Sunday, March 30, 2008

3 word Sunday

Yesterday we visited my husband's great aunt, Marie. She celebrated her 102nd birthday on Easter Sunday. She is quite an amazing woman who lived in her own home until a couple of years ago. She is quite thrilled to have a great, great niece from China and a great, great nephew from Russia.
Her secret to her longevity? She never got married! :o)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Naomi

Here's a sweet picture of miss Naomi in the driveway waiting for her big brother to get off the bus.

The snow is melting today - whoohoo!! Finally it's starting to feel like spring. And with spring comes change. I've got one week left before I go back to work. Sigh. I'm having trouble finding positive things to say about returning to work. It's not that I don't like my job, it's what I'm going to miss while I'm there.
It doesn't help that Naomi seems to hate the daycare. Every day I bring her in for about an hour. As soon as I pull into the driveway she starts to sob. She clings to me so hard that they have to pull her off of me. When I get back an hour later I can hear her from outside. On the drive home she falls asleep and even asleep she continues to whimper. It's just heartbreaking.

So it's been a rough week. I think it's time for some grape therapy. And maybe a little retail therapy too.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter & 3 Word Sunday

I am finally organized enough to participate in the 3 word Sunday! I have been wanting to do this since she started it, but it just never happened before.


For those of you who have lovely pictures of your kids hunting for eggs in the yard .... Here are a few pictures of us having a (quick) Sunday stroll around the neighbourhood. Hey Mother Nature, FYI ... spring started 3 days ago!! Enough with winter already!!

HAPPY EASTER EVERYBUNNY!

Monday, March 17, 2008

more Hawaii pictures

Yes, I'm alive.
I've been recuperating from jet lag and a nasty cold. Hawaii was absolutely fantastic. I was not impressed to come home to all this snow though! Our snow bank out front must be 18 feet high. It's ridiculous.
I made a lovely movie with all our Hawaii pictures and videos but it seems to bee too big to upload. (sigh) Anyways, here are a few of my favorite pictures.












Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Aloha from Waikiki Beach!!


Actually, I am now in the AC lounge at the Honolulu airport. :o)

This is the end of the most wonderful vacation. So great in fact that I didn't even go near the computer the entire time. But now I have 2 hours to kill and free WiFi here so I thought I'd get a quick post up.

Well it all started last Monday, we got to the airport bright and early and took off 15 minutes before it started ice raining. (phew!) We made it to Denver and managed to catch our flight to Hawaii with 1/2 an hour to spare. When we finally got here (12+ hours later) we had a limo to take us to the hotel. The hotel was fantastic - we stayed at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani and had fantastic service. Every day they have fresh pineapple and pineapple juice in the lobby and fresh flowers with toothpicks in the stem to put in your hair. Every night there was live Hawaiian music on a stage by the beach with hula dancers.

The beach was breathtaking with a view of Diamond Head volcano in the background. We actually hiked to the top of Diamond Head to see the huge crater. We went snorkeling at Hanuma bay which had the most spectacular coral reef right off the beach. We also visited Pearl Harbor, the Arizona Memorial and the battleship Missouri. Francis and Stephan visited the Bowfin submarine as well. We went to an authentic Luau where we ate a feast of pulled pork backed in an underground imu. The were fantastic dancers and we all got to learn a hula dance. Francis took some surf lessons and really did well. We visited Chinatown where they make all the fresh flower lei's. Lei making is a family business and is passed on from generation to generation. We had a lei made more miss Naomi and had her picture taken with the ladies making the leis.

The Hawaiian language has only 12 alphabet letters so to me all the words sound similar but he learned that Aloha can mean hello, goodbye and I love you. Of course anyone who has seen the Lilo and Stitch movie knows that Ohana means family and we learned that Mahalo means thank you.

A couple of locals told us that if we threw sand into the ocean that we will be sure to return so that was the last thing we did today before grabbing the airport shuttle.
Well that's it for now, I've got a long flight ahead with 2 cranky kiddo's - wish me luck!
Goodbye Hawaii - thanks for the memories.