Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Finally some HeadStart news

After more than 3 months of waiting, I finally got the call from the HeadStart guy. We, along with the doc's referral, decided to enroll Austin in HeadStart this year. He needs the extra social "help" that can be provided there. Along with the basic pre-school type atmosphere, a specialist will work with him for his specific needs. All of his paperwork has to be checked by the supervisior because of the special needs, but we are guaranteed a slot for him. And the guy even said that he can almost guaranteee that we will get a slot at the one here on post. It is the closest, and most convienent since I also have to get Jonathan dropped off and picked up at kindergarten as well. It is frustrating, however, that there are so many people who want to "use" HeadStart as a babysitting service. While we were meeting with the guy yesterday, he told us that our nieghbor, who has 2 kids on the list for HeadStart, called complaining about us getting a call before her. Her 2 kids, neither which are special needs, are 4 and 1 1/2 (I think). She outright told me that she wanted to put the older one in a pre-k, but that she didn't want to have the younger one at home by herself. She said "What will she do without someone to play with?" So, the way I see it is that she was trying to sabotage Austin's getting a slot so she can have a babysitter for her kids while she sits at home doing nothing. ANyway, the HeadStart guy told me about her calling and said that he usually tells people that there are plenty of daycares available if that is what they need. LOL

Friday, July 13, 2007

Waterfront park

On one of our outings, we stopped at Kakaako Waterfront park. It was a beautiful day and the waves were pretty good size. There were lots of surfers trying to catch the perfect wave. We sat on the rock wall for a while just watching them. Jonathan is determined that he WILL surf. LOL Anyway, Jason snapped this pic before we left. (And no, the extra child is NOT mine! LOL He is one of the day care kids. But I would claim him if I could! LOL He is a sweetheart!)

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Our 4th of July

Well, as most holidays go, we had a sick child so we didn't get to do a whole lot. Allison had been sick throughout the night throwing up, so she was in no shape to be at the beach. The post had the 4th celebration thing, but it was so crowded last year that we decided not to do it this year. And the rides/jumpers cost so much money for such little play-time. So anyway, we spent most of the day at home, with the rest of the kids playing in the pool. We did go up on North Shore to shoot off our fireworks. We went to a spot that is not very populated. We took Scooby so he could run and enjoy the beach-time too. Well, when we first got there, we witnessed someone getting stuck in the sand in their truck. So, being the good samaritans that we are, the kids watched as Jason and I pushed the truck out of the sand. Talk about a workout! LOL I know that I am way out of shape, but I thought I was going to die afterward! Anyway, after that excitement we found our spot and opened up the fireworks. OUr next problem was that it was so darned windy that we could keep the lighter lit long enough to light anything! We had to gather all of us around together to try to block the wind to get something started. Kailyn was in charge of keeping the big sparklers lit so Jason could use them to light the rest. She enjoyed that. So, we had our "blast" literally, and then headed home. On the way home, we noticed cars lining the sides of the road close to post. We realized that they were parked on the tops of the little hills overlookng post, waiting to see the fireworks show on post! So, we found an empty spot, parked, and waiting for the show to begin. While waiting, all the locals had brought out their own fireworks and were lighting them all up and down the roads, so we got another show! We saw the whole fireworks display on post, and headed on home. It actually turned out great! The view was fantastic and it was far enough away that the kids were not afraid of the booming. So overall, our new 4th of July adventure was pretty darned good!

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Children's Discovery Center

Pics from the Children's Discovery Center. It was a very cool place! The boys fishing off of the sailboat.
A cool exhibit that was like Hanama Bay. You could dress up like fish, jellyfish, ect and stand in front of the blue screen. There was a tv monitor so you could see yourself in the ocean swimming with the fishies! Very cute!
Visiting China...there was a section for Japan, China, Korea, Philipines, Portugal, India. Maybe others, but I can't remember.
Picking pineapples at the Hawaiian plantation exhibit.
Reading room...there was a big comfy chair, a castle, a treehouse, and a big bed...all quiet places where you could cuddle up to read a good book!
Visiting Japan...kids playing with the play sushi and chop-sticks. There was also komonos and slippers to try on. The kids LOVED the dress-up stuff!
The extra exhibit for the summer was "Once Upon A Time...". It was a look into fairy tales. I don't remember which one this was from (some were foreign ones), but Austin liked dressing up in the turtle shell!
Jonathan playing the organ in the Beauty and the Beast exhibit.
The whole crew in the Beauty and the Beast castle.
There was a section that was "Your Town". It has a post office, a courtroom, a garage, a fire station, grocery store, bank, police station, and a theather. Here is the kids fixing the car in the garage area. It was way cool! Of course, we are partial to mechanics!!! LOL

Another zoo trip

LOOK OUT! A WILD ANIMAL!!! Oh...nevermind...its just a hormonal pre-teen! LOL
Jonathan and his poses! LOL He has to pose in almost every picture. He thinks he is hot stuff. He is ding the "shaka" just like on his shirt. He is so funny!
Austin dressing up in the zoo-keeper clothes at the children's petting zoo.
The whole gang, minus Kailyn, sitting on the hippos. (Notice Jonathan's posing again!) LOL

The tree FELL!

This is a tree in our front yard. One day about lunchtime, one of the HUGE sections of it fell. And I mean, it just fell! We heard "crack, pop, crack....BOOM!" and it was on the ground. Now, let me tell you about this tree. It is huge. It is probably 15-20 feet around. The main trunk splits off into about 6 or 7 "normal-sized" trunks. It was one of the "normal-sized" trunks that fell. Anyway, there were 2 kids caught UNDER the tree when it fell! (not my kids, thank goodness) One little girl happened to get caught in a fork in the tree, and was basically not even touched. The little boy was hit on the top of the head and pushed down to the ground. Luckily, he got pulled out and was fine. Just had a goose-egg on his head. We called EMS, the MP's, housing, maintenance. I guess when we called it in, they relayed it as a fallen branch, so they all took their time getting here. Once they arrived, they were ALL in shock by the size of this "branch". Anyway, everyone is fine and the tree has now been inspected and trimmed a bit.
This is the sidewalk outside our house. You can see how far the tree fell across the sidewalk.
And this is where the tip of the tree landed....on MY TRUCK! Luckily, it was just the tips of the branches and leaves, so no damage was done. We did, however fill out reports with housing and the MP's just to be on the safe side.


Here are a few pics from a day at the park. Here are 4 of my kiddos, plus one of the daycare kids. They usually have a pretty good time at the park. We like to "park-hop" and visit several in one day. We can easily hit 3 in one good stroll around the neighborhood.
Jonathan didn't want to get in on the group picture, so I had to sneak one of him, and it turned out cute!!!
And of course, I always have monkeys playing on the bars! They love to monkey around! LOL

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Happy 4th

HAPPY 4th OF JULY to you all!!!

summer fun

Well, I know it has been a while since I posted, but with all the kids home for the summer, PLUS daycare, it has been full of.........excitement! LOL We have been going to the library for the summer reading program every week, the free movies every week, PLUS a couple of extra field trips. We went to the zoo (yes, again! we love the zoo!), and to the Children's Discovery Center. It is a very cool, hands-on, interactive children's "museum". It was way cool, and ALL the kids had a good time. I have pics that I will post later. The girls have also had a few sleep-overs, Allison has had activities with the youth group at church.......and we are only 1/2 over with summer! LOL This month, we still have library stuff, movies, vacation bible school, youth group stuff, and the pre-school shopping to do! Needless to say, we have been busy, busy, busy! Keep watching...pics to come soon!