Sunday, December 27, 2009
On another note, we did visit the Samoan branch here and did not like it at all. It made me miss my Samoan ward back home. At least there, people made it a point to find out who your mother's father's grandmother was. And even if you weren't related to anyone, they would still make you feel welcomed. After introducing myself as Dora Salanoa from California, this woman comes up to me after class and this is how our conversation went. Mind you, all of this is in Samoan.
Woman: "Hey, I'm a Salanoa. What village is your Salanoa family from?"
Dora: "Oh no, I'm not the Salanoa. I'm a Malaeulu but my husband is Salanoa"
Woman: "Yeah..... You say your name Sister Salanoa. What village is your family from?"
Dora: "I'm not sure, my husband should know. He's the Salanoa. I'm a Malaeulu"
Woman: (Looking a bit irritated and starts speaking English) "Se Eh (OMG in Samoan)..... I know it. I want know where your village your family cause I am Salanoa."
Dora: I'm a Malaeulu. I don't know what village the Salanoa family is from.
Woman: (eyeballs popping out, she starts rubbing my back and says in Samoan slowly) "What village are you from?"
Dora: (Looks towards Laura a bit scared and irritated) "Uh......." (Then turns and walks out the chapel)........lol.......
After the second Sunday, I looked at my uncle Sapati and said, "I'm never coming here again." I told him about the scary old lady and he just laughed and said, "Iz okay..... dem just not understand it cause you not speak it right way." I don't know how many ways I needed to say that I am not a Salanoa, I'm just married to one. I swear, you can never go anywhere in America without finding people you are somehow related to. My family is out here but I seriously thought we'd be the only Salanoa's out here. That scary old lady was just one part of the Salanoa family out here. TJ has no idea what village he is from and there was no way for them to make an official connection with him, but that didn't stop them from calling us cousin.....too much good stuff....lol....
Friday, December 25, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The Host by Stephanie Meyer. Of course, I only started to read it because it was by Stephanie Meyer... Unfortunately, there were no werewolves or vampires, but I still enjoyed reading it. It was different and I love stories like that.
Animal Farm by George Orwell. Pretty good. TJ recommended the read for me. I was okay with the book but in some ways, it just wasn't my cup of tea. I read 1984 by Orwell last semester because I had to for a class. The whole concept of Big Brother and government control isn't something I care to think about which is probable why both books for me were just... OK.
The House of Night Series. I've read all five books already and they were pretty interesting. The sixth book titled "Tempted" is coming out in the end of October so that's something to look forward to. In all honesty, I believe the books were just a knock off of the Twilight Saga, but I didn't care. I read the Twilight books three times now.... lets just say, the House of Night Series was just a way for me to stay in the crazy sci-fi world of vampires while waiting for the Twilight Saga: New Moon movie.....lol....
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Sister Aukuso was one of the very few people in the ward that I wasn't related to. But because her husband and my dad were close friends, and my brothers and her sons practically grew up together, she was more than just another person in the ward. She was one of the sweetest persons around. She was very quiet and welcomed anyone who came. Like the majority of the people in our ward, she loved Volleyball and absolutly adored her kids. This photo was taken just two years ago. Sister Aukuso is the one holding the cake and the three boys on the right are her sons. One of the hardest things for me is having to see little children grow up without a mother or father. Her youngest son has just turned 3 and I regret that he won't be able to experience how great a person his mother truly was.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I think the reason I loved it so much was because it reminded me a little bit of myself when I first saw the preview. Well up until he lost connection. I just could not stop laughing at him.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Last but definately not least.... I wanted to add this twilight movie review. It was the most hilarious one that I found.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
April 20, 2009 was my first day at work as a College Intern for Riley Elementary. I was super stoked, not only to be working again but to have the chance to help kids. On my way to work I must admit I was a bit nervous. I starting second guessing myself and even wondering if I could perform such a task. I probably would have been scared all day only two minutes into clocking in I was to pissed off to be scared. My job description clearly states that I am to aid the children in their academics. So, when I found myself standing outside in the 100 degree weather I was honestly irritated. That hour and a half seemed like days. My patience was tested even more, when I heard tens bells ring, all of which did not end their lunch. After lunch I went to a second grade class where I spent the remainder of my time. The kids there we really welcoming. They did a great job of cheering me up. I think I'm gonna love this job! I ask the principal after school why he hadn't mentioned me standing out in the sun, he just chuckled and said sorry. Have you even seen a movie where a character dose something to fowl to another character to really tick them off. So then the character responds by slapping them across there face. Then, almost instantaneously, your taken back in time and the same event plays. Showing that the character never really slapped him, he was just thinking it. I know its not the best thing ever to do, but it did cheer me up.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I just finished reading New Moon on Tuesday and I can't believe that I finished it last night. I have never done that before. I have never "nearly cried" before..... ever...... over a book. I thought about how stupid I must look crying over a book so I stopped before anyone could notice. It's awesome and crazy all at the same time. I must admit that Edward pissed me off last night and I was really tempted to delete my last blog. However, he made up for his stupidity in the end..... Literallly, I was still mad at him up until the last 3 pages when he started sounding sane again. Bastard.... how dare he... (I don't want to kill it for anyone who hasn't read the book yet) I thought for sure I was going to have to slap him...lol... Anyhow, I just started Eclipse today and hopefully I won't want to slap anyone else in the beginning of it.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
It's official...I finished reading Twilight last week and I must admit that I am a fan. I thought for sure that I was not going to get in to it as much as I would. After reading Greg's interpretation of the book, I almost felt obligated not to fall in love with Edward because he was a pedophile...lol... However, after reading the book, I completely forgot how old he was and actually entertained the idea of him and Bella lasting forever... I watched to movie again after I read the book and it all made sense. I caught things that I thought didn't matter the first time I watched it. I know I'm so late right now but I just love it. I picked up New Moon last night and read till TJ forced me to put the book down and go to bed. I got half way through the fat book in no time. Now its a matter of prioritizing what's important. I find myself wanting to quickly get through my homework so that I can pick up the book again. TJ took the book today to work in hopes that I would get more homework done without it. I am kinda grateful that he did because I got through with all of my calculus homework. Now I can't wait for him to get home because I want to get started on the book already....
Saturday, April 18, 2009
<--I know its really small but if you click on the picture, you will see me and TJ in the middle surrounded by the kids who were just chosen to be in our group. The big kid on my left was AJ, and the eight kids in the two rows in front of us were in our group.
<--This is my team again trying to pass a lifesaver on a toothpick. The kids tried to act all disgusted in the beginning about how close they had to get with each other. This nearly made us lose. I screamed, "Kids...don't act kay... you know you don't mind!" After that, it took no less than 3 minutes to get the lifesaver across :)
-->After completing the rally in record time, the kids decided to play double dutch with the rope that they broke in the second picture. They had so much fun. This is Alex Land. She was on the pink team. Her uncle Darrin is married to my sister Joyce and I see her at so many family functions. I call her my palagi sister... she's so sweet...
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
- Vai Mau'u (Daughter)
- Fiailoa (Pualilo) Malaeulu (Son)
- Tu'uaoana Hill (Daughter)
- Sapati (Tevaga) Ta'afuli (Son)
- Skippy Malaeulu (Son)
- Peka Tauvala'au (Daughter a.k.a My Momma)
- Iakopo (Jacob) Malaeulu (son)
- Potoafe Moe (Daughter)
- Mere Malaeulu Aukuso (Daughter)
Other than my excitement for another family reunion, I must mention the wonderful get together that Monty & Kristin planned for the family yesterday. Most of the Peterson family were there along with Sereisa, TJ, and myself. It was a beautiful day out and I enjoyed my conversations with everyone including the infamous Michelle Peterson of . Don't ever, my intro to her was, "Hi Michelle, I'm one of those people who stalk your blog and never leave a message."......lmao..... Needless to say, I think she was pretty shocked. TJ & Monty were working out on the field while Michelle and I were eating. I should have felt bad but my hamburger concoction was sooo good that I couldn't.
TJ & Trey had many "Love you, Hate you" moments. Last week, TJ was really sad about his relationship with Trey. After spending time with the nephews, TJ came home and said, "I'm so sad right now. I tried to carry Trey today but he wouldn't let me." Apparently Trey kept saying, "I don't want it TJ.... put me down!!! Please...." This was a sad moment for Uncle TJ but a day at the park made everything better. By the end of the family picnic, Trey and Uncle TJ were laughing and playing with each other and Trey even let TJ carry him to the car. As we were leaving, I almost wanted to ask, "So uncle TJ, can you carry Me to the car?" :^P
Till next time....
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Here's a picture of us when we were Laurels. I believe this is about a week after we graduated. From the left, its Tina, Faa'ae, Laura, and Me.
This is a picture of us when we were well into our Young Adult years. From the left, its Laura, Faa'ae, Me, and Tina. Now that you can match a face to a name, I can continue with my story..lol..
Last Friday, February 6, 2009, Tina and I were able to go to the temple and witness Faa'ae a.k.a Sister Lata receive her endowments. Laura was unable to make it because her recommend was expired but we know she was there with us in spirit. Faa'ae was the last of my three best friends to receive her endowments and I am so happy that we were all able to be there for her. After her endowments, Tina and I went over to Faa'ae's house where Laura was and just talked. Since being married, Tina and I really haven't been able to get together and just talk so it was nice for the four of us to be able to get together and do that. Faa'ae and Laura returned last Tuesday from Samoa after burying Faa'ae's dad. I felt so bad for her because I know how much she wanted her dad to be here when she left for her mission. I don't doubt that uncle Sakalia was there with us to witness his daughter receive her endowments.
Saturday, February 7, 2009, we had a memorial at the stake center for my uncle. Because he passed away in Samoa, the only ones that were there were his brother and his family. Everyone else was in America. I had so much fun catching up with all of my cousins who came down for the memorial. TJ was a bit shy and stayed home. I would usually stay home with him but I didn't care to because my family was only down for two days.
Moving right along, Sunday, February 8, 2009, the ENTIRE family had dinner at the Lata's house and I actually enjoyed working in the kitchen. Feeding my family felt like we were feeding half of America but with all of my cousins in the kitchen, it made the task so much easier. After feeding everyone, Generation X (the parents and older people) gathered in the living room and had a jam session. Generation Y (the OLDER cousins who look like auties and uncles) were in upstairs family room laughing and telling jokes. Generation Z (My generation/ the youth and young adults) were in the kitchen/ dining area cleaning and laughing as we made to-go plates for each family. Last but not least, the New Generation (Primary kids) were in the garage and back yard playing. My family is so big.... and what started off as a joke from my grandfather is now something that we use to get everyone fed. With family dinners, we usually set the table for the "older people" and make plates for the kids. After the older people eat, everyone one else rotates to the dinner table according to age. The girls who are serving everyone are usually the last to make it to the dinner table. May seem weird to some people but that is how it works. When you have a table that seats 10 and have 50-60 people to feed, it just makes things easier. One Sunday after my grandfather finished eating he said, "Okay generation X, get off the table so the next generation can get on." Every since then, we've used this method to feed everyone.
Three days of strait family overload..... IT WAS FREAKIN AWESOME.... I had so much fun. We were going to take a family picture but never got around to it because everyone couldn't quite fit in one room and it was raining outside. We get together again for our reunion in July and I can't wait. I'm sad because Faa'ae will not be there but I know that she is doing God's work. She will be in the Marshall Islands English speaking mission. We were a little concerned because Marshall Island has the highest rate of leprosy but I know the Lord will take good care of her. Till next time...
Thursday, January 15, 2009
People say that trials happen to make people stronger.... They forget to mention the part where you feel like crap through the process and somehow, YOU, have to make yourself feel better in the end. They should say something like, “Trials will happen.... ONLY if you survive will you be stronger.” So where do I begin??? I really don’t know... Don’t worry Kristin, I won’t write anything that everyone reading this doesn’t already know....lol....
For real though, in October, TJ & I moved because everything didn’t quite work out with the housing situation. Most would be embarrassed to tell people about that but I really don’t care. My husband always says, “It is what it is.” We tried it, it didn’t work, move on. We moved around from place to place for a while and didn’t let our families know that we were basically homeless for a couple of weeks with all of our stuff in the back of our car. We didn’t mention anything primarily because we didn’t really want to be a burden to anyone. Being nomads wasn’t fun..... but TJ and I managed for a while. I truly don’t believe that I could have gone through that experience with anyone else but my wonderful husband. Starving and taking cold showers in the winter while smiling and putting up a front for your family is not something that I would recommend to anyone.... Anyhow, go figure, the time we are struggling, Monty and Kristin move down into the Salanoa’s household. I like to believe that God sent them down because of us. One day, TJ went to visit his family and because I had no gas to go and get him, Monty had to drop him off. I smile thinking back because when TJ got home that night he explained how he tried to prepare Monty the entire trip home because Monty had no idea where he was going. When he finally got to the place where we were staying TJ said, “I don’t think Monty’s ever been to this part of the ghetto.” After he said that, we both just started crackin up. Then, a silent fear came over me because, now.... Someone knew our secret. In a sense, our situation became a reality because someone else knew about it. What would people think? OMG, is my mom going to kill me for not telling her? I almost felt like a little girl who broke her mom’s antique china collection, then starts praying to God, his entire host of Angels, and all of her ancestors that her mom doesn’t notice while her mom walks in slow motion, closer and closer to an empty
This is where craziness begins...... are you ready..... one week later, we moved out...lmao... TJ’s parents decided to be honest and weren’t really feelin each other anymore and decided to get a divorce when we moved in. I don’t think that our moving in helped their marriage and my husband still blames himself for their split sometimes but like I mentioned earlier, It is what it is, right? Moving right along, his dad got an apartment the next weekend, and we moved out. Now we stay in a 2 bedroom apartment (up the street) and I finally feel at home.
I only stayed in the Salanoa house for a week or two and even though I knew and felt like I wasn’t wanted in that house, I had fun because I was able to get to know Monty, Kristin, and my wonderful nephews a little better. I was job searching while I was there but I had so much fun. Monty, Kristin, and the boys made me feel so comfortable. Aren't they just so cute...
I learned in a week that
*Kyle...... oh Kyle..... he’s hilarious.... One night, Sereisa made lamb and Kyle couldn’t bring himself to eat it. He sat at the table for like 5 minutes screaming out, “I don’t want to eat Mary’s little lamb.” Now, I laugh when my mom makes lamb curry because I think of Kyle.
*For anyone who didn’t know, Kory is from
*Last but not least is Trey. I like to believe that he has nicknamed me Apple. Every morning when he first saw me he’d be like, “Uh.....Apple!” TJ says I just make Trey hungry when he sees me. I think TJ’s just a hater. Anyhow, living there was fun. That was one incident.... NEXT.... Before I start, thanks for the photo Mona....
December 27, 2008 has officially become one of the most depressing days of my life. At around 2:45 pm, I received a call from Helene’s cell phone. On the other end of the line was Alicia, TJ’s cousin. She said, “Dora, we got in a car accident on the 57. Helene is hurt pretty bad and Wesley is dead!”
Have you ever had a moment where someone was talking to you and then you go into a moment of shock because you’re thinking what just happened, didn’t happen. Then, everything around you starts to get blurry and all you can hear is your heart beat? If you have, you understand how I felt. I was holding my nephew Trey with one hand, a huge rice crispy treat in my other hand, balancing the phone on my shoulder, while listening to my nephew Tyler tell me that his parents will allow him to have a huge piece of rice crispy and that I should allow him to eat it. That’s all I remember before dropping the phone and nearly collapsing. Thank God for
I’ve known Wesley for 10 years. The first time I met him was when he came over to the house with Helene and Ammon. My mom and I just happened to be leaving to go grocery shopping when they pulled up so my mom packed us all up in her green explorer and we all went. The first thing that my mom said to him was, “I’m funna go to this farm in
All in all, TJ & I are still alive. We are both in school and I am looking for a job in the evening. I started Calculus this week and I love it. Please remind me in about 5 weeks that I love this stuff because I’m sure that in about 5 weeks I’ll be asking myself, WHY? TJ & I also had our first FHE together this past Monday. It was just the two of us. We started laughing when it came time for opening song because we’ve become so used to lip singing when our own families had FHE and couldn’t quite get away with it this time because it was just the two of us. TJ gave the lesson and we discussed our goals for this year and expressed how we felt about each other and our marriage. I thought we communicated well before but it was much better during FHE because you can express so much more and not get mad because somehow, you feel like you’re in a counseling session and the Lord is your counselor.
Things are looking up right now. I hope they stay that way for a while. Wesley is only 5 weeks older than TJ. His passing has been a wake up call for us. It is a new year. Time for new beginnings and the realization that life is too short to let our past negatively influence our future. I love my family.... both immediate and extended. I am grateful for all that they do for me. I’m thankful for my friends and all that they do. I feel very fortunate to have friends who love me through my good times and still claim be through the bad. I love my husband and all that he does for me. I thank him for loving me. I’m grateful for the arguments that keep us real. I’m so very grateful for taking the time to write this blog because I was finally able to express my true feelings. I also want to thank the academy.....lol....j/k.... I’m beginning to sound like I’m accepting an award of some sort so I’m going to stop now. Till next time......