Monday, December 29, 2008

Saturday, December 27, 2008

UNDO Rush of fools Then sings my soul Saturdays

I love this song on so many levels. What I always wonder though is what do people do when they don't know Him. Who do they turn to. Where do they go. Who do they tell. And who meets them at the door when they say "I've been here before" Who do they ask "turn me around, pick me up, Undo what I've become, Bring me back to the place of forgiveness and grace." And who can forgive them like this. I saw my Father watching for his own with forgiving eyes, after all I've done he just ran to me then he kissed my face he would not let go of me. After where I've been He just welcomed me. I didn't understand but he put his robe one me. It was so amazing that he still calls me son/daughter.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas dinner

Nothing sums up Christmas dinner better then this. Vanessa said "Oh we're using Christmas dishes?"

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Hawaiian 12 days of Christmas

In Hawaii we sing the twelve days of Christmas completely different then anywhere else. The kids start this every year and after a while I am tired of a Miner bird in one papaya tree.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

10 Honest things I love.....

I have been given an award called the Honest Award. My dear friend Rebecca at The Washington Walkers is the blogger who awarded me with this. I really enjoyed reading her's and I hope mine will be almost as fun. I have to write 10 honest things about myself and then pass it along to 5 bloggers. So here goes.

#1. I love being a wife and a mom. Same as Rebecca. I never had the urge to go to college, have a career, travel, or anything else. I just always wanted to be wife and mom. That's it. Plain and simple. I loved it yesterday and today and I am sure tomorrow.
#2. I love Christian contemporary music. I have to admit that I usually pick a church based not only on their teachings, but a little bit on their ability to play all the contemporary music.
#3. Reading. Anything and everything.
#4. I love TV. I know that's horrible. I watch most of it while the kids are in bed. It's kind of a vice. What can I say. Prison Break, Fringe, House, Ghost Whisperer...etc.
#5. I love Gevalia and French Vanilla creamer. I have to order my coffee. I can't help it. Okay it's another guilty pleasure.
#6. I love Hawaii, but who doesn't. I'm just lucky enough to live here right now.
#7. I love The Dallas Cowboys, I love The Dallas Cowboys, I love the Dallas Cowboys, Did I say I love the Dallas Cowboys.
#8. I love Addson Road. If you haven't heard this group yet, you don't know what your missing. Especially her songs like "what do I know of Holy."
#9. I love Target. I haven't been to one in 7 years, because we don't have one, but they are opening one in February, here, in Hawaii, 15 minutes walking distance from my house.
#10. I love chocolate. Especially Dove or Hershey's.
Now for the 5 people I pick...
I'm not sure I can choose 5 so if you want to play along go ahead and play. Please let me know cause this was a fun one.

video for daddy

Jr. on his birthday present

Monday, December 22, 2008

Blizzard

This is what it looks like in Washington. My daughter is the General Manager of Denny's up by Seattle and she has had servers sleeping there for a few nights since they cannot get home. Some hills on the highway and roads have been closed like the one in front of her restaurant. She has her daughter up with her friend farther north and hasn't been able to go get her for a few days for fear of not making it up that far. Some of the passes have been closed and one's like Steven's pass, although open, it is advisable not to travel through. More snow is expected up until Wednesday. So whoever asked for a white Christmas....well I guess you got it. Anyway please pray for the people who are stranded and the people who are loosing electric and water and whatever else. If you want to read more HERE is an article.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Cookies

Yesterday we decided to bake some cookies for Jr's birthday. Here is the items we needed. We made chocolate chip coconut cookies and gingerbread men.
Here I am mixing all the ingredients. The kids were excited to help with the cutting of the gingerbread men.
Jr. was most excited with the finished product. These were the chocolate chip coconut cookies. These were Jr's favorite. I'll have to say they were mine too.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Jr.

Happy Birthday Dominic. 11 years ago today Dominic was born in a hospital in Heidelberg Germany. It took two hours to drive to the hospital in snow. I went into labor at my husbands Christmas party on a little post in Babenhausen. I actually went into labor on the 19th but did not have him until the 20th by C-section. He was a healthy 9.5 oz. my biggest baby thanks to gestational diabetes. Today he is a healthy 11 year old who plays soccer and football and loves his new ripstick G which he is holding above. Jr. is a loving sweet boy who can sometimes be a little bugger, his sister in Washington calls him buggy. But most of all he is a good kid who loves his family and friends.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Pearl Harbor Kai winter songfest

Dominic Jr. underneath kid with green t-shirt.
This was the kids songfest. There are a bunch of pictures and clips for dad in Iraq. The kids did We Wish you A Merry Christmas while the sixth grade played the Ukulele. That was pretty neat. Darrian bought his teachers Christmas present home and said she didn't want it. When I told him I was going to call her he told me not too. It seems he wanted her gift. Oh well it was better then telling me the other day that I couldn't bring tacquitos to the Christmas party because Miss Ikeno says you can only bring cake. Oh and pizza. But that's it.

Pearl Harbor Kai songfest

Darrian (or deer caught in headlights)
Darrian
Damian
Damian
Damian (friend of deer caught in headlights)
Today was the kids winter songfest. It is always a huge success. I have posted a bunch of videos for dad to see in Iraq. The Kindergarten was awesome doing Pickles and Tannanbaum and the other kids did a great job. I always like their Christmas songfest because they never use traditional songs.

Pickles and Tannenbaum at PHK

Last but not least Darrian's class singing the infamous Pickles and Tannenbaum. Darrian is below the girl with the big red bow and to the left.

We wish you a Merry Christmas...Ukelele

Damian's class singing We Wish You A Merry Christmas.

Damian's class singing December in America

This is Damian at his songfest. Above him and below him are kids with blue leis on.

Dominic Jr.


Here is Jr. in his songfest at Pearl Harbor Kai. He is below a kid with a green shirt.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

tacos and camels

Taco Time
Like I told hubby, "don't you guys have
anything better to do then play with camels.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Thank You Cheryl

A few weeks ago Cheryl at Hope for each day had a give a way and I was lucky enough to win it. I received this beautiful tile in the mail today. I wish you could all see it in person. Thank you Cheryl. It made my day and I will display it for everyone to enjoy and when I look at it I will think of you my friend.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

What can I say...


5 Super Bowls
18 Division Titles
10 Conference Championships

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Me and Vanessa and a video clip for dad

Here is a picture of me and Vanessa when she was a little girl. She found this one while she was visiting my dad. Vanessa is 18 now and couldn't believe how small she once was.
Here is a little clip of Darrian and his friends at the park. I don't know what they were doing, but it looks like they have a plan.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Forgiveness

Some say they are forgiving people. Some say they are Christians who know how to forgive. Some say they choose forgiveness every day. Some people live forgiveness. The San Diego immigrant who lost many in his family is one of those people who put forgiveness into action. Please pray for Dong Yun Yoon whose wife, two young daughter's and mother-in-law were killed when a military jet crashed into his home. Dong Yun Yoon, in the midst of his grief, said "I don't have any hard feelings. I know he did everything he could. Please pray for him not to suffer in this accident. I know he is one of the treasured for our country." Yoon has shown us what forgiveness looks like when it's put into action. Next time you think you can't forgive something remember Dong Yun Yoon, and know through Jesus ALL things are possible.
Here is a link to the complete article:Immigrant doesn't blame pilot for deadly crash.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Pickles and Tannenbaum-can he be anymore enthusiastic


For the Christmas songfest at the kids school next week the kindergartener's are performing a song called "Pickles and Tannenbaum." I am assuming this will be one of the funny songs. Usually the 4th grade does the Mexican hat dance and that one is always really good. Anyway whoever heard of pickles and Tannenbaum.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Tag-I'm it

Cheryl at Hope for each day has tagged me so here goes



1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?

Both, no or about it.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?

Wraps.

3. Colored light on house/tree or white?

Whatever lights I can find from last year that still work. This year it's all white inside and out.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?

No.

5. When do you put your decorations up?

I start the day after Thanksgiving.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?

Mashed potato casserole.

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child?

almost getting killed on a toboggan (my mom's idea).

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?

I heard it from my friends.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?

Yes the one's from my parents

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?

I have ornaments I've saved and I buy some new one's. Many the kids make me.

11. Snow. Love it or dread it?
Could care less. I guess living in a warm climate makes you not miss the cold at all. No shoveling, ice, crazy drivers.

12. Can you ice skate?
Yes although the last time I was on skates 2 years ago I shattered my wrist. Requiring 9 hours in emergency and surgery. Of course Dominic was away at the time. Kind of like Murphy's law. Nothing goes wrong all year but when the hubby's away everything goes South.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
anything Barbie

14. What is the most important think about the holidays for you?
Jesus' birth.

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?

Pumpkin pie with lots of cool whip and milk, ice cold milk.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Not sure.

17. What tops your Christmas tree?

Star.
18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving?
GIVING.

19. What is your favorite Christmas song?
Feliz Navidad.

20. Candy Canes. Yum or Yuck?
Yum!

21. What do you want for Christmas?
Haven't really thought about it.

22. Do you attend an annual Christmas party.
Sometimes.

23. Do you dress up for Christmas Eve or wear PJ's?
PJ's.

24. Do you own a Santa hat?
Yes, it is actually a Pittsburgh Steelers hat, black and gold.

25. Who do you normally spend Christmas with?
My hubby and kids.

Now I get to tag 5 people.

1. Jen @ A good cup of coffee

2. Sandra @ A diary of a stay at home mom

3. Elizabeth @ Elizabeth embracing life

4. Darlene @ Everything to me aka Puff's pocket

5. Nadine @ Just being me

Here are the rules:

1. post the rules on your blog.

2. Fill out the Questions.

3. Tag 5-7 people at the end of your post.

4. Pass on the tag.

Have a great day all!

Cheryl

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Christmas fun fest

Darrian in the bounce house
stamping Christmas wrap
Decorating a Christmas card
Decorating a picture frame
Yesterday we went to the Christmas fun fest on post. It was a fun time. The kids do it every year. The older one's were running around with their friends so I only took the little one around. Later on the older one's went to the beach. (Only in Hawaii).

video for daddy

video for daddy

video for daddy

video for daddy

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Then Sings my Soul Saturdays



I absolutely love Addison Road and even more I absolutely love this song. I saw it posted on another blog but wanted to share it here for anyone who didn't get to see it.

For Daddy

Friday, December 05, 2008

Who do you want to be

I am reading a book, The Christmas Sweater, by Glenn Beck. Although Beck is not my religion (he's Mormon), I find the book is not religious, it pertains to all people. One of the things he wrote in this book struck me as something I really believe. One of the character's Russell says to Eddie "People probably ask you all the time what you want to be when you grow up, but that's the wrong question isn't it? The question people should really ask is who you want to be." Later on Russell goes on to explain to Eddie "The what doesn't matter. I mean who do you want to be, what kind of person." I thought it was so true of a lot of people in this world. They don't care abut what kind of people they are, they are more concerned with success (as the world describes it) or power, or fame. When they should be concerned with the things that really matter like being good, gentle and faithful. I am thinking that is why the shape our economy doesn't really bother me. Having stuff just isn't important to me. I don't really care about houses, and cars, and jewelry, etc. I just care about the things that really matter, God, my husband, family, and friends. Really what else could anyone want. I guess I just don't get it. That's probably why I am glad to be in this world, but not necessarily of it.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

On the first day of Christmas....not!


Did anyone hear the price it would cost to purchase all the items in the 12 days of Christmas in 2008? Apparently $86,609. So unless your true love is a millionaire you probably won't be getting a partridge in a pear tree. Who wants a partridge anyway.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008