Tuesday, December 13, 2005

R & R

I can't believe it's almost time to go home. We have just loved it here. Hands down, this is the most beautiful place I have been too. The beaches are unbeatable. So many.....and a lot of variety of beaches. We went whale watching today and went around the west and south part of the island taking 'family' pictures. We took about 400 pictures of our family and I think....just maybe.....we found one. It was a test of patience, and bribing the kids with toys. It paid off though. Anyway with the whale watching, this time it was fun. We say about 8 whales, with many blows, one tail dive and one breach. Unfortunately I was the only one in our family to see the breach and I was not ready to take pictures. It was on the way back to the harbor. I don't know why but I have taken an interest to these whales. As you can probably tell by my last post. They are so amazing. Anyway I will post pictures when we get to Betsy's house. Right now I haven't downloaded anything. Have fun and take care!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

A Whale of a Time!

We got up early this morning and took a boat out onto the ocean to go whale watching. Needless to say I learned a lot of interesting facts that just amazed Jake and I. I thought I would share them.

I'll start to say that the humpback whales live up in Alaska to eat. That is their eating grounds. In the winter they swim down to Hawaii to birth and breed. It's at least a month's swim. Anyway here comes the facts. A female whale weighs about 90,000 - 100,000 pounds. When the whales come down to Hawaii they don't or hardly eat for four months. There is nothing for them in their 'food chain'. Their tongue is 2000 pounds. They have 3000 pound babies. After the baby whale is born and it nurses off the mother, it gets 40 pounds of milk that is the consistancy of cottage cheese (everytime). A baby gains 5 - 7 pounds per hour. By the time that the female makes it back to Alaska roughly 4 - 5 months later, she will have lost 30,000 pounds! They say that the bond between mother and calf is one of the strongest in nature.

Anyway we saw one whale. It wasn't a good day, although he did give us a free pass and told us when a good time to come back. We will go back later this week. This morning we were the only ones on the boat (really early). Infact I better tell the story before Jake beats me to it. This morning when I left I put on my sandals and headed out. We drove 40 minutes and started walking to the port. We had walked about 1 1/2 blocks when Jake turned around and asked what is taking you so long? Then he noticed I had two different shoes on. Not anything close alike. One was a high heeled white flowered sandal and the other a brown flat sandal. I was tired and had 4 hours of sleep and gotton up at 5am. I didn't even notice. McKay looked at me and said, "Mom, aren't you smart enough to wear the same shoes?" Aaaah! I went into a small store and bought a pair of sandals immediately! I felt like an idiot, and I can't even say I am a blonde! (just kidding).

Wednesday, December 07, 2005


We made it to Maui yesterday after a VERY LONG plane ride. We left Salt Lake at 7:30, flew to Texas, and then to Hawaii. Just from Texas to Hawaii was 8 hours. Needless to say we survived. We are now relaxing and getting ready to go to the beach for the first of MANY trips.

All the rumors are true. Hawaii is gorgeous. That is just from what we have seen from the air and the ride to our hotel. I am also impressed with where we are staying. They have A/C in every room. All the accomedies such as DVD, dishwasher, washer and dryer, high speed internet, a nice pool and all that stuff.

Needless to say the time zone has thrown me off. My kids survived it just fine. We are three hours behind Idaho. Kirsten went to bed yesterday at 8 pm and didn't wake up today until 9 am. WOW. I am not used to it yet. That and McKay's school calls everyday to tell me she's is absent no matter how many times I tell the secretary we won't be back 'til after Christmas.

Finally, we will post pics as we go along on our vacation. I am looking forward to eating fresh pineapple as I have heard it is delicious! We are also looking forward to seeing Betsy in a week! Enjoy your holidays!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Rockin' around the Christmas tree

.......This could be true with Cruz around. Anyway we are in the Christmas mood. We had between 6-8 inches of snow until last night when it rained. Now we have ice. Anyway we decided to put our tree up, although we will only be home to enjoy it for a week. We have a small tradition with our tree. If you notice we don't have a lot of decorations yet. Every year we take a family picture and put it in a frame ornament. Also then we put a decoration on the tree that symbolizes something unique or special that happened that year. For example our first year we have a family picture and then an ornament of the Salt Lake Temple because of our marriage and sealing to McKay. The second year a baby carriage because Kirsten was born, third an ornament of Idaho due to a moving. Anyway you get the idea. This year we will take a picture in Hawaii and an ornament of some sort to do with Hawaii. Anyway we are all excited and full of Christmas cheer. Merry Christmas to everyone and we love and miss you all.

The kids infront of the Christmas tree. Posted by Picasa

Our Christmas tree. Posted by Picasa

Cruz playing with hats. Posted by Picasa

Cruz 'undecorating' the Christmas tree. Posted by Picasa

McKay decorating the Christmas tree. Posted by Picasa

Kirsten decorating the Christmas tree. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, December 01, 2005

It's official!

It's official! After 2 days of testing and meeting with practically everybody on the school board (such as physicologist, counselors, teachers, principal, gifted & talented teachers, etc) McKay is going to second grade! Their was no doubt that she should stay in first. We are really proud of her and she is so smart! She will start after the Christmas break. She is very excited as well! Yeah McKay!

Monday, November 28, 2005

The awful dentist

Unlike Betsy I am not grateful for a dentist. Alright maybe a little. I broke a tooth on my way down to Utah in October. I had been putting off a root canal anyway but it was desperately needed that I go in. I was putting it off still, when Erika made a good point. I didn't want to be in Hawaii and get a terrible tooth ache and not enjoy our vacation. So I went into the dentist today and it turned out I had put it off too long. It had to be extracted. Thank goodness it was my back tooth. After two hours of digging out my roots and stitching my gums back up I am in great pain. I hate medicine but it has come to no choice. I filled the prescription and got the Loratabs. Last time I took pain medicine I ended up throwing up outside the hospital and sleeping all day. I rather not take them. I am really goofy right now but I feel wierd as well but at least there is no pain (at least for now). All I can say is that next time, in no way, am I putting it off.

The girls fed the ducks at Utah Lake. It was REALLY cold and windy. We soon began throwing full pieces of bread so we could get back in the car. Posted by Picasa

Dad and Cruz....all bundled up. Posted by Picasa

Kirsten's new thing is "Mom, take a picture of me like this!" This was one of her poses. Her hair has to be in braids to be a princess. ??? Either one or two (I don't understand it myself). Posted by Picasa

Cruz and his funny grin. He is finally walking when he wants too. He will only do it for the attention and if people are watching and clapping. We have a small movie but I don't know how to post it. Posted by Picasa

Kirsten and Jake. (McKay was at Mike's for Thanksgiving). Posted by Picasa

Karolina and Felipe. The so wanted piggy bank. Posted by Picasa

Amalia and Erika! Big roller! Posted by Picasa

Hannah rolling the dice. Posted by Picasa

Candy Game

The FAMOUS candy board game. Jake went all out and created a colorful new board with a few new squares. As you can see we had a lot of candy because on each number there are just piles of candy. Both the kids and the adults had fun.

The adults and the pineapple (the center piece). Posted by Picasa

The kids and their turkeys! Posted by Picasa

Friday, November 18, 2005

Like father like son....need I say more Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Hocus Pocus!

It is soooo cold up here. It reminds me how much I hate the winter and cold now that I am a wimp. I am so looking forward to our Hawaii trip in a month! Blue oceans, warm air, clear skies.............

Alright, so a few days ago I went to an herbal shop. My friend referred me there a long time ago and I had always laughed at her. Anyway I was amazed at what the lady could tell. She has some wierd 'body energy' thing that can supposedly tell you what is 'out of whack' in your body. She does it by you pushing your thumb and middle finger together and when you say a word, your body "releases" an energy whether it's positive or negative. Anyway when you say the word she tries to pull your fingers apart. If she can't then that part of the body is strong. If she can then that part of your body is weak. Then she showed me some other stuff. Like when she said heart, my fingers stayed together. Then she had me hold a can of sugar (poison) and say heart and I couldn't keep my fingers together. Then I put it down and they stayed together. It's wierd is all I can say. Anyway I have a feeling that it's true because everything that was 'wrong' with me matched the symptons that she asked. Anyway I decided to try what she recommended and see if it works. I honestly think your body and tell you stuff. I guess I will find out...

So I told Jake about it and of course you can guess what he was saying. That it was just like a physic or something. You should have seen his face, he was like 'oh man, what is my wife doing now!' Has anyone of you guys ever tried herbs or been to see an herb 'counselor'? Just wondering. I don't think herbs are the answer to everything, but some simple stuff, what can it hurt to try? Hopefully you guys don't think I am some sorta of wierdo or something.

On another note, we got our new camera today! I am excited. Our last one got broken ( I won't say how) but it was almost as much to fix it as to get a new one! That and I feel like we got a steel on it!

Sunday, October 30, 2005

This is one of my favorite pictures. It just reminds me of the peace that the temple brings along with the joys of children. Posted by Picasa

Great Grandma Mary and Cruz. This was one of the last pictures my camera took :( Ask Jake what happened. Posted by Picasa

Cruz loving the windows. Posted by Picasa

Sisters again. Posted by Picasa

Dad and the kids infront of the Salt Lake Temple. Posted by Picasa

Isaac, Kirsten, Toby, McKay and Aspen....cousins. Posted by Picasa

Kirsten and McKay.... the pumpkin carving outcome. Posted by Picasa

Kirsten didn't want to get her hands dirty because she had 'just washed them'. Cruz was looking down the "hole".  Posted by Picasa