Monday, November 27, 2017

Gingerbread House Time!

Well, it’s been awhile. 😂 I guess my blog has dropped pretty low on my list of priorities right now. The only thing lower is my master’s thesis- that’s not good! 😳

Anyway, instead of focusing on stuff I DON’T want to do, let’s talk about something I DID want to do: make a gingerbread house with the kids. 

I kind of wanted to make one from scratch, and use up all their left over Halloween candy... but... the kit was only $10. And by the time we got around to making one they had already eaten 99% of their Halloween candy, so it turned out to be a good thing that we got the kit after all.

Michael and Sophia HAD A BLAST!!! And Ethan had fun eating all the nerds and trying to grab everything.

Friday, October 27, 2017

I’m 33!

Yesterday was my birthday. Overall I had a nice day, not much going on though. Daniel was working on Lanai so I had the kids and work. He sent me flowers.

I took the time to fix my hair. I made Ina’s Beatty’s Chocolate Cake, which is apparently the same as Hershey’s Special Dark Cake. 

I dropped Michael and Sophia off at Awanas. Daniel got home, we went through the molokai burger drove through. I got a chicken bacon ranch sandwich and a root beer float. Then we picked up the kids, went home, got showers and put everyone to bed. I was too exhausted to have cake, so we had it this morning for breakfast. But Danny missed it because he had to go back to Lanai again.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Halloween Home Tour

It's almost Halloween! So, I guess it's about time I get my Halloween decor post up. LOL. This fall has been busy, with 3 kids going three different places everyday, Ethan starting a new babysitter, my mom going home, me starting anew job, Danny working on finishing his license, and me not even working on my master's like I'm supposed to. Our life is pretty dang busy. 

In spite of that, I still made the time to decorate for Halloween this year and the kids LOVE our "spooky" house. The only bad thing is we have no pumpkins, because again, all mine died...I'm not even sure why, the vines didn't do well (i think they got too dry) then one day they were just all dead but one- i think virus or wilt or something- then a few weeks later, right after it put on its first flowers- the last pumpkin plant died as well. I had some winter squash as a backup- it got a few little 2 inch squashes----then it also died. I guess Kalae just sin't a suitable climate for squash in the fall- my dumb volunteer gourds do great in the spring/summer though, so maybe I just need to adjust my planting schedule. 

Halloween Jammies!

This year's buffet set up- I spray painted a bunch of flowers from Takes.

We just put up bunk beds in the kids' room- so their dresser is currently still being stored in the living room. 

We got a new end table. I like it, but I think eventually I'd like a wooden one. My hunt for a second hand bamboo one has been unsuccessful for the last 2 years, so not a lot of home left on that front. 

I painted a couple of signs on some of Daniel's old scrap wood. 

Table setting Take 1. 

I looked all over for these candelabras- Wal-Mart had the best ones- and cheapest!

but they took a lot of suitcase space to haul back. 

These cute flourescent light pumpkins from the target dollar spot last year. Which should be called the $3- $5 spot. 

The painted bottles I've almost thrown away abut 100 times. 

Living Room! So festive!

Target Pumpkins

And this year's dollar spot had these cute little luminaries. 

The other sign I painted this year. 

I really want to re-paint our door, but it keeps raining. 

My mom had crafternoon before she left and the kids made these cute windsocks :)

Tablescape Take 2. These cookies lasted 48 hours...

Saturday, October 14, 2017

It’s been a hell of a week

Growing up I always loved spending as much time as I could at my Grandma and Grandpas house. My grandma and grandpa both came from big families, so their house was always full of people and food and parties and crafts, and decorations and holidays and celebrating. Lol. It probably has a lot to do with how I live my life today. I mean really, who else decorated for Presidents’ Day? I think somewhere deep down I always wanted to have a huge family of my own to hang out with. Back at my own house I didn’t that that many of my own siblings or cousins, but I did have a nice group of neighbor hood kids that were always over at our house or Hortons, and I know I was always having more fun in a large group than a small one. Being a parent takes a lot of love and a lot of patience and sometimes it’s really hard for me to focus on family time first, chores and responsibilities second...which maybe isn’t that bad of a quality, but a better balance would be good. My own parents set a great example of how to be hardworking contributing individuals and sometimes that aspect takes over and I tell Sophia that I won’t play with her because I HAVE to shampoo the carpet today, and then do dishes, and then laundry, and then vacuum, etc, etc until it’s bedtime.

That being said, I can’t believe it’s been almost 20 years since we lost my grandma to cancer. Today heaven gained another character as my cousin Ben lost his battle too. It’s been several years since I’ve been back to the mainland-let alone taken the time to visit most of my family. Make sure you live with no regrets, because tomorrow is never promised. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Gyro Night

Continuing my “cheap eats” series, I bring you: turkey gyros. These were super easy and cheap to make even on Molokai. 

2 lbs ground turkey
2 TBS olive oil
1/2 cup minced onion
1tsp salt
4 cloves garlic
1 tub feta
2 TBS oregano
Pepper to taste

Bake at 375 for 30-45 min until they’re no longer pink in the middle

Tzaki sauce:
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup grated cucumber
1tsp fresh dill
3 TBS fresh lemon juice
2 tsp garlic powder

Diced tomatoes
Shredded lettuce
Diced cucumbers
Thing onions

Saturday, October 7, 2017


I wanted to write this Oahu post tonight so it could be current. BUT then I realized that my last post from 3 days ago STILL never posted. Sooooo

We flew to Oahu this afternoon after work (yesterday by the time this posts) Ethan and Sophia have doctors appointments. And the rest of us are getting a skin cancer check, since we’re haoles in Hawaii and I just had to have another pre cancer spot removed last month. Sigh. It’s been a hell of a year.

We flew Makani Kai. We had my fave pilot from there. Yay. 

The last 100 times we rented with Avis they gave us a free upgrade. Well. Not this time when we had all three kids, of course. 

The kids were actually really good until about mid-way through dinner at their FAVORITE place Panda Express (or as they call it- “The orange chicken restaurant”) 

After that we struggled through a wal-mart trip to get some essentials (Halloween decor included in the “essentials” category). And the kids made a ridiculous scene. We finally made it to Ala Moana, gave everyone a bath and got to bed. As a parent of three, sometimes my literal favorite is bed time. More specifically, checking on the three sleeping angels that somehow transformed from the little monsters they were earlier that day. Haha.😂😂😂

But seriously!!!! How freaking cute are they?!?!?!?!?

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Monday-ugh. I wish this damn app would ever post my posts!

This last couple of weeks marked some big steps for our little family. We received some good news, then some great news, unfortunately it was tempered by some pretty irritating news. But oh well-still a win in the end. Ethan started at a new babysitter. So far so good. It was a big step for me though. Moms always have it the hardest. We bought bunk beds and are redo-omg the kids’ room. We had our first weekend as a family of 5 with no guests-it was wierd. I’d like to say it was quiet, but the opppsite is pretty true. A 5year old and a 3 year old in the same room all day make for a pretty deafening weekend. 😂 I got some new plates (why jill?!? Stop buying plates already! Haha. My dish collecting is a definite habit) and we started decorating for fall- then I changed my mind and went all out black and white Halloween decor! I made some cool signs for our “entryway” aka-the ugly door at the front of our house that no one ever uses. Haha. A full out decor post to come soon, but for now, I leave you with my kids favorite-dinner from the freezer aisle! And my favorite-pretty plates. 😂

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!