Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Q: How old are you?
Q: Whats your favorite color?
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: A Teacher
Q: Why do you want to be a teacher?
A: I want to be a teacher because you get to be smart.
Q: Who is your dad?
Q: Do you like him?
Q: What do you like the most about him?
A: When he gets me what I want
Q: Who is your mom?
Q: Is she nice?
Q: What do you like most about her?
A: She spends time with me
Q: What do you like about Eva?
A: What do I like about Eva, well, she is kind to me
Q: Is she always nice to you?
Q: What do you like about Kaylena
A: I like playing with her and she likes to play with me
Q: What is your favorite thing to do?
A: Play with my sisters
Q: If you had a million dollars how would spend it?
A: I would buy a hot pool (jacuzzi)
Q: Who is your best friend?
A: Makaila Madsen
Q: What do you want to do right now?
A: Get wet
Q: How do you know your parents love you?
A: Because they say that they love me
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Q: How old are you?
A: Um, 3
Q: Are you sure, your 3?
Q: But you just had a birthday.
A: Mommy, 3 starts with birthday, so um, um, 7. Mom does 7 start with birthday? Ok, Im not gonna answer
Q: Whats your mom's name?
A: Um, Line
Q: Whats your dad's name?
A: Um, Naks
Q: What is Naks?
A: My dad, duh
Q: Do you have brothers and sisters?
A: Um, I don't a brother only 1 sister
Q: What's her name?
Q: What about Kaylena?
A: Oh and Kayrena
Q: Does your mom love you?
Q: Who do you miss?
A: Grandma and Papa.
Q: What is your favorite TV show?
A: Charlie and Lola
Q: What is your favorite thing to do?
A: Um, watch TV
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Egg on the top (eggs over easy).
Q: What is your favorite color?
Q: Who is your favorite person?
A: Um, daddy
A: Because I love him
Q: What is something do you not like to do?
A: Um, say that louder, mama, I don't like going to the bathroom
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
This fiesta was different from the others we have attended because there was plenty to do besides eat, talk story and listen to music. After lunch, the local men got the roosters out and had a cock fight. No lie! No worries, no need to call PETA because cock fighting is legal in Guam. Im not down for that kind of stuff but my girls were front row for the event. I made them sit with me when the fight started! Then there was the carabao or water buffalo. The girls, especially Eva, had a blast riding it! Thank you Champaco family and Rachel and Albert for your hospitality.
Monday, April 13, 2009
We started the break with Eva's birthday on the 3rd. We celebrated with a Mexican style BBQ and cupcakes. Chris Montanano and his family came to celebrate Eva's day. Eva sang happy birthday to herself all day long. She was totally festive and so happy to have her friends and family celebrating HER! Rachel asked her "Are you happy that your friends are here for your birthday" Eva said "Yeah, but just my Grandma and Papa are not here because they are far away." Maybe on her next birthday her Grandma and Papa will be here.
Saturday the girls had soccer but we missed the game because they changed the time. No problem! We just drove over to Mt. Lam Lam and had some shave iced and frosty freezes. Next we went home and got ready to attended a birthday party in the afternoon, followed by a fiesta and baptism in the evening!! We started the next week with swimming at the Hilton Pool on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday we rode the Easter train at Micronesia Mall, then had dinner at Chamorro Village. Thursday we celebrated Maysa's birthday. She wanted to go out to dinner. We headed to CPK in Tumon and partied with our friends the Montananos. Maysa loves to dress up and go out.Friday we took all the girls including Rachel and Paige to watch Hannah Montana the Movie. Then that evening we went out to dinner to celebrate another birthday. It was Aaron's 23 rd birthday and we celebrated at Tony Romas in Tumon.
Saturday was soccer but we still squeeze in a visit with our friends Chris and Joleen and managed to finish up Maysa's Science Fair project before having dinner at the Hopoates. Elder Hopoate prepared an umu for his daughter, Keauhea, who is visiting from Utah with her 5 children. We had so much fun at the Hopoate's home. The food was so yummy. All traditional Tongan food. I L.O.V.E. 'd it!!
Easter Sunday was spent watching Conference. Conference messages are always so timely! Easter lunch was in Latte Heights with our friends. The girls even got into a tug of war match against the boys and they won!! The boys better watch out. My girls got muscles...LOL And because we had promised to have dinner with Rachel's family, we headed to Barrigada for Easter dinner with the Warner kids. We seriously had been eating the whole week and just could not eat another morsel. It was fun to hang out with Rachel's siblings and the McKenzie family from our branch.
As if the past week wasn't enough, on Monday when school resumed, we headed to Rittidan Point after Maysa got out of school and played at the beach. The kids were reminded of Alexander and Eva, since we always use to only go with them to Rittidan. I love how close the beaches are and being able to run out for a couple of hours to play on the sand, swim, snorkle or just sit.
In all this madness, the best part was getting birthday presents in the mail from Grandma and Papa. The girls loved their presents and missed their grandparents all the more.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Maysa got an award for reading. She got two awards. One for first book read and another one because she read more than 10 books. She even got to meet Clifford The Big Red Dog!
We signed the girls up for soccer. Maysa didn't want to play but Eva was all for it. We are two months into it and Maysa is really loving it but Eva has her moments. Agustine and I are having a great time watching them play.
Our branch had a Valentine's dance for just the adults. They did an awesome job with the decorations and the DJ was pretty good too. Thanks to a couple of young women in our branch for babysitting so that Agustine and I could attend.
We don't have any dance pictures because Agustine doesn't like to dance! He was good to go and support the activity committee!!
Weather or not, we still play! It poured buckets of rain the entire game. The kids played through it all and had a blast. Guam is just die hard like that!
Kaylena trying to stay dry. She was the only baby out in the field that rainy day. Tongans always go hard or not at all!!
Guam's Rugby 10s! The venue is not as high tech and cool as the USA Rugby 7s but it does the job. We went to cheer on the team from Marshall Island. The team was mostly Fijians and Tongans. It should have been Team Polynesia. They placed 3rd this year after taking 1st place last year. Guam took 1st this year.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Recently, a young and scared woman came to my door running for her life. I've never seen a woman so afraid that she would run from her home barefoot carrying only what she could carry in a tote bag. My heart felt for her but my mind did not want to jeporadize my family's safety by helping her. In the end, I helped her to get away from the abusive situation she was trapped in. I couldn't help but think about my own little girls. There was no other choice than to help this young woman. If it were my little girl, running for her life, I would hope that another woman would feel enough for her to take her to safety.
Before leaving this young woman safely with family memebers I asked her to run and never look back. She was concerned for my safety but I told her that should her boyfriend be crazy enough to ask me about her he would be making a big mistake! People often mistake me for someone who likes confrontation. I actually hate confrontation and violence makes me sick to my stomach. However, in the most basic of instincts to flee or fight, I tend to swing all the way to fight mode...LOL Especially when it comes to my family. If you come looking for a fight with my family, you had better be prepared to make some moves! Im a woman who knows who she is and my worth is beyond your comprehension. You could never control me because I will not surrender my being to you. So, young man, step carefully and watch how you approach a woman because you just maybe in the presence of the Tongan version of Madea!!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Agustine and Maysa had just left, when I got the call that they had a minor accident. He said it was a fender bender and Im thinking...ok, no big deal, why do you need me to pick up Maysa? I get to the scene of the accident, actually it takes forever to get there because traffic is backed up. When I finally get there, Im wondering where is the other car because all the cars that are blocking traffic loook perfectly fine to me. I check on Maysa and she says she is fine. Agustine starts taking pictures of his car and the car involved in the incident. Then he tells me that the woman refused to move her car to the shoulder because her sister in law drove up right after the incident and told her not to move her car and to remain inside. Then the sister in law calls the police. Thats when Agustine called me to pick up Maysa because he knew that Guam PD would probably take forever to arrive. I got to the scene before GPD.
As we are waiting for GPD, Agustine is taking pictures of the scene and the vehicles. The driver of the other car finally gets out and decides to check out her car for the first time since the incident occurred. Remember her sister in law told her to remain in the car and not to move her vehicle. The woman is somber looking and doesn't even say a word to Agustine. Sister in law probably told her to remain silent. Im sitting in the van with my kids trying to call Calvo insurance to report the incident. All I get is a recording stating their hours of operation and they don't even allow you to leave a message. If you have Calvo Insurance and you get into a car accident prior to 8:30am, don't bother calling them because they don't care!! When GPD arrives, they check to see if everyone is ok and then the sister in law jumps out of her car and starts telling the police that she called and blah, blah, blah. She gets back into her car and leaves. The officers take their reports and then it seems everyone is ok but then here comes the ambulance.
The officer tells Agustine that the kids riding in the other vehicle requested to be treated for neck pain. The paramedics get there and then the kids are all of a sudden feeling ok. So first they tell the officer they are ok then they say their necks hurt then when the ambulance gets there they are ok. Well what the crazy cow is it? Are you ok or not? Agustine said the kids were middle school aged. Probably don't know if their necks are hurting from being ordered to remain still in the car.The officer that was taking Agustine's report came over and said that the report was going to be reclassified to show that all partys involved were ok. 10-4, Dano.
I leave with Maysa and Im thinking...in California this would be a no harm, no foul situation. Both parties would be on their way after agreeing that everything and everyone was ok. No need for a police report or a call to the insurance companies. Not the case in Guam. Here everyone is looking to make the most of every situation. The other car had a small scratch which we don't know if it was the result of the fender bender or if it had already been there. As for Calvo Insurance, Agustine calls them after they opened and the agent tells him that they won't take a report from him unless the other party's insurance calls to file a claim. I love Guam but situations with people like the woman and sister in law involved in this situation make me want to pimp slap somebody!!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I have to admit that I had my reservations regarding Barack Obama and his ability to lead our country. Since the primaries, I've read, researched, fussed and fumed about my thoughts on the next leader of the US. Im not going to write about what I discovered in my readings or what new light came into my mind because thats all irrelevant now. What is relevant is what I feel and know now having just watched the inauguration of President Obama. Never in my life have I ever felt that I or someone like me could ever be President of the United States. Thats all changed now. It still remains to be seen what type of leadership President Obama will provide for a nation that is clearly in turmoil. What is clear to me now more than ever is that I can finally say and see that someone like me or more importantly someone like my children can be President someday. I hope to build for my children a legacy of empowerment and responsibilty for the next generation. I hope that they will dare to dream the impossible because its their destiny and nothing can hold them back!!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Time to swim!!
Birthday dinners are the best. For a minute there, I thought it was one of the girls birthday because Evangelene ordered shrimp and Maysa ordered New York Steak. But their dad didn't mind and let them have what they wanted because thats just the kind of dad he is. We love our papi chulo and hope that he enjoyed his birthday this year as much as we did!!