Archive for September, 2006


Dejunking

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Right now we are working on going through our toys to get rid of some (hopefully). We do have some in the trash that have been broken, and a good will box that actually does have some items in it. Just not as many items as I first envisioned when we started this project. I am not holding on to more than I had planned on, I just thought that there was surely more to give away. I hope what we are getting rid of will be enough. Otherwise I will have to concentrate it down even further. I really would like it to be less all around. We will be tackling clothes next. My dream? “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” And I believe that will be more easily attained with less everything since I only have so much place.

Pink

Monday, September 25th, 2006

I love pink right now.  I know that it is honor of my sweet baby girl.  I just want to dress her in pink frilly lacy things covered in bows.  It helps that pink looks so wonderful on her.  I knew before she was born that I would be this way.  As I was searching and sorting through all of our baby clothes that we have stored away I knew that if it was a boy I would want to dress it in blue boyish things, and if it was a girl I would be drooling over all things pink and girly.  So here I am with a beautiful girl, and a yearning to go the store and pull all pink things off the shelves and into my cart.  I also want to get a rose colored sling.  Just to help give hints to the poor people who can only see her head over the top of my dark green sling and naturally assume that there is a boy hidden under the folds of that dark colored fabric.  I have a hard time rationalizing such a purchase, though.  I know that I will likely have more boys (I hope) and a black sling is higher on my priority right now.  Something a little more classic for church and those nicer events when I want to look *very* nice.  Of course the thought that it will be harder for stains to show up helps in the sell of that color, too.  LOL.  But though officially I don’t have a “favorite color” and all colors are equal in my sight, I must admit that pink is just a tad more equal than any other color right now.

My Babyfit Page

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

This is my babyfit page. I am working on losing my baby weight, and I will be journaling about it over there. I don’t know if I will ever feel that I am done having children (my mom, and many of her female relatives never did, even after having large families), but I want to stay in the best shape that I can so that I will be able to have as many as the Lord wants to send me. I’m praying that He still has many more in mind for me.

Right now I’m weighing in at 140 lbs and I want to get down to 115. That is what the Body Mass Index says is my “ideal weight” for my height. Since last year I got down to 118 before I stopped working out, and was able to maintain that for almost 1/2 a year before I became pregnant, I think that it is do-able. It wasn’t easy, though. I know that it will mean working out, eating moderately (which translates into “Wow, that lasagna was good tasting!  I don’t want to be done tasting it, and I know I can fit more into my tummy even though I am satisfied right now….but I will have to wait and have it for lunch again tomorrow instead.” Stuff like that), and saying “NO!” most of the time to all of the treats I like so much. I know that I can do it, though. I have done it before, which helps give me incentive to try again.

Are You a Slacker Mom?

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Are You a Slacker Mom?

Your quiz results make you a Zen Mom

How do you do it? Even when explosions are all around, you are able to take a deep cleansing breath and chant your mantra “this too shall pass.” You are a calming influence on your kids in a hectic world.

Take this free personality test by Clicking Here>> or going to www.areyouaslackermom.com 

This is kind of funny to me because that is one of my mantras when things are difficult.  Not that it is that uncommon, I am sure.  😛

Baby Face

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

Tamra has posted a pic of my sweet baby girl that she took.  Since I haven’t taken the time to figure out how to post pictures, you can jog on over there to take a peek if you would like.

Sir Ken Robinson

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

Kathryn shared this link on her blog. I really enjoyed it, and thought it worth posting here as well. It is a wonderful speech on education and creativity.

Animal Crackers

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

I have been on somewhat of an animal cracker kick lately.  I can’t seem to get enough!  And as I grab a handful to snack on I start to recite what I remember of this poem.  I have always enjoyed it so much, and I think I will memorize it.

Animal Crackers by Christopher Morley

Animals crackers, and cocoa to drink,

That is the finest of suppers, I think;

When I’m grown up and can have what I please

I think I shall always insist upon these.

What do you choose when you’re offered a treat?

When Mother says, “What would you like best to eat?”

Is it waffles and syrup, or cinnamon toast?

It’s cocoa and animals that I love the most!

The kitchen’s the cosiest place that I know:

The kettle is singing, the stove is aglow,

And there in the twilight, how jolly to see

The cocoa and animals waiting for me.

Daddy and Mother dine later in state,

With Mary to cook for them, Susan to wait;

But they don’t have nearly as much fun as I

Who eat in the kitchen with Nurse standing by;

And Daddy once said he would like to be me

Having cocoa and animals once more for tea!

Surprise!

Saturday, September 16th, 2006

Sione showed up with something extra special when he came home from work tonight.  He walked in the door with a smile on his face (a common occurance in our home) and a box in his hand (less common, but not unheard of).  He was saying hello to the children as I set Losahina down to work more on dinner.  I went over to say hello and he started to hand me the box.  As I started to take it I suddenly knew what it must be, and became nervous about opening it.  “I’m afraid to open that.  I think I know what is inside.”  I told him.  He laughed and opened it a little so I could see.  It was just what I suspected.  A cute tiny little guinea pig was scurrying around inside.  My children were very excited.  I am as well, but I do have a nervous trigger whenever I am around animals.  I think it comes from never really being around any in my life.  Julie quickly took him and started cuddling him as the other children crowded around to pet and caress.  Tevita was so excited, and wanted so desperately to touch him, and yet was afraid at the same time.  He finally started to pet the little guy and would immediately pull his hand away and hold it as he said “ouch!” as if he had gotten hurt.  Then he would pet him again.  It was so funny.  The guinea pig (who is still officially nameless at the moment) is 6 weeks old, and was so nervous to be away from the only home it has ever known and his family and the people there that he kept dropping little presents all over while Julie was holding him and my husband worked on setting up his cage.  It was finally done, and he immediately ran into the little “house” where he can have privacy.  We have the guinea pig for a 2 week trial and if the children don’t take care of it (not me or Sione) he goes back, if they do a good job taking care of him he will stay.  We’ll see how it goes.  I would really like him to stay.

Mothering Style Quiz

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Your type is: enfp  —The “Kids R Fun” Mother

“Whatever I enjoy—playing tag or singing in the car—I can do it with kids around. And it’s totally legitimate!”

  • Playful and energetic, the ENFP mother finds her children to be good company and enjoys being with them. In fact, she says being with children justifies her own “being a kid again.” And children say she’s fun to be with — spontaneous, hearty, and imaginative.
  • Naturally drawn to introducing her children to the joys of life, the ENFP is something of a free spirit. She is less concerned with rules, routines, and schedules, and more inclined to give her children plenty of free time to play, explore on their own or with her, and have fun together.
  • Tuned in to her children, the ENFP mother enthusiastically encourages each one’s individuality and unique potential through a great variety of experiences. She is also quick to identify with others’ feelings and thoughts, making her an empathetic supporter of her children, not to mention her mate and many, many friends.

What type are you?

Moms For Modesty

Monday, September 11th, 2006


I am putting a button on my sidebar because I do feel strongly about this issue. Why is it that people think it is “cute” to dress their little girls in trashy clothes and then think they will not have a problem stopping them when they are teenagers and hoping the guys will start thinking they are “cute” in a different way? This goes farther than just clothing, too. When you see a group of little girls dancing to suggestive lyrics using suggestive dance moves you really should see how wrong that is. Because it is completely messed up. Completely! It’s not cute! I promise! sigh Don’t you sometimes wish you could shake parents and give it to them straight? Without them thinking you are psychotic for accosting them in such a manner?