Saturday, September 1, 2007

The Terrible Teething Times


It seems like there are some experiences in our lives that are so traumatic that we push them from our memory in hopes of never having to relive them. Circumcision and child birth are two that may fit this category and teething is in strong contention for membership. Leif has four teeth all in different stages of breaking through his gums. He currently has his two front-bottom but the two front-tops and both adjacent are on their way. One on the top-side ones has barely broken through while the other three are all visible as white specks under the gums. This of course means discomfort and wakeful nights--for all. This may not seem too bad for some of the more experienced parents but lets not forget to add that Leif also has "pink eye." Needless to say, things are a bit rough right now.

The good news is that Leif is sleeping in his crib again and is enjoying eating solid foods. Some of his favorites include: sweet potatoes, applesauce, pears, carrots, and "mum-mums." He also likes eating bits of rice. The other weekend he had his first poi and loved it. Now the only thing missing from a complete island diet is a little fried spam and poke. Leif is also becoming more and more mobile. He is not a crawler but loves to stand up and walk around furniture.

Cory has started back at UH for his last year of his master's degree. He is currently taking a course in conducting research and it looks like he will be presenting some of his findings in a regional middle school conference at the end of October. Cory has also accepted a position on Ilima's Leadership team for next year as the 8th grade mathematics coach. This is certainly a step up in responsibility but it is right up his alley.

Amanda has found time again to get back into quilting. She has a few great projects started and many more ideas on paper. She is still going to yoga classes and loving it as it is not only great exercise but also provides some well deserved alone time.

Enjoy the recent photos and if you begin to think that you could use a little rest and relaxation in paradise feel free to come and visit--life is great here!


Cory, Amanda, and Leif Kalama