Monday, December 29, 2008

Oh Hawaii...

"Enzo likey a jumpy rock"

In 2 days we leave this fun place and I am sad. Enzo doesn't really speak English to me so it's pretty fun being here and watching him interact with all his cousins in English. He has a hilarious accent that sounds like Italian much more than Portuguese. He's been going around saying "Enzo likey a jelly a beans"

It's been fun seeing all the kiddies or as Minami would say "We are not Kitties we are kids"
They all crack me up and completely warm my heart. Tenney, the tech baby whiz, was watching a DVD when Ada hit her leg on his chair. I thought he was going to be mad at her for moving his chair but instead he got down from his seat and kissed her leg and went back to his movie.

I was amazed at how well the kids all play together and enjoy each other. We did have some crusty behavior when Enzo got diarrhea and then Tenney and then Amaya. Adam said "with all these cute babies around all you want to do is kiss them and then you end up getting diarrhea from them." So now all the adults are getting the runs...yuck!!!

Hawaii has been eventful with all the rain not to mention the various black outs we've had including Saturday where the entire island was in the dark over night. Hawaii has also been wonderful with lots of tender moments and good fun. Today was the first day I took pictures. You get kind of lazy when you have Adam, Sienna, and Enoch around to take pictures with their nice camera.

Enzo has been ecstatic being here playing with all his cousins, swimming at the Turtle Bay pools, jumping on the trampoline, and jumping off waimea rock. Check out how he opens his arms when he jumps I think he'll be begging to come back very soon.

Saturday, December 27, 2008


The wonderful world of too much! We gathered again at 4433 for the annual Christmas Eve event. There were 58 of us at Mimi's "from one to ninety-two" just like the song says.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Fun!

My friend Karen shared this e-card with me. So beautifully choreographed and I love the children's chorus. Enjoy!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

a river runs through it

i don't think you fully appreciate our disaster. this was not a little water from a broken pipe. remember the flood in 2008? it was a muddy river running through the house. every inch of floor space was wet. although truly, as it was happening, i was thinking, we'll pull out the carpets, sure, mop the floors and move back in until we get around to redoing the floors. right. everything even a little bit damp had to be forcibly removed--i.e. dry wall (the lower third, see mariko's post, "give me some cheese" (with my whine)). because, don't forget, hawaii is the mold and mildew capital of the universe. of course, not everything wet has been taken out--like behind the cupboards, etc. but we've done our level best and are now living in the coziest little disaster zone you've ever seen. the good news is, everyone has helped/is helping. what would i have done if so many people hadn't been here. of course we all had different ideas of what should be done and in what order. move all the furniture to the living room so we can get the bedrooms ready to be carpeted. oops, can't do that until the insurance guy comes in two weeks. also, the living room is starting to mildew. move furniture back so we can live here since we majorly wore out our welcome at becky's/demartini's. picture being invaded by sixteen. (if you are reading this, thank you so so much. we didn't even ask. kaity offered and we forget it wasn't hers to offer.) anyway, take multiple loads to the dump, books and albums to my classroom, etc. last week i'd leave crazy wish lists on the counter and when i'd get home from school everything on the list would be done. wow. talk about christmas elves. meanwhile, they've spent serious money to get here for this vacation. and we've had some fun. jake's brother brian got two rooms at turtle bay for five days. different people stayed but we all used the water slide and pool. also enoch found the sunset beach skate park. and now that school's out it will be even more fun. we might even celebrate christmas. heaven knows we have a lot to be thankful for. this nice house. this beautiful warm green place. each other and you.  

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Rain Rain Go Away

I know it's sideways...but once again, I'm blog retarded! If you look close you can see the reflection of the water in the hallway. This was just when the water was starting to rise

Look at the van behind me. I wasn't even in the deepest part of the street. Some of the cars were completely immersed in water.

I guess there's always a bright side to every disaster...I mean when else can you go kayaking right out your front door?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Harmon and Cousins

Looking at jewelry made and designed by Harmon

Children of Bernarr, Andy and Kimball

Saturday, December 13, 2008


If anyone could e-mail me Pammy and Colleen's new addresses that would be just as outstanding as this scuba santa...
Happy Holidays

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Chelsea and Baby...

Chelsea and Robby are too cute together! I wish that I got more pictures of them together, but Robby was keeping Monet preoccupied while we took these pictures of Chelsea. I think Chelsea has about seven weeks until she is due! I can't wait! - Liz

Monday, December 8, 2008

Jake is 40 Today!

Jake Lipman celebrated his 4oth today with a quiet family dinner party at home. Check it out.

Friday, December 5, 2008


Enzo and Julia are total besties. This is a horrible picture to illustrate their friendship but it does show the Christmas tree they decorated at her house tonight.

Julia is our next door neighbor. we share a wall with them which means that whenever Julia and Enzo are taking a bath at the same time they can actually talk to each other through the wall. Most times, though, Enzo just gets really excited and runs out of the bathroom naked and tries to go to her house.