Sunday, May 31, 2009

A New Nephew

Aiyana had fun with her cousins this weekend which tells me she will gladly welcome a new brother or sister when that time comes. Here is a video of her rocking Kellen, the newest Cummings family member, in his infant carrier. Of course I only caught the tail end of it, but she was rocking him for quite a while.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Aiyana at 10 Months

Two more months and my baby is going to be one year already. Time really flies with a child. These days it is much harder to get Aiyana to sit still for a picture. I got a few of her sitting in the infamous "picture spot" in our living room, but she was soon scooting off on her tummy to find her toys. I got some of her outside, but she is not much of an out-doorsy baby, hopefully that will change as she gets older. Notice the distressed look on her face in the picture collage? I guess she did manage a smile. Aiyana stands and holds on to things for balance now, but she is not taking any steps. She recently broke two bottom teeth that are quite sharp. She loves toys that light up and play music. Any time she hears music she will sway from side to side and smile. When I sing to her she will try to sing back, it is very cute. She also waves bye bye with a little coaxing, gives you and hand slap when you say "give me five" and she will play peek-a-boo with a blanket or anything that covers her face. She is so much fun. I love you Aiyana!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Kauai Posts

I am finally finished posting about Kauai. I entered my posts on the dates that we were there. Here are a couple more pictures that I took on our last day in Kauai. On our last day we explored places we hadn't been on the island earlier in the week. Most of our time was spent on the north shore which was rather rainy and cold. If we ever go back to Kauai, which I would love to do, I think we will definitely plan for a hike on the north shore, scuba diving and kayaking down the Waimea River. I had a wonderful time with my husband and it was a trip that I will always remember.

The State Flower

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I'm Back

I am excited to write about my trip to Kauai, but my Kauai post will have to wait until I have more time to write about it and I have time to post my pictures. I took about 400 pictures because it was so beautiful there. I had a lot of fun in Kauai, but I missed my little Aiyana so much that my heart ached. Coming home was bitter sweet... Dana and I were sad to leave, but anxious to see our baby. My mom watched Aiyana while we were away and she took over on taking pictures so no fear, there is no lack of Aiyana pictures ;o).

We recently decided that we will be driving to see my brother in San Fransisco this weekend so I am excited about that. My mom, Dana and I will have to share the drive up there since we will be traveling over night on Friday. It will be a 12 hour drive so wish us luck!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Saturday in Kauai

Our last full day in Kauai. Dana and I woke up late and relaxed for a while. We started the day late and headed to my favorite restaurant on the island, Puka Dog. It may look as though I ate three hot dogs judging by the picture, but I really only ate one and a half. I look excited don't I? That's because I was ;o). After Puka Dog we headed west to Waimea Canyon and what a beautiful drive that was. Our only activity for Saturday was a catamaran tour of the Na Pali coastline which provided us with breathtaking views of the cliffs and a spectacular sunset.

Waimea Canyon

Na Pali Coast

Na Pali Coast

Sunset over the west shore...

I had a rough time on the boat and felt pretty sea sick, but I managed to pull it together for a picture ;o)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday in Kauai

This was a day for thrills, zip lining over the lush forest of central Kauai. We had a blast on this adventure and it was the first time either of us had ever zip lined. The land that we were zip lining over was the backdrop for the movie Tropic Thunder so that was kind of neat. There were seven lines and at the bottom we had lunch and Dana went swimming in a fresh water stream. Later that day we went to the Smith Family Luau and ate the most delicious food. They performed a traditional Imu Ceremony where they cook the pig in the ground. Once again, it was a beautiful day in Kauai.

Just before we started zip lining...

One of the lines...

Imu Ceremony

Dana & I at the Luau

Here's a video of me zip lining...

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thursday in Kauai

My favorite activity was booked on the second day we were in Kauai, Snuba. I was looking forward to snuba because I love to scuba dive and it has been several years since I have done it. Snuba is a cross between snorkeling and scuba and it eliminates all of the hassles of checking your oxygen supply and carrying your tank. We used a raft to hold our oxygen tank and a dive assistant stayed at the surface to monitor our oxygen level. The oxygen hose is about 100 ft long and the length allowed us to go pretty far. We saw tons of colorful fish and a huge sea turtle. We also fed the fish and some of them were pretty aggressive. The "rock" that Dana is holding really isn't a rock... it's alive. One of the dive instructors wrote "ALOHA" on it and gave it to us for a picture. I guess it was kind of squishy.

We saw a lot of fish like these...

This is a sea turtle we saw on Poi Pu Beach...

Monk Seal on Poi Pu Beach

These chicken were everywhere, some are domesticated and some roam free...

South shore of Kauai, by Spouting Horn

South shore, lava rock

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Our First Day in Kauai

We arrived in Lihue at 2:00 pm on Wednesday and it was a gorgeous day in Kauai. Dana and I were a little disappointed that we were not greeted with a Lei upon our arrival at the airport, but we soon got over it and headed to the car rental place to pick up our vehicle for the week. It was a short and beautiful drive to the Lihue Marriott Beach Club and Resort. We unpacked, threw on our beach wear and headed out to explore the resort and check out the beach of course. It was a relaxing evening spent taking in the views and anticipating the days to come. I have so many pictures, but I thought that I would only choose a few that highlight each day.

Our hotel...

Dana and I on the beach outside of our hotel...

The view from our room...

Remember my post about shopping to find a swimming suit? Here's one of the two that I bought that day...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Dialing Uncle Zach

Yesterday, while riding in the car, my mom gave Aiyana her cellular phone to keep her entertained. Aiyana, like any other child, loves playing with a cell phone. Upon pressing all of the button's she managed to select the very one that dials her uncle's number. Just as one would do when making a call for everyone to hear, Aiyana then pressed the speaker phone button. Zach answered and she didn't have much to say so we had to chime in and tell him that Aiyana decided to call him. I thought it was cute that she called her uncle all by herself.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

I Love Being a Mom

Being a mom is the best thing in the world. I am truly blessed that I got to spend my first Mother's Day with my mom and my daughter.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

She Has A Lot to Say

Aiyana has been talking for quite some time now, but I haven't ever posted any video of her doing it so I thought this video clip would be a good one to include in my blog. She seems like she has a lot to say. I also thought I would include this photo of Aiyana and Shiloh, he just loves her. Aiyana was crawling all over him today and he acted like it was a massage ;o).

What is This Stuff?

This morning I brought Aiyana out on the lawn once again to try and get her acclimated to the grass. This time she was not as freaked out by it, but I had to hold her close in order for her to tolerate it. As you can see in the picture on the left... she has a "death grip" on my shirt. I picked a blade of grass for her to hold and inspect which is what she doing in the picture on the right. I had to take these pictures myself while holding her since she wouldn't let go of me. I've been trying to figure out why she hates the grass so much because my mom has pictures of me sitting in the grass at her age. My dad thinks that it probably has to do with the fact that the grass here is not nearly as soft as the grass in the Midwest. So she probably hates the points on the blades that poke her little feet and legs when she touches it.

My Mother's Day Gift

Yesterday Dana brought Aiyana home from daycare sound asleep and in her lap was her gift to me. I loved it, of course, and it is proudly hanging on my refrigerator. I was in bed and sick all night last night with a temperature of 101 so I couldn't give Aiyana a kiss and tell her thank you because I didn't want to get her sick. She cried all night for me and it broke my heart. Today she is getting much love and attention. Thankfully my fever is gone and I feel much better. My mom will be flying in tomorrow and I cannot wait to spend Mother's Day with her and my daughter.

Notice how the date was suppose to be filled in and instead it says "put a date here". I turned it over and the date is on the back.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Aiyana is 9 Months

I very desperately wanted to get Aiyana's 9 month pictures on our new lawn, but that was not going to happen. I have tried to set Aiyana on the grass a couple of times in the past and she is less than pleased with me for doing it. Something about the texture of the grass freaks her out. She will cry immediately when she feels it on her legs. Then she will calm down briefly until she looks back down at it and then cries again. Hopefully she will get use to it, and her pool, at some point this summer so we can enjoy some outdoor time.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Mary, Mary... quite contrary... How does your garden grow?
Our plants are looking good and our washingtonia palms are coming back to life.
Clockwise from top left... bogonvia leaves, navel oranges, key lime blooms, lemon marigolds & tiny key limes.