Wednesday, August 16, 2017

First Day of School

Brendan
He is in middle school!!!! Holy cow how did this happen. He is now too cool to have the one haircut I know how to do (ha!), so now he has trendy hair. He is in the magnet program for the district, which means he will have all 4 core classes with the same smarty-pant kids, and that makes me feel a WHOLE lot better (cause middle school can be BRUTAL! And there are kids there who try to be way more grown up than they are!). He is also still playing the trumpet. We wiggled our way into a GREAT carpool group with some fun boys from the ward which makes this mama super happy as well :>) I asked him how he felt about starting a new school, he said he was "excurvous." I asked what the heck that meant, and he said, "You know, excited and nervous!" If there's not a word for what you are feeling then I guess you just make one up :>)
 This kid wears his fleece-lined hoody ALL THE TIME. Even when it's triple digits outside. He insists that he really is cold, I don't know about that but it makes me hot just looking at him!
 I didn't get many pictures of him because his ride got there a few minutes early. He did come home from school saying his day was great. He also said, "I got used to middle school a lot faster than I thought I would." HA! Here is his annual questionnaire:
1. What is your favorite food? Ice cream
2. What is your favorite sport? baseball
3. What is your favorite tv show? Mighty Med
4. Who is the coolest person on earth? Rob Gronkowski
5. What is your favorite thing about school? science and math
6. If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to: Russia
7. What is your favorite color? green
8. When I grow up I want to be a: software engineer and astronomer
9. What is your favorite song? Let it Flow (Star Wars parody)
10. What is your favorite book? Fablehaven series
11. What food do you NOT like? broccoli
12. Who is your best friend? Maxx and Hunter
13. What is your favorite holiday? Easter
14. What is your favorite game? Star Wars Monopoly
15. What is your favorite toy? video games
16. What is your favorite breakfast? pancakes and pop tarts
17. If I had one wish, it would be: fast like the Flash
18. What do you do best? play video games
19. When I was little I used to: poop my pants
20. What is your favorite memory? cliff jumping in Havasu
21. What is your favorite movie? Star Wars
height: 5'3"
weight: 105 lbs
shoe size: 8
 Carson
This kid! His moods swing like a pendulum, I get nervous for his teenage years lol. He LOVES anything related to sports, and can tell you all about every Dodger player. He's had his braces on for a few months now, and his eyes still cross all over the place when he takes his glasses off. He got into the GATE program this year, which he is really excited about!

 He has a few friends he really likes in his class, and said his teacher seems really nice and he had a great first day! Here are his questions:
1. What is your favorite food? pizookies
2. What is your favorite sport? Dodgers baseball
3. What is your favorite tv show? Mighty Med
4. Who is the coolest person on earth? Dad
5. What is your favorite thing about school? science
6. If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to: LEGOLAND Hotel
7. What is your favorite color? blue
8. When I grow up I want to be a: paleontologist or marine biologist 
9. What is your favorite song? Centuries or U Can't Touch This
10. What is your favorite book? Percy Jackson series
11. What food do you NOT like? tomatoes
12. Who is your best friend? Andres, Brennen and Nathan
13. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
14. What is your favorite game? Star Wars Monopoly
15. What is your favorite toy? Legos
16. What is your favorite breakfast? cinnamon rolls
17. If I had one wish, it would be: to have a magic wand so I can make many wishes
18. What do you do best? sports
19. When I was little I used to: play with cars
20. What is your favorite memory? when I slid into home under someone's legs
21. What is your favorite movie? Jurassic Park series
height: 4'6 1/2"
weight: 66 lbs
shoe size: 2
 Sabrina
The twins started first grade! Which means I have all the kids in school ALL DAY!!! They are ready. Sabrina is a sweet girl. She loves her friends, and is super affectionate. She LOVES to give hugs. She has the funniest little giggle with her missing teeth and it's pretty adorable! She is reading easy chapter books and excited to learn.


 They are in the same class this year, and she came home all excited about the new friends she made and her teacher. Here are her questions:
1. What is your favorite food? Fish sticks and ice cream
2. What is your favorite sport? dancing
3. What is your favorite tv show? Liv and Maddie
4. Who is the coolest person on earth? Mommy
5. What is your favorite thing about school? reading
6. If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to: Hawaii
7. What is your favorite color? teal
8. When I grow up I want to be a: actress
9. What is your favorite song? Prty in the USA
10. What is your favorite book? Magic Ponies
11. What food do you NOT like? celery
12. Who is your best friend? Mommy
13. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
14. What is your favorite game? croquet
15. What is your favorite toy? my white doggie
16. What is your favorite breakfast? eggs and sausage
17. If I had one wish, it would be: that I could have every American Girl doll in the world.
18. What do you do best? reading
19. When I was little I used to: crawl around
20. What is your favorite memory? going to Magic Mountain
21. What is your favorite movie? the Descendants
height: 4'3"
weight: 55 lbs
shoe size: 2

Whitney
She is a spunky one for sure! Whitney tends to boss people around. A lot. Usually Sabrina goes with it, but sometimes she snaps and then the tears come. And keep coming :>) She is doing great in school! She started doing speech towards the end of kinder, so hopefully that will help her be easier to understand! She came home from her first day and said, "It was ok." This one is not easily impressed :>)
 

Here are her questions:
1. What is your favorite food? ice cream
2. What is your favorite sport? basketball
3. What is your favorite tv show? Sofia the First
4. Who is the coolest person on earth? Mom and Dad
5. What is your favorite thing about school? recess
6. If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to: Utah in the snow
7. What is your favorite color? pink 
8. When I grow up I want to be a: baker
9. What is your favorite song? Jack Johnson music
10. What is your favorite book? The Teeny Tiny Witches
11. What food do you NOT like? onions
12. Who is your best friend? Hayden
13. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
14. What is your favorite game? Star Wars monopoly
15. What is your favorite toy? my robot dog
16. What is your favorite breakfast? pancakes and waffles
17. If I had one wish, it would be: that my kitchen toys were real and would never run out of stuff.
18. What do you do best? playing Phase 10
19. When I was little I used to: drink milk
20. What is your favorite memory? Disneyland Hotel
21. What is your favorite movie? High School Musical 2
height: 4' 1 1/2"
weight: 55 lbs
shoe size: 1
Love these kids!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Busy Day!

Saturday was a busy day! I woke up early and picked up my friend Elaine to go to the San Diego temple. She just got baptized recently, and it was her first time going. The missionaries were there as well and it was a great experience!
I got home and changed, then we left right away to try to catch Charlotte and Eliza's water polo games. We just missed them, they did run into Rich on the street though!
We hung out at the bay until Rich was ready, they had their annual police/fire match. They lost, but he had a couple goals and they had a good time. Afterwards we met up with the Nelsons at SuperMex. Love that place!




Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Hawaii!!!

We have been planning this Hawaii trip for close to a year, it felt like it would never get here but it finally did! My kids were SUPER excited to ride an airplane. It was the twins' first plane ride, and the first one that the boys could remember. We woke up at 3:30 to head down to San Diego, and the flight went great!
After we landed we got our rental car and drove by the Kona temple. So pretty!
We were a day behind the rest of the family, so we drove over to the Hilo area and met everyone at Robinson Beach. There was some great snorkeling!

 Afterwards we got some delicious shave ice (I always want to put the "d" in there lol). After awhile we headed back to the plantation. Charlie and Mary stayed in the big house with most of the grandkids, and the adults stayed in these cute little cottages. Rich and I had the green one!
That night we hung out with all the family

 Day 2 (Wednesday) we went to a nearby snorkeling beach. We saw a bunch of fish and the kids had a blast.


 Afterwards we drove all around trying to find the hot springs. Finally we gave up and went to the macadamia factory. We tried some delicious nuts and it was fun to see how they make everything!
Thursday we drove back to the Kona side to go to Hapuna beach, which we were told was ranked the best beach in the country. It WAS beautiful! White sand and turquoise water.  






 After a day at the beach, Brendan and I went parasailing! I have never been before and it was a lot of fun. It was neat to experience that with just Brendan. Amy, Wyatt, Eliza, and Zane were on our boat as well so it was fun to watch them go also!
Friday morning Rich and I went for a run. We were about a mile or 2 in when it started POURING. I don't think my shoes dried out the whole rest of the time we were there. It was beautiful though!
 After that we drove around to see some waterfalls. First we went to Rainbow Falls.
Behind it were some enormous trees that the kids had a blast climbing.

 Next we went to PeePee Falls. We hiked down and some of the kids had fun swimming.
 We also stopped by the Big Island Candy Factory. We tried lots of yummy things! 
 fter that Rich and I took some of the boys down to Kaumana caves.
We came home and made dinner, then Rich, Brendan, Wyatt and I went down to Pahoa to rent bikes and ride to wear the lava flows into the ocean. It was 4 miles each way through this crazy lavascape. One the way back, riding by full moon it felt like we were on another planet. It really was one of my favorite things! 
 It was incredible to watch the lava, it is an amazing planet we live on!
 
Saturday morning was a little lazy, we took our time getting ready then some people watched the Dodger game while some of us went to check out the little shops in Pahoa. There were some cook murals!
 Afterwards we drove to Volcanoes National Park. The volcanoes were pretty incredible! 
We checked out the Thurston Lava Tube
 

and hiked Desolation Trail.
 
Sunday we took some pictures with the family. I love these people!
And I love this picture :>)
 After church we had our own little luau, complete with talent show. And coconut bras :>) 

 Amy planned a surprise vow renewal for Charlie and Mary and it was sweet. 48 years of marriage right there :>) 
Later that evening I went with my sister-in-laws and some of the kids to see the sun set on Kaimu black sand beach. It was beautiful!
Monday was our last day, we finally found the hot springs!
They were actually more lukewarm, the kids got bored fairly quick so we went to Onekahakaha beach (we got the recommendation from a local guy, we had to have him spell that one for us lol!). It was a pretty little place.

 And we found a sea turtle! It was funny to watch everyone chase it around.

 


 After awhile we headed back to the house to finish packing and head out to the airport. It's so sad when vacation ends :<( It was my first experience with a red eye flight, and maybe my last. I don't think anyone slept much, but SO WORTH it to have such an amazing trip! Thank you to my wonderful in-laws for making it happen!!!