Wednesday, July 30, 2008

1st Day of School Jitters

Tyler started Pre-K today at Hokulani Elementary School...

He worked out his jitters by acting silly before class opened.

But once inside, he was shy. He didn't want Mommy to leave ... and Mommy didn't want to leave. But he survived... and so did Mommy!

Good job Tyler!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Proof That Anyone Can Paddle Board

I've always wanted to try stand-up paddle boarding. It looks cool... when other people do it. So at Ala Moana beach, there was a company doing demos and I tried it.
(Please do not be alarmed by giant red whale on board... that's just me!)

My graceful dismount!

Thank God for the instructor who helped steer me in!

I'd do it again but I need a lot of practice!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Flashback Friday - Tyler's Clubhouse

In the style of MTV Cribs, Tyler gives a tour of his "clubhouse," made under Grandma Judy's dining room table.

It's not quite a flashback but it's still fun to watch!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Tyler and Colin's Playdate

Tyler and his BFF Colin have fun as Colin comes over for a playdate.

It was all about Legos, trains and tools!

Thanks Colin for coming by!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Tyler's First Carwash

Tyler enjoyed his first cruise through a carwash. At first he was apprehensive and pretended to be sleeping but he was curious and now likes carwashes!

Now we just have to teach Tyler how to wash the car himself and we're in business!

Happy Birthday Grandma Kam

Tyler joined his family in celebrating Grandma Kam's birthday at Compadres on Friday night.

In Compadres fashion, the servers put a big sombrero on Grandma and sang her a birthday song. Then the kids got a chance to try on the sombrero which was really, really big on them!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Flashback Friday - Tyler's 2nd Year

It's fun to see how Tyler has grown! Enjoy!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Tyler the Mechanic

Looks like Tyler is actually learning something from all those trips to the Discovery Center. Starts off practicing on the fake car, then applying his skills to the real car. I sure hope he knows what he is doing.

Tyler knows you need to use the right tools for each job.

Tyler always loved to play with wheels.

Tyler making sure the license plate is straight.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Getting into Preschool - Honolulu Advertiser

Tyler's mommy is quoted in Sunday's Honolulu Advertiser story on getting into preschools.

Here's an excerpt:

What parents say

'Iolani's Monaco knows the private-school application process can be stressful for parents. She recalls the new mother who called when her baby was 6 months old and wanted to know about kindergarten admissions.

Author Pirl remembers a woman coming up to her at a book signing and asking which preschool she should send her child to. Pirl pressed for more details about the child: Boy? Girl? Sports? Hobbies?

The woman, thoroughly surprised, told Pirl that she wasn't a mother, nor even married, but thought she ought to get an early start in sorting out her options.

Noreen Kam of Mo'ili'ili, an account supervisor at public relations firm McNeil Wilson, has a friend who's already working to get a 6-week-old baby onto the waiting lists of preschools. But Kam waited to get started until her son, Tyler, was the ripe old age of 2.

"It's way crazy here," she said. "Especially because when we started looking, we'd hear, 'Oh there's a wait list of a year or so.' Friends pass it on to other friends, and it gets the pregnant moms worried. ... It's one more thing you have to think of."

Kam's heard the hype that if they don't get into this preschool or that, "they'll never get into Punahou or whatever, and Harvard down the line."

She applied Tyler, now 4, to seven preschools, but specifically chose ones that didn't require tests: "I didn't want Tyler to have that pressure — or us as parents."

As a wee li'l tot, Tyler was cared for by his grandfather; Kam wanted him to be comfortable in a social environment.

"It wasn't about preparing him for a curriculum of higher education," she said. "It was about getting him to play with other kids."

Now, he's at Kawaiaha'o's summer preschool before he starts kindergarten at the highly rated Hokulani Elementary, a public school, in the fall. (Because of where his birthday falls, he's of age to start public school kindergarten, but not within the deadlines for private school kindergarten.)

Next year, Kam's hoping he'll get admitted into 'Iolani or Hawaii Baptist Academy — where he would again attend kindergarten — but she's fine if he stays at Hokulani.

"Much as we love Kawaiaha'o, it's nice to save some money," she said.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Flashback Friday - Tyler's 1st Year

Enjoy another look back at Tyler as a baby!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Next Minnesota Fatts? Well, Maybe Minnesota Skinny

I think Tyler thinks the pool stick is a spear

Tyler with a Blackcreek Cue

Tyler with a 1990 Southwest Cue

Tyler with an Omega/DPK Cue

Friday, July 4, 2008

Flashback Friday - Tyler's First Birthday

Here's a look back at Tyler's first birthday in 2004.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Down and Dirty in the Lo‘i

Tyler and his summer fun class at Kawaiaha‘o Church School visited the UH Hawaiian Studies lo‘i (taro patch) last week.

Thanks to Colin's dad for the pictures and for watching the boys!

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