Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas

OK, ok, I know I such a slacker when it comes to blogging lately. Don't worry, I've been chastised and I'm looking to mend my ways, but I can't promise anything - whatever time I do find on my hands I usually spend sitting on my rear end vegging out on TV or reading a book (or solving the Rubik Cube, a new favorite pastime) - I gotta have a little down time to myself, ya know? I know you do. And I know you won't hold it against me.

And just so you know, I was totally prepared to blog about the few Christmas-y things that we've been doing around here, but I can't seem to locate my card reader, so I can't upload the pictures off my camera. It has one of those annoying SD cards that DON'T work in my 5-in-1 card reader on my laptop, of course. And to make matters worse, we also can't find the battery charger for the camera (which, of course, doesn't take any old regular battery), so I can't even take more pictures that I can't upload.

So since you can't see the pictures or videos, I'm not going to blog about it....yet. There's really no point, is there? I know you want to SEE what we're doing instead of just using your imaginations, right? Right, thank you.

But I will say that we're doing good, keeping busy. We're almost ready to plant grass in our backyard - Cameron's been working on that FOREVER and it's looking fabulous (before and after pics to come - darn camera!). I'm enjoying my 2 week break from school, though I need to get planning next week so that I'm not so stressed once school starts up again. The kids have been enjoying their break, too, though we've been making them work at home - it's good for them, builds character.

And I will share my favorite moment from this week (not counting all the ooohs, aaahs, thank you thank yous, and general Christmas excitement that just can't be heat). We were eating lunch the other day - it was corn dogs (see, I was thinking and actually bought lunch foods - most of us usually eat school lunch), which I know Juliana has had before. But she took her first bite and looked up at me with complete amazement and happiness on her face and said:

"There's a hot dog in it!!"

Aah, the joys of a 2 yr old.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

PS: If you thought jet skiing was fun....

Google maps again - get directions from Laie, HI to Seattle, WA. Look at #7.

Oh, and if you're parking at Turtle Bay, don't forget to get a validation.

I promise a more life-filled (though maybe not as humorous) post soon:)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Need a little laugh?

Try this - a great end to my not so smooth Friday:

1.Go to Google maps.
2. Go to “Get Directions.”
3. Type Japan as the start location.
4. Type China as the end location.
5. Go to direction #43.
6. Laugh, and send it on.

Do it - now - trust me, you'll at least chuckle a little:)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Rerun

Well, life is certainly keeping me busy here on Maui. I feel like I don't have time for anything else beside school and family. We still have boxes that haven't been unpacked or found a home - good thing it NEVER rains here:)

But we did have some Halloween fun. Since I knew that I wasn't going to have time to make new costumes, and since no one here had seen them, we opted to rerun our Harry Potter costumes - and they were a hit (of course). Here's a run down of our Halloween activities:

1. Thursday Night was our ward Trunk-or-Treat. There was a good turn out, though it was really dark - not many lights in the parking lot - it's an old building - but it was fun enough. One of my students attends the ward and it's always fun to see her outside of school - it takes her a second to remember that she sees me at church stuff, too.

Here's the "trunk" of our van. The lighting effect of my cool battery operated candles isn't as spooky when the camera is flashing, but you get the picture. Nothing fancy - just whatever decorations I could find before we left.

2. Friday night was the school's Fall Festival - basically a Halloween Party. We stayed for the costume parade and contest (which 2 of the kids won in their grade level) and then headed out - it was hot and crowded in the small cafeteria. There were games and crafts, but I was ready to go home and Cameron didn't argue with me about it:)

Here's a picture I had one of the other kindie teachers take for us before we left.

Not quite as cool as last year, but close.

3. Sunday night - well, I wasn't really too excited about Halloween being on the Sabbath, so I decided to nix the traditional trick-or-treating (I was really mean and didn't even hand out candy), but instead we all watched cheesy Disney Halloween movies all afternoon and then went to bed. Terribly exciting, I know, but I just couldn't do Halloween on Sunday. And since we no longer live in a predominantly Mormon community there was no trick-or-treating on Saturday (like most of my Utah/Idaho friends had). We survived, and the kids didn't seem to care too much, they still got to gorge themselves with candy and stay up late since we didn't have school today (Monday - I did, but they didn't). However, I am looking forward to a non-Sunday Halloween next year where we can walk around the neighborhood. I better start figuring out what we will next year - we're running out of ideas that involve the right mix of 6 related characters. Suggestions???

And just because I haven't blog in like FOREVER, I thought I would give you all a little treat and include a few pictures of my classroom. Not the greatest pics, but there was an afternoon a couple of weeks ago where all the kids were playing so nicely during center time - basically free play time, but I assign the center they go to and then we rotate as time allows. Usually I'm dealing with someone or something, or reminding everyone to play nice or quiet down. But this day for some reason everyone was getting along and actually doing the activity they were supposed to. You know as opposed to building towers with the books, throwing the blocks, or chasing each other around with the play food. Seriously - you'd think I was in a room full of 5 year olds.....oh wait, I am. Well that certainly explains A LOT!!! Just kidding. I'm learning to love it all - even the annoying crazies brought on by the full moon. (Seriously, full moon=crazy's true, ask any teacher.) And you'll notice that I blacked out the kids' faces that were showing - their my kids, but not really mine, so I want to protect their privacy - I also blocked out any names that were on the walls and readable for the same reason, so excuse the dots and blurs.

This is the front of the room and our main learning area (on the rug). The blue tape are the kids' spots on the rug. They usually get mangled or torn off pretty quickly. These have been on for a few weeks, I'm impressed that so many are still there. This is also were we have our reading center with our class library. I would love to have pillows and beanbag chairs, but I'm not sure that the kids (or my classroom budget) can handle them right now. Maybe after Christmas break.

This is the favored side of the room. It has the play kitchen and the puzzle centers. As much as I LOVE that I have a kitchen, it takes up so much space in my tiny, tiny room. But we make it work as best we can.

This last picture is of the block center (that you can't really see) and the math center, which is just connecting cubes in different colors that the kids can make different patterns out of. I have pattern strips in the box with the cubes that they can copy, or they can make their own. I had originally planned to change this center out to different things, but the kids keep requesting this one, so if I don't have anything else specifically planned I get out the cubes.

I've added a few things to the room since I took the pics, but not too much. I should really take more pictures, I just don't remember to bring my camera to school. Though these were taken on my camera phone and they turned out pretty good.

Well, this has taken a lot longer to post than I thought it would, of course, but I wanted to get something up for Halloween. And I'll leave you with my top 3 reason I love being a teacher so far:

3. I get to work when the kids are in school (well, except for Juliana). We get up and get ready and go to school together at 7am and then they come to my room and supposedly do homework while I prep and then we all head home together at 3:30.

2. Scholastic book orders! It's like Christmas every month. We have an additional program that allows most of my class (17 out of 20) to order books from Scholastic for free each month. And Scholastic has great programs for teachers to earn free books for their classroom library. (Side note: If you're a teacher reading this and you don't do Scholastic book orders - yet - let me know and I'll give you referral info and we both get FREE points for books.) I just got our October order in today, so I'm a just a little excited about all the free books right now!

1. I have 20 more kids (you know, besides my own) - 20 kindergarten babies, that I love to death, who whine and cry and tattle and complain, but at the end of even the worst day they give me a hug I get to send them home to mom and dad, hopefully a little bit smarter than I got them in the morning:)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Musings From Just Another Paradise

I'm SOOOOO sorry that I haven't been blogging in like forever, but I'm sure you can understand that life has been a little busy. Well, maybe you understand.... let me explain for those of you who aren't up to speed on the Peterson Household.

First of all - we no longer live on Oahu. That's right, we left paradise - and headed for another. We are now living on Maui. In a town called Kihei, down on the southeast side of the valley the runs through the middle of the island. How did that happen, are you asking? Well, I was offered a position teaching kindergarten at a school here and I took it! It was very fast and crazy - I got the job right before we left for our vacation to the mainland and then I had to report to work 6 days after we got back, with no place to live and cars on the wrong island. I told you it was super crazy. But we did it.... well, I did. It was too stressful getting us all over here in 6 days, so I went over by myself for the first week. Rented a car and stayed in a hotel room (well, at least at night) and work all day in my classroom to get it ready for my students. The one thing that didn't happen was finding a place to live. It just wasn't happening. So I went back to Oahu for the weekend, and came back Monday morning alone, again. Stayed in hotels, rented a car, and met my students. Luckily we just had orientation and individual testing, so I still had time to get my room organized, because even with all that time I had the week before it was still ...... unorganized. Found a few housing options, but hadn't made any decisions yet. The house I loved was a little more expensive than we wanted to spend, so we tried to negotiate, but it didn't pan out. Meanwhile I had another landlord calling me because he wanted us to live in his house - it was nice, a little small, with only dirt in the backyard, but he was willing to put in grass and it was totally fenced in - a big plus when you have 4 kids that are used to playing outside all day. However, it did have a studio apartment in the garage that was occupied by a single gal - less room for us and having to share the driveway, washer/dryer, water heater, etc. Anyway - that's where we ended up, price wise it was great for what we get and he threw in cable and use of his internet connection, so we couldn't turn it down. And it was in the boundaries of the school I'm teaching at, so the kids could just go there without having to do transfer paperwork (because they were to come to school with me no matter where we ended up living - benefit of being staff). So I was able to bring the big kids with me when I came back after the second weekend so they could start school - only a week late. And that week we also got the van shipped over from Oahu, so we were able to pick it up half way through the week, which was so nice. I missed my car. Then a week later Cameron and Juliana finally made the trek over and joined us. The container finally made it and now we're here - finally. However nothing is really unpacked yet. We just kind of find stuff we need as we go. The back yard is full of stacks of boxes and and bins. Luckily it NEVER rains here - we're on the leeward side here. I wouldn't mind a little rain now and then to keep the dust levels down, but since a lot of our possessions are outside at the moment I'm very grateful. And we did buy a shed to put up out there, but we haven't set it up yet. I mean seriously - when do we have time. Every weekend we say we're going to stuff, and every weekend flies by.

But overall I think we're starting to adjust. Its strangely different here than Oahu - I mean I knew it would be, but its more different than I thought it would be. But we're meeting people and making friends. We've attended the ward here (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) for a couple of weeks now and it seems like a great place to be. The kids are liking their teachers and still think it's fun to come to my room after school to do their homework (I'm thinking that will wear off eventually, but so far it's still cool). I get to see Isaac and Danielle at recess, and usually see Abi walking back or forth from her recess. Cameron and Juliana keep each other company and home and usually drive us to and from school so they can have the car during the day. However we did pick up our other car just today - it will be nice to have 2 cars again, just in case. Now Cameron and Juliana won't have to get up so early just to get us to school so that I can get things ready for my students.

Well, I guess that's it for now. Life is so crazy, like I said. But we're here, we've survived the summer and have even made it to the beach once. I know - sad isn't it.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Unexpected Choices

Well, as some of you, perhaps even most of you, know there are exciting happens going on in the Peterson household. Most of which at the moment involve packing and moving yet one more time, but not to where we expected. Not that it's a secret, but I don't really want to publish it on the world-wide web until it's official and all the papers are sign and what not, so it will still be a while. Until then, if you happen to talk to one of us you'll probably hear the news. So if you are SO anxious that you can't wait a few more weeks to find out what's going on you'll have to either call or email. Otherwise I promise an update with details as soon as I can.

PS - for those of you who don't want to look it up ;) our email is

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Tides are Finally Turning and Life Decisions

I'm very optimistic that the ukus are now under control. I know it hasn't been 2 weeks, but it has been over one and I haven't seen a live one in a few days now. I'm not ready to declare victory yet, but I'm close!

Other than that, there's not really a whole lot going on here - physically anyway. Mentally and emotionally our panties seem to be all in a knot as we're trying to decide what the future holds for our family. Now that I'm done with school we don't really have a hold on our life here in Hawaii, rent off-campus is way too expensive to just be "hangin' out" until we figure things out. Seriously, every time we make a decision, something happens that makes us rethink the choice we made. The mental seesaw of chaos is getting heavier and heavier by the day. But we have faith that the Lord has a plan for us, we just need to be patient in our waiting to find out what it is. In the meantime, I'm applying for teaching positions - mostly in Utah, but I have applied here in Hawaii as well. There look to be a few jobs available on the east coast, but as that's unfamiliar territory (well, at least in our married/kids lifetime) I haven't actually put in an application anywhere out there yet. I'm also waiting for my actual teaching license to be issued, that will be immensely helpful in the application process:)

So, nothing too exciting, just wanted to update you all on the buggy battle, as I know you're all waiting breathlessly to make sure that our heads are clean before we all may or may not visit you over the summer - I would be too:) I did take the perfect summer nap picture of Juliana the other day, but its still on the camera and I'm too lazy to go find the camera and the card sorry!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

I think the ukus are winning

Seriously, I'm so close to waving the white flag and just letting them have our heads.

For those of you that are not local, an uku (pronounced oo-koo) is a louse, as in head lice. We've been battling them pretty steady for the last couple of weeks and I'm beginning to feel defeated. See the heat and humidity here in Hawaii are just the perfect climate for these little parasites. And quite frankly I wonder how we made it for 3 years without a single infestation - but this one makes up for it all, believe me.

It all started back in May - I went to the Big Island with my fourth grade class for 4 days. I came back and the next morning was kindergarten "graduation". As I was getting everyone ready for school I say down to do Abi's hair and before I even put the brush in it I knew - she had ukus. A LOT of ukus. The infestation was all the way up to the crown of her head. Live lice as well as so many nits I don't even think I can put a number on it. After a quick check of everyone else's hair I promptly put Abi's hair in a tight pony and put a hat on her head and called her in sick. But she did come to Danielle's "graduation" with us. Then I had to head off to school myself, but Cameron washed Abi's hair with the lice shampoo I happened to have on hand - seriously, it was bound to happen and I found some on clearance on shopping trip that didn't expire for a long time, so I picked it up.

So I got home Friday and picked.....and picked....and picked some more. Oh and on Saturday, too. Oh, and Sunday. On Sunday I picked until about 10:30 at night and called her uku and nit free and sent her off to school on Monday.

So that was the end of it, right? Right??? We did wash everything and I check her hair every day. I did pull out a few more nits here and there, but they were pretty far up the hair shaft, making them old and I wasn't seeing any new live lice.

Until my birthday. Which started out great - I slept in. We were finally all moved over to our new place as of Saturday night. I had nothing on the docket for the day and I was planning on just being good and lazy. That was until I was lazily laying with my 2 yr old as she was waking up from her nap and I was running my fingers through her soft and gorgeous baby hair (which is finally getting thicker, if not longer) and here they were - NITS. A lot of them. I didn't find any ukus on her head though. But there they were on Abi's head, and Danielle's, and Isaac's. I was not a happy camper. And as my father so witty-ingly said "it made for as lousy birthday". Get it "louse"-y. Funny right - I totally didn't get it the first time. Maybe it was my grumpy mood at the moment that made me miss it, because it was funny. Anyway, the rest of the day was spent picking and shampooing and washing and drying. Loads of funs - literally loads (you know, of laundry).

And every since then it's been a constant battle. Everyday I find just one or two little suckers hanging out on someones head. We've used every kind of shampoo we can find. And last night I finally got some coconut oil - hello! Hawaii, it's not hard to find, and it's what everyone uses, but somehow I got stuck on the shampoos. And then just today a friend reminded me that she used Listerine on her daughter a couple of months ago and it worked great.

So that what we're doing this week - Listerine treatments everyday and coconut oil on every night. For two weeks - I'm serious. I'm going to squash these little buggers if it's the last thing I do!!!

Actually, I think Juliana and Isaac are clean. So 2 down, 2 to go. Oh and I'm treating myself just to make sure. Cameron's avoided everything so far. But coconut oil is going in everyone each night, I'm not messing around. And tomorrow I'm seeking out some tea tree oil - I head it repels ukus. Anyone around here know where I can get some? I figure I'll at least have to drive into Kaneohe or Kailua, but I'm willing to drive all over if I have to.

Wish me luck!

**I thought about starting this post with a nice big picture picture of an uku, but I decided I'd spare you the grossness - and also the pity you might feel for me having to pick them off of my kid's heads.

Thursday, June 3, 2010


I did it, I'm done, and I just wanted everyone to know!

Today at 2:30 pm (Hawaii Standard Time) I handed in my final papers and forms to my advisor and walked out with a paper stating that I passed and will be recommended for licensing! Yippee!

It's only taken me 15 years, but I've finally officially graduated from college!

PS - the May Day post is all done, but I can't get the videos to upload. I'll try loading them on youTube next week and post it all then.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

May Day 2010

OK, while I’ve had the commentary all finished up for May Day for this year I hit some major snags when I was trying to upload the videos. And since I actually made sure to take some good video this year I wasn't about to post this without it. So I finally broke down and uploaded the videos to youTube instead of blogger and embedded them here for your viewing pleasure. {Those of you who get this by email will need to click here to see the post online to watch the videos.}

So without further ado, I give you May Day 2010. For those of you long-time readers, you'll notice that this year's commentary is a little longer than usual since not only were the kids in their May Day at Laie Elementary, but my "kids", well students, and I were in our May Day at Hau'ula Elementary.

For those of you who may not have read here about May Day before it's a big production here. This is our fourth year running, so if you want to check out past year’s posts:

{Sorry, wasn't blogging back then... so you can't link to May Day 2007}

Here's the link to May Day 2008.

Here's the link to May Day 2009.

Here's the run down this year. Laie's May Day was first. Like usual the performance was at the Polynesian Cultural Center ampitheater. And for some reason my pictures keep loading in backwards order, no matter the order I upload them in, so Abi's up first even though she danced last out of the three.

Abi and the third graders danced to a song from Disney’s Hercules, among some other Greek music. She looked great in her toga and gold leaf laurel crown.

Isaac and the first grade were paying tribute to New Zealand. Isaac's favorite part was the boy's haka - I think even I have it memorized for how many times he practiced it at home (Juliana has it memorized, motions, too)! His face painting was really cool, too, but unfortunately it was washed off by the time the performance was over and we were taking pictures

Danielle and the kindergartners danced to a medley of British import songs - all decked out in their hippie costumes. And Danielle had a special dancing part that we didn't even know about, so that was fun.

Hau’ula’s May Day was a week later, thankfully. It’s certainly different working May Day from the teacher side, a LOT of work, but really fun none the less. The most unexpected part for me was the kids getting tired of practicing. They would be so excited all morning, knowing we were going to practice later – to the point that it was distracting to them. But the second we got out to practice they would all grumble and moan and not want to dance! But it did finally come together. There were a few things that we would have liked to add to it, but we just ran out of time. It didn’t help that we left on our Big Island trip the following Monday, so we were preparing for that at the same time, too. Anyway – I got to participate in May Day in 2 ways. First of course was with my students. The 4 graders decided they wanted to do something with Michael Jackson, so my cooperating teacher and I set to work to come up with a medley of songs and dances for them. I think it turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself. And just to toot my own horn – I did all the choreography thank you very much. Well, and a big THANK YOU to youTube and all those faithful loader-uppers, because it would not have been nearly as cool if I had to do it all from scratch.

The second way I got to participate – at Hau’ula the staff and faculty do a number of their very own! Hello – so much fun! We did an African number which I think turned out great, though attendance to practices was a little sporadic as teachers really don’t have much free time, ya know.

All in all we had some great May Day festivities. And that was just the beginning of the May crazies. As I mentioned, my fourth grade class went to the Big Island the next week for 4 days, then the day after we got back Danielle “graduated” from Kindergarden. Then the following Tuesday was the last day of school, Wednesday was Abi’s 9 (!) birthday, and Thursday was my last day of student teaching. Not that things really calmed down after all that though – I was working nonstop on my portfolios so that I can actually be done with school and trying to pack up the house at the same time. I am ecstatic to say that now both are done!

**Whew! This better all work - it's late and I've been working on this FOREVER! Hope it works...I'm going to bed.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

I'm not dead....

at least not yet. But I'll let you know next week. No...really, things are going alrighty over here. I just have a LOT on my plate still, even with my student teaching being done (yah!) this last week, but I have portfolios to finish and reflections to write and applying to do. Oh and did I mention that we have no clue what are plans are after this summer? Well, we'll work it out. In the mean time, I've start a post about all the May Day festivities of this year, but I just haven't had time to get it done. Once all my school work is done and we have moved (all this week) I should have a lot more free time on my hands to update the world wide web on the happening in our lives.

Until then!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A little too ironic....

Irony: Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs; An occurrence, result, or circumstance notable for such incongruity.

April 10th, 2010 - A day highly anticipate by many students here on the BYU-Hawaii, including all of the current student teachers - of which I am one. Because while we aren't actually done with our student teaching until the first week of June our graduation ceremony would be on April 10th. And so the festivities ensued - graduation banquets (2 actually), the picking up of the cap and gown, the making of leis aplenty to hand out to friends, the shopping for and picking out of clothing to wear under the gown, and most importantly the decision of what shoes to wear. OK, so maybe for most it wasn't that big of a decision, but see I bought a new pair of shoes specifically for graduation.

Pretty aren't they. Not to fancy, but with a little formal sparkle. I even test drove them to church a couple of Sundays, just to make sure I wasn't going to break my neck while walking in them - 'cause I really don't wear heels much anymore. I mean, if I can direct choir in them I can do anything, right?

Now some of you may think you know where this story is headed. There were warnings given, e-mails sent and stories told of the dangers of wearing heels to graduation. No one wants to see you tripping over your own feet while making the congratulatory walk across the stage.

If only I made it that far.

My story is even more embarrassing - if that's possible. OK, maybe not embarrassing, but just.....dare I say it (the word is taboo at our house) STUPID!

Around 6:30am I woke up to find Danielle laying in bed with Cameron and I. I don't remember her climbing in, but it happens - someones usually waking up and getting in bed with us. Anyway, I briefly considered whether or not to take her down to her bed, and decided I might as well, then I could sleep in for another 15 min, comfortably, before I had to get in the shower. So like I do pretty much every night (with whomever has made it into our bed) I picked her up and proceeded to carry her downstairs to her bed. Only I thought I was all the way down the stairs, but I wasn't, so I slipped down the last step and fell. Danielle woke with a start, but was unhurt by the whole snafu, but I on the other hand had a lot of new aches and pains. The kind that make you just sit still and breath - hoping that no loudly shouted curses will escape your mouth in the presence of your children. As a few moments passed and the worst of the pains subsided, I finally looked down at my right foot where most of the stabbing pain was emanating from and gently wiggled and flexed all my toes. Everything seemed to be in working order, but I was sure I wasn't going to braving the heels after all. Not after a fall like that.

And then I stoop up.
And silently screamed out in pain.
And then I look down.....I wish I had had the presence of mind to take a picture of it, but I was worried about more important things like how was I going to get to the bathroom before my bladder exploded and then back upstairs to tell Cameron what happened. But close your eyes and picture this. Well, ok, don't close your eyes, because then you can keep reading - so just picture it. Left foot - big toe, just fine, first toe, isn't all crooked and weird looking - but its always that way, I just have weird ugly toes, middle toe ----- ok, wait, it's not supposed to be pointing off to the left, is it? I don't remember it being that way before. The gap between those 2 toes - the one that is usually not there because those toes love each other very much was a large 'V'. Kind of like my toes where trying to tell me to "live long and prosper" - though the 'V' was between the wrong toes, but you get the picture right?

There was no way I walking into the bathroom 3 feet away, much less walking across the graduation stage in a couple of hours. Instead I hobbled around the house enough to inform everyone of the situation and get myself dressed and the down to the car for a road trip into town to go to the emergency room. Not exactly the walk I had in mind for the day, but none the less, that's what it was.

The rest of the day was pretty uneventful. By the time my mom and I got home from the ER it was noon and I could see all my fellow graduates walking back home under a load of leis. Kind of a bittersweet moment, but honestly I'm not even done with school, so I'm not really all that upset. Now I'll just have to have a party when I really am done so I have get my few minutes to celebration in.

Not that I didn't get any recognition. On Monday I was greeted by my cooperating teacher at school, who made me a beautiful green (both of our favorite color) lei that I will be wearing every Sunday, along with a rose bouquet and a graduation gift. She spoiled me for sure. My friend Tricia also gave me a tuber rose lei to wear on Monday that smelled so wonderful - I had students coming up and sniffing me all day. And of course I had many, "We missed you"s and "Where were you"s over the next couple of days.

This picture does not do the lei justice - just FYI.

The good news is that I seem to be doing OK. My toe/foot is feeling better everyday. I'm no longer sporting a cool cast shoe and can actually fit my toes into a few pairs of shoes. Mostly I just have to be careful not to stand with my weight on my left foot and to sit down often - which surprisingly hasn't been too difficult, even at school.

Since I neglected to take a before shot, at least you have a during shot - here's by toe tonight, all snugged up to my second toe. And no, the second toe is not broken, too. It's always been that way.

OK, well, it's only taken me a week to get this posted, but better late than never, right?

PS: Good news - I know some of you have been up many nights over the last 2 years worrying about my lack of Strawberry-Kiwi crystal light availability in Hawaii. I know you have - you've been trying to come up with ways to keep me supplied (well, at least my mom was:) But you can now rest easy. I've finally found a store that stocks it. Thank you Target - it's about time!

pps: I really hate that blogger doesn't let you move the pictures around anymore - it sucks.

ppps: But I guess I'll forgive them because I can cut and paste before posting now.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Tsunami!!! or not...

Some (or most) of you may have received the following info via an email from Cameron, but I thought I would post it here, too. The whole day was pretty anti-climatic.....

"As many of you know there was an 8.8 earthquake off the coast of Chile. 50 years ago there was a 9.5 earthquake within about 100 miles of the same place and it caused a tsunami that killed 61 people in Hawaii and many more other places.

For whatever reason (and I'm sure there are several factors) this Tsunami has been pretty much a "bust". It has been very small and has done little or no damage to any of the Hawaiian Islands and no deaths (or even injuries from what I know so far).

There were much better warnings in place this time and we got prepared with lots of extra water, packed up backpacks in case we needed to evacuate and moved our car to higher ground.

Everyone here is safe and fine. Looks like it going to be another beautiful day here with temperatures around 80 degrees.

Lastly I got a new phone recently because I lost my old one and I ended up having to get a new phone number. Those of you who would like to know my new cell phone number please e-mail us and we'll send it to you.

Lisa "graduates" in April with her Elementary Education degree but doesn't actually finish her student teaching till the end of the kids school year which is in May. We will stay where we are until June 5th and then we probably will move to an off campus apartment until we can figure out if we will be actually able to start the North Shore Elementary Charter School that we wish to do.

o.k. I'm sure I've already written way more than most of you want to know so for now.....


The Hawaii Petersons"

So there you have it. (Thanks babe for having it all written out for me to copy over!) Hope that all of you are doing well, and that you fellow locals weren't too bored out of your gourd today - thank goodness for computer games and TV/movies or we all would have gone crazy. Luckily we didn't have to evacuate as we are in an upstairs apartment and the state deemed the evacuation today a "vertical" one, not "horizontal". However the kids were getting a little stir crazy since I wouldn't let them outside and they had to wear their socks and sneakers ALL day in case we had to leave the house - Trust me, that's not a fun task when they are used to running around in slippers (flip-flops for all you mainlanders) or bare feet all day.

Well, finally off to bed - today's fun began at 4 this morning!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

We're in the news!

So as most of you know I'm doing my student teaching this semester. I'm working in a 4th grade classroom in the local area and it's so much fun.... OK, a lot of work, but really a lot of fun, most of the time. I think 4th grade is my limit though - they are already starting to get that older "tween" attitude that I just don't handle that well.

ANYWAY - we just got back from a fieldtrip today. It was actually a sleepover that started last night. We stayed at the Bishop Museum in town, checking out some of their exhibits and then sleeping up in the "Treehouse" which is conveniently located over the top of an artifical volcano. It was a lot of fun - and very exhausting. But this morning we had some time to kill before the bus was to pick us up for the nest leg of our trip and the museum staff asked if our class would be willing to play in the new, not yet opened Circus exhibit for a live news shoot they had this morning. And so we did! Check it out:

I have just a small cameo, but the kids had a ton of fun and we didn't have to sit out in the rain while waiting for the bus!

The rest of the trip was fun, too. We hit the Mission House Musuem and learned about how Hawaiian came to be a langage that was written in the 1800s (before that it was only spoken). It was pretty cool, too. Though I am glad to be home. And I'm also glad it's a 4 day weekend - we have a furlough Friday and Monday's a holiday - I'm a little tired of my not-always-such-good-listeners for now, but I'll be ready for them again bright and early Tuesday morning.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Just wanted to welcome everyone to 2010 - may this coming year bring blessing and success in all the ways that truly matter to you and your families.

Our family had got to take a trip to the mainland to visit with all the grandparents and my Nana. We had SOOO much fun, and packed our short 10 day trip full of playing with cousins and just having a good time together as extended family. We are so blessed to be able to see most of our extended family at least once a year - not an easy, or cheap, feat for a family of 6. Thanks Grandma and Grandpa Lambarth for the wonderful trip.

It's always nice to visit the mainland - and to pick up a few choice items that are hard to locate or way to expensive to buy here - but it always surprises me how much I'm glad to be HOME when we come back to Hawaii. I love Hawaii, but there is something about coming home to the tropical air - the humidity (my skin was sucking up the moisture as soon as we were outside - it's DRY in Utah), the smell, the balmy temperature - I always miss it more than I thought I would. It's just nice to be reassured that Hawaii really is home. Maybe we won't live here forever, but I sure would miss it.

So I guess you could gather from all that we made it home safe and sound and just in time to watch everyone's fireworks on the drive home. I think the little shows here and there along the road home were better than any big show all at once. And amazingly all the children went straight from the car to bed without a peep and didn't wake up until 6am - which isn't too bad considering the time difference factors. Hopefully that means we can be back on "Hawaii" time by tomorrow morning.

Well, I have suitcases to unpack and groceries to buy ..... hmmm, hope Foodland is open today:)