Monday, April 20, 2009

better late than never

i was nervous i wouldn't get a chance to post anything on her special day. 
but with a few hours left til midnight. i finally have a minute to pay tribute to this amazing girl!

for two people who love to take pictures. jacqui and i really lack any pictures with eachother.
Jacqui and i have always had good times together. we went to basketball camps when we were little every summer. and sometimes more than one in a summer. 
but it wasn't until this past year that Jacqui and i have really come to get to know eachother. 
She is someone that i know i can count on, who wants the greatest things in life and is so smart and beautiful (inside and out).  She makes me laugh and is thoughtful.  She has truly helped me so much through this past year with her kind words and words of advice and all the stories she has shared with me. 
we have learned that you can pick your nose, and you can pick your friends, but you can't pick your friends nose.. or can you??
I am really grateful for Jacqui. She lifts me to a higher ground, and i hope she knows how awesome she is.   


I sure love you!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

just another one of the greats

Along the same lines.. i wanted to talk about Fathers.  There have been a great few fathers in our world. 

Albert Einstein, the father of Special and General Theories of Relativity.
Ever heard of E=MC2? yah.. this guy thought of that.

George Washington, Father of our nation (speaking as someone living in the United States of America). And if you are Indian (brown as some people say in Canada) then the father of your nation is Ghandi.  Both loved and respected men, who have accomplished great things and will go down in history. 

Then of course there is Darth Vader, Lukes father.  You can't talk about famous fathers without mentioning him.  

I also feel the need to mention this guy:

Doug Takahashi, father of 6 amazing daughters. And the best dad and the world. 
Not to mention, father celebrating his FIFTIETH birthday today. 

I would love to agree with everything Angie said in her blog. its all true. my dad is amazing. 
He has always been there for me as long as i can remember. 

he is so patient and kind. and knows how to rock out. 
There is nothing that we don't have 'the technology for' and will figure out how to do just about anything.  Like make these little missionary tag things.
Some of my favorite memories with him are from when i would get home from a late night and he would be asleep on the couch, but wake up and we would watch Iron Chef together and talk. 
That is where he gets his talent in taste testing
He is passionate about the things he loves. his family, church, running and headlamps to name a few. 
he won over the heart of my mom. which showed his persistance.  i admire him for how hard working he is. 

i have always enjoyed how my dad has trusted me. with things big and small, like cutting his hair, or driving his car to utah when i was 16. 

he has always encouraged us to learn how to do things ourselves and has taught all of us girls all sorts of things, especially when he was finishing our basement.  Tiling was done, drywall.. and although i didn't learn how to do all of that stuff.. between my sisters and i, i think we could do it. 

also. he has a healthy apetite. (it must be where candi gets it)

This guy LOVES him.  Well both of his grandkids just think he is the greatest thing.  because brylie can talk, she is more vocal about it.  He likes that she thinks the world of him, but really he thinks the world of them. 
He is really amazing because he can sleep just about anywhere. 
Since hawaii has become a part of our family he has tried to so the "shaka" in almost every picture he can. he is trying to do it below. 
I love how he has such a great sense of humor. 
And will pose in front of people i want to take pictures of. (remember i thought this guy looked like the guy in that christmas movie)
And sometimes he breaks the rules. 
And sometimes he keeps them. 
He really can fix anything, or is willing to try.  He normally does pretty good. i like that about him. 

He really is just another one of the greats, but perhaps the greatest.  I hope he enjoys his FIFTIETH birthday. 

i sure love him a lot!

Happy birthday dad!

My dad came to visit and he made a new best friend. Blade.  Blade also shares his birthday with my dad. 
I love this little guy, i am glad i have been living down here so i could get to know him better.  I love to play with him.  Happy Birthday Blade!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


my best friend submitted my picture for this.

and i just saw it today. 

i feel famous

Monday, April 6, 2009

Thanks Brylie!!!

maybe some of you read this on angie's blog. Well candi and i finally finished up this project for Brylie.

Well Brylie-girl... remember when you made these dolls with your mom? Candi and i took them to this special place so that they can get sent to all the little kids that don't have toys.

This is what the place looked like outside. That white plastic bag i am holding has all the dolls you made in it.

Here are some of the other kinds of toys that people make for these kids that otherwise wouldn't have any toys.

The kids are SO happy that there are kind people in the world who want them to have toys too.

your dolls could go ANYwhere in the world.

And they will cheer up who-ever gets them.

When we gave your dolls to the man at the humanitarian aide center, he said ThANK YOu SO MUCH!!

thank you so much brylie!!

its getting hot in here

I just had a GREAT weekend. Candi came to visit me. It was the first time that any of my sisters have come and lived with me for a few days (mom did it last fall). she even had her own room here... but for two nights we put mattresses on the floor in my room and had sleepovers. i just love having my sisters around, we always have a good time.

It started with a tour of BYU in this awesome go-cart with Chris. Our tour guide Rhett was hilarious and i learned a lot actually.

It made me proud to be a part of BYU.
Then we went and got some lunch at Tucano's, which is always SO GOOD!! and SOO much food!
After we went to the humanitarian aide center (more to come on that in a later post). and then to temple square. We walked around all of it and it is always nice to be there.

on saturday, we neglected to take any pictures (which is really unfortunate) but Candi, Chris, Cort and I went to the morning session of conference. It was awesome and we had some great seats. Afterwards, like Auntie Wilma said on her blog we met up with them for some Cafe Rio. And then Candi and i spent the rest of the weekend with them. It was SO much fun. As it always is. Movie and food-network watching, wii playing, conference listening and food making and eating. all my favorites.

Sunday morning we had a "yellow" breakfast. just coincidence that all the food was yellow.

We got these awesome conference packets to help us to listen better. i must say that it worked.

In between sessions Nicole and I made some Nanaimo Bars (they are SOO goood). We did it like a cooking show meets iron chef. Here are the judges:

We were judged on neatness, flavor and presentation i think.

yes, blade is upside down in the picture above...

Candi said in her notes that we had "great teamwork"

Check out the clip at the bottom of our cooking show.

Turns out we did okay.. here are chays notes from the show... he gave us a 24 out of 30. i am happy with that. The three notes in the left corner are thinks we needed to work on.

Blade and Candi became best friends this weekend .

After conference was over, we made Ukrainian Eggs (or kranian eggs as chay kept saying)

I had never done it before and it was a lot of fun!!

Two of my eggs, and one of nicoles.

Candi was a natural.. or is she just ukrainian?

Thanks to Auntie Wilma and Uncle Dave and their family for letting us hang out this weekend!! we really enjoyed our time with you guys. There is always a lot of laughter and good memories made!!!

i'll miss you candi. thanks for coming to visit. next time we'll take more pictures!!