Thursday, September 30, 2010

Help! The animals... {hawaii mommy blog}

Help! The animals are taking over!! And by that, I mean the kids....

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

when i was a freshman in.... {hawaii lifestyle blogger}

when i was a freshman in high school my dad drove a 1983 ford granada. hideous. it was hanging on by a thread and some duct tape. it whistled while it worked. literally. whistled. my sister and dad would wait in front of my high school to pick me up. at the encouraging of my dad, she would stick her head out the window and yell my name. i would run as fast as i could to get in without worrying about that ugly car ruining my rep.

so shame. if i was in therapy i'd bring this up. but i have you internet, so you get to hear all about how my parents ruined me.

Monday, September 27, 2010

so this is what the seven... {hawaii marriage blog}


so this is what the seven year itch feels like...doesn't feel like much of an itch at all.

it feels more like a fantasy. ok - that's just cheesy.

my dream of becoming a mother. an adoptive mother. a foster mother. would NEVER have happened without mikie encouraging me, cheering me on, loving me, correcting me, and wanting the absolute best for us. thank the gods for that perfect day.

i must have did something REALLY outstanding in my last life to deserve an amazing man like him...

seven years and i'm not at all itchy.

happy anniversary, my love.

Friday, September 24, 2010

FIX IT FRIDAY {hawaii photography blog}

i love fix it fridays over at i heart faces. you should stop by and see all the wonderful edits!


i love babies AND soldiers, so this photo is already great!

ORIGINAL


MY EDITS


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

i am slowly coming to... {hawaii mommy blogger}

i am slowly coming to terms with the fact that my children will never act MY age. it's disappointing. but reality.

i mean seriously, why can't they wipe their own butts like normal people. i am such a genius, that i am sure i was wiping my own butt by 3 months of age.

short and sweet.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

i cant remember my life... {hawaii blogger}


i can't remember my life prior to google - you thought i was gonna say my kids huh? nope. google. how in the hell did i find anything out before 1999? that's the year I discovered google. since then my life hasnt been the same. i was wondering how many times a day i use google...so i kept track of all the things i googled yesterday. it's pretty interesting...you should do the same.
Sonya loves google forever.

1. Rector Episcopal - my friend got a job as the rector of an episcopal church. i wanted to say congrats but thought i should learn what it was first.

2. Andy Stanley Imarriage - a great seminar we had at church. i wanted to share his link with a friend

3. Bubble Fan - a photographer was talking about these great bubble fans her kids have...she got them at walgreens, and since walgreens is all the way in town, i wanted to see if i could get them online. they answer is yes, on ebay for double the price.

4. Martha Stewart Date Organizer - my grandma was saying how she needs a better system to keep all the birthdays and anniversaries organized, so i wanted to buy her a date organizer.

5. Psalms Seeking God - i wanted to send a fellow blogger a letter with a scripture in it...her father was critically injured in a car accident.

6. FUJI GF670 - i was reading something and this camera was mentioned, i wanted to see what it looked like and how much it costs.

7. Jerry Coffee - i recently heard him speak and wanted to look at his personal site

8. Costco - my car needed gas, and i wanted to see what time the gas station closed.

9. grilling corn - i am never happy with the way we do it...so i wanted to see if other people have a good technique they can share

10. condelezza rice - i was watching some 9.11 stuff and she came up...i was wondering what she's doing these days.

so the answer is 10. yesterday i used google 10 times. i dont know what to make of that number. too little? too much? what's your number?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

I heart faces... {hawaii photography blog}

The challenge at i heart faces this week is, "smirk" describes as the following - A smirk refers to a smile evoking insolence, scorn, or offensive smugness.


I just had to enter this photo! it is one of my ALL TIME FAVES. I was taking a photo of my son, and my daughter could not resist not being in the photo...her face says it all. Always trying to steal his thunder. that's exactly who she is. the exact reason i love her.

Just look at the smirk!


Friday, September 17, 2010

Fix It Fridays



Thanks to i heart faces for continually doing these challenges which help me learn Photoshop!

here is the original.
MY EDITS





Wednesday, September 15, 2010

a few weeks ago i posted.... {hawaii lifestyle blogger}


a few weeks ago i posted a Mochiko Chicken recipe. it was delicious, BUT i think it could have been a bit more flavorful. SO. with that said, i tried a new one courtesy of Ancheta & Co. This recipe is everything we want, EASY, TASTY, and EASY. it was delish. next time i'll save you some. Or you can always visit her blog and make your own.

there are so many factors.... {hawaii adoption blog}


there are so many factors that come along with a drug baby. 90% of which arent invisible when "looking" at the child. many people say..."stormie looks fine." yeah she does. she's beautiful in fact. but in her head the parts of the brain that should be making connections are not. the sensory input she needs is enough to hurt any grown up. she struggles with behavior issues, impulse control, and lacks the ability to sit still and focus.

thank the lord for Easter Seals, who educated us about Sensory Processing Disorder, and gave us ways to help her be the best stormie. Now her pre-school is helping her and us with these things.

my problem is ballet. stormie clearly loves it. practices. and talks very highly of her teacher. the teacher is excellent. in class stormie is unfocused and sometimes she floats off to somewhere else in her mind. i want to talk with the teacher. i want to make an excuse for stormie. more importantly, i wanna make an excuse for myself. do they think i'm a bad parent because my daughter can't focus for 60 minutes? probably. i wanna tell them i'm not. i wanna apologize for her getting extra attention and distracting the other ballerinas...i wanna tell them there are other things happening with her.

should i? at what point am i making excuses for her? is the real issue with me and i need to get over it. talk to me. honestly. i wont be offended. promise.

Monday, September 13, 2010

i never thought i'd be the... {hawaii Mom Blog}


i never thought i'd be the kind of mom who wore jewlery with their kids name on it (not that there's anything wrong with that), but i saw this great site that had stuff i actually liked. i was too afraid to get one with stormies name because i was scared that if we didnt get to adopt her i'd be stuck with a piece of jewlery with her name on it to make me sad. weak i know.

so when kaleb was born i ordered something from them - Heart on Your Wrist. I purchased a simple rectangle shape with his middle name and birth date. i also purchased a silver heart charm in place of a charm for stormie.

she's been adopted for almost a year now and i just got around to ordering her charm for my necklace, also her name and her birthdate.

i just love how simple they are, and the quality is GREAT. i have worn the heart and Kaleb's tag everyday for almost three years, not taking off for beach, swimming with sharks or hiking everest, and it still looks GREAT.

now if i could just muster up the courage to get one for baby j.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Fix It Friday! {hawaii Photography Blog}


Please visit i heart faces to see some other great edits! here are my two tries...I know they basically look the same, but i didnt wanna mess with it too much - it's a great photo without all the editing!


ORIGINAL



EDITS

Thursday, September 9, 2010

another great recipe.... {hawaii recipe blog}


another great recipe to try - that is easy and SUPER tasty!! you can find the recipe here at Whole Foods site. It is SO yummy! the first time i made it i felt it was missing something...something salty. so the second time i bits of pepperoni (probably not what Whole Foods had in mind).





Here is what you need:

1 pound bow tie pasta, preferably whole wheat or spelt
1 ripe avocado, peeled and cubed
3 green onions, both green and white parts, chopped
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 ripe Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup packed chopped cilantro or flat-leaf parsley
1/4 to 1/3 cups freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
1/3 cup garlic-infused olive oil
Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

today is stormies ADOPTIONversary.... {hawaii adoption blog}


today is stormies ADOPTIONversary....

after waiting almost three years to be able to spank her
to be her forever family, our wish was granted. 9.8.09. you know what i like most about her? she owns this family. its hers. since the day she entered it at 10 days old. she is leader of the pact. and protector of the clan. she is my very own princess. my very own ball of fire. my very own image. my. very. own. DAUGHTER.

Monday, September 6, 2010

when kaleb turned one... {hawaii Adoption Blogger}

when Kaleb turned one, I laid in bed with him and told him the story about the day he was born. I never did that when stormie turned one. Mostly because I was already riding a fine line of predending I was her real mother. I was pretending she was mine and was never leaving, when in fact she was.

This week will mark her one year anniversary of being forever mine. On that night I will lay in bed with her and tell her the story of the day the stork called to tell me a princess had been born in a big pink hospital at the top of the mountain. And How all the hearts in the world couldn't hold my love for her.

Friday, September 3, 2010

i love driving alone... {hawaii Mommy Blogger}

i love driving alone. YES - in my Swagger Wagon.

i can hit the playlist marked *NOT 4 KIDS*

i can sing. out loud. very loud and very off tune. i'm tone deaf.

i can yell BASTARD to the fool who cuts me off.

i can roll down all the windows and not worry about anyone being unable to breath

i can smoke a cig. ok. i dont smoke. but if i did, i could do it ALONE in my wagon.

Fix It Friday! {Hawaii Photography Blog}

here is my entry into this week's editing challenge. Check out others here at i heart faces.



Original


MY EDITS


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

i'm looking for some... {hawaii foster mom}

i'm looking for some ideas about how to celebrate Stormies 1st Adoption Anniversary....

this year has went by so quickly...and beforei knew it, September is here!

i know many adoptive/foster parents read the blog and i'd like to know what you do...cake? party? gifts? i definitely dont wanna over do it, but i want her to know we cherish the date.

so...help a sistah out!