Monday, August 30, 2010

One year ago today...

...our lives forever changed when baby Justus joined our family.

At 8lbs 5 oz. he was a big least for me anyway!

We love him to pieces and couldn't have asked for a better fit for our family! From the moment he was born he has been the most loveable, mellow, easy going kid ever.

I love him. I love him. I love him.

Since technically we already celebrated his b-day with the cousins last week, we enjoyed a quiet evening at home and celebrated his real birthday with just our little family.

The kids were obviously more excited for the cake than Justus was.

My very simple cake.

Justus still not quite sure how to eat this thing.

Mmmm...first time eating cake.

All pau!

You want some cake with that frosting Aya?

Aya decided to follow baby's example and thought utencils weren't necessary.

Suprisingly this is as messy as Kashus got :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


I hate to admit it but we are terrible at having Family Home Evening. Well a couple nights ago Dean suprisingly made a suggestion of what we should do for FHE...that didn't include a trip to Home Depot or something just thrown together. He suggested we go visit a good friend of his at work since he is a federal fire fighter. Alan, aka "nops" is from Hawaii but lived in California with his Auntie for a couple years to finish High School. Dean's family ended up becoming his family away from home pretty much and let Alan stay with them so Dean and him became really close. Lately, due to business (because besides being a fireman he owns his own construction company), they've been talking alot and they decided it would be fun to take the kids to see the fire trucks. It was so fun and the kids LOVED it! We actually learned quite a bit too!

So when we got there I thought we'd just look at the firetrucks...maybe take a peek inside and that's it but we seriously got the grand tour. Alan took us for a ride around the block, rang the sirens, let the kids wear the ear phones they communicate with in the truck and let them steer the wheel too!

Then I thought "that was pretty cool," but he totally wasn't done. He started opening all the compartments on the truck (and there are PLENTY) and showed us all the crazy gadgets and tools they got on the truck. He started pulling out hoses and let the kids hold the hose to spray water, well Aya did anyways, cause Kash wasn't so sure about the huge hose thing.

Alan showing Kash how he can rip apart an entire car with those mega sheers.

Firewoman Aya holding the heavy hose just after we got done sprayin water.

This is Alan putting the ENTIRE gear on for us to see. As in... oxygen tank and all. (He don't mess around with his tours) This was $25,000 worth of gear (per fireman).

He even took us onto the Ambulance and let the kids run around on it too. He hooked up Aya to the heart monitor and gave her a print out of her heart beat.

Thanks uncle nops! We loved it and can't wait to come back again! Next exciting FHE is the "Blue Angels!" Supposedly they are comin soon! Kash can't wait! He asked Alan to take him on the plane too and fly him to go see Obachan. Not so sure that one can be arranged...but I'm sure he'll make it worth our while!

Thursday, August 12, 2010


So we finally got some family pictures taken. Our last family photo was taken back when Aya was like 6 or 7 months. Carlos Mozo who will be going to school to study photography in a few weeks, took our pictures. I think he did a great job! The kids were fortunately in a good mood and we left just before the down pour!

Here are some pics that we took.