Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Kanoa says the funniest things...

This afternoon we drove downtown to do some errands.  We waited in the car while Li went into the library to return old books and videos and pick up what was waiting for us.  Kanoa was waiting to go to French and Brawn, a mom and pop type grocery store, to get a big cookie.  He brought along the change he found on a wooden toy ship that he had dumped there weeks ago.  On our way, we went into The Village Shop so I could buy some licorice jelly beans for our family friend Jene (who is like a Grandmother to us all).  I knew Kanoa would remember that place and had probably forgotten about it since we had not been there for a long time.  He picked out a lollipop, Twix bar, and two packs of bubblegum.  He was SO happy!  He chatted enthusiastically the whole time.  

Makana was deciding what to buy with the money she had and was talking with the store owner.  As the store owner came around from the counter by the kids, Kanoa looked up at her and said, "Can I please tell you something?"  The lady said, "Sure."  Kanoa said, "I like this store even better than French and Brawn."  I think she liked what he said.  

Then when we got to French and Brawn, we saw one of the familiar cashiers and the first thing Kanoa did was to go up to her and tell her that he found a place he likes "even better than this place."  Li and Makana were embarrassed that he said that.  I told them that he didn't know any better yet.  He's only 5.  He was being honest and I didn't think she would mind as she wasn't the owner and knows how much he loves sweeties.  I did briefly mention to him that it is better to not tell people who work there that you like another place better.  I bought chicken and we walked back to the car.  As Kanoa was getting in he said to me, "I'm a lucky man."

I posted this picture with a review for our washing machine that we purchased several months ago.  I love it!  It's quiet, does large loads, spins things so nice and dry and gets the clothes clean just fine.  The biggest plus is that it is much quieter than our old one and that is important because Jim is sensitive to noise and the washer is located near the kitchen where we often congregate.

Kanoa and I played Sorry this morning.  He likes winning and getting the Sorry cards and cards that let him move a higher number of spaces.  The game went for a long time and he asked me to go for him for a while, so I did.  I noticed that he played for a longer time than he used to and took only one card (most of the time).
I made sure the winner was Kanoa because I knew how much it meant to him.  

Kanoa has started to sit near Makana when she plays on the computer.  Sometimes they watch a show or he might watch her as she skypes and plays.

Once or twice over the past month, I set up Kanoa on the computer that Makana normally uses because I needed to use the one he usually uses.  He must have liked that A LOT because he now likes to go on hers.  I can tell he feels like this is a "big" thing to do by the way he sits at her desk.  This photo did not capture it, but I have that special look he gets in my mind.   

Well....I did capture it in one blurry photo I snapped before he realized I was taking pictures and began to make funny faces.  Sitting so tall and proud...he's doing important things here....and sitting where big sister sits.  Big stuff. other big thing....he's starting to use the potty!  He started occasionally using the potty to pee.  Just sometimes.  Then recently he started to sit on it before bed.  He's still only done this like 5 times or so.  This afternoon he said he needed privacy and started to move things to make a private space in the room I was sitting in.  Hmmm.  I asked, "Do you need to poop?"  Yes, he did.  I asked him if he wanted to sit on the potty.  He said yes, but we'd have to run - he had to go right now!  So we ran upstairs and he pooped.  He asked me to shut the bathroom door and I pushed it with my hand from the spot on the floor where I was sitting.  Suddenly Kanoa got off of the potty.  Why?  To shut the door all the way.  Oh...I hadn't realized that he wanted it shut All the way.  When he was about to get back on the toilet seat he noticed his poop.  "Wow!"  he shouted!  "It looks like a beehive!"  I laughed.  Omg..a beehive.  I had to get up to look.  Well, did look like a beehive.  We've been talking a lot about bees lately.  Big topic of conversation as Makana is nervous about bees.  The beehive sunk lower in the toilet.  He saw it sink.  He got on and finished up.  But not before giving me Makana's ipod in case we wanted to take pictures (he loves silly selfie's). Now why would I want to take pictures there?  Well, I did.  Selfie's, silly selfies, and one picture of Kanoa using the potty so we can remember this time.  My last kid using the potty.  Well....even this "last" thing can make me feel bittersweet.  But rather than dwell on the many "lasts" he'll be doing, there are many firsts and new things he'll get to try and that will be exciting.  

Just as I was typing this, Kanoa came over and whispered in my ear, "Mommy, tell me when I get to be an adult."  I said okay and then I explained how he is getting a little older and older each day.  I still don't know why he was contemplating that, but that is what he was thinking about at that moment.  He can shift from one topic to another so fast.  Right now it is all about bubblegum.  

Friday, May 2, 2014

Appreciating a nice moment today...

This afternoon I lay horizontal on the couch while Kanoa sat on the end closest to the tv watching The Jungle Book on videotape.  I thought about how good that very moment was.  Makana had a friend over and they were happily playing.  Katie and Zach had just come in and were hanging out.  Jim was at work and had been in a great mood this morning because he didn't have to go into work on the weekend anymore (his 6 days a week just ended for this year).  Li was excited because we had just ordered a new pair of headphones.  His are broken and he looked up information and customer reviews all day yesterday and this morning and I found thirty dollars he didn't know he had to add to what he saved and made it possible to get a pair he liked.  And I was glad because Jim said he thinks it will work out for me to teach barre at 5pm on Tuesday evenings.  That is Great!

Li enjoyed several bike rides today.  Kanoa dug up rocks.  I cut down a couple of saplings.  We played with boppers, swords and scooters.  Makana and Azure looked for frogs, went scootering, played with Star Wars swords and more.  I got to chat with Lynn and Tony.  And to top it off....Kanoa, Li and I had such a FUN time playing with the water guns!  I love it when I laugh that hard!

Something new...Kanoa didn't mind getting squirted with water - it was okay for him to squirt us and us to squirt him.

And another new thing for Kanoa....he tried a couple pieces of chicken nuggets today.  The first nugget he ate some and then spit out some.  Then he asked for another piece and took his time eating it.  Later he went back and got more pieces and ate some and spit some out.  Then took his time with another nugget or two.  Wow! This is Kanoa's first time ever eating meat (he's 5).  I think he took a teeny tiny taste of a nugget one other time when Azure was here, but he didn't eat it.  So I was surprised!  Li is a bit disappointed as he hoped that Kanoa would be vegetarian like him.

Our day gets even better.....Jim is home from work (10:30pmish) and he is off this whole weekend!  Yay!

This is one of the rocks Kanoa dug up.  You can't tell in this photo, but he was proud of himself and wanted to show me.  I asked if I could photo him holding it. his personality begins to show ("Take one like this!")  Like Li, he loves to make silly faces!

Oh!  I forgot one other sweet thing...while we were outside, Makana told me that Li suggested they pool any birthday money they get together to purchase and share an Oculus Rift.  And though she liked that idea, she said she really wants to get Daddy a grill because she knows how much that means to him.  Wow....that was such a nice sentiment!