isn't it great the changes children bring into our lives?!
Friday, August 31, 2007
- "what is that? .... oh, i'm full!"
- "i don't like chicken!" uh, you just ate chicken last night and you didn't complain!
so, i really look forward to making dinner, as i'm sure you can imagine, and all of the wonderful praise i hear from my children! i can always hope that tonight will be the night that they jump for joy at the prospect of eating my food, right? but 9 times out of 10 i am disappointed, yet again!
well, last night i made pork chops with apple stuffing. it was super tasty, to the adult population in our home, the little people had a different opinion (except kawena, she likes my cooking, for now, at least!)
after dinner, we were headed to the ice cream social at nani's school and the girls knew that in order to get ice cream they had to eat a good dinner. lala was struggling the most to get her pork chop down. we told her she just needed to take a few more bites. she was the last one at the table while we were cleaning up and getting ready to go. i went to check on her and it actually looked like she was doing a pretty good job. i looked at her plate and i saw this:
a little puzzled i asked, "what are those?"
lala answered, "those are the ones i already ate..."
Saturday, August 25, 2007
- real life must start again
- going home to a home that we still own and must show while living in it
- the vacation is almost over
- all that living space, the girls will get lost
- getting ready for school to start
- having a schedule
- mitch going back to work in a week
- not seeing new places and exploring with the girls
- having to unpack
- working out again, 8 weeks without exercise is NOT pretty!
- still having a home
- washer and dryer and dishwasher
- room to spread out
- school starts in a week
- having a scedule (getting the girls back on their sleeping schedule is what i am most looking forward to)
- our big, comfy bed
- seeing all of our wonderful friends again
- driving in my quiet tahoe that has so much space
- internet access 24/7
- kawena won't have to sleep in the middle of the living room and kitchen
- being able to make noise after we put the kids to bed
i've got this mind set that if we don't go home the vacation won't end. i wish it were true. why can't we just be independently wealthy so mitch doesn't have to work and we can just travel and play! ahh, that would be the life. i guess i better wake up and get back to reality!
after playing for awhile, she came back all hot and sweaty. she needed a drink. she had come into the trailer to cool off in the air conditioning and brought her drink with her. i was busy straightening up and turned around just in time to see her spitting her drink back into the bottle. i immediately said, "lala, don't do that!" as soon as her mouth was empty of the propel, she looks at me with a disgusted look on her face and says, "but there's something in it!" still a little annoyed, i take the bottle from her and look down into it and see a dead wasp floating in her drink!
that could have turned out much worse than it did!
Friday, August 24, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
vernal falls, as you can see it is very dry right now. only vernal and nevada falls are flowing:
half dome as the sunsets:
half dome on the far right and the valley below:
some random granite upheavel of which i don't know the name, but it is pretty:
bridalveil falls, the white puff in the center is the "spray" of mist trying unsuccessfully to "flow" off the falls:
overlooking the valley from tunnel view turnout with el capitain on the left:
half dome and vernal and nevada falls:
ahh, the beauty of nature at it's best!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
on monday, we did a hike up to see vernal falls. the water is very low this time of year so the waterfall was small, but still beautiful! the girls were troopers and hiked the whole way up the trail.
our little hikers taking a water break in the shade:
we made it to the bridge!!
once we reached the bridge, we took our shoes and socks off and walking through the frigid waters. it was a warm day, about 97 degrees, so it felt so good to get our feet out of our shoes and into the water. for about the first 30 seconds it was so refreshing, but beyond that our little toesies began to feel like little frozen sausages from the snow melt water coming off the falls.
we played there for a good hour and mitch took the girls climbing on the rocks and through the water. they loved it! i stayed put with the baby, who also enjoyed playing in the water.
mitch and the girls exploring:
there was a fire burning on the other side of the valley above the falls so we tried to get a closer look through the telescope.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
they met on an "m n and gleaners" (olden days young single adult) activity, on the boat to catalina island (how romantic). bert was drawn in by jill's beautiful red locks and tall, slender physique, and jill thought bert was a handsome island boy with a brilliant, gleaming smile! they spent much of the remaining summer together.
as with most summer romances, the summer came to an end much too soon. jill was whisked back to ricks college as her studies beckoned to her, while bert was left longing for jill back in sunny, southern california. bert was determined not to lose the lovely jill. so everyday he wrote a letter to her expressing his undying love, in the hopes that she would not forget the little island boy she loved that summer.
well, chance would have it that she did not forget her hawaiian hotty and his undying devotion paid off. on august 17th, 1965 the happy couple were sealed in the idaho falls temple and thus began the family of bert and jill tarayao.
aren't they cute!
over the past 42 years, their little family of 2 has grown to an ever increasing family of 14, four beautiful children ;-), 3 great looking children-in-law, and 5 perfectly wonderful grandchildren!
grandchildren: lala almost 4, kawena almost 1, katrina 12, nani 6, kele 7
tutu man and tutu lady we love you! thank you for your beautiful love story that brought us all together as an eternal family! may your love story continue for many decades more!
authors note: based on a true story. artistic license was used. all information is true to the best of the author's memory.
note to mom and dad: sorry it's a day late, we were in sequoia national park the day of your anniversary and they have no internet access up there, can you believe it!? hope you had a great anniversary! i also hope i didn't take too much artistic license. feel free to correct anything in the comments section, mom and dad. i love you two so much! i'm always sad to leave when we visit. we had a great visit, minus the sickness! thanks again! see you in october!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
nice bum in the background! (note to self: i need to learn to photoshop unwanted things out of my pictures, that would be the first thing to go!):
cute bum cheek weggie:
the hermit crabs:
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
or was i?
that all changed today! we went down to little corona today and mitch and i went boogie boarding. i was determined to give it a try, and boy did i fall in LOVE with it! we only had one boogie board between us, thanks to gavan, so we had to share. it was hard giving it up when it was mitch's turn. in fact, when we were walking back to the car i asked mitch, "did you have this much fun last year when you boogie boarded with gavan?" his reply, "yea! actually i had more fun because gavan wasn't a board hog like you!" i must admit, i did hog the board! it was just too fun not too!!
at first, i just road the little tiny waves, granted, the waves don't get all that big at little corona. right at the beginning i had the board and a bigger wave was coming toward us, it was a really nice one. mitch said, "take this one!" i chickened out and let it pass, catching a much smaller one. by the end of the day i was passing up the little ones and waiting for the big ones like that first one i let go. i tell you i am hooked.
tonight on the way home from the movies we were talking about our boogie boarding adventures and i said to my mom, "so, now we just need to move down here so we can boogie board." mitch said, with a chuckle, "no, mahina, you don't need another addiction. that is just what our kids need. they are already neglected because of your blogging addiction, they don't need you to abandon them for boogie boarding too. they need a mom!" i figure i can just take them with me and they can learn to boogie board! see, good quality time!
so here is a video of mitch and the girls playing in the sand while i am boarding. then, mom pans over to me in the water catching a TINY wave. it was still fun though! she didn't get me on any of the bigger ones. (note: mitch doesn't usually wear shoes to the beach. those are water shoes for walking at the tidepools ;-)
it was beyond me to think that there was no sand at any of these parks. what were these people thinking??!! you can't have a park without sand! growing up in newport beach, ca, all of the parks ONLY had sand. sand makes sense to me! bark chips?? no sense! think of the slivers! i never even knew that there was such a thing as bark chips before i moved to oregon.
later that week, i talked to a friend of mine who had grown up in oregon and i asked her where i could find a park with sand. she looked at me and said, "there are no parks with sand." "what?! no parks with sand?! you've gotta be kidding me!" she wasn't, there really are no parks with sand (well, there is one at the rose garden park, but that is too far away and the playstructure isn't built over the sand, there is just a sand box to play in). i couldn't believe it! who makes a park without sand?! apparently oregonians do!
well, our second child, lala, truly is a my child. that girl LOVES sand! anytime we are at a child's play area, like omsi or sea world, that has sand, you will find her happily playing. when we went to omsi back in june she was in the sand box for almost 2 hours straight. when we were at sea world in "shamu's happy harbor" she wanted to go immediately to the sand box, while nani and her cousins went on the bridges and water area and climbing ropes. today we went to the park by my parent's house and before leaving she excitedly asked, "is it the park with the sand?"
place lala in sand and she is one happy girl!!
at sea world:
at the dunes beach:
today at the park:
that's my sand baby!