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Posted by Tamie on Wednesday, May 30, 2007

We're still learning to blog so this posting is a bunch of disconnected pictures then some random thoughts about being here. Have fun weeding through.

Caitlin (Tamie was her EFY counselor back in '99) and Jeanelle (her younger sister) came on the 16th. Having them here has been so much fun. We've gone to the beach with the boys almost every day. The boys love to play “robot” with them. They pretend to be robots while the boys use the remote control to tell them what to do. They also offer tons of added energy playing in the waves, tag at the park or just rounding them up or winding them down. I've enjoyed trading off walking and talking with them each morning. It's fun to play Ticket to Ride and hang out at night. And they are so helpful. It's the coolest thing to gear yourself up for dishes after you get the kids in bed and come downstairs and they're all done. They've also surprised us with clean bathrooms, washed windows and even spent a whole Saturday watching the kids so we could go to the temple and dinner with Rob and Emily Smith (staying a few days).

Auntie Erin (everyone calls each other auntie—kind of like “sister” in the church but extended to the whole community) invited Ty and Tanner to a mommy-run preschool this Tuesday. They were doing the letter “O”. We read about ocean animals, traced our hands then colored them and cut them out to make octopuses but rather than just talk about the ocean we then held hands and went on a little field trip out her back door to see and play in the ocean. I thought “Wow! Only in Hawaii”

My favorite thing about Hawaii ? I had to answer it's those peaceful moments that come so naturally and frequently here: Sitting on our deck overlooking the ocean for scripture study, going to sleep to the sound of the waves, sitting under the plumeria tree while the kids play, being at the beach where time stands still but flies when you look at a clock. You just watch the waves thinking “wow, I wonder how big the next one will be” then it's like two hours later. Wherever you are if you stop and look around you see colorful plants with palm trees or the ocean or sharp green mountain peaks on the horizon, you hear birds, smell flowers, plants and fruit, and feel the warmth that just relaxes you.

Something else high up on my favorite list is going to Foodland. That might seem sarcastic since food prices are double what they are at home but I'm serious. The place is so nicely air conditioned that I'll just walk the isles pretending to look and just linger. I always feel rejuvenated after a good dose of air conditioning. The laundromat has the same effect. Even though it's like $5 a load I love the air conditioning and I love how quick you can do laundry.

I have to admit it's an adjustment not having any of our usual activities and toys accessible. We've had to be more creative and kind of bored sometimes. One day we found a tree that drops small bouncy ball sized fruit and rolled it down someones driveway. We've thrown pebbles in an old paint bucket. While the boys generously let Mommy nap Saturday they discovered some fallen coconuts in the neighbors yard. Ryan got out the sledgehammer. One was full of ants, one full of worms but the next one was good (at least we hope so, since we ate it). The boys collected them for a couple hours and Ty announced it's his favorite thing to do in Hawaii and he's going to do it every day.

They have really cool bugs that look like leaves. You could easily squish it if you weren't paying attention. The boys and I were watching a slug the other day that we thought was really big. But then we saw one some friends collected. It escaped from it's container and was crawling up their wall. I wish I had a picture. It must have been ½ foot long and really fat. Wow.

We finally discovered a park in the BYU faculty housing area. Besides the play area and basketball hoops, there was an old skateboard left out. The kids had fun laying on their belly and rolling themselves with their hands. We even had an angelic Tanner moment where he was helping Jordan roll. I took a little movie just so we have evidence.

Speaking of Tanner, it's really too bad he wasn't born to parents who like pets. He is all over Buddy, sneaking him “treats,” throwing him rocks or dirt to catch (dumb dog), laying on him, asking if he can come wherever we go. He even slipped and called me Buddy once today. Another thing about Tanner is that he waits to go pee until it's practically out so out of desperation (very few public restrooms here) we hid him in the bushes a couple times. Apparently he's decided that's a much better idea than going on a toilet. We catch him dropping his pants in the middle of the yard, park, beach—you name it.

Ty is up to lesson 20 in his 100 lessons for learning to read book. He's finally getting excited about reading because he feels successful and enjoys having Mom give him one-on-one. Emily and Rob brought Ty his scholastic book order including a “mom and me” cookbook. So far we've made a fruit dip shaped like a fish and an avocado vegetable dip that looks like a frog. We're planning on doing potato mice this week. He keeps begging to fish but we're not sure how. We're hoping to figure that out. They fished at the Polynesian culture center with sticks, string and dough bait until it was all gone (over an hour). We only made it to three activities (if you count throwing pebbles in the river as one activity) in the three hours we were there since our kids just fixate on what they're doing and don't want to leave. If they're happy, we figure we can just chill. It's just not worth prodding them on sometimes.

We've discovered some fun food here. One thing you all have to try (and we're amazed we've never thought of doing it) is adding sliced bananas to your pancake batter. while you're at it, add in some shredded coconut. To top it off they have coconut syrup you can buy to drizzle on top. Mmmmmm...

As wonderful as it is, we do miss you all. Take a minute to let us know how you're doing. Aloha.