Thursday, December 18, 2008


Every once in awhile do you ever get the urge to do something crazy? I do. At least once a year I think ... man everyone looks so cute with bangs. I know they are annoying, but maybe when I cut them this time they will be better and I will look as good as everyone else. Tau always makes sure to remind me before I go to the salon not to come home crying to him afterward, and so I bring my tears to you oh great blog who won't tell me "I told you so"... Why!!? I do love them, but man, bangs are so high maintenance, especially when you have wavy hair. Now I remember why I grew them out in 7th grade. Oh well, when I actually take the time to do them it is pretty fun to get out of the house and feel sexy. Change is good, but thank goodness hair grows back.


I have to say this year we had one of the most enjoyable Thanksgivings I can ever remember. Our family had a mini reunion to set the marker stone on my grandparents grave. My Uncle Kelton did a beautiful job making the headstone and we were able to listen to everyone share funny memories and valuable lessons learned from Grandma and Grandpa Uda. It was also nice to get to know our cousin Falon a little better and see all our other family from out of town.

Becca did a great job putting together a talent show and even my hubby Tau got in on the action. The video of us dancing is on Youtube under Uda girl group dance (sorry Tau) if you haven't already seen it or want to see it.

I think Noa's favorite part was hanging out with his little cousins Brooklyn and Brinley. I am proud to say he's got his daddy's genes. He's definitely going to break 5'10. Whoopie!

I couldn't decide on a picture. They were all so cute.

Naomi got a bunch of us to sign up for the Orem City Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. Kevin, Taber, and Becca placed, and Naomi came soon after. I ran with Noa and gave it my best. We didn't make the best time and I almost gave up, but thanks to Kevin yelling for me at the finish line I pushed my way to the end. Thank you Hanks family for getting my blood moving through my limbs.

Other fun memories were waking up at 5 a.m. on black Friday with my crazy sister Becca and Kevin to shop at Walmart ...

the many sister dates, Twilight ...

Late nights with the adults to play Settlers and Pounce (thanks mom and dad for listening out for Noa), Taking up an entire row and a half at church (ah the good ol' days)...

the Tepanyaki date (thanks Becca and Taber) and all the other delicious desserts and food (yummo).

What a great Thanksgiving!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Happy Halloween!

For Halloween we dressed Noa up as a pumpkin and thought it would be fun to have a photo shoot with him sitting in a pumpkin patch. He was having fun with it until I thought it would be cute if we made him a little rounder. Boy was he mad when I shoved a stuffed tiger under his shirt, but it was worth it. Look how cute he looks plump...

I was so excited for Halloween this year because I finally had an excuse to go trick-or-treating again. Sadly no one would believe me that my little toothless one ate candy. Oh well, maybe next year he'll be big enough to score mommy a free bag of sweets. Yesss.

Don't ask what Tau and I were, we don't really know. Just wanted candy

Family Fun

We were excited to have Tau's family come out for Noa's baby blessing. His mom, dad, and sister Anita came with her two kids: Mai and Kaleio. It was fun to have guests stay at our house for the first time although I'm afraid I wasn't the very best hostess (at the time I was still trying to figure out how to get anything done with a new baby).

Tau's mom cooked a different recipe with me every night so I can start feeding my family properly (no more mac'n'cheese and cereal for dinner). I learned how to make some mean pork chops and beef stew. Yummo. We went shopping at Costco for the ingredients. Here you can see all three kids konked out at the same time. It was so cute ... and convenient.

On one of the days we took all the kids to Hee Haw's pumpkin patch. It was fun watching them run around and explore. I can't wait until Noa gets a little bit bigger so he can enjoy that stuff too. Here are some of the pictures from our outing.

Mai and Kaleio were very nice to their new cousin. Especially Mai who even tried to teach him patty cake.

Noa's Baby Blessing

Noa got blessed October 10th 2008 at grandma & grandpa Uda's house in Pleasant Grove. Here is a picture of him in the outfit grandma got for him. Thanks to everyone who came from out of town--grandma and grandpa Ioane, Auntie Anita, and Uncle Ray and Auntie Lauren. It was truly a special day.
Thanks to Grandma Uda, who cooked delicious chili and for letting us use her home. Noa enjoyed his day too. He got passed around the whole time until he finally passed out. Here are some pictures Munro took for us after the blessing. Thanks Ro.