Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
for Christmas I want a cell phone. Then I want some sharp pencils.
The cell phone we already knew about (It's not happening but we know she wants one--'cause every 7 year old needs one?!?) But sharp pencils? Our house is apparently "sharp pencil" deficient. And I've come to find out from the sharp pencil expert (Tehani) that the only good pencil sharpeners are the electric ones. I had her call my mom to read her the letter. Of course, my mom found this funny but was also aghast...Can't you buy your daughter some pencils? And a sharpener? What kind of mom am I? :)
If my daughter ever drops out of high school, I'll just know that it was because of the "sharp pencil" shortage at our house...
Thursday, December 4, 2008
The kids were very excited to wake up their dad early on Thursday morning so he could open his presents--some new "threads" (and he even sported some to work that day.) Speaking of work, I did manage to surprise him by dropping off some yummy cupcakes at his office. It's funny because I had been worried about maybe embarrassing him (but like the good wife I decided to do it anyway.) Well, after I made my special delivery to his work I come to find out that they actually have cake (and ice cream) every time there is a birthday. I'll know not to be worried next year!!
And now all I have to do is plan what we are going to do for Kobe's 9th birthday at the end of the month. (Yes, this is an old, old photo with this post) So if anyone has any party suggestions for a rowdy group of nine year old boys, I'm all ears :)
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
- The extra time that I had off of work this past week. The kids only had school on Monday (which I thought was kind of weird) but I guess that is what happens when you go to a private school--you can make up your own schedule instead of following a normal one that the district comes out with. The kids and I managed to get in a trip to the library to get some new books and a trip to the movies to see Bolt in 3-D (my first 3-D movie) which the kids thought was pretty cool.
- The fact that I am ready for Christmas. All the presents are bought and wrapped and we put up the tree this weekend. Of course, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to go shopping on Friday morning and I did score a deal on a new washer and dryer. Yeah me!! Even with that, it was not the same since my usual shopping partner Cynthia has moved away :( Though I did somehow manage to spend money without her.)
- The turkey that I cooked on Thanksgiving and that it came out ok. I don't usually stress about cooking a turkey when it is just for us but I was cooking the turkey to take over for the big meal at the Kalaniuvalu's...luckily for me everything turned out ok including the stuffing and gravy--(how can anything that is cooked with a cup of grease drippings not taste good!) We had a great Thanksgiving with Nofoa's family--and Kobe and Tehani were in heaven playing with all of the kids.
- Everything else!! I've got a great family and great friends--and tons to be thankful for. This is definitely not how I thought my life would turn out when I first moved to Utah 18 years ago (at that time my plan was to get out of Provo as soon as I could!) but I guess everything happens for a reason so here I am....and I wouldn't have it any other way!!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Apparently, it runs in the family. I've heard stories from my mother about getting called to my school when I was little because I wouldn't stop talking during class. I already knew that Tehani takes after me in this area because she is a little chatterbox. She is ALWAYS talking and she never runs out of stuff to say. It's funny to think about this now because Nofoa and I were so worried about her as a toddler since she was very delayed with her speech--so much so that she actually saw a speech therapist for about two years. Weird, huh? Well, that must have been one good speech therapist 'cause Tehani hasn't stopped talking since then.
So if you're ever in the mood to talk, just give Tehani a call!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
TEHANI'S "FAVORITE THINGS"
- Littlest Pet Shop VIP pet--She didn't actually specify which "pet" she wanted. (I was tempted to remind her that she already has a million stuffed animals, but I suppose it is her list after all)
- FurReal Cat--Again, we already have a REAL cat--courtesy of my brother and his wife. I did hear Tehani talking later that she thought it would be funny if the FurReal cat scared the real REAl cat.
- Giddyup N' Go Pony--I guess it's better than asking for a real pony...
- Easy Bake Oven--My mom never let me have one but apparently enough kids didn't burn down their homes the last time these were "hot" (literally) 'cause they are back again.
- MP3 Player--Someone should really remind her that she is 7 (not 17)
KOBE'S "FAVORITE THINGS"
- Pokemon Region Playset--I'm thinking her may actually be a little old for this particular toy but he is a HUGE Pokemon fan (for reasons I still don't understand.) Must be a boy thing...
- Neopets Jumbo Plush--At first I thought that perhaps this was a 'Tehani" pick (it is a stuffed animal after all) but its marked in the book with Kobe's messy handwriting and everything
- More games for the Wii--Right now we only have MarioKart (thanks Uncle Ken) and then Wii Sports and Wii Play. Apparently, that is not enough "Wii" to go around...
- Nerf Tech Target Set--A toy that involves shooting projectiles through the air at unsuspecting eyes...how could this not make the list!
- K'Nex Amusement Park Ferris Wheel--Kobe loves anything that involves a little million pieces (that can easily get sucked up into my vacuum when I bother to do so)
So for those of you that like suggestions, there you go. Just remember, kids LOVE surprises so don't feel confined by these lists. Anyway, my next project is to tackle my Christmas cards. (I know, I'm almost as bad as the radio stations that bust out the Jingle Bell music before Halloween!) But there are only 54 days left to go so I better get crackin'!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Technically it's called Trunk or Treat but for me I like think of it as my dress rehearsal for Halloween. I am happy to report that Kobe and Tehani (and their costumes) both made it through the night unscathed. Our church held it's annual Trunk or Treat on Thursday night. The kids liked it because they get a head start on building up their candy stockpile for the next year (just don't tell them that every time the came back to the car, I took candy out of their buckets and passed it back out!)
I was also glad that Kobe and Tehani didn't have any complaints about their costumes. Being the cheap mom that I am, I put my sales skills to work and somehow managed to convince both of them on using "free" costumes this year. Kobe's Christmas present costume came from an old box in the crawlspace (I only posted pics of Norm in the box but it was really Kobe's costume.) And Tehani used a clown costume that could be classified as an antique as it is almost as old as I am. The bozo gear comes compliments of the queen of all pack rats--my mom. The Jungle Lady (aka Auntie Bernadette) is the one that actully sewed this get up which has been worn by my cousins Diane and Monica and my sister (and probably many other unsuspecting youth over the years.) And I'll be sure to put the costume away for Charlotte to wear--we'll just have to wait and see if Cynthia has the sales skills to pull it off...
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I've decided that if my full time job was as a blogger...I would definitely be fired! (though I supposed if this WAS really my job, ideally I would actually have time set aside each day to "work.") Anyway, I'm always feeling bad that I don't do a better job of updating my blog. I mean, its not like I don't have stuff to post about...so luckily the kids are in bed and I'm done watching Desperate Housewives so I figured I would squeeze out a few minutes for an update.
One job I have not been fired from is chaperon and field trip driver for Kobe and Tehani's school. Tehani's class took a field trip to the Red Barn on Friday so I took some time off from work to go for the fun. The kids learned all about apples and we got to pick a pumpkin. You can see Tehani's choice in the picture--though she was a little disappointed that we couldn't find a "smaller" pumpkin (I think that is why she is not looking in the photo--she is still trying to scan the pumpkin patch to make sure that we didn't miss a smaller one somewhere along the way.) And it's a good thing that she did get a pumpkin from there since the ones we were growing at home are still green. We'll see if we actually get around to carving it (I'm not a fan of carving pumpkins.) I know, what kind of mom doesn't have their kids carve pumpkins. I don't know if it is the smell or just the mess. I also don't eat pumpkin pie...so I don't think the kids have ever had pumpkin pie either--which means I should definitely be fired from Halloween as well! Good thing I have my day job.
PS--Thanks to everyone that has donated for Kobe & Tehani's fundraiser for their school. They are both very close to the goal and we will all be running on Wednesday for the 5K --thank goodness it is still supposed to be relatively warm. Wish me (and the kids) good luck!!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
- Come out on Wed, Oct 29 at 2pm and run 3 miles with 200+ kids at Meridian school or...
- Cough up a few bucks and get a free pass from running (along with a tax deductible donation and the good feeling that comes from knowing you've made a difference for...oh sorry, I thought I was at work there for a minute!)
Anyway, if you're a fan of Kobe, you can donate to help his class: http://www.firstgiving.com/meridianschoolclass3
If you like Tehani the best: http://www.firstgiving.com/meridianschoolclass2
Or if you're like me and you can't decide, you can donate a little to each. :)
I'm still trying to figure out if I will run the race with them this year. I know I should, but I just don't know if I'm up to being out run by a 7 year old and a soon-to-be 9 year old. Oh well, at least I know I'll always beat them when it comes to fundraising.
PS--I also wanted to report that after much debating WE HAVE NAMED THE CAT. I liked the name Mozart but I was outvoted by the kids with Neko (which means cat in Japanese). Now if I could just figure out a way to get the cat to donate to the 5K...
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
It apparently takes a trip to San Antonio for me to get around to updating my blog. I mean, it's only been over TWO WEEKS since I've last posted. And it's not that I haven't had stuff to write about--I've just been too busy! So luckily for me (and my blog) I had a trip for work to San Antonio. And just in case any of you are wondering, here are some things I've learned...
- Even with the bad economy and everything else, overall philanthropy is still at an all time high--I realize that most of you could care a less but these are the things I worry about for work :)
- Do not buy new shoes right before leaving on a trip--I have blisters on both feet to prove it. I'm almost tempted to go barefoot tomorrow...
- Karaoke + Laura = BAD IDEA--I've never sung karaoke before (and at least now I know never to do it again.) The group from my station went out for dinner last night after our flight got in and the next thing I know, I'm at a microphone singing "The Love Shack" with two of my co-workers. Which leads to my next point of...
- Don't let your waitress pick what song you are going to sing. I HATE the B-52's!!
Well, that's about it so far (unless you want me to go on more about giving and fundraising stuff.) And since I still have a ton of work to do before I can go to bed, that's it from the Alamo!
Monday, September 15, 2008
- Fri 5pm--Tehani just started taking hula lessons with a new teacher so I rushed over there after work to check it out.
- Fri night--Clean the house, wash dishes and try to get ready for Saturday
- Sat 9:30am--Eyebrow wax (because unlike Bert from Sesame Street, a unibrow is not sexy on me)
- Sat 10am--Pump class at Gold's Gym. This is my favorite class to go to but I was a little dissapointed because there was a sub. Just not the same (but a workout none the less)
- Sat 12:00--Shopping at Sam's Club. The kids enjoyed lunch, err... I mean samples as I stocked up on enough go-gurts and other necessities to last for the next 8 months.
- Sat 1:30--BYU 59 UCLA 0--It was about this time that Nofoa called to say he had gotten us tix to the BYU Game. Nothing like a change in plans to to throw your whole day into chaos. I do love going to the games though, so we rushed home and got geared up in our BYU blue. Tehani and I had to leave early though because...
- Sat 4:30pm--Tehani's 7th Birthday party--A house full of 7 year olds girls is all it takes to make you realize that boys are so much easier. Anyway, Tehani got tons of presents and I think all of the girls had fun.
- Sat 11:00pm--Threaten to send the kids back to Grandma's house if they don't go to bed
- Sun 8:30am--Find wedding ring in bathroom (luckily it wasn't down the drain :) I didn't take it to get it resized yet but it is on my list for the week. Hopefully I don't loose it again before then.
- Sun 10:00am--Teach sunday school. The good thing about this is now that Nofoa has been released from YM, I now have someone to teach with me. And they moved us to the 12&13 year olds. (I've only being doing the 16&17 year old class for 2+year so I am ready for the change)
- Sun 2:00pm--Take nap/read paper/and help Tehani make a poster for school
Like I said, I'm definitely going to enjoy a little "R&R" now that the craziness is over with (at least until next weekend :)
Friday, September 12, 2008
The ring is a whole different story. On the way back from the dentist, I noticed that my wedding ring was not on my finger. I had just commented to Nofoa last week that I probably needed to get the ring resized as it was very loose. I've finally lost some weight (over 50lbs just this last year) and recently the ring has gotten to the point where it can slide off my finger...which is apparently what has happened. In addition to tearing up the house, I've already called the dentist and checked everywhere that I've been today. The good news is I know I had it last night (it's pledge drive time and I went back and watched the tape and I had it on last night.) So it went missing somewhere between 10:30 last night when I left the studio until now. I'll have to tell Kobe and Tehani that there is "reward" if they can find my ring. I'm sure it's around here somewhere...I'll just feel better once I find it. :(
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Don't worry, I'm not going to say anything weird like "my family is the best present I could ever have..." Although it's true:
A. I'm not that cheesy and
B. I actually am the type of person that expects to get presents for my birthday. Blame it on my mom, but that is just how I am.
Anyway, my REAL present was having new family photos taken. It's been a few years since we've had this done and the studio did a fabulous job. We even got to take all of our prints home that night along with a CD with everything on it (they did tons of poses!!) Anyway, I've loaded them up into our Flickr account so feel free to take a look at our album on the left--luckily I picked a gift that keeps on giving (and that we can all share!)
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Here is a quick pic of our two pupils before they headed off to Meridian this morning. This is the 2nd year that they have both attended this private school and they love it--uniforms and all! When it was announced last year that the school would be moving up to Orem, I wasn't sure if we'd be willing to make the trip each day to drop them off. (I also didn't think I could make them walk the 6 miles to school each way without getting a call from DCSF!) But when Meridian had their "Back to School" night last week, I remembered why we choose to send the kids there in the first place--super small classes and extra good teachers. I was also happy to have the kids start taking a foreign language in 1st grade. So next time you see the kiddos, bust out the "Parlez vous francais?" on these two and see if their schooling is paying off :)
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Anyway, our whole pack is kind of new at this so we're learning as we go along. It's taken us quite a few months to kind of figure out what we are even supposed to be doing anyway but we had our first pack meeting tonight and the boys had fun. Kobe got his Bobcat Badge (along with all of the other boys) and I got a Bobcat pin. We also had another Cub Scout come that has earned all of the pins and badges that are possible to speak to the pack. The boys really enjoyed hearing about all his badges, etc. so now it looks like Kobe and I will be busy over the next few month before he turns nine getting caught up with badges...and obeying the law of the pack!
I'll just know that I'm doing good if I ever start reciting boy scout things in my sleep...I , Laura, promise to do my duty, to God and my country....
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Cynthia: Cynthia's job is to boss everyone else around and tell us that we are behind schedule--even when were not. She also makes the invites for the party (which is a project in and of itself) and updates all of our shopping lists, guests lists, and schedules. She's also the head cleaner. On top of that, she's also in charge when we do our post-luau debriefing. Yes, there is seriously something wrong with a family that does a formal written post-party assessment. If there's a treatment program or an intervention that can be done to help us, please let me know.
- Lime Juicer--I'm not sure why, but this has always been his job. The limes are used to marinate the raw fish my mom makes. Also, don't ask why my mom doesn't just use lime juice from a bottle. She won't.
- AV Specialist--You can't have a luau without a full sound system and speakers around the whole back yard. DJ Ray always spins it up island style for luau goers to enjoy!
- Security consultant--Basically this means that Raymond is in charge of calling my parent's home security company and turning it off during party prep. We assigned this to him after several years of having fire trucks show up at the house after we'd set off the fire alarm. For some reason, my dad doesn't like getting a charge from the security company for a fire call when there isn't really a fire. Go figure?
- Tent puter-upper: We've decided that we can't really make our 70 year old father do this by himself (or set up the tables and chairs for 100+ people) so we usually all end up helping with this job. And if you're a tent puter-upper that means you are also a...
- Tent taker-downer: The only bad thing on this job is that the tent, tables, and all chairs have to come down the night of the party after it is done. And this isn't a rule from the rental company or anything--it's a Ray & Jackie rule. Hours after the party is over, everything is back where it belongs!
Laura: My main job has always been to try and avoid as much luau work as possible. This year I was assigned as a baby wrangler--aka Charlotte holder. I also had the very important job as the head "We forgot something can you go to the store?" person. They're tough jobs but someone's got to do it.
Oh, and here's a lovely picture of me making the chow mien noodles for the luau--proof that I DID indeed do work for this year's party (even if Cynthia says anything to the contrary.)
Just think, only 301 days left until next years luau. And I'm sure we're already behind schedule!
Friday, August 22, 2008
THE SCHEDULE--I know you can't see it in the first picture but we also have a section that includes a detailed hour-by-hour schedule. Here's a pic of our Saturday timeline. Just keep in mind that this hour-by-hour nonsense starts on Thursday! My sister, a.k.a. "The Schedule Nazi," spends the entire 72 hours leading up to the party telling us how we are soooo far behind schedule. Somehow we always manage to pull it off... Also, I guess we're lucky that we have an entry "reminding us" that at 4pm the PARTY STARTS! I'd hate for us to forget to start the luau if we didn't have it on "the schedule."
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
A funnel cloud touched down in Elmhurst--about 4 miles from my parents house. By the time the tornado (or torpedo, as Tehani explains it) passed by everyone was already safe in the crawlspace. "It's the safest place in the house, Mom" the kids explained later on the phone. Little do they know that I've been through many a tornado drill growing up but luckily I've never had the pleasure of putting that practice to use. Cynthia told me later that Kobe did get a little scared when the power went off for the second time. However he managed to tell her through some tears that this would be a very cool thing to tell his science teacher about...if he didn't die first!
I'm glad that everyone made it through the "torpedo" safe and sound... and that my kids will now have a "cool" story to tell when they go back to school. This should definatley qualify for an A+ in science class!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I guess that was a good thing though since I ended up getting some tickets at work on Friday for Norm and I to go to the Pioneer Day Commemoration Concert at the Conference Center--starring the Osmonds! Now, I've never really big that big of a fan (they are more from my husband's time period) but it was a fun show and it was the first time either of us have gone to an event at the Conference Center. A good date night.
On Saturday, I went to a BBQ at the Johnson's, our old neighbors. I'm glad we still get to see each other even though they moved away (ALL the way to Springville!) When I was talking to Kobe in Chicago the other day he sounded a little down and I was thinking that maybe he was home sick. Nope, he told me that he missed his friends, Gavin and Gunner Johnson! Go figure!! (Which reminds me...Shilo--we need to make a playdate once my kids get back--I promised Kobe :0)
Friday, July 18, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
So much for Cynthia's scheduled c-section next week! My sister's water broke on Thursday afternoon (Baby Charlotte is apparently patriotic and wanted to make sure that she didn't miss out on any 4th of July fun.) Charlotte Hinanui Logsdon was born Thur, July 3rd at 9:31pm via c-section and weighed in at 6lb 6oz and is 19" long. The doctors say that she meausres at about 36 weeks when she was born (so I can't imagine how big Char Char would have been had she gone full term!) Kobe and Tehani can't get enough of her--they report that "She's sooo cute!" and that "She has teeny tiny toes!"
Congrats Cynthia and Ken and Happy 4th of July Baby Charlotte!!
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I do worry about the kids spending so much "baby being born" time in the hospital but my mother has assured me that she will keep them out of the deliver room. About a year ago Tehani suprised me with her version of the "Where do babies come from question." Luckily we were in the car by ourselves so she doesn't get Kobe asking questions too...
Tehani: "How do babies get out of their mommy's tummy?"
Suprised Mom (aka Me): "Well...(long pause--with thoughts about why my SIX YEAR old is asking me this) The, um...the doctor does that..."
Tehani: "The doctor spreads it apart? "
Really Suprised Mom: "Um...the doctor spreads WHAT apart? (with thoughts about where on earth Tehani would already have an idea like this?!?)"
Tehani: "The mommy's tummy."
Relieved Mom: (Whew) "Yes...the doctor spreads the mommy's tummy apart."
It looks like Cynthia won't be spoiling the suprise for Tehani!
Friday, June 27, 2008
Gotta go as I really should get back to "work."
Sunday, June 15, 2008
It was a quick trip--and I'm sure the Kobe and Tehani would've stayed up there for a whole week if we would let them--but we did have a fun time. The kids are old enough now that they will remember this excursion (the last time we went to Cherry Hill they were both in diapers.)
I'm sure they will be harassing us to go back sometime soon!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I just hope my sister has recovered from our visit--especially since the kids will be back in Champaign in about a month or so (whenever Cynthia gets around to having her baby!)
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Afterwards we headed back to my hosue for lunch and dessert. Cynthia (and baby Charlotte) made out like bandits! In addition to lots of cute clothes and baby gear, Cynthia also got most of the lady bug themed stuff for the baby's room. And leave it to Crazy J (aka our mom) to get the mommy-to-be the largest thing on the Target registry so Cynthia would have absolutely no way to get the high chair home on the airplane. Good thing for Target returns and giftcards!! Even with that Cynthia's bags were full when she boarded her plane this morning.
Happy Baby Mama Party Cynthia!!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Today was the last day of school for Kobe and Tehani. They were sad and excited (mostly sad, which I guess is a good thing) that school is done until the fall. The only reason they are even excited is because summer vacation means they will be leaving soon to spend the next three months in Chicago with "Grandma and Grandpa." It has kind of become a ritual that the kids spend their summers with my mom--sometimes in Tahiti, sometimes in Chicago. If we don't pay attention, there's no telling where they might end up.
At least I know that now they can keep up to date with whats going on while they are gone--they can read my blog...