Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
monday morning after getting the two oldest off to school, i feed kawena oatmeal and rush off to the gym so i can run before a 10 am class. i pull into the parking lot and just as i am about to grab kawena, her oatmeal spews out of her mouth all over the front of her. i hate when that happens because i NEVER have anything in the car to clean up a mess of that proportion.
so, i clean her up using a gazillion baby wipes and strip her down to her bare nudies. i strap her back into her car seat and head home. by this point she is happy as a clam! i throw her into the bath tub where she splashes around, squealing with joy. you wouldn't even know that 20 minutes earlier she was vomiting all over herself for how happy she is.
the rest of monday she is fine and tuesday, no problem. so i think, it must have just been some freak thing. wednesday morning, after getting the girls off to school and music, i head back to the same gym for a core class and running. no joke, as i pull into the parking lot i turn to look at the baby, just in time to see her heaving up the scrambled eggs she just had for breakfast. unbelievable!! this time i don't even park, i just turn around a drive home, baby covered in vomit.
i just can't believe it! i call mitch on my cell phone to tell him the news. he just laughs at the whole thing! hmmmm, i'm sure glad someone is enjoying it, because i definitely am not! he adds, through a chuckle, "maybe you should try a different gym!" thanks!
i'm thinking, "this child is sabotaging my efforts to lose the last 10 pounds of baby weight. how will i ever get back to where i want to be if i can't even pull into the gym parking lot without having baby vomit show it's ugly face!?"
the rest of the week i just gave up on going to the gym in the morning, baby in tow. i know, that probably wasn't the best thing to do, but hey that's what i did! i had enough of it! i still made it to the gym wednesday and thursday night, though! i don't like doing that so much because it cuts into my mitch time, but i needed it!
post script: this morning i actually made it to the gym, the same vomit inducing gym. the whole time driving there i was keeping one eye on the road and one eye on the baby. thankfully, she was in the back happily chatting away. and she didn't even hint at vomiting as i pulled into the parking lot!
today, is a very good day!!
lala asked, "why do we kill fish?"
so ethan explained to her that the fish are killed so that we can eat them.
then lala says, "well, can't we just eat the fish that are already dead?"
Sunday, October 28, 2007
i was the designated photographer. it was a bit tricky because of the lack of light and the sugared up children that couldn't stay still long enough for the slower shutter speed. i played around with the settings, applying the info i learned in the class, and was pleasantly surprised with what i captured!
this is nani's witch pumpkin. she picked out the design and mitch did an awesome job creating it! she absolutely loves it!!
these next two are my very favorites!!
hopefully, tomorrow we will finish the remaining three pumpkins!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
well, last week lala was acting out, again, but this time mitch was dealing with it. i was not there so this is how it went, as told to me by my husband.
lala got upset with something that he was asking her to do, probably something like cleaning up a mess she made (she really hates cleaning up her messes). so, she did the first thing that came to her mind and hit him. uh-oh! big no no!
so mitch says, "oh, do you want to play the hitting game?"
lala says, "yes!"
then he hits her, apparently harder than i did in our version of the game.
lala starts wailing and screaming at him, "you aren't playing by the rules!!!"
mitch says, "what rules?'
lala answers, "the rules that mommie made! that you can't hit harder than i do!"
hmmmm, i don't ever remember making that rule.
my rule, ..... JUST DON"T HIT!! that's my rule!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I love her up do with the ribbon!
Friday, October 19, 2007
thanks to the excellent guidance of our guide (aka one of lala's big buddies) we all made it safely out of the corn maze. we were wondering there for awhile if we would make it out!
it was such a wonderful trip! i am so glad that i was able to go and experience this with her! it was fun to see her interacting with her big buddies and to see how much they enjoy her cute little personality!
here are two videos that my mom captured while she was here over the weekend.
she is very proud of her newfound abilities. i love the squats she does and the excitement with which she does them! too bad i don't share that excitement for squats! i would definately do them more often, that's for sure!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
i was about halfway through my salsa getting, when lala comes in and says to me, "mommie, we need a bag!"
"well, why do you need a bag?", i asked.
"so we can put all of this money in it!"
at this point, i actually turn around and look at her and she what she has in her dripping wet hands. proudly, she holds out her hands, face beaming with excitement (for all she knew she had struck it rich!), to show me her spoils. "mommie we got all of this money from the fountain and we need a bag to put them in! there's so many!" i wish i could have just pulled a bag out of my pocket and said, "have at it girl!" because of the look on her cute, little, innocent face, but my mommie side took over.
"oh, sweetie, you can't have those! they aren't yours. i need you to go put them back and tell nani she needs to put hers back, too!"
her face fell and she turned around to break the bad news to her big sister. "wow, that went surprisingly well," i thought.
i finished getting the salsa and met my mom at the front door to leave. as we walked out to the foyer of the restaurant, the first thing i saw was a very wet lala. second, my eyes came upon nani, who was reaching into the fountain bringing out handfuls of coins and adding them to the already enormous pile of extracted coins on the table. the last thing i saw, was the bottom of lala's pucci pups purse lined with coins.
"girls you can't take those, they are other people's wishes!" reluctantly, they threw all of the money back and we were able to get home and enjoy our baja fresh!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
we played "trainer says" and rewarded the puppies who obeyed the trainer with a doggie treat. we also played "doggie, doggie where's your bone?" after lala blew out her birthday candles:
Monday, October 15, 2007
why do i ask?
i got home from running errands this evening, sans children (ahhhh, it is amazing how much you can get done without children!), and my mom tells me that lala had to spend some time in her room for biting her sister. great!! apparently, lala bit nani "really hard" on her finger, so nani bit lala on her leg. and i thought we were past all the biting a long time ago! i guess i was wrong!
so, wanting to know what happened, i asked lala to tell me her story (miracle of miracles there was no yelling. it was discussed rather calmly, for once! nani did shed some tears, however):
lala: "nani started it."
me: "how did she start it?"
lala: "she pushed me."
me: "what happened right before she pushed you?"
me: "really? you did nothing and then nani pushed you."
me: "are you telling the truth? it's more important that you tell the truth. it will be better for you if you tell the truth. what really happened?"
lala: "i don't remember."
me: "you don't remember?"
me: "okay, i am going to ask nani to tell me her story."
lala: "she bit me right here (pointing to her shoulder)."
me: "nani bit you on your shoulder, so you bit her really hard on the finger. then she bit you on the leg? is that right?"
now comes nani's story:
nani: "i did not! she wouldn't get off the blanket."
me: "so then you bit her on the shoulder?"
nani: "no i didn't!"
me: "well, then what happened? you'll be a lot better off if you tell me the truth!""
nani: "i didn't bite her on the shoulder!"
me: "okay, then what did you do?"
nani: "i accidentally scratched her."
me: "with what?"
nani: "i accidentally scratched her with my teeth."
uh-huh??!! seems suspiciously like a bite.
me: "why did you 'scratch' her with your teeth?"
nani: (looking down under her lashes with a sad face) "she wouldn't get off the blanket."
me: "so you bit her?"
nani: "but then she bit me super hard on my finger. i didn't bite her that hard!"
me: "well, do you think she would have bit you if you didn't bite her?"
nani: looking down at the ground, shaking her head, "no."
me: "i think you're right. so what do you think you could do differently next time?"
nani: "i don't know?"
me: "can i make a suggestion?"
me: "maybe next time you could ask for help from someone else. then nobody will get hurt and we all will be happier. what do you think?"
me: "and lala, if your sister asks you to do something, do you think you could do it?"
so, after the punishment was given and carried out, we find out that it was really nani that should have been sent to her room, not lala. it was nani that made the first strike.
how do you parents deal with the not knowing who did what and who did or didn't do it first? if you think you see the whole thing, but in reality missed the first strike, then how do you know if you are dishing out the right consequence to the right person? when there are two different stories, who do you believe?
should they both get punished for not getting along and working it out? would that help them learn to work things out on their own. should they both get punished if one of them is lying? would that make it less tempting to lie? or should i just hope that i pick the right daughter to punish. then, like tonight, when you find out that the wrong one got in trouble, what do you do then? it's so hard to know!! so, you wonderful bloggers, this is where you come in.....
what do you do in your home???
*thank you for this beautiful woold (world)
*thank you for all the wonderful things that Heavenly Father and Jesus made for us
*thank you that tutu man and tutu lady could be here
*thank you for everything that Heavenly Father and Jesus did for us
*please bless tutu man that he will get back home safely, and tutu lady, also
*please bless the food that it will give us nourishment and strengthness
ahhhh, the prayers of little children!!
Saturday, October 13, 2007
mitch: "okay kale'a stop."
she keeps pouring...
mitch: "kale'a, stop."
she keeps pouring...
mitch: "kale'a stop!....Stop!...STOP!!!"
she finally stops.
mitch: "kale'a, what part of stop don't you understand?"
kale'a, after a lengthy, thoughtful pause: "the stop part."
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Monday, October 08, 2007
yummy! hungry anyone?
today is my mom's birthday. so, i thought of 64 reasons why i celebrate her life:
- you let me eat snails in the backyard
- you laid me out in the nude in the front yard so i could get a tan
you weren't offended when that rude lady asked you, "how old was she when you got her?" when i was just a tiny newborn
- you would wait up for me at night when i was out with friends
- you put those pink foam curlers in my hair at night so i could have pretty curls in the morning
- you made lunches for me everyday while i was in school
you kept your opinion to yourself when i was dating a not so great guy (if you had said anything i would have wanted to be with him more!)
- you came to all of my swim meets
- you were always so encouraging with the things that i wanted to do
- you took us on family walks down to the beach every sunday
- when i walked in the door everyday after school you were there waiting for me, i loved to hear your voice and felt comforted to know you would be there
- when i burned a hole in the carpet in our bedroom you didn't kill me
- when i fell asleep with gum in my mouth you used peanut butter to get the gum out of my hair so we didn't have to chop it all off, sadly my blankie wasn't so lucky
- when katarina got the chicken pox you took me over there so i could get them from her. then you let us play until they were gone
- you got me into swim lessons and swim team when i was young so i developed a great love of swimming
- you would let me sleep in your room when i was sick, that always made me feel better
- you wouldn't let me watch tv or play computer games all day, you limited us to 1 hour
- you took us trick or treating. when we got home you would let us keep 25 pieces of our favorite candy. half of those we could put in the freezer for later and the other half we could keep out to eat when we wanted. all the rest of the candy we gave to less fortunate children
- when gavan purposely locked me out of the house and i got so mad that i broke the glass door you didn't kill me, again
- you cared enough to give me a curfew
- you were married in the temple
- you taught me and showed me the importance of a temple marriage
- you "gave" me a baby brother and sister after much persistence from me
- we had a family garden that we worked on together
- you shared your testimony of the gospel with me
- you never gave up on me even when i treated you so rottenly
- you told me that you couldn't wait til i had a daughter just like me. i still worry about that now, especially with three daughters of my own
- you were understanding when i had a missionary companion who treated me the same way i treated you as a teenager. i was grateful i was able to see it and apologize for my rotten behavior and even more grateful that you forgave me
- when we were out playing with our friends you would make the coolest whistling sound with your fingers when you needed us to come home. i still wish i could do that
- you flew out to hawaii with me to help me get settled into the dorms at byu-hawaii my first year there
- whenever i came home from hawaii you would take me shopping and send me back with as much food as i could carry because the food was so stinkin' expensive back at school
- you didn't send me the "little brown paper bag in the back of my bottom drawer" that i asked you not to look in, though you already knew what was inside of it. and you didn't get mad at me
- you encouraged me to go to byu-provo "just to try it out", before i went on my mission
- when i was "disappointed" by my mission call, you were so positive and upbeat
- you kept telling me that i didn't want to get married til i was 25. i kept saying, "no way! that is too old!" sure enough i was 25 when i got married
- you loved mitch the moment you met him and later told me that he was a keeper
- you didn't throw a fit when mitch and i wanted a very short 2 month engagement, even though i'm sure that inside you wanted to
- you helped me make our wedding announcements
- you drove me all the way out to who knows where (it was a long drive) to a hair salon so i could chop off 19 inches of my hair and donate it to locks off love
- you came out when nani was born
- it was beacuse of you that i wanted to try a natural childbirth. i haven't wanted to do it any other way since
- you gladly got up with a crying nani every two hours in the middle of the night, to relieve an over-exhausted new mommie
- you were sad when tutu lady died 2 days after nani was born and had to leave us to go to the funeral. that was one of the hardest things for me. i only had you for 3 days.
- whenever i am in town you let me crash your "lady's nights out" and join in with your friends
- you came out when lala was born
- you've given me so many wonderful recipes
- you took our girls to disneyland
- i know i can go to you for great parenting advice and you will give it to me without judgment
- you came out when kawena was born
- you cook for us everytime you come out when i have a new baby
- you are the best tutu lady to our girls and they love you
- you stay up late with me every time you visit so we can talk
- you watched all three girls when "baby" #3 was only a couple weeks old so mitch and i could go to the temple to figure out what to name our nameless baby
- you come to visit every few months. we all look forward to those visits
- you made it possible for us to stay close to you in our fifth wheel this summer
- you came down to sea world with us in august and didn't complain about sleeping on the uncomfortable pull-out couch in the fifth wheel
- you video taped me while boggie boarding for the first time
- you are so talented and creative and always make the best cards for us whenever we have a birthday
- you've given our girls the funnest stickers, papers, rubber stamps and sizzix machine that they absolutely love. it helps them tap into their creative side
- you've spent 2 wonderful christmases up here in oregon with our family
- you always take time off work when we come visit you in california
- you've helped shape me into the person and mother that i am
- i love that we talk weekly
- you're not only my mother, but you have become my great friend
happy birthday mom! you're the greatest! i love you!