Friday, April 29, 2011
Step 1 - Create a bin. Line with newspaper torn vertically and old paper towels. Dampen to consistency of a wrung out sponge (I've been told it's important not to oversaturate the paper). Using styrofoam seems a bit well, contradictory, but apparently its a common first bin for people new to composting because its very inexpensive (the 30-gallon one I got was about $9) and you don't need to use a drill to create the air holes on the sides and bottom of it. I wanted to go small and simple for my first attempt...just in case I find that the mongooses, centipedes or ants love it a little too much (supposedly if it's built properly, this isn't supposed to be a big issue). Step 2 - Add other dry stuff from your house. We used old sawdust from my dad's shop and leaves.
Step 3 - Add worms. In our case, we were lucky enough to get red worms from my mother's friend (I learned that you do not use earthworms, and you do not introduce these to your soil because they neither burrow, nor are indigenous to the islands). Though I'd wanted about 25-50 to start, I think we have about 10. So they won't eat thaaat much until they start to multiply, which I've been told happens fairly quickly.
Step 4 - Add scraps of food. Our worms get to dine on diced (for quicker consumption) old papaya, apple bananas, tomatoes, Okinawan sweet potato, carrot peels, cucumber and apple. Not bad for worms! Top off with more damp, shredded newspaper. Cover cooler, place outside in shaded area. Wait 3-6 months and refill with scraps and mix every few days.
Last night Rich had to work late, so I was on bath duty! Someone leaned forward and dipped his hair into the water and created this funky, adorable look!
Seriously now. Who says bangs aren't hot?! I'm calling this look "The Ryan" before someone else lays claim to it. And here are three more pics from the month that I haven't posted yet.
Who needs a sandbox when you have sawdust?Kenichi & Riki with their latest catch! And since their daddy is a chef, they always get to eat whatever they catch minutes less than an hour after they catch it! I can't wait to take Ryan fishing in a few months (my plan was to get him a little bamboo pole with no reel for his birthday since I think he'd love dangling a pole off the safety of a pier). It's funny, I hate the idea of fishing (it seems so cruel to hook something in its mouth and then 90% of the time, have to throw it back to sea), and I'm notoriously impatient. But it's one of those important life lessons (compassion, patience, sustainability) that I think are good for a young lad. :-)
Ryan loves to play basketball with daddy...look at that anticipation!
Monday, April 25, 2011
We can't get over how kids will run past 10 eggs in their path to get to a certain one that catches their eye! Or how after finding three eggs, they'll stop, sit down and start to open one, ignoring the frenzy around them. The post-hunt group pic of the littles ones with their loot!
Keni & Riki helping Ryan open his eggs.
The post-hunt Easter brunch! The big boy division posing with their loot!
And the final shot of the day was also the money shot of the day...Ry and his friends racing each other in the grass! Check out those smiles! Psst...please note who is bringing up the rear. And you thought I was exaggerating about my pace. ;-) I can hardly believe Easter is over. This was our second Easter with Ryan, but our first full Easter season...complete with egg dyeing, basket making, Easter baking, egg hunting and Easter crafting. Sometimes I exhaustedly find myself counting how many more years I have left to do this (still not really my forte), but more often I find myself already regretting how few of these fun holidays we have left with our little boy & his two cousins. :-)
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Our little equestrian was thrilled to be able to ride horses again! It's funny, I don't think he actually harbors any desire to truly become an equestrian (so no breeches, helmets or riding crops have been put on order just yet), I just think he has a childlike wonder for those mighty beasts. I know he's not the first 2-year old to ride solo, but I can't help but be proud of him for bravely climbing up there and saddling up all by himself!
We've always skipped the Easter egg hunt in the past, but this year we thought we'd try it out since Ryan is more or less old enough. Since we hadn't prepared him for what to do or expect (hence, the gaily colored and festive blue plastic bag 'Easter basket'), Rich made sure to take him to a sparsely populated corner of the field where he wouldn't get trampled. Our um...wise little Asian tiger child...scampered right past 4 of the 5-6 eggs in front of him. And no, they were not hidden. :-)
On the way home, someone was soooo exhausted from, oh I don't know...riding the entire 10k (?) and passed out. ;-) This gave us time to both run around and start preparing for our Easter egg hunt later this morning. Rich cleaned the yard with my dad, and was then dispatched with Ryan to get a beverage dispenser and cake fondant. Having this time allowed me to finally finish up his birthday invitations (and only because my mother did the heavy lifting!), but I still ended up staying up late making an Easter cake for the post-hunt brunch afterward! :-) It didn't turn out AT ALL how I'd envisioned (Faberge is safe from the likes of me), but it all worked out. I wanted it to be green since Ryan's new favorite color appears to be green (an improvement from pink and purple).
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Ryan got totally spoiled by his Uncle JJ on this trip- lollipops, Hot Wheels, glow sticks...all the best gifts in the world for a 2-year old. :-) After stopping in Waimea so we could break up the trip and also give my mom time in a craft store, we headed straight to pick up Uncle JJ for some lunch at Nori's, and then a stop at the Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo!
The number of animals at the zoo are fairly...um, low (hey, money's tight, not complaining). But the fauna?! Breathtaking.
Rizzle found a giant Jackson chameleon by the water lillies, but no frogs. Which is fine, because he currently has about 4 frogs and ten tadpoles at home right now!
Ryan didn't give a hoot that there were only a few animals. He kept exclaiming every other minute, "I love the zoo! I love the zoo!"
I'm no botanist, but I think this is the lilikoi blossom. Amazing, isn't it?
No trip to Hilo is complete without a stop at the mall for some mini-carousel and helicopter time! Especially since the planned trip to the bouncies got panned due to a serious spill Ryan took at the zoo. It was his worst fall to date...horribly scraped knees, bleeding...and a limp. If I had given him a stick and a tin cup that day, we would have made millions as he gingerly limped around the mall.
On Friday morning we went to the park and I snapped the first photo I've ever taken of Ryan where I think he looks like me. ;-)
Spying on the enemy!
Admittedly not very sanitary, but very cute!
We had so much fun that I would love to do this again, only next time, with Rich or a brother husband. :-)
Friday, April 22, 2011
On every trip we go on, we take about 4 million pictures. And on average, about one comes out really, really awesome. This is what I call the 'money shot.' We took Ryan to Coconut Island while we were in Hilo for a picnic, and I thought it would be cool to teach him how to meditate. :-) This was his version of meditating (he confused 'criss cross your legs' with 'cris cross every limb of your body') and did this instead.
Sorry, he's not up for adoption. :-)
Psst...check out the large bandages on each knee. More on this later. :-(
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
After sampling the mini cookie I'd made just for him with the leftover cookie batter (moms...you know that last little tablespoon I'm talking about), he said what he always says whenever he's pleased- "I very like it, mommy!"