Saturday, December 27, 2008


Last night while playing with all our Christmas goodies we noticed our lights flickering, and thought we might be experiencing a "brown out." With all the electronics making weird noises, Chris turned everything off, including computer and modem, Wii, TV, even the AC and fridge. Yikes! What do we DO without electronics?!?! We left on the flickering lamps and played board games, and had some good old fashioned family bonding time. Finally at 8:30 everything went black for good. Since our move we still haven't found our flashlights, so we lit a few candles to help us in the dark. The kids were a little scared, so we had a camp-out in mom and dad's room. I took this picture in the complete dark, so when the flash went off it lit up the whole house. Notice the little toy flashlight Dallin is holding. It's the only one we could find.We feel fortunate that the power was only off for a total of about 6 hours, whereas much of the island was out for up to 18 hours. This blackout really showed our family how much we are NOT prepared for an emergency. I guess that is something we will be working on here in the near future.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas 2008

Christmas at the Lambert's house this year has been great. On Saturday we braved the mall so we could get the kid's picture taken with Santa. Even though they both have outgrown Santa, it's become somewhat of a tradition to get a picture. They are both excited to start the Santa thing with Masen next year. After pictures we headed over to Farell's, an old fashioned ice cream parlor. I thought it would be a fun tradition to start while here in Hawaii, but it didn't turn out as idyllic as I had hoped. It is a popular place for birthday parties, and I think every loud, screaming, pre-teen girl in the mall was there having a birthday. It was worse than Chuck-E-Cheese! If we do it again next year, we will have to plan a little better.
Our Christmas Eve day was spent out shopping and catching a movie. Instead of the usual Christmas dinner, we went out to P.F. Changs. When you get a craving for Hot and Sour Soup, what else can you do? The evening was spent chillin' at home. The kids usually get to open one present (which mom and dad choose). Usually they get pajamas, but this year we got them robes. It's just too dang hot in Hawaii. At least with a robe they can shed it before they go to bed. On Christmas morning I was the first one up. I couldn't sleep, so I decided to start breakfast at 5:30. I wasn't exactly quiet, and I put on the tree lights, and Christmas music. It wasn't until after 7 I went and woke up the kids. Santa brought the kids a Wii, which they were totally excited for. Check out the kids' individual blogs for the rest of their Christmas.Chris went all out this year for me. He had promised to replace the glider that we got rid of before we moved to Hawaii. He honestly didn't think we would have room for it (wrong). He got me my DREAM leather glider/recliner. I was so surprised, I cried when I opened it. It is supposed to go in the nursery, but I love it so much, I parked it in the living room, where it will stay until the baby is born. He also got me a Dyson vacuum. I know, I know...many women think this is a horrible gift, but I have wanted one for so long, it was the only thing I asked for. I absolutely LOVE it! And the best part of the present is, that he will do the vacuuming for me ;) How's that for a great husband? I feel so spoiled.
Although the Wii was meant for the kids, Chris has had a blast playing it. He and Dallin are becoming tennis pros, and Corynn has beat him at boxing a few times. I tease him that he got beat by a girl. He has been practicing his golf swing the rest of the day. Chris also got a chair back massager, which he picked out. He loves to put it on my glider and get a nice back rub. The sounds and faces he makes are hilarious, and it seems like he is in a little pain, but he assures me it feels SO good.

We loved talking to all our loved ones throughout the day. We miss them terribly. I can't wait for a Christmas where we get to be a little closer to family. Until then, we will enjoy our Hawaiian Christmases, with our 80 degree weather, and shorts and flip-flops.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Oh, Christmas Tree

This year we finally retired our old Christmas tree. Chris and I bought it our first Christmas we were married, and it held a lot of sentimental value, but, alas, it was time to move on. Our new house has huge vaulted ceilings, so I've been wishing for a nice TALL tree. The tallest I could find was a 9 footer (I'm sure there are taller trees somewhere, just not in Hawaii). Chris had to bring in the ladder to decorate the top and put the star on. It was a fun family night of decorating.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

A Ward Visit from an Apostle

I don't know about everyone else, but at our house, Sundays are hectic...especially the Sundays that Chris has a lesson to teach. So this morning was like every other Sunday; mad rush, some raised voices, and FINALLY getting in the car grumpy. On the way to church I commented that I hated Sundays, to which the kids echoed my feelings. Boy did I feel bad when we walked into the chapel, and everyone was SO reverent and quiet (where normally there is a buzz of conversations going on). I looked up to the stand, and there was Pres. Henry B. Eyring! Sacrament meeting went on like normal with a few good talks, some good Christmas songs, then right before the meeting ended, Pres. Eyring asked the bishop if he could say a few words. While he spoke Coyrnn asked who he was (even she could tell there was a difference). When I explained to her that he is one of the 12 apostles, and the first counselor to our prophet Pres. Monson, she asked if after the meeting she could go give him a hug. I told her probably not. He spoke of us being spiritual children of Heavenly Father, and that by keeping and renewing our covenants we can also be children of Christ. Then he spoke of being in Samoa one year near Christmas time, where he met an Indian family who had accepted the gospel, and were preparing to return to their home in India (any mention of India immediately grabs our family's attention, since that is where Chris served his mission). He spoke of this family returning home to Hyderabad, where they helped fulfilled prophecy by bringing the gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. This is the very city that Chris spent 3-4 months teaching the gospel to the Indian people. What a beautiful talk it was, and accompanied by such a wonderful spirit. When the meeting ended Chris took the kids to their primary pews (they have opening exercises in the chapel ), and Corynn walked right up to Pres. Eyring and he shook her hand. I will never say I hate Sundays again.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Camping at Bellows Beach

This week-end we rented a "cabin" at Bellows Beach, a private Air Force beach. We got there about an hour before we could check in, so we tried to get some family pictures first. I refused to hire a photographer when I look so preggers. Maybe next year. For this year, my father-in-law was the photographer extraordinaire! He did a great job for the 10 mins. my kids would hold still and stay out of the water. As soon as we said, "go" the kids were in the water boogie boarding. Never mind the board rash they both got. It was worth it! Here is a picture of Chris catching a wave with Corynn, while Dallin waits for the next one. Grandpa is looking on, wondering when someone will let him borrow their board :)
Steak on the grill for dinner. Yum.
This is the view from our cabin's back door. I love this beach because the trees make it feel so rustic, but then just a few steps more and you have sandy beach and turquoise water for a tropical feel.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Hiking Diamond Head

On "Black Friday" instead of shopping we decided to burn off some of that Thanksgiving dinner by hiking up to Diamond Head, an inactive volcano on the southern end of Oahu. I thought it was a strenuous hike, but then again, I'm nearly 6 months pregnant.The stairs at the end were a killer (literally, Chris had to push me up the last flight), but the views at the top were worth it.

After the hike we indulged in some shaved ice. It was great after accomplishing such a feat!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am so grateful to my mother-in law for grabbing the camera and taking a few candid shots of our Thanksgiving day. It was a very traditional day, with lots of good food and family. The things I am most thankful for are not things, but the loved ones in my life; my beautiful family that Chris and I have, the family I was born into, and the family I married into. Let's not forget all you wonderful friends too. We are truly blessed and I thank God every day for all the blessings in my life. After 12 years of marriage, Chris will still come and dance with me in the kitchen :)

Here is Chris and the kids helping to set the table


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Island Hop to Maui

Last week-end we decided to "hop" over to Maui. We loaded up the car, drove it onto the SuperFerry, and took a 3 1/2 hr. boat ride through the beautiful waters of the Hawaiian Islands. The waters were a little rough during the first hour (thank goodness for the little white barf bags), but after we reached the channel between the islands of Lanai and Molokai it was smooth sailing. The SuperFerry was an adventure itself!Parking the car before heading up to the lounge area.
Grandma and Dallin overlooking the island of Molokai. Too bad we didn't spot any whales.

Corynn slept most of the way there. I guess that's what a 4a.m wake-up call will do to you.
Once we got to Maui, we headed straight for our resort. It was so beautiful, it was tempting to just stay there and not explore the rest of the island.

Our resort had about 4-5 different pools, but the one the kids loved the most was the water park area. It had 2 water slides, a big play structure, and a sandy area for a pretend beach.
Later that night we took a moonlight stroll along the beach. It was so beautiful! The kids decided instead of sand castles, they wanted to make sand volcanos. Do you like Dallin's PJs?
Saturday was kind of a bummer because it rained all day. We tried to explore the island, but because of the flash flood warnings they closed many of the areas we wanted to see (like the "Eye of the Needle" inactive volcano). So what do you do on a rainy Saturday in Maui? Go out for Mexican food of course :)
We also visited the Sugar Museum and factory.

Finally we decided the rain wasn't going to keep us from the beach...I mean, you're wet anyway right? So Grandpa and Daddy took the kids to the beach for snorkeling and boogie boarding, while Grandma and I went shopping. There's nothing like a little retail therapy!

Sunday we squoze in a few activities around the resort, then headed home via the SuperFerry. All in all it was a great week-end! When do we go again?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Aloha! To Grandma and Grandpa Lambert

We are so excited to finally have some visitors come see us in Hawaii! Grandma and Grandpa Lambert are here to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with us. While here, we hope to show them a good time so they will want to come back. We have some fun stuff planned for the upcoming two weeks.
Corynn and Grandma at the airport. Dallin and Grandpa at the airport
We took Mom and Dad to the Pali Overlook, which had breathtaking views of the Winward side of Oahu. Aren't they such a cute couple?
Like I said...breathtaking!
We stopped at Bellows Beach (our favorite on the island so far) on our drive today. While there, we made reservations to camp next week. I am used to camping in the mountains with a tent and fire, but camping in an ocean side cabin should be a fun experience.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thoughts From a Sunday Afternoon

This Sunday we had a speaker in Sacrament meeting who spoke on prayer. Chris and I have very opposing views on prayer; I believe in praying always over everything, while Chris believes that God gave us a good mind and we should use our best judgement, and not "bother" (for lack of a better word) God over every little thing. This talk just reminded me of last week on Halloween afternoon when Dallin lost his hat for his costume. His Link costume is his favorite dress up outfit and he wears it everywhere, so the hat could have been anywhere. I wasn't really that worried about it because I knew he would have a great evening with or without his hat. He was upset about it though. I told him and Corynn to look for it while I was finishing up dinner, then after that we had to leave. After a few minutes Corynn ran in from the garage yelling, "I found it. I found the hat. I prayed that Heavenly Father would help me find it, and he answered my prayer." Upon hearing this, Dallin ran down the stairs yelling that he too had said a prayer and he KNEW Heavenly Father would help them find the hat. As a mother, I was so proud to hear this exchange between my children. I was so proud that they would invoke the powers of heaven with no prodding from me. It also showed me that Heavenly Father cares about what we care about, even something so mundane as a lost hat. It is so powerful to see the faith of a child in action. I am truly grateful for my children, and for a loving Heavenly Father who answers prayers.
I am also grateful for my husband. I just had to post this picture of him; he just looks so cute snoozing in a chair on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Boo! From Our Crew

We had a great Halloween evening. The kids only had a half day of school (thanks to parent/teacher conferences), and even Chris only had a half day of work (if you call golfing work). At our house Halloween begins early, so kids were in their costumes and ready to start by about 3:00 in the afternoon.

Halloween night started out with mummy hot dogs, and witches finger (fries).

Dallin originally wanted to be Darth Maul for Halloween, but the costume we ordered on-line was about 2 sizes too big. I guess that's the risk you take when you buy things on-line. So...we used one of his favorite dress up costumes, Link (from Legends of Zelda). Corynn LOVES anything to do with HSM3, so she was a cheer leader from East High. Go Wildcats!

Our Stake held a Trunk-Or-Treat at the chuch, which we love. The kids get to walk around with their friends without so much parental supervision. We loved seeing all the fun costumes!

Here's some shots of the kids with all their loot. I think they wanted to swim in it!