Saturday, May 31, 2008

Useless Trivia

So I have tons of things that I want to blog about, but I don't seem to find the time it takes to upload the pictures and video, all that typing and reading and then rereading to make sure I don't sound like an idiot. But I'll get to it someday, right? However, in the mean time, I've decided to start a new daily (or almost daily) feature called Totally Useless Trivia About Lisa to fill in on those days I'm short on time.

So today's
Totally Useless Trivia About Lisa
I hate it when there's only a half a bowl of Cheerios left in the box - even when I have another box. Even though the old box isn't stale, it's still not as fresh as the new box, and it just makes a whole bowl taste weird. But yet I can't make myself waste that last half a bowl.

I know, totally useless. The things I think about during the day....

PS - Danielle's totally fine - didn't even get more of a bruise. You can't tell she was even hit anymore. Strange, but definitely a blessing that it wasn't as bad as it could have been. Someone's watching over her, even when I'm not looking.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Keep Your Eye on the Ball...

or the bat as the case may be.

Well, we had our first baseball related injury yesterday. And surprisingly enough it wasn't one of the players. It was Danielle. And here's a couple pics of her injury for your viewing pleasure:

Actually it doesn't look nearly as bad as I thought it would. She took a bat square between her eyebrows.
One of the kids on Abby's team was practicing his swing with a ball they had hung from the dugout fence. They did this last game as well, and I actually moved the practice ball because I was afraid someone was going to get hit. Well this game I didn't say anything, but we were only sitting a little ways away, so I figured I could keep my eye on it. Well, obviously that didn't work out as planned. The team mom had her back turned because she was trying to get the current batter out on the field, and honestly I thought Danielle was down the way playing were she was about 30 seconds earlier, so I was watching the game as well. Then I heard a thunk and knew that the practice ball hadn't been hit - it's a whiffle ball. And there's Danielle on the ground clutching her nose. It took me a second to even register what had happened. The poor kid that was swinging felt so bad. He didn't even have time to say anything because he was up to bat right then, but her came over when he got back off the field and said he was sorry. Luckily it was the smallest kid on the team and Danielle caught just the very end of the swing. The poor guy had even looked over his shoulder to check for anyone standing there, but Danielle was on his other side.

I was a little worried at first because it was swelling up so fast, but she calmed down in just a couple of minutes and we put ice on it. Luckily we had come to the games in 2 different cars, so Cameron took her home to give her some Tylenol and make her more comfortable. By the time rest of us got home about a half hour later she was pretty much her normal self again. The pics were taken about 3 hours after the incident, right before bed. And amazingly enough it looks just the same this morning. Still swollen, but no real color. She even got up and went to school. What a trooper.

That was definitely enough excitement to last me for a little while. I'm hoping I can make it through the rest of the season (2 more games) without anymore injuries - that was plenty.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

An Amazing Birthday for an Amazing Girl

Our dearest little Abby turned 7 years old on Monday. I can hardly believe it. She is turning into such an amazing little woman. I don't know how we got so lucky.

We had a great party on Monday for her. Since it was a holiday there was no school - she thought that was great. Her party was in the afternoon -she wanted a beach party, at a specific beach (her favorite) known to the locals as Alligator Pond.

Here is the invitation - that's real sand and real shells. Ok, so I unstrung a shell lei to get the shells, but they're still real. And the sand actually came from the playground - I never quite made it to the beach to collect some, it's not a quick stop, you can see beaches from the road, but you have to pull over, find a place to park, run down to the sand.... It just didn't happen, so I had Abby collect some playground sand and that worked great!

Here is the birthday girl wearing a beautiful lei that some friends gave her.

And here's the actual beach. The reason that it's called Alligator Pond is because that big rock you see is shaped exactly like an alligator. Really, it is. the side to the left of the photo, where all the kids are, is the nose - and it's a great jumping off spot as the water right under the nose is where it's the deepest, only about 4 feet. There is also what Isaac calls the 'hot tub' where the sand meets the alligator - a big hole in the rock that has water in it, just right for exploring in. And there are more rocks just under the surface all around the 'pond' so the waves don't come in the little playing area you see here. Needless to say the kids absolutely love this beach.

This also happened to be Juliana's first time in the ocean. We've taken her to the beach a couple of times, but she always falls asleep - which she also did this time, but she woke up before the party was over, so daddy took her in for dip. At first she didn't really know what to think, but then she was enjoying herself. She even got a little upset when I took her out to dry off.

Oh, and I took a little video of every singing to Abby. And you can see my awesome cake! Abby picked it out and it was surprisingly easy to do. And it just looked so cute.

I have SO many other things that I want/need to post - like baseball footage of Isaac, pics of my latest projects (one being the apron I made for my swap which turned out fabulous, by the way - but I'm not going to post until I get it postal, so my swap buddy can't peek!), cute pics of the baby, oh and I will be posting a great and so easy brownie recipe I've been using lately - it's so easy that I don't think I'll be buying mixes anymore, they are outlandishly expensive here anyway.

Until the next time;)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

So Abby and Isaac had their first Baseball game on Saturday - different games, but at the same time. Isn't that so convenient? At least they were playing at the same park, so it wasn't too bad. Basically Cameron and Danielle ended up watching Isaac's game and Juliana and I watched Abby's. OK, really just me, Juliana was either eating or sleeping the whole time.

Who knew how much work it is to be a mom of an athlete? I don't know how those of you who did this (do this) with teenagers survived! I only have 2 kids playing, their practices are at the same time in basically the same location and same with their games. I guess it's just the amount of time that it takes. 1 1/2-2 hour practices 2xs a week and 2 games a week at 1 hour each. Abby is good about going to practice on her own - they just practice at the big field next to our apartment complex. We drop her off on the way to Isaac's practice (just on the other side of the HUGE field) and then she comes home on her own around 6pm. Isaac has to have me at practice, within sight the whole time. (Have I mentioned that he's having some separation anxieties lately?) He'd like me to be out on the field with him, but that's not going to happen since I have Danielle and Juliana with me.

Anyway, here are some pictures of game day.

Here is Isaac's team before the game. He's in the middle of the second row.

Here's Isaac in his Dodger's uniform. Ain't he cute?

Here he is playing catcher. In T-ball you might not think this was a very exciting position, but it suits Isaac well as he likes to squat down and rest. And some of the players are pitched to by the coach, so he does get to do some work.

Here's Abby in her Tiger's uniform. Her hat is missing because they are getting them personalized, so they collect the ones that aren't done yet after each game.

And here's a video of Abby up to bat for the first time. Keep in mind this is only her 4th time ever playing baseball (she had 3 practices before this game). I think she does pretty well. Though I do need to explain one point - when a team gets 5 runs in they call that half of the inning over. This is so that if one team is way better than the other the underdog doesn't get creamed and get less batting time, etc.. because of it. So once Abby makes it to 2nd base you'll see they call everybody in to switch - that's because the runner in front of her was the 5th run in for their team.

This has taken me 2 days to get up, so I'm going to post now. I hope that the video turns out better than the last one.

Friday, May 2, 2008

May Day

Today was the big day. The day that we've all been looking forward to for about 2 months. At least those of us who have kids that go to Laie Elementary School. Today was the May Day program. Now those of you that have been along for the Hawaiian culture shock ride from the beginning may remember that Abby participated in last year's May Day Celebration. And it's a BIG deal (like most celebrations in Hawaii). I'm not exactly sure why is May Day or how it all got started, but it is. Basically is a big production put on my the school. Each grade does a number, plus there's the May Day court, which is Princesses and their escorts to represent all 9 of the Hawaiian Islands. And then there is a May Day King and Queen.

Now remember - this is Elementary School that we're talking about here.

I would be interested in finding out how they choose the court and the king and queen, because again (and I can't say this enough) it's a BIG deal.

This year the theme was This is Polynesia - very fitting I think. Each number was a different Polynesian Island(s). Danielle and the preschoolers were Samoa, Isaac and the kindergarteners were actually the intro to everything, but he was in the Tongan group. Abby and the first graders were Tahiti. I have a little bit of video for each of them, but I'm too tired to upload it today. But here is a picture of them all in their costumes:

Did I mention that it's a BIG deal. I mean, this is a full on production that involves the entire school, students and staff, choreographers, musicians, and lots of willing parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles. Pretty much the whole town. And it all seems to get done in 2 months. I helped sew costumes for Isaac's class, sewed a costume for a little 4th grade neighbor friend, and then of course made Abby's waistband for her costume. The whole program just blew me away. I hope to find some better video footage than what I have on youtube over the next week or so. If I find something I will share it with you.

I'm now onto the next project of assembling wedding announcements (not mine of course - my friend Larisa's) so that we can get them out before the postage hike.

Oh and the kid's first baseball games are in the morning.... We'll see how that goes!