Tuesday, December 18, 2007

O Christmas Tree!

Last Sunday we decorated our Christmas tree ( I know, this post is a bit late). We did a red and white theme and I think it turned out really nicely. It's hard to see the white ornaments in these photos though, so just know that it looks really pretty in real life. Kaiya and Gidget (the dog) wanted to help too, so with all of us, all of the ornaments, the tree, and the pets, it was a bit crowded, but we got it done. It didn't really feel like Christmas to me until we put the ornaments on the tree, but now I've gotten fully into the spirit of it. I'm so excited for this season and already a little sad that there's only a week left until Christmas. I guess I'm excited too. I'm really excited for Kaiya's first Christmas and can't wait to see her having the time of her life on Christmas morning with all of the discarded wrapping paper, bows, and ribbons. Of course she won't care at all about any of the actual gifts we got her with all of that excitement around. Well, now that I've rambled, I hope everyone is also enjoying the last days of the Christmas season!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Monday, December 10, 2007

Snow Baby!

The other day we had our first real snow and decided to make the most of it by taking Kai outside to experience the winter wetness for the very first time. She pretty much reacted to it just like she does everything else. She stared at it, studied it, and tried to pick it up and put it in her mouth. Here are some pictures of the fun.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

It's about Patrick

So, since this is a family blog, I thought I would blog about someone else in the family besides Kaiya. Hence the title, it's about Patrick. I think most of you know that Patrick has gone back to school and is now pursuing a Masters from Boise State. He is studying Historical Research and enjoying it quite a bit. Right now he's focusing on the Japanese internment from World War II and doing tons of research about that. All of this work will hopefully turn into an internship opportunity next summer at the Minnidoka National Park, which is one of the Japanese internment camp spots in Twin Falls, Idaho. This opportunity would be amazing for Patrick, as it would combine his love of Japanese people and culture with his desire to work in the National Parks. So we are really hoping it works out. He's also working at BSU as a TA for the history department. We've been blessed with that opportunity as well, because even though it doesn't pay much, the job provides a tuition waver. I think he would also want me to mention that he is NOT a die hard BSU fan, and was actually rooting for Hawaii in the BSU vs. Hawaii football game a few weeks ago.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Kaiya's Christmas Tree

Kaiya and I decorated a small Christmas tree for her room a few days ago. It turned out pretty well, and here are some pictures from our first official mother daughter activity:

Kaiya helped by chewing on the ornaments, just to make sure they were "good" enough for the tree
The cat wanted to help too.
This is a great photo. I thought I had put Kai far enough from the tree so that she couldn't reach it, and right when I turned around to take the picture she was grabbing for it. So if you can imagine me yelling "Kaiya, NO!" right as the picture was taken you'll enjoy it a lot more. The one below is equally good, as Kaiya crawls toward the tree with a mischievous look on her face...
The finished product!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


We were so excited for Thanksgiving this year. We celebrated it last year, but since we were in Japan we weren't able to do a real traditional one. So this year we were especially excited to have turkey, pies, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, and of course, family. The only problem was that I got sick the night before Thanksgiving, and felt terrible all day Thursday. So instead of thoroughly enjoying our day, I was tired, had a stuffy nose and a headache, and worst of all, I couldn't taste anything! But I was happy to celebrate the day nonetheless. I guess now we have next Thanksgiving to look forward to.
We spent the day with Patrick's uncle's family, and Kaiya had fun playing with Maddie, Patrick's cousin Amber's little girl. Patrick hadn't spent Thanksgiving with his family in eight years, since he was on his mission, then in Hawaii, and last year in Japan again, so it was nice for him to be able to spend the holiday with everyone. All in all it was a good day, and if I hadn't been sick it would have been a great day. But I was able to enjoy the leftovers in the following days, so I guess I can't feel too sorry for myself. We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving too!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

She's Almost There

She can almost do it! This is Kaiya's first attempts at crawling. She can get up to her hands and knees from sitting and sort of rocks back and forth, but still isn't sure what to do next. But she's improving every day and is really excited about her new ability. Although I know it will make my life so much harder, I can't help but be excited that she's almost crawling!

Kaiya Loves This

Her new favorite thing to do with her dad...


Monday, November 19, 2007

A New Friend

Kaiya has recently discovered the cat. The cat doesn't seem to really care for her, but on this particular occasion, Kitty was more than happy to let Kai pet her. Kaiya was just playing in her jumper when the cat started rubbing on her, you know how cats do that to everything. So Kai started to pet her and the cat loved it. And she was surprisingly gentle. Kitty usually tries to bite her if Kai touches her, so I was close by ready to intervene and thought that I might as well take a few pictures (when don't I think that these days?). We were all enjoying this moment, however the photo session ended abruptly when Kaiya discovered the cat's tail and thought it might be tasty. She grabbed it and had it headed straight towards her mouth. Luckily I was able to drop my camera and stop her before she ended up with a hairball of her own.

Monday, November 12, 2007


Lately Kai has been wearing pigtails in her hair because if we leave it down it gets in her eyes. It's so cute! It's a little bit difficult to get them in each day, but totally worth the effort. Adorable!

Splish Splash

I know that Kaiya is going to be very mad at me in a few years when she finds out i put pictures of her in the bathtub on our blog for everyone to see, but for now she doesn't know and they are so cute I just had too. Sorry Kaiya.

Here is a funny video of Kaiya in the bath. She has recently discoverd splashing, and needless to say I tend to get very wet during bathtime lately.

Friday, November 09, 2007

The Mad Face

This is Kaiya's newest trick. She likes to make this face to intimidate the dogs. We think it's pretty funny, but then again it might be one of those things that is only funny to the parents... either way, here it is.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Just Because She's Cute

Here are a few more pictures of our little Tinkerbell.

Thursday, November 01, 2007


For Halloween we dressed Kaiya up as Tinkerbell, and I have to say that she was probably the cutest Tinkerbell ever! Patrick and I decided to match her and he was Captain Hook and I was Peter Pan. We dressed up for the Trunk or Treat ward party last weekend and then again for Trick or Treat last night. I was really excited to have Trick or Treaters because we've not had them before. And I wasn't disappointed. We had so many cute little clowns and Darth Vaders and witches and so many more. Kaiya decided that she was tired and cranky soon after they started coming, so she and I didn't get to see all of them, but we had a lot of fun and are excited for next Halloween too. We've already decided that Kaiya should be Pebbles from the Flinstones. We think she'll be so cute!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Six Months Old!!

I can't believe it. Kaiya is already six months old! She is so much fun these days and doing so many new things. I love it, but it makes me sad to think how fast the past six months have gone by and how in six more she'll no longer be a baby. Today she had to get more shots and that was not fun for either of us. But so far she's doing a lot better than the last time. So we'll keep our fingers crossed and hope this one won't be so bad. Also new in Kaiya's life: zucchini! I made her some the other day and she loved it! I wasn't sure it would be a success after the way she wholeheartedly rejected her peas, but zucchini seems to be a new favorite. She's getting to be such a big girl and she's such a good baby. Patrick and I are enjoying every day with her and having so much fun watching her grow!