dad

Taken the day my Mom was born (Christmas).

Graduated first in his class from NAOCS (Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School).

Here is some guy with Carol, Kristy and Heather, that closely resembles Dad—except for the large mustache. Actually, this was the seventies, as he entered the “B School” at Harvard, so maybe it’s okay?

He has run 13 marathons, and countless 10Ks and 5Ks.
This was after finishing the Palos Verdes Marathon.

Here’s a sweet action shot during the St. George marathon.

Falling asleep in his chair, as usual.

Always making us laugh.


Still running at his age, and winning medals.

A true Cougar, he bleeds blue. Here he is hiking the Y in his “BYU–Heck, Yes!” t-shirt.

Grandpa of 18, and a great one at that.

His wanderlust…

taking Mom with him to the far reaches of the world.

One of my favorite childhood memories (Carol probably won’t remember this;) ) was when we would ride around the neighborhood in our VW Van. What distinguishes it from any “normal” drive was that the side door was open and we would sit with our legs hanging out. As we turned corners and passed over the gutters, water from our neighbor’s sprinklers would splash up on our legs and feet and we would squeal with delight. I know, we were easily entertained. But the best part of my memory is that when my Dad started to slow down as we approached the house, us kids would start chanting, “go, go, go, go, go, go” until he would either stop in front of our house, much to our dismay, or speed up again and take us on another trip around the block, which was always met with cheers, squeals and probably fist pumps.
Here’s a picture of our beloved VW Van, that’s me in the passenger seat hanging out the window followed by Heather in the kickin’ socks, next to Joe and Kristy barely in the frame.

We will be so sad when Dad returns to China in about three weeks. He’ll be to Beijing for a year with Mom and I have simply been refusing to think about it until I absolutely have to. I am in a state of denial so I will probably finally think about it as I sob all the way home from the airport. Although the girls are probably going to miss them even more, they are such buddies.

I hope you had a great birthday Dad ! I love you, and sorry for eating so much frosting off your cake.

joe

Joey with his first birthday cake.

Often attending an Angels baseball game (he’s the one under the lady in black).

This was Joe’s most memorable Halloween costume. I think it was christened the “Mexican Jumping Bee.” What I don’t understand is how James got labeled the weird one.

Often having to model for Mom.

Torturing our kitty, Taboo.

Served in the Spain, Sevilla mission.

After graduating from BYU, he worked for Price Waterhouse Coopers before returning to school where he got an MBA from the joint program at SAIS and Wharton School of Business.

Traveling the world (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree).

Attending royal weddings—hence the formal attire.

Always up for quality ice cream when in town.

His new hobby is fishing, much to Liz’s dismay.

A great Dad to his two boys (and baby girl not pictured here)

One of my favorite memories with Joe was one night when we went to Newport Beach to try and see the grunion run. It was one of those warm summer nights that I miss about So Cal, and we were driving “the boat”/”undercover cop car”, listening to Lenny Kravtiz. Newport was always a fun place to go to where we would hang out at the pier and Balboa Island (I know that Beth will attest to this). Anyway, we didn’t see any grunion that night, but we did see some people digging for sand crabs. They had lights attached to their heads—of the mining variety—and there were a few measly sand crabs in a bucket of water. So Joe went out maybe ten feet into the ocean and dug up a very large sand crab. He then brought it over to the mining family and they exclaimed, “Ooohh!! Das a Biiiig One!!” To this day, this is a quote that anyone in the family (including their posterity) uses on a regular basis, complete with accent.

I hope you had a great Birthday Joe, I love you!

P.S. Move to Utah.

happy birthday teina!

Teina is six today! Our sweet, timid, cute little nephew. Nezzie & Gwenie sure miss you! Hope you have a happy birthday!!

happy birthday bridget!

Today my niece, Bridget, turns nine. We just spent some time with Bridget as her family was here for our reunion over the 4th of July and we had a lot of fun with her. Inez adores her, and it’s really no wonder because Bridget was so kind and patient with her three-year-old cousin. And she certainly put my mind at ease when they were playing together because I knew that Inez was in good hands. Bridget is a Disneyland loving, little surfer girl (if her Dad has anything to do with it) that lives in San Diego. We love our neice/cousin and hope that she had a wonderful birthday!

Here she is with Gwen, after riding Splash Mountain and consequentially getting wet.

Gidget Bridget

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

sparklers

too loud

fireworks

fireworks

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

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.


happy birthday campbell!

Today is Campbell’s sixth birthday! “Champ” or “CW” as he is often referred to, is my nephew who lives in Missouri. He is a very kind hearted, bright boy who loves to talk and talk and talk, using vocabulary that most kids his age don’t understand. We sure will miss having him and his family here for our family reunion this weekend. We love you Campbell! Happy Birthday!



happy birthday tainui!

Today is Tainui’s 11th Birthday. I can’t believe how old he is getting, especially because that means that I’m getting older too. We are excited to see you in just a few days T-Man! I’m 99.9% sure that Uncle Dave will play Settlers of Catan with you.
The fab five. All the Wihongi kids, Tainui is in the middle.

He is quite the athlete, as you can see.