Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Two things

Two things I will never regret spending time and energy doing:
1. Writing down all the cute things my kids say everyday.
2. Taking all the pictures I want of my kids and saving them forever.

Two things that are awesome:
1. My in-laws are here and we are having a wonderful time.
2. I got to go into the Temple with Micah on Saturday and had the most wonderful time.

Two things I want to do this next week:
1. Get started on my family history work (long overdue)
2. Ignore the clean  piles of laundry in my bedroom.

Two dinners I cooked this week:
1. BBQ pork sandwiches with homemade rolls, and fresh pineapple.
2. Three bean vegetarian chili with brown rice and homemade bread.

Two things I loved doing this week:
1. Watching the Hula dancing at the Mooheau Bandstand
2. Swimming at Wailea Beach with my family.

Two things I hate right now:
1. Gossipy, negative energy.
2. My saggy butt.

Two books I've read lately and loved:
1. The Secret Life of Bees
2. MWF seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche

Two long-term goals I have:
1. Get more organized with teaching math to the boys.
2. Eat more green vegetables throughout the day

Two things I should be doing right now instead of blogging:
1. Running 3 miles while Jonah is asleep
2. Hanging the wet laundry

Two people I love more than anything:
1. God
2. Micah

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Mules on Molokai with Micah

"WOULDN'T YOU RATHER BE RIDING A MULE ON MOLOKAI?" 
is what the bumper sticker says that my husband brought back from his recent trip to Molokai. He and my dad took a couple days to explore this small, Hawaiian island island together over the weekend. Although my dad (Bill) has been there many times before, he had never been down to Kalaupapa, which is the old leprosy colony. Long ago, children and family members afflicted with leprosy were torn apart, as they were sent to live out their lives and die in Kalaupapa. It's a beautiful place, but also a sad place. It's history  has a strong presence here in Hawaii, and most everyone here knows of the stories and the people that lived and served at the leper colony.
The overlook of Kalaupapa below.

This small and  historical colony is located at the bottom of a very, steep cliff. The only way to get there is by boat, or by hiking down switch-backs. These days, you can also ride a mule.

So that's exactly what Micah and Bill did.

They rode the old Hawaiian Kalaupapa trail down the highest sea cliffs in the world, boasting 26 switchbacks, an 1800 foot elevation, and 2.9 miles from point to point. The final point being, the Kalaupapa National Historic Park, where they went on a bus tour of the old leper colony. Very impressive! No pictures of the colony, but I can magine some leper-inflicted patients enjoying this beautiful beach!

Tallest sea cliffs in the world

Overall, Micah and Bill had a really good time! I was pleased Micah came home with some pictures of the beautiful sights of Molokai. I have always wanted to visit there but haven't, yet. Even though I was back at home with 3 sick children, I am glad he got to have this experience! Yes, there were moments where I would've rather been riding a mule on Molokai, but it's all good.
My uber handsome father, Bill, at a gorgeous, valley overlook.





My uber handsome husband, Micah, with his green eyes that I love so much.

Long, sandy beach that makes me want to run down it!

This here below is the famous, phallic rock. Yes, it is very phallic. I am almost embarrassed to be putting it on my blog, except for the fact that it is sacred.  This rock represents the male fertility God, Nanahoa. Anciently, barren women would bring offerings to this rock, in hopes of conceiving a child. 


This is inside the tiny airplane that took Micah to Molokai from the Big island. He was surprised at how small it was, and got really motion sick on the way there. On the way back he discovered the magical medicine, dramamine, and all was okay again.






There are 8 islands making up the Hawaiian island chain. I have visited Maui and Kauai, and lived on Oahu and Big Island. Micah has visited Oahu and Molokai, and lived on the Big island. We have a lot more exploring and adventures to be had, here in Polynesia, that's for sure!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Dangers of People; a surfers analogy

When out surfing on a crowded day, the greatest risk to injury is not the sharp reef, the strong currents, the big waves, or even the sharks; the greatest risk to  injury comes from other people. You can be a very skilled surfer, taking all the right precautions to ensure a safe surf session, but there's always the risk of running into another surfer. There are  rules and etiquette to be followed out in the water, but if those  rules are not followed by everyone, the danger factor rises even higher.
I experienced this firsthand on a beautiful, sunny, and crowded day out at Ehukais in 1999. It was one of those days where the surf was pumping, and everyone and their mom was out in the water looking for a good ride. After about an hour of fun in the water, I dropped in on  a glassy, smooth, overhead, left-hand wave, only to find that halfway through, someone else was dropping in on top of me. This surfer was not following the very simple surfing etiquette of : "Don't drop in on someone elses wave." Because of his poor choice, I had the top of my foot sliced open by his fin, and the skin of  my left shin completely shaved off. It took over a month for me to recover from that injury. I had to miss work, hobble around in crutches, and be miserable that I was missing all the good surf. It was awful!

I woke up this morning thinking about this incident (yes, it's 4am and I am writing on my blog) because it relates so well to life in general. As we go about our lives learning, growing, and trying hard to follow all the etiquette and social rules of society; taking careful precaution to be kind, and loving, and honest with our fellow man, there's always the risk of running into other people;  People who get offended easily, who get rubbed the wrong way, who find reasons to complain about us, who simply don't like us, or who break all the social rules and etiquette by gossiping or belittling us behind our backs. And no matter how much we try to avoid these  types of situations, people are all around us:  Other people can be a huge risk to our emotional, spiritual, and even physical injury.
And  I'm not excusing myself from this spectrum, either. I've also been on the opposite side of the fence, where I was the surfer who ran over another surfer. Luckily I didn't inflict bodily harm on him, just a nasty, dinged up surfboard! I got chewed out pretty bad for that, and felt sick about it for days. I apologized to my victim profusely, for my bad wave judgement, and gave the poor guy money to fix his board.
So it's true for me, too: I am a risk factor to other people, just as others are a risk to me. As hard as I try to avoid these situations in life, they always come up. I try my hardest to follow the example of my Savior Jesus Christ; to love others, to forgive others, and to bless my enemies, but I often fall short. I constantly look to Him as my example, and try hard to treat others with love, compassion, and understanding. It's a lifelong process that will continue as long as other people are here on earth with me. :)

This past week I found out, once again, and without realizing it was happening, that I have deeply offended someone. (Someone who will probably never read this blog, so this isn't a public apology or defense by any means.) This someone is not only upset with me, but is angry and not open to talking about the issues at hand. I couldn't help but think this morning, "How could I have prevented this from happening? What precautions should I have taken to ensure my safety? How come I am trying my hardest to do the right thing, but still falling short?" And also, "Why me?"
I mean, I don't like conflict and try to avoid it as much as possible. I don't like to argue or debate, or be right all the time. I like to think of myself as being kind, and understanding, and compassionate, but sometimes  it's just not enough. As long as there are other people, there will always be a risk of injury.
Needless to say, I feel injured right now. I feel like I have done everything in my power to be the right person at the right time, in the right place, but still I find that someone doesn't like me. It's hard, and my feelings are hurt, but I refuse to let it get me down.
In fact, here's a few things that I've found have helped me in these types of situations:

  •  Be the first to apologize. It doesn't matter if you are right and they are wrong, or if they are right and you are wrong, or if it's a big, jumbled mess of emotional, confusing chaos! When I humbly apologize to my enemies, I feel peace, and I feel closure. Apologizing doesn't make us weak, it actually strengthens our character and spirit, and helps us feel stronger. After I sincerely apologized to this person, I felt my heart soften and my compassion grow for them. Even if they don't respond, or get angrier, apologizing is the best thing to do.
  • Don't harbor negative feelings or hold grudges. This is easier said that done, but it's something I strive for. When I let the negative feelings go, and try to focus on the good aspects of a person, I feel happier and more confident in my own life. When I try to look at other people as people, with hopes, and dreams, and strengths and weaknesses like me, I can understand them better and see them as God does. Harboring negative feelings only makes me feel worse, so it's important to let those go.
  • Get back out in the water. Just because one person inflicts injury on me, doesn't mean I can't go out and enjoy life. Sometimes when I find out someone hates me, I feel like the whole world hates me. This is so not true, and only does more damage in thinking this way. When I've been hurt or injured, I have to remind myself to get back out there and find joy again. There are plenty of  more waves to catch and friends to love, waiting for us. God helps me to love those who hurt me, and helps me find ways to heal my hurt heart and feel happy again.
  • Move forward. If the person isn't willing to resolve the issues or communicate, move on. Don't keep bringing it up, or trying to resolve it. Simply move forward and life will move right along with you. Some things never get resolved, but they are good learning experiences, and challenges that have made us stronger and better.
Yes, there is a great risk of being injured is by other people, but God has given us the solution:

"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."
Matthew 5:43-48

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Hilo Love

I said I would follow up on my venting post, with a post about all the things about Hilo that I love. Not just to be fair, but because there really are many things about Hilo that I love! I am happy right here, right now, and trying not to worry or stress about the future of things.
Sure, I would really like to own our own home, plant some trees, and get a puppy, (heck, maybe even have a couple more kids) but I know that's not going to happen where we are right now, so I'm just enjoying the happy, present moments.

Things I adore about Hilo:

  • It rains every day, which means I see rainbows everyday! Really big, full ones right outside our living room window. Pure joy!
  • It''s quiet and peaceful. The sun goes down at night and all is dark and still. (except for the loud, whistling, Coqui frogs, but I've gotten used to them)
  • People smile and greet you with "aloha" everywhere you go. It's not uncommon to follow that up with a hug and kiss on the cheek, if you know the person well.
  • I see familiar, friendly faces everywhere I go. I can't go to the store, beach, or library without running into a friendly acquaintance.
  • The cashiers at the grocery stores talk story with me as I'm checking out. I can't leave a grocery store without having a random conversation about kids, or food, or whatever funny things is going on in their lives. many folks are open books here, and I love it.
  • Since there is only one surf break, I've gotten to know it like a good friend. I feel at home there, and love the aloha I feel out in the water. People aren't competitive or mean-spirited like at some places. Here we  are surfing because we love it, and happy to share the waves with others.
  •  Exotic fruits and vegetables grow in abundance on this tropical island. I've tried so many new things here, that  I never had on Oahu! Everything from Dragon fruit to Abiu, Jack fruit to Mame Sapote, Breastmilk fruit  to Fiddle Fern shoots. The most delicious fruits and vegetables from around the globe, thrive and grow  here on the Big island! I'm in Heaven!
  • We have the best farmers markets! Any day of the week you can find a farmers market to buy locally grown produce. I live off of papayas and bananas!
  • I feel free here. Unrestricted. Liberated. Alive. I feel like my true self here. Free to be.....me.
  • Many people here live frugally, simply, naturally, making a conscious effort to keep life easy-going and  laid back. There isn't much focus on status or money. Many people are here because they wanted to get away from all that on the mainland (or even Oahu). 
  • Here most people recycle, take care of the earth, and give back wherever they can. There is a huge focus on conservation and protection of the natural world; keeping Hawaii beautiful and clean.
  • There is an active Volcano. It provides excitement and learning experiences for our family. 
  • My kids don't need a lot of stuff. They don't need extra clothes or shoes, or toys. They are happy running around barefoot, with shorts on, finding cool sticks and fruits to play with. 
  • It's October and it's hot out, and I spent the day swimming at the beach....with sea turtles.
  • Our elderly, Japanese neighbors are friendly. They smile and wave hello, and give us extra produce from their garden. (bonus)
  • There's always plenty of sea-glass to collect!
  • We get excited to visit Kona because it's such a big trip for us to get there; it's almost like visiting another island! It's hot and dry on that side, and coming back to Hilo always feels like drinking a tall, refreshing, glass of water.
  • Many natives speak the  Hawaiian language fluently here. I like hearing the beautiful, melodic sounds of the Hawaiian tongue, while out and about. It reminds me of the unique history and culture that surrounds us. We try to use some Hawaiian words in our home, to help integrate our children into our local society. When I hear one of my kids say,"Hey! Look at my piko!" or "I'm all pau with my food!" or "Mahalo mommy for lunch," I smile real big inside.
  • I love that life just flows here on this little, Big Island. Every day I wake up, happy to have my kids around me, happy to see what adventures will come our way. 
I love many things about Hilo! It took some time to adjust to the differences here,  (from my experience growing up on Oahu,) but overall, it is a lovely place. I honestly don't know if we'll be here forever. That is always the question, isn't it? Where is forever?

Maybe that puppy and those future kids will get too impatient for that question to be answered. Maybe home is wherever you are planted at the moment. Maybe home is wherever your family is. Right now my family is in Hilo with me, and they are the one thing I love most of all.

Dragon Fruit

You'll never guess what this is! Hint: It's NOT a zucchini or cucumber.



**Answer: It's an avocado! The weirdest variety I have ever seen! It doesn't even have a seed inside but tastes deliciously avocado! (They happen when the pollenization of the tree's flower doesn't happen quite right.)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thursday Surfday!

I just got back from one of the best surf sessions, ever! I feel so good I want to shout for joy, so I am.... only in words.... on my blog. Consider this a shout for joy,  virtual style- YAYA! 

There's some things in life that just make me feel GOOD, and surfing is one of them.
The first wave I caught was the best one; a long right that took me all the way across the break.
The waves I caught after that were subpar, but I didn't care. I was just so stoked to be out in the water surfing, that any wave that came my way was fun.
A great surfer quote I heard once said, "The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun."

So true, so true.
It doesn't matter how good you are, if you are having a blast. It took me a long time to get to the point when I was learning as a teen, (where I was having a blast and not flailing in the white-wash.) But, once I got past the frustration point, it became pure, adrenaline-pumping fun.

I was on such a high when I got out of the water today that I just laughed at all the ganja smokers smoke, wafting into my nostrils. You know, the guys sitting in their cars getting an extra-high after their surf session;  I just thought to myself, "Pity that surfing isn't enough for you." It's certainly more than enough for me."

Another quote that I love is, "Only a surfer knows the feeling." 
If I could find the bumper sticker, I'd put it on my car next to the shaka.


Hang Loose, my friends and Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Halloween antenna balls and stress balls


Our children have decided this year that Halloween is really too scary. I don't know if it was seeing the spooky decorations in the grocery stores, or if we checked out one too many creepy Halloween books from the library. Whichever it was, Halloween has officially become a touchy subject at our house. Zadok doesn't want to go trick or treating anymore because there (might be) scary costumes on the loose, and Odin doesn't want to go to Wal Mart anymore, until Halloween is over. (Although Halloween shouldn't really make a difference when it comes to Wal-mart; it's always a little spooky in there, 364 days a year.)
In an effort to keep things fun and silly,  we're making fun and silly Halloween decorations. 

For a Jack-o-lantern antenna ball for your car, all you need are these materials:
A styrofoam ball, a balloon, a permanent pen, 
green pipe-cleaner (not shown) and scissors.
To start, cut the neck off the balloon, and stretch it over the ball. Draw your face on, then stick a small piece of green pipe-cleaner in the top for a stem. Last, stick ball onto your car's antenna, stuffing the rest of the neck of the balloon into the hole at the bottom.
Our boys thought this was the coolest thing, ever. Since we don't own four cars, we stuck some of  them on shishkabob and popscicle sticks for playing with.

Next we made Halloween-themed stress balls.

 We filled balloons with flour, and drew silly faces on them. The boys have been playing with them for days.
Feeling stressed? SQUEEZE ME!

 See? Halloween can be fun! Now we just need to keep convincing the kids.




Saturday, October 13, 2012

LDS Girls Camp, Kapoho Style


 I wouldn't exactly call it a camping, it was more of a retreat, although the girls did sleep in tents! Our base camp was at a beach house in Kapoho, donated to our group by ward members. The beach house was located right in the heart of beautiful Puna, down by the lava fields, and warm ponds of Kapoho. Many of the girls had never been to Kapoho before, even after living on the Big island their whole lives. It was the perfect location for a Girls Camp getaway, and the perfect place to connect with God and nature, (beach house and all).


As this years Girls Camp Director I had the privilege of planning out all the details of our 4 day, 3 night week! I was lucky to be able to work with  4 other dedicated and hard-working Young Women Leaders, in facilitating an awesome experience for our group of girls. I couldn't have done this myself. No way! My co-Leaders each brought unique ideas and plans, valuable  to the whole camp experience. I am so thankful to have had these women by my side. Our main focus was to provide an enriching, inspiring, and spiritual environment for our girls, where they could feel the love of our Heavenly Father, while connecting with nature, and having fun. Girls Camp is an inspired, yearly event designed by the LDS church to uplift the lives of young, teenage  girls. I feel blessed to be a part of it, and feel that it has enriched my life in so many ways, too.






Every Young Women's camp needs a theme to plan camp around! After prayerfully searching for one, I was inspired to turn to this scripture in Ether 12:4, in the Book of Mormon:

"Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.
Ether 12:4

We needed a theme that would not only spiritually influence the girls in a positive way, but also something that would inspire us to move forward with planning Girls Camp. So, our theme became "Hope for a Better World."  In so many ways this scripture inspired me to plan girls camp around our physical and spiritual hope in nature and God. When we hope for better world, we act differently, do differently, and realize the profound effect of our actions. When we hope for a better world, we treat ourselves with respect, treat our world with love, and look to God for guidance in our lives. With this theme intact, we were able to move forward with planning an awesome Girls Camp!

I was pleasantly surprised at the end of the week, that everything we planned, worked out. I was so nervous at the beginning, imagining all the terrible  things that could possibly go wrong! But, it was all good! Everything from the hike, to the crafts, to the down-time activities, all worked out wonderfully. 
We made sure that each day the girls had an opportunity to 1. Get out in nature and exercise. 2. Learn a new skill or craft, and 3. Have down time time to journal, read scriptures, ponder and reflect.

1. GET OUT IN NATURE AND EXERCISE
The first day we hiked 3 miles up to the summit of Green Lake Crater, 
or Ka Wai a Pele. This was a beautiful hike, filled with edible fruits and large canopies of trees. 


We hiked one mile to the top of the crater, and one mile back down to the lake. It was a half mile from the Kapoho beach community to the front gates of Green Lake, so that's how we made our 3 miles. We stopped at the top to eat lunch and admire the stunning views of Kapoho.

Lava fields in the distance. 
Farming and agriculture, growing in abundance, in Kapoho.


Hiking down the road from the beach house.

The second day we spent hours swimming in the warm ponds at the beach house. The warm ponds are filled  from underground springs, heated by lava, far beneath the earth's surface. But not so far that they can't heat up your front yard swimming hole! Also, because the ponds are so close to the beach, they  rise and fall with the ocean tide, making the water brackish.


There's controversy over weather or not people should swim in these ponds. They are pristine and beautiful, but  the warm temperatures make perfect breeding grounds for bacteria and viruses. We told the girls to swim at their own risk.  (We all jumped in!)


 Our son stayed in for hours and jumped off the same rock wall over, and over, and over again.
The last day at camp we took the girls swimming at the  Pohoikis Harbor, which is  4 miles from our beach house. Since this is the East side of Big Island and sandy beaches are very limited, it was actually a boat harbor we swam at. But,  it is a popular place to swim and hang out, and the girls had a blast. 

Pohoiki Harbor 
Of course, we came back afterwards for another swim at the pond.
An evening swim with all the Girls, the Leaders, and the Leader's kids and families.

2. LEARN A NEW SKILL OR CRAFT

We had the girls cover their composition journals with scrap-booking paper and decorations. They all turned out so unique! They had time to write in them each day.

Instead of ordering pre-made Camp Shirts,  I taught the girls how to tie-dye plain white shirts. I used iron-on transfer paper to put our theme, scripture, name of our ward, and year, on the shirt. Then I came prepared with blue dye, rubber-bands, and bucket. I think they each turned out awesome and the girls loved doing it.



We talked about how "hoping for a better world" can also mean making things better for ourselves right now, here on earth. We hope to live with our Heavenly Father someday in pure heaven and paradise, but right here, right now we can make our world beautiful by recycling, creating less waste, using less of the Earth's  resources, and creating things out of old things, rather than buying new things all the time. The girls kind of stared at me blankly during this discussion. Someday it will stick, someday.....

My co-Leader facilitated the making of these lanterns, for the girls to use at testimony meeting on the last night at camp. Originally I had found this idea for frosted lanterns, but after I made one at home, I decided they weren't that cool to make. Instead, the girls enjoyed painting their own, using colorful paints and glitter. Each one turned out so beautiful! They burned candles in them on the last night, letting their lights glow bright, just like their glowing testimonies!


Another one of my co-Leaders taught the girls how to tie knots. Tying different types of knots is one of the requirements in the Girls Camp handbook. 

Lastly, I taught the girls how to macramae hemp bracelets, using funky-colored beads, representing the Young  Women Value colors.
Faith- White
Divine Nature- Blue
Individual Worth- Red
Knowledge- Green
Choice and Accountability- Orange
Good Works- Yellow
Integrity- Purple
Virtue- Gold
I hope they will always wear them and remember to live up to their values...and/or become hippies.

3. HAVE DOWN-TIME TO JOURNAL, READ SCRIPTURES, PONDER AND REFLECT.
Each day the girls had down-time while they took turns showering (12 girls, 5 leaders, 2 showers) to write in their journals and read scriptures. There was also a lot of time to sit peacefully, and meditate, or ponder deep thoughts, down by one of the ponds. 

There was also a lot of fun, silly time, hanging around the house! This was one of my favorite parts about girls camp--just being there with everyone, talking story and laughing at stuff.


Our Young Women's President was in charge of planning the menu for the week, and cooking most of the food. She is a lovely, local lady that cooks large amounts of delicious food for everyone in her family and the whole neighborhood. Everything she made was  onolicious and satisfying! We ate really good at Girls Camp!


I especially loved that I could bring my children with me to Girls Camp. Afterall, first and foremost I am a mother, and a breastfeeding mother at that! My family is my first calling. If I couldn't involve them, I couldn't be there. 

 Micah helped out in so many ways, too. I couldn't have done much without him there to support me.

Even Jonah helped out! Here he is holding string tight,  while someone weaves a bracelet.

And Odin, well, he found some dirt to play in and ran around like crazy picking fruit and flowers the whole time.

 I truly enjoy serving the next generation of Young Women, helping to be an example, and guiding them towards making good choices in their lives. I want them to be happy, and to love God, and to embrace their individuality. I see them struggling  and I want to shout, "Hang in there! These are the hardest, most awkward  years of your life, but it will all get better! Stay close to God, follow Him, keep His commandments, embrace the gospel, and it will all turn out beautifully!  Hope for a better world, and you will find it!" Easier said than done, I know for a fact, but coming to Girls Camp is a step in the right direction!

Overall, I LOVED girls camp! I learned a lot about organizing, being prepared, being flexible, and learning from my mistakes. It was a humbling calling, and one that I enjoyed
If I have this Girls Camp calling next year, it's going to be planned even better, with all this experience under my belt.
Maybe next year we'll even camp!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Shishi on a tree-tree Poll

Peeing is something we all have to do, so let's be honest and open about it, shall we?
I've been in some very dire situations in my life where I've had to choose between peeing my pants, or squatting behind a building, with no one around. I've chosen the latter, to save myself from being in an even worse situation: having soiled pants and being out in public wearing them!

However, for the most part I try my hardest to find a toilet to use, whenever I can. I think the last time I had to find an alternative was when we were driving from Hilo to Kona and I just couldn't wait any longer. The bushes on the roadside were tall, and my bladder was full, and that's where it ended. Nobody saw me, and all was good.
My point to all this?
I have 3 boys who have to pee all the time when we're out in public places (or go shishi, as we say in Hawaii), and it's gotten to the point where I let them pee on nature wherever we go. I mean, who doesn't have to shishi when you go out? We all have to go! Though it seems my boys have to go constantly, and at variable times! It gets exhausting for me to have to haul everyone back and forth to restrooms, when there is a nice tree standing right there. Or bush, or patch of grass, or ditch full of weeds.......
I'd say 80% of the time we are out, I let them shi-shi on nature, the other 20% we go find a bathroom. My rule of thumb seems to be,"If there is a bathroom close by, use it. If there isn't, use a tree."

I feel good about this, but often wonder if I am being disillusioned by the fact that they are boys and it is too easy. I mean, what do people with little girls do? What if I am tricking myself into thinking this is normal and good, when everyone around me is disgusted and repulsed by our families peeing habits? I admit there are times I get embarrassed, like when Jonah dropped his pants right in the middle of everyone at Girls Camp and peed on the grass. Or when Zadok went shishi right in front of a tree at the park, next to picnickers enjoying an afternoon meal. I apologized profusely, and reminded them to go farther away from everyone else when they need to go.
So what do you think?
Do you get weirded out when you see little boys peeing outside, or do you think it's totally normal?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Endless Green


It's the beginning of Fall and the trees are still green, the weather is warm, and the sun is scorching hot on our bodies.  We've been outside everyday this week. We just got finished with a week of girls camp: swimming, hiking, and exploring out in nature with our church's youth group. I have much to blog about, and much to be excited about.

I love the endless green!
I love the warmth on my skin and the sunshine on my face.
I love living in a world of endless Summer days.
It's not for everyone, I know.
But for me, I am in Heaven.