My little man turned 4 on Monday, so on Sunday afternoon we had a little family party. Den'ja requested a Power Ranger theme. Yep, you read that right, Power Ranger. I blame an old 18 minute long VHS circa 1994 that he discovered at my mom's house. Oh yeah, and the red ranger costume that resides in the dress up arsenal. Are these guys even around anymore?! When I asked the lady at the bakery if they made Power Ranger cakes she kind of laughed a little and said, "Not, anymore". Hmmm, so I of course turned to good old Etsy. I love that people are so giving of their talents. Isn't it a neat way to share something you are good at? I had party circles and invitations custom made and was very pleased with how they turned out. I found cute little water bottles at Michaels for a buck a piece and filled them with Den'ja's favorite candy: Sweedish fish, Gumballs, Tootsie rolls, and Dove chocolates. Yum!
He was completely spoiled with lots of fun presents. I chose to put this picture on here because of his little tongue sticking out. He is like this most of the day, concentrating so hard on whatever it is he is doing. Blowing out the candles. He was over the moon about this Oreo cake. Cake and Oreos together? True love! I will probably say this about every birthday he has for the rest of his life, but really I can't believe his is already 4 years old! He is so perfect! I admit I was a little bummed when I found out our first child was a boy. I was sure that a girl would make a better first child. Aren't they more naturally responsible and motherly? He however, changed my mind about little boys. He is the sweetest most caring person I know. I could tell you so many nice things he does for everyone. He is quiet, thoughtful, tender hearted, imaginative, loves to read books, and play games, be outside, build things, go for rides in the razor, is super organized and neat, loves yogurt smoothies, corn and peas, and Popsicles, is a great big brother, a good listener, and seriously hilarious. We love him so much!!
Oh, Hawaii. How I wish you weren't so far away. We made another trip to the Islands. This time to Oahu. Getting there wore us out a little, but it's always worth it! We had so much fun. We visited the Polynesian Cultural Center, played in the water and sand, snorkeled the reefs, played volleyball on a sandbar in the middle of the ocean, ate lots of yummy food, had relaxing evening walks along the beach, made new friends, and created countless memories! Thanks Mom and Dad. I'm always so grateful to have a family that enjoys spending so much time together.
My sister Kylee and Kohana sleeping at the airport Chilin at the PCC
My water baby Captain Bob's snorkel cruise; Highly reccomended! This sweet Japanese lady asked to take a picture of her son with Kohana. So my mom held them on her lap to comply. The Japanese people there were in LOVE with my baby. They all wanted to hold her, touch her, talk to her, ALL the time! It's a dang good thing I'm not a germaphobe!
16 lbs. 12 oz 26 inches long your pink painted toe nails those two bottom teeth poking through your big beautiful curious eyes that you will smile at anyone...unless they have a camera your contagious giggles that you can sit up on your own how much you hate your carseat watch out because you grab at EVERYTHING how you smile when I sing to you that big brother still holds your finger while you fall asleep in the car your chubby thighs the silly faces you make when you try new foods your sweet little grunts when you're trying to reach something far away how you close your eyes and sigh as you eat that you get so upset when I am out of your sight how you hold onto my hair how much you are loved
On Wednesday, July 14th we finally got to meet our sweet little girl. About 3 days before the scheduled C-Section I started to get extremely nervous. I wasn't sleeping well or thinking well for that matter. I think the only thing I was really good at was being worried. I was worried about how the spinal would feel, if the surgery would go okay, if the baby would be alright.......let's just say I was a mess! The night before Joe gave me a priesthood blessing to put me at ease and I was finally able to get a few hours of sleep. We woke up bright and early so that we could be at the hospital at 5:30 am. It was so calm and quiet up in labor and delivery and things got started right on time. After being hooked up to some fluids and getting my IV it was time to head into the operating room. The anesthesiologist was so great. After a little sting from the numbing shot he put in the good stuff. All of a sudden my right leg shot right out in front of me. It felt like every nerve in my leg had been electrocuted! It was crazy! I guess it happens all the time, but it was really the strangest thing I have ever felt! They layed me down on the table and in a matter of seconds I couldn't feel a thing! 20 minutes later, after a little tugging and some pressure, she was out! She was beautiful...and tiny!! Joe always jokes that the reason he married me is so that I could give him some good athletes. Let's face it, with Joe being 6 foot 3 and me at 6 feet tall we are bound to get some big kids. Den'ja was 9 lbs. 1 oz and my doctor was guessing our little girl would be pretty big too. Instead we got a little 6 lb. 14 oz sweetheart. She barely cried at all and I was a little worried, but they assured me she was just fine. There is really no explanation for the way it feels the very first time you see your baby. My heart was so full of happiness and gratitude. I got to hold her right then and was already in love!
This show debuted on television in 1966. It debuted via youtube in our house yesterday. It's a hit! Den'ja has himself a Batman cave complete with Batman, Robin, Joker, Mr. Freeze, The Penguin, and Two-Face. He likes playing with them so much that Joe thought he would enjoy the show too. I think it's funny that a show from 44 years ago can peak the interest of my 3 year old, but I'll take it! You'd be shocked at how much laundry I can get put away during an episode of Batman!
I live the good life! Seriously. I spend my days digging in the sandbox, playing dress-up, reading stories, watching Max & Ruby, kissing owies, tickling bellies, and contemplating emptying the dishwasher.