Thursday, April 30, 2015

Spring has Sprung and Summer is Coming

Since my last post, we've been busy...
I turned 36,
We took a family trip to Maui to celebrate my sister's engagement,
We went on our first camping trip here on Oahu,
Easter was celebrated,
We flew over to Maui and dropped the kids off at my mom's for a week,
Joe and I took a trip to MD together (alone for the first time in 8 years),
Brad and Lehia stayed the weekend with us,
and Marissa and Andrew stopped for a short visit en route to LA.


I've also been running around, trying to get Indigo and Hazel 
geographic exemptions to attend a public charter school nearby. 
There is a lot of paperwork and waiting involved. 
If we don't get approved for the GE's, 
our other option is to move into the charter school's district. 
I can definitely say, our life isn't boring.
We'll see what the summer brings!

My beautiful cake with it's edible sign.

Indigo refining her technique.

We tried to grow our own easter basket grass like last year,
but it never sprouted and got rotten instead.
The kids didn't seem to mind reverting to plastic grass,
as long as the chocolates showed up like usual.

Aunty Marissa was here for Indigo's school Spring Fling.
There was a flash mob this year and Indigo was front and center for it!

I never got into the scrapbooking trend, but am loving this Pic Collage app.
The templates are so cute and it's instantly gratifying.
Best of all, I don't have to store any supplies in my house or clean anything up!

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!