Friday, March 14, 2008

Friday Show and Tell - and Twin Update


I have been blogging about our trip to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii since December (I think I have two more posts to complete the story). I want to share the special display my husband recently completed, showcasing his treasures from our two trips - one for our 25th anniversary, and the latest for our 35th.


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During the first trip, DC discovered Koa wood. This is a beautiful, dark, luxurious wood native to the island. He kept finding things made from this wood, most of which were beyond the budget. But he did come home with the little oil lamp bowl on the right of the shelf, and the tiny canoe model on the left. (Here is a picture of a koa tree).


This trip, we found a wonderful shop run by a very talented couple. The husband, a native of the island, was a master carver. He created the miniature canoe paddle on the right of the display shelf. The painting was done by the wife. It showcases the paddle, the hats they wore at their wedding, and several other paddles as well.

When we got home, DC was eager to showcase his treasures. He found the unfinished shelf, which he enjoyed staining and varnishing. He completed the display by arranging the shells we found on the beach. Hanging from the pegs on the bottom are two necklaces, which unfortunately didn't show up in their entirety. One is the typical bead necklace, which you find everywhere as souvenirs. The other one is a fish hook, which is a common sight at shops as well. They are made from bones, and can range from really cheap to incredibly expensive. He chose one rather in between, closer to the low end~~

We were very pleased with the way it turned out, and it brings pleasure and great memories every time we look at it.


Now - for a few candid shots of the teeny tiny twins, who are growing every day. They are quite able to let their needs be known. They do not like to be wet (which could be a very good thing in the future). They do not like to be hungry. They DO like to be held! This can often be a problem, when there are other things that need to be done. Here they are in a bouncy chair we got at a garage sale - we have one for each, but right now they fit quite well together.



They sound just alike when they cry - sometimes it's in unison, and sometimes they harmonize. It's always an adventure to try to figure out which one has awakened you in the middle of the night.


I think this is Kate - totally unaware that she looks like perfection personified.




Kristen is fearful that you think I have them at my house all the time. I just take advantage of every time I do - and take lots of pictures! She will be going back to work a week from Monday, so they will be here every afternoon. I'll work from 7-11, we'll do the changing of the guard, and she'll work from 11-3. It'll be an adventure! Please keep all of us in your prayers - Feisty has become quite accustomed to having her mom at home, and quite happily so. She may have the hardest time adjusting to this new routine.


Don't forget to keep praying for
Cynthia, Ladybug, and all of the siblings!


For more Friday Show and Tell stories, stop by Kelli's blog, There Is No Place Like Home.

32 comments:

Sharon Lynne said...

The twins look so well...and so cute. I'm happy for the softness and joy they bring to your family.

I'm glad are feeling better, too.

Cindy is in my prayers. I can't imagine the pain...May God have mercy...

mrsjojo said...

Beautiful wood paddle and story. Very nice presentation.
The baby looks like a perfect little angel!
My prayer is for the safe return of Ladybug!!

Diane J. said...

I like your display. I used to love woodworking, but it's been years since I was able to work on anything.

Those babies are growing! And I love the picture of Kate sleeping. Just the picture of contentment.

Still praying for Cindy and her Ladybug, and the rest of the family....

Have a great Friday, Dawn. ;o)

Love and hugs,

Diane

jennifer said...

Very nice show and tell. I enjoyed it but the BABIES! I can hardly think of anything else now that I have seen them. They are so beautiful, Dawn! I am happy for your family.

Jennifer

Chris said...

Sounds like your feeling much better. Love to read about hawaii, I am ready to go back. Babies are darling.
God bless

Jennie said...

What beautiful wood. I'm glad you were able to bring a few things back to remind you of such a wonderful time. Lovely artwork too.

As for the babies - on my, they are SO cute. A blogging/forum friend here in the UK has twin girls and they are 2 1/2 now and run her ragged with their antics!

Penless Thoughts said...

Nice items and a lovely display he created. The babies are always cute!! So you are going to be twin sitting granny :o)
Susan

PrettyLifeOnline said...

great catch for show and tell!!!! I am back now, Hope you'll visit mine too...

Barbara H. said...

What a lovely way to showcase and remember those special trips. The wood is just beautiful. And the babies are adorable!

Hootin' Anni said...

Ohhhhhhh, Dawn, your hubby's work on the display is terrific!!! I can see why you both found the wood so fascinating...it's IS beautiful. And your 'candid' photos are something else...gotta love 'em!!!

If you haven't dropped by my Show N Tell yet, I sure hope you do. Have a great Friday and Happy weekend!!!

Simply Heart And Home said...

The pictures of twins bring back such memories. :) I will think of you all and pray the changing of the guards goes well and all.

Your Hawaiian treasures are so rich in color. Simply lovely.

Blessings,

Constance said...

The dark wood is beautiful! I am usually someone who likes oak or at them most walnut but the dark wood shows off the wood grain beautifully! Thanks for sharing!
Connie

Judy said...

Oh I love things like this. That wood is pretty, and the twins are growing.

Needled Mom said...

The wood pieces are beautifully done. That is truly a wonderful keepsake of your trips.

The twins look so cute. The one with them both "voicing their opinions" is just hysterical. Hope that everyone has a good set of earplugs!!! And then there is that angelic photo. Just darling!

I'm sure that Fiesty has enjoyed having her mom home. It will be difficult for Kristen to go back and leave all the little ones too.

Theresa said...

I love trees and wood. Those are some nice pieces.

The twins are beautiful. And are growning so well. It makes me remember when my twins were that age...well actually it's all just a blur.

Thanks for checking up on me, I'm doing well, just taking time to adjust to all the changes in my new life.

Folded Wings said...

Oh the twins are beautiful.

cookie said...

Oh, those babies are so beautiful. You must have so much fun these days.

Hugs,
Cookie

Anita said...

What a nice memorie of your vacation in Hawaii! And what adorable grandchildren you have, congratulation! The twins look to peaceful when the are sleeping next to oneanohter!

Best wishes from Germany,
Anita

Hootin' Anni said...

Hi again...to answer your question about DIA....I have flown into there just once since we left CO. But....

I liked Stapleton better. 'Cause I KNEW that airport like the back of my hand. LOL

Dawn said...

That is a nice display, and I absolutely love that wood. It is so rich looking. Those twins are simply adorable. Enjoy them!

Linda aka yellowroseli said...

Love your show and tell. The babies do steal the show. OHHH SOOO cute.

nannykim said...

What a treat to have a hubby that likes to collect and display!! Love the wood.

I can not imagine going to work and having babies at home!! That makes me so tired just to think about it. On the other hand, the going to work may give her a break that may in turn help with sanity. ;-0 Hope you both survive and can enjoy?

PEA said...

I just love the way DC is displaying his treasures from Hawaii...that little shelf he found is just perfect! Love that paddle, you can really see the beautiful design in the wood. Omigosh, the twins just keep getting more and more adorable:-) I remember how hard it was with one baby...I can't imagine having two to take care of! Sheesh! Bless your heart for being able to babysit the twins when Kristin goes back to work...I know it will be hard on you too. Please tell Kristin I'm thinking of her:-) xoxo

Linds said...

I love all kids of wood. Your Hawaiian collection is lovely, Dawn. And those teeny babes are so beautiful!

Mimi said...

you had such a wonderful time in Hawaii, I hope you don't have to wait another 10 years to go back...loved the pictures...
and the babies are just growing like little weeds...I know it will be hard on Kristen the first few weeks...but it is so wonderful that you are going to be able to watch them...nothing is as reassuring as knowing that your precious children are with your mother!! (you can relax and do your job knowing that they will be taken care of)
and tell Kristen not to worry that we think you have the babies too often...I would love to have them at my house every hour of every day...
Mimi

Nadine said...

What beautiful wood.

The girls look so sweet next to each other.

Sherry said...

their little cheeks are getting chubby! I love it! It was so fun to hold them a couple weeks ago...I could get used to that!

Jewelgirl said...

I like the paddle it is so neat.
The babies look like they growing,
since the last photo! Wonderful!

Lala's world said...

wow changing of the guard never looked so challenging! my kids don't like it that I am working it is tough on them so I will pray for the grace and strength needed! big hugs!

groovyoldlady said...

Koa wood is awesome and the babies are even awesomer!

Chrissie said...

That's such a lovely display - a memoir of your trip! The paddle is beautiful!
It's always such a treat to see the twins - and how they've grown! You and Kristen have a real tight scedule going on there - it'll be 'Hi-bye' and you're off! LOL Precious! Thanks so much for the update! God bless you all -
Chrissie

Fresh Girl said...

Hey, Dawn...when they get to screaming, put on some of Clay's Christmas music. Works on my nephew every time. ;)