Monday, December 19, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Ben has been taking ballroom for a couple of years now. Katie only just started hip-hop classes about six weeks ago. When she started the class, the other students had already started learning the recital dance and they had quite a head start on Katie. As soon as she learned about the recital, of course, she wanted to be in it. Baby likes a chance to shine. I was opposed to her jumping on the recital bandwagon. "There are only six classes before the recital, I don't know if that's enough time for you to learn the dance." She begged and pleaded, we discussed it with her teacher, and he said as long as she knew the dance, she could be in the recital. Thanks, teach!
Fortunately he had uploaded a video of the dance to you tube and Katie practiced it every day until she had it down pat. I've seen her do that dance every week at class and every day at home. She knew that dance better than most of the girls in class. But when she strolled out on stage, she was decidedly not doing the dance I'd seen so many times. Suddenly, her hips were swaying, her shoulders rolling, and she sashayed around that stage in a manner I had not seen before.
Note how even when the dance is over, she maintains that "I'm so cool" attitude. When the dancers left the stage, Kerry and I looked at each other, closed our mouths, and said, "What was THAT?"
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Her teacher had told us that the local music store sometimes has a package deal where they bundle the guitar and amp together for a discounted price. So, Emily and I headed over there on Saturday to see what sort of deal we could get. The store is closing and moving to a new location, so they are selling off a lot of their stock at discounted prices which we were hoping would benefit us.
As soon as we walked in, one of the store employees came over and asked us if we needed help.
"Yes," I told him. I explained that Emily was about to start bass guitar lessons and that we needed a bass and amp and that we had heard they sometimes had package deals for a beginners set.
"I'm sorry," he told us. "We no longer have any. We're moving the store and a lot of things have sold out already."
"Oh darn. Do you think you will get any more in when you get to your new location?"
"I don't think so," he told us.
Dad-gum-it. Where the heck am I going to get a bass guitar without spending a fortune, I wondered.
We then told the employee that we would take some new guitar strings and he trotted off to fetch them. While we were standing there waiting, another emplyee came up and said, "Did you find everything you needed today?"
"Well, no," I told him. "We were trying to find a beginners bass guitar and amp, but you don't have any."
He looked at me oddly, "Yes we do. They're right over here, and they are 30% off right now."
I pointed at the other employee and tattled, "He just told me you don't have any!"
The other employee looked at us and said, "She said she wanted a package."
Uh....hello. If I walk in saying I'm looking for a beginners bass guitar and amp and you are selling them for 30% off, don't get hung up on the word "package". I don't mind if they aren't all shrink wrapped together.
We did end up leaving the store with a bass guitar, an amp, a cable to hook the two together and a guitar case, all at 30% off despite the guy who couldn't see the forest because of all the trees.
Friday, November 11, 2011
We all gathered together to start our hike at five o'clock in the afternoon. Our main purpose in starting so late was to climb to the top and then watch the full moon rise. We've been waiting quite a while for a night when the weather was good, and when the moon was not already up, or only had a crescent showing.
Of course, once we were all ready to go, one of the teens who has been on this hike before mentioned, "Yeah, there's just a couple of parts where the trail is so narrow it's like, if you step too far to the right, you die. If you step too far to the left, you die."
As it turns out, we weren't going to be hiking along a regular trail, but along a ridge. I wasn't pleased to be hearing this info. "Why are we taking our kids up to a place where they could take a wrong step and die?" I wanted to know.
I was assured that it really wasn't dangerous and that the teens were just dramatizing.
So off we went.
If you ever go, you should know there is no public parking lot for this hike. You have to park in a neighborhood, so be respectful of people's driveways and property.
Also, the first third of this hike is fairly strenuous. Bring a water bottle that you don't have to hold in your hand. There are a lot of places where you really have to scramble up some steep inclines covered in loose gravel and grab on to branches to help hoist yourself along. But I really didn't find any of it to be so difficult that I wished I hadn't come.
About the time you start breathing hard, you reach a really good spot to stop and take in the view of the Mokulua Islands. It is a phenomenal view of the windward coast and I am not kidding. It was like looking at a postcard.
When you see this view, you want to stop and get your breath back.
Because the trail is about to get steep again.
As you climb higher and higher the view just gets better and better. The sunset was reflecting off the ocean making the water look rosy.
This is one of the areas where if you go left you die, if you go right you die. It's not very wide, but at least it isn't a sheer drop off a cliff on either side. It is incredibly windy when you get to these areas though. If you ever go, wear a jacket. I actually got an ear ache from the wind.
The view inside the bunker was fabulous in a different way.
We stayed up there for quite a while just talking and trying to keep warm. Then we all pulled out our flashlights and headed back down.
Now, what I call a strenuous but not horrible hike on the way up in the daylight, is a whole different story on the way down in the dark. Katie promptly dropped her flashlight and broke it so we had less light from the start. We lost sight of the trail several times in the dark. Those steep places with loose gravel are extremely difficult to navigate in the dark while holding a flashlight. There was one steep section where I would cling to one little tree on the side of the path, then aim for the next little tree on the path to stop my forward motion by grabbing on to it. Then I would pick out another little tree further down and start over again. This required changing my flashlight from hand to hand depending on what side of the trail the next tree was on. I think I did fairly well as I only fell three times - doing a very impressive split on one incline. I took some skin off my palms and my forearm, bruised my behind on some gravel, and jammed most of my fingers on my right hand.
If you ever go, bring Bactine.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Once inside I was bombarded with a houseful of smoke and the tale of how Emily was cooking bacon and she turned away just long enough to butter her toast. And the bacon burned up completely in just those few seconds.