Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Papa-baker-hashi.. and needles

Angie and Mike's bread maker was left here and only now was it opened and has since been used daily. Dad has taken a real liking to baking bread and is perfecting his loaves each day. The picture above is him with the two loaves that he made today. he also made some yesterday, and the day before and the day before. it is delicious, and who doesn't like the smell of fresh baked bread all the time? Thanks Papahashi! And all these people said that we would hardly see our dad now that he's bishop..

Tonight after our workout, Candi and i decided to have some fun. More like Candi... she decided to give me an I.V. Not because i need one, just for some more practice i guess (she has done this lots, don't worry.. i'm not the first) and to show us all that she knows how to do it.

Above is her preparing... now i didn't think she'd be able to do it because i was once told that i dont' have good veins and that i should go to the gym and lift some weights and drink more water. And i didn't think that i would be able to do it (neither did anyone else), because i have a small history of sometimes passing out and throwing up on occasion. I wanted to prove to myself that i am brave...

In the picture above i am looking at my arm and not at the table where all candi's equipment was set up, AKA the NEEDLE...

I like my face in this one because i am so nervous and scared and she is just feeling my veins.. both of her hands are visible and there is no needle in sight.. and still i look terrified.

So if you were wondering.. yes i was able to have to start an IV.. was it a pleasant experience? well it wasn't as bad as it could have been... and there is a few videos of the whole thing for you to judge how it all went. In the first video i had my first reality TV moment when i asked erika to stop filming for a minute... and yes those are real tears. But Candi did a good job! thanks candi for that interesting experience.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Zoo Trip

We had a holiday today... and Jacqui and her boytoy Russell came to visit, so we decided to go to the Calgary Zoo. I had a lot of fun, and i think that everyone else had a pretty good time too, even with the place being packed!

We saw almost all the animals (except the gorilla's) starting with the hippos.

My blog is mostly for Ang and her family to keep in touch.. this picture of Dad is for you guys in Hawaii.

The African building housed the hippo's, warthogs, some snakes and the giraffes

One of the main reasons Jacqui came to visit was to make it on my blog... here is her big debut:

Here are just a few pics of the animals we saw.. we def saw more than this, i had forgotten just how good the calgary zoo is.

the Lizard, piranha and kangaroo were all in the Australia n part.. the temperature in there was hot and it smelled really bad and made us all pretty sweaty. That is now what i imagine Australia to be like.
Of course we made our way into what i remember from my childhood as "the butterfly room" where the temperature was also hot and humid. Contrary to what Jamie had said, they still had all the butterflies flying around in the room about our heads.

We were all mesmerized by the baby elephant... Mom said that it reminded her of Tyken cause it was SO cute.

We made our way over the wobbly bridge that wiggles and wobbles as good as i remember it.. and we wandered through the dinosaur part.

(another picture for those in hawaii)

We made our way everywhere.. even the Canadian wildlands where we saw moose, grizzly bears etc... we got to go for a little ride.. i discovered that they are pretty dangerous

Above is us just hanging out with the porcupines.

It was a really fun day with the whole family, we got home and Dad let us all have his new favorite treat: freezies.. he probably ate like 3.
Its always fun to have Jacqui visit.. and i liked meeting Russell. We finished off the day with a barbeque, and brownies and ice cream and some TLC watching. Tomorrow its back to work for everyone, i got a job at Black and Lee tuxedo's and suit rentals, which is totally new to me. I was feeling a little out of element coming home, but after a good breakdown sunday night and finishing up my vision board tonight, I think that i'm back feeling good and excited to do all sorts of things over the next couple weeks, months etc.


Sunday, May 18, 2008

..: tagged :..

I was tagged by Angie.. so here it goes.. 6 random facts about me, Alana Dawn Takahashi:

1. I get a little bit nervous everytime i step onto an escalator. I don't know why. I guess all the stories i heard as a kid about people getting there shoelace stuck in the escalator and getting all cut up scared me. I also think that when i step on or off of it i might miss the step and add another embarassing moment to my life.

2. i am seriously in love... with music. there is nothing better than having that "just right" song come on the radio or next on your ipod. I love to find new music to listen too. I dont just like the musical part of songs though.. i love lyrics. it is amazing to me how someone can put into words something that i feel or am feeling. Angie can do this and i don't know how she does it. I love music of all kinds, jazz, punk, rap, country, classical... some of all of it. But i must admit, erika and i are working part time for a radio station this summer, so far from what i've heard i think their music is weird.

3. i like to cook because i find it a bit soothing. Right now my favorite thing to bake is cookies. i hate it when i make cookies and they don't turn out that good.. so then i find myself making another batch soon after to try to make some that are better. It really is something i can do and it helps me to clear my mind or weigh out the pros or cons of a decision. So if i am baking i am possibly doing a lot of thinking... or maybe i'm just really hungry (okay okay.. probably all of the above)

4. i love to read. i haven't been able to read as much as i wish lately.. but hopefully i will soon. when i was younger i would read and read and read. I have read a lot of books most of them in not that much time. My favorite book growing up was always Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl... something about all the chocolate and candy did it i think. Then there came Harry Potter (still a love of mine) and the all too famous Twilight books are pretty good. I actually have enjoyed a few classics, Little Women and such.. but i didn't really like Jane Eyre all that much. with my growing age i am trying to read more sophisticated books that i can really learn from.. any suggestions?

5. Okay this is kind of a HUGE deal... sometimes i actually think my dad is funny. I will probably regret ever writing this on here.. but its true: he can actually be funny even when he's trying to be. We all know he can be funny when he's not trying to be, he never lets us forget how much we apparently "persecute" him. But sometimes he can crack some jokes or do other things that i find hilarious, Like the time he dressed up as william hung and took pictures. Of course there are other things he does that make me laugh that he probably isnt' doing to make me laugh, like when he tried to learn the dance from highschool musical, when he hurts himself, or we come home to find him watching hannah montana...

6. I am discovering new things about who i am everyday. Its a frustrating, exhilarating, exciting, disappointing, thrilling, ongoing learning experience. I am getting more aware of who i want to try to be and i find myself being able to be that more and more. that makes me happy.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Moms Day...

We had a great mothers day... which happens when you have such a great Mother. It started early for some of us as we made breakfast.
we had crepes made by erika.. and they were DELICIOUS! (The above picture was capturing the banana sunshine that dad spent so much time designing.) It was nice to have Grandma Anderson visiting and there for breakfast with us.
(good thing erika made a lot of crepes.. as you can see in the picture candi hoarded them before jamie and mom even got one!)
Of course Dad doesn't like to stay out of the spot light for too long and was made a bishop on mothers day. He is a little scared about the new responsibility and Jenelle said that he should have told them he was moving.. and then when he didn't just tell them plans changed. But he couldn't think that fast.. so now he's Bishop Takahashi. I'm sure he's going to do a wonderful job.
We had a fun dinner and grandma and grandpa Takahashi were there as well as the Kays. We had a lot of fun hearing about Joels trip to Germany and had soem good laughs doing some MadLibs.

Friday, May 2, 2008

happy birthday jenelle!

Here they are.. the pictures from Jenelle's birthday for Mom, Jamie, Angie, Mike, Brylie and Tyken like I promised. Luckily i got home in time to watch her open presents and eat some of her cake.
Above is the signature pose.. i hope you like it Brylie.
Below: the green zip-up from Erika (look at how excited she looks.. it just gets better and better)

Above: "SHARPIES!"... she really wanted these for her birthday actually, once again her face says it all, or something like.. "aww you guys.. this is what i wanted"
Below: yes that is FULL HOUSE on DVD
Jenelle lucked out with me being in California, and others in Hawaii
Above: Hollywood Canvas tote
Below: Necklaces and i think a bracelet from Hawaii

Above: Her card from Brylie. We were all impressed with how well brylie wrote 'jenelle' on the card
Below: A shirt from Angie, Mike, Bry and Tyken

Below is a picture of everything all put together. We all laughed really hard because of Candi.
Haha.. yess that is where candi was the whole time i was trying to take a picture.
Look at how happy or scared Jenelle looks in the picture below..

WE miss all of you guys.. but i think her birthday still turned out really good!