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.

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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.

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I’m going to be a Grandma.

A lot of time has passed and there have been so many things happening in life, hence the months of not posting.  I found out in October that my oldest child, Maui, is going to be having a baby in May.  When he first told me, I lost my mind.  I cried and cried.  He’s only 19 and going to be a dad.  I felt like all my dreams and all of my hard work raising him and trying to provide the very best for him just went down the drain.  It was heartbreaking! I had Maui when I was 18 and know first hand how it is to be a young parent and how much harder you have to work to provide.  School was harder because along with school there’s work on top of taking care of a baby who demands so much attention.

It took a while for me to finally see the positive and realize that everything happens for a reason and that a baby is the ultimate blessing that one can receive. Of course I still worry about the road ahead for Maui, but I know that with the support he has, he will be ok. The only thing to do is pray.

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We recently found out that ITS A GIRL!  I am way too young to be called Grandma so I’ve been thinking of a cute nickname.  I’d love any suggestions.  Some that I’m considering are… cookie, lovey, kissy and toots.

New Year Blog Resolution

Hi everyone!  I know that it has been so long since I wrote, but life has been so busy and there’s been so many changes!  I’ve been struggling with my anxiety and depression.  I’m going to be completely honest and say that I’ve spent so many nights just laying in bed and feeling like I’d just like to sleep the day away instead of getting up and going to work or making breakfast for my kids.  My kids are all doing great and I have so much to be grateful for but the thing is, it just takes something that gets me frustrated to feel so overwhelming that I do get really depressed.  I’m working really hard on trying to do things differently and take more time for myself and actually allow people to help instead of not wanting to burden anyone.

One thing that I absolutely loved, was writing blog posts and I’ve decided to set some time aside everyday so that I can do this.  I’m looking forward to sharing more with all of you and visiting your sites as well.  I hope that this is the one resolution that I can keep, the others I’ve already failed at.

 

Hawaii Missile Error.  I’ve never been so scared in my life!

I’m writing this at about 8:30pm.  Just a little over 12 hours ago I was getting my 13 year old son up to get ready for his Kamehameha Schools interview when I received this alert on my phone…

  
Suddenly all of the other phones in my house started blaring and we all went into panic mode because we had absolutely no idea what to do.  I grabbed my 2 year old, buckled her into her car seat and Kahele and Kūha’o got in the car and we drove to the nearest high school to seek shelter.  My 10 year old daughter had stayed with my mom last night and my 19 year old slept out.  I called my mom and told her to go to the nearest grocery store and called Maui and told him to go to the mall which was 5 minutes away from where he was.  All the while in my head all I could think was “this is it I’m never gonna see my 2 kids again”.  

We parked the car in the lot of Aiea high school, still wondering why we weren’t hearing the sirens. I grabbed my daughter and we started walking to the gym.  At this point it’s 8:28.  We’re waking to the gym (still in a panic and alternating calls to Maui and Téa) to find that the gym is locked up.  We start running back to our car.  The emotions that were going through me was something I never want to experience again.  At one point I just stopped walking because when I looked to my left I saw Pearl Harbor and thought ‘we’re dead’ and just squeezed my 2 year old and buried my face in her neck and just prayed. I don’t remember what I was saying while praying but  I do know that I’ve never prayed so hard and with so much feeling in my life. My dad called me at that moment and said that there was an alert saying it was a false alarm.  I told him I didn’t believe it while sobbing.  He said the alert came Tulsi Gabbard. Then people around us started yelling out “It’s a false alarm!”.  I still didn’t believe it, how could that be a false alarm and why did they wait so long to get that alert out? 13 year old just hugged me and said it’s ok Mom you can calm down.  I received the official alert on my phone soon after.

  
 I was in a complete daze as we walked back to our car.  We all got in the car and I just had a complete mental break.  I couldn’t get myself under control.  I called my mom and she had ended going to a store in Kailua and Maui had just ended up going into the concrete addition of my dads house, which was safer than where we were. 

When we got home we sat for a little bit still crying and decided to still take Kūha’o for his interview.  I’m glad we did because it was a much needed distraction even though I kept having these moments of anxiety and crying.  We picked up my daughter from my mom and my son from my dad and just spent the day at home together watching the news alerts and interviews and just being thankful to be alive. We are planning to make emergency kits for everyone tomorrow that we will have ready in case this happens again.  We also are going over where the best place to go will be.  This was a huge wake up call to us all. 

I’m so upset that they’re saying a “wrong button” was pushed!  Are they serious?!  A wrong button?!  Can we please see a picture of this button?  Is it some big red button?  Is it next to the false alarm button?  But that’s a rant for another post.

We’ve been hearing stories of the experiences of people all around the island and thought that this was a good place to document mine.  I hope that I will never have to experience the fear that I had today ever again! God bless you all!

  
Here’s a picture of our sunset this evening.  That’s Pearl Harbor to the left.  That line of lights are the bridge lights to Ford Island.