Alyssa started taking hula lesson starting in January. She has loved going to her own class and she even got to go to Waikiki to dance with the older girls. She was so excited and a little nervous but I think that she did GREAT especially for her first time.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
We have been busy watching a lot of basketball games the past couple of months. Austin is a stud and his coaches even begged him to come and play in Sunday's game (the last one), because they REALLY wanted to win and they needed him to do it! Nate took some pictures with his phone and I will have to figure out how to get them off. (I will take the camera to tomorrows game and post later). Brock is playing for his school - St. Marks Lutheran School and they have only lost 2 games (to the best team). He doing really well and getting his teammates involved. I believe that he has the most assists on his team.
Here is a little highlight video of Brock's last game.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
We had the opportunity to all (22 of us) open our Christmas Presents together Christmas morning. We emailed Santa ahead of time to let him know that we would be Santa Clara this year and that we would need him to drop off our presents at Grandma and Grandpa's house. Sarah and Miah and their family slept at our house and at about 6 am all of the kids woke us up and we hopped in the car and drove to see what Santa left us.
The kids waiting at the top of the stairs to come down. I think that this was the first time that we have ever had Christmas downstairs.
The kids all love having to stop and take a picture with all of their christmas presents :)
After we open all of our presents we then go to breakfast with all of my dads family. This year it was at my Uncle Doug and Aunt Helen's. It was a lot of fun, but of course I forgot to take any pictures. It is always good to see all of my cousins and their kids. We also got to go up to Pine Valley to see Mary Esther and Howard it was so cold outside but nice and warm inside. After our visit in Pine Valley we all went to the movie to see Yogi Bear. It was such a wonderful Christmas and one that had a lot of great memories!
Monday, January 10, 2011
We were lucky enough to be able to fly home for Christmas. Austin, McKenna, Alyssa and I left early on the 10th. We had an great flight we got to fly in the Airbus which everyone has their own TV to watch and play whatever they want. It was so fun and once we got in the air we had just figured out make the TVs work and they paused Alyssa's show to give instruction on how to get it work and we all (and those in the seats around us) got a good chuckle when she announced that "we already freakin know this." She is quite a character. Nate and Brock had to stay a little longer to finish up school and then joined us on the 16th. We had a wonderful time visiting with family and friends it feels like we were going to have a lot of time but still felt rushed right up to the end to fit it all in.
Anyway we had a wonderful Christmas! Everyone was there. Eric and Heidi came after us with their new baby Kinley. She is such a cute baby and she was so good to for all of the craziness! I even volunteered them to be in the Staheli Farms Nativity with my kids (boys were thrilled).
Sarah, Miah their family was next to arrive on the 23rd, and Darci, Dan and their boys were able to make out earlier than expected and arrived in time for Christmas Eve dinner and all of the festivities. (somehow my camera missed out on a picture of the big big kids table, but they were there and having fun too :)
After dinner we had our nativity with the kids acting out the parts. This year Brock was the Inn Keeper, Austin was Joseph (he was thrilled), and McKenna and Alyssa were Angels.
In their Christmas Eve Jammies
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
A couple of weeks after the Dellamas's we had Mark, Shannan & kids come and visit. We had a great time with them as well. They even found a fun excursion for all of us to go on. We all went swimming with the wild Dolphins. It was so fun and we even had the Dolphins swimming along side our boat playing with the kids and splashing them. It was so much fun.
All the girls boogie boarding
This is how the kids got to travel and watch the Dolphins swimming under them. One would even turn over on it's back and the splash the kids with it's tail. They said that they had never seen them do it to the boat before. We all had good energy!
Dolphins swimming right next to the boat.
Mark and Shannan also made it here for the Laie Hawaii Temple open house. It was a lot fun and a great experience being able to take them and also our kids through the Temple. It is SO Beautiful!
Swimming at Waimea Falls the water was cold but the kids had a great time.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I decided that it would be easiest to just go back to the last few weeks and put in a few highlights of our visitors. First we had Sarah, Miah and the boys come to visit. They came in October and we had a fun time showing them around the island. And they loved all of the new beaches that we have found that were less crowded. The kids had a blast and we are always sad to see our guests have to go home.