Tuesday, June 29, 2010

sometimes i wish we could {hawaii, blog}


sometimes i wish we could buy a big giant house. then mike and i could foster a million and one babies. our limit is one at a time right now but if we keep adopting them we wont have room for new ones. damn bleeding heart republicans. ha ha who am i kidding. repubicans dont have bleeding hearts.

anyway, with living in paradise - on one income - bigger is not possible right now. last i checked the low price of a single family home in hawaii was 600,000 (that's dollars, not peso's people). and that's cheap. thank you resession.

i do love my house that god gave me. it says ME all over it. books. pictures. kids. and my mike. i feel comfortable when i'm home. i love that my kids love their home. i love that my kids say *mommy our house?* *yes baby. our house*

Thursday, June 24, 2010

i busted stormie yesterday... {hawaii blog}


i busted stormie yesterday doing this to her face. drawing on make up with a marker. just fabulous. i walked in and tried to act upset. but the truth was she looked like a clown. so i told her.

me: ha ha ha ha stormie - you look like a clown - ha ha ha ha

stormie: not funny guys.

it was very funny.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

families always fight when... {hawaii blog}

families always fight when someone dies...over dishes, collectables, money...good thing my family doesn't have any of that.

my mom does have very nice jewelry though...every time she gets a new piece - my sister and i decide who gets it when she dies, so there's no fighting when it happens. mean? maybe. smart? yes.

Monday, June 21, 2010

there are many times... {hawaii parenting blog}


there are many times when i made bad decisions, but in the case of choosing a baby daddy....i have to give myself some credit. i have chosen the perfect man to father my children. luckily he agreed and now the world is a better (sometimes not so better) place with my crazies.

he loves them with all his heart, and works his but off for them everyday, he prays for them, and shows them how to be good people - much like my own daddy.

i asked the kids why they love daddy and this is what they said.

Stormie (3) - "daddy sing me"

Kaleb (2) -"monster"

Baby J (1) - "dadadada" (in a cookie monster voice)

happy fathers day mikie (center). your totally rad. happy daddys day to my own daddy (Left) and Mikes Dad (right)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Fix It Friday {hawaii Photography}

to grow my editing skills i am taking place in i heart faces fix it friday challenge. you will see the original posted below as well as two other version i have hopefully fixed (and not made worse). The first edit is done using TRA - TROY. i can't tell you what was done with the second. i just messed around in photoshop instead of paying attention to my kids.




Tuesday, June 15, 2010

for some reason i... {hawaii motherhood blog}

for some reason i clean when my mind is in chaos. if i have something on my mind or problem weighing me down, i clean. i feel like if my insides are a mess, my outside has to be in order.

thats what i have to say today.

Monday, June 14, 2010

where she belongs... {hawaii photography blog}

i love this photo of Baby Jaliyah...she fits perfectly on her daddys chest. he has just arrived from Iraq to meet her. This is an entry for the i heart faces BABY challenge.



my favorite entertainer... {hawaii family blog}


my favorite entertainer in high school was Bu La'ia. i thought he was the funniest, dumbest thing ever. After an unsuccessful run for governor, i sported the "no blame me, i voted for Bu" shirt. i wish i still had it.

anyway, the point of my story is that this weekend my son looked like him. and it had me reminiscing...Here is Kaleb and Braddah Bu - the original hawaiian superman.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

while i was leaving the... {hawaii foster care blog}


while i was leaving the beach yesterday, a woman stopped me in the parking lot and asked me if i nannied...my answer - no. she said oh just babysitting....? at that point she pointed to Stormie. my answer - still no. i said "she's mine."

after three years i am still thrown off when people question why stormie is blue eyed and blonde haired. i haven't found an answer i'm consistent with. sometimes i say *she pulled it from my husbands side (lame) * sometimes i say she's adopted *sometimes i say it's a miracle * sometimes i WANNA say does it really matter?

personally, i think we're twins. you must be blind if you can't see it.

photo taken 4th of july 2007

Monday, June 7, 2010

PLAY {hawaii photography blog}

this weeks i heart faces challege = PLAY



i was remembering when... {hawaii family blog}

i was remembering when my dad and i attended a reception for Whittier College back in 1993. 19 of us had already been accepted but they had one more event to get you into choosing their college as your final choice. They had a dessert reception at the Outrigger Canoe Club - a place where people from my hometown go to work, never to play. and we were there...to play. leave it to my dad to embarrass me.

at the end of the night there were several desserts left. no one ate. not even me...for god's sake eating might make me look dumb and then they would reconsider their decision to let me in! anyway back to my dad embarrassing me...my father asked if he could take the left over desserts home! YES. HE. DID. i pretty much died right there in my new shoes.

or i can tell you about the time he had AT LEAST 10 cookies in his hand at the Yale reception. i can't wait to pull this stuff on my kids.

my dad may deny that he never did that...but if you KNOW my dad, you know i AIN'T lying!!

Friday, June 4, 2010

mid-week just published.... {hawaii family blog}


mid-week just published a great article about Hoa'aina O Makaha. i wanted to share it with you all so you can learn about the wonderful services they provide. They are such an asset to the makaha community. we get out there every chance we get and the kids absolutely love all the discovering that they get to do there.

when i enter the gates i feel a blanket of peace fall on me. a spirit of love and aloha. and a connection with god and his creation.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

i've been getting discouraged... {hawaii family blog}


i've been getting discouraged lately by the price of fruits and vegetables. seriously it's cheaper to eat at mcdonalds every night than it is to cook a healthy meal. i make it a point to give the kids five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, which is fairly easy because they eat ANYTHING. BUT - if you have never went grocery shopping in hawaii, your in for a rude awakening. in hawaii milk will run you from $7-9.50 a gallon. broccoli $3.99lb, bread $3.50 (store brand) $4.99 (good bread), pepper (green, yellow, red) $6.99lb - scary right.

i remembered to stop by the farmers market this morning to pick up a few things...i am going to be persistent about going every week...because of the massive amount of money i saved.

we purchased Bok choy * 5 tomatoes * long green beans * green beans * 5 eggplant * ong choy* for $10.50!!! that's CRAZY people!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

word of your death got... {hawaii family blog}


word of your death got to us on friday evening. it pretty much left us silent and emotionless. i have never lost close friend.

my dear juan. you left us for heaven.

you. my matchmaker.
you. my shopping partner.
you. my college room mate.
you. my gossip partner.
you. my sunshine.

god blessed me with seeing you last month. you got to meet the fruit of your matchmaking skills...our kids. we got to have a beer together and talk about all the fun we had in college. and we got to sing OUR song together one last time....

you are my sunshine
my only sunshine
you make me happy when skies are grey...


till we meet again my brother....