Wednesday, September 22, 2010

the 4x4

Back in the first grade, Toki learned how to solve the 3x3 Rubik cube. Remember the video?:

Soon after, Chris ordered the 4x4 for him. Toki worked on it through the summer and got to the point where he could solve it some of the time. He got bored of it and put it aside until yesterday when he spent 4-5 hours reading, watching tutorials on how to solve it, and solving it.

He solved all but one row and was working on that a few minutes before I came back down to see how he was doing. This is when I discovered the broken 4x4. It got jammed and getting frustrated, he threw it against the wall. Just to give you an idea of what it looked like, I got the following image of a dissembled 4x4 off the internet. It has exponentially more pieces than a 3x3. You may think that the following image is of several cubes...but it's's just one 4x4 cube.

He spent 5-6 hours putting it back together today, stopping only to do his homework and to have dinner.

Personally, I think it's harder to put it back together than it is to solve it. It has an insane amount of pieces and it takes technique, steadiness, and time.

During the process, it was knocked over and dissembled several times, on accident and on purpose, by his brothers. To which we all heard phrases such as, "I wish you were never born," "I'm going to kill you," and "I hate myself for breaking it." All are phrases that make me cringe.

At one point he assembled it only to discover that internally something was misaligned, causing one of the rows to be stuck. He took it apart and started over.

Where he gets his focus is beyond me. It will come in handy in his future for sure.

I meant to put up his video last week......Just 2 weeks ago, after practicing for a year, maybe two, he finally learned how to do the "Rainbow." This is just another example of how he gets fixated on something until he finally gets it. Of course, after he learns it, he moves on and forgets how. The other video is of some random high school kid doing the Rainbow at an actual game....once again...something I found off the good old internet.

Chris is working Late......

so this is what I do.

Working in layers and with textures has come in handy.


and After

I'm ecstatic.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Working with Textures in Photoshop

only took me a few hours to figure out! Sheesh. Hope I don't forget how.

Saturday, September 11, 2010


We've been busy today but we've taken the time to talk about what happened on this day 9 years ago. I was pregnant with Toki and on BYU campus in class. Our class watched the news on a big screen. Chris was at work, painting a house.

I get all chocked up.

Some words that come to my mind.....

the truth

hugs and kisses from our home to yours

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Back to School Night

The principal showed this tonight. LOVED it!!! and my kids new teachers!! Wahoo....sounds like it's going to be a fun year.

Friday, September 3, 2010

I got carried away...

These are what I've been working on this week.

These are the pictures I used to help me make them.

Needless to say, I now have three very Halloween hungry boys.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Little updates

Lolo learned to ride his bike without training wheels on Monday, August 30th. I wasn't there for the big event. I was on a bike ride myself.

He was so amazed though.

Chris--"I knew you could always do it!"

Lolo--"I didn't think I could. I think Jesus helped me."

The next morning....

Me--"Hey big boy, you can ride a bike now."

Lolo--with a smile on his face, "I think it was all a dream." Still in a state of shock.


Boys started school up last week. I think the excitement has worn off now. Mornings are getting a little rough for one unnamed child (must take after me). Vy, however, is a morning person, just like his daddy. He is up and ready to start the day. What a cutie!


Been doing research on how to have a girl. Seriously though, I am dreaming of another little boy...and I can only come up with boy names.........Milo is my favorite....but I like, Jude, Ian, and Damon.

There are a couple theories out there. The Shettle's method being the most popular and what I was planning on doing. However, I just read about the O+12 theory. Anyone else heard about it? Apparently, one lady after trying the Shettle's method to have a girl, but was unsuccessful and ended up with 5 sons (6 sons total), learned that the Shettle's method only has a 33% success rate when it comes to having girls. What she observed was that more girl babies are born to couples who do the deed 12-24 hours after ovulation. She finally got her daughter. Perhaps they just got lucky.

Oh, I'm so easily swayed. Now I'm all confused and my plans just went out the window. I guess I still have plenty of time to come up with Plan B, since Chris isn't on the same wavelength as me when it comes to baby numero quatro.

I in fact, dislike being pregnant. It's just so uncomfortable. I also like how nice my life is right now. I asked Chris to talk me out of it. He thought he did a good job of it. I have to admit, he did a good job of reminding me of all the hardships. But, as much as I've been fighting the thought and procrastinating the next step and coming up with very good excuses to hold off.......I'm getting the "good to go" vibes. I'm praying to have a better attitude, to have more faith that things will be o.k., and probably should be praying for my hubby to have a change of heart.

Also, I have a doc. appt. for my throat again. I'm feeling like the cyst has come back. Hopefully that is the reason for the discomfort that I'm having and nothing more serious. Grrr, I dislike health problems.

Haven't heard anything different about Japan. It's been the same answers for the last couple of months. They haven't told us that they changed their mind, so we're still hopeful. I think it would be great if it works out, but as for now, I've moved on with my life.

Something for me to look forward to.............I'll be doing a triathlon on the 11th. Wahoo!