Talofa and Welcome to My Place

Hello! This is my place, you are welcome to visit anytime. I love my family and I enjoy spending time with them every chance I get. Especially my nieces and nephews. They are a joy to be around. This blog was created so that I may share with you the people I love and things I love to do. I hope that you will enjoy this blog and visit from time to time. Blogging is fun and very creative. If you don't have a blogspot, I encourage you to get one. It is better than myspace or facebook. I honestly believe that it is. I wanna thank my sister for getting me into this whole blogspot.com thing. Everything on this blog is about my family and anything positive. So, I welcome you once again to my place. Stay and visit for awhile, leave a comment and visit again later. Much love and One love.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Uini "Blue" Iloilo-Tipeni

Hi Uini (my beautiful sister)!
I'm writing you this letter to let you know how much I Miss you and I Love you! I am so grateful for all the memories we shared throughout our young adult lives and even after we got married to our husbands. I wanted to share the memories I have in my heart of all the fun, crazy, spontaneous things we've done. I want to thank you for talking me into giving Spencer a second chance at my love (lol).
Remember the many times we use to walk the trail in Walnut for our exercise evenings. We talked about so many things (relationships, guys we liked, guys we dated, what we want our husbands to look like etc...). I remember the day, when we were dating our husbands, we decided to get really spontaneous and go to the border of San Diego and Mexico. Our boyfriends at the time (now our husbands) were hesitant in going, but gave in to our demands. That was one of the best road trips I've ever been on and always remember. I will never forget the late night movies we always went to. I still think of the time when we went to see the midnight showing of Lord of the Rings, Return of the King. I think of the many times I use to come by your house in La Puente to pick you up and we'd go to a young adult dance or to the movies. I think of the many times we went to the YSA dances and how we did our own thing/dancing in one of the corners of the dance floor. I remember the many times we were always together and people would always ask me where you were when we weren't together. I will miss the holidays when you bake your famous pagi popo's. I will miss your beautiful smile and encouraging words. I will miss your wonderful sense of humor, your passion for the gospel, your love for others, and your love for my husband and I. I want to thank you for the short visit that you had with me when you came to Utah. We shared more laughs and stories with each other. I enjoyed our last movie night together and I will forever cherish that night we spent with each other.
It is with a heavy heart that I say to you... goodbye for now. I know that you are on the other side of the veil celebrating with your mom, brother Marvin, grandparents, aunt's, uncles and cousins who have passed on. I hope and pray that you also run into my mother and tell her how much she is missed by us all as well.
Uini, you have left a great impression on my life here on earth and I am forever grateful that you were a part of my life. I love you my dear friend and sister...You are truly missed but never forgotten.
On November 6, 2011 I lost a dear friend. Uini "Blue" Iloilo-Tipeni was born on November 9, 1976 and returned home to our Heavenly Father on November 6, 2011. She is survived by her wonderful husband, Richert Tepeni. She is also survived by her father, Toelupe Iloilo, sister and brothers.

Friday, September 23, 2011

One Foundation One Love Concert

It has been such a long time since I last saw "One Foundation" perform live. I remember my early young adult years, listening to their music and puting it on repeat all day. They've been quiet and separated for about 10 years and finally got together to do another concert. It was "off the hook"!!! My husband and I enjoyed our night out together...running into old friends from California and new friends from Utah. We even had the pleasure of running into some polynesian professional football players (Sione Pouha and Fili Moala). My husband standing in between two NFL players looks really small. It was a fun night listening and dancing to great music and hanging out with family and friends.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

4th of July in SLC...One Love Concert!

Fourth of July was a fun day with my family. We were joined by my sister in law, Melissa's sister Christina and her husband Alex. My sister in laws, Siniva and Clarice were also there for a bit, but it was nice seeing them their as well. We had a great time listening to awesome Reggae music, eating great food(BBQ by Alex and Christina)and seeing old and new friends. Looking forward to next years 4th of July celebrations.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Dad in Utah

After his trip to Canada, my father made his way to Utah to spend a little time with us. My nephew, William and niece Isabella enjoyed having my dad spend some time with them. Although his time spent with them was short, he did enjoy seeing his grandkids. We look forward to seeing him in about a few months for thanksgiving.

Turning 8 and being Baptized...

My nephew Teancum Saili Arnold turned 8 years old this past April 29, 2011. He was baptized in June, 2011...I'm so proud of my nephew and the decision he made to be baptized a member of "The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints". My father and brother, Dicky were able to make the trip up to Canada for my nephews special day. I was unfortunate and was not able to make it, however, my camera did make it there and came back with a few pictures...Congratulations nephew, and aunty loves you!!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Crafting Night II

On this night of Arts & Craft, we made some necklaces, watches and blankets. One of the best things on this night, was not having the guys there. While we were having our GCN (Girls Craft Night) the guys were having a sports night at my house. It was nice to craft in peace ... LOL! We had the little girls(Rosileni & Tanaeya) join us in making some neclaces and bracelets of their own. Another fun night of jokes, stories, laughs, food, drinks and good times.

The start of making my watch.

Verlynn helping me make my watch...she's awesome at this crafting stuff.

The finished product...

Dez and Beatrice working on her blanket for bby Thor
Starting on my matching necklace to go with my watch

Dez cutting out letters for bby Thors blanket
Lyle was our letter maker...good job Lyle

My matching set...watch and necklace

BBy Thors finished blanket with his name...Thor II

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving this year was spent with my wonderful "Etuina & OtaOta Purcell" Family. We had lots to eat, great dancing and fun games to play. We even had one of the kids (Tyrone Sagapolutele) open his LDS mission call at the end of our gathering. Tyrone was called to serve in the Apia, Samoa mission and will leave on Jan. 26, 2011 to 2013. We shared laughs, stories and things/who we were grateful for. We received some great family advise from the Matriarch of our Etuina Purcell family line, Uoma Sagapolutele.
I am so grateful for my family and the fun, good times we have. We've come thru some hard times, tribulations, difficult trials and yes, verbal disagreements. It's always a joy when a family can get together during the Holiday seasons and forget all that has past. I am grateful for my loving husband, who is always trying to do his best to make me happy. He is my rock and I would not be where I'm at in my life had he not been a part of it. I LOVE YOU, babe. Last, but not least...I'm extremely grateful for the "Plan of Salvation" that allows us to return to our Heavenly Father and be with our loved ones that have passed on to the other side of the veil. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!


Faalifo Kalo (Taro in Coconut Milk)

Kalo Kao (Baked Taro)

Faalifo Fe'e (Octopus in Coconut Milk)





Sosisi (Sausage with onions & bell peppers)


Sapasui (Chop Suey)

Pua'a (Pig)

Meat Loaf