Saturday, September 23, 2017

Welcome Fall (and a pumpkin chai latte recipe)

Ahhhh! It's officially fall!!! Except we live in Hawaii, so although it's slightly cooler there's really no difference. Anyway. I kicked off the season with a little DIY morning drink.

It also has all real ingredients, so you should make one too! Recipe below and it makes about 3 servings.

Microwave 3 chai tea bags in 1.5 cups of water for 3 minutes
Combine in a heavy pot with:
2 cups whole milk
3 TBS brown sugar
1/2 can pumpkin purée (~1 cup)
1 tsp vanilla
Dash cinnamon
Heat on medium until steamy. Stir so it doesn't burn.

Ladle into cups and top with cinnamon whipped cream

Cinnamon Whipped cream
In mixer combine:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 TBS sugar
Dash cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Happy First Birthday Ethan Kekoa!

My sweet little hunny bunny is ONE!!! Where did the time go?!?!? It seems like just yesterday we were on Oahu with our induction delayed, then freaking out because of his breathing.

Ethan has made us experience life with an intensity I never knew existed. His sweet little personality completes my heart.


Ethan, you are one! You're not walking yet (but neither was your sister at this age)
You just got your 7th tooth this week!
You are pulling up on the couch, but not brave enough to let go.
You love being outside.
You love to play "chase" with Michael and Sophia, where they scream and run and you chase after them.
You love cereal and graham crackers. You love to feed yourself.
You love to take every since can out of the kitchen cabinets.
Its been a tough year, but in spite of it all, you're a happy healthy, thriving little guy.

Mommy, Daddy, Michael and Sophia love you soooo sooo much and wish you the happiest birthday!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

One of the 10 happiest moments of my life

One of the 10 happiest moments of my life was repeated two mornings ago.

Let me preface with the story of the original. One time when Sophia was about 9 months old (I think) and had juuuust started to kind of crawl. We went to Maui for the weekend with Becky and Mike and we stayed at a nice condo thing in Kaanapali. It was a two bedroom, and Daniel, Becky and Mike went out to Ruth's Cris for steaks- to which I said, no thanks, I'll stay here and put the baby to bed. Well, Soph Soph fell asleep, and at some point got up, crawled across the giant queen bed and crawled up to snuggle her head into my chest and fall asleep. It was the first time she ever crawled to me! And then snuggled up and fell asleep on me and all was right in the world. 

Fast forward 5 years.

Ethan's had more than his fair share of issues and as an indirect result he kind of refuses to sit up on his own even bough he's almost one. He can totally sit up, he just likes to have some one place him in an upright position. He also doesn't Crawl in the traditional sense, but he scoots all around the house at lightening speed!

Haha. Talk about a rambling post...anyway... I woke up the other night to Daniel saying "jill, jill, look." And sure enough there was a little baby who had gotten up allllll on his own. I laid him down next to me to snuggle for a minute, but before I knew it I had fallen asleep and was again woken up to some one tapping me on the stomach. Lol. Sure enough, little boo boo sat himself up again, crawled over to mommy and was tapping me to get up and play! I snuggled my arm around him, and he laid his head down on my stomach and fell right asleep. And once again, all was right in my world. ❤️

Unrelated photo of a note Sophia wrote me this week. Look at that perfect handwriting! Tiny genius!!!