Friday, June 25, 2010

I am so proud!

(she got into my lipstick in this picture!)
My sweet Lauryn said her nighttime prayers all on her own last night. I was so proud and it was the cutest thing I've ever heard!

Lauryn: "Dear Heav'ly Fader, dank dee for home, church, "chew-boy," and baby Machew. The End."

She is SO cute, I could just eat her up!

And within the past week, she has become quite the dare devil at swimming. It makes me SO nervous! She stands on the side of the pool and says, "Do by self! 7, 8, 9 GO!" and she jumps in whether or not I am ready. She does really well, but I have to help her a lot still. I can't wait to see how much she has progressed at the end of the summer!
Jacob has grown in swimming this week as well. He has gone from holding onto the wall with fright, to doing the "froggie" (breaststroke) all on his own. I showed him how a couple of days ago and he picked it up really fast! The only thing is that he keeps his head under the whole time, instead of coming up for air after each stroke, but he doesn't care, he is SO excited that he can swim! He can also hold his arms out and kick really hard to get from one place to another. I'm so proud of him! I hope that by the time he turns 5, he can be on the swim team!
Spencer is another story. He is my difficult, hard-headed, stubborn, and insecure child. I really hope it's just the age and he'll grow out of it. With anything new that he tries, he wants to do it perfectly RIGHT NOW. He has no patience to just learn and grow slowly. At the YMCA pool, the lifeguards give the kids a swim test to see what level of swimming they are at, and then they receive a colored necklace according to what level they are on. Red is for beginner, Yellow is intermediate, and Green is advanced. Spencer has been really embarrassed to have a RED necklace. He compares himself to kids his age or older. When he sees that they've got green necklaces on, it makes him very jealous. I tried to explain to him that he needed to try harder to improve and then when he felt ready he could test again. Well the other day after swimming for a while, he said, "I feel confident. I'm going to test again." So he got the lifeguard and started the test. He was suppose to swim halfway across the pool without stopping. He tried really hard, but he hasn't learned that he can just lift his head to take a breath and then put his head back down and keep swimming. He just stands up in the pool when he needs to take a breath. The lifeguard gave him about 3 tries, but he couldn't do it. He was SO upset!!!!! He was crying and punching the lawn chairs. I hugged him and gave him a long pep talk about not giving up and to be patient, but I don't think it helped.

Today, I invited some friends to come swim with us to see if it would motivate Spencer, and think it did a little. When his friend took the test and got a GREEN necklace, he was pretty jealous. But after a while, he got over it and they had fun together. He kept telling me that he wanted to get a yellow necklace REALLY bad! So I told him that he would have to swim halfway across the pool for me first and THEN he could get tested again. He said, "OK." So, we'll see when that will be. I hope soon, so he can be happy and confident in himself.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Hawaii (Oahu)

We flew to Oahu on Wednesday and boy, was it different from Maui! Honolulu was a very busy city with lots of people everywhere and we immediately missed the quiet, laid back feel of Maui. We stayed at the Waikiki Courtyard Marriott with all the other co-workers right in the middle of downtown. After we got settled in and a good night's sleep, Dan went to work and I walked around doing some sight seeing of my own and these are a couple of things that I saw....
This was a beautiful place to shop!
The marketplace was built around this really cool banyan tree.
I thought it was pretty cool to watch this guy carve these tiki statues.
Waikiki beach
Polynesian Cultural Center dancers. They were SO FUN to watch!
Dan and I met up with an old companion from his mission and his family at this beautiful man-made lagoon.
Dan's old companion, Mark, and his cute family. We had a great time at the lagoon. We snorkeled a little and I saw a sea turtle!! (sorry no photos)
We watched the beautiful sunset,
and went out to dinner.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Hawaii (Maui)

Dan got invited by the "big-wigs" at Ecolab to go work in Hawaii and I got the opportunity to go with him! With the help from my Mom and Dad with the kids, we left on Saturday, June 5th, and got back June 16th. It was a long time to be away from my babies, but we had a wonderful and relaxing time! Hawaii is absolutely gorgeous! The beauty is breathtaking and the people are so warm and kind and excited to share their culture. Dan and I didn't get to have a luxurious honeymoon, so we considered this our 2nd honeymoon, even though he had to work part of the time.

The first place we went to was the island of Maui. The towns are so small, that if you blinked, you would miss it! There is a lot of sugar cane farmland and beautiful green mountains and blue beaches. Here are some photos of Maui........

Gorgeous scenic lookout.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of fires on the mountains because of the heat. We couldn't get up to a place called Lahaina for Dan to do some stores because they closed the road due to the smoke from the fire.
My sweet husband figured out how to purchase a flower lei online and have it delivered to me at the airport! This was the cute Hawaiian lady that put it on me. Dan got brownie points for that one!
The airplane ride was SOOO long!!!

Me at the Old Banyan Tree
The Old Banyan Tree was amazing! This HUGE thing is all ONE tree with drop-down roots everywhere. Very cool.
Me enjoying my first fresh island smoothie! YUM!!
Beautiful drive..
AHHH! Look at that!
Our first experience parasailing tandem!!! It was a blast!!
That teeny tiny speck under the parachute is us!! 600 ft. in the air!!
Woo hoo!
Enjoying the boat ride.
Eating at The Melting Pot.......SO YUMMY! (but way too pricey!)

Enjoying the beach
There were wild chickens everywhere!
Watched the sunset on the beach
Dan just being, Dan. I love this guy!

(Then we flew to Oahu. More posts to come!)