Sunday, April 22, 2007

Guess how tall?

Apparently you can measure your 2 year old to determine how tall they will be as an adult.
You just double their height at 2. Tenzin is 3'2" so he will be 6'4". (they say)
This is really cool, because when he was a newborn I told Tai I thought he would be 6'4" when he grew up. I guess we'll find out in 18 years or so.....
Now, how do you find out what they will become?

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

On the inside

As requested, some pics of our rooms. We're about to change everything around, I'll post the after shots.

What's going on

Things are going well. Spring is here, which means more outside time for our rambunctious boys. Our school is growing all the time, and it looks like we will definitely be full this fall. Yay!

Tenzin is wonderful and becoming more of a little boy all the time. He sleeps in his bed until morning, which has really changed my life. Sleeping a full night, I haven't done that in years! (almost 3 actually) I was pregnant and peeing all night, then I had a newborn, and then a co-sleeping/breastfeeding toddler. whew. Ahhh sleep is good!

We have applied to be involved in a project to build our own house. They will be "green" houses:
"Low Impact Development (LID) is an ecologically friendly approach to land development, designed to reduce impacts on watersheds and other aquatic resources. LID is based on the premise that nature knows best: rather than collecting and transporting stormwater off site through piping systems, nature - and low impact development - relies on native vegetation, landscaping and small-scale hydrologic controls to capture, treat and infiltrate stormwater. LID also reduces the amount of impervious surface on development sites, thus reducing the amount of runoff actually leaving a site. The demonstration projects authorized in this ordinance also will feature Built Green construction principles, which emphasize recycled materials, energy efficiency, natural habitat protection, and other environmentally friendly construction practices."
Everyone involved will help build all of the houses. There will be 14 houses on 6 acres. It won't start until next year, which is good. Hope we get it! We would have to work on the house 35 hrs/week. But if we only did 16 hours of school, we could both take turns working on the house. ( I know- ME build a house... oh gosh....) They have carpenters there to guide you. Or I could just show up for the painting part. You can also have your friends and family volunteer too.

We have to make under $57k to qualify for the house though, so it looks like we will only be able to work 4 days next year. darn it. : ) I'm hoping to have 11 kids 4 days a week. For some reason no one wants Friday. We would have a 3 day weekend every weekend and also have lots of vacation time. It's my dream come true! Tai also wouldn't be able to drive bus anymore, which would be nice actually. He really likes it, but by the end of the day it feels like a lot. It's maybe hard to justify making less money to qualify for these houses, but we really can't afford a regular house here. These houses will be a little over $200k, and we can get a loan from the federal gov. for 1%. That makes it worth it. A home here that is not a fixer is at least 500k. Interest makes it impossible.
So, it may be a good option for us.

Planning life is difficult. We're having a hard time deciding when to have a second child. There is a financial/planning/business balance that doesn't really work together too well.

I'm starting up with my rowing this weekend. I'm really excited that I finally have time to do something recreational. For now I will just row rec, since I don't want to go to races off island right now. Can't wait!

Tenzin will be up from his nap any minute. Time to make a snack.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

The good life.

As expected, the little prince was treated royally on his birthday. He got a new bike that promotes balance instead of learning to pedal. (he had that down a long time ago!) He calls it his motorbike. Yes, and it's the closest thing to a motorbike he will have I can assure you. Thank you Grandma Sue! He also got an all terrain wagon that is such a sweet ride that he fell asleep in it. Yes, that's a waffle in his hand. Pop pulled him around until he dosed off. Too sweet really. Another favorite is his firetruck. Firetrucks are really in right now!
He entertained our guests non-stop.
Tenzin has been getting in some good nakey time. We're hoping to finish up the potty learning anytime now. He is quickly growing up. He even sleeps until 7:30 in the morning! YEAH!
Well, I might as well mish-mash everything together here. Toddler=little time.
We had our easter egg hunt today- Tenzin was SO excited. Tenzin would go "AH" every time he found an egg. I hid some eggs and Men's pokey for Tai. He was excited since he said he hasn't had a good easter egg hunt in about 20 years. Tenzin got some new play food for his kitchen, gardening gloves, a watering can, a little bunny puzzle and a giant german paper mache egg with a bunny in it from Gramy Bee. He calls the bunny Ruby, and it does look a lot like her.
We also had an aquarium day for Tenzin's birthday week celebration. He loved it A LOT!
whew! It's hard to fit a week of Tenzin's life on one page.... sorry for the random order of it all.
Having a toddler has got to be one of the most exhausting yet rewarding things you can do in this life. It's a good life. Thanks for sharing the joy with me.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Happy Easter!

Tenzin LOVES his bunny Ruby. He is always snuggling and kissing her. It's too cute really.
Tomorrow I will hide his easter eggs in our yard. He has been playing easter for a while now. Hiding eggs and finding them again.
Tenzin has another cold, and it seems he is catching up from all the time he wasn't sick in Hawaii...
Tenzin's new favorite thing is the wild peacocks we have around here. He does peacock calls to them, and we here them calling back. Every night he talks about peacocks nonstop. Last night Tai said the peacocks were sleeping. Then Tenzin said the next morning that the peacocks were shopping. He is so funny right now!
I asked him if he remembered when he was in my tummy. He said "Yup. Toys in there, fire trucks in there. Horse in there." I know my belly was big, but not that big! He cracks me up.
When my sister and her boyfriend were here they showed him their tongue rings and Tenzin said "uncle Ron two balls in mouth" Then he said it 20 more times. oh my gosh. Where did this funny child come from?

Thursday, April 05, 2007