April 27, 2010

Please, and Little Prayers.

For the past two nights Clark has been saying his OWN bedtime prayers.  
It is so sweet to hear him mumbling along, praying for his family and safety.  My heart just swells with pride and joy thinking of it.  
Of-corse, it is the typical little kid prayer, repeating everything I say (mostly just the last couple words).  BUT he is doing it, all without prompting, and he wants to, he LOVES to. 
As most of you know, I have struggled with Clark's talking, or lack thereof.  To have him try and say words he is not familiar with and mimic me, well that is huge in the Clark world, HUGE.  Point in case, I FINALLY got him to say please for the first time ever.  Since he was a baby whenever he asked for something I would try and make him say please before I gave it to him.  That is about 2 1/2 years of me saying "say please" over and over and over again.  Even when he finally did start talking, please would never come, he didn't care to be told what to say, or didn't get it (who knows?).  
I don't know if it is school, or nursery, or him just finally getting it...BUT he is doing it.  He is saying please (when I ask him to) and saying his own little prayers.  
Sweet little prayers.
And right now, nothing makes me happier.  
I feel like it has taken forever, but we are finally making progress in the Clark talking area.  Everyday he says something new, I still have a hard time understanding him (sometimes), but he is at least trying now.
I am so proud of him!

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane  by Katherine Howe


While cleaning out her Grandmother's old abandoned house Connie stumbles across an old Bible, with a key and a slip of paper reading 'Deliverance Dane' hidden inside.  As a student of early American history she is intrigued, and sets out to find more about Deliverance, and in turn herself.
I liked this story a lot.  The idea of it, and the execution, I thought it was beautifully written.  I probably would have given it four stars if I didn't have so many issue with Connie (the main character) as a scholar and a graduate student I found her character to be a little dense and slow.  Parts of the story, while good, were a bit predictable and that wears on me as a reader (I like suspense, and not knowing what is going to happen).  All that said, I thought it was a fun and great read.

April 23, 2010

Flashback Friday

Happy Flashback Friday.
Just an afternoon at the park, with my chunky little nugget,  May 2009.
He was not happy that I took him out of his comfy car seat and set him on the pokey grass.
But once I found him some sticks, he was happy.
Looks likes his obsession with sticks started earlier than I remember :)

At the park, again.

I hate that the kids can never play in our back/front yard (too much dog and pig poop, oh and also a mean rooster has up taken up residence), it is one thing I hope we can change when we move to California. 
 Until then we just go to the park, as often as we can.
Even though it was raining off and on we stayed as long as we could.
Clark ran and ran and ran.
Isn't he getting so tall!
He also did a lot of climbing, he is such a little monkey.
Harry was content to stake out his spot on the jungle gym, and make funny places at me.
He likes to climb up the jungle gyms, but he will never climb down
(I think he is afraid of heights) 
most times we have to force him down the slide.

He is such a cute little nugget.
It has been very rainy, so the park was WET and MUDDY.
Which of corse means the boys were as messy as ever.
I am still cleaning the mud and grass out of the bathtub :)

Oh the shenanigans...

Just another week in the life of my two crazy boys,
always making messes, 
always getting into things.
Here, I guess they just wanted some pretzels.
Harry is normally very good about asking for what he wants,
so I am convinced this mess was all Clark's idea.
Harry looked so darn cute I couldn't even stay mad.
Harry makes the funniest and cutest faces, I love it.
Clark, why couldn't you just ask me for a piece of cheese?!?!
I know you know how to say cheese, you have asked me a hundred times.
I guess Clark now has his very own 2 pounds of cheese.

Why, oh why, are they so messy???

April 21, 2010

Zoo Day

In an attempt to shirk all the million of things we had to do this past weekend, 
we decided to go to the zoo. 
Typical Clark and Harry.
Clark's oh-so cute, slightly mischievous smile.
And Harry pretending like we don't exsit.
Also, Harry wearing SHOES!
We can never get shoes on his chubby square feet.  We decided to try Clark's on and they fit him perfectly.
Now, we just have to convince him to leave them on.
They were beyond excited to go to the zoo.
Clark was all a twitter, talking a mile a minute.
I would've given anything to understand what he was saying.
Clark thought these little guys were dragons, and nothing I said could convince him otherwise.
Jason pretending to be Tarzan, succeeding in being a dork.  
He is one funny Daddy!
Aren't the trees here in Hawaii amazingly unbelievable!
(I am gonna miss them.)
Clark's favorite part of the day, the Martys and Melmans!
He was looking for them the entire time we were at the zoo.
Yes, sad I know, Clark only knows the names of amimals from movies (Madagascar),
what would the boys do with out our tv.
(I guess we will find out in a couple months when the movers pack up all our things.)
I am sure Clark was wondering what was wrong with the zoo animals that don't talk or dance,
like then do in his favorite movies.
I just KNOW he was waiting for Marty the zebra to trot up to him and say
'what's crack-a-lackin'?!
Clark LOVED seeing the chimps up close, they were eating sun flower seeds which he thought was hilarious.
We had to drag him away from the window.
He kept jumping up and down and saying "excited".
Another kids movie reference from Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs.
I am starting to think he watches too much tv.
Finally! A smile!
The Honolulu Zoo has a great little childrens park, that the boys force us to spend hours at.
Harry was so happy to get out of the stroller, and excersise those chubby little legs.

Six hours and $40 dollars latter, we decided to head home.
Nothing like putting off your chores to have a little family fun time!

ps. A bird pooped on my head.  Not awesome.

April 18, 2010


Clark is so into dragons lately.
We took him to see the How To Train Your Dragon movie, and even though we had to leave a little early, he LOVED it.  He makes Jason show him the movie preview (on his phone) a hundred times a day.  How he can find so much enjoyment in a 2 minute clip I will never know.  Jason (being the awesome Dad he is) has also been slowly collecting all the dragon toys, from the McDonalds happy meals.  I think we have eight of them so far.  And Clark loves each and every one of them.
It is nice to take a little break from trains.  I am enjoying this new dragon phase, 
although my throat does get sore with all the growling I have to do now :)

I don't want to miss a thing.

Initially I started this blog as a way for my family to see pictures of the boys, and the funny things they do.    I love taking picutres of them, and of corse I wanted to share our happiness with my family and friends.  
It is hard being so far from my family, I always feel like I am missing out on everything.  Keeping this blog helps me feel like I am keeping everyone in the loop, our awesome Bosko Family Fun Loop.  
I never know what exactly to share, and what to keep out.  
Of-corse I want to share all our big milestones, firsts, and the adorable things that make you want to go awe.  But, do I write about the morning Clark broke my glasses, smeared pooh all over his wall (for the 100th time), and flooded the bathroom, all before 10:00 am??  Or, when Harry had explosive diarrhea at the mall, and I ran out of wipes and had to use the hard crusty paper towels on his chubby little bum, THEN hurry through the mall with a cold naked baby to buy him so new clothes.
The more I keep the blog, the more my mission in blogging has changed (or has it, maybe I am just finally getting the hang of it).  Everyday they grow up and change so fast, I don't want to miss a thing.  I want to remember all the good AND the bad.  Twelve years from now, when Clark is a teenager and he hates me cause I won't let him die his hair blue (I probably would by the way), I want to be able to look back and remember all the sweet little things he did despite his constant, daily, hourly even, shenanigans (ahem...as I type this he is crumbling bread all over the floor).  
I want to look at this blog as more of a family journal (I am even going to get my blog printed off as a book).  I am going to try to include more stories about all of us.  Jason and his accomplishment and struggles with school and work.  And yes, more things about me...not just the boring books I read.  
Our family journal...and I know I kind of do this already now, but I am going to take it to the next level (or atleast try to).  Because I don't want to miss a thing!
The boys had check ups and shots last week. We are still getting caught up on immunizations (I take forever to get them done, cause I only let them get one shot at a time...Harry has such bad reactions from them).  Both boys are looking as healthy as ever, and the doctor even got Harry a referral to see a Behavioral Therapist.  The highlight of the visit for me was the weigh-in and measurements.
Clark is 37 inches tall, and he weighs 36 pounds.  I could've sworn he is taller than that, he seems to be growing like a weed.  Harry is 35 inches tall, and weighs 35 pounds...I really thought he was more plumy than that.  I think it is so funny how close they are together.  Harry is slowing catching up to his big brother.

Clark's First Trip to the Dentist

Clark had his first trip to the dentist!
He wasn't very nervous, but he also wasn't very cooperative.
I can't say it was thorough exam, if I can call it one at all, 
because Clark wouldn't even OPEN his mouth!
He kinda just smiled and showed the dentist is top teeth, hahaha.
It's a start, I guess.  A milestone none of the less.
He was very very excited about getting a new toothbrush.
In a year or so we will take him back to get him a real check up.

ps. Mommy went to the dentist too, for the first time in 4 years (I know, I know I need to go more often).  I got a very nice teeth cleaning, and GOOD NEWS only one cavity.  Woo-hoo!  There is nothing I hate more than going to the dentist.  In fact, I think I would rather have a pap smear than go.  But I figure if I have to tell Clark that he needs to be brave and go, then I should as well.

April 16, 2010

School School School!

My happy little Clark.  He is so full of JOY!
Clark has been in school for about three weeks now.  And WE all have adjusted quiet nicely, if I must say so myself, amazingly.  He gets up every morning so happy to go to school, and get on the BUS. 
He LOVES the bus, loves it.  His teacher says that every time they leave the classroom, to go to recess or lunch, he tries to go to the bus stop.  He has so much enthusiasm.  I have already noticed a lot of improvement in his talking, and communication!!  
It is weird to think that just three weeks ago I was panicking, thinking that I had to send him to school all day.  Now, I find myself panicking when he has an unexpected day off...or the dreaded early out day.
My very favorite thing is waiting for the bus with him every morning.  We always go down about ten minutes early, because Clark is SO excited to get on the bus, and we sit together on the curb together.  It is still a little cool in the morning so he sits on my lap, cuddled under the blanket.  We "talk" about the cars going by, and the chickens and birds we see, sometimes he even sings a song with me.  It is such a nice peaceful time for us to spend together, a great way to start the day before Clark has to go off to school and I have to go off and be the Mom.  I love it.
Clark has been dancing around the living room for the last 45 minutes singing 'skool skool skool', he has a day off tomorrow, and he is going to be so sad.  I hope he always has this much enthusiasm for school and learning.

April 13, 2010

And Only To Deceive

And Only To Deceive  by Tasha Alexandra


Lovely reading, and a great story.
Lady Ashton, Emily, has just lost her husband after only being married for six months.  Deciding only to get married to escape her controlling mother, she fights mixed emotions of her husbands shocking death.  During her strict required time of mourning, she comes to realize how much she didn't know about him and that she just might even love him.  Romantic and funny at times, I found the characters delightful to read.  There is also a mystery here, who can Emily trust with a secret that could sully her late husbands memory and honor.  Part suspense, part history, I loved that you couldn't pin the book down to a particular theme.
I was happy to find out that there are several sequels to this books. I liked Emily's character so much, and that of her friends, that I can't wait to read them.

All About The Trains

I think it is so cute how much my boys, Clark especially, LOVE trains. 

Playing with trains, watching trains, pretending to be trains, singing about trains.  

It's all we do somedays. 

2 Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed

We were doing a little spring cleaning and re-arranging in the boys room last week.  They took full advantage of the room being torn apart!  There was nothing I could do that would keep them from the mattress and box spring, they jumped all night long.
I didn't really care... I was just so beyond happy that they were playing together!

April 10, 2010


Frankenstein   by Mary Shelley


Yet another book I have started, and I am unable to finish.  I  don't know what it wrong with me lately.  I am not in the mood to read, I can't stay focused...and I just don't really care, BOO.  
I got about nine chapters into the book, and I am bored out of my mind.  I was expecting something a little more suspenseful, and scary.  It is neither.  I found the main character, Mr. Frankenstein, to be a bit whiny and indulgent.  He only wanted to create a person or "monster" because he wanted to be a smarty pants.  We had to hear about him go on and on about it, and then NOTHING when he actually brought the monster to life.  I got bored really fast.  I kind of want to keep reading, just to see if it picks up... but I can't make myself start it up again.  Maybe someday, probably not.

Flashback Friday

Way way back in May 2008. 
At Ohana Night, put on by Kahalu'u ward.
There was fun carnival types games, tasty potluck treats, and a face painting booth.

Clark and I being kitties.  He wasn't too sure of the paint on our noses.
It is hard to imagine him being this little!!
Cute little chubby, kitty face.  

April 05, 2010


 Normally we celebrate the fun Easter stuff (like baskets and egg hunting) on Saturday, so that on Sunday we can focus more on Christ and the spiritual aspects of the holiday.  However, this year Mommy was off her game, and since it was conference weekend we decided to  hold all the festivities on Sunday.  
It was pouring rain all day, so we had a nice little egg hunt in our living room. Harry was super grumpy, and couldn't have cared less what was going on.  Clark loved hunting for the eggs, and loved the candy inside even more.
Then I tried to take some HAPPY Easter pictures of the boys together, as you can see that didn't happen.

They can be SO stubborn when it comes to taking a NICE picture for Mommy.  It is exhausting to even try.  I did mange to get a couple snap shots of the boys, one on one.  
But one day, I want a picture of them sitting together, happily looking at the camera and smiling...
hopefully before they turn 18.

Here are their happy faces, aren't they the cutest babies...
I think I need some more :)
It was a miracle we got Harry making a happy face, with no pacifier, he was having such a grumpy morning.  I love this little smirk he makes, and how big and round his eyes are.  He is so delightfully adorable.
Clark thought this was the funniest thing, EVER.  Harry, on the other hand, was not too sure.
Clark playing peek-a-boo.
I love his larger than life smile. And I love that he is, pretty much, always in a good mood, and looking for a FUN time.  He is the life of the party.
Ok, last try for that picture (PLEASE, for Mommy)...still not happening, maybe next year.

I love the Easter season, and everything it TRULY represents. 
He lives!!  
I am beyond thankful for the atoning sacrifice and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
I am thankful for the knowledge and peace it brings me in my life.
I KNOW that my Redeemer lives.

Harry and his shows.

Harry entranced, watching his shows.
It is hard to find things Harry likes to do, really hard.
But one thing I can always count on, 
one thing I know will ALWAYS makes him happy,
(besides playing outside, which can be hard during the rainy season)
is watching his favorite movies.
Right now he LOVES Wall-E and Monsters vs. Aliens.
He will grab the dvd case, find his favorite spot on the couch, and sit back and enjoy.
He bounces and giggles during his favorite parts,
and paces back and forth across the living room when things start to get too exciting.
He also loves to watch Backyardigans and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, 
and sometimes Thomas the Train.
I love this picture of him,
concentrating so hard on the movie, holding onto the dvd case so tight, 
and don't forget his straw...he loves his straw :-)
He is the best, and cutest little Chunky Nugget.

Being Buzz

Clark found his Buzz Lightyear Halloween costume (from last year),
 and just HAD to put it on.
The rest of the afternoon he watched Toy Story 2, 
and pretended he WAS Buzz.  A good little Buzz too!
He jumped and flew around the living room, 
he mumbled along to Buzz's dialog, 
and he acted out all his favorite parts.
He got SO into it.

Clark really has the best imagination, and he is such a good little actor.
 He loves to act out scenes and songs from his favorite movies, 
over and over, all day long.  
When we play trains or blocks, he always has some story to tell...
whether we can understand him or not.
I love his imagination, and I love how he brings his shows to life.

April 02, 2010

Flashback Friday

Today is going to be a long Flashback Friday, with LOTS of pictures.  We have been spending a lot of time planning our family vacation, and what we want to do this summer before we move.  It has been such long since we were on the mainland for anything other than a wedding or big family event, we can go and do whatever we want this time.  
I have been remembering my last trip to New Mexico to see my grandparents... 
I went with my brother BJ, and Sabrina, Laura, and her friend Megan and my parents.  Clark had just barely turned 1 year old, and I was newly (and sickly) pregnant with Harry.  It was so fun!  
I am hoping and hoping that we can manage to go this summer, it will be Harry's first time, and Jason's first time in almost 5 years.
Here are a few highlights from our trip, March 2008.
Clark playing outside.
He loved all the extra space.  My grandparents live out in the country, Clark could run and play where ever he wanted, there was so much dirt to play in :)
Sitting in Gramps' tractor.
Gramps and Clark enjoying the morning sun.
Uncle BJ teaching Clark all about the gun, Clark was a little too interested.
Up a tree with Auntie Laura.  
We always used to climb this tree as kids.  We have so many pictures in it.  It was special for me to have Clark climb up in it.
Clark and Granny.  I miss this squishy face Clark used to make.  
He reminds me so much of Harry in this picture.
One morning we all took turns shooting off Gramps' old gun. 
Even Clark got a turn, although not really... it was just for show.  
I promised Jason he can take Clark shooting for his first time, when he is 21 :)

Clark in Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico, all at the same time!
I LOVE this little picture of him!  
On the way home we took a little detour to Four Corners.  I had only been there once, when I was really young, it was so fun to go again.
Clark looks so big, standing there unbelievably still, and sort-of proud.  It was a fun moment to share together, and a great family vacation (even if Daddy couldn't come with us).