So I finally decided that enough was enough and I went to the library and checked out three books. That was Thursday afternoon, and I have already read two of them and am a good ways into the third.
That's what happens when I haven't read a good book in months.
Since I'm too busy devouring an amazing book called Bel Canto, I don't have a darn thing to blog about. So, since Jill asked, I will tell you about my children's Hawaiian names.
First, did you know that The Maestro is part Hawaiian? I know. He doesn't really look it. Maybe if you look closely at his nose you could tell. He got the European genes, but some of his siblings most definitely have the island genes. See? (They are in birth order with mom and dad in the middle--The Maestro is #7 of 9)
Anyway, I digress. Since our children have at least 1/8 of Hawaiian blood in them, we wanted to make sure they also had a name to go with it, especially since they don't really look it. So they have their first names, a middle name given after a family member (Bria and Chloe are named after my mom and Joel's mom respectively while Sophia has my grandmother's maiden name for a middle name) and then a second middle name in Hawaiian. I realize that they will have five names and possibly twenty syllables by the time they get married, but hey? Who cares? I don't go around using all my names too much and it seems the schools only accept one middle name anyway (which actually bothers both of my school girls immensely since their special Hawaiian names are always missing on report cards and such).
I'm still digressing aren't I?
But I still have just one more tiny digression. When we were choosing their Hawaiian names, it mattered very much to Joel how they sounded and it mattered very much to me what they actually meant.
Okay, so here it is.
Bria's Hawaiian name is Pukalani. It means Doorway to Heaven.
Chloe's is La'akea. It means Sacred Light.
Sophia's is Na'auali'i and it means Chiefly Heart (i.e. kind, thoughtful, forgiving).
And there you have it. I'm just sad I don't have one of my own. Except maybe Lalakme. Whatever that means in Hawaiian.