Wednesday, June 7, 2017

In Awe......as in awesome.....

Buddy and I have been living it up since we got to Utah to visit my parents....Buddy discovered a thing called "vinyl records"....it became a lot more intriguing when my mom introduced him to a "record player". Buddy immediately requested to go to the nearest DI (deseret industries, or thrift store for those of you not anywhere near Utah). He picked up the only 2 records that didn't have scratches, a Flinstone record and one about a whale. Buddy thought they were super weird so he went back to repetitively listening to my dad's Lawerence Welk collection (I'll be honest, it's not bad)!
We ended up going to a Guitar Center Store yesterday, basically, just because we could...
Buddy was in heaven, the angels around him in that heaven encouraged him to play EVERY SINGLE INSTRUMENT he could get his hands on.......we, of course, walked away with a new mandolin. Thankfully, Buddy had his skyped music lesson last night and his teacher (that I absolutely love) was super excited about Buddy's new purchase and told him that the mandolin was his favorite instrument! I'll take that as high praise for the instrument from a guy that plays 15 instruments!!!! So yay on Buddy and his choices! Buddy also picked up a new vinyl record at the Guitar Center. We have been listening to Star Wars all day, I'll be honest, it's not bad either. I'm thinking my kid MIGHT actually have some good taste in music! Since we've been in Utah, Buddy has suckered multiple family members into letting him drive their riding lawn mowers. He somehow got my sister's stuck on a rock....which I'm only just now realizing I forgot to help him unstick....whoops, sorry Donna. Then two days ago he got my dad's out and then thought it'd be really funny to chase me in the backyard with it. I was actually pretty appreciative of the effort, since I've been eating too much of my mother's cooking since I've been here and have needed to drop a few pounds. I think my dad might've been in on the cahoots...but not for the weight loss, probably for the payback of being a horrible teenager!
On Saturday, we went to a store where we ran into two of my nieces and my nephew-in-law. Buddy was so excited to see other humans not over the age of 40, that I took them go-cart racing to celebrate....
They were pretty stoked if you can't tell! We also went to play Laser tag and I tried to send my oldest niece into labor to help my sister out.....it didn't work unfortunately, but the kids had a great time nonetheless! Monday, I took Buddy to Lagoon (local amusement park)....
and shoved him into as many rides as I could handle! Yesterday, we went indoor rock climbing! Buddy loves rock climbing, and unfortunately there is nowhere to go on our island, so we finally went. Buddy is finally old enough to belay me, so this is the first time in forever that I've gotten to climb! I'll be honest, I was nervous that he would let me fall to my death with the first couple of climbs. He did fantastic! Although he thought it extremely hilarious to keep me a foot of the ground when he got me down EVERY SINGLE TIME! Here is the one and only picture, because I didn't want either one of us to get distracted because death by fall sounds horrific!....
Not sure of what the plan is for today, tomorrow he wants to make it over to Zions National Park....not sure if that is going to happen since there has been a ton of flooding in this state, but we'll see! So all in all a super fantastic, kinda tired, day!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

It pays to know people....

I've decided it really does pay to know people.....you know, people who let you ride their riding lawn mower like a racecar....
 People who let you take them out into a lake.....even though they haven't a clue how to really paddle....

 People who let you drive your RC motorboat....
through your legs a bazillion times without even flinching.....
 People who will let you shoot their guns and then fire off  ALL 329 rounds that they brought.....


 Even if you are super lazy and shoot from chairs...
or you think you are a stealthy shot and have to replicate every action movie ever made.....
 Best of all it's good to know people....especially when it's your brother!
 So all in all a super fantastic, glad we know so many people, day!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Bananas....

We've been so busy lately, I haven't been able to blog, we were definitely too busy making cardboard Spartan costumes. The whole sixth grade had to wear a costume representing a culture that they learned about this year in social studies. Those not wearing costumes had to be a slave for the day and serve and clean up after those in costume. Those wearing the best costumes were given the title of King and Queen of the Fair and allowed to eat their lunches with plates, cups and silverware. May I present King Buddy.....
 Once again, thank goodness for Pinterest! The day after his Culturally Costume Fair was Buddy's last day of school, so as soon as school was over we hopped on a plane, just to arrive in SLC, UT 18 short hours later, just so we could take this fantastic picture! Sheesh! What we'll do just for an awkwardly shot picture cutting my dad's head off! He looks just like us, but with wrinkles, so we're good, you can just imagine Buddy's goofy face with wrinkles and the picture works out alright afterall.
 After we rested up a bit, Buddy went with one of his cousins to the racetrack....
 He must've had a good time, since he's been asking to go back EVERY SINGLE DAY!
 He's asked so much that I finally had to make a wish for him to stop asking.....it finally came true.....
 Yesterday, we took some of his cousins whitewater rafting.....
 The cousins think Buddy is a little weird!
 Since I couldn't bring my cellphone onto the raft, the kids were kind enough to do a recreation of their roles down the rapids.....

 

I'd say the pictures are an accurate recreation!!!! After the rapids, we went somewhere Buddy has been wanting to go for a while.....
This morning we had high aspirations to reach the top of Mount Olympus 
Basically, we just wanted to reach the top so we could don on our toga gear and do this....
Ummmm......maybe it's because they have a different set of gods on Hawaii (which we are used to) than the Grecian Mount Olympus gods,  but we were unable to conquer it today, so we took these pictures instead.....










 We'll work on our lung expansion and water bottle carrying capacity for next year! Good news though....when we got closer to the top Buddy's nose and throat started getting rid of the crud that he's been carrying around making him cough for the last few weeks! Wait, did I say this was good news....
Yep, that would be my shirt that Buddy blew his nose on after he'd completely filled his own....Actually it is good news, because as much as seeing snot doesn't bother me, it makes my sister want to vomit!!! Hahahaha! Do you ever grow out of loving it when you accidentally make your sister sick to her stomach??? I sure hope not! So all in all a super fantastic, maybe next year after our lung transplants, day!


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Good news.....

Buddy and I are hiking the Narrows in a few short weeks, which means we've been doing this for the last few weeks....
Yep, that's my boy hiking with a weighted backpack. I'm sure the 35 pound weights that he's packed will come in super handy in the Narrows....you never know when you'll get the urge to do some power moves!!!!! In other news, remember that Hawaiian Voyager Canoe that Buddy didn't realize was due until the night before so he didn't quite finish it at standard level? Well, a few days ago he was the School Fair to show it up.....Guess who's canoe was front and center....
Yep, it was that bad in person too......Whoops, on a brighter note though, one of his teachers came to find me to tell me about how all the teachers talk about Buddy. Apparently he thanks ALL of his teachers after EVERY class, EVERY day! According to his teachers he's a bright mark in their day.  I may have gotten something in my eye while she was talking to me. In other, other news, today was Buddy's last wrestling tournament....

He still loves it, and hopefully he'll be doing it again next year. In other, equally awesome news, Buddy came home from school saying that he learned how to make banana lumpia at school and insisted I stop at the store so he could replicate the creation. I would never encourage such horrid pursuits at my house....

So of course I stopped at the store and stuffed myself silly! It was delicious! Lastly, since we were in Hilo today, we had to jump of the pier....
That is, Buddy had to jump off the pier one time and then quickly decided it was too cold to replicate the jumping again! I attempted a toe dip....he was right! So all in all a super fantastic, Buddy is a good boy, even if he only wants to jump in the cold ocean once...a day!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Weirdo.....

There may be something wrong with my kid.....

Or really, really right!!! I go with right!!! Also, he shoved 6 more pens in that pocket and THEN declared he might have too many pens! What a weirdo! So all in all a super fantastic, love my weirdo, day!