Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Month in Maryland

We spent New Year's and most of January in Maryland.
Joe had a class to take at Hopkins and we had a lot of family and friends to visit too.
We took the direct red-eye to Dulles and the girls did great.

Violet was a little shocked at the cold!


We did a little exploring in the woods that Joe grew up playing in.

Violet walking on water.

We went ice-skating on a nice, sunny day.

More cousins!

The girls got to meet Olaf.

It snowed enough to go sledding on the sidewalk.
Violet was thrilled!

Megladon at the Baltimore Aquarium.

Enroute to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

We had fun visiting friends and taking in some sights, 
but we also spent a lot of time hanging out, staying warm by the wood stove.

Even more cousins!

On our way back home, we ran into this guy.
It was the perfect send off.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays 2014

Violet is 2

 These pictures say it all...

Violet is two! 
Now that we've celebrated Violet's birthday, we can get on with the holidays.
At first I thought that being born so close to Christmas (22nd) 
would somehow take away a bit of the excitement.
But now I realize it just adds to it.
It's a party packed week here at our house.
Solstice, Violet's Birthday, Festivus (just kidding), Christmas Eve...
We have so much to celebrate.
And we're so lucky to do it with this little girl.
Happy Birthday Violet!
You are the best early Christmas Gift ever.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Indigo is 7

We celebrated Indigo's 7th birthday last week.
She requested a visit to the aquarium, 
followed by a picnic at the park, 
topped off with a grand finale of a trip to...
The Disney Store!

(She IS a 7-year old girl living in America after all. 
Even these remote islands that we inhabit are not safe from Disney's Frozen-mania)

This year has been a big one for Indigo. 
Her reading and writing are flourishing. 
It's very exciting to see her discovering the world of books
and to hear her thoughts on the matter. 
At 7 years old Indigo is still in love with singing. 
She's also really gotten into drawing and tracing. 
Her specialty is fairies. 
She names her drawings and collects and sorts them, before turning them into books.
I remember being inspired by the movie The Gnome-Mobile
and doing this exact thing. I wonder if I was 7 at the time?

Happy Birthday Indigo!
You are an amazing girl.
We're so lucky to be part of your world.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hazel Is 5

 Hazel turned the big 5 a couple weeks ago. 
Our family tradition thus far, 
has been to plan an entire day of fun centered around the birthday girl,
as opposed to having a birthday party with friends.
I love this tradition.
Indigo & Hazel have just recently begun to ask why we don't have "friend birthday parties".
I tell them it's because we're celebrating the day they were born into our family.
Hence, the family party.
So far, they've gone with the flow, but I have a feeling they are unconvinced by my logic.
We'll see how long it holds.
Anyway, Hazel turned 5 and she is still sweet enough
to get super excited over a family birthday party.

Here is Hazel's perfect day:
Fruit Loops for breakfast
Beach Day, followed by a picnic lunch at the park.
Then ice-cream at her favorite shop, Bubbies.

Where she (as well as her sisters) ordered her favorite flavor "Mint Chop"

Hazel requested a chocolate cake with white frosting.
She also wanted her name written in purple frosting with raspberry flowers.
Check, and check.

Time for gifts!
The only item on her wish list was fake glasses. 
She got them, plus lots of other awesome stuff.

Like a new bike!
A Barbie bike, people.

 After some laps up and down the driveway, it was time for dinner. 
At 5 years old, Hazel's birthday dinner request was mac & cheese and broccoli.
(This is suspiciously close to her older sister's favorite birthday dinner 
which is mac & cheese, broccoli and chicken. Hmmmm)

Happy Birthday Hazel!
What an amazing 5 years it has been.
We are so lucky to be in your family!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Summer 2014, After The Fact

Summer is over, but I'm posting these old photos anyway.
If I don't, I'll forget the cool things we did 
and my memory of this summer will just be a blur of laundry, 
swimming lessons, constant snack making and heat induced bickering.
Here's a couple neat projects the girls and I did this summer.
We had fun and I think we'll be doing these again.


We poured our cream, sugar and vanilla in a small bag.
Then filled a bigger bag with ice and salt.
We put the little bag into the bigger bag and started shaking…

If you do it right, you can burn more calories than the ice cream contains.
Probably not, though.

Shake, shake, shake.

After 5 minutes, the ice cream was soft-serve style, 
so we shook it a few minutes longer,
and it was finally ready to eat!

We took a walk around our neighborhood and the girls gathered 
as many different flowers and leaves as their little hands could reach.
We arranged them on thick watercolor paper and fixed them with painter's tape. 
Then Indigo and Hazel got to pounding!
They loved this part, of course.
I was surprised at how vibrant the colors were.
Next time, I think we'll make some pretty cards using this technique.

 Back in June/July Violet was still content to watch the action from the sidelines, in her stroller.
Fast forward to 2 months later and this is definitely no longer the case.
Violet wants IN on things.
She's all up in the mix now.
Somebody give this girl a bag of ice to shake and a hammer to pound!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Kiddie Pools Are For Everyone

Summer in Hawaii is hot and humid.
This is obvious, I know.
What might not be, is that most of us live in Hawaii without A/C.
Some of us also live in single wall construction cottages 
built in the 1950's with no insulation or ceilings fans…
plus no A/C.
Don't feel too bad though.
As a friend patiently pointed out to me as I was cursing the weather,
yes, it's true, the heat and humidity are a problem
but we're also blessed with the most wonderful solution...
The Pacific Ocean! 
(a mere 2 miles away)

For the days when Joe is at work and I can't manage a beach trip on my own, 
this tiny pool has been a great pinch hitter so far.

Indigo singing "Let It Go" at the top of her lungs.
I'm sure our neighbors (a house of twenty-something waiters) love living next door to us.
At least this serenade was in the afternoon and not 6 am on a Saturday, 
 which is how it usually goes down.
If the Disney anthems don't wake them up, 
 I'm sure my furious shushing and hissed warnings do the job.

Hazel warming her little okole on the pavement.

Violet playing on the most dangerous most fun spot, the stairs.

Typically, I think it's called a Kiddie Pool,
but Marissa and Andrew aren't into labels.