Saturday, October 8, 2011

Brad Christopher Barton 3/5/1980 - 10/4/2011

Anyone who knew Brad knew he was a "one of a kind" individual. He was so intelligent, kind, witty, and outgoing. He was the type of person that anyone could talk to and they would feel completely comfortable opening up to him in a matter of minutes. Dean and I would laugh sometimes because he was always willing to pick up random hitch hikers on the side of the road and offer them rides. He inturn would get a kick out of asking them questions and learning their life story. He was just easy to talk to.

Dean and Brad became instant friends their freshman year at BYUH. They were both part of the 6 freshmen that made the men's basketball team. He was the most loyal friend anyone could ask for. Dean and Brad spent so much time together that sometimes I'll admit at times I got jealous and felt as though Brad and I were fighting for Dean's attention. I have no doubt in my mind that Brad would have done anything for Dean and vice versa. I can't believe he is actually gone.

Brad passed away in his home Monday night October 4th from a seizure caused by Type I Diabetes. He's battled it since he was 14 and we were well aware of its severity. Dean can recall many times when he had to stab Brad with a glucose shot during his seizures. It's scary and he always feared Brad would one day have a seizure and no one would be there to give him the glucose shot when needed. We just didn't think it would be this soon.

I'm grateful that we had the priviledge and opportunity to have known such an amazing person. I'm also grateful that Dean was able to speak to him one last time a few days before his passing. It seemed all too convenient that they spoke that day. So many people have been influenced and affected by his passion of life and especially his passion and love for basketball. He was one of a kind and will dearly be missed!! We love you Brad Christopher Barton. R.I.P.

post game dinner:)

Me, Brad, and Nate
(Althletic Banquet)

Bradley and I

Athletic Banquet.

Brad, Misty, Thomas, me, Lynette, Nate, Dean, Isaac

Visiting Brad in Utah... His stomping grounds.

Going boating on Brad's friend's boat. So fun! (Back when Deano had hair:)

Brad's love for the game was so evident by everyone! He loved it, lived it, and breathed it. Even though Diabetes gave him restrictions, he never let it slow him down...even when he probably should have.

Seattle trip to play Seattle Pacific University. My friends Crystal and Desiree took them out on the town.

Summer trip to Utah to visit Brad.

Dean, Emily, Me, Kimo, and Brad chillin in our house on "The Point."

Fall Ball

Team Karaoke night.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Kashus's Poor Toe


Just a forewarning that there is a pretty gruesome photo in here so don't look if you cannot handle.

I don't know if it's a boy thing or just a kid thing in general, but I feel like my kids, or shall I say my boys are constantly getting hurt. I don't think a day goes by that Justus doesn't get hurt in some way or another. He is constantly getting new bruises and falling down. Kashus on the other hand has had the traumatic accidents that will forever haunt me. This past Sunday was supposed to be the start of an uplifting spiritual week with General Conference and it ended up being a pretty tough week.

A couple weeks ago I purchased these bar stools. When we purchased them, Dean and I were concerned that the kids would fall off them because they have no backs on them. So we decided that they were not allowed to sit on them at all. Well what we should have told the kids is that they aren't allowed to touch them at all!

Sunday morning as I was in the kitchen cooking, Kashus, who always wants to help me, grabs one of the bar stools, leans it towards him and begins pushing and sliding it on the floor. He usually grabs a small stool or chair but this time he grabbed the new stool so that he could use it to prop himself up and help me. Well, it slipped out of his little fingers and the solid wood stool slammed down on his poor little toe.

It was awful! Screaming, crying, blood, etc. His toe was smashed up pretty bad! I ran around franticly looking for a towel, helichrisum oil to stop the bleeding, tylenol for the pain, all the while, Dean was calmly holding Kashus's toe and waiting in the van for me so we could go to the ER. Thank goodness Dean's little brother mark was there to stay with Aya and Justus while we rushed off to the ER. It was quite a traumatizing ordeal for Kash. They had to strap poor Kashus down when we were at the ER and Dean had to practically lay on him while they stitched up his toe. I am horrible with this kind of stuff too so I was really traumatized by it.

Well this is what he came home with the day of the incident. It was pretty gruesome so I didn't take any pictures without the gauze at first. I could barely look at it when they were working on it at the hospital.

This is what it looks like today 4 days since the incident. The good news was that it was not broken. But they had to rip the poor toe nail off, which was pretty much off anyway and stitch the right, left, and middle of the huge laceration on his toe. The middle of the toe (where the nail should be) has gauze still attached because it would't come off. :( It surprisingly looks better than it did though, but still pretty bad.

I LOVE my kids but accidents like these make me think about limiting the number of kids I have! Its so stressful when they get hurt. I can't help but feel responsible for whatever happens to them. Kids are blessed with the ability to bounce back from situations like these. Thankfully Kashus in no exception. He is up and moving around everywhere. I have to be the one telling him constantly to slow down and rest his foot. Hopefully it'll be back to normal soon:)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sad to see them go:(

Ever since we moved into our home back in 2006 we've been friends with the Christensens. We used to do FHE's with their family as well as a few others every week and I even lured Vicki into helping me with the books when I worked with EC. We were co-workers, walking buddies, and even visiting teaching companions! A month ago She broke the news to me that she and her family will be moving to Boston! They have such exciting things ahead of them and I know they will find success wherever they go. She's been a great friend and I will really miss her!

Aya and her son Braedon are only one month apart and practically grew up together. They were already good friends but when they started going to Bright Beginnings together, they were inseperable. I know she doesn't quite understand that she won't see him for a very long time, but she was sad to see him go. They got to stay with us for their last weekend before leaving the island so they had lots of fun playing.

Our goofy kids! Kashus, Braedon, Aya and Jace.

Aya and Braedon. Such good pals!!

Summer is officially over!

School is back in session and now the craziness begins! My schedule went from pretty much no routine to a crazy schedule where I feel like I don't even have minute to relax before heading off to the next item on my agenda. I guess it's my fault for signing the kids up for so many things and trying to squeeze so many things in my schedule. But the good thing is I have two of four in school now so only Justus and Knox are left at home with me. Despite all the craziness and constantly feeling like we are on the go, it's nice to have a schedule once again!

Kashus started Bright Beginnings Preschool. He was so excited to start school! He was able to start preschool already knowing a few friends in his class which made it all the more easier to get into the swing of things. Here is a pic of him and his good friend Vanessa. They are too cute!

Aya is now a Kindergartener! So crazy how fast time flies! She is growing up so fast! She is going to Hauula Elementary just down the road from us which is so convenient. She loves her teacher Miss Kristen and is loving all the new experiences she has at school.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Baby Knox's Blessing

Baby Knox was blessed on June 5, 2011.

Me and my sisters and their babies.

They are each about 2 months apart from each other. So fun to have them so close in age!

Dean was teaching our class so we took pictures without him.

(This is Kashus's typical grumpy face these days)

I am so grateful to have so much family here in Hawaii. The kids LOVE to see their cousins and it is so nice to be able to get together, especially on special occasions such as this!

Like Father Like Son...and Daughter

One of the first weekends after Knox was born, I thought it would be fun to take the kids to a Home Depot workshop. Dean brought home a flyer from one of his Home Depot runs that he took with the kids, and Aya had been reminding me ever since. Since Dean was working, which is no surprise every weekend, I took Mark along to help me. I was expecting to be there for the full three hours, or at least two but it literally took us 25 minutes to finish all three of their projects. Two hours of driving for 25 minutes! But at least the kids had fun for those 25 minutes and we got to get them out of the house for a bit:)

Not quite sure how smart it was to let Justus hold one of these hammers. He sure LOVES them though! It's gotta be his all time favorite toy. Well...usually they are plastic or wood, so this day was a treat for him!

Kash was excited to build this tool box, but not quite able to reach the table enough to hammer in the nails.

Watch out! Get too close and he'd get your fingers! I let him go at it on the concrete for just a few seconds. Luckily his tool box didn't break:) I was a little nervous he'd hurt himself so his happiness was short lived.

Aya suprisingly was the only one who was interested in completing this mini project from start to finish. Kash got frustrated pretty quickly and had no patience hammering in the nails. But I started the nails for her and she hammered them in all by herself!

With the help of uncle Marky, Kash was able to finish his tool box and do his favorite part, which was applying the stickers.

The three munchkins in their super cute aprons. A successful saturday outing I'd say!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Welcome to the family Baby Knox!

For Aya's 5th birthday this year she received... a new little brother!

Knox Mark Daley arrived 4 days early at 10:51 PM on May 27th 2011

He was my lightest boy weighing 8.02 lbs. and 20.5 inches long.

His middle name comes from this guy.
Dean's youngest brother uncle Marky.

He's been living with us for the past 5 months working with Dean and saving for his mission. He's been a huge help with the kids and we love having him around.


I began having contractions around 6 am on the morning of May 27th. It was Aya's birthday and we had planned to go to the water park with a few friends to celebrate her b-day. I pretty much knew that baby was gonna come that day from the intensity of the contractions...I just didn't know when. I felt bad canceling our plans for the day but I really didn't want to go into labor at the water park, so we decided to head down to my sister Yumi's house since the hospital is only a few minutes away from there. We didn't get to go on water slides but we did get into our bathing suits and let the kids swim in my sister's pool at her condos.

Yes, I'm HUGE and ready to pop. I never take preggo pictures but thought I'd document at least one pic of my huge self the day I gave birth:)

Aya and her cousin Kela

Daddy with Aya and Justus

After hanging out at the pool for little while my contractions got pretty strong so we headed back inside for another couple hours, and then headed for the hospital around 6:30pm. I was dialated to a 5 when I got there so I was admitted, we waited around, listened to music, anxiously waiting for Knox to come. Around 9:30ish my contractions were getting REALLY painful. Finally at 10:50 I asked the nurse to check me cause I was getting anxious to see how I was progressing. Just as she was getting ready to, I felt the urge to push. Then one minute later, after 3-4 pushes, Knox was here! The doctor barely made it in time.

Our new family of SIX!

Already smothering baby with LOVE.

SO glad it's over:)

Proud new papa of 4.

Two days old

Thank goodness for Obachan! She came to help out with the kids for a week. Wish she could have stayed longer!!

The boys.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Our little Gymnast

(photo by Amber Mozo)

Aya's been taking gymnastics this year. She LOVES it. She is now a level 2 and has learned to do cartwheels, forward rolls, and handstands. It's been fun to watch her get progressively better.

She goes twice a week. This is a pic of her Thursday class.
(B&W pictures courtesy of Carlos Mozo)

Aya not quite ready for the camera.

Today was their Spring Show. She performed her floor routine and showed us what she has been working on throughout the year on beam, and bars.

Waiting to be introduced...

Waiting to perform...

The beginning of her floor routine...

All the gymnasts in Cassandra's Gymnastics

All Pau with gymnastics until the fall!