Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Ok, maybe most of you don't think of him that way, but I have called him that for so long, it just slips out. I have toned it down since Lillian started saying Sexy instead of Daddy?! It's his birthday and Lillian is so excited for him! I just wanted to give a shout out--Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Some winter pictures

Here are some pictures of us getting our Christmas tree, Sekona using his muscles to chop it, Lillian enjoying decorating the tree, dressing up for winter and seeing the snow. NOTE: The snow caused the third block of church to be cancelled!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

In the Spirit of Thanksgiving. . . .

In the Spirit of Thanksgiving, I have been thinking a lot of what I am thankful for. Especially if you get caught up in the times of the world (economy, war, politics, etc, etc). So here are some thoughts that I have been contemplating while working on my cardio. . .

10 Things I am Thankful for my Husband:

  1. I'm thankful for his dedication to his family
  2. I'm thankful for how committed he is when he has a plan
  3. I'm thankful for the love and attention he gives me and Lillian
  4. I'm thankful for his testimony
  5. I'm thankful for his concern for those around him
  6. I'm thankful for his patience
  7. I'm thankful for his laughter
  8. I'm thankful for his uncanny ablility to do anything
  9. I'm thankful for his willingness to help out around the house when needed
  10. I'm thankful for his dreams

10 Things I am Thankful for Lillian:

  1. I'm thankful for her ability to be happy at all times
  2. I'm thankful for her never-ending energy
  3. I'm thankful for her imagination
  4. I'm thankful for her love
  5. I'm thankful for her desire to learn
  6. I'm thankful for her ability to love sports (and learn on her own ie swimming)
  7. I'm thankful for hugs and kisses
  8. I'm thankful for her uncanny sense of humor
  9. I'm thankful for her dedication to those she loves (ie imaginary friends, cousins, etc)
  10. I'm thankful for her times of rest

10 Things I am thankful for in my life:

  1. I'm thankful for a great family to love and support me
  2. I'm thankful for my job
  3. I'm thankful for my testimony
  4. I'm thankful for a job that allows me to be home during the day and not too late at night, and that is not too consuming that I don't have energy or patience to deal with things of home
  5. I'm thankful for the gym with a kid's club
  6. I'm thankful for an apartment in which to live and call home
  7. I'm thankful for vehicles that work and can get us to where we need to be
  8. I'm thankful for my friends
  9. I'm thankful for my health (with diabetes and all)
  10. I'm thankful for my ability to be patient, competitive, and understanding

Here are some memories (that don't even have to deal with Thanksgiving):

  1. The Thanksgiving trip we took to Arizona with David and Sharon that included Disneyland. (Leon, Eric, Jenny and I had a lot of fun racing to the rides of our choice.)
  2. The summers of hiking with the family--hearing Peter and Jenny yelling "Whoa Nelly" all the way down the mountain side.
  3. Still in high school during Spring break went to Utah to visit Bret, Shelly and Jerry. Convinced Mom and Dad that I could ride home with someone else and stay with Cindy. Being lost on BYU campus and hoping and praying that the group (Bret, Shelly, Jerry, Cindy, Kevin, Brian, Annette, etc) was going to meet to study on the 4th floor of the library. Jerry telling me he was going to take me to dinner and then waiting until 7 pm for him to pick me up. We went to an all you can eat taco buffet and drinks. Jerry telling me he was going to get his money worth (he didn't eat all day, and his coupon was $5.95 for two after 7 pm, and he also jumped up and down to make sure there was plenty of room in his stomach).
  4. On Valentine's day in Utah, going out to my car to go to class and thinking someone broke into my car to put a single rose in it. To find out it was from Jerry and Peter!
  5. Scarring Frans at a young age at the movie "Jurassic Park". If he hadn't been so adamant that he couldn't get scared, and then asking cousins what was coming next, then I wouldn't have had to scare him!
  6. Being on the sidelines of the football team Peter's Senior Year and seeing everything up close and counting how many he injured on the other team.
  7. Bret, Jerry, Peter, and Frans meeting up with Mom and Dad to be present for my first child's blessing. They may never know how much that mattered to me and words can never express seeing them there and what it meant.
  8. The many times Jenny would come and meet up with me in Provo, and then later the many phone conversations late at night when it was needed. Can't live without our daily phone conversation?!
  9. Jenny's and I trip to Disneyland before she got married. It was quick, fast, tiring, and fun (at least I remember it that way----of course our ride didn't show up to take us to and from the airport, it was early flying, couldn't decide which rides to ride first, meeting Goofy, deep conversations, etc)
  10. The many, many, many times we get together as a family and no matter how long it has been, or who has been added to it, we can get together to laugh and always play cards. There has been many card playing in the years!

None of this is in any order, some other memories may come and I will think "How could I have forgotten that?" I will try not to change anything or add.

Thursday, November 20, 2008


To the love of my life! Eleven years ago I bumped into my sexy husband on the Byu-Hawaii campus and thought there was no way he would even take a look at me. He looks at me the same, if not more, and tells me I'm beautiful.

He is my strength when I am weak. He is my heart when I am low. He is my testimony when mine is failing. He is my partner when I am unsure. He is my eyes when I can't see. I love him very much and am thankful for him everyday!

I suprised him by going to the 24 hour fitness last night and decorating his locker with a banner, card, streamers, and protein bar. I then made sure I was up and ready to go to the gym this morning (not as early as he goes 5 am). He brought me (I know I am so cliche, but I am a June baby and they love roses.) red roses! Lillian ran bawling to her room. She couldn't understand why daddy brought mommy a gift and not Lillian. We tried to explain, and just not sure if she understands or not. We went to Olive Garden for lunch, where Lillian was on her best behavior. I then went to work.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Waiting Game!

I've been distracted and feel I need to explain a little. If Sekona reads this he will probably not be too happy with me. He doesn't like having it out there.

Everybody plays a certain type of waiting game. Kids for Christmas, getting their drivers licenses, sports, etc. Adults for good paying jobs, kids, house, etc. Sometimes we understand the waiting game and sometimes we have no idea what we are doing.

This last month has been pretty much a waiting game for me. I am trying hard to figure it out and find what I can learn from it. Early October Sekona and I found out we were pregnant. As always we pray, wait and see what happens. As it seems to be usual for me, we saw the signs of a miscarriage. Through plenty of begged Priesthood blessings and prayers accepted the answer that it wasn't to be. Still, we waited. . . . I stopped going to the gym, tried not to do anything strenous and waited. I did something I normally don't do. I declined the ultrasound and just decided to go with the blood work to see that it was finished. Again the waiting to see the test results. The nurse phoned back and to me sounded confused or at least what she was telling me was confusing. I had to take another blood test, the results were going up. So I did only the tests weren't going up like it was suppose to. The doctor suggested getting a shot to terminate anything that might be there. My first instincts were NO. So I talked the doctor into the waiting game. My tests went up, but my progestrone levels were nonexistent. The ultrasound was clean and great. I stumped my doctor. He was willing to play the waiting game again, and I had more blood tests only the results were not doing what they were suppose to do. I was told I had an ectopic pregnancy. I ended up having to have the shot. Again more waiting and more blood tests. The results dropped considerably but then went up slightly the next time. My two options were to take the shot again or have surgery. The doctor suggested the shot, take more blood work and then if that doesn't work the surgery. So we are waiting again. I find out next Wednesday what is going on. At least I hope I do. One of the priesthood blessings was for me to have my body healed so that I could keep the baby (and as always if it was the Lord's will). I guess I need to heal some.

So, I sometimes worry that we are letting life pass us by while we are waiting. I don't want that to happen. I love my life and how it is moving along, sometimes too fast for me to enjoy it. Still, I have many blessings and can't deny what has been given to me. I may never know why it is this way, but I look at my family and love everything about it. To those I normally respond to and check out, to the delayed emails I apologize. I guess I was worried it would affect how I responded.

Did I mention that I have had my car rear-ended one day (thankfully no damage) and then the next had someone back into it and put a dent where my gas tank is. It is finally all taken care of, but still a lot has been going on this month.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Pumpkin, Customes, Trick or treating..Oh My?!

Here is Lillian as Princess Aurora. She came to the office so that I could do her make up since Daddy said he didn't know anything about that?! Here is Keegan and Lillian at the Ward Trunk or Treat party. I hear she had a lot of fun. Lillian had fun carving her first pumpkin. Of course, mommy had to do the actual carving but she did design it and clean it out. This was the pumpkin she picked at the pumpkin patch.

Birthday Girl!

Can you believe 4 years ago this little miracle blessed our lives. Lillian is such a blessing. She is constantly happy, imaginative, and smart. We enjoy having her in our lives. She is into brothers, sisters, pretend friends, dolls, babies, swimming, cartoons (Max and Ruby, Curious George, Scooby Doo, Tinkerbell and so forth), movies, and playing with friends. She picked out her cake. She went to Olive Garden for lunch (Mom, Dad, and Eric) and then home for cake and ice cream before mom rushed to work.

Pumpkin Patch

Here is Lillian's first choice of pumpkin. The Bi Zi farms employees informed us the kids have to carry out their own pumpkin. When I told Lillian she has to carry it, her response "No mommy it's too heavy you carry it." She searched and found 2 other ones before she picked one. She had lots of fun at the pumpkin patch.

Lillian loved climbing on the haystack pyramid. You can see the backs of 4 of the Russell's (they are the ones in the floursent yellow shirts--Toby, Perry, Campbell, and Elizabeth). Lillian said it was a lot like playing at the Hokanson's.

There was a maze made out of bales that the kids enjoyed. Here is Bronx and Lillian at the maze. There was also a petting zoo where Lillian pet a donkey, feed some goats, saw chickens and bunnies. She loved it!

Seventeen Today, ok?!

A couple of weeks ago, Lillian walked into our room and told me she was going to be 17 today. Also, she was going on a date with her boyfriend. She left for a few minutes, came back in and then asks "Looks what my boyfriend bought me?!" She had a crown on her head. I told her it looked nice. Then she lifts up her shirt and pulls on her swimsuit, "My boyfriend bought me this too." "Oh, no no no! You take it back to your boyfriend and tell him you can't have it." She responds, "But he bought it for me, mommy." My response, "I don't care. A boyfriend will never buy you clothes, ever." She stomps out not too happy. If this is how she is at 4, then how will she be at 17?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Tongan BBQ!

Here is Sione and Fehi enjoying the BBQ Shoyu chicken, breadfruit, and potato salad. It was nice of Sione and Saane to invite us over the afternoon. Sione, Fehi, Sekona did some tennis stuff and Saane and I got to visit and relax (oh, and went to Camas to pick up a worker and drop him off at the Max).

Sekona, Sione and Fehi having a fun time! (Like Fehi's fake tattoo. I guess the new way of doing it is to put on an arm sling that looks real!)

Here is Saane and I! I'm not looking too good, but Saane looks great! It was a great afternoon and we look forward to doing it again sometime! I can't believe we have known them for close to 9 years! Their children have grown up a lot!

Sekona was taking too long to find the perfect shot! This is what happens when he takes too long!

Uncle Fehi!!

Here is Uncle Fehi and Lillian. Lillian has been loving having her uncle around. She is getting more and more relaxed around him and is sad to see him go on Tuesday. Hopefully, Fehi is surviving Lillian throwing herself at him, walking into his room at anytime, screaming, and just being right next to him at all times. It has been great to get to know him. I now can honestly say he is my brother! I believe Sekona has been loving having his brother here as well. There have been many late nights, lots of laughing, and no sleep. Fehi will be missed when he leaves.

Lillian's first photo taking?!

Here is Lillian taking her first photo. Sekona was a little hesitant of letting her. I think she did alright. Her second shot wasn't so good, maybe because we were laughing too much. If you know Sekona, then you know if the picture of him doesn't turn out right it is destroyed. Good job Lillian!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Is there a target on my back?!

Lillian loves taking her dolls and playing with them. Lately, she is telling me they are twins. (Her Cinderella and Minnie Mouse are one set and the other set is Molly and Emma.) Of course, Emma had to be thrown away when Lillian spilt finger nail polish all over her face. (This was done while I was at work and Sekona was on the phone. Daddy told her she had to throw it away I guess.) Anyways, Lillian is always talking about twins. I'm not even sure how she knows about them. If anything I would think she would be talking about triplets--her friends are a set of triplets.

Sunday, I had a sister in the ward come up to me and ask if I was the one who was pregnant?! "Who told you I was pregnant?" She said the young women mentioned my name as being pregnant (I think she works in Young Womens). "I don't know how they could have mentioned my name." She could have sworn it was me and went off to seek out who was the pregnant sister. Then on Monday, I had a bus driver over hear the end of my conversation about David's little one. She came up to me later and saids, "So I take it your pregnant." "What?!"

Also, we have Fehi visiting us until Tuesday. It has been nice to meet another member of Sekona's family. He is the youngest brother, 23, single, hoping to get into BYU-Hawaii, and seems a little shy but friendly. I think he has been having fun here with us. Hopefully, I'll be able to get a picture and post it one of these days. Lillian loves having uncle around.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Lillian Moment!

Here's a Lillian moment: Sekona and I were hugging. (I know too much information.) But here is one of our family traditions. Whenever Sekona and I start to hug, Lillian gets between us and joins in the hug (after we lift her into our arms). A family hug! But tonight I told Lillian this was just a "daddy and mommy" hug. Lillian's response: We're not a happy family. With just the two of you there is no happy family without a child. (Said in a sad voice.) So of course, she was lifted into the family hug!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

7 Things

7 Things I want to do before I die:
  1. See Lillian go to college
  2. See Lillian married in the temple
  3. Serve a couple's mission with Sekona
  4. learn Tongan and another language
  5. have twins
  6. meet my in-laws
  7. have a dream house

7 Things I Do Now:

  1. clean
  2. entertain Lillian
  3. work
  4. try to be consistent on going to the gym
  5. cook
  6. go to movies with Lillian and Sekona
  7. go to parks

7 Things I Cannot Do:

Give up my testimony

7 Things That Attract Me to My Husband:

  1. Smile
  2. eyes
  3. his love for the gospel (testimony)
  4. his love for his family
  5. his laugh
  6. he thinks I am beautiful
  7. his body

7 Things I Say Most Often:

  1. I love you
  2. sweety/honey
  3. No
  4. Not now
  5. In a minute
  6. don't yell/scream
  7. Let's go

7 Celebrities I Admire:

  1. Thomas S. Monson
  2. Doris Day
  3. Dana Andrews
  4. Matthew McConaughey
  5. Marcia Lynn McClure
  6. Cary Grant
  7. Michael Jordan

7 of My Favorite Foods:

  1. Potatoes
  2. Ribs
  3. Chipotle burrito
  4. peaches
  5. faikakai
  6. white chocolate raspberry truffle cheesecake
  7. lu pulu

7 of My Friends I tag. . . . Anyone who would like to

A couple of things. . . .

Lately I have been thinking it is cruel and unusual punishment for anyone to have an only child or to space them too far apart!! It is not only cruel to the child, but also to the parent. I love Lillian don't get me wrong, but lately she has tried my patience and is constantly wanting to be entertained. It gets a little frustrating when you are trying to get the apartment cleaned, go to the gym, get dinner ready, get ready for work, find time to be with Lillian, and try to have a conversation with Sekona as we are passing Lillian to each other. Lillian has had this habit lately of taking a bite of food and then just throwing it on the floor of the car. It doesn't matter if it is gum, candy, chips, cookie, fries, whatever she is eating while we are on the go it ends up on the floor (sometimes with her stepping on it to ground it into the floor). She is not allowed to eat in the car anymore. I know there are some out there who are like me and have a difficult time having another child (I don't blame them. These are my own thoughts.). I just didn't think I would have only one child and then if I am lucky to have another to have them so far apart.

I would like to vent about a Washington State program that was introduced to me over a year ago.... ESIP (Employer Sponsored Insurance Program) which was explained to me as a reimbursement of my medical premiums that I pay to my employer and has nothing to do with my standing on any state funded program (Food stamps, Medical Coupons, etc.). Well, I was told this year that if I would drop Sekona from my insurance then they would be able to reimburse me for him and Lillian (she is on Medical Coupons). Why would I drop Sekona?? What they would reimburse for him wouldn't cover any of his medical costs. So, this year they can only reimburse me Lillian's portion of my employer medical coverage ($84 of the $461.53 I will be paying a month). Then she has the gall to ask me if I was on COBRA!! After I explain that I am not on COBRA and only work 9 months out of the year she tells me to talk to my employer about getting on a 12 month plan, when I explain to her that that is my 12 month plan and that is why I fork out 2 months of medical premiums out of pocket she has the gall to tell me "That is expensive insurance" Well, it is the cheapest of all the plans offered to me. "We still can only reimburse Lillian since she is on Medical Coupons." Whatever, I am grateful for the $84, but what or who exactly is the Employer (mine Evergreen School District or The State). I think the program is screwed up!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Value of NO. . . . and More Kids?

Sunday I was getting Sunday lunch finished while answering Lillian's requests (which most of them happen to be NO) and trying to convince Sekona that we had enough potatoes. Lillian requested something again (it could have been to watch her movie, eat now, play with her, etc.) and again I responded "No." Sekona was giving me red potatoes to mix in with a different variety and I said, "NO." Lillian comes up behind me and says, "Mom, you know that daddy and I don't listen to your No's." What happened to the value of No?!

Today, while shopping at Wal-Mart Sekona asked me to move to the side to let a lady pass. I moved to the side, but she was hesitant on passing. Eventually, she asked me if I were planning on having more children. "We would like to" was my response. She responded by saying "You should have more children." This caught me off guard since most people say to stop having children. Again she hestitated and then asks if she could say why. I told her to go ahead and tell me. She again made sure it was alright for her to voice her thoughts, after reassuring her she came closer to me, looked over her shoulder and said, "If you don't mind my saying so, your husband is too hot to not let the genes be passed on. You should have as many children as you can."

Thursday, September 18, 2008

My friend, cousin, sister. . . Molly!

No matter where we go or who Lillian is talking to (friend, stranger, coworker). Lillian is always telling them about her friend, cousin, sister Molly! She loves and adores hanging out with her cousin Molly and telling anyone she can about her.

My Office!

Here is the Transportation door!

The corner of the filing cabinet is MY OFFICE! I get to share the computer with the secretary. The little in box is my only possession at work. Next to my inbox is the monthly work orders for the busses that I get to input. Oh, the filing cabinets is where I file the daily mileage logsheets of the busses (after inputing them in the computer).

Here are all but one row of the bus driver's box. Where they hang their key, route books, get messages and so forth.

And now you have an insight of my workplace.

Sharing of a Swing

Tuesday was a hot and sunny day. Like any other day Lillian begged Mom to take her to the park. "First, we need to pick up lunch for Dad and his worker's. I hear there is a park next to his work today!" Mom calmly replies to the hundredth request of the park. Anxiously Lillian awaits the arrival of the park, she slightly gets distracted at Dad's job site until Mom tells her it is time to go. "Where's the park, Mom?"

Mom arrives unknowingly to the park. It is a pretty park (with actual shade by the benches) and some good rides. Lillian is happy to be on the see saw, the 2 big slides and so forth. "Mom, play with me! Ride down the slide with me." Lillian begs. Just then a nice mother with a 3 year old daughter and a 7 month old son show up. Lillian is excited to see another girl to play with. They eventually make it to the swings, where Lillian shows off her swinging ability.

Another mother and child arrive. "Lillian, you have been on the swing for 5 minutes. Why don't you share and let the other little girl swing?" Mom absently asks Lillian. Lillian gets down with no thought and when the little girl, Anna, runs to the swing Lillian is stunned for a moment. Mom suggests playing on one of the other many toys.

Out of nowhere a huge screams belts from Lillian's mouth, "I don't want to. . . . No slide, no tire swing, no nothing." Of course, these responses to all of Mom's pleading to do something else while Anna was swinging. "She's been on the swing a long time." Lillian responds after Anna has been on it for less than a minute. "Lillian remember we are sharing. It is nice to share." Mom calmly reminds her. "I am sharing." She responds in a yell, with other sayings coming out of her mouth and now striking Mom. Mom looks around as now there are 3 mothers with children staring at my child as if something was going to rub off of her and on to her children.

"Lillian, you don't act this way at the park. You keep this up and we are going home." Mom kneels and looks Lillian right in the eye. Still, Lillian was determined to have her say and continue on the path she was on. Mom got up and started walking away towards the car. Now the pleadings were "I don't want to go home. You can't make me go home. Mom wait." Mom as calmly as she can responds to her daughter who has been possessed by some tantrum queen states "We are going home."

Mom thinking it was safe to have her in the car soon learned the errors of her thinking as Lillian kicked the passenger seat in front of her, swinging at anything near her and hitting the window all the while screaming at the top of her lungs, "My bum is hot!" When Mom isn't responding she goes further by screaming "My back is hot! My bum is hot! I need to get out of the seat." Mom calmly shouts above her screams, "When we get home."

Mom and Lillian head into the house with a screaming Lillian. It takes Mom 45 minutes to calm her down. What happen to the innocent girl that started out at the park? Who know what could possess a little girl with the sharing of a swing?

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Husband Tag!

1. Where did you first meet? Just outside the women's bathroom in the McKay building at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. (Just a side note--I was on vacation.)

2. How long did you date before you got married? 5 Months!

3. How long have you been married? In November 11 years!

4. What does he do that surprises you? Just when I am feeling my worst, that is when he gives me the best compliment. Also, his complete faith.

5. What is your favorite feature of his? His eyes. I also enjoy his smile.

6. What is your favorite quality of his? How he meets the challenges before him and conquers them, his ability to be a hard worker, and willing to help anyone.

7. Does he have a nickname for you? Since our neighbors in TVA knew Sekona was home by him saying "Hey Babe" as he approached the door. So, I guess that is it.

8. What is his favorite color? Black.

9. What is his favorite food? Depends--if he is around Polynesians it is definetly Poly food (Lu sipi, fish, etc.), if it is during his workout stages it is plain chicken, salad, broccoli, eggs, and if it is just normal day anything he can eat!

10. What is his favorite sport? TENNIS and weight lifting.

11. When and where was your first kiss? You will think it is so unoriginal---On our first date behind the Laie temple at the gazebo overlooking the city lights and ocean.

12. What is your favorite thing to do as a couple? Probably drive around and look at the different houses and imagining the type we would like to get. That or watch movies.

13. Do you have any children? One miracle baby. Of course, she isn't a baby anymore.

14. Does he have a hidden talent? He doesn't think he can dance, but I enjoy how he dances (even the way he won't show anyone).

15. How old is he? 36.

16. Who said "I love you" first? I'm not sure, but I am betting he did.

17. What is his favorite type of music? Polynesian (tongan, tongan reggae) and hip hop.

18. What do you admire most about him? His strong testimony in the gospel, the loving way he watches over and protects our family, his strong sense of morals.

19. Do you think he will read this? Not unless I tell him it is on here, and then he will probably beg me to change the picture.

20. I tag: Kristen, Vaitaire, Korbi, Ashley, Trish, Lauren

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Summer's Over!

Well, school has started which means that I am back to work. Nothing too new there. I still feel like a new employee in the office for the first few weeks, except the mechanics make me feel welcomed!! Sekona and I are struggling to figure out the work schedule (even though mine is set and consistent, Sekona's isn't), so I am sure Lillian feels tossed around. The bus driver's enjoy seeing her energy and are surprised at her age.

Work is the same and the transition has been pretty smooth. Of course, today I was told the secretary has a gall bladder situation (possibly surgery) and I am unsure what that means for me. The payroll specialist would like for me to train a little more (I had helped fill in for 6 months last year when a employee was out with heart surgery and hernia surgery.) just in case anything happens and also to keep up on the process. Especially since Jaleit prefers not to do the Kronos part of the desk and I don't mind it.

There will probably not be much added to the blog since not much will be going on except boring work.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Phantom of the Opera

I had this crazy idea to attend the Phantom of the Opera. Mom, Bret (since Brooke was in a state competition), Shelly, Christine, Abby, ShaRee, Clarissa, Jenny, Haylee, Heather, Bonnie, Chelsea, and I were able to all go. Mom, Jenny, Haylee, Jax arrived Friday night and we were able to head over to Jeff's and be able to have dinner with them and to visit. It was a nice visit. Christine, Abby, ShaRee and Clarissa arrived Friday evening. Bret, Shelly, Frans, Heather, Dana flew in that morning. We all met up at Ruby Tuesday to have lunch before heading to the Opera. Frans, Dana, Sekona and Lillian were at home. Lillian loved having Haylee and then later on Dana to play with! The play (pop opera, operetta, whatever it is to be called) was nice. Christine's character had a strong voice, I loved the Phantom's voice and I thought Raoul's voice was a little weak. I had brought Sekona's binocular's and was able to see the costume's up close and they were beautiful. It turned out to be a really fun weekend.

Frans, Heather, Dana were able to spend the night and Lillian was able to enjoy Dana some more. She really loved being around the cousins this weekend, and Granny! Overall, it was a great weekend and fun. I have a hard time believing that school (which means work) starts on Wednesday, but as in all things we, or I, must return to work.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Oh the wishes of children!

Lillian is in love with babies! Nothing too new, but since being around Jax and Dana her thoughts are more demanding. Here is a few examples: The first time she got to hold baby Jax, she turned to me and said "I want one. Can we have a baby?" I told her she needed to talk to daddy about it. Then just yesterday we were in the car and she said, "Let's go to the hospital." 'Go to the hospital?' "Yes" 'Why?' "So you can go and pick up a baby, mommy." I told her that isn't how it is done. We tried distracting her with what she would call the baby--she was stuck on Jax and Molly. When we told her those names are already taken she was upset. She really wants to have a baby in the house. She isn't the only one, but I guess I have learned more patience than her on this topic.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Twilight Series!

Many of my friends are talking about this Twilight Series stuff. I was unsure about all the hype for it, if I wanted to even get involved in reading a series. So after much delaying and contemplating I gave in and have read the series. I sometimes have a hard time enjoying something that other people rave about, because I am expecting to be blown away with all the praise. I wouldn't say I was obsessed with it, but I had a desire--no need to finish it. I read all 4 books--Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. I have enjoyed them. I am interested in going to see the movie when it comes out. I started the Series on Friday night (the night of Dakota's baptism) and finished this last Sunday. So, I am unsure if that is reading fast or if I took a long time.

O. Frans Yorgesen Family Reunion!

I've been distracted and am finally putting down my thoughts of the reunion. First of all, I thought it was awesome and such a great turn out!! We had only 4 families missing! I was kind of surprised by Sekona's lack of picture taking, but then again he was having fun with the water fight, water volleyball, volleyball and watching the kids enjoy the inflatable house and swimming. Lillian enjoyed the inflatable house, the swing set at Leon's house, swimming, and most definetly the bubble pool! We had lunch, games and talking, a superior slideshow (by Mike and Jenny, and even with technical difficulites it was a hit and a tear jerker), and dinner. It is amazing the ancestory--Frans and Verella have 4 children, 28 grandchildren and 83+ great grandchildren (I knew of at least one pregnancy). We have covered the South Pacific area, Europe area , United States area, South America area, soon Canada, South Africa, Asia, Trinidad area in the mission fields!! How amazing is that! It was a busy weekend with a nephew's baptism (Dakota), Family Reunion, a nephew's baby blessing (Jax). Here is basically my run down:

David and Sharon were on their mission in Russia! Annette was there with her kids and it was great to see her. Brian had other committments and therefore was unable to attend. Kevin's kids have all grown up! It was good to chat and see Cindy again, who is living in Rifle, Colorado. Leon was a very happy new father of a baby girl, Macey! Eric's kids are grown! McKenzie looks a lot like her father and the other 3 have grown so much. Becky is still in Rifle, Colorado but keeping her options open. David was there, but missing his pregnant wife very much. Dennis was unable to make it.

Lillie and Raymond looked great! It was great to see Kurt and Michelle (who don't look like they have aged since I have been away from college!). Their son, Taylor, accepted a mission call to Canada Toronto (south?)--the oldest great grandson! Clint looked great and you can tell that he has a deep love for his children and their wellbeing! Clark was not there. I was able to chat a little bit with Monica, but missed Grant (everytime I saw him he was on the other side of the group). Jill and Scott were doing great! She is expecting her first and I think she is excited. They have a plan--it must be nice to have a plan. I try at times, but my plans don't always seem to go as planned. JoAnn looked great as always. I hope she does well in her (would you call it a medley) Triatholon in Wales. She will be running the 5k, Travis, her husband, will swim, and Lillie (mom) will ride the bike. It seems like fun! It was great to see her twins as well.

Mom and Dad's family was doing great. I kind of felt bad because I was so busy making sure I made the rounds with my cousins, I didn't get a chance to talk to my sister-in-laws much. I hope they understand and had a great time as well. It was great to be able to spend so time with Bret and to know that we have some things in common. I didn't realize that we may have some similarities in our lives.

Ann and Bob were doing well. Todd and Dena's children seem to mix in so well that it was hard to tell which one belonged to which one. I saw Tony and was able to say 'hi', but didn't really get a chance to talk to him much. Mary was there and she looked like she was doing well. I probably bugged Taryn as he sat in the back of Sekona's pickup for the slideshow. Tiffani and Ruben were fun to talk with and I got to know Ruben better. Congrats on the house! Scott and Debbie looked great as always. Stephen and Korbi are doing well. I believe Korbi likes to take pictures, because she approached Stephen about running out of memory on the memory stick. Joel and Michelle are doing well and giving us Washingtonian's lip about our Washington potatoes aren't as good as his Idahoan's potatoes--like he couldn't tell the difference Washington's is always superior to Idaho's?! He had three pretty girls and a pretty new boy. Staci and Felix were a riot. Staci was glad to reconnect with David, Becky and Frans.

Friday, August 15, 2008

How Can I Be

I saw this on my friend's blog and love the song?! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do?! Thanks--Kristen

Thursday, August 7, 2008

What a Wonderful World?!

Last Friday Sekona and I went to the Portland, Oregon Temple. As usual I get all giddy and feel so much joy that it is undescribable, along with the peaceful feeling. As you can tell I always enjoy going to the temple. This thought came to my mind--if this world is so beautiful (and there are many who think it is, just look at some of the examples) just imagine how beautiful the Celestial Kingdom will be?! With all that is constantly bombarding us with negativity, just looking around and there is so much beauty in the world.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Destined to Stay!

Yesterday was Primary Activity Day! As a Primary Teacher and as a parent I was asked to stay. One parent was to stay with their child, I was designated even before it was even started. Sekona was busy working (and we can't complain there!). Lillian had lots of fun--she participated in the cupcake walk (I was even impressed with her patience, as it took her several turns before winning a cupcake!), fishing, guessing what was in the sack, obstacle course (It was Nephi's journey--get the brass plates, pick up the Liahona, wilderness, hunting grounds, build a ship, and on to the Promised land!), face painting-only she didn't want it on her face, and bubbles. She loved trying to take care of the little ones, especially Penny (She is the youngest of the Russell's.)

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Thoughts of Hawaii

Lately, I have been thinking of Hawaii! Not too hard when I hear the music, have scenes of Hawaii hanging up, landlord and neighbors are Polynesian, visit my friends blog that can't help but remind me----oh and married to a Tongan. I think I am ready for a vacation to the islands. Sekona tells me he is planning a Taufa reunion in 2010 in Tonga. Also, a friend of ours headed to BYU-Hawaii to achieve her dreams, which also brings back all types of memories!

I have two pictures of Jon Mozo on my wall (one of them is the turtle above). He has a limited selection of pictures as he died the year we moved. Still, his pictures remind me of the wonderful times I had in Hawaii.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A few moments of Lillian!

Here are just a few comments or reactions from Lillian:

Saturday night we were heading out. Sekona went to retrieve something from the pickup and I said, "Daddy is hot!" Lillian, "Daddy isn't hot?!" "He isn't?" Lillian, "No Daddy is cool!" "You don't think he is hot?" Lillian, "Daddy's not hot, he isn't sweating. He is cool!"

Sunday the Primary President was giving a talk in Sacrament. I was trying to get Lillian to sit still, lower her voice and trying to listen to the talk. Sister Morgan was saying something about Primary shouldn't be the sole teaching and that the home should be, something about how children should know how and where they should be and telling parents that as they are out in the halls to question youth on if they should be in the halls and where they should be and then gave the following example. "A few weeks ago, I was roaming the halls when a Sunbeam, Lillian Taufa, came running around the corner. She immediately stopped, her eyes got huge, pointing behind her and said, "My teacher is behind me." Sure enough around the corner came Sister Abrahms and the rest of the Sunbeams. Lillian knew was suppose to be with her teacher." As soon as Lillan heard her name her eyes got huge and in a silly voice said, "That's me. I'm Lillian Taufa. She's talking about me. Oh man!" The Mendez family in front of us were giggling with her responses.

Monday, Lillian and I were discussing and I don't even know what about, but the end conversation was "We're all Tongans." I said, "All of us." Lillian, "Yea, Daddy is Tongan. I'm Tongan. Mommy is Tongan." "I'm Tongan. I didn't know I was Tongan." Lillian, "Yea, I'm Tongan because of Daddy and you're Tongan too."

Welcome Home Mom and Dad!

It was great to be at the airport anxiously awaiting the return of Mom and Dad from their mission to Moscow, Russia. It seemed that this mission took longer than when they were on their mission in Australia, and they were only gone for 18 months this time and not 2 years?! Maybe because I wasn't so limited on being able to call them when they were in Australia (we had cheaper phone charges then) than in Russia. Still, it was great to have them come home! What a wonderful example they continue to be to me and the grandkids! To know their love of the gospel, that their testimonies are strong, and that they are willing to serve the Lord. I am sure Mom is wondering if she should head back, since I call her almost everyday on any little thing?! All I can say is Welcome Home! Welcome Home! Love you tons!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Memories, what memories?!

I'm not expecting too many comments on this. As you've noticed I haven't given too many people my blog site, but fair game is fair game. I left a comment and so should post these instructions.

1. As a comment on my blog leave one memory that you and I have had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me little or a lot, anything you remember. You can include Sekona and/or Lillian.

2. Next, repost these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Just Thinking

Can I say how much I dislike titles? I never was any good at it in school?! I have been checking other blogs and trying to determine which type or way am I going to blog. There are those who put thoughts and feelings, surveys, pictures, interesting stories, journaling, and so forth. I do more emailing than blogging, so most would already know what is going on. Still, it is interesting to see the pictures and know what is going on that isn't put in email. So I guess I could do a mixture of all.

Friday, July 25, 2008

That was fast!

As mentioned previously Sekona headed to California and then to Salt Lake City to play tennis, so Lillian and I headed to Jenny's. We arrived on June 26th and Jenny had a pleasant suprise by going into labor on Saturday and then having a healthy son on Monday. (Since she wasn't to have the baby until the scheduled C-section on July 8th!) There were a few trips to the hospital as Jax wasn't released as soon as we would have liked. The kids loved seeing Jax though and couldn't wait for him to be home.

Lillian loved being around her cousins!! Molly and Lillian had a love-hate relationship. They were either defending each other or attacking each other! Still, if they had to spend time apart they were in the deepest of woes and couldn't wait until they were back together again. (One night I took Lillian to town to have a little time away and Molly came running up and said, "Remember to come back!". Another time Molly and the family were going to visit Jax as a family and Lillian went up to her in tears saying, "You have to come back. Don't forget to come back home. I'll be here waiting!") We visited with Jerry's and Peter's family as well. Christine and ShaRee were impressed with Lillian's swimming skills. Molly got some scissors down and Lillian cut Molly's, Mikaydi's and her hair! That didn't go over too well, especially since Jenny was excited to show Mikaydi last curls before they were gone. A few were able to be salvaged, but not what was on the agenda.

Mom and Dad came home from their mission in Russia and we were there to greet them!!! It was lots of fun to see Mom and Dad again. Sekona came up for it and Lillian was glad to see her Daddy again!!! Only she didn't want to go home with him yet! Sekona would ask if he should take her back with him. Her response, "No daddy! I have to stay with Molly for ever and ever and then I go to Granny's!" Yes, Granny was kind enough to take the three younger ones to spend a few nights with her and Papa! I believe they had quite the adventure with Molly, Lillian and Mikaydi! I had a wonderful time holding Jax when he was finally released from the hospital! What a special little guy! Soon it was time for Lillian and I to head back and where did the 3 weeks go! It was a whirlwind of activity!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Is it time yet!!!

Sekona was kind enough to mention to Lillian that she is heading to Molly's house tomorrow. Luckily for me I am stuck with describing and teaching the concept of time. She was doing really good on counting down the days. Each morning she would say that it was one day closer and hold up how many fingers was left. I was planning on suprising her on when we were actually going. All day she has been asking is it time yet to go to Molly's? I keep reminding her that she needs to go to sleep first, wait until tomorrow, and drop daddy off at the airport. Her reply is that it is taking too long?! Oh, the anticipation of kids!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Time for a Catch up!

Here are a few pictures! Our anniversary, our trip to Idaho, Easter (where Kalo, Sione, and Ana were visiting), and a few others. I'm just trying to catch up and finally figuring things out.

Lincoln City 08

For Mother's day weekend we went to Lincoln City, Oregon. We attended the Oregon Ironman bodybuilding show!! The sun was peaking through at times, and rain was drizzling at times as well. While touring Lincoln City a police car passed us, slammed on its brakes and came behind our car. We didn't think much of it until a few blocks later we had lights on!! Sekona forgot to put on his seatbelt. Lillian was kind enough to inform the police officer that she had her's on--"Hey cop!! I got my seatbelt on! See cop mines on!! Hey cop, want to see bouncy?" Bouncy was her new stuffed animal she received. Luckily, we were released with a warning.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Am I inept?!

I am finding that it is a little difficult to figure things out. Either I don't have enough time or I am inept. Sekona is able to figure out his profile, get pictures on, copy music or videos to his and here I am just journaling since I don't know how it works. I look at my family and friends and they have these cool blogs. I guess I will just have to figure it out and lock Lillian out of the room.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I finally gave in!

I have finally given in and followed others in blogging! I am not sure if I will have much to add. I try to keep up on my emails and to me that is a lot like blogging. Of course, I probably could add more pictures to the blog than to my emails. School is almost out and I am actually looking forward to it. By next week, I will be a free woman with more time on her hands than she knows what to do with?! Of course, I already have plans and things to do to keep me busy. There is also, always something to be done in the home.