Saturday, July 30, 2016

Friday Night Swim

Things I recently learned:

1. Molokai has a pretty nice public pool (so, I knew they had a pool, but I didn't know anything about it, had never been there and I don't know why, but I assumed it was terrible---just being honest)
2. Unlike Hermann MO, Molokai's pool is open year round every day of the week.
3. Also contrary to Hermann, MO, Molokai's pool is completely F-R-E-E-Free! All swimming cost $0.00
4. They have "night swim" all summer long from 6-8pm, so you can take your kids after work. Pretty cool!




My mom and dad never took me to the pool again after one failed summer of swim lessons which I still vividly remember and to be fair, I'm 31 years old and still would never dream of jumping into the 10 foot. 

But I did used to go with Horton's whenever they would go. Elaine would drive us in her old grey car named "The Whale" haha. Funny to think that as kids we thought that car was HUuuuuuge, but now, driving this damn F150 around I wish I could drive a car as small as the whale!!! 

Well, Daniel started taking the kids a couple of weeks ago, because he thought they would learn to swim better in a calm area with no waves. Let me rephrase.... He wanted to TEACH them how to actually swim, not just play around in the waves. 




Apparently they had a blast the first night and came home and fell right asleep. So we decided we should keep taking them as long as we could. 

The next time I went along and Micahel turned into his normal clingy Mamma's baby self that he usually is. So it wasn't super fun for me, and although they say swimming is good for pregnant ladies, I think the weightlessness just makes my stomach float up and push all my food back up, so I got really bad indigestion. 

Tonight we went again and both kids were being super brats. So bad I went to the truck to cry. Probably mostly because I'm pregnant and hormonal, but the worst thing in life is trying to do something nice for someone you love and having them treat you like shit in return. I know they're just kids, so they probably dong really mean it. But, ugh, those little buttheads need more discipline or something. I hope someday when they're old, they read this blog and realize how lucky they are to have parents who love them and who try to give them so much. 

I guess no one ever claimed that toddlers are very greatful individuals though. Haha. So I'm sure I'm just expecting too much (oh, annnnnnd, probably because I'm almost 8  months pregnant๐Ÿ˜‚)

Anyway, it's funny how life turns out because once we got home they were so tired, Sophia ended the day being super sweet, and Michael ended the day barfing, which (thanks to social media) I freaked out that he was going to have secondary drowning and then like the wierdo I am, spent most of the night waking up every 30-45 minutes just to go watch him breathe. Sigh. Mom life.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Weird Food Friday Chesa-EggFruit

Well guys, I haven't written anything all week. So, why start now, right?!? 

Haha. We've been busy with work and kid and house activities. 

My job blows, as usual, Daniel's had steady work and some ...side jobs... I guess. Not to mention he works on his electrical license every night and I try to read my Ina Mae books, but unfortunately I think my freaking masters classes start again this week...I should probably go check in that....


We've been trying to take the kids to night swim before it ends for the summer,I've been trying to work on the garden a little. I power washed the patio, and Sophia starts school next week, so we have 100 doctor appointments and crap to buy.

Anyway, one interesting thing I wanted to share from this week was the first egg fruit I've ever actually eaten. 

The ladies had a box of orange things at work and I asked what it was. 

"We call it chesa"
"Lol-what should I call it then?"
"I don't know what the haole word is"
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So after much googling we decided it was this and Nana Minda agreed that she had once heard a haole refer to it as "egg fruit". Which I had actually heard of before, but never seen it eaten. 

Later when I was telling Edgar is is from much farther south than the ladies he said in his region of the Phillipines they call it Tiesa.

Anyway...it's really good! It tastes a little like a mild creamy cheese or a cooked sweet potato. The consistency is a little crumbly, kind of like a hard boiled egg yolk. They're super high in vitamin A, so really good for the baby.

Then I looked it up in one of my old plant science textbooks, so here's the need info:

Kingdom: Plantae (Angiosperm, Eudicot)
Phyllum: Asterid
Order: Ericales
Family: Sapotaceae



They grow on a tree that looks similar to mango and have a huge pretty shiny seed inside. I saved mine and I'm going to try to plant it! So, we'll see how that goes.



Thursday, July 21, 2016

Mixed Berry Popsicle Recipe

We made up a new Popsicle recipe. They're much better than what I usually make. Ans that's because I actually added sugar this time. LOL! Usually I just let the fruit be the sweetener. 


 Mixed Berry Popsicle Recipe
1/2 bag frozen mixed berries
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup strawberry flavor Greek yogurt
a little water to make the correct volume

Let berries thaw slightly, blend all together until smooth. Pour into molds.

This made enough to make all 6 popsicles in our molds, but you could add a little more water if you have more/ different sized molds. I have These Classic Zoku Molds


These were a huge hit with the keiki, but VERY messy. The mixed berries make for an outdoors only- after swimming (no nice clothes) treat :)





Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Yoga Challenge

SO... I did an Instagram yoga challenge last month. It went well and made me feel a lot better about myself. It was definitely a challenge to stay motivated and to keep my littles entertained while I focused my attention on this, AND it was a challenge to get pictures, what with Daniel working off island part of the time, and his hatred of taking blog/ instagram/ facebook/ yoga challenge pictures for me.

 

































 




Tuesday, July 19, 2016

4th Of July Menu

I LOVE holidays! I love making food, especially fancy or themed food, I love decorating, and most importantly, I love not having to go to work!!!!

This year for the Fourth I was honestly pretty exhausted, so I didn't do that much, what with being 7 months pregnant and all. 

Also, Hawaii (while you cannot deny that the islands have benefitted from it) may or may not have had much choice/ been too happy about becoming the 50th state. 

Sooooo, it's not a huge holiday here, especially on Molokai where Native Sovereignty Movement (probably rightfully so- but that's a whole discussion for another day) is very alive and well. 

Anyway. I didn't decorate at all. But I did spend the weekend cooking up some good grub. 

Here's what we made with linked recipes:

Friday:
Grilled Pizza

Saturday:
Homemade Ice Cream
Olive Garden Salad

Sunday:
Grits with Maple Roasted Bacon- Recipe Below
Red White and Blue Rice Krispies- Recipe below

Grits with Maple Roasted Bacon
1 pkg bacon
2 TBS Maple Syrup

1.5 cups water
1.5 cups milk
1 cup grits
2 TBS butter
2-3 TBS sugar

FOR BACON
Preheat oven to 350 for bacon. 
Separate bacon on cookie sheet
Bake for 15-30 minutes until slightly brown. 
Drain some fat, flip and drizze on maple syrup. 
Bake an additional 5 minutes until your reach your desired level of crispyness.

FOR GRITS
Boil water, turn heat to med. Add rest of ingredients. Stir until thick. 
Top with bacon. It's pretty easy. 



Rice Krispies
3 bags marshmallows
3 TBS butter
1 box rice krispie cereal
1 tsp vanilla
Red White and blue sprinkles

Melt marshmallows with butter in a huge pot over low heat on stove. 
When melted stir in vanilla (and 3/4 cup peanut butter if desired) and cereal
Shape onto a half sheet pan rubbed with butter
Top with patriotic sprinkles. 

Easy. 

Because I hate using the recipe on the box. 9 cups of cereal.....WHY?!?!?!?! What am I supposed to do with the other 2 cups? Eat 1.5 mornings of plain Rice Krispies??? So dumb!





Monday, July 18, 2016

Baby Number 3: 32 Week Update

32 weeks! Only 8 more to go!


It's crazy how fast this pregnancy has flown by! I'm starting to get sad thinking that it will be my last. 

According to the Internet, this baby weighs about 3.75 pounds and should be at about 1/2 of his birthweight by now. Yikes! Hopefully this guy is in that range and will turn up to be smaller than his brother at birth. 

Haha. Anyway, as long as he's healthy!



Friday, July 15, 2016

A Baby Party with Aunties

Last Saturday we went to a really nice baby party of the grandson of one of the ladies from LST. Becky and Marie came along too. Grace let Sophia eat a years worth of sugar in 2 hours, and consequently, when we got home she later informed us that "Auntie Grace lets me have whatever I want because she loves me" Hahahahahahaha. Nice try Sophia. 

And on Sunday Daniel and I were talking and he said "you know who spoils these two the most" Implying that it was me. 

But of course, my reply was "Grace, Olivia and Minda?"