November 19, 2007

It's Been A While, No?

Let me back up a little here...

First off, let's not pretend we're shocked that it's been over 3 weeks since I've posted. Although my record is improving. I WILL do better, it's just that life has been so...busy. That's why I'm here this morning, just to give you a quick rundown:

September 9: returned home from a quick (and wonderful) trip home. Got to see cousins I haven't seen in years, and meet people I didn't know I was related to. I'd post pictures of the whole anniversary gala, but, well, I don't have them, since my computer died, and my hard drive had to be replaced, and I'm not untrusting enough of computers to back anything up. grrr....

September 10: girls' unofficial start of school, and the official start of Mikela's school career! We have a kindergartener again!!! And, I just got sick to my stomach realizing I lost the photos of that, too. I wish I could download my heart memory of this day to your heart memory; it was an exciting day for her, and she pretty much pushed me out the door, and it made me sad, but it made me even prouder.

September 17: Malia's 3rd birthday!!! Chuck E. Cheese got paid a visit, and fun was had by all. Again, no pictures to document the 3-year-old who begged to go to Chuck E. Cheese for her birthday, and then screamed every time she saw him across the room (I had to ask him to PLEASE not come over and say Happy Birthday to her; he agreed. :p)

September 2o: Joshua's 22nd birthday...oh, my word. I know I don't mention this enough, but now seems like a great place to say this: I'm so proud of my brother. 'Nuff said.

September 23: Daniel's 33rd birthday. Well, as usual, I bombed out on this, but I hope he'll remember the yummy korean fried chicken dinner I made him, and the coldstone creamery treats, and the sirius radio he got to buy for himself the next day. (I told you I bombed out.) I love you, Daniel.

September 26: We received news of Daniel's mom passing. A difficult experience, and we're so thankful for everyone's help and support during this time.

September 29: Keala's 25th birthday--would've had cake with her, but, well, she lives in Hawaii now...:p

October 9th: Miki's 5th birthday!!! Paid Chuck E. Cheese another visit!!! Yee-hooo!!! And Malia actually let Chuck E. come sing Happy Birthday to her sister!!!

October 17th: Kale's birthday. Talked to him. Miss him. No kidding.

October 24th: Parent-Teacher conferences. Funny thing to include, I know, but just wanted to mention the girls are doing well in school. :D

October 29th: Well, you know. :D

November 9: Heidi's _ _ birthday, and the first annual Pearson Pride auction. Our dear friend and neighbor chaired the event, and it was so much fun!!! Next year, those who are in the area, come to the auction!!!

Today: Waking girls up to get ready for school, making a grocery list for last minute thanksgiving meal ingredients, wishing i was packing a suitcase for convention in Hawaii, but looking forward to the long weekend with my little family. Anticipating a visit to Hawaii for another family reunion--fingers crossed!!!

Okay, not my most eloquent post, but I think you're up to speed now. Love you all, miss you all. Come visit! And if you know about something I failed to mention in this post, let me know about it!!!

October 30, 2007

On Birthdays...30th Birthdays, To Be Exact

I turned 30 yesterday.

Somehow, I thought 30 would feel older. But it doesn't.

It feels exactly the same as yesterday, and the day before that, and the day before that. I'm feeling a certain sense of empowerment, like I'm actually a legit grown-up now.

Funny, isn't it? It's going to be a great year.

August 30, 2007

Aloha 'oe

Hey everyone....we're Hawai'i-bound, and so excited!!! It will be a mini-vacation, tied into helping my grandparents celebrate their 60th (yes, their 60th!) wedding anniversary!!! Planning on having a lot of pictures to post upon our return, so keep an eye out for them! A hui hou!

July 8, 2007



It's been a month since I last posted?

On the one hand, I can't believe it's been so long; it feels like just yesterday I was searching the 'net for pictures of my fake living room. On the other hand, how did we manage to pack in everything we did into the past month? Incredible. Particularly for this homebody.

Condensed version: Papa visits. Kiana's summer vacation starts. Aunty Liz and Aunty Judy visit. Daddy works every day. We go to the beach, museum of flight, DeGroot's house. Daddy finishes Kiana's room. Miki's room ALSO gets a mini-makeover. Matthew visits. I receive numerous e-mail complaints regarding my neglected blog.

Okay, so maybe it wasn't THAT much, but it sure seemed like it. And I'm planning on having a garage sale. When? Who knows. But I promised the girls the proceeds from whatever toys they get rid of, and they're totally excited, so I'm going to run with it!

I'll close with a few glimpses of our month:

Chillin' in the pool at the DeGroot's. Kedron might be the coolest guy we know. After his dad, that is.

Fried chicken, cone sushi, and a bathing suit full of sand. Doesn't get much better than this.


Breaking for lunch at the Museum of Flight.

(Quick plug: Yummy food, great prices!)

Having coffee with Papa at the Keyport Mercantile. (I love this picture.)
Photography by Mikela Lynn Arnall.
Attitude by Malia Nicole.

And, finally, for anyone who ever thought to be intimidated by my father, the Grammy Winner, one word of advice: Fuhgeddaboudit!

June 7, 2007

Miracle of miracles

This afternoon, the house at Cloninger Court was abuzz with the surprisingly happy sounds of little girls cleaning. With each eagerly anticipating the Friday night arrival of their Papa, the girls' energy levels were high, and easily channeled into getting the house decent for company. They worked their little tushies off, and did their mama proud. I've included before and after pictures, so you can see the fruits of their labors:

Before (seriously):


The girls are incredible, aren't they? I think it only took Miki 45 minutes to throw together those skyscrapers now sitting outside our window!

Disclaimer: The 1st image in this post is, indeed, a real picture of my living room, at this exact moment. The only reason I'd make such an image public is because I actually have a good excuse for it. :D We are presently turning the girls' toy room into Kiana's "OWN BEDROOM!" (her words, her enthusiasm), so the living room has become the holding area for the toys, until the room is completed, and the toys can be redistributed.

Man, the Stepford Wives are loving me; I'm sure they're getting ready to ask me to be president of their secret club. :p

"My, but what large eyes you have..."

As Miki puts it, "That looks veh-wy fweaky."

(I had to pull up a real picture of Aunty Jen, to reassure Mikela that she was okay.)

Here's the real Jennifer, with Adrian and kids, at Mokuleia.

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June 5, 2007

Random Images

Well, I won't stay long, but I just wanted to share some favorite pics I've come across this evening. I was taking video of Malia earlier today, when my camera dinged "Memory Card Full," so tonight's project has been to dump and sort. Yay.

Just the way I like my man--hard at work!!! Just joking! (Ok, yeah... I'm not joking.)

In front of the koi pond at King's Shops on our trip home in November.

Cali and Kiana, on Pearson Elementary's Western BBQ day last year.

Kale took this very cool shot of us at Safeco last summer. Boy's got skills!

And I'll close with this:one of my all-time favorites of the Recaido granddaughters! Is that a hint of pride on Papa's face? Nah-probably not.

June 4, 2007

I don't know...I think she's kinda cute...

Pretty please....

I can smile bigger...


This is one of the cuties Uncle Josh was hanging with at Bryant & Sheryl's wedding on Saturday. Personally, I thought she was the cutest one, but I'm willing to concede a minor bias.
(Don't worry, Sarah; the Niece Patrol managed to keep the circling man-eaters at bay...)

Testing? Testing one, two, three?

Post number one: not the grand occasion one might expect.

Actually, I shouldn't even be here; it's 5:04 p.m., and dinner has been given nary a thought. With hubby working swing shift, and not being home for dinner, it leaves more flexibility, as the girls and I are (usually) much lighter eaters than he is. So, I think cereal and milk may be on the menu tonight--I'll throw some fruit in to round it out.

Judge away, Stepford Wives; my girls love Kashi, and it's healthier than the prime rib YOUR bright and shiny children are eating tonight. Hold the horseradish, please.