Some memories from 2018

A lot of changes took place in my life in 2018.  There were some good and some not so good times.  But I’m trying this new thing called OPTIMISM, you know to start the new year on a good note… so we’ll just highlight the good things.  img_1655-2

Kuha’o graduated from 8th grade.  He is now in High School!!!  It’s so crazy that just a couple of years I couldn’t believe that Maui was graduating, and now Kuha’o is almost there too.  I’m getting old.


The highlight of the year for all of us was the birth of my granddaughter Tatum.  She is just the calm in all the chaos of life.  I cannot believe that I’ve been blessed with her, she is absolutely beautiful in every way.


^^ Kuha’o absolutely loves his little niece^^

We’ve had birthdays, baby showers, weddings, concerts, and through it all we’ve built some great memories for the last year.  I hope that 2019 is an even better year for all of us!  Here are a few more from 2018…





A New Year, A New Beginning


It’s a time for new beginnings, a fresh slate, a blank page to a new 365 page book!  I don’t really have any resolutions that I feel I want to commit to.  However, there are a ton of things that I’ve put on my vision board for the new year.  I bought myself a new car last week, so I can go ahead and check that off my list, a few others include… taking a family trip, passing my BCBA test, potty training my daughter (which has been absolute hell), health, wealth and happiness!  There are a bunch more.

I hope that you all have a wonderful night and a Happy New Year.  I hope to do a photo collage of all my 2018 memories in the next post.

Aria is 3 years old


My little girl is growing up so fast.  I can’t believe she’s 3 already.  We celebrated all weekend with a camping trip on the North Shore.  We stayed at camp Mokule’ia where we rented a cabin (because I need a private bathroom, shelter and electricity).  We really lucked out because we were able to rent a cabin just a week in advance.  The camp is currently being renovated so they gave us the end cabin and we were literally the only ones there!  It was like we had our own private beach.  It was amazing!


My dad lives only a few minutes away, so he was able to spend a lot of time with us.  We had family join us on Saturday for a BBQ, fishing, crab hunting at night and of course we roasted marshmallows and made s’mores.  Everyone was happy and having a great time, especially the kids.  I love that my kids are able to look back and remember this, the way I remember when I would go camping with my cousins when I was younger.

Aria was loving all of the “Happy Birthday” wishes from everyone that came by all weekend.  She heard it so much that by Sunday night she actually said “my birthday is done already”, it was hilarious! Im going to make it a point to start doing more of these little “staycations” with my family, having all of my kids together laughing and enjoying each other is what I live for.

My little ones are getting big fast

My youngest daughter and my granddaughter are just getting so big… time is just flying by too fast for me to keep up. It’s amazing how babies and toddlers can make all the stress in life go away in their presence. They truly are my sanity at the end of a crazy day. I’ve been so busy and hopefully I can soon share with you all the new things going on. Til then, here are some updated pics of the girls.

Life lately

Hi everyone! Hope your summer is going great! My summer is pretty much the same as during the school year… busy busy busy with work. My kids seem to be enjoying their sleeping in though. We’ve made it to the beach a couple of times, the kids have gone to the movies at least twice a week and most importantly we’ve just been enjoying the late movie nights, eating dinner in front of the tv and spending quality time together. The highlight of the summer is every time my granddaughter comes over to visit. She’s just the cutest and we all can’t get enough of her. Here are some photos as of late…. 🌫^My granddaughter is getting so big so fast^Aria’s been playing so hard lately that we’ve found her passed out asleep looking like she played hard til the very end!Kūha’o graduated from 8th grade! I can’t believe he’s going into high school.Going to try and get to the beach a lot more before school starts.

I’m officially a grandmother

Last night at 10pm my son and his girlfriend welcomed their daughter into this world. I was able to see her shortly after delivery and… there are just no words to describe the feelings and emotions that I felt. To see an extension of myself that I didn’t give birth to was amazing to say the least. Her name is Tatum-Rose and she is precious. I cannot wait to see this little angel grow up and I especially can’t wait to see the type of father that my son will be.

Maui, Kayla and baby Tatum-Rose

She’s so precious!

Life lately

Well I guess it’s safe to say that I didn’t do good on my promise of making more time for this little getaway I call my blog. I’m not gonna lie, there’s time in my day to post, but after a long busy day, the only thing I want to do is have a glass of wine, a hot shower, some cuddle time with my daughters and, if I’m strong enough not to fall asleep to the boring cartoons, I get to catch up on some TV.

Like I said, life’s been busy. There’s so much happening from working 2 jobs (well one job in 2 locations in the same day), football games on the weekends and the process of moving homes. All very exciting but none the less time consuming.

We had a baby shower for Maui’s daughter last weekend. I can’t believe that in less than a month I’ll be a grandma. Still haven’t figured out what I wanna be called yet. I’m very excited, and having a summer baby will be such a gift for everyone.

I’ve recently been thinking of projects that I can do and hopefully have fun with a perfect as a craft in order to potentially make some money on the side. I always think how great it would be to do something that you love and actually earn an income from it. I do love what I do as a career but to be creative and artistic is something I live for.

I’ll take this summer to try a few things out and hopefully come up with something. Definitely will share here with all of you.

In the meantime here are some photos and video of what’s been going on in life.

Téa and my niece having fun while their brothers have football practice.

Kūha’o’s been playing football for an outside league. He’s gotten so good that I can’t wait til his next season at St. Louis.

Arias growing so fast. She’s already 2 1/2 and she’s speaking so much and her personality is a mixture of cuteness, craziness and bossiness which results in a human hurricane.

I captured the prettiest picture of my daughter and niece deep in conversation while looking out on the ocean. They seemed so old in this moment.

we spent Easter at my cousins house. It was so nice to get all of the cousins together. This is truly what life is all about.

we celebrated the upcoming arrival of my granddaughter with an absolutely huge baby shower. This picture of me and Kahele with Aria cracks me up every time I see it.

KUALEI- Hawaiian Style Grindz in Vegas

When Hawaiians move away from the islands in order to buy their own homes, there’s a good chance that their destination is Las Vegas AKA “the 9th Hawaiians island”.  If you’ve been to Hawaii and tried out some of our local cuisine then you can only image what it’s like to be away from it. Luckily, locals are opening up restaurants all over Vegas where we can get our fix.

Kualei is a new company run by a ohana of cooks.  I’m talking about home style local food that you can only get at Papa’s house for family potluck. I’m so excited that Sarah & Sam are able to share with everyone their ono food.  Check out their website and give them a call for your next pa’ina.