I take it all back. If Ava and I both had this dress I would insist on wearing them everywhere. It's available here.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Bearer of ponies,
Sing your ukulele song,
Sleep on the plane home.
In case you are not taken with the first one, I've also created an alternate. Choose the one you feel best embodies the essence of your vacation.
You came bearing gifts;
You left with a sunburn and
Also, I've decided to offer these services to all future house guests. Starting today, at least one very lovely literary gem will be written to commemorate the stay of each visitor we get. So, if a vacation in Hawaii is not a big enough draw...there you go.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
It was still a beautiful walk through the park with a lot of plants and birds to gander at, but the usual available activities (Hawaiian games, story telling, etc.) were nowhere to be found. We did learn how to make leis, and Ava had part of her lunch stolen by a very brazen peacock...so the day wasn't completely devoid of excitement.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Yesterday we did a short hike up to Manoa Falls amidst buckets of pouring rain. It was so bad that we didn't dare get the camera out of the car to take with us. Be assured, though, that the views and the waterfall were beautiful. By the time we got back down the rain had slowed a bit, but by that point we all looked a mess....a dirty, muddy, wet, see through mess.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
We do have a photo of what we were doing before the beach:
Once in an old brick house in American Fork, there lived a family of ten-toed people. There was a ten-toed father, a ten-toed mother, a ten-toed sister and an itsy-bitsy ten-toed brother.
Well, one day the mother stood up, put on her coat and hat, and said, "I have to go to my bridge club meeting to decide how the new bridge should be built. You kids be good. Your father will take care of you while I'm away," and she left.
The father, brother and sister all sat down to watch "Duck Tales." It wasn't long before the father fell asleep. He snored happily as the brother and sister watched "Rescue Rangers." But during a commercial for Pop Tarts something strange happened. They heard a noise. First it went thump and bump and thump and crackle. Then it went CRASH! The brother and sister looked at each other.
"What was that?" asked the sister.
"I don't know," said the brother.
"Maybe we should go investigate," said the sister.
"Good idea," said the brother and he crawled under the couch.
So the brave ten-toed sister went by herself to see what she could discover. Thump went the noise, again. "That sounds like it's coming from upstairs," said the sister, so she began to tiptoe quietly up the stairs. She went up and up and up, etc. All the time she was listening to the strange thumps and bumps. So when she finally reached the top of the stairs, she listened again and it sounded like it was coming from the attic.
So she opened the attic door and went up and up and up and up and up, etc., and when she finally got to the top (again), out jumped a big, green, slimey troll! And he said, in a very deep voice, "Give me your TV Guide!"
The sister said, "What?"
"I said, 'Give me your TV Guide!'" the troll hollered.
The sister thought about it a while, but she knew she couldn't give him their TV Guide, because their father wouldn't know when a football game would come on, her mother wouldn't know when the news came on, her brother wouldn't know when cartoons came on, and she wouldn't know when "Full House" came on. So she said, "I can't give you our TV Guide. It's at the cleaners."
"Give me your TV Guide!" the troll screamed.
"I can't give you our TV Guide." she said. "The dog ate it."
"Give me your TV Guide!" he yelled with his eyes popping out of his head.
"What kind of creature are you, anyway?" the sister asked quietly.
"I'm a troll," he said. "Now give me your TV Guide!"
"You don't look like a troll," the sister said.
"But my mother and father were trolls." said the troll.
"Well, you don't look anything like a troll," said the sister.
"Well, I went to Troll Elementary," he said proudly.
"I read once that a real troll can easily do handstands," said the sister, "so if you're a real troll, show me your handstand."
"Oh, that's simple. I can beat you at a handstanding contest any old day," the troll boasted. He cleared his throat, he flexed his muscles, he beat his chest, and said, "Stand back, little girl." He raised his arms, stepped out, flipped up, and plopped on his bald, green head. Immediately, he jumped up and said, "I meant to do that." Again, he raised his arms, leaned back, kicked out his foot, flipped up and flew all the way over, landing on his back.
The sister said, "Hmmmm."
The troll said, in a puzzled sort of way, "That's funny. I thought I was a troll. Maybe you're right. Maybe I'm not a troll after all." He picked up a nearby piece of chalk and an eraser, left the house, became a school teacher, and lived happily ever after.
Later, when the ten-toed mother came home, she asked, "Did anything happen while I was gone?"
"No, nothing unusual," said the ten-toed children.
The ten-toed father said, "Zzzzzzzzzz."
written by: Caroline Roberts
Dec. 13, 1990
Friday, July 18, 2008
When I woke up this morning the very first thing I laid eyes on was a cloud that looked like a bunny. By the time I rolled out of bed and snatched up the camera, it had moved enough to only look vaguely like a bunny, and had mostly disappeared by the time I was done with the photo. It struck me (in my groggy state) as quite beautiful and wonderful - made even more so by the fact that it was so fleeting (as bunny sightings often are). Now, though, I'm wondering if bunnies are a good or a bad sign. Methinks some further research is in order.
Editor's Note: I've done some checking, and it would seem that there is no clear consensus for rabbit symbolism. Thanks to wikipedia I know that rabbits often appear in folklore as clever tricksters. In Aztec mythology rabbits can mean fertility, parties and drunkeness (a bad combination if ever there was one). And my absolute favorite thing I learned is that in Japanese tradition rabbits live on the moon and make mochi.
Also, I found a site that taught me several ways to make a rabbit using the keyboard. Surely this will come in handy:
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Sunday, July 13, 2008
So, to conclude: b-o-o. h-o-o.
Friday, July 11, 2008
As to the outfit, I really can't take all the (any?) credit, so I feel as if some more thank yous are in order:
to Grace for deciding she needed a more modest wardrobe several years back and heaving that tube top my way,
to my mom for passing on her hoarding genes thereby giving me the innate desire to hold onto things (like this tube top) that I rarely use and/or need just incase the right circumstances arise,
to JJ for finding those most delectable yellow shoes in my very size at the DI,
and to the very kind lady who helped me at the Salvation Army the other day for throwing that belt into the bag as a freebie even when I offered up the cash.
Three cheers for all of you!
Today we hit up the Makiki Loop Trail again to tackle it the opposite way around. It is incredibly beautiful, and magical, and amazing thanks to the lush growth and myriad of streams and brooks. Also, props to Ryan who flew by me through the hardest parts with 30 pounds of small blonde cracker-eater on his back. I mean, I know I'm out of shape, but sheesh!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Recently, my passion on the subject has been fueled by stumbling upon this article discussing the reasons for a recent (2006) increase in the popularity of the mom-daughter look-a-like trend. Therein the author cites the fact that today's moms are cooler than they used to be as one of the contributing factors - to whit I responded "um...WHAT?" Then I read the credentials and realized that the author of said article also owns an online boutique that offers mom-daughter outfit sets (this would explain her desire to talk about how popular they are).
I really thought something should be done to stop this ridiculousness. That is, however, until today. As I was going through some recently uploaded photos I noticed that many of the colors and details in my own outfit were being eerily and similarly repeated in the way that I had dressed Ava. Now I'm scrambling through older photos hoping that it was a fluke and not something I do on a regular basis. I would hate to have to rescind my eye rolls!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Today we went for a hike on the Makiki Loop Trail. The whole loop is only supposed to be about 2.5 miles, but the steep changes in elevation made it seem much longer. Also we're not positive that we stayed on the right trail the entire time due to some somewhat confusing signage - so who knows how far we actually went. It took us almost two hours to complete, and we were all worn out by the time we were done (even Ava who only carried herself about 2% of the way).
If you want to see more photos of this or other outings you can find them on my Flickr photostream. The link is on that side --->
p.s. Does anyone else think that Ryan makes the best photo faces?
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
There were kayak races which Ryan and a friend joined in. They won in three heats snagging them the rights to a (um...) impressive trophy.
They also had a giant blow up bouncer set up for the kids. Ava could not get enough of this.