my new avatar

I’m still getting used to it. I miss my old one. I might switch back.

okay. i won’t go to australia.

It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Before going any further, I realize and acknowledge that there are many people on God’s green earth that have it much worse than I do. But for me and my house, today was a bad day. I’m not going to list it all. But just a few highlights of my bad day include:

• being informed by our health insurance company that we can’t cancel our insurance until the end of the month. Well, actually we can. But we will still be charged the full amount of $404.60 even if we faxed over our written request and cancelled it today. Dave’s work finally got us on a group plan. And because it wasn’t greenlit until yesterday, we hadn’t cancelled our private insurance. So we are paying through the nose and not being supplemented by Dave’s work (like we used to be), and having the new insurance money for the new plan taken out of the paycheck all in the same month. All this for our terrible coverage. Fantastic.

• dealing with THE grumpiest three-year-old in all of Utah County. She certainly woke up on the wrong side of the bed and it just went downhill from there.

• my rib(s) going out of place for the third day in a row. It’s so lovely when it happens because I can hardly breathe, let alone pick up a ten month old while dealing with the most dramatic three-year-old.

• having super hairy legs, very dirty feet and going on the second day of wearing the same shirt. Day and night.

This evening I had to run to the library before it closed and I was still feeling sorry for myself, so I went to drown my sorrows at Target. And I bought this for myself.

I also made cookie dough. It was too late to bake them tonight, so I just had a few bites. I felt so much better.

Now, I’m not trying to generate sympathy or get cookies delivered (especially since I have some dough in the fridge right now). I’m just venting. I know it’s on days like this that I need to write in my gratitude journal and remember the good that still surrounds me. For example:

• even after spanking (yes, spanking happens on days like today) my three-year-old, she still loves me.

• having my sister in town for a few more days, and sharing some quality girl time with her and my Mom tonight after all the kids were asleep and until my Dad came upstairs because it was 1am, wanting to go to bed and kicked us out (in a nice way) of his room.

• having a husband that loves me no matter how hairy my legs get and I’m sure, hasn’t even noticed that I’ve sported the same shirt two days in a row.

So, no matter how terrible, horrible, no good, or very bad my days get, I know that I still have it good. Especially as long as Target is open.

the fourth of july. and the fifth, and sixth. oh and june 30th.

Here are a few thing we have been up to lately:

Inez marching in the children’s parade

Gwenie post children’s parade

cheering for Dave

cheering for Uncle Joe

cheering for Aunt Liz

cheering for Uncle Jon

and cheering for Dad in the Freedom Run

our very own Little Miss Firecracker

a very sad Little Miss Firecracker

cracking algunos cascarones con los primos, brought from TX from Uncle Joe & Aunt Liz

anticipating fireworks with the cousins

hanging out with her very smart cousin, Tui

watching fireworks with Dave


too loud



and more fireworks

hanging out with Auntie Kiki and Teina

doing the fireworks dance

our girl is growing up too fast, she looks so old here!

the lineup

with more sparklers

all the kiddos with their glow necklaces

in the light of the fireworks

more dancing and jumping

running with the glow necklaces

and a few more fireworks

and our firework lighters(Uncle Joe, Uncle Vaughn, Uncle Jon and Tainui) give us the sparkler version of the Samoan Fire knife dance for the finale

my five best years

Happy anniversary, babe. I love you.

Five years of wedded bliss.

Today marks five years of our marriage.

 I love you Dave.

P.S.  Happy tenth Anniversary to Beth & Fo’ou today too!

these tootsies

They belong to Gwen and Tori—two of the three cousins that were all born within nine days of each other. They wish that Lexi was here too.

the reunion

The Kewish Family Reunion is in full swing. Please excuse the irregularity of posts on our blog.

Lacking 12 family members. We wish you guys were here!

grandpa lesue

Inez loves going to Grandma and Grandpa Lesue’s house. I love it too because not only does she have a lot of fun when she is there, but she uses much of her energy while she’s away. It’s a win-win.
Here she is helping Grandpa on a project.

Grandpa is famous for his garden. He and Grandma work hard on it almost the whole year through and we are happy to reap what they sow.