September 30, 2008
" but i love you and you will always be my baby."
"i not a baby and you not my mommy."
so we walked home, as i tried to explain to her that i love her and no matter what she will be my daughter and i will be her mom.
once we arrived home she came up to me and said "mommy me not mad at you no more. you are my mommy. me sorry. give me a hug."
it was such a sweet and tender moment.
but i don't get where she got the idea to say to me that i am not her mom anymore and that i should go back to texas. none of the other kids have ever told me that.
got to love them! and i am not going back to texas anytime soon, well probably sooner than later.
September 29, 2008
--So glad T-rex doesn't open doors...yeah you all heard about that one the other day, the next day he figured that one out....man that little boy is inquisitive! Gotta love him
Cursed Thought Number 2:
--While watching LMN (lifetime movie network--yes it is my little guilty pleasure every once in a while) a lady was calling a friend on a pay phone...A PAY PHONE what the heck?? Yeah they used those back in the late eighties early nineties before cell phones..but anyway she was dialing her sister on the phone...and I thought wow she knows her sister's phone number, I don't I just press: HER NAME and it calls her....sure would hate to lose my cell phone because I'd lose everyone's number.....
Guess what happened..T-rex threw it in the toilet, and now is totally dead. Been dead for three days, don't think it is coming back to life. So if you thought I knew your number cuz I called you "all the time" well I don't and don't have it anymore..so maybe you could send it my way?
Cursed Thought #3
Life is going pretty good.
UGGGHHH we have two months left here in Hawaii and we have no idea what we will be doing, where we will be living and I think it is starting to freak me out!
September 28, 2008
This weekend was filled with adventure, mud, fun and friends.
Friday evening we picked Eric up from work and headed towards Waikiki to the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Every Friday night they do a fireworks show, yes that is right every Friday night. We have been a few times, but never got pictures. The cool thing is just next to the Hawaiian Village is a little lagoon, where they let off the fireworks. (My BYU-H buddies may remember the Tahitian Lanai it had a little bar by the lagoon, though it has been replaced by a big fancy hotel--maybe I will share more about the Tahitian Lanai in another post.)
Anyway we grabbed a picnic dinner and ate on the grass and then walked around the water for a bit. The kids had fun playing in the sand and getting so wet in the water that they were "freezing." I don't think they really remember what freezing is but they did get a little cold.
We sat down on the ground and just watched the light show just above our heads. I think the noise frightened poor T-Rex a bit, and Two put her fingers in her ears. We were so close that you could feel the noise through your body. And since there are a lot of tall buildings around the noise echos off of them, it is really cool. Something totally worth doing. Cool thing is, its FREE! Parking can be tricky but it is free!
Saturday morning we woke up early and headed on a little Saturday morning adventure with our friends, the Williams. The kids really get a long well with each other, and their mom has become one of my closest friends. And one bonus is their kids love my little kids so much that its like free babysitting whenever we go out.
The hiking guide said it is for novice but I'd have to say it was a little more rugged than I had expected, a lot of up and downs, roots exposed on the path. Two barely could walk back, actually Dave was kind enough to give her a ride on his back. She was a little more worried about getting all muddy again than I think she was about walking. I had T-Rex on my back the whole time and when we finished I took him off and realized that 20 lbs is a lot of weight and that I need to personally take that much off. I was surprised at how light I felt after removing him.
It was beautiful, muddy too. Most of the hike was under the trees and towards the top, the sun graced us for a bit. Did I mention it was muddy? I don't know if it is always muddy, as we did go the morning after a really big storm.
The kids had fun swinging from the vines and then jumping from the falls. I didn't get any pictures of that, maybe I can get some from our friends. Even Two went off, I was so proud of her, and frightened at the same time as I waited for her to pop back up out of the water, seemed like forever.
My kids want to take my parents back when they come, but we might take them to the Waimea Falls instead--paved path and not all the steps and mud. Though if you are up for an adventure, or mud, sweat and most likely some tears (Bee and Two cried a lot of the way back, I think from exhaustion) I'd say do it.
We even got a chance to see some crazy guys climb super high and do flips and dives into the water.
Speaking of water, it is rather chilling to the bones at first, and well lets just say the little tiny fish like to nibble on your legs if you hold too still in the water.
September 27, 2008
It is hard to believe that...ok dating myself here....that was 15 years and some months ago, that the THEN picture was taken. I am thinking I need to find some "Sun In" I was pretty darn blond back then. Grant it, we hit the beach daily and well the "sun in" bottle went with us most times.
It was amazing yesterday how the memories came flooding back to me while we were in Laie. Not only the good memories, but those crazy weird odd feelings of being single and looking, if that makes sense, like I just remember those fun times, but also those "oh he is never going to ask me out" feelings too. I loved college, I had a blast. I miss sometimes the care free feelings, days sleeping in, only worrying about myself and if some guy liked me, but am so glad to be where I am now.
Life just gets better and different, and harder all rolled up in one.
Facebook has brought some long lost friends "back" into my life. It is kind of funny seeing how I am back in the place where I spent my freshman year of college, because being here and "catching" up with these friends, make it feel like I had just gone home for summer break...and all of sudden am back but with four kids and a husband....how did that happen?
So you think I should go blonde again???
September 26, 2008
Over! I say...
T-Rex has learned to open doors!! Do you know what that means??? oh the toilet paper he can un roll, the messes he can get into....
and he has discovered the fun of coming into the office, pulling keys off the laptop and some how getting to disney.com to play some games....well he doesn't really play games but he sure knows how to push buttons and navigate around fairly well.
He now is mad at me because I stole "his" computer from him...OH MY!
Off to go buy him is own laptop so he can learn to start hacking or something...
September 25, 2008
This morning I got up, started helping the kids get ready for school, and at 7:00 AM, still in my PJs, Eric told me that my friend Cheryl was watching the kids at 7:30 and we were going out. I quickly finished getting the kids ready, then showered, got dressed and made it down in time to meet our morning carpools (actually I am a terrible carpooler my friends are so wonderful and let my kids tag a long with them..Bee goes with one friend and G-Man goes with another.)
The babies were off and safe, and it was just me and my "kidnapper". It was nice and quiet. We talked a little, but mostly I looked in awe at the beauty around us. Eric's camera was in his computer bag and so I snapped some pictures as we drove along the Windward Coast. I just am amazed at the beauty there is in our world. Truly this place is my idea of beautiful.
We drove for an hour and a half to arrive at the Laie Temple. What a beautiful building, think I need to find another adjective other than beautiful. We went in for the 9:00 session, which they held for us since we arrived at a few minutes before the hour.
Some of you may not know what the temple is, and I tried to explain it to our friend Cheryl and I didn't do it much justice. You can find out more information on temples here as well (click the highlighted text.) But suffice it to say that it is a very sacred place that makes me feel at such peace. I really didn't want to leave. The beauty that surrounds me on this island doesn't compare to the beauty and feelings inside the temple. And if you are around the island, it is worth it to walk the grounds because they are amazing as well.
We grabbed a quick bite to eat, literally through a drive through, to make it home so that Cher
yl didn't have to hang out too long with our crazy munchkins, and well Eric had to go back to work. And we probably won't see him tonight. But it was a wonderful day.
Now we are just trying to finish up all our homework so we can go to the pool and grill some burgers and have an enjoyable evening. G-man has to re-do his spelling sentences from last night because they all started with I and that was "unacceptable." Oh well, so I wrote some for him and made him copy them because I really didn't want to spend another HOUR on writing spelling sentences....Oh the joys of school.
September 24, 2008
So I was listening to Mrs. Clinton talk about how President Bush really screwed our nation over, and that the Republicans have totally sunk the country into a deep spiralling pit of despair and that the Democrats need to fly to the rescue and save our little drowning country...ok so I have taken some author liberties here. But you get the picture.
The thing that got me thinking was this whole "Republicans" are evil and have done so many wrongs to the country. And the "Democrats" are going to be our heroes and rescue our nation from its current tragedy set upon itself by the big nasty Republicans. And it just made me think about how really, were the Republicans alone in running the nation the last 8 years?
It is kind of like when your two kids are in the kitchen, the cereal and milk are all over the floor, the bowls are turned upside down. Both kids look guilty and you ask "who made this mess?" and they both point to the other and say "he/she did it?" I mean really, you know they both were pretty much equally involved and one is no guiltier than the other, but they both think the other one is the culprit.
So is it with the two political parties. The finger is always pointing to the other guy. I mean really from what I remember from government classes, and yes they were many years ago, but there is a pretty decent balance set up with the houses, and senates and all the other people involved in running our nation. (told you I don't keep up with politics and don't know all the proper terms.) But do know that they coinside, working together to run the country. But then again, maybe it is like a bunch of five year olds in a room...I don't know.
All these debates throwing the D and R words out there like they are curse words depending on whose mouth they come out, really drives me crazy. Why can't we all get a long? Why can't we just say "hey we are one country, lets make us a great one." We already had the civil war right?
Mrs. Clinton made a great point as well, that we as voters need to look at the candidates as individuals and what they will provide and what are the needs we have as a people, and find the one that best represents our needs....ok more liberties given here while writing it, and it isn't coming out quite like I remember it. But more or less, I took from what she said, and maybe she really didn't say it, but put aside the sides, and find the one who is going to best meet your needs.
So how do you do that? I don't really know other than looking at their track records, watching how they respond during this stressful time, figure out what values you have and what you want to see happen? Find the one that best fits?
One more bit of brain food from me today, the state of our nation didn't happen over night, and I don't think just the last eight years "ruined" our nation. Nor do I think there is a quick fix or that one party will make things even better than another party. It took more than the last eight years to get where we are. I think some people have forgotten that while previous presidents were to be running our country they were under their desks keeping their hands busy with other things. And I personally don't think, that either candidate will be able to "fix" things over night or possibly even during their term. And feel such promises to be false. Though, I do feel that they can work hard to turn things around.
Basically, its a mess! This whole political thing, and that is why I stay out of it and try not to even talk about it. But I just had the urge to dump some of my thoughts.
You know what triggered this?
The little Yahoo news on my email, saying that Obama doesn't want to wait for the debates after McCain has asked to hold off for a bit. Anyway, amazing the power of advertising huh?
September 23, 2008
So her prayer went like this more or less:
Thanks for the strength, the love and the giving that Dad gives us. For the strength, and love and giving Mom does for us. Bless us that tomorrow we can have strength to love and give to others. Thanks for others who have given us strength, and love and giving. And we give thanks for the strength and love we share and give. Please help us love to help strengthen our friends and help us give them love.
For about FIVE minutes. It cracked me up and just made me think of the Friends episode when Joey writes for the wedding.
Yeah it truly went something like this (starts around 2:00)
So remember its about having and sharing and loving and strengthening and giving.
September 22, 2008
Bet you haven't been able to sleep at night wondering if your guess was right or wrong.
I can't believe I was able to fool y'all.
Yeah right y'all know me too well....I will get you next time my pretty and your little dog Toto too!!!
So like I said I would put your names (decided numbers) in a hat and draw it. And the lucky winner is......
Lucky NUMBER 3 (kind of funny its my favorite number) and that is....(have to check my comments.....) it is Melissa P. Look in your mail for a little something Hawaiian.
Thanks for playing everyone!
OH MY GOODNESS, this little boy could be the poster child for Energizer batteries, he keeps going and going and going. IN the last 24 hours, he has:
- put almost a whole roll of TP in the toilet
- threw clothes in the toilet
- climbed in the toilet ( you think the door would have been locked by now.)
- climbed into the shower with clothes on and completed soaked himself, with the help of a 3 year old sister who knows how to turn the water on.
- dumped crayons on the floor, not once, nor twice but 5 times...how does he keep getting them?
- climbed on the kitchen table and knocked water on the floor (left water glasses on the table, at least we use plastic.)
- spilt milk on the laptop
- dumped a bottle of water on the carpet
- dug food out of the trash (i promise i feed him)
- pulled a poopy diaper out of the trash can and opened it and spread it all over his feet and hands...probably tried tasting it....
- threw an orange off the balcony
- and he slept in until 8 this morning...i guess the last day pooped him out.
I recently sat down and helped a friend start a blog. She wrote several posts, and then got a little frustrated that she couldn't write every day and felt like no one was reading it and thus deleted it.
It is interesting to me, this whole bloggerhood thing because it truly is its own community. The blog world kind of reminds me of high school. It is filled with all kinds of clicks.
- There are the "cool" kids, who for some reason draw thousands of readers and comments, they aren't necessarily any better at writing than others, but some how their coolness has typed through to the blog world.
- Then there are your geeks, that blog about tech stuff or other non personal information.
- You have your introverts, that write about their deepest darkest secrets, and keep to themselves.
- Then there are the class clowns, you just read and laugh at all the things they are poking fun of in their lives.
- There are those on the yearbook commitee, who like to post pictures and capture their events.
- There are the jocks who post about their running and other exercise regimens.
- You have the cheerleaders, who seem to be able to do it all and keep on smiling. Their posts seem so perfect and happy.
- You got the goth groups, all dark and dreary, and wow is me.
- You have the International group, sharing their learning of different cultures and travels.
Anyway I am sure there are ton more types of bloggers, and some sort of mix. But my point is, what ever reason you write, or when you are able to write, it should be for you. It should not matter what others think, or if they comment (though it does make you feel good to get comments) but for your personal records.
I am just amazed at the world blogging has opened to me. I have been able to meet people I would have never met before. I have been able to learn things about people I don't think I would have ever learned on a personal level.
My words of wisdom here? Blog when you can. Blog what you want. And don't get caught up in comparing yourself to other bloggers. Do what you can, be you.
I think I fell off my life raft and am holding on to my life jacket floating in the ocean riding up and down with the waves, unsure of when my boat is going to come back and pick me up and take me to my destination. Heck I don't even know where that destination is and what my boat looks like.
We are here, for a few more months. And then what? We don't know. It is crazy. We are at a point where we could end up anywhere in the world. I have thought about taking out a world map and just throwing a dart and going there. There are few things keeping us from doing that, like MONEY and well thats about it.
We possibly could end up back in Austin, but Eric feels unsure about what is going to happen with his company and his job there. The kids want to stay here, and I actually wouldn't mind living here, it is so beautiful and well yeah it is just beautiful and everything is so close, but it is SO EXPENSIVE. With the fact that Eric shows up after we are all asleep and leaves usually before we wake up, he hasn't had much time to even look for other work opportunities.
So anyone have any suggestions? Know of any great places to raise a family? Cost of living low? Job market fairly stable?
I am all over the place here.....
Ok off to take care of the kids.....
September 19, 2008
Yes it is only a little before 9 am and my house is dripping with noodles.
Well for one, I haven't been to the grocery store in about two weeks, and pretty much all we have left are ramen noodles, which the kids wanted to eat for breakfast.
For some reason we were running on slow this morning, maybe it had to do something with the bed hopping and floor sleeping spots fights in the middle of the night. We were a little behind today. So instead of putting their bowls in the sink before running out the door, the bowls stayed on the table.
T-Rex who is beginning to earn his name--as he is right now on top of the file boxes screaming..just a second....got him down...no wait back up.....---likes to explore his environment. While I was helping Two go potty--yes she potty trained this week--he grabbed a bowl of noodles off the table, walked to the front entry and took some crayons and mixed them together and then dumped them all over the floor. Well at least that is what it looked like.
Just another second he is on top of the copy machine pulling down the blinds.....
Then faster than I could catch him, he climbed on the kitchen table, dumped another bowl of noodles and juice, guess the kids weren't totally hungry. Once it was sufficiently on the table, I grabbed some paper towels to wipe it. Though he was faster than I and began to swoosh it off the table, splat in the water with his hands, then get down on his belly and slide through it across the top. I caught him before he could slide off to the floor. At least I am not totally slow on my feet.
So instead of finishing cleaning up the mess....I decided to write about it. But in the mean time, he has pulled all the paper out of the copier, climbed on the copier a couple of times, colored the top of the copier, climbed on top of the file boxes...and now he is on the entry floor cleaning up the noodles...well lets just say another little snack....
Ok better get the noodles up before the bugs decided to come and help clean.
T-rex just pulled out the camera, maybe he thinks his morning art work is worth picture taking. Nah...Time to clean up.
Did I mention too they are roofing today and we are on the top floor....and Eric has been missing for about a month now, his clothes have shown up in the hamper but no real sight of him...I am tired...and need to go to the store...T-Rex doesn't like shopping. I think it has to do with the straps and a cart that he is suppose to stay in.
September 18, 2008
I am just playing around with Picasa, a free photo thing. I really like it. You can do a bunch of cool things with your pictures. Though I didn't do anything to these photos other than put them in a movie. Eric's work is having a big Hawaiian dinner and he thought it would be fun to do a slide show of Hawaii. I took a bunch of scenic pictures with his camera and well searched through our family's archives this morning, thus this video was born. I probably should have flipped some pictures, and some of the pictures come from my cell phone. Anyway, here you go.
SIDE NOTE: if you didn't notice there is no video...for some reason it didn't upload. So for your viewing pleasure....a photo collage, one of my favorite little tools with Picasa.
September 17, 2008
September 15, 2008
and some more really cool fish. It isn't every day that you can go walking and feel like you are snorkeling. The tide was really low this morning, and almost back up when I returned to show my friend the amazing fish I had seen.
I stopped ever few feet or so and had Two look and be amazed with me, she wasn't, not totally. But down at the bottom of the inlet- we live on a peninsula, and have a walking path around the neighborhood- there were a ton of fish just swimming around, I guess having their breakfast. There were so many. It truly was amazing. I walk this way almost every morning and have never seen so many fish. I didn't realize we had a little reef under us.
As I walked home to grab my camera (too bad the tide was back up and I couldn't find my memory card either to take pictures) I realized how fortunate I am to be able to go walking and enjoy my beautiful surroundings. Sure beats looking at the walls on a treadmill, or watching cars go by--that might be something cool if I was into cars but I am not.
Anyway not that I am trying to make you jealous of my living situation...ok maybe a little :) but I just feel so lucky to be where I am right now.
I am happy and glad to be alive and healthy!
side note: got strep again-was hospitalized for 8 days last year for septic strep-, but saw a doctor fast enough only waited two weeks and not twelve- for it to not totally go septic, still waiting on some blood tests, but am amazed at what a little antibiotics can do to make me feel good again, and some fresh air and fish!
September 14, 2008
September 13, 2008
So lets see how well you know me. Here are five facts about me, four are real and one is totally made up. Can you guess? The correct answer"ers" will be entered into a drawing and receive a really cool awesome gift from me. You ready?
- In high school while "spending the night" at my friend's house, with a couple of other girls, we decided we wanted to make jello at 2 in the morning. After going to Safeway to pick up some Jello, we headed to the El Camino and did a little cruising. Some guy asked me if I wanted to ride on his motorcycle, and I stupidly did. When he dropped me off at the end of the road, I burnt my leg (was in boxers and a sweatshirt because we were going to go to bed) really bad. When my mom saw it later, she asked how it happened and I told her it was on our Wolf Oven door, do you think she believed me? (sorry Mom for lying to you but maybe I am lying now).
- Ok again on another sleepover at this friend's house, we "snuck" out and went to TP a friend's house. Before we got there we stopped off at Safeway and all got an apple. We each ate the apple and put them in a brown bag on his doorstep. While we---actually I think just me and one other gal, the rest were hiding--were tp-ing his house, he came home with his friends. We ran and they drove after us, chasing us all through town, until we "got away." They called the cops on us as well. We were gone before they arrived.
- While on my mission--I served for 18 months in Northern Brazil- we had a general meeting with all the other missionaries in the area with one of our general authorities (Elder Maxwell.) He and his wife spoke to the missionaries. The paid translator couldn't make it and so they asked me to translate. I translated all the speeches to the Maxwells and when Sister Maxwell spoke to the group I translated her talk to the audience. I didn't think I would be able to speak so fluently in another language but I did ok.
- While on my mission on one of my preparation days we were down town getting our monthly allowance and some lunch. There were some hippy tattoo artists on the side of the road. I saw them there every other week, when we were down there. After watching them give tattoos to some other folks, my companion and I got matching parrot tattoos on our lower backs. (sorry Dad for lying to you when you asked me if I had one, again maybe not :))
- In college--kind of vague isn't it--ok my freshman year, my friends and I "broke" well more like hopped over the fence at McDonalds and played on the playscape. We would hide in the ball pit and throw the balls at the net wall, and sometimes they would go over the fence, hitting passing cars. That play area is now just a cement slab with some picnic tables.
So there you have it my four truths and one lie. It seems to be glaringly obvious to me which is not the truth, but then again its about me and my lie....So which is it? What do you think?
September 11, 2008
It is hard to believe it has been seven years since that tragic attack on our soil. I remember my mom calling me, crying and I thought something had happened to my Grandmother who was suppose to be traveling that day. I quickly sighed a little relief and turned on the TV, realizing that many were receiving a call. Then the second plane hit and the second tower began to burn. I remember the feeling of mourning everywhere for days, sitting glued in front of the tv for three days straight. Life stood still. Then the flags flew, the nation bonded and people seemed to think of others.
It is hard to believe it was only seven years ago. I was talking with my BEE today and she had no idea about the Twin Towers. Why should she, she is only five? But then I thought, in only a few years has this event been moved from the front page, to a page in our History books.
Where am I going from here? I am not sure. Other than the fact that I really love this picture and what it stands for me. A reminder that we do live in a land of Freedom, but that life is precious. May we all remember to live, laugh and LOVE.
September 10, 2008
September 08, 2008
BUT...I digressed a little there sorry, anyway while I was looking around I noticed that I had 1 follower. I didn't even know that feature existed. Anyway it does, and I think it is kind of cool if you ask me. So do you want to become one of my followers?? You can, and it is simple and on my side bar there is a little thingy that you can click on and become one. Not sure what it does, but you too can be a follower of 4 kids no dog Blog...I know you want to. So go ahead, click it. Come on! Tempting huh?!
September 06, 2008
September 05, 2008
Usually the bandaid is a cure all for pain and sores and other bodily afflictions.
It caused me to pause and think about what "bandaids" I use for my emotional owies. Kind of funny that we keep the first aid kit in the kitchen because I think that is where I go first for my "bandaids" that are usually found in the refrigerator.
For example, not that I did this...ok I did....I bought some chocolate macadamia nuts for my "pay it forward" friends. I had enough that yesterday the kids and I shared a box, ok two...well the second Bee took some this morning for a friend, so we didn't eat both boxes, totally. Anyway after the kids were off to school the little ones and I went for a little walk. For some reason I came home really sad. We are talking tears running down the face sad. Not sure where it all came from. But you know what I did, I came in and went straight for the un opened box of chocolates and started eating them.
Then I asked myself, "do you feel better?" And you know what my answer was?? "No but they tasted good." And as I sat there feeling sorry for myself, and lonely and just out of the blue blue, the phone rang. THANKS!! I know you felt you should call me and it was very appreciated and very very timely.
So my question to you is: What are some of your bandaids?
I wish mine were running or drinking lots of water or skipping!
Though I do have to say I tend to use writing and walking as some other band aids. Speaking of which we are off to walk to the post office.
September 04, 2008
So Sheri, Vanessa, Cheryl and Erika, please email me with your mailing addresses and your gift will be on its way.
corrinesim at yahoo dot com k :)
September 03, 2008
As Bee was leaving for school this morning he decided to try and sneak out the door with her. She didn't notice him, and the door shut on his poor little fingers.
Somebody, spilt ice on the floor in the kitchen, melting and well when he went running into the kitchen he fell flat on his back.
He tried to climb on a folding chair in the kitchen, when it closed on him smashing his little foot.
Two thought it would be funny to use his back as a dart board, and throw pencils at his back. None stuck in thank heavens but left two small welts on his back.
When running around by the pool he missed a few steps off the patio and caught himself with his face, his poor nose bled pretty hard, and the strawberry on his forehead is pretty bad as well.
Not that all that wasn't enough, a few days ago, G-Man decided to take a pizza out of the oven, after asked to wait for me, and T-Rex put his hand in the oven, and burnt his inner wrist severely, and burnt the outside of his arm as well.
I think that is all for today....and that is a lot for such a little guy. He is asleep now, otherwise I'd take the picture of the poor beat up kid. I tried earlier, but the batteries were dead in it.