31 December 2007

It's been a little while....

So I realized it's been a while since my last post. It's been crazy since we got back from Hawaii with Christmas. Then on Wednesday night I got the stomach flu and was flat on my back all day Thursday. Friday I spent recuperating...and poof more than a week is gone. Not only that but tomorrow is 2008! Wow!

Speaking of 2008 I don't really do resolutions so don't expect any great changes coming here. I do have a few goals that I've been throwing around in my head lately. So I'm going to work on those. They aren't really important to share, so I won't.

In other news, remember I was sick? Well it was horrible. I had a fever all day and had barely enough strength to sit up-sort of-for a couple minutes. Luckily I have great friends. One was willing to take Rachel all morning for me for which I was super grateful. Another kindly brought over popsicles since I couldn't eat anything. I didn't eat them that night because I was still on clear liquids but we did bust them out for dessert last night. It's been a while since Rachel had had one and she kept saying it so funny. I wish I had it on tape but I don't so you're just going to have to see it written phonetically. At first she said, "Can I have a pockspickle?" Spencer and I were trying our hardest not to laugh--to hard. We helped her with her pronunciation but I'm not sure it was getting any better. It turned into "popsciple"and "pocksciple" until finally we got her to say "popsckiple" and called it a night! :)

We don't have very many pictures from Christmas because I was using the video camera (and I can't find the stinking cable to upload but don't get me started on that) but here is one of Rachel showing off her Spongebob shirt that Daddy got her.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

21 December 2007

Back on the Mainland!

We got back from Hawaii last night and we had a great time! Last Thursday Rachel and I flew out by ourselves because Spencer had to finish a final that day. We got there shortly before my mom and her friend so once they flew in we headed over to the windward side where Laie is. We took a walk around Laie and saw the Temple.

On Friday my Dad, Karen and Rachel went to go pick up Spencer from the airport. We had anticipated going to Pearl Harbor that afternoon, but when we got there we found out the last tour was at 3:00pm. It was 3:15. Spencer was the only one that hadn't been there so we didn't feel too bad about not going since he wasn't too excited about it.
Saturday was graduation for my brother. The ceremony was nice and Elder Ballard was the featured speaker. He spoke about using the internet--and specifically blogs--to share the gospel. I thought it was kind of an odd topic for a graduation speech but I really enjoyed it. You can see his talk at LDS.org. That afternoon our family and some friends had a barbecue but Rachel was so exhausted I took her home to take a nap, okay I slept too...We headed over to the North Shore that evening for a quick view of Sunset Beach, Pipeline and Waimea. This picture is Spencer and Rachel at Pipeline as the sun is setting.

On Sunday morning we took a drive around the south side of the island to just see some sights. It was really windy the whole time we were there so instead of waiting for the wind to die down we just took pictures of how it was. Rachel didn't like the wind so we didn't get out of the car too much that morning.

When we got home we went to church and they had a beautiful Christmas program that brought tears to my eyes repeatedly. After church some of my brother's friends who also graduated had a barbecue at the beach and we went there. The mosquitoes were super happy I was there and they ate me alive! That is one thing I do not miss about Hawaii. I'm still scratching my legs.

Monday started the touristy stuff. We hiked to Waimea Falls and Spencer and my mom and her friend got in and swam. It kinda creeped me out to swim in it so I didn't. Then we drove over to Haleiwa and had some Matsumoto's shave ice. If you are ever on the North Shore there is no better place for shave ice then there. That afternoon we went to the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) and saw some villages. Rachel was a little freaked out by some of the loud noises that were there so I took her home instead of staying for the Night Show. I'm sure it was awesome though--it always is.

On Monday night my sister-in-law and brother went to the hospital to have their baby! Baby Elizabeth came on Tuesday morning and she couldn't be more perfect. We spent most of the day with them in the hospital and then did some more driving around that afternoon. I showed Spencer Diamond Head and Waikiki.

Wednesday was our last day on the island and we hadn't once swam in the ocean. It was cold and windy most of the time we were there but Spencer was determined to get in the water. We headed back to the North Shore and swam in Waimea for a little while until it rained on us. :) So after that we went back home and called it a day.The next morning before we left we said goodbye to baby Elizabeth, Jesse and Doretha. So that's our trip in a nutshell. If I think of some more fun stories instead of just boring facts I'll post them but I wanted to get the basics down before I forgot. All in all it was a great trip!

12 December 2007

Back to the Alma Mater

I went to BYU-Hawaii. I started college at a Junior College here in San Diego but didn't know what I wanted to major in so after three semesters I dropped out and worked full-time. I took some time to think about what I wanted to be when I grew up and where I might like to go to college. I finally settled on Phyical/Health Education. I really wanted to be a teacher and thought Health and P.E. would be the best fit for me.

So I started looking around at schools. Ever since I can remember I wanted to go to BYU-Hawaii. Who doesn't? I finally settled on that and Humbolt State in Northern California. I sent applications to both and patiently waited. As soon as I got that acceptance letter from BYUH I new that was where I was going to finish out my schooling.

In January of 1999 I got on a plane to fly 5 hours alone to somewhere I had never been. I sincerely hoped that the school shuttle would be there to pick me up. We got on the big bus and everyone started talking about where they were going to live. It turned out I was the only one not in Hale (pronounced "holly") 3 or 5 which where the main girls dorm. I was in Hale 2 which was a little farther away from the main dorms. I found my dorm room and started unpacking. I didn't think I'd ever make any friends, but within a couple days I had met all the girls on my side of the Hale and some of us became fast friends.

I had a wonderful time that first semester meeting new people and acclimating myself to the area. I also had a great time eating all the yummy food in the cafeteria. I gained 15 pounds that semester and it stuck with me until after I graduated. :)

I spent 2 1/2 years of college at BYU-Hawaii. I had many good times and many bad times. My first semester and my last semester were great but I can't say the same for the semesters in between. I can say I learned a lot about myself during those times so they weren't all for waste. By the end of the 2 1/2 years I was ready to come home. I had island fever pretty bad and couldn't wait to set my feet on the mainland for good.

I didn't think I'd ever want to come back.

Last summer I realized that the time at BYUH was a wonderful learning experience and it made me a part of who I am today. I finally decided that I would want to go back sometime.

Well I'm so excited to say we are going to Hawaii tomorrow!! My brother is graduating from BYUH on Saturday (I'm so proud of him) and my sister-in-law is going to have a baby any time soon. We got great priced tickets and don't have to pay for where we are staying. It couldn't get any better than that. I am so thrilled to go back and see my college and the changes that have been made. I can't wait to show Spencer everything and see my brother and sister-in-law.

So I won't be around for a few days but I'll take lots of pictures and post them when we get back so you all can live vicariously through me! :)

10 December 2007

Where have I been?

Call me oblivious but I had no idea the flooding in Washington was as bad as it is. I read through this on Daring Young Mom's blog and was almost in tears. I am so reminded of the devastating fires that swept through Southern California a month an a half ago. So many people came to our aid when we needed it, (and by "we" I mean our area) how could we not help them.

Please visit her blog and donate whatever you can to help these people in need.

04 December 2007

Two Has Got Nothing On Three

Oh. My. Gosh.

Rachel has turned into a nightmare. All my life I've heard about the "Terrible Two's" and how hard they are to deal with. Let me say I was pretty nervous about going through them with Rachel. We've had our ups and downs over the last year and a half, but they have nothing on what we've been going through the last few weeks.

The "Terrible Two's" is the greatest lie ever told in my opinion. Why doesn't anyone ever talk about the "Terrible Three's"? Wait let's call them the "Terrifying Three's." The closer Rachel got to three, the truth started coming out. Dr's and friends started confiding that their children were holy terrors when they were three and it was way worse than two.

We have been living that in our house the last few weeks. Major--and I mean throwing-herself-on-the-floor-freakishly-sobbing major--tantrums over the tiniest things. Here's a rundown of one that happened today:

1. We were in the bathroom at the Dr's office. She went potty so I told her she needed to wash her hands. She didn't want to. So I helped her get some soap on. When I lifted her up to rinse--because she couldn't reach--she started yelling that she didn't want to see herself in the mirror. Okay...so the next time I only lifted her a little so she could reach the sink. She did not want to rinse that soap off. So instead of getting it everywhere and trying to reason with her, I just quickly rinsed her hands. Then I told her it was time to go and she had a tantrum right there saying she wanted to wash her hands. After I washed her hands because she didn't want to...

There are many more from just today that I could describe, but you get the idea. We have never dealt with the throwing herself on the floor tantrums before so this is all new to me. I was at my wits end yesterday but today they are getting hilarious to watch. Tantrums over water on her toothbrush, what song we are going to sing to go to bed, the list goes on and on.

Someone please help me....

02 December 2007

3 years ago today

I was in the hospital recovering from the birth of my first child. She was born just after midnight on December 2nd and was beautiful! I can't believe it's been three years. We love you Rachel! Happy Birthday!