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Friday, April 30, 2010


This is my first blog from my new birthday iPad. Mahalo, sis!

Now I just have to figure out how to upload pix.

Okay. Trying out Blogpress app.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Vote for Second Nature Krew on Band Champs

Call (808) 979-1611 only between 10pm and midnight HST. It's 9:32 pm
now. Mahalo!

We are Flowers of One Garden

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Regular Programming Note

Today is Saturday- a big day for many reasons.

Today the people of Kauai will remember in music Larry McIntosh- our beloved "Leader of the Band" for nearly half a decade.

The UH Warrior Volleyball team will host a post-season match at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu - Go VolleyBows!

Second Nature Krew will record the Band Champ II final competition at KHON Channel 2 in Honolulu for airing on April 28 after American Idol - Please VOTE for them. It's a popularity contest!!!

Here is a snippet from their Kauai semi-final performance. Note my son Byron - singing harmonies and playing iPhone as an instrument!

The Washington Redskins are having an NFL Draft Day Party at FedEx Field. The Redskins Blog featured new featured cartoonist Ben Ceccarelli's take on our favorite subject: Colt Brennan:

In spite of this cartoon take- I think Hawaii fans who have followed Colt's success in college will always look forward to seeing him light it up again on the playing field as NUMBER 15!

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Lilu visits Multnomah Falls

What a beautiful natural phenonomena - so easy to get to and beautiful to see!

Lilu had her very first soft serve cone with Nana and K-Paw at the falls.

The Columbia River was beautiful and Lilu spent a long time playing on the shore.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Gryphon, Flower and Hummingbirds

Today Gryphon had a homecheckup from one of the midwives. It was a great opportunity to see him with his eyes open!

While he was getting checked, I noticed the hummingbird feeders were busy!

Of course, Flower the kitty was on hand to check out the newest family member. She is used to sitting on my daughter's lap. But now she has to share with two human kittens!

Tomorrow K-Paw, Nana, Lilu and Tutu Liz are going on an outing to see the beautiful sights around Portland. Yahoo!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Lilu has a baby Brother!

It was an adventure and a testament to the art of Midwifery!
Our new baby boy was born at 3:43 PM at the Andaluz Waterbirth Center in Portland.

Meet Gryphon Merlyn Kaimilani Ray
9.9 lbs
21.5 inches long
Mom and dad are Michele and Jason Ray

His birth was an amazing spiritual adventure story for me - and for the midwife team whose swat-like response literally delivered the package and brought him to life.
All I can say is Mahalo, Ke Akua. Praise be to God.

"Verily, thou hast come by the command of God, and verily thou hast appeared to speak of Him, and thou hast been created to serve Him, Who is the Dear, the Beloved." ~ Baha'u'llah

Imminent Arrival

Labor is underway. Michele is in the birthing tub with KPaw to support her back. Espree offers energy support and runs errands.
Lilu is asleep and Jason is catching catnaps while he can.

Laboring pretty hard and steadily now. "Backlabor sucks,"  says Michele. Nana is providing extra back relief.  Lilu is stirring a little and Jason goes back and forth between tub and bed to comfort his two special ladies. Midwives are monitoring baby during contractions and have their expert eyes on the situation.

3:12PM It's PUSH time!

Baby Boy has arrived at 3:43 PM!


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Impending arrival.

UPDATE: Okay, now we are having some solid contractions. Kelena, Michele's dad, is in the tub with her to give back support and massage.
4:40AM pst

Headed back to Andaluz with fresh supplies.
3:28am Sunday

Still on standby. Here is a video of Lilu at the park earlier today:

6:38PM pst

Michele is back at Andaluz to rest after a great brunch. The rest of us are at the park for some outside time before it may rain. I'm chillin and catching up on the blogging :-)
1:01PM pst.

We are at Genie Cafe for brunch. Portland is beautiful today! In the 70's and sunny! Cherry blossoms are in bloom and the cityscapes are growing green.
10:30ish pst

Grandson is taking his time. Check back in a few hours!
8:41AM pst

My grandson has decided to arrive on time.
We are at the Andaluz Waterbirthing Center in Portland.

The tree represents the births so far- each baby is a leaf and the peaches are the breech babies!
Lilu tries out the birthing tub with mom while Nana (Bless you!) makes French press coffee.

Tonya, Sierra and Cassie have arrived- they attended Lilu's birth 2 years ago! Now Michele is working while Lilu and Daddy catch a nap.