Monday, April 30, 2007
Hi, my name is wendy and I don't want to hang the big picture of Christ right smack in the middle of the living room wall.
What does it mean. Does it signify a reluctance to put Him at the center of my life? Am I on the slippery slope? Have I stepped off the straight and narrow? Lost hold of the iron rod?
I'm slow about hanging pictures, I admit. We have lived here for 4 months now, and I am just barely getting everything put together. Nathan was ready to hang pictures before the movers were finished unpacking the truck. But I needed a rug. And curtains. And the computer sitting on something other than a cardboard box before I could imagine pictures on the walls.
Now that I've finally got the couch where it belongs, the piano set right where it fits, and a clean rug tying it all together, I'm feeling a bit guilty about not putting the print of Christ over the piano. It's not that I don't like the picture. It's actually a very nice one, in a lovely frame, but I just don't want it to take over the living room.
I'm not sure if writing this out is making me feel better, but sitting here at the computer has given me a new view of the room. Hold on.
Okay, I hung up the picture near the front door. It looks nice, and not hidden in the corner, like I was considering. And I still have the wall above the piano and the wall above the couch for something else...6 botanical prints in 2 rows of three, or a picture of each of the kids at 3 years old, or...
Whew. Now if I could just decide what to do with the gold framed picture of the Oakland Temple....
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Dear Hot Fruita Mom,
Sorry I had your name misspelled on my side bar. I have a little spelling problem. The letters get tangled up sometimes. Here are some flowers, just for you!
Dear Next Door Neighbor,
I didn't realize you were outside when I told your kid that he's no longer allowed to play over here. I had assumed that if you were outside you would have heard your kid beating up my kids and would have said something to guide him toward civility and kindness. I'm sorry. My Mistake.
ps - when you smoke in your backyard, all that second hand stuff just comes right in my bedroom window. cough, cough.
Dear Friends and Family,
There is a bit of a time difference between here and there. That means at night I have to be careful to not call you after my dinner, because chances are you're already counting sheep. And if it's still AM over there, it's pretty darn early over here. Especially on a Saturday morning.
Love you lots,
Dear Needy Wife of a Deployed Soldier,
I realize this is a difficult time. I do. Really. But now may not be the right time for you to comfort your children by buying the gigantor playfort from Costco. Yes it fit inside my 'burb, but I don't ever want to drive that close to the steering wheel again, and I mean it. It was very nice of the two men left in our neighborhood to help unload that beast, but I would feel a little uncomfortable asking them assemble that bad boy, if I were you. Oh, I see, the Elder's Quorum is going to take care of that. Great.
Hugs and Kisses,
ps I think Nathan left his cordless drill in storage.
Dear Stat Counter,
We were friends since the day I set you up on my sidebar, two weeks ago. I love looking at your smooth graphs and clever data. I wonder how many of those 134 hits were actually just me, checking to see if there were any new comments.
Dear Ms. K,
3rd Grade homework doesn't need to be so dreadful. The reading response book seems like a friendly workbook, the cover is attractive, the stories are fun, the paper is not scratchy. We follow the directions closely, but you always shoot us down with your red pencil. Could you please try to be a bit more constructive and encouraging in your comments? Just a little? One smiley face? Maybe?
Dear Schofield Barracks Pool,
Brrrr. Swimming in South Dakota was warmer. Next time I'm wearin' my wetsuit. Or better yet, we'll just go to the beach.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
John is 3
Emily is 6
Sydney is 9
Hannah is 12
I am 30
I had to come back and edit this to mention that
my sister Laurie is 36
my sister Heather is 33
my sister Sarah is 27
and my sister Anna is 24
(sorry Erin, I forgot that you just had a birthday, and thanks Heather for reminding me that we are 3 years apart, not just 2, whoops!)
Here's a little fact about multiples of 3: if you are ever wondering if a large number is a mulitple of three, you can add up the digits, and if the sum is a multiple of 3, then the original number is also. Try this:
so 4674 is a multiple of 3
677/3=225 remainder 2
677 is not divisible by 3
Friday, April 27, 2007
Before you find out the meaning of this word, you have to know where if comes from. In Hawaii there are many ethnic groups and languages, yeah? During plantation times there were workers from all over the place - Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, Korea, etc all trying to communicate. Pidgin kind of melds all these together. The official languages of Hawaii are English and Hawaiian. Pidgin is the local slang. But more than just slang.
As a side note, let's just remember that I'm a silly haole. I would look like a complete idiot if I started calling you braddah, and drawling out an oh riiiiigh (all right) in agreement to you. But I like to pretend that I'm cool like that. So, no geev me da stink eye, yeah?
Back to Da Kine:
Da kine is pronounced like this: da = duh, kine = kind minus the d
Peppo's Pidgin to the Max defines "Da Kine" as
DA KINE (da KINE) Da kine is the keystone of pidgin. You can use it
anywhere, anytime, anyhow. Very convenient. What would we do without DA KINE?
"Ey, I no can da kine if you no like da kine, too!"
This is a very handy word if you have a memory like mine. If I can't remember the name of that thing that I need to open a can of spam, I can say "brah, toss me da kine."
Da Kine also seems to be able to describe something as way cool, the best. This blog, it's da kine!
Interested in speaking pidgin mo bettah? Head over HERE, you'll be making talk story like a local in no time.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
I had just begun.
When I was Two,
I was nearly new.
When I was Three
I was hardly me.
When I was Four,
I was not much more.
When I was Five,
I was just alive.
But now I am Six, I'm as clever as clever,
So I think I'll be six now for ever and ever.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
THIS (actual size) was in my kitchen this morning. There I was happily puttering around the kitchen; serving cereal, putting away milk, making lunches - when all the while, THAT was there, waiting...
As I tucked Emily's lunch into her pink backpack, I noticed something move on the wall right by my left hand. I stepped back and saw the Biggest Spider of my LIFE.
I screamed and the kids screamed. I made Sydney get the Raid while I made sure the spider didn't sneak away. But the spider was so fast. He ran behind a cupboard, so I screamed and pulled out the cupboard and sprayed him.
He moved in such an interesting way, kind of bobbing his body as his long slender legs moved him steadily along. He was, seriously, the size of a rice cake (not the mini kind.) If he was resting on a naval orange, his long legs would have almost met at the bottom.
He started across the tile, so I sprayed him some more, and screamed. He seemed to be slowing down, so when he climbed up the bullentin board I thought it might be best if I just carried him outside (it is earth day, isn't it?) But as I moved the bulletin board he started his muppet walk right toward me, so I screamed and set him down.
As I was screaming, I was hoping that one of those guys doing pushups in the field out our back gate (one, hup, two, hup...) would notice and come rescue me. No such luck.
The Raid didn't do much to slow down that spider and he ran to hide behind the kitchen garbage can. I left a puddle of raid there, which he swam through on his way back toward the cupboard. I hefted a box at him (with a scream thrown in for good luck) but even covered in raid he was able to dodge and run. It was time to head to school, but I could NOT leave that spider there, so I did what I knew I should have done to start with. I screamed, and I stepped on him.
My heart was racing! After I dropped off the kids I ran my fasted 3miles ever!
So, I told my friend Heidi about the SPIDER and she said - you know they get bigger, and you have to be careful stepping on those spiders, because they can jump.... great....
She also told me that in Hawaii they are called Cane Spiders, because they are often found in sugar cane fields.
Wikipedia says not to worry, they rarely bite and almost never inject venom (which luckily does not cause long term problems.)
Wikipedia also says that Cane Spiders
are welcomed in many homes as they feed on pests such as cockroaches and silverfish. Their exceptional agility and speed, as well as their ability to contort and squeeze through tight spaces, give them a strong advantage both in capturing prey and evading predators. They feed at night, which is another thing that makes them frightening to humans.
Maybe I should have given him a lai, and a kiss on the cheek and invited him to dine on the cockroach that John spotted earier in the morning...
Ah, paradise! Wanna come for a visit?
Monday, April 23, 2007
Each of the four women in this puzzle received a bunch of flowers from her boyfriend, for May Day - isn't spring wonderful?
Wanda's boyfriend, Mitch, gave her a huge bouquet of her favourite blooms, which aren't roses.
Matthew gave gladioli to his girlfriend (not Wendy).
Wynne received a dozen lilies, but not from Nate.
What type of flowers were given to each woman and who is her boyfriend?
Aaahh, wasn't that sweet of Nate?
I loved those logic puzzles when I was in about 5th grade...
Here are some blogs that make me think:
Mary in Mary-Land - She's my little sister and I've been trying to out-think her since she was in training pants. But she is too smart for me.
Muse at Meander - She is smart. She is athletic. She hitch-hikes. I love visiting her blog and learning more about her life in Isreal. I have been reading her blog for a few years and she keeps it interesting and educational and fun!
Amanda at Our Lot in Life is a real life friend from South Dakota. I stumbled upon her blog and spied on her for a few weeks before getting up the nerve to tell her. She is the book club queen and always inspires me to read and think.
Elizabeth at 3 Mo's and 1 No Mo - I enjoy reading about her "bi-cultural" family. She is some kind of shrink, and if you think she's not analyzing you, you're wrong.
and last but not least - Deanne at Fragile Flower is a childhood friend. She looks so smart in her black framed glasses and she is always doing cool things that totally suprise me - like auditioning for Deal or No Deal.
The participation rules are simple:
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Sorry about your sore foot. Bummer for you. Maybe it's time for a new pair of shoes. Or maybe you're just getting old.
What does Hui mean?
Good work hanging the curtains. They look fab. Could you kindly take some pictures? And while you're at it, go ahead and return the curtain rods that didn't work - you could use the moolah. A new mirror? A bit of poster art? A rug?
Is that a mustache I see on your upper lip? You might want to consider waxing.
When is Laurie and Co. coming to visit? Please find out and write it on your calendar. Pronto. And maybe go ahead and buy that bed you are considering. P.S. Good job finding a porta-crib and high chair for baby Katie. P.P.S. Time to start putting away marbles. And cleaning out your closet. And installing that window air conditioner.
of the Stormy Eyes? or Peter Pan and?
Just one more week until your guy comes home. Wooohooo! It wouldn't hurt to start shaving again. Good thing the recycling will go out before he can see the leaning tower of pizza boxes. Did you find any small fluffy pillows?
You cannot dance. Please stop embarrassing me by rocking out to Jack Johnson on the freeway. You are sure to see someone you know. Sydney can move like a jellyfish. You cannot.
Do you see the time? Go to bed. And I mean it. You are going to regret this at 6:45am.
P.S. You Totally Rock!
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Our first duty station was Pensacola Naval Air Station. It was a great introduction to the military, and one cool thing was the Blue Angels who lived in our neighborhood and flew right over our house.
Our first day on base we were driving out the back gate, past the air field right along the gulf of Mexico, when we saw a sign that read - Close Windows - Loud Noise Area. Just as we passed the sign two Blue Angels screamed right over our little brown van. Wowza - they are so LOUD! You can feel them.
I'm so sorry for their loss.
Friday, April 20, 2007
If you saw Curious George, you would be familiar with Jack's (first names only - we're close like that, me and Jack) sound. Upside Down seems to be the most popular from that movie.
I just purchased his latest CD In Between Dreams. It's got a great groovy, kinda relaxing beat - nice easy guitar and even some ukulele. You can listen and watch here. Listen to some great music, and see Hawaii - beautiful shots of the ocean and surfing and banana trees and chickens and...
Seriously, Nathan, you are going to love this! If you have a chance to go visit his video gallery, you should listen to Better Together. When are you coming Home?
I've been listening to this CD all week, and one song that has been particularly insightful is Good People:
You win it’s your show now
So what’s it going to be?
Because people will tune in
How many train wrecks do we need to see?
Before we lose touch
And we thought this was low
Well it’s bad, getting worse….
Where’d all the good people go?
I’ve been changing channels
and I don’t see them on the tv shows
Where’d all the good people go?
Jack performed here in Waikiki last weekend, but we didn't go. Boo! Hiss! on me. sorry Jack.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Four jobs I have had in my life: (I am embarrassingly underemployed. sorry to disappoint you. But currently, besides being a totally fun and cool mom, I am:)
1. Elementary School Volunteer Teacher Helper on Tuesday mornings (except for when I have preschool at my house)
2. Readiness Assistance Volunteer for my husband's Squadron (all this extention talk has made this job go from easy breasy to a little more than I was hoping)
3. Activity Day Assistant (mid-week church meeting for girls 8-11 years old)
4. Primary Teacher for 7 year olds
Four movies I have watched over and over:
(not counting Thomas the Train)
1. 7 Brides for 7 Brothers
2. Anne of Green Gables
3. Return to Me
4. Bride and Prejudice
Four places I have lived (other than Hawaii):
1. Rapid City, South Dakota
2. Abilene, Texas
3. Pensacola, Florida
4. Hood River, Oregon
Four TV shows I love to watch:
we have no television reception here - nada. zip. zero. So until Nathan deploys and I decide to buck up and pay for cable rather than counseling, I am keeping up online with my two favs:
2. Grey's Anatomy
Four of my favorite foods:
1. Taco Bell Bean Burrito with No Onions
2. Nor' Shore Shave Ice (even better than Slurpies, which got me through the last couple months of each pregnancy)
3. Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies
Four People I hope will respond -
all four of my loyal readers! just let me know if you decide to play!
Didn't I just say I love me some Chocolate Chip Cookies?
|You Are a Chocolate Chip Cookie|
Traditional and conservative, most people find you comforting.
You're friendly and easy to get to know. This makes you very popular - without even trying!
Only 2.5 months 'til my birthday!
|Your Birthdate: July 6|
For you, love is a natural progression from friendship. You are almost always friends first.
In love, you are loyal, steady, and honest. You are not a cheater or even much of a flirt.
You are most compatible with people born on the 6th, 15th, and 24th of the month.
ps - Nathan's Birthday is on the 24th.
and just for fun:
|Your Pimp Name Is...|
Obviously it's getting late, and I have no cable TV...Must. Go. To. Bed.
Monday, April 16, 2007
- Up/dressed/lunches/girls to school
- Clean up/laundry
- Prepare Joy School games (Is it MY turn already?)
- Preschool O-Rama Here
- take a nap
- Get out wheat and grinder
- Think of some relay races
- Pick up girls
- PTA meeting
- Homework help
- Start bread
- Quick dinner
- Activity Day girls - Word of Wisdom activity - (grind wheat, knead whole wheat bread, bake bread. Hand out about Daniel and friends. Run and not be weary relay races.) Activity Day leader is sick, so it's all me!
- Hang out at the church during YW
- Go to bed
Well, now, that doesn't look so bad...
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Erin is the youngest of the McBabes. I can remember how excited we were when Erin was born. She is 12 years younger (yikes, am I getting old?) than me, but I have always felt really close to her. When Erin was a baby, Mom let us rock her and snuggle her and spoil her. I remember talking to Erin in baby talk, taking her for rides on the back of my bike, and sitting with her on my lap while watching The Little Mermaid.
Erin loved The Little Mermaid. When she was about 3 years old, there was a large rock near our home in Oregon, that she loved to lay on and sing "Part of your World", just like Ariel (minus the shells.)
My girls (and John) just love Ernie. They want to be just like her. Erin is such a cool Auntie - she wears hip clothes, she is smart, she is athletic, and she listens to cool music! What's not to love?
Happy Birthday, Erin!
Friday, April 13, 2007
about Friday ma, da working work is ovah yeah.
Frankly, ya, I feel good man.
I work hard all week long.
I can't wait to get away, you know like down like the beach.
It's Aloha Friday, no work 'til Monday.
Doo be doo, doo doo be, doo be doo be doo be doo!
(Paul Natto, not me!)
At the Tiki Hut, we'll be spending our Aloha Fridays learning a little more about the Aloha State.
Today's word is Wahine.
I chose this word, because it is on my sidebar, and every time I notice it, it makes me happy. I thought Wahine rhymed with Online, but it turns out I was wrong.
Wahine is pronounced Wah-HEE-nay, rhymes with Al Fine (if you took violin lessons you should remember that word.)
Wahine means woman.
Hope you have a happy Aloha Friday!
Thursday, April 12, 2007
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver was a fascinating journey into the Congo c. 1960. I loved the book and sobbed though the sad parts. It made me feel so gluttonous - we have so much luxury and safety and we don't even know it! It makes me want to sew little girl's dresses to donate to the Humanitarian Services. And it makes me want to learn more - so I checked out Heart of Darkness by Conrad, and a couple nonfiction books about Africa.
Charms For the Easy Life, by Kay Gibbons. Love this book. Loved watching the changes in America in the early 1900's. Loved the grandmother. Loved when he sent her a box of all his childhood memories. I also read A Virtuous Woman.
I must stop here to take a picture. I have my windows open and I hear some guys outside saying "Bang Bang Bang." Apparently there is a little war game going on in the field behing our house. THere are guys in camo wearing rucksacks and helmets, carrying pretend guns. Sorry about the terrible picture - the good camera is livin' it up in Vegas, but that is basically the view from the kids bedroom. How much counseling are my children going to need...
Back to books:
Ophelea's Mom by Nina Shandler. With Hannah turning 13 this year, and me without many friends with kids over 6, I'm looking for a little "how to be a mom of a teenager" guidance. This book was not it. It was discouraging and I did not love it. But looking back on my teenage years, and what my sisters and I put my mother through, this book was probably more realistic than I want to believe. Maybe mom should write the book - My 23 Years Living With Teenage Girls or 23 Years of Crazy or How I Raised 7 Daughters and Lived to Tell or....
Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think by Brian Wansink. Interesting look at food, but it just made me hungry. In fact, I think I need to go bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies.
What are you reading?
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Said DJ and I have been planning that brilliant poem for months - we sing along making up our own words because sometimes Bow Wow is hard to understand, and it's probably better that way.
We are considering inviting the YW to sing Mommy Like Mine to their mom's on Mother's Day.
PS - Mom, the copycat poem was supposed to be a little silly joke, but it's still true: Look around the world and you'll never find, another Mommy like mine...
Monday, April 09, 2007
I wrote a little poem in honor of my mom's birthday:
Mommy Like Mine
Search around the world
But you'll never find
Another Mommy like mine
Mommy like mine
To all my friends
You got a Mom
But she ain't nothin' like mine
Talk the talk
Let me tell you some more
Search around the world
But you'll never find
Another Mommy like mine
Mommy like mine!
(thanks Bow Wow)
Mom with John in December 2006, and December 2003
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Saturday, April 07, 2007
It is peeps season, and to help you understands and appreciate peeps even more, head over to peeps research for the latest scientific facts about your favorite treat. You will find answers to your most pressing questions - what happens when a peeps is frozen? Can peeps survive high temps? Can conjoined peeps be separated safely?
Haven't had enough of peeps? Check out Lord of the Peeps!
Peeps are friends, not just food. And they love the library!
Friday, April 06, 2007
I attended 2 planning meetings where we spent hours deciding if 15 bingo games was too much and if we should charge more for water than soda. I helped address envelopes to local businesses asking for donations. (Which I thought was so silly, why would they donate to a Bingo Night?)
Hannah had a YW camp certification activity, so she couldn't go, and I was trying to think of a way to just not go, but we went early and helped set up. Then passed out sodas. Then we played BINGO. And Emily and Sydney loved it!
And we won! We won! BINGO!
Emily won a bingo round and recieved a Spa Gift basket full of bubble bath and lotion and an eye mask. She was so cute when she yelled out BINGO and ran to the front of the room for her prize.
John won a door prize drawing of $25 to City Mill - a local hardware store. Yippee!
And I won a box of hand blown wine glasses! We don't drink a lot of wine, and one of the other mom's had talked and talked about those glasses, so when they won a basket of cards and paper, we traded.
The prizes were incredible: a $100 gift card to Walmart, $50 to a game place, lots of restaurant $ cards, a family zoo membership, fun gift baskets, 10 free hot wings at Hooters!, a $50 jewelry card, and 43 $1 Wendy's coupons! I was so suprised by all the donations. How generous.
So BINGO Night was fun. We had a fun time setting up and cleaning up. We enjoyed the pizza and only spilled a little bit of our soda. We had fun marking our bingo cards, and we LOVED winning! When we left, John was still wondering when we were going to sing about the dog...
Is Bingo like gambling?
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Nathan is in Mo-town visiting his fam. He got to see our newest neice, Taylor, and says she is just beautiful! He is planning to visit the Brinton's tomorrow to give them some Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts. In a couple of days he heads to Vegas for some training.
Nathan was gone last year at Easter time, too, but I have no memory of what we did for Easter. Were we at my parents house? I know we went there for conference, but I just can't remember Easter. Did I sew for the girls? I don't think so... If it wasn't so late I would check my blog history.
Emily keeps calling Friday "Lucky Friday." She has said it a few times, and each time I think "huh?" and then I remember Good Friday! and I laugh! Lucky Friday!
Happy Birthday to Katie and Michelle!
We stuffed the bunnies and attached the fluffy tails, but our fancy new camera is busy taking pictures on the mainland, so you'll just have to use your imagination. Sorry. No new beach pictures this month. But Nathan promised to bring home some terrific pictures of stuff getting blown up...
I went ahead and found last year's Easter memories. We were at home. I bought myself some little purple pansies, and though I don't have any pictures, I DID sew dresses for Em and Syd and a skirt for Hannah (which turned out totally un-cute, but I made her wear it to Stake Conference anyway) And that's something else I remember (see I'm not losing my mind) Stake Conference is always on Easter in Rapid City. Odd. And it made it tricky to do our Saturday Easter Egg hunt because I had to be at the Stake Center for some Primary training, leaving my poor kids home alone with baskets full of chocolate and jellybeans and peeps.
How did we already get to Thursday?
Monday, April 02, 2007
We hand stitched little bunnies, thanks to Design Mom for the pattern.
The little fluffy tails were so fun to make that Nathan and the kids went wild making more in all sizes and colors:
Emily really wanted to stitch a bunny, but it was too hard, so I punched a notecard for her, and she carefully sewed this little egg:
Emily also enjoyed playing with cards. She has a very steady hand:
Conference was broadcast at 6am and 10am here in Hawaii. It was nice to stumble out to the couch and drose through the morning sessions. I really enjoyed hearing about the Tabernacle Dedication, and I loved the Who's on the Lord's Side, Who? talk.
Today is our last day of Spring Break and we are going to: head to WaWaWorld for some fluff to stuff our bunnies, then to the beach for a picnic lunch. I hope your Spring Break was as exciting as our!