Friday, March 31, 2017

Pau Hana Beach Time

Daniel's friends from Oahu are working over here this week and I guess they all got done early today and decided to go fishing on the WestEnd. After I finished my work day and worked on my homework (much longer than I wanted to spend working on it, but I got caught up in trying to estimate the variables of a data set using Analysis of variance---WHO AM I?!?!?) anyway, after that, then a fight about me coming home late, we all headed out to Third Hole. 

All in all it was a nice afternoon, but the waves were pretty big so we had to keep the kids back pretty far from the water. Daniel and Eric each caught a fish (maybe the same one?) but just a little manini that they threw back.      



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Happy 6 months, Ethan Kekoa!

Little Mr. Ethan is six months old! Technically 10 days ago he turned 6 months old, but that's what happens when you're the third hold I guess. Mom is late with your baby updates.

Well, little Effies (as his brother likes to call him) is getting pretty good at sitting up. He's excellent at grabbing. Loves to scratch stuff, and try to pull straws out of drinks and dishes off the table.

He weighs a little over 15 pounds and is in the 50th percentile for height, weight and head circumference. His eyes are almost all the way brown now, it seems and his hair is still dark, maybe wavy, it's too early to tell for sure.

He's tried bananas, a carrot, pineapple, eggs, and cucumber- hated them all.

He was ok with a hunk of pizza crust, and regularly has rice cereal.

He also had his first baby mum mum and loved it! So that's one good he actually enjoyed. 😂

He still gets up 2-4 times every night, and he's still having some tummy issues and rapid shallow breathing-but his breathing is definitely evening out. We're worried the tummy trouble might be a milk allergy. 

Besides that he's a happy heathy sweet sweet sweet little baby boy and we love him so so much!!!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Favorites

Ahhhhhhh... Aloha Friday... Everyone's favorite day of the week. 

I'm soooooo ready for this weekend, and to start it off, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite things from this week. First of all- my favorite dinner, which I made for us tonight- vermicelli bowls! they're so good! I love this recipe: Click Here and almost always make some variation of it. Tonight we had fresh cilantro and mint from the garden!

vermicelli bowl recipe

Silly Sophia, enjoying her dinner.

TGIF! bitmojis got my week like...


But seriously, who can be depressed when you wake up to this! Sweet little Ethan! I could just stare at his little baby face all day long.

Daniel's ace bartering system got us some yard work. We finally got some stumps pulled out. Remember when I asked him to do this as my Mother's day gift....A whole year ago...But, it looks so good, it was totally worth the wait!

The boys "helped" me bake a mid-week sprinkle cake.

Since Daniel was on Lanai and Sophia was on Spring Break we had movie-night every night! And we watched Moana at least once every night...and what would you know, we're watching Moana again right now as I type this...what can I say except you're welcome...

I got dressed in real outfits for the first time in awhile. i'm in that oh so glamourous transition where my fat pants are a little too loose, but my skinny jeans are still waaaaaaaaaaay too tight. LOL. It's great. LOL.

And then this happened. In case you've ever wanted to know the answer to the question "what's nerdier, plant breeding, or word of warcraft?" Well, the answer is plant breeding, but just barely...Doh!

Well, that's all for today, I'm off to get my hook from Tamatoa...I mean go to sleep so I can yard sale tomorrow. Haha. You're welcome. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Oahu Geneticist Appointment

So, this we actually last month, but we went to Oahu to see a genetic specialist to see if they could tell us anything about Ethan's breathing. It was useless. I'm actually a little upset about it because they literally did nothing and a 5 second lit search can tell you at least 4 genes associated with respitory regulation that they could have ran some markers around, but what do I know...I only have 1.9 degrees and over a decade of experience in genetics.. #whateves

Anyway, in spite of the ridiculous waste of time that was our doctor appointment. We had a nice one day trip to Honolulu. 

Ethan was none too excited to be at the airport.

This is where we wait for our shuttle to the rental car.

Mr. Important. Always on the phone.

Molokai sweet molokai. That's my corn fields! Well very few are mine lately, but...

The west end sure is beautiful from the air!

Mr. Handsome

The view from Ethan's Dr. office window. HOLY CRAP! What do you think the rent is for this place?!?!? I don't even want to know how much this is costing me or HMSA!

We always get excited when we see the places from commercials. Lol

My dream kitchen at Home Depot and my dream baby at Home Depot :)


Leaving Oahu! It was a scary plane ride! It's one of the few times I've ever flown Mokulele after dark and it was no fun for someone who doesn't particularly love flying. It was a little rainy...and there was lightening.

The lights reflecting off the clouds were SUPER creepy. You always hear about after dark its easy to get confused of what's up and what's down. This was the first time I could ever relate to this. The sideways raindrops in the grey dusk looked just like the glitter of the whitecaps on the water.

Obviously everything went fine, but I always get freaked out on flights like that. But on the flip side, it always makes you extra grateful to get home :)

Monday, March 20, 2017


So here's a somewhat entertaining story of the mishaps of our day today.

Daniel's working off island, so I have the kids by myself. Ethan has been super clingy and barely slept at all last night and when we did sleep I had super weird and creepy dreams.

Rushing out the door this morning we discovered that Reggie had chewed up yet another of the kids toys. The latest causality was a bug box that we had waited months for Santa's elves to make a new one to replace the one Reggie chewed up last year. Add in Michael's one that he chewed up and that damn dog has eaten $30 worth of bug boxes!!

I made the kids and myself have leftover vegetables for lunch, which I'll admit, weren't even very good the first round, let alone as leftovers: I have about 100 good recipes, but for whatever reason, I decided microwaved potatoes and carrots would be an acceptable side dish- spoiler alert-it never is. 😂

Anyway, I thought I'd make up for it, so I thawed out some chicken, wrapped it in bacon, lit up our new (already rusting) grill.

Side note. This is the first time in my WHOLE ENTIRE THIRTYTWO YEARS of life that I have ever had the prividlege of using, let alone owning, a grill with a working starter button! My days of singed hair and digging through the whole damn house to find a lighter are gone! Long gone!

While the chicken got a head start, I cut up a fresh pineapple and peppers and onion, and let the kids make skewers. I went back to put them on, and noticed the chicken wasn't cooking quite so fast. I turned up the dials and went to nurse clingy little Ethan. 

10 minutes later I realized that our food wasn't cooking wasn't cooking at all. We ran out of propane. 

So, I shuffled my disheartened kids and crying baby inside to get a pan and transfer everything to the oven. 

I came back, just seconds later, and the dang cat had grabbed one of the chicken breasts off of the non-hot grill. It must have still been hot enough because she flung it out of her mouth off the lanai. And before I could even register what had just happened, Stranger dog swooped in and scarfed it up. There went our lunch for tomorrow!

After transferring the food (what remained of it) to the kitchen, I realized we were out of BBQ sauce. And the store had been closed for 20 minutes...


So we made due with what crazy ingredients we did have. We made pirate hats and ate ice cream as a first course and watched Modern Family and The Voice. Glass. Half. Full.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Read to Me: March 2017

One of the activities we always try to make time for is Read to Me at our public library. I think it's so important to expose the kids to books and reading at an early age. We've been going ever since Sophia was around 6 months, I think. This month was a particularly gorgeous sunset before hand too! 

The theme was spring and the kids all got to make a duck craft.