Friday, July 30, 2010

Today while having lunch... {hawaii mommy blog}

Today while having lunch at my husbands job, stormie was playing with
the phone and was pretending to call people. She said * daddy, call me
on your shaka*

I love that Hawaiian

FIX IT FRIDAY {hawaii photography blog}

Love these challenges sponsored by i heart faces...it really helps me become better...

BEFORE




MY AFTERS


Thursday, July 29, 2010

i needed to scan some... {hawaii Blogger}


i needed to scan some old photos i had before they start deteriorating. i came across this photo from 1994. the year i graduated from high school. the year i entered college. the year i moved thousands of miles away from my family to try my hand at being grown up.

i knew i wanted to go away to college since the day i turned 3. when i got to the airport i was holding strong. when they announced final boarding for my flight, i lost it. i remember sobbing and telling my mom i changed my mind. i didnt wanna go anymore. she assured me i did. she assured me all would be well. she assured me.

i think i called home everyday for the first year. and the surprising thing is. they answered the phone.

this photo is my family at the airport. dad (always with the jesus finger), sister, mom, and baby brother (who will be graduating from high school in may)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

the other day a friend... {hawaii mom blogger}

the other day a friend asked how i liked the mini van. my answer: aside from no guys EVER wanting to hit on me any more...great.

it's true. no one wants to hit on a lady in a swagger wagon. it screams old lady. it screams baggage. it screams diapers. it screams reality.

i did feel a bit more at ease when Kim Johnson said they HAD to buy a mini van too....i do love the new set of videos toyota is releasing....very funny. it inspires me to roll deep in my swagger wagon. yes. i said roll deep.

Friday, July 23, 2010

FIX IT FRIDAY {hawaii photography blog}

Once again taking place in this weeks Fix It Friday over at I Heart Faces.


Here is original....


Here are my fixes...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

i introduced my friend Kassandra... {hawaii mom blogger}


i introduced my friend kassandra to you a while ago. she is so freakin talented, so i just had to brag about all the cool stuff she's made.

she made these FAB crayon rolls for my daughter to give to her classmates. she made my daughter these FAB hair ties. my FAVorite REUSEable snack pouches....AND a million things for baby j!

she is a wonderful mother to three little boys and a princess on the way. so go take a look at all the wonderful things she is creating on ETSY or visit her blog. i already have my eye on the camera wristlet.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Meet Baby Amelia {hawaii childrens photographer}

Thanks for playing with me today Amelia...Beautiful headband was made my SimplyCrazyBeautiful

I was sitting at the park... {hawaii foster care blog}

I was sitting at the park with the kids. A lady started a conversation
with me about my kids not looking alike. I explained 2 were adopted.

She proceeded to have a 10 minute conversation with herself "I went to
one of them places to get me a baby but all they wanted to give me was
sick babies. I told the worker *i don't be needing sick babies* who
wants to take a sick baby home? I wanted me a well one. Why should I
have to suffer with a sick baby when it's not my fault it's all messed
up."

At that point I politely said good bye. Unfortunately I failed to
mention to her that we ONLY take sick babies in our home.

Sent from my iPhone

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

some friends of ours.... {hawaii adoption blog}

some friends of ours just got a call from the stork to come and meet the baby they have been waiting years for.

it brought back so many memories about the day we got our call, and the day we walked into the NICU to meet our daughter.

i was scared off my rocker. if i close my eyes i can see her tiny face. i tell people her transparent skin resembled a lizard. she also has a touch of Squiggy (laverne & shirley). even with all that going on, she was the most beautiful creature i'd ever seen. she looked so tiny in mikes hands. mike looked so grown up holding a baby.

we spent the night with her in the NICU, and watched her EVERY move. i didnt wanna let her go. i memorized everything about her in minutes. examined every part of her tiny body. i whispered in her ear promising to love her till the end of time.

we left the hospital a few days later with her. mike said "can you believe those people let us have a baby?" i couldn't. i can't.

here are some pictures secretly shot in the NICU the night god introduced us to our forever princess


Monday, July 19, 2010

like my new.... {hawaii blog}


like my new layout? so do i! i can't take all the credit for it, truth be told, i can't take any credit for it. Louise from Adori Graphics put her skills to use and TAAADDDAAAAAA....

i simply showed her some blogs that i liked and she ran with it. I also needed the logo i was already using to be corrected - she blinged it up and made it better!

she is really great to work with, a great teacher about all things technical, and has great ideas. be sure to check our her blog, she's always doing giveaways and tutorials!

Friday, July 16, 2010

fix it friday {hawaii photography blog}

taking part in i heart faces weekly editing challenge.



Here is the BEFORE



and my AFTERS




happy Friday

Thursday, July 15, 2010

sorry about the lame... {hawaii foster Care Blog}

sorry about the lame post on monday. i love what we do. sometimes. and sometimes i feel overwhelmed at the enormity of the word "foster care." i just want the best thing for all kids. and that's not always possible. and that possibility sucks.

court went as expected yesterday and we are due back in December. by then baby j will be 1.75 years and will have been in foster care for 16 months. too long if you ask me.

i hope you are as blessed as i am by this scripture (posted by a fellow foster mom)

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it (the thorn in my flesh) away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

2 Corinthians 12:8-10


man. that's good stuff

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

i turned on some jack... {hawaii mom blog}

I turned on some Jack Johnson and you walked over and grabbed my hand. You said *mom dance me*. It wasn't a question it was a demand. I twirled you around and you asked to be picked up. Tears came to my eyes when I thought about the day we'd be dance at your wedding. so i sqeezed you so tight hoping to stop that day from coming. hoping to stop you from growing up.

One day you'll be leading our dance but till then stay my baby boy.

Monday, July 12, 2010

i'm headed to court... {hawaii Foster Mom Blog}

i'm headed to court this morning. you have no idea how anxious this makes me feel. i feel like i just wanna know the ending and skip the in between. if all goes well CPS will file a motion to place baby j in permanency and remove his birth mothers rights. she (his birth mother) has told me she will challenge CPS's motion. that means we will be back in court in September.

i'm getting too weak for this. it is such a sick, overwhelming feeling to have the fate of our precious boy resting with family court. how much longer can we keep doing this.

Friday, July 9, 2010

fix it fridays {hawaii photography blog}


always trying to better my (VERY BEGINNER) skills. Here is my submission for Fix It Friday over at i heart faces.

here is the before





and my two adjustments.


throughout my foster care... {hawaii foster care blog}

throughout my foster care experience i have had the pleasure of working with the best GAL's (guardian ad litem). They were interested in nothing but the best for our foster children. i am so blessed to have the same for Baby J.

on Wednesday i was furious with his birth mother for interfering with the healing of a wound. she didnt just do it once, twice or three times...and even after she was instructed not to touch it by his physician - SHE STILL DID. i think what got me more pissed off is - I COULDN'T stop it. i couldn't tell her not to touch my son - because he's not my son! it took days of documenting and reporting to his worker. Finally i made a call to his GAL to share my concern, and within 30 minutes she got approval to have all visits cancelled till court on Monday. i was so relieved to have him safe for the meantime.

we go to court on monday. CPS will report to the judge their intention to put him up for adoption. the birth mother will challenge and trial will be set for 3 months out. Keep us in your prayers...keep baby j in your prayers. he is so lucky to know and feel so much love from everyone.

till monday...

Thursday, July 8, 2010

i wanted to share... {hawaii Blog}


i wanted to share this recipe with you because it is simply DELICIOUS...a friend made some black bean salad for a meeting and since then i've mad it 4 times! my kids love it too! Sorry for the quality of the picture, but it was taken with my phone. You can eat it like this or serve with chips


Black Bean Salad
1 15oz can black beans
1/2 red pepper
1/2 yellow pepper
1/2 orange pepper
2 sm sweet onions
2 avocados
1/2 cucumber
Chinese parsley (to taste)
Garlic salt (to taste)
Lemon (to taste)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

happy birthday america {hawaii photography blog}

i know i've said it a million times but i love this country. i love the fact that i can make fun of our government, watch anthony bourdain, brainwash my children, and throw up where ever i chose (long story)

Friday, July 2, 2010

i committed two firsts... {hawaii mom blog}

i committed two firsts this week...

1. i served my kids a meal on paper plates...sorry earth

2. i served my kids bacon...sorry arteries

i felt a little guilty. then i got over it.