I always knew kids were messy, but I never understood just how much until the last few months. Messy is an understatement. My apartment literally looks like it was hit by a tornado. And it looks like this no matter how hard I try otherwise.
When people come over, I have to give the embarrassing apology and make the little excuse about there being a kid in the house. The few that have kids nod in understanding, while the others try to hide their disgust. "Don't blame the kid. If you weren't so lazy and actually tried cleaning up it probably wouldn't look so bad." I'm sure that's what's going through their minds.
Little do they know, I have spent a good portion of the day cleaning up after my little tornado. Sometimes, I feel like that's all I do...all day...every day. And it's always the exact same messes. His favorite things to do:
-scatter all of the dvds and try to ruin the packaging. It's becoming an even bigger problem as he's learning how to open them.
-find a box of cereal and dump it out on the carpet
-grab all of the cans in our food storage and roll them around the kitchen
-open all of the cupboards and drawers and pull out every folded washcloth and throw them on the ground
-grabbing all of the diapers and pulling them out and throwing them everywhere
Pretty much, he doesn't really like to play with things. He just likes to grab them from where they are, look at it briefly, then throw it on the ground, then move on to the next spot. Within minutes of Will waking up, our apartment is a disaster.
And I'll admit, sometimes I don't bother cleaning it. Cause I know that any cleaning I do will be quickly reversed in no time. Whether I clean 20 times a day, or once it pretty much looks the same. Once he is asleep, I can finally get it cleaned. But then I only enjoy it for an hour or two before I go to sleep myself. So pretty much our house is somewhat clean between 9pm-7am.
Sorry about my little rant. Today was even messier than usual and I think I just get tired of cleaning the exact same thing 40 times a day. So if clutter and chaos bother you, you probably don't want to come over because that is exactly what you are going to find!
To all the mom's out there that somehow manage to maintain a clean house, kudos to you! I don't know how you do it, because I am failing miserably.
A couple of weeks ago, Will and I went down to Southern Utah. We spent a couple of days in Cedar City at Kim's house before we went over to Escalante.
The weather was really nice the whole weekend so we got do spend some time outside.
I let Will go play out side for a bit and when I went out, I found him like this. He sat in there and played for a little bit too. It cracked me up.
Kim also has several of these little four wheelers, so I had to try putting him on it.
He looks like such a natural, doesn't he? And he was even pushing on the gas with his foot. The back wheels were turning, but it was in a spot that was stuck so it didn't move. But he sure liked pushing the gas!
We were in the car for a good portion of the weekend. It was a very long drive and Will did pretty good. Heck, he probably did better than me! I was complaining a bit and was ready to be out of the car. He had a few rough patches, but overall did well.
My Grandma Woolsey was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor and may not live much longer. So we organized a little gathering of all of my family to make sure we all got to see her before she passes.
My grandma used to live in Escalante, but had to relocate to Beaver as her health started getting worse. We decided to have the family gathering back in Escalante so we could see the farm one last time. The last time I'd been there was for my Grandpa's funeral, so it was good to go back and visit. Plus it was Will's first time meeting his great-grandma.
This was Will's first encounter with a horse. And he was extremely scared. He was hanging on to Danielle for dear life. And if she tried to turn him closer, he'd claw his way as far as possible. Slowly, he calmed down and stopped freaking out.
Sorry the light is so poor. Most of these pictures are on my phone.
And this was Will's first horse ride with Grandpa.
Then Will got to ride a real four wheeler. And he LOVED it. While we were riding, he would laugh and he just had a great time. When we got off so the other kids could ride, Will crawled as fast as he could towards the four-wheeler and tried to climb back on. He definitely has some Woolsey genes in him.
I got some pictures of us with my Grandma, but they must have been taken with someone else's camera so I don't have them.
It was really good to see my grandma. I never got to say goodbye to my grandpa, and it had been a long time since I'd visited them. So while it was a very long drive and I complained the whole time, I'm really glad I got to go. And although it's a sad situation, I'm excited for her in a way. Of course I'm sad she'll be leaving all of us behind, but I'm happy that she'll get to be with her husband again.
I decided that I want to do a lot more detailed updates dealing with my weight loss. I want to keep detailed accounts of my workouts, and other things that I am doing. I want to talk about how I'm feeling, or going through a rough time, or when I accomplish something I'm really proud of. However, I didn't want that to become what this blog was about. This blog is about The Hinton's and us as a family...not Bobbi and her workouts. So in order to prevent this blog from being taken over, I have made a new blog completely dedicated to my exercise.
I will be talking about what I am doing for exercise. I will post healthy recipes that I enjoy. I have progress pictures, personal goals, when my races are, etc.
Because of some personal information (such as weight and measurements), my new blog is private. So if you would like to read it, please send me your e-mail.
We've been back from Hawaii for awhile now, and I am just getting around to this post! Sorry! Beware for picture OVERLOAD. I tried to add only the good ones and it was still a ridiculous amount.
We left Salt Lake City around 7am and flew to Phoenix for a 2 1/2 hour layover. Lance's sister, Melissa lives close so she stopped by to visit. She even brought us breakfast. Thanks, Melissa!
Then we had another layover on the island of Kauai. We were only there for a short time, so we only got to see the airport. I loved how open it was.
I was really worried about Lance getting burned, so we figured it wouldn't be the best idea to spend our first day at the beach. Thought we should ease into being in the sun a bit. We decided to go check out Pearl Harbor and visit the swap meet.
When we got there, it was pretty overcast and raining off and on so we forgot to sunscreen up. Then when we got to Pearl Harbor, the next available show was in 3+ hours. Not wanting to lose our parking place, we decided to just walk to the swap meet. Even though the weather didn't seem nice, we still managed to get a lot of sun and Lance's neck was super pink by the end of the day. I also ended up getting really bad blisters on my feet from my flip flops and was hurting the rest of the day.
On our second day, we decided to Hike Diamond Head and spend the day at Waikiki and downtown Honolulu.
This was at the top of Diamond Head, looking back towards Waikiki. I wasn't very impressed with Waikiki. So many people raved about it and told us we had to go there, but I don't think I would go back. It was very rocky and pretty painful to try and swim. Plus there was about a million people. And don't forget a big section of the beach was closed because they were trying to "rebuild" it. Guess nice beaches aren't natural afterall.
We stopped and saw the turtles on North Shore on our way to go snorkeling. It was a bit overcast and raining on and off. And I'm kind of obsessed with this picture. Not sure why, I just love it.
Lance getting as close to the turtles as possible.
Snorkeling at Sharks Cove. There were some pretty big waves that day, but luckily the cove is blocked and always calm. We weren't able to go out and venture in the deeper water because it was too rough, though.
We spent a lot of our time just hanging out at the beach . Our favorite spot was Waimea Bay. We'd jump the waves, body board, or just layout. My favorite was just to sit on the beach, watch Lance in the water, while reading the Hunger Games.
There is a trail that goes right up the side. I believe it is Koko Trail, or something like that. I really wanted to hike it, but we simply ran out of time. It's on my "must-do" if we ever make it back there.
We spent one of the days with my aunt and uncle, driving around the island.
We stopped at several lookout points and did this small hike/trail to this lighthouse.
This was the view from the top of the hike. Love this side of the island!
We also made a quick stop at the Temple. I felt a bit awkward walking around the temple dressed like that, but oh well. Quick interesting fact about these trees. There are vines that come down from the top and make their way toward the ground. Once they hit the ground, they take root. Pretty cool.
The flowers were so pretty!
We had to stop and visit the Pineapple Plantation.
The pineapple ice cream was great! Better than I was expecting, actually.
Made a new friend at the plantation.
We saved a day to do the Polynesian Cultural Center. Because it doesn't open until around noon, we decided to do a small hike/walk before.
We walked up to Waimea Falls.
Normally, the falls are much smaller and you are allowed to swim in the water. But because recent rain, the falls were too dangerous and we weren't allowed to get in the water.
The scenery is breathtaking and I love how green everything is. And check out the size of that leaf!
Near the entrance of the Cultural Center.
Lance learning how to throw a spear.
We also took some ukelele lessons.
Lance was chosen to participate in one of the shows. He and another guy had a race to see who could start a fire the fastest. Lance had his smoking pretty good, but neither were able to fully get it going.
This was his prize for participating.
Waiting for our turn to get food.
And finally, at our last day in paradise, we decided to check out Kuala Ranch. We did this "Secret Island" adventure where they take you to this spot and you get to spend a few hours. It wasn't really it's own little island, more of just a private beach. But there were hammocks, ping pong tables, volleyball, snorkeling, canoes, paddle boards, and all sorts of things.
Paddle-boarding was way fun but a bit harder than it looks. Even the tiniest waves set you off balance.
Again, the scenery is amazing and I just love those mountains!
We also did a little Movie Tour our Kuala Ranch. Mostly just sat in a bus while they pointed out a few sites, but it was still kind of interesting.
This was the actual tree used from the movie.
And here is the submarine used in Lost. We wanted to do the Lost tour, but it was way too expensive.
We really had a great time and it was nice to just get away from work and school and spend some time alone. Will did so great with my family, I think he was bummed to be back home.
I'm so grateful for my aunt and uncle for letting us stay with them and for helping out so much. They are so awesome! Hopefully someday we'll get to go back.