Heaven On Earth

Hmm... Lanikai beach in Kailua.  I have the hardest time keeping my post's short especially with pictures from the most beguiling beach in Hawaii.  The Boyd's and us had a fun time swimming and soaking up the rays.  Enough said.


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The Fun's Gotta End Sometime


Tuesday May 20th Kurt and I played intramural dodgeball.  We were unstoppable!  Our team was awesome and consisted of Taylor Stimmel, Shane Boyd, Russ and Christy, and us.  Unfortunately a member of the other team had a date at 9:00 so we had to postpone our championship game until Thursday.  Thursday rolls around and Kurt decides he's too seasick, from spear fishing for five hours that morning, to play our final game of dodgeball.  We had to play short one person.  This is the result.  I didn't get my hands fully underneath the ball that was being whirled at me and it hit my finger straight on.

When I noticed the shape of my finger after being hit I pulled on it twice trying to straighten it.  Then I had Taylor pull on it and it still was crooked.  Poor Taylor took off half of the skin on his hand as he skidded on the floor fighting for the ball and Shane hurt his shoulder from the Tuesday before when he had to do a tuck-and-roll to catch a ball.  After the game Shane drove me home because I felt too sick to my stomach to drive.  He and Kurt convinced me that I had to let someone pull on it as hard as they could.  Shane gave me a spatula to bite down on before he held me down and Kurt yanked.  I wanted to vomit and felt like fainting at the same time.  After much deliberation we decided to go to the E.R.  A BIG thank you to Shane and Mary Boyd for watching our kids from 9-11 pm.
Now for those of you who have been to Kahuku Hospital, it's a bit scary.  Before we left we were joking with the Boyd's saying that the janitor was probably the x-ray technician.  We weren't that far off.  After taking three pictures of my finger, without a lead vest, did he ask if I was pregnant or had a chance of being pregnant.  I don't know.  Maybe it's just me but I thought your supposed to ask those kinds of questions BEFORE the x-ray.  For a split second I thought of saying "yes" just to see the sweat trickle from his forehead.  But my body was in too much pain from the awkward positions he put my hand in, so I didn't.

Even though the janitor/technician was freaky-scary, and the hospital reminded me of something in a horror movie, it was a good thing I went in.  If you can see there's a chunk of bone that broke off from my ring finger on my left hand.  The E.R. Dr. said that there's a chance that I might have to get a screw to attach the two pieces of bone back together.  I had wanted to break my finger so that I hadn't come to the hospital for nothing, I know crazy right?  But now I was nervous with the idea of surgery.  The break had a specific name which I can't remember but it's where there's so much pressure on the tendons that it breaks your bone.  I guess I shouldn't complain.  The guy in the bed next to me, behind the curtain had it worse.  He had cellulitis on his leg and it must've been so bad that they had to put a catheter in and give him crutches.  When you are in the E.R. although you cannot see what's going on you can hear what's going on.  
Kudos to you cellulitis boy!

This is what my hand looked like after the nurse wrapped it in the E.R.

This is what it looks like after the visit with my Doc and what it's going to look like for the next six weeks.  After checking the x-rays he said that it would probably be worse if I got a pin in it.  I would have bad arthritis if I got a pin in it but if I didn't get it screwed then it will most likely never reattach.  
I'm really sick of physical pain and agony.  So far in my entire life I have broken my collarbone on a see-saw, my pinky playing basketball, my arm and dislocated my elbow falling out of a tree and now my ring finger.  My doctor told me today, "Didn't you know mom's aren't supposed to have any fun?"  I know he was joking but I felt the truth in it when he was putting my finger in it's plastic splint and I had to lay down before I fainted from the pain.  After everything, after all this we lost to a bunch of lilies!  
I blame Kurt.


Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun

After Ella's birthday party on Saturday May 17th the guys went Kayaking to some rope swings in Kahana Bay and up the river.  When they got home they were nice enough to watch the kids so Mary, Leah, Angie and I  could have a girls night out.
Tuesday May 20th Mike and Angie Wynes watched our kids so Kurt and I could go on a day date.  We went snorkeling at Shark's Cove.  We had so much fun!

Swimming through the caves

 After our date we me up with the Stimmel's, Wynes',  Low's, and Boyd's at Kahana Bay where we all go to go on the rope swing. We had a blast!!  We owe a big thanks to our photographer Angie Wynes for alway remembering her camera!  I wanted to post all 200+ pictures but decided on the ones that had us as the subject so as not to spotlight anybody who didn't want to be spotlighted.

We all had too much fun!


The Future Mr. & Mrs. Mack Bakker

Congratulations to Mack and Breana for coming out of your "engagement closet" and announcing to both sides of your families your engagement.  Some fun facts about Mack and Bre: They've been dating since December 2007 and planing to tie the knot in Hawaii in December 2008.  Mack's in Texas for the summer selling pest control, Breana is working at the office of the Advancement Vice President that is in charge of the devotionals, sports, alumni etc...  They both have a keen sense of fashion which is persuading me rig secret Santa's this year.  Last but mostly the reason I put these facts in, Mack went to Russia on his mission where he was a victim of a hit and run.  He said the man in the car actually saw him and sped up.  Isn't that crazy!!  I still think I have her beat.  I went on a date with a guy who had just gotten off his mission, I don't think he was released yet.  His family went to Brazil to pick him up and I think his dad was his companion, and they got lost while sight seeing and ended up in a bad part of town and he and his dad were shot like three times each.  SWEET! Not because of what happened but because I found an article.  Look here.  I'll look for an article about Mack but anyways I just wanted to say congratulations to the two of you.  We're so happy for you guys and we can't wait till Mack officially becomes a part of our family.

Seminary Graduation

I have to say congratulations to my sister Cherie (sure-ree) not Sherry, it's French look it up, for graduating from seminary.  For all of those people who had seminary tact on to your school schedule you had it made!  In Hawaii we have what we call "early morning seminary."  High school students have to wake up at a 5:30 am, earlier depending how sane you are and what school you go to, to get to seminary by 6:00 am.  It's really not the easiest thing in the world.  All my sister's did a much better job at attending seminary than I did.  I barely graduated and I was the class president.  I had to do 116 make up worksheets for all the day's I missed.  You did it the smart way Cherie and you got through it.  Can you believe it?  Sleep now, shhhh, rest that noggin' because you've sure lacked in the beauty department!  Ha!  Anything but!  Congrats again Cherie, we love you!

Happy Birthday Gabriella!

Saturday May 17th the Stimmel's, Wynes', Boyd's, and us went to the zoo for Ella's 2nd birthday.  As you can see on Ella's face she and everybody else had a blast!

L-R: Mike, Shane, and Taylor had eachother's kids, L-R: Seth, Adi, and Brylie, on their necks.  Scoot each kid to our right and they would be on the right dad.

Galapagos Tortoise

If you have not heard the Adi and the Koi pond story read here first.
So she was doing pretty good with the water surrounding her like this.

And then she saw the man eating Koi fish and freaked out.  Can you blame her?  Traumatized I tell you!  Traumatized...

We had a ton of fun that entire Saturday!  We hope you have a happy birthday Ella Bean!

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