Friday, December 10, 2010

Back From The Future (China's time zone is actually about 12 hours ahead of America's)

grand [grand]
adj (comparative grand`er, superlative grand`est)
1. outstanding: outstanding and impressive in appearance, extent or style
2. impressive: impressive, ambitious, and far-reaching
3. worthy of respect: worthy of great respect by virtue of exceptional ability or high rank
4. wonderful: wonderful, enjoyable, and memorable
5. principal: main or principle

Taiger and I are home from China. Of all our adventures so far, this was, certainly, although not "by far", the grandest!

We are still suffering from jet-lag. Taiger keeps trying to communicate in Chinese with non-Chinese speakers. Taiger has hardly stopped eating since we arrived (when we called my family before boarding our last plane from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City, Taiger asked Grandma to please meet him at the airport with FIVE cheeseburgers and a pop). I feel like I have "medicine head" and can't stay awake, nor stay asleep. It is wonderful to be "home"!

Our time in China was wonderful and difficult and I can't wait to share pictures and stories!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fourth Of July


When I was little, I LOVED the 4th of July! When I was a pre-teen/teenager, HATED the 4th Of July. I just wanted to put that out there. Done.

The Fourth of July is a very special holiday where we celebrate men and women who have fought, or are fighting, for our country, and when we show our gratitude for their families. I won't go on and on (and on) about my appreciation for those who serve to keep our nation free...I kind of already did that in my Memorial Day post.

So, I will move right alone.

The Fourth Of July is a kind of marking place for me. It started when I was a child as a marking point that only eleven days remailed until my birthday. It later meant it was one month since my best friend, John's, birthday (I don't know why it was important to remember this, but I just always did...it was one of those funny things). This year, it means something else! Any guesses? Any??

It means TEN DAYS until we leave for China!

Are we ALL sick of hearing about China yet?


Oh well. I will be gone soon and won't be able to blog anymore so you won't have to read about it anymore. :) (You know you'll miss it. ;) )

So, ten days. What have I been doing today to prepare for departure?

Well, I have been digging through boxes trying to find the things I packed that I actually need to have to go to China!! I certainly have NOT completed my financial aid application (due before we leave), registered for classes (must be done before we leave), made dentist appointments, doctor appointments or optometrist appointments (all of whom I need to see before I leave). I have not bought the last minute items I still need (tylonal, children's tylonal, binkis, chapstick, sunglasses, and a million other things I cannot even remember). Nope. I have not done ANY of that. I DID watch "Paint Your Wagon" with Taiger, AND I took a shower. (Accomplishing GREAT things here, people).

Will I have everything done on time at the rate I am going?

Good question.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Fourteen Days!


Taiger and I catch a plane out of here in 14 days. Can you believe it? I can't.

I have so little time to accomplish all I need to before I leave, and I still am not sure if it will all be done in time...I mean, without using my time-slow-down-er-machine, which IS always a fall-back plan.

Another reminder, I WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO BLOGS OR FACEBOOK WHILE IN CHINA!!!!! If you want to be in touch for the next year (or so...), PLEASE send me your email address. :) THANKS!

I am getting really, really nervous about going to China. Worried about the house? Nah. Worried about a 15 hour flight with a four year old...a little, but we'll survive. Worried about culture shock, baby sitter for Taiger, lack of communication with the outside world? Not at all. So, what else is there? SCHOOL!!!!! I am so, so worried I am going to fail all of my classes! Remember, every single one will be taught IN CHINESE! The last time I checked, I could speak Chinese, not ramble on and one at a collage level. And I certainly cannot write every character known to man, or read long works of literature without a dictionary. I'm getting really, really nervous about this. When I Google search images of Hainan University (the school I will be attending), this picture pops up:

These people all look very studious...and smart...and I am getting nervous about keeping up with this girl in the ponytail. If I run in to her, I'm smashing her glasses and yelling at her for making me so nervous for so long by looking so smart on her Google search image picture.

Hate this girl.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Update! 18 Days

A quick update about life right now.


The end.

No, I am just kidding. I will give you more details than that! (C'mon, it's me! I LOOOOVE to talk!)

We are moving out tomorrow. To where is still undetermined. Either to the warehouse, or to Bryttan's fiance's house. Either way, we probably aren't heading to Idaho to live. I am glad, but I was also looking forward to a camping trip or two before we leave for China. Oh well.

Taiger and I have our tickets for China! No kidding! Still haven't applied for our Visas, but oh well. Procrastination is my middle name. Not that I am TRYING to put it off...it just isn't coming together. Trying to find somewhere cheaper than the agency I have used in the past.

That's me in Haikou...in the future...or at least what I hope it will be like (yeah, right! Where is this woman's child?!)

So, are you just DYING to know when we leave?! Okay, I will tell you. We will leave for L. A. on July 14. We will stay there for two days and visit some of my BEST friends, who I have not seen in YEARS. (I really am excited to see them again!) Then, late at night on the 16th we fly out for China! Yes, really. I know, right? THAT soon. Am I nervous? Nah.

Okay, that was a lie. I am nervous. In fact, I may go as far as to say I am TOTALLY freaked out.

Oh well.

Today, a guy who is currently studying at the school I will be attending in China emailed me and told me one of the NICEST dorm rooms on campus is up for grabs! It looks like Taiger and I will be taking it. I was so thankful that he thought of me and offered it to me, even though I am SURE there are others who would have LOVED to have that nice of a room. (The guy who had it before waited a YEAR to have that room! He has been there a year but was offered a job elsewhere, so he has to leave it behind...FOR ME!) It is smaller than I had planned on getting, but I think we can make it work. Studio apartment, so no separate room for Taiger as I had wanted. But we take what we can get. Beggars can't be choosers. Besides, if we take this place, I won't have to go house-hunting, which is hard enough in America and I cannot IMAGINE how it would have been in a new country, AND I won't have to go shopping for new appliances as this guy is selling all of his and we are buying it, too. The one thing we won't have that I will maybe want to get a couch or chair or something, but all in good time. :) We will first see if something like that would even FIT in the room! (I am not exaggerating here, people...the room really is rather small and it really may not fit another piece of furniture.) The pictures I received of the room are great and I think we will be happy there! I want to show you pictures, but as we don't live there yet, I don't think I should post them. Besides, then you won't have the maiden viewing of the house with Taiger's and my "stuff" there to make it look "good" (that is a joke...you know it will be a disaster with toys and books and piles of papers everywhere).

So, that is our update. I am busy trying to stay calm and not be too freaked out about leaving. I keep asking myself, "What the HECK am I DOING?!?!?!?!?!" And I am STILL waiting for myself to answer me.

Monday, June 21, 2010

In Pictures

Taiger and I have been super busy lately! Getting ready for China, doing things for Sixteen Small Stones, working and LIFE have kept us VERY busy lately. I try and keep track of everything and document things with pictures. I LOVE taking pictures! So...here is our life as of late...in snap-shot form. :) Enjoy.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Memorial Day Musings

I have always, always had a great respect for soldiers who fight or have fought to keep America free and safe, and to fight for the freedom and safety of others.

My Grandpa was a soldier. He fought bravely. As a young girl, I would sit on his bed with him (his house was so small, his room, that hardly fit a bed, was the best place for two old souls to sit and talk quietly about things only we understood) and listen to his war stories. My Grandpa had a cupboard of maps above his small, twin size bed. He would pull them out and point out places he had fought as well as places he had visited while in service. In my mind, it didn't seem anyone else in the world understood my Grandpa like I did...and I didn't think anyone understood me the way he did, either.

As a teenager, I came to own an old, beat up army coat. The fabric was soft with years of wear. The cuffs were frayed and worn, and the pockets had holes. I imagined the stories that coat would tell if it could. While other girls were interested in fashion and style, I was interested in wearing that (horrible) army coat because I felt like I was wearing my respect and honor of soldiers where everyone could see. I used to sit on my bed in that coat, imagining the man who wore it, listening to, "The Grave" by Don McClean. (You can hear it here: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4G2iKDzHrs&feature=related) I remember tears pooling in my eyes because I felt such great respect for the person who had worn that coat, and for ALL of the men and women who fought for our country.

When I was twenty, I went to China. While I was there, my Grandpa died. The last time I had seen my Grandpa, he had cancer and we knew he would die soon. Although I knew on the inside his body was shutting down, on the outside, he was the same man I had always looked up to. I still wanted to hear his stories. I still wanted to thank him for his service for our country. The days we spent with him flew by far too quickly and I soon found myself standing face to face with him on his front porch, about to say goodbye. Everyone else had said goodbye and was sitting in the car. It was just he and I. He looked me in the eye, the way he always did, and his blue eyes twinkled, the way they always did. I stood there for a moment, and then, I saluted him. He saluted me back. I threw my arms around him. Grandpa and I understand each other.

When I heard he had died, I knew I could have spent the money and flown home, but I am too much like him and didn't want to experience the deep pain of seeing him, laying in a casket ready to be swallowed up by the earth. Grandpa was too strong, too amazing, to by laying still somewhere, his body empty and his busy mind and hands still. I knew his spirit was somewhere else, still existing, and still BEING that man I remembered. Besides, I wanted to remember him the way I always had...as sitting in the sunshine in his bedroom, telling me stories of his adventures.

All of China goes on vacation for one month, and I had a month by myself to travel and backpack around China. It was the middle of winter...the coldest my town had seen in decades, and the southern part of China, with it's warm weather and blooming flowers, beckoned to me. However, I opted against sitting in the sunshine for the next month, and instead, I travelled the more adventurous routs. In the end, I chose to go places that would bring me closer to my Grandpa, visiting places he had been. At one point, I found myself on the Burma Road, right where my Grandpa had fought. I spent the day asking where the military base had been. In the end, I found it. A great, stone building. I reverently walked inside. The building was empty. I assumed it was still in use, but it looked so much like I imagined it would have during the war it was difficult to fathom it still being used. The wooden chairs pulled up to the antique tables, the green wallpaper with green flower designs, the cold cement walls and floor. It all seemed so 1940. The power was out and the sunlight filtered through the dusty windows. I felt closer to my Grandpa in those moments than I had in a long time. I stood on the stairwell and felt his spirit with me.

I thought I would marry a soldier. I wanted to have someone THAT brave, THAT strong, THAT devoted to doing right, THAT humble at my side for eternity. I wanted to serve, in a small way, someone who was serving me in such a great way. Of course, life happens, and marring a soldier may or may not be in the cards.

Wanting to honor those who have served, and those who have died in service, is important to me. I have long-ago given up wearing the army coat, and my Don McClean cd is lost and gone. However, each Memorial Day, I feel a flood of emotion catch in my throat and stay there all day. People have flags in their yards, the cemeteries are adorned in red, white and blue. I think of my Grandpa. I imagine his strong hands, I hear his voice, and I see that twinkle in his eye. I remember the days of sitting on his bed, listening to stories, and I miss him. I feel such overwhelming pride in him, and gratitude for him.

Thank you, to all the servicemen and women. You fight bravely. You go forth boldly into battle. You give to use what we cannot give ourselves, and something that is more precious than gold: our safety and our FREEDOM.

From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU.

Love you, Grandpa.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


The BENEFIT SALE is this SATURDAY! PLEASE come! PLEASE!!!!!! It is from 7:00am-2:00pm. Even if you don't want to spend a single penny, at least come and see the pictures, learn more about Sixteen Small Stones, and hear the stories of the people and places we help. :) It will be fin and wonderful and I am so excited! Sixteen Small Stones' board members have ALL worked really, really hard puting this together. If you are in the SLC area (or not! hee hee) PLEASE try and make it!

Click over to http://www.sixteensmallstones.blogspot.com/ to read our daily notes about how this sale will help the people we serve.

See you all Saturday! :D

Saturday, May 22, 2010


HUGE NEWS! "THE POINT" radio station is going to be at our Open Air Benefit for Africa, Haiti and China Event! :D YAY! SO...we are all listening to THE POINT to show our appreciation to them for their support!
I am posting EVERY DAY on the SSS blog (sixteensmallstones.blogspot.com) about our sale, so be sure and check it out! :)
It seems like Sixteen Small Stones and getting ready to leave for China are the two things that consume our minds right now. "How will we get the cameras to Haiti?", "What clothes do I need to pack Taiger for China?", "How are we going to ship all these donations to Africa?", "Does Taiger need new shoes for China, or should I wait and get them there?", "Thank Heaven we are going to be able to help those children in the prison in Uganda!", "How am I going to find a house in China?"...and so on. All day. All night. This is my thought process. And I LOVE it! :D
Luckily, Heavenly Father has a good plan for us and I don't have to worry about it. :)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

An Update...FINALLY! :D

TWO NEW POSTS over at http://www.sixteensmallstones.blogspot.com/! Go see MORE ways our sale is going to be helping others! Also posted there is the opportunity to win a COOL Sixteen Small Stones shirt! Go read and find out how! :D :D

SO much has been going on! Our Spring is going just as a springtime should...lots of playing outside without getting TOO hot, mornings home with Mom and afternoons with friends once they are home from school...Just perfect! We even went out and flew kites! So fun!

One thing that has been GREAT about this Spring is that I have started running again. YEAH!!!!!! As some of you may know, I. LOVE. RUNNING. Something about it...I just LOVE it. For years I have not been able to run. It has been hard not being able to do something I love. But there were other things I loved that I could do, too. I loved to ice skate, but as I got older, I had to quit spending so much time at the rink. Now, I rarely go. I LOVE singing, but life has changed and I haven't been able to stay taking lessons. Being able to run again is giving something back that I LOVE to do and it makes me so happy. Taiger rides his little 4-wheeler and I jog along beside. It is perfect because I don't have "Mommy Guilt" from leaving him to go to a gym, and he loves being able to get out and ride his little four wheeler. Everyone is happy!

This post is really random because there is so much to say! So, sorry!

Plans for leaving for China are still going well. Taiger got his passport. What a proud day. I was so excited. :) In my mind, getting your first passport is sort of a rite of passage, or something...a major event in one's life. I LOVE that my little baby has a passport. Can't wait until every single page is filled with Visas to different countries! :D

Okay, so I made a few online purchases lately. One, I may or may not even mention here...ever. I haven't decided. If I do, it will certainly get it's OWN post. The other thing I bought, I am really, really excited about. Ready for this? I bought me...

Okay, although I am overwhelmed with excitement, I will calm it down a bit because I realize you may have NO IDEA what Vibrams even are! Here is a visual aid:

Yes, those really ARE shoes. :)

Any I LOOOOVE them! I have been wanting them for almost FIVE years. Yes, I am not even exaggerating AT ALL. Since Taiger was a wee little lad, I have wanted some. I found JUST the ones I want online, and I ordered them! I will let you know what I think of them when I get them. I'll have to do a review. :) (HUGE note: There are TONS of "FAKES" out there, and websites claiming to sell authentic VFF. If you want some, go to birthdayshoes.com and at the bottom of the page is a link to a list of REAL VFF retailers. How did I find this out? I searched ALL over online for the best ones and, in the end, ordered from a FAKE retailer! Now, I know about this page, and I have since ordered me some REAL ones.)

Taiger is doing well. All of his boy cousins are here visiting, so he couldn't be happier. FINALLY, someone to play with who actually knows HOW to play Batman! (Apparently, I am NO good at it...NO good). It has been busy and fun (Taiger has been completely wiped OUT by the time bedtime rolls around) and Taiger has LOVED having so many little buddies around to play.

Notice the HUGE lack of pictures in this post? That is because we are half moved to Idaho, and one of the things that is with the half that is moved is my camera charger. So...no pictures for a while more. Darn, huh? I know. I think I need some kind of rehab to come down off of my camera. I am THAT addicted to taking pictures.

Alright, so that is the low-down with our little family! PLEASE take the time to go read sixteensmallstones.blogspot.com and hear about all of the great projects we are doing! :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Come One, Come ALL!

from 7:00am-2:00pm at
REMEMBER: Even if you can't make it, you CAN still make a donation! ALSO, even if you cannot be there, PLEASE tell your friends about this sale! THANK YOU!
SO....At our Open Air Benefit Sale, you can score some REALLY NICE things! We will have children's clothes, adult clothes, and other amazing items!
Each day I am going to tell ONE thing that this sale will do to help the children in our homes. This sale will:

Monday, May 17, 2010

We have a date for our fun, exciting, wonderful Sale!



Saturday May 29, 2010
from 7:00am-2:00pm
at my house,
1811 South 1800 East Salt Lake City, UT 84108.

This is going to be SUCH a cool event!! Art project for the kids, lots of cool things for sale for YOU to bring home, and items there to buy and donate right then! LOTS of information, pictures, slide show of pictures of the people we help... No set prices...you donate what you think is fair and take the item! It is all about helping the children, and EVERY single penny donated goes right to helping the kids. There is also going to be a place to sign up to participate in Project: 1000 WORDS!! Sponsor a camera while you are there for 10 dollars. We will also have our shirts for sale for 20 dollars. Bring your jars of change, grab your kids, and come have some fun while serving others! :D
We do have a facebook event page set up, so feel free to RSVP there AND to use it to invite friends (even if you won't be able to make it). Please spread the word on your facebook and blogs.
The facebook page is here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=122713431086455&ref=ts

Thursday, May 6, 2010



SEARCH NO MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Boy, have you come to THE RIGHT PLACE! Here are THREE ideas that will make your Mom's heart sing!

** IDEA 1 (NO! NOT the cute little munchkin in the picture...sorry!) NECKLACE
COST: $18.00

Something about being a Mom bonds you to other Moms! Mothers in Uganda, Africa were desperate to feed their families! Without hope, they struggled daily to take care of their little ones. Along comes a woman who starts a program where the Moms in the village get together and make traditional necklaces, which this woman sells, and VIOLA! The women have a way to get their children food AND bond with other Moms in the community! Order one of these necklaces for your Mom and know that while she is thanking you for buying a pretty necklace, another Mom out there is, too! :) (Personal Note: I bought one of these necklaces and have worn in almost every day since! It matches everything, the quality is excellent and it looks SO GOOD on! You won't regret it, and Mom will LOVE it!)


COST: $40.00 (I THINK!)

ORDER FROM: http://www.3seams.com/2009/10/20/hello-world/ (I didn't see a way to order from this site, so maybe you will have to email them and ask them...unless you are smarter than I, which is quite possible, and you can see a way to order online!)

Few things make a Mom happier than dressing up her little girl in pretty clothes. Say what you want, but watching your their little daughter dance and twirl in a new dress brings tears to a Mama's eyes :) A Mom has made this GREAT company where she sews these amazing, hand-made dresses for little girls! They are even reversible! The cool thing is, when you buy a dress, one EXACTLY like it is sent to a little girl in Haiti! Awesome! Giving any Mom a dress for her little girl is a gift enough, but knowing that a little girl in need is getting one, too, makes this gift super sweet!

**IDEA 3 (AND THE BEST ONE, actually...saved the best for last, you know;)!!)


COST: $20.00 (WHAT A STEAL!)

ORDER FROM: http://www.sixteensmallstones.blogspot.com/ (Use the oh, so convenient paypal button on the top left hand corner of the screen...OR mail a check to me at the address on the left hand corner under the paypal button...so easy, huh?!)

Sixteen Small Stones has in their new shirts! Boy, did they turn out NICE! They are GREAT shirts, and not just "t-shirt" shirts, but actually nice shirts. The logo on the front is colorful and looks so nice! Let your Mom show the world that she CARES by wearing a shirt that announces that she supports the efforts of Sixteen Small Stones! She will look nice and FEEL good in this official Team Sixteen Small Stones shirt! ALL proceeds goes STRAIGHT to our partner homes, so you can rest assured this purchase is changing lives! http://www.sixteensmallstones.blogspot.com/!!

The catch to ALL of these is that they probably would NOT be delivered to your Mom for Mother's Day. :( But don't worry....Mom's are known for their patience ;). To let her know about her gift before it arrives, try this special idea:

Write her a card telling her how much you LOVE her (I promise if you home-make it and trace your hand on the front, your Mom will start crying! Trust me...I am a Mom! I know these things ;)!!).

Tell her how much you appreciate her, and include examples of why, or of times she has helped you. Point out her good qualities, or tell her how she has set an example for you.

Finally, tell her about the gift you have purchased for her and is on the way (you don't have to tell her quite yet that you made this purchase with HER credit card...save that for later. You don't want to ruin the moment :).). Explain how this gift to her is also helping someone else (Moms sometimes have a difficult time accepting gifts...but if they know that by them accepting this gift they are helping someone else, it will make it easier for them...not to mention, for many of us, it is our Moms who set the example of service to others and of helping those in need. Maybe point this out in the card, and explain that this gift is a way for YOU to honor the example she was to you.).

Of course, sign the card with a BIG, "I LOVE YOU!"...we Moms can't hear that enough. :)

Hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day this Sunday (thought I would add the

"this Sunday" part for those of you who may not know! LOL!).

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Quick Update!!

My words find their way to this blog less and less often with each passing day. The reasons for this are two fold: 1.) I really don't know if anyone reads this blog 2.) Sometimes it seems overwhelming to try and write in one post the events of my day, let alone when I get behind and feel I should post for an entire week!

But, I try.

I am getting REALLY excited to move to China! Taiger has been nervous about this move the ENTIRE time, but he is starting to warm up to the idea and has started initiating conversations about China without prompting from me (THIS IS HUGE!). I am anxious to get there and be done with all of the nerve wracking preparations. I have a lot of anxiety about living there, but I think once we arrive and are settled in, the nervousness we both feel will subside (I HOPE!).

The weather here has been nothing short of ridiculous. For several days it was almost HOT! The sun was shining, the temperature was 79 degrees, the flowers were in bloom...And the next day, it was snowing. I kid you not, that is no exaggeration.

So, the garage sale for Sixteen Small Stones has been delayed until Mother Nature figures out what she is doing. Obviously, we aren't going to have a yard sale in the snow. I just have a feeling not many people will come to it. I dunno. Just a hunch.

Despite the delay, things have been progressing with the preparations for it. Just today we had MORE donations of items to sell at it, and for items to be "sponsored"! What a huge blessing! I am so, so excited and so thankful! If I may be so bold to ask, please pray that this garage sale/fundraiser will be a success. I am so worried it will not go over well. Please pray, if you feel so inclined. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, that is all for now. It is too late to think clearly, so I am having a hard time recalling things about which would be interesting enough for a blog. So, I will end here. Good night, everyone!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Begging...and an announcement about a Garage Sale for Sixteen Small Stoens

Hello from the silence! Sorry, again, as usual, for not blogging in so, so long. :( =SIGH= My ONE (and ONLY, if you are wondering) flaw. ;)

Okay, so I am here to BEG some help! Sixteen Small Stones is having this huge, amazing, wonderful Garage Sale to raise money for the children. ALL of the money goes to helping our Friend Homes and Friend Organizations/Ministires. It is going to be a WAY cool Garage Sale, totally out of the ordinary, and I encourage you all to read all about it at www.sixteensmallstones.blogspot.com .

Okay, so now for the begging. Do you have ANYTHING you would like to donate to be sold at this sale? Anything at all? As you are doing your "Spring Cleaning" (who does that anymore?! Well, maybe you do!) and thinking, "My child NEVER plays with this toy anymore. Hmmm, I wonder what, oh, WHAT I should do with it?!" or "Gosh, I used to LOVE this shirt, but I have this new one I love EVEN MORE...what to do with this old shirt?! Hmmmmm...", remember that Sixteen Small Stones would absolutely LOOOOVE that old toy, or that amazing shirt you never wear. Set it aside and then shoot me a comment on here asking where to drop it off! Be sure and leave your email address so I can reply. ;)

I don't have a date yet for this sale...waiting to see how many millions of people are just DYING to donate items and how long they need to bring over their truckloads of wonderful, used goods. :) (Don't you love my possitive thinking?!) I will let you know AS SOON as we have a set date! Also, I will be setting up a facebook page for this event, so be sure and RSVP so I can see how many thousands of people will be showing up. Boy, will the neighbors ever be mad! :D :D

Thank you all!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Adventures in Hair Care!!

We have been having great adventures...in hair care! Taiger's hair is SO different! It is neither straight or very curly...it has patches of both! It is both "coarse" and fine, depending where on his head you look. Sometimes, it has amazing coily curls, and other times it is nothing short of a pure "Afro"!

Taiger's usual 'do, before coconut oil. Rather frizzy, uncombed because it was always so tangled and matted because it was so dry. Even when I picked it twice a day, it always looked matted and tangled.

The biggest issue we have faced is how DRY his hair is! Dry, dry, DRY! His skin has also been very dry. I lotion him all the time, and so I thought his skin was "okay", but I notice sometimes it looks "ashy".

For years (not exaggerating) I have wanted to get SOMETHING that I KNEW would be good for his hair and skin. I have always known not to use hair products (shampoo, conditioner, etc.) made for "white" people, but since I am white, that is what I have at the house! I don't have a lot of extra money, so I never bought anything special for him. My friend, Jeremy, actually spoiled us and bought us some "Mane And Tail" last year, which I have LOOOOVED! It has helped SO much...but I still felt like he needed a leave-in conditioner.

SO...I emailed a friend of mine who recently adopted a little girl from Ghana. This child's hair is always SO cute! She does her little girl's hair in the cutest styles, and she always look SO nice! So, I emailed her with tons of questions, and she was kind enough to offer TONS advice!

I knew Shea butter was good for African skin and hair, but I didn't know where to get it, what kind, etc. This friend of mine suggested I try coconut oil.

So, I bought PURE coconut oil and started rubbing it all over Taiger's hair and skin.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT MADE! His skin is no longer ashy!!!!!! At night, I put it in his hair and then wrap his head in a satin cloth, as my friend does with her daughter, and by morning his hair is so soft, manageable and looks SO NICE!!!!

Taiger getting ready for bed. At night, I slather him in coconut oil from head to toe! Then, put on his pijamas and wrap his head. (Before he turns 7, I am photoshoping the pictures of him with this head wrap and making this headwrap have super heros all over it... and I better make it look more masculine while I am at it...maybe shape it into a Speed Racer helmet! LOL!)

Taiger writing in his journal before bed.

Taiger's hair first thing in morning, even before combing it, after the coconut oil has been on it over night! What a difference, eh?

So, I decided to take things a step further. I decided to try doing twists in his hair! I have tried it before but they never looked good. So, over Sunday and Monday I spent a good 7-8 hours doing twists on his hair. After the first three or four house, I check my email and my friend had written to me advising me NOT to do the twists without gel! By then, I had already started, so I finished them without gel.

Taiger taking a break from having his hair twisted. It is about half done here. Yes, I let him go outside with his hair half twisted and half "Afroed"! LOL! Twists in Taiger's hair

Because I didn't use gel, they turned "frizzy" or "puffy" after only a few days, but I left them in anyway, and I think they looked cute.

Yesterday, I undid the twists, which made his hair go curly and accentuated the coily curls he already had!
Don't you just LOVE the one sticking out in the side?! :D SO CUTE!!

Here is how his hair looked yesterday!

That is the story of our first adventure in changing his hair and skin care! I am sure this will be an on-going theme, and you can all give your opinions and advice as we continue on this adventure! :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


It seems I always take SO LONG between blogging posts. I am sorry for this. It is a fault of mine. One reason is that I update my other blog more regularly so I have little time for updating this one! If you want to read that blog, it is at sixteensmallstones.blogspot.com. It focuses on the volunteer side of our lives, while this blog focuses on our LIFE lives. Funny thing is, a LOT of our lives right now are mostely based around our volunteer work! (What better way to live, right?! In perpetual service! I LOVE IT!)

Okay, but aside from all that, we have been crazy busy and having fun! We are getting ready for Bryttan's wedding, are in the middle of moving back to Idaho, are moving warehouses for our work, are getting ready to move to China (did you guys all know about that??) AND in the middle of all that, we had EASTER!
I have been TRYING ALL DAY to post pictures, but these are the only ones that would load. :( Maybe I will have more luck loading them to facebook, so if you are my friend, you can check there, and if you are NOT my friend...YOU BETTER ADD ME! :D
Enjoy these FEW pictures (which are rather dissapointing because, for the most part, the ones that would load are the ones without actual people. Sorry. You will have to enjoy the few that have people and wait for more to come later...when the computer isn't being so silly!)

It was a FANTASTIC Easter! The night before, we had a special Family Home Evening that was all about Jesus Christ's death and resurrection. It was so spiritual and I think Taiger could really sense the importance and spirituality of Easter.

The next day, Taiger had a BLAST hunting Easter Eggs! I have NEVER, in all my days, seen a child have SO MUCH FUN hunting eggs! His EXCITEMENT was overwhelming and it was SO FUN to watch him hunt eggs and scream and jump up and down each time he found one! It was great. He got some special little gifts in his Easter basket, too, and that made it fun for him as well.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Happy Easter, Happy Spring, Happy Happy Everything!

Please tell me you know that poem or I am just going to feel really, really cheesy (rather than just really cheesy).

We have done some fun things lately! Despite the SNOW STORM we have had the last few days, it really is SPRING, regardless of what Mother Nature believes. A week or so ago, the weather was BEAUTIFUL, so Taiger and I went to the park! It was SO FUN!

Taiger and I spent St. Patrick's Day at the Children's Museum and BOY did he LOOOOVE it! Because it was a free day, there were SO MANY PEOPLE THERE, which would have been okay, but it seemed that all of the snottiest kids were there. Horrible. But Taiger still had tons of fun, and I snapped away with my camera. :)
We also had the opportunity to go to my cousin's wedding in Idaho! It was great to see family and friends :)! Of course, Taiger and I HAD to go to Reed's Dairy for their FAMOUSE and SO DELICIOUS, fresh ice cream! We dragged my brother along with us. Taiger really enjoys his company and I think Uncle had fun watching Taiger eat ice cream!

Bryttan, Kramer and I celebrated Hari Krishna/Holi Fest. It was absolutely amazing. Celebrating colour, celebrating spring...it was beautiful and amazing and very JOYFUL!! I would LOVE to write more about it, but I would ramble on and on so I will will leave it with pictures....A picture is worth a thousand words anyway, and it takes less time to appreciate!:D
Okay, my computer is being CRAZY, and I can't get the rest of the photos to load. So, I will post more Hari Krishna photos when I can. In the meantime, they are all loaded on facebook! You can see them there if you really are that interested. :D hee hee