Monday, November 10, 2008

White dresses in August

I know, I know, its about time I posted something.
August 2nd was Eliza's blessing. It was great to be able to have some family and friends there.

Lindsay wanted to wear a white dress in August too, so she got married!
Lindsay and Robbie and families at the Portland, Oregon LDS Temple August 30th.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Eliza's photo shoot

In July my photographically talented friend Katie came over and took a bazillion pictures of Eliza. These were her favorite pictures. THANKS Katie!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Hooray for Grandparents!

Eliza's Grandparents came and visited in July and August. I think it was their first time in Maryland. Did we take them sightseeing? Did we do lots of fun stuff? NO. We put them to WORK and all they got is this lousy THANKS on this lame blog. It should be noted however, that said thanks is in bold and in the absolute largest font possible. We really do appreciate all their help.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Getting to Know Eliza

Here are some (ten actually) things about Miss Eliza.

1. She likes to go for walks.

2. She makes some really cute sounds and one sound when she is angry that is really not cute at all.

3. Her favorite song might be itsy bitsy spider.

4. She is very tolerant and undiscerning when it comes to singing voices.

5. She has always seemed long. check out the floods.

6. She usually likes the bouncer chair (Thanks Eliasons) and at times can really get it going!

7. Her smile can light up the world.

8. She likes baths (Again thanks Eliasons).

9. She is usually on her best behavior around strangers.

10. She is stinkin' cute.

Here is a video for the grandparents (The Grands). Eliza is just learning how to laugh, OK, I couldn't decide which one and learning to edit video while feeding her seems a bit too ambitious so here are two videos of the same thing (but with alternate wardrobe).

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Adventures in Moving Part II

#4 Taco Bed

It is no secret I had really been looking forward to sleeping in my own bed. However, when our household goods were delivered the box springs would not fit up the stairs. Luke had the brilliant idea of doing a search of our predicament on the world-wide-interweb where we found instructions on what to do. So after a little cutting, sawing, and folding I slept in my bed last Friday night. Luke actually prefers the skyrise inflatable bed which is actually much easier to get up the stairs.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Adventures in Moving...with an Infant

#1 Day at the Beach

We decided Eliza (1.5 weeks then) should go to the ocean before we left Hawaii. She didn't really like it at all.

FYI-its not really a good idea to take the baby's car seat on the beach with you. Especially if the person carrying said car seat is holding the car seat at arm's length and is wears size 13 slippers (flip flops for you mainlanders) in the sand. We were still finding sand a full week and a half later in her little baby crevices.

#2 The Longest Day of the Year

The day of Luke's graduation (don't worry you didn't miss anything big, he just "graduated" from intern year) we checked out of our hotel early in the morning and were catching an overnight flight to Baltimore. This picture is of Eliza at said graduation right before the bird pooped all over her, which was before she pooped all over us while we were changing her while at the same time spitting up and urinating. This led to a bystander (we were very much in public) remarking "wow every orifice". We knew it was going to be a long day and night and day and then we realized it was June 20th. Happy Summer solstice:)

#3 Suitcase Baking

We were invited to some friends house for dinner (Thanks Owens!) and we wanted to take something. We had a no-bake Oreo cheesecake thing we thought would be quick and easy but it went terribly wrong.

Crust-Luke used a paper plate in the toaster oven to melt the butter (our microwave was somewhere over the Pacific Ocean). This resulted in fire.

Crust second try- Luke successfully melted the butter on the stove in the pie plate itself-Brilliant!

However, this method (and the fact we didn't have any measuring spoons) disallowed titrating to achieve the proper proportion of butter to Oreo crumbs. The result was a very oily slurry of black sludge.

Pudding-Camille was in charge of the pudding part. All this needed was to mix the packaged mix with a few cups of milk. We didn't have any measuring cups so I used my skinny Camelbak bottle. I measured the milk in the bottle and since we also didn't have any mixing bowls I decided to pour the powder in the bottle with the milk and shake it. This worked remarkably well...until it was time to pour the mixture out onto the crust. No chance. All I could get out was what I could reach with a small plastic spoon.

Suffice it to say we showed up at their house empty handed.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Settled Yet?

People keep asking me if we are settled in yet. We are in Baltimore things are good but it is hard to really feel settled when you are sleeping on an air mattress. Don't get me wrong I am very grateful to have a home and an air mattress but I am really looking forward to our bed coming (hopefully this week)! It seems like this move has pretty much taken all summer. We shipped our car in May and now its August and we are hoping our household goods will come soon. Then I can feel settled...and we are already talking about the next move.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Eliza Lehua

Sunday, June 1, 2008
6 lbs 10 oz
20 inches
Happy Birthday!

Lehua blossoms

Friday, May 30, 2008


The Moa,

Its call..........................................."haunting"

Its movement................................"mysterious"

Its flight........................................"feathery"

Hawaii's red jungle fowl

Thursday, May 29, 2008


In April Luke and Camille took a trip to Kaua'i. Before we leave Hawaii and before a baby inevitably takes over our blog we wanted to post some pictures. There were quite a few so I decided to do a movie. It starts with a movie clip about one minute long and then the picture slide show.

Some highlights....
  • Luke chasing a *Moa (about the fifth slide in).

  • Waimea Canyon State Park (however i do not recommend sleeping in a tent during the third trimester)

  • Hiking the Na Pali coast to a waterfall. 8 miles, 8 months pregnant. I'd love to Kayak the coast sometime.

*Look for a description of the Moa in an upcoming post!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The belly

There have been some requests for a belly shot. Here I am, apparently doing some sort of pregnant lady chicken dance.

Monday, April 14, 2008


Recently we have had quite a few visitors at the Mease Family B&B. (This may in part explain the lack of postings the last few months.)
First, Camille's parents visited for a couple of weeks in February -Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday Dad. Then Luke's parents visited Mid-March for a short but fun filled vacation. Then, at the end of March while Luke was in Texas (Remember the Alamo!) Alisha and her friend MaryAnn left husbands and kids behind for a women's week (kind of like they have at BYU but without any speakers and much more snorkeling). See Alisha's blog for more info on said visit. Additionally, we look forward to Lindsay's visit next week. WELCOME HOME SISTER DURRANT!
As near as I can figure, people started missing us after a long cold winter. Or maybe they just wanted to "check up on us". At any rate we had a lot of fun! Come again!

Spiffy rental convertible-less spiffy in backseat

I made my parents pose for a sunrise anniversary photo at Hanauma Bay

From Bellows-I think

We had a lot of fun sneaking over to the Big Island for a couple of days

Kayaking to SCUBA at "No Landing" Rabbit Island

Sweaty man hike to crouching lion
-yes we think you should shower

Hauula loop Hike

Yummy drinks to validate Waikiki parking

Pali overlook-its usually windy


Thursday, February 21, 2008

Suddenly consuming very high amounts of fiber...

We thought about what we could say for this post and decided some stories just tell themselves.

"It is wise to increase your fiber intake gradually so your digestive system has time to adjust. Suddenly consuming very high amounts of fiber is not recommended because it can cause digestive discomfort. Remember to drink adequate fluids too."