Monday, September 25, 2017

Pre School and 3 months

Koa is grabbing his feet, laughing much more now, and is all smiles.  He is starting to become a lighter sleeper and wants to be a part of whatever is going on.  Ely started Pre-school recently.  At first, I thought I was nuts when I signed up for this.  We are doing Joy Mother School Pre-School (I think that's what it is called).   A group of moms runs the pre-school aspect of things.  Where she is turning three I think this will be the perfect transition into Pre-School.  It's only 3 hours a day for two days a week.  She is ready for structured learning and socializing with others.  The most intimidating part of it all is that we take turns, so eventually, I will have to teach.  She comes home excited about what she has learned.  Last week it was stranger danger and this week it was fire safety. She really loved the craft they made today which was a fire engine out of a graham cracker and it had oreo cookies as the wheels.   

Now dawns the age of my child doing odd and strange things in pictures because she now knows that posing is a thing.  These were all picked by her 100%.  

This one is my favorite

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Nana and Papa

When Koa was a month old, my dad and stepmother came to visit us for his blessing day. We actually didn't take too many pictures, we were busy trying to show them beautiful Japan and spending time together.  We didn't think any of our family members would come visit us, it is expensive and not the most convenient plane ride. We are so grateful they came to visit.  Ely still talks about it and going home back to the states to visit.  Having a relationship with my grandparents has molded me into the woman I am today.  This is important and should be a priority. We live in a world that teaches you to look out for just ourselves, that family is an inconvenience.  Choose love, choose family, choose meaningful and loving relationships no matter how hard it may be.  My dad and stepmom could have gone anywhere for the price it cost to come see us, they could have taken a cruise, they could have gone to a dream trip to wherever they wanted in the world, but they chose us.  For that I am grateful.



Koa's first month

Today my sister shared her first blog post about waiting for the arrival of her first baby girl.  She told me it sounded silly and that she wasn't sure if it was for her.  After reading it,  I thought to myself, baby Sylvia is going to love reading this someday.  I then felt a pang of guilt that I have not been keeping up with any sort of journaling very well since Koa was born.  These pictures are old, posted out of order with the ones that I have posted recently, but I felt the need to get them up.  After looking at these, I remember how hard this time was, but also how incredibly wonderful it was as well.  These moments with your babies is painfully fleeting.  I believe this is what makes them some of the most beautiful you will ever experience in your life.   You do not get this time back.  I was asking Sean if after we leave this world, would we get to relive these moments again?  I one hundred percent believe we will be with our loved ones again, but will we get to have these moments replayed?  If there is any doctrine out there please share it with me.  My thought is that right now is a part of eternity and some moments we may never get back. So today, I held onto my babies tighter.  Cuddled them, held them, read them stories- because they will never be exactly like this again.   

Ely " This is my job, this is my work"

I'm biased, but I think my babies are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen.   

Tiny baby in a big ole crib

One of my favorite pictures.  "The Protector"