Tuesday, January 27, 2009

when I thought it was torture...

Makaio came home from school with this...
*splashing to the floor in a big puddle goes my heart*

Monday, January 26, 2009

Torturing the Kids... a.k.a. Walking to the Bus Stop

When we head out for our morning walk to the bus stop it is still dark outside and I have to convince the children that it is in fact morning time- which takes quite a bit of persuasion.
We like to feed our sheep on the way- he likes to come and greet us. He was never very friendly before... then he lost his harem and now he is very affectionate- poor lonely guy. We take our dog, Hoku, along. She loves to come and she whines somthing awful when the kids leave on the bus. She puts on quite the show of distress and all the kids on the bus laugh.
There are some beautiful things to see along the way but it is too dark to really see through the camera. I love this giant rock that the roots of a Banyan tree are growing around and embracing.

Sometimes we grab a snack from the neighbors' fallem fruit on the side of the road.

They complain the whole time that it is too far and too long and too hard. But I think it will build endurance and good health for them- so I am making them do it... with me because I feel like I need the walk to strengthen my lungs and sweat out bad stuff.
One day they'll thank me when they get to be old men who can say
"I had to walk a mile to the bus stop every day when I was a kid"
(They will probably add "through the snow" like all the other old-timers do)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Conditional Love of Journey

"Momma, I love you... but not when you do bad things."
"Bad things? Like what? What bad things do I do?"
"When you do bad things to me."
"What are the bad things I do to you?"
"Like... when you throw me into the trash can."
"But I don't EVER throw you into trashcans."
"I know... and that's why I love you!"

Metalmouth Makaio

"Look at my metal teeth!"
Poor Makaio had to travel to Oahu on Tuesday. He had to leave Kona at 9:15am and take a taxi to the dentist's office. Where we again had to wait and wait and wait till the dentist told us that the cavity was too deep to repair and it would need to be removed. He extracted the tooth and put metal caps on the two top and bottom teeth that also showed beginning signs of decay and placed a "spacer" in the gap so that the new adult tooth could grow up straight.
Poor guy just 5 years old but he has been thoroughly inspired to brush very well these days- and give his brothers lots of encouragment to follow suit- so that is one good result.
We didn't home till 6pm at night.
That's ALOT of traveling for one hour long dental procedure.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Makaio's revelation

"Momma, MOmma?"
"yes, Makaio?"
"Are we here... NOW?"
After a pause of thought, "Yes, we are here now."

Friday, January 2, 2009

A really weird way to Climb a Tree...

Usually little boys, start up the trunk and into the branches to climb a tree. But no, not my boys...

New Year's Day

New Year's Eve

On New Year's eve we camped at Makalawena and discovered Journey's inner Pyro.