Friday, August 2, 2013

Manu's Birthday!

Manu just had a birthday!  He and I had just arrived back Thursday night from a blissful 3-week excursion to visit family in OK.

We had to get back before Manu's birthday so we could celebrate with Nate!

Nate had the whole day off and the three of us savored the day together.  Then we had a great pizza dinner at the beach (pepperoni with extra sand anyone?) with some friends.  We headed back to our place where everyone had milkshakes, except Manu.  He opted for three clementines instead.

A few fun facts about Manu for his birthday:
  • Manu is totally addicted to the Piano Guys music videos.  If you haven't watched them, you should.  They're really pretty good.  We're in the midst of an intervention.  Do they have a 12-step program for toddlers? 
  • He loves to throw things.  Which is usually fine since he has (mostly) learned that throwing things at the piano or computer = timeout. However, it can also make for interesting Sacrament Meetings.  Watch out if you're sitting behind us.  Or in front of us for that matter.  
  • Takes a 2-3 hr nap every afternoon.  Heaven.
  • When we go to the park, he'd rather dig in the dirt than play on the playground.  

Happy Birthday, Manu!  We love you!

 P.S.  when did you get so big?

Friday, May 24, 2013

Birthday 2012

Don't worry, the title is not a typo.  On Wednesday Nate and I finally got to go out and have the little birthday adventure I'd been scheming about since June of last year.  It might have something to do with the love of my life working two jobs and being the bishop of our ward.  And my dear friend being super sick and not able to babysit Manu on the few days he did have off.  Maybe.  I feel I've dealt with the situation with remarkable patience. (We won't mention that I'd practically given up on it)

But Wednesday everything finally came together.  The day was perfect - not much wind, clear skies, calm water.  So we went sea kayaking!  It was amazing!   We started off at Kailua beach and paddled out to the Mokes (Mokulua Islands). These two islands (Mokulua means "twin islands") are part of the Hawaii State Seabird Sanctuary, but you can land on the beach of the left island (looking from shore) and look around.

Here's some pics from the adventure:

paddling out

On the beach at the Mokes (rhymes with smokes)

(Katie, this one is for you) this is a nesting Shearwater.

Looking back toward Lanikai beach

The second island 

It was so perfect, I told Nate this is what I wanted to do every year for my birthday.  Can't wait to go out again!

Monday, April 29, 2013

6th Anniversary!

Six years ago (yesterday) I married this handsome guy:

(photo by Whitney)

Lucky me!  Happy Anniversary, Nate!

Saturday, April 13, 2013


Better late than never - at least it's still springtime!

This is the first Easter that Manu's been old enough to be interested in things like candy.  We went with some friends to a community egg hunt at Makiki park.  It was pretty crazy and all over in about 30 seconds.  Manu wasn't sure to make of it all until he realized that there was candy in the eggs.

Then I had him take a picture with the Easter Bunny.  He sat on it's lap and didn't make a fuss.  But he was stiff as a pole and wouldn't look at the bunny or the camera.  He just stared in the other direction as if he was thinking, "if I just sit really still this crazy thing won't know I'm here and will just go away."

At this point, I'm jumping up and down, calling his name, and offering candy, trying to get him to look at the camera and smile, but to no avail.  

Thursday, April 11, 2013


This is my latest sewing project.  If you have little boys in your family this one is a must.  These ties are adorable and super easy to make.  I got the tutorial here.  Manu looks super handsome in these little ties, and the velcro makes them easy to put on a wiggly toddler.

Thursday, March 14, 2013


February was awesome!  It's the first time we've had visitors since last March when my sister, Kathryn came!  We had some dear friends, the Wilcoxsons, our neighbors from BYU, come to visit AND my sweet mother-in-law stayed for two weeks!

There was a week of overlap between the two of them and we had quite a full house and many wonderful adventures!  So many in fact that it took me a whole week to do all the laundry after everyone left!

Manu ate crayons at a restaurant.

We fed the fish at Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens.

Manu at Ho'omaluhia.

Hiking Diamond Head.  Here we are about halfway up.  Please notice how dry we are.

Here we are at the top.  No longer dry at all.  It poured.  Hard. But only while we were at the top.   As soon as we started down again, it cleared right up. As you can see, Manu was thrilled with this weather development.

Worn out from our hike.

A Valentines double date with the Wilcoxsons at an awesome all-you-can eat Korean yakiniku restaurant.  We were stuffed to the gills before we rolled ourselves out of there.  

I love, love, love visitors!

We are now accepting reservations for future visitors.  Hurry, book now!  If you need more convincing, please refer to this post, or this one, or this one, or this one, I could go on....

Saturday, February 2, 2013


Okay, I admit it.  I'm a closet sewer.
Wait!  Not a sewer, a sew-er.
One who sews.
You know what I mean, right?

Last year for Christmas, Nate bought me a sewing machine.  I'd wanted one for quite awhile, but could never justify spending all that money on a gadget for myself.  (Do sewing machines count as gadgets?) Anyway, I love it.  Here's what I've made in the last year (not counting really practical things like hems and scout patches):

pillowcases: 2
nursing covers: 2
stuffed toy owls: 8 (these are my new favorite baby gift)
stuffed toy monsters: 5
skirts: 2
dress: 1 (with my mom's help. It was hard!)
ie faitaga's: 3 (one man size and two toddler size)
printer cover: 1 (I keep the windows open and it gets really dusty)
bag holder: 1 ( to stuff all my grocery sacks in)

The monsters, mostly for my nephews.

A few of the owls, also gifts.

I made the ie faitaga Manu's wearing, but not the shirt.

And the dress - maybe I should give Mom the credit for this one.