Friday, January 16, 2009

black-ish, brown-ish

This is Cade's portrait of Martin Luther King.....not bad, cute. When i asked each of my kids about Dr. King here's what they said:

Cade: "Well, he's black......and he was a good leader, and then someone shot him". Pretty good for a kindergartner , right?

Shaylee: "He gave such amazing speeches, people just loooved to listen to him." Interesting that that's what she remembers about MLK..

Now for Hunter. I remember having a little bit of an identity crisis at his age. By crisis, i mean i never quite knew where i fit in, I knew i wasn't just white. I think the same goes for Hunt. Hunter, i like to say, is "White on the outside and brown on the inside" . His uncle likes to chant, "WT" (White Tongan) with the boy's.( Hey, we gotta take what ever "browness" we can get right?) I discovered Hunter was a little confused in first grade when his self portrait was of a very (adorable)dark brown boy. But i thought he had it kind of figured out by now that he's pretty white. Well, after asking him about MLK i now know he is still confused. Here's how it went: "So Hunter did your class talk about Martin Luther King today?" Hunter replies with, "Mom, black am i?" "What?" I said, "You aren't black....brown maybe, but not black" After a lengthy discussion on how black he is-or isn't for that matter. I thought we were on the same page, until a few minutes later he say's "so is it okay to say i'm black-ISH?" I love the innocence...maybe i'll just let him believe he's "black-ish" and who know's maybe the "black-ISH" part of him will help us get college scholorships someday......

Friday, January 02, 2009

Joshua Tree, Hawaii and Big Bear 08'

The past month has come and gone in a flash. Nothing but fun for us- spending Turkey day 5 star in the 5th wheel at Joshua Tree, on to Hawaii, then home a week before Christmas, and then 5 days in Big Bear for New Years. We have had a blast, but i think i'm ready to be home for a little bit. All of this fun can make a girl tired and needing to get back into some sort of routine, especially an exercise routine! Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Here we are getting ready to go out for a ride.....

The "Oasis"

My girl :)

Hawaii....a little R&R. We did alot of this...eating!

Beautiful Kona sunset

The Kona Christmas Parade...we were trying to get a picture with the Santa in the backround.

We can never get very far without him having to kill something.

Shane's hunt at Parker Ranch

Getting ready for Christmas....

Christmas jammies
It's always a good time together!!

Big Bear:
Papa and Houston having fun in the Snow.

Megan and Matt during our New Year's Eve bubble gum blowing contest.

Here's Amber modeling the most popular purchase of the week...fashionable snow boots from the local K-mart.

Snow Bunnies :)
Shay and Emmajane- glad they landed safely on this one, that is until the boys came flying down the hill-plowing right into Emma

B.F.F's :) Snow Ball fights seemed to be the hightlight even for the "adults"
more from the bubble gum contest. All the marks on the kids faces are from snowballs, mostly from the adults, but some of the adults had these same battle wounds! Good times!

And these two boy's could hardly take a break from eachother.

One fun Mema with Hunter and Miles.

Mema and some of the grandkids.

Thanks Vince and Wendy for a great week, full of laughs and wonderful memories!