Thursday, February 21, 2013

things i love

+ When Annabelle sings made-up songs and she thinks I can't hear her. Her fake vibrato is spot on and her combination of real and made up lines is pretty much the stuff of current pop music.
+ When Lou says "please" in tandem with the object she wants. Last night at Papa's house, she ran up to me and said, "Peas hot." Jess was like, "Dude. She's been saying that for a half hour. No idea." Candy heart man. Indeed. Girl loves her cinnamony gummy hearts.
+ Being home. We've traveled to Hawaii, St. George, and Yellowstone National Park (photos in this post are from Yellowstone) this year. Just this year! We have a minute of down time before we head out on another adventure (one hint: cherry. blossoms.) and I'm really loving putting life back together - emptying the suitcases, folding the laundry, and settling into real life routines again.
+ The empty walls of my lovely little house that are starting to come together in my mind. I've been taking my time with decorating and filling in the spaces of our home. Let's be honest - we still have boxes to be unpacked. Not many, but some. And our laundry room, which doubles as a large storage area is in desperate need of some organization. Not to mention Lou's room, which is currently half kid stuff dumping ground, half sleeping place. But that's just the point. It's mine and it's waiting for me to get busy. I love love love this house so much.
+ This song. I'm not a huge Taylor Swift fan (everything just sounds the same), but I love this cover version.
+ This song. For spinning (or alternatively, this would be great for running too.) Can't you just feel your legs itching to go.go.go?
+ The fact that Cap'N Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch cereal is GLUTEN FREE. Guys. Life changer. The great thing about eating gluten free is it eliminates a lot of your common junk foods. The crappy thing about eating gluten free is it ELIMINATES A LOT OF YOUR LIFE'S BLOOD. Thus, my gratitude for gluten-free peanut butter tooth decay.
NOTE: Owl beanie made by my mom. Pony tail beanies made by my sister, Marissa. So glad my girls have creative people who love them. :)
P.S. Both song recommendations come from my sister, Danielle. She ALWAYS has the best new songs for me.
P.P.S. Cap'N Crunch cereal doesn't contain straight gluten. But it isn't declared gluten free as it is possibly cross-contaminated with gluten (other food items in the same factory are made with gluten). Additionally, oats unless specifically gluten free are generally not accepted by the Celiac community. As far as I know, I don't have Celiac's, but simply function better on a gluten free diet. Moral of the story: I eat oats and foods that may be cross contaminated. Thus far, this method has worked great for me.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

it's been said

{while taking a bath}
Mom! MOM! This tub is a reflection of the tub at the apartment!
{while cornbread bakes}
The oven is kind of heats me.
Belle: Can I do stuff in Hawaii?
Me: Of course! What do you want to do?
Belle: The best I want to do is build sand castles!
{the thing I want to do most = best = I love it}
{while in Hawaii}
Jess: Are you my hiking girl?
Belle: No. I am NOT a hiking girl anymore. I'm a SWIMMING girl!
{Lou screeches}
Me: What's wrong with Lou?
Belle: Nothing...
Me: Well, what happened?
Belle: She got smooshed.
Me: By you?
Belle: Uh. Yeah.
Mom, this skirt is so Hawaiianess!
I think the trees sleep. And the sun wakes them up.
But the sun is so quiet. It just shines.
{to me, downstairs}
Mom, come upstairs and see the brilliant thing I can do.
{a tumbling trick}
 Belle: Mom, can I have another bowl of chips?
Me: Nope, remember I said just one.
Belle: But Mom! They're soooo good!
Me: But Belle! I said just one bowl.
Belle: But Mom. I'll not have FIVE bowls. Just TWO.
Belle: Mom, may I be excused?
Me: A couple more bites please.
Belle: But Mommmmmm.
Me: How old are you?
Belle: I'm three.
Me: Okay, three more bites.
Belle: Welllllll, actually I'm just one.
{after an impromptu dance concert of her own during her aunt's concert}
I don't even need a dance teacher Mom!
{after a dance number during the concert, holding her program like an adult}
Mom, that dance was very good.
{while using the public restroom}
Belle: And then I was like, blah blah...
Me: So you're done going to the bathroom?
Belle: Oh, no! Sorry.
{Puts her head in her hand.}
I'll focus.
{while eating a pancake}
Belle: I'm done. May I be excused?
Me: How about two more bites.
{I fork two pieces on to the fork,
thinking I'll trick her into a couple extra pieces.}
Belle: Well, there are two pieces on the fork.
So that would be my two bites, right?
Me, while reading a food label: this gluten free?
Belle: It tastes gluten free!
{as I try to walk into the living room}
Belle, moving some toys: Here, I'll get this out of the's kind of a disaster.
{while discussing cleaning up after ourselves}
Belle: I should help you clean up. But sometimes I'm just so busy!
cake-coo (thank you, and she says this without prompting a lot, which melts me)
peppa (pepperoni, she literally likes to eat these, the turkey variety)
haw-daw (turkey hot dog, dipped in ranch,
preferably, a trick she learned from her sister)
app-uh (apple)
aw-duh (all done)
hi-hi-hi (hold her hand or help her with something)
uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh (while pointing, she wants something)
banky (her blanket)
beebee seeping (baby sleeping, like her dolls, whom she covers
with blankets and bounces and pats to sleep and everything)
sah! (sad, like when her sister is throwing a tantrum)
whe-go? (where did s/he go?)
cup! cup! (a drink)
wawahr (water)
chip! (you guessed it, chips)
chuck-utt (chocolate)
chock (also chocolate)
seat (she wants to sit down, usually in your seat)
ear go (here you go, as in when she brings
you a plate of play food "to eat")
show! (she wants to watch a movie, or have
the Kindle read her a story)
I deed it! (I did it!)
dad woke? (dad's at work?)
cope-cake (pancake)
ott! (off! as in take her shoes or coat off)
uh-ky (okay - you will die if you ever hear this, cutest thing ever)
jaw (draw - she wants to draw, probably with crayons, on the walls)
oh keeewwwwt! (oh cute! usually when clothes shopping
{she gets it from Belle, who finds most clothing items cute}
or small babies or animals)


Thursday, February 14, 2013

happy heart day

So I'm a holiday person. I can't help it. I like that we have special days to remember special things. Even Valentine's Day, which is mostly manufactured. I love that it's a day to remember and notice and specifically cherish those you love.

I sometimes look at these babies of mine and feel as though I've stepped into a dream world. Some moments are really pure magic. All I've ever wanted was to be a mom. And I'm so blessed and lucky to be able to be one. I have a man who supports me in my dream, and I have babies who fulfill it to its bursting point.

And I think that's worth celebrating, especially today.

Happy Heart Day, ya'll.

For a trippy blast through the past:

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

somewhere over the rainbow

So that version of that song we've all heard (here), Somewhere Over the Rainbow? It's so Hawaiian. Because I'm fairly certain that when you're in Hawaii, you're literally behind a rainbow. Or in a rainbow. Or at the end of one. Or somewhere near a rainbow. Because it's all lush and beautiful and almost magic sometimes. Plus there are the leprechauns.

Kahakuloa Head

Walk to Honolua Bay

Wainanapanapa Arch

Jess was a busy man on this trip. We joined him for some of the photo taking, and let him go alone for others (like for the Road to Hana, a windy road not recommended for those who get carsick (me and Belle) or children). Some are photos taken on the road, in no particular place, but I've labeled those that I know. Because if anyone has stumbled on this, and is about to go to Maui, let me say this: don't just sit on the beach. I mean, I totally support spending the majority of your time basking, but seriously - look at Maui! So much pretty to see.

Kahakuloa Village

Road to Hana

Jess has a particular talent at capturing the world and nature at large. And over the years (all five of them), we've developed a pretty good method of tag teaming the photo taking and the family time and combining them when possible. I'm so glad we have, because although I'm stuck in the frozen tundra land right now, I have Hawaii right here.

Waimoku Falls (Road to Hana)

Sunset from Haleakala

Monday, February 4, 2013

valentine's printables!

I'm interrupting your Hawaiian 2013 Recap to bring you...

...some shameless self promotion! Yeah!

For any of you who actually decorate for the holidays, I have some cute Valentine printables up in my shop. And don't forget to use the FRIENDSFAMILY coupon code for 25% off. (Feel free to pass this code on as well.)

I wish I could say I have my favorite Valentine printable on my super cute mantle with my super cute Valentine decorations. But mostly I just spend my time cleaning up super cute crayon drawings off every super cute surface of my house. Super cute!

Also, I haven't a mantle. The way I see it, it's just another surface for one nineteen-month old stinker to claim as her masterpiece. :)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

a hawaiian belle

So Annabelle. Our prim and proper, rule-abiding, paragraph spouting child. She hates to be dirty, she still often requests that I feed her for fear of the food getting on her, and she routinely organizes her toys into colors, stacks, shapes, etc. She's the perfect picture of OCD.

But put her in a swimming suit and set her free in Hawaii? Totally different child. It's very ironic the way our girls trade personalities near sand and surf. Annabelle spent HOURS upon HOURS basking, playing, swimming in the "bubble pool," getting buried in the sand, and building sand castles (thanks to her very patient and very sweet aunts and uncle without whom this trip would've been an entirely different ball game). 

She was still cautious about the ocean, due to our warnings, and until the last day, wouldn't go near it unless she was holding a hand. But the last few hours we were there? She jumped and laughed and splashed. She let that ocean beat against her legs. I'll never forget the happiness on her face in the hours before we left.

Annabelle also seemed to grow up in bounds this trip. She was so patient and responsible. She had only a couple exhaustion-induced tantrums, and instead was as obedient as I could've ever expected her to be. She made sure she had her sunblock on and often demanded she do it herself. She made sure her sister had her sunblock on. She sat patiently through meals. When we flew home, despite the red eye exhaustion that had depleted her legs of any willpower, she walked every step of those connecting flights because she literally had to. We walked her pace and took a few breaks, and she took on the role of big sister so marvelously.

When we told people we were taking our babies to Hawaii (again), so many of them looked at us like we were crazy. And perhaps it is a little nuts. But for us, so much of the joy of Hawaii and our yearly road trips is our babies. We've learned that although they are still very young, these trips change them. They see the world. They recognize our respect for God's beautiful creations and adopt it themselves. They know that a national park means a stamp in their National Park Passport Book. They are changed as they stretch and expand and wrap themselves around new places and worlds and ideas. 

Yes, vacationing or roadtripping with kids is fairly exhausting for the parents. But the reward at the end far outweighs the sleep deprivation and advanced planning that a vacation requires.

And lest you were concerned, there are more photos. Jess took some amazing AMAZING shots this trip. So stay tuned. :)


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