me. Lisa asked for my help in giving a Hawaiian name to Silvia. I do not speak Hawaiian, but I did study it for a few weeks, and I have a Hawaiian-English Dictionary.

It was fun to pour over words and their meanings. They left with a list of good names to choose from. I look forward to hearing which they chose.

It got me thinking about our names. In the Hawaiian names listed below, the dot represents the break between each word for the literal translation of the name.

1. Michelle Pauahi Napuaonalani Keli'iheleua


Michelle = feminine of Michael, Hebrew: God-like or Who is like God?
Certainly not me.

Pau.ahi = Hawaiian: finished fire > the fire is out
The story I've been told about this name is that my great grandmother, Kahilinai Keahi, was a dancer in the Royal Court. When her baby was born, Princess Pauahi bestowed her name upon my grandmother, which was then given to me by my father.

Na.pua.o.na.lani = Hawaiian: Flowers of the Heavens
The story goes that my mom saw this name on another patient's hospital chart and thought it sounded nice, so gave it to me. This is generally not the practice when giving Hawaiian names.

Ke.li'i.hele.ua = Hawaiian: The chief run rain > The chief who runs in the rain.


2. Jacob "Jake" Andrew Walkenhorst

Jacob = Hebrew: supplanter
Jake's dad chose this name

Andrew = Greek: man/warrior
Jake's mom chose this name

Walkenhorst = German: Faclon's aerie

We chose Kai and Coby's name before we were expecting Kai. It was so easy.

3. Kaikolani "Kai" Andrew

Kai.ko.lani = Hawaiian: Sea of Heaven > Heavenly Sea
My dad's name

Andrew = Greek: man/warrior,
Jake's middle name

4. Coby James Keahi
Coby= diminuitive of Jacob, Hebrew: supplanter
Jake's name

James = Hebrew: supplanter, a double dose of supplanting.
I really liked this name, and thought it sounded good with Coby. Also, it gives Coby options.
In the future, if he thinks Coby is too childish, he can use James as an adult.

Ke.ahi = Hawaiian: The Fire
Another of my father's names, his mother's maiden name.

Liam, however was another story.

5. William "Liam" Joseph Hoapili

William = English form of German Wilhem: will/desire+helmet/protection
This was the only real name that Kai submitted for our approval. We found this name on both our family trees. Kai's other choices were Nove (nine in Italian) and Decepticon. Coby thought Twinkers would be nice.

Liam = Irish form of William
I wanted a representation of my Irish heritage.

Joseph = Hebrew: God will increase
Jake wanted this name. We couldn't decide on William or Joseph, so we decided to give him both.

Hoa.pili = Hawaiian: Close, intimate, personal friend.
A family name. I feel like a name dropper, but most of you won't know who any of these people are anyway. Based on some family history I've heard, I'm related to Ulumaheihei Hoapili, which is how we have the name.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Goals

Okay, it is said that if you tell people your goals, you are more likely to keep them. So here they are:

Daily
30 minutes of dance practice
15 minutes of walking
100 sit ups
Personal Scripture Study & Prayers
Journal/blog

Weekly
scan photos
complete 1 sewing project
blog at least 3 posts

Limited computer time
Unless I am working on a specific item: blog, journal, budget, meal plan, uploading/scanning pictures, I may only use the computer (for entertainment) while I eat breakfast or lunch. Or when my other chores are complete for the day.

I'm struggling with the feeling that I am not accomplishing enough throughout the day. And I am laying the blame at the computer's feet. It couldn't possibly be my inability to tear myself away or that maybe I expect too much of myself. Hmmm?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Taste Trip Tuesday

Last night, for Family Home Evening, Jake's brother, Jeremy, brought over some miracle fruit tablets. What is miracle fruit? The miracle fruit plant produces berries that, when eaten, cause sour foods (such as lemons & limes) consumed later to taste sweet.

What an experience! I recommend trying it!

My faves
lemon = really good sweet lemonade
lime = candied lemon
grapefruit = prepared grapefruit, you know with spoonfuls of sugar on top
A1 = was really good, but I just can't explain how
balsamic vinegar = like really good grape juice

What Jake had to say about these (cuz I didn't try it* or it still tasted just as nasty as it normally does)
jalapeno tabasco = jalapeno jelly
tabasco = tasted like weird
*green jalapeno olive = was not good like olives in rubbing alcohol
*onion = sweet onion, a vadalia
*mustard = honey mustard

Other stuff
pickles = sweet pickles
BBQ sauce = sweet
cranberry juice= tasted the same
oyster sauce = a well done steak with a hint of fish

Monday, April 6, 2009

Memory Monday: 5th grade talent show

A few weeks ago, I was driving down the road listening to some music when Walk like an Egyptian came on. I immediately thought of my 5th grade talent show. Two girls, I think Alicia Brown and Jennifer Fabbi, did a dance to the song. My friend, Tiffany, clogged. I think the song was I'm Walking on Sunshine. I just remember thinking how I loved the floofy skirt of her costume, and how awesome clogging was. I also danced a hula to the song When You're Down in Honolulu. I think that was the first time I performed in a talent show. Oh, and there was the "I'm being eaten by a Boa Constrictor" skit. That was great!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Silly Boys Saturday

Kai was upset about not getting some baseball cards. He complained and whined for 5 minutes and then quieted down. After being quiet for a few minutes he randomly shouted out, "Why is everything made in China?! My bunny says, 'Made in China.' Liam's toy says, 'Made in China.' What's with everything from China?"

Kai: I have a great memory. My brain memory zooms back into time.

On the way to Kai's hula recital (I'll post the videos eventually)
Kai: I have a nervous feeling
Me: Why? ( thinking it was about the recital)
Kai: Cuz it's going to storm.

This is a fluffy cupcake.
Coby stuffed his new sheep into a cup.

During Joy School, we had show and tell. I shared my koosh ball with the kids. I left it and my back massage turtle, Sammy, on the counter. Coby put the turtle on top and declared it a sweeper turtle.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Ho'ike (Recital)

Kai did such a wonderful job at his hula recital. He has got the greatest bum wiggle, and really gets into the dances.

1) Na waka: on the floor in the back left corner by the speaker.
Watch under the chickie's arm. The whole time I had a clear view of Kai, but when Jake gave me the video the lady in front of me decided to move her head. Grrr!
2) Kamate (haka): on stage center left
3) Pearly shells: from the left 2 girls, then Kai in the back.

video

Since he started last September, Kai has begged me allow him to audition for the Show Group. The show group would require more time on my part which I'm willing to give if he was committed to doing his part. To be sure of his commitment, we agreed that he could audition once he had completed a school year of dance instruction.

Just a couple of weeks ago, he asked if he had to keep going to halau. He made the commitment to complete the year, so he continued to attend until the recital. I knew that once he did the recital he'd feel the thrill of the performance. He's natural performer.

Now that the recital is complete, he can't wait to go back to class and audition in May.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Which one? Wednesday

Last week, Coby and I went to Arctic Circle on the way to Preschool. On Saturday, I took Kai out for one-on-one time, then Jake took Coby out. We ended up at Arctic Circle. So the boys have these new Furry Friends. Here are the names they have chosen: Budge, Fuzzle Wuzzle Duzzle (I like to call him Fuzzle D. Wuzzle), and Winky

Can you guess which one is which?

Liam, his Birthday Cake and other fun photos

Liam and the cake

Sweet little Messy Face

Snuggly, Sleepy Baby
Preppy Golfer Boy
Thanks Brekke for taking such cute pics of Liam!