Monday, July 15, 2013

Chicken coop, dating and Sunday Program

Of all things that's been occupying our Summer, the children has been helping their father with building a chicken coop in the back yard.  Mahonrai, especially has been complaining about spending his time laboring in a chicken coop instead of real work that can give him spending money: 
"I can't believe I'm spending my summer working on a chicken coop mom.  Pretty soon we'll have chicken poop to deal with."
He's just off to football camp this morning so the chicken coop in on hold until he returns.  Hubby is set on eating natural.  Something about GNO or GMO taking over our world of dieting and eating.  He's also going to build a green house with tilapia and vegetables.  We'll see how those goes.

Last Wednesday Mahonrai went on his very first official group date.  "Mom, I am seventeen now, I can talk to girls."  Then he arranged for his very first date this girl Saane.  He's had a crush on her since their elementary days.  I made sure his sister Mele Vasiti chaperones him but he also took all his other cousins so there were about 8 of them all together.  I jokingly stated,  "Remember no hugging, no kissing and no monkey business!"  LOL.  Mele Vasiti however is as blind as a bat.  She won't know what's going on in front of her own nose 'cause she keeps loosing her glasses. 

As for the program this past Sunday, it was a success.  We talked and sang about "Standing in holy places". 
In preparing for my talk I came to realize that all our holy places linked and are somehow connected.  Our temples, chapels, our bodies and our homes.  However, our foundation and anchor begins in one place and one place only and that is within the four walls of our homes.  When our homes are in order, everything else will be in order.   

During song practices with the younger kids, I mentioned to them that we should just have them sing one song and have their oldest sister sing one song.  I couldn't believe the retaliation that fired back:
"Nooooo, we don't want her to sing.  She's out of the spotlight.  It's our turn to shine now mom."
"Shoot, her time is over.  Long gone.  It's our time now."
"And let her take all the glory, heck no mom."
 Ba ha ha.  Doesn't this sound like something on TV?  I couldn't believe my ears at what I was hearing.  These kids are killing me. 

Last night, everyone was gone to their aunt's house for movie night.  Only me and hubby was home and as I was closing up the house, I tippy-toed down the stairs in the dark and somehow miss a step and fell.  It's a wonder I didn't break my ankle because I'm a hefty 250 pounds.  I gave out a squeal and was sure my husband heard but obviously he was oblivious to everything except his movie that he was watching on his phone.  I picked myself up, check my ankle and thank God for supplements because they keep my bones strong.  As for my hubby, next time I'll pretend not to hear him whenever he screams in pain from gout.

The only disappointment I experienced this past week is that I didn't know American Idol was in town.  We totally miss the whole freaking audition.  My girls would have loved to go and audition.  May be next time.

Life is a bliss.  I love it.  I have been tremendously blessed.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Summer Time, Grand Children and Blogging

The irony of the four seasons is that when it comes to Summer heat, I yearn for the Winter cold.  Not so much as snow though.  Here in Utah though it feels more like we only have 2 seasons, Winter and Summer and they both seem to last for ever.  Especially when the air conditioning is down and the heater has no controller switch so instead of giving heat, it becomes a burning furnace.

Anytime now, my son Leveni and his wife Fusi will be having their very first child.  I will be a grandmother and I am ecstatic.  My family tree is growing and instead of being one of the branches, we are slowly edging towards the deeply rooted roots of the tree.  We are building a foundation for a future generation just like my great, great, great grandparents did and the ones before them and so on and so forth.

I don't know what it is but each year it just seems to get busier and busier.  I'm wondering if it's just because I'm getting older and older and that my days of living are numbered.  I'll say one thing for sure though is that, I'm realizing just how short life is and taking one day at a time now.  Enjoying each day and the simple pleasures it brings.  Enjoying my children and showering them with hugs and kisses whenever I have the chance for who knows when and where our Makers will call one of us back.

So far, Summmer has been a blast.  Of work for me and fun for the kids.  This week is the very first week that they actually get to stay home and have time to do their chores.  Tomorrow though, our Toki family reunion starts and so we will all be back on the grind once again.  Places to go and talents to show.  Yes we always have these Talent Shows during Reunions.

As for blogging, I'm gratified that I discovered it at the time that I did a few years ago.  It became a much needed outlet for my emotions until I can learn how to deal with them accordingly.  Now, I can enjoy blogging without having that overbearing urgency to spill it all out on my blog.  It's quite liberating to be at peace with one's emotions and life.  Not that my life is perfect now.  Far from it.  It's just that I'm accepting things as they are and the realizations that life will always be a work in progress like myself.  Taking one step at a time.

I'm a full time working mother now.  Funny but I'm hustling every day at work for sales and to make money for my family.  Since April 1st of this year I've been back to work full force.  I have no guilt now because all my children are pretty much grown and can fend for themselves while I work to bring in the dough since my husband is still unable to work.  I love my job and I see the hands of God in every direction our lives are leading to.  His purpose is clear and we are where He wants us to be at the right place and at the right time.  I have that brightness of faith in His will for He knows everything that is good for me and my family.  I always put my trust in the Lord.