What a lame lame lame blogger I have been for the last half of 2010. I am promising (myself) that I will do a better job at documenting our lives. Time slips by so quickly and these sweet littles of ours are growing up and changing so fast. Ruby no longer calls me "maw maw" but now it's "mummeeeee". Thankfully my sweet boy still calls me "mama" and I hope he never stops, though I realize his wife may have issues with that. My brothers STILL call my mom "mama" and so do I! We love our mama!! Anyways, in an effort to wrap up the end of the year here is a photo-heavy post of the second leg of hawaii - the big island. Oh gosh, I just love that place to pieces.
i spy with my little eye ... a sea turtle
we had lots of big braddah
are these kids not the cutest?
do you spot the celeb sitting behind kaneu? here's a hint - he was on felicity, heroes, and lost
the kids pool had a sandy bottom and beach entry - brill!
What in incredible trip!! My best friend from elementary and middle school, Michelle, moved to Hawaii in 9th grade. We kept in touch over the years but haven't seen each other in 22 years! It was crazy fun to see her and her family again. We hung out with them daily at our hotel and it was just a blast. All of the kids got along great and it was just like old times. The other crazy thing is that she and her boyfriend, Adam, from 9th grade have reunited and are getting married in May. Crazy, right? So, Adam lives in Chicago and she lives in Hawaii ... where do you think they'll end up? Unfortunately I think the answer is Chicago. He is a professor and has a great job. The good news is that they can spend the summers in Hawaii! Win-win I say.
Okay, so there is most likely my last post of the year. On Sunday we are flying to South Africa for Christmas. I cannot wait. It's so cold, gray, damp and downright miserable here. I've had it! My vitamin D stores need to be replenished. We have lots of fun things planned and promise to do a thorough and timely update upon my return. Happy Christmas!!
And if you made it through all of that I shall leave you with a little Ruby love. She and I had "lie in" today (aka jammy day). xo
Two years ago we grew from three to four. Words cannot explain what this little lady means to me. She is a burst of energy and brightens the dullest of days. Her giggle is infectious and she is the cuddliest and snuggliest child I know. She is sweet and loving and she was as perfect for us as we were for her. Oh how I love this girl. I cannot believe she is now three. She is spilling over with personality and is strong-willed to no end. She repeats herself no less than four times per demand or question. She is extremely grumpy and tearful in the am. These things can be and are very exhausting BUT she's just such a delight (most of the time!). Here's a little bit of what she's into and up to these days ...
so very excited for christmas!! she calls santa "ho ho" and believes all snowmen to be called "frosty". i hear her chanting throughout the day "ho ho is toming to my house"
loves ALL things pink
is officially obsessed with dressing up
loves to dress herself, loves to layer. often she will put on two skirts, 3 shirts and a dress on top. plus tights. and socks because her feet are always "told". when she presents herself she is SO proud of what she's put together
attends pre-school two days a week and LOVES it. the settling-in took a few weeks but she is really having a good time now
a few months ago ruby stopped wearing pull-ups to bed. she has no had an accident, yay for dry nights!
still sleeps with a "plug" (pacifier) though I have told her that the "plug fairy" will be coming to take her plug to a little baby - and in return will leave her a present. ruby has requested the present to be a "big chocolate coin. a big one"
her recent birthday was a loooooong time coming. seriously, she had talked about her birthday since June. and of course now she is already talking about her next birthday. the theme? a chocolate party of course! with chocolate butterfly cupcakes
first day of school - sept 2010
this is not an uncommon sight around our house
often heard (and in a british accent)
mom, what time it is?
maybe laytahhhhh (as in, ruby: mom can i have gum? me: no ruby: maybe laytahhhh?)
mummy! (this is new, as in last week. sigh)
what shall we do, mom?
me: look how pretty the sky is today
ruby: it's blue
me: yes! it is blue
ruby: i want it to be pink. can you make it pink, mom?
ruby (with long beaded necklace on): see my necklace?
me: yes. it is very pretty
ruby (putting another string of beads on): see? now i'm married!
Ruby's 3rd birthday celebrations lasted for close to three weeks. Her party, which was the week before her actual birthday, was a big success. She had so much fun, but boy was I wiped! Meme flew in for her birthday, which was a huge treat. On her birthday we took her to see Peppa*Pig and she totally freaked out (in a good way). She LOVES Peppa. And Peppa's little brother, George. We then took her to Hamley's where she serenaded and then shopped 'til she (we) dropped. Kaneu was at school during all of this excitement but she insisted on making him a snowmonster at the build*a*bear. Sweet, right? Finally, I took cupcakes into school last week. While I was there I read the story and thus this closed the chapter on her third birthday. Sigh. I cannot believe my baby girl is three.
her party theme was from her favorite book, a very hungry caterpillar
crawling like a caterpillar
and so it begins peppa pig while being serenaded she also got showered with bubbles shopping at hamley's
passing out cupcakes at school
Now if you made it to the end then you deserve a treat. Go eat some chocolate. Go on now. Run along :)