Tuesday, April 22, 2014

2014 week 14

Drew had to make a structure that used 5 simple machines.  Mike helped him strengthen it with plenty of tape, and hot glue.

After attacking my to-do list, I was pretty ready for our trip.  Mike's work trip this year was to Oahu.  Thank goodness for our moms who took the kids for us.

Mike and I like the beach, but we are not fans of spending all day sitting in the sun.  I luckily got a chair under an umbrella, so I ended up staying there for a few hours.

We stayed at the JW Marriott in Ko Olina.  We rented a car one day and drove to the North Shore.  Mike apparently forgot how high the waves come.

We stopped at several beaches to watch surfers and look for sea life.

When we came to Oahu last time, Mike and I saw pretty much everything we had wanted to, so this time we didn't have a list.  We were able to just explore and take it easy.  Mike found a hike, online, to Laie Falls.  We only saw two other groups hiking, and the signs were a little hard to decipher.

It was beautiful.

And muddy.  So muddy, in fact, that we didn't make it to the top.  After hiking for three miles, the mud became so deep that Mike couldn't go any further.  Even though we didn't get to see the falls, the hike itself was worth it.

So much for my pedicure.

We stopped in my favorite little town, Haleiwa for some shaved ice and some t-shirts.

I loved not being in Honolulu--less traffic and a little more relaxing.

Mike did a bit of snorkeling.

After getting home, I had promised Jessi she could give me a spa day.  I couldn't stay awake.

Monday, April 14, 2014

2014 week 13

Sunday night we made some cookies for the kid's church teachers.  The weather was amazing, so we took a walk around the neighborhood delivering them.  Back when we first got Tiger, we bought a cat leash.  We never could get her to go for a walk.  I had high hopes for Charlie, so I leashed him up for the walk.  He refused too.  I ended up carrying him.  Jess offered to go back for the baby carrier.  Bev about died of embarrassment over the ordeal.

Almost daily, we start the day listening to Happy.  You just can't have a bad morning while listening to that song.

I had a work appointment, Mike had taken Bev and Christian to her soccer game, and Drew and Jess were home.  Christian took this picture when they got home after the game.

End of term and Bev is on top of her grades.  While checking her grades, she called me in and said, "I just love seeing that line of As."  A girl after my own heart.

We gave Mike's parents tickets for Les Mis and dinner out.  I posted this picture on Facebook and said, "I will have been a successful mother if my children know this story and music."

Drew and Mike getting the bikes tuned up for Spring.

The girls decided to enjoy Women's Conference via the internet in the craft room.  The boys brought us dinner and we made crafts.  It was a perfect evening.

I had a pile of kid's artwork that I never got around to photograph and then toss.  I sorted them and then, as he is wont to do, Charlie sat on them.

Little Miss got her homework done and then asked Dad to print off the lyrics for Dark Horse.  One night and she had them memorized.

Sunday brunch.  The kids all continue to help Mike.  Today, they shook things up and made german pancakes in muffin tins.