Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Today someone came into our house and took Scott's PlayStation, my laptop, and a couple of other misc. items. Of course we are angry about losing these items, but I think the worst part is that we feel violated. This is our home- our place to escape the big bad world and now we wonder if it could happen again...maybe when Liv and I are home alone or when we go out and leave Liv with a sitter. How do you get over that feeling? Maybe we need to buy a big gun!

Monday, April 26, 2010

A Girl and her Slide

Treehouse Lookout Slide: 12,000 credit card points
Watching the joy on your 15 month old daughter's face as she goes down said slide: Priceless

Pictures from the basement, which should be done by the end of the week. Love love love the carpet and how the fireplace turned out. The bench will be done later this week- can't wait to show it off.

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Olivia is a crazy sleeper. We lay her down in her crib one way and when we check on her she has usually turned herself completely around and is laying sideways. This is how I found her today...

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Almost Done

Our basement project is almost done. We finished the paint (the picture is terrible, but it is a dark sage color) and the rock for the fireplace has been started and will be done on Tuesday when the mantle gets put in. Tile and carpet next week...we are so close.

The last of the Hawaii adventures:
Day 4:
We originally planned to go to Hanama Bay to go snorkeling; however, we got started a little later than we hoped so when we got there it was full. Plan B. The girls were sleeping so we went on a short drive down the coast. Along the way we found this great beach called Sandy Beach. Most of the original pictures I posted when we got back were from Sandy Beach. The boys jumped in the waves and the girls played on the sand-good times had by all.

The sand on Sandy Beach stuck to everything even this cute little beach bum...
Also along the coast we found this beautiful outlook- it was a little windy (notice my ponytail).

Olivia got woken up and was not very happy...daddy thought he would make her feel better by being sad too.

That night we grabbed a pizza and headed to the Hawaiian Hilton Village beach to watch the fireworks. The fireworks were okay, but the sunset was breath taking...

Saturday morning we shopped at the flea market followed by an afternoon at Pearl Harbor.
By this time Olivia had skipped too many naps and was a little cranky. She finally fell asleep as we took the tender to the Arizona Memorial. As I sat with her at the memorial a group of Japanese tourist came over by me. One of them looked at me and then looked at Olivia and then looked at me again as if trying to figure out why we had different skin color- I don't think they have much trans racial adoption in Japan.

Day 6:
On Sunday we drove to Laie in search of a church to attend. While we waited for the meeting to start we walked around the temple grounds.

Then we went to Hailawa at Mosimotos for shaved iced...

Followed by a walk on Sunset Beach...

Day 7:
Monday made it to Hanama and had a blast snorkeling and soaking in the rays (between rain storms).

Day 8:
Time to go home. Before we left we visited Punchbowl (National Cemetery). It was amazing to see the number of men and women who have given their lives for the freedom of our nation.

We had a wonderful time. We can't wait to go back (just the adults this time!). Aloha.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone!! It didn't really feel like Easter when I woke up to three inches of snow on the ground, but it was a wonderful day. We listened to conference, took naps, and hung out with grandma. My mom came down this weekend to help us paint the basement and of course to see Olivia. We almost finished, but ran out of paint with three walls and the bathroom to finish. I really love the color. I will post pictures after the fireplace is put in on Wednesday.

Olivia with her cute pig plate from Grandma- now if we could only get her eat. Any ideas for picky eaters anyone is willing to share? I have tried everything. She likes cheese, but it doesn't always like her. I keep thinking that she is going to starve, but she is still growing so she must be okay.
Olivia loves ducks. One of her first words was Quack Quack. So the Easter Bunny brought her a duck in her Easter basket. She must have like it because she gave it a big hug.

Also for those interested here is some about our adventures in Hawaii:
Hawaii Day 1, 2, and 3...
Day 1-
We arrived in Hawaii on Tuesday around 4:00 Hawaii time (8:00 Utah time) and were exhausted after a seven hour plane ride. We found our rental car and the condo, stuck our feet in the pool on the 37th floor of the building, and picked up Jon, Brittany and Emma at the airport around 9:00 and went back to the condo for some sleep.
Day 2-
Today we spent the day on the beach and then went to Cheeseburgers in Paradise for my birthday dinner. Olivia loved the ocean and the sand. She was content to sit on the beach moving sand from one bucket to the other, but really liked daddy taking her into the water.

I don't think I got one pictures of both girls looking at me. Yes that is Olivia eating sand off her shovel. She also liked licking the salt water in the ocean. Sorry about the sunbather in the back, if I were better with photoshop I would brush him out)

Day 3:
Olivia and I went to the beach this morning with Jon, Brittany, and Emma. On the way we found a little jungle gym just the right size for the little girls. One of my favorite things about Hawaii was the cultural diversity. Olivia and Emma played on the playground with girls from Japan and China. We met people from all over the world on this trip with all different colors of skin. It made me wish Utah had a little more diversity. Later went to Laie on the North Shore to the Polynesian Cultural Center for the day.

More to come...