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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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.

It’s been a while

Hi everyone!  I haven’t posted in a little bit because so much has been going on. I quit my job 2 weeks ago and I’ve been so busy just trying to sit and figure out what’s next.  I quit because the company I was at for over 11 years wasn’t giving me what I needed as far as compensation or a fair working environment.  It’s been taking a toll on me mentally and emotionally for a while and recently I started to bring that stress home with me.  So yes, it was time to go.

I’m so excited to see where the road will take me.  I’m someone who is so interested in EVERYTHING that I have so many routes that I can go as far as a career.  But, that doesn’t help when I’m not sure what the heck it is I really want to do. I love office jobs (because I’m super organized and a fast worker) however I’m debating on going back to esthetics full-time.  Or, I could also go  back to a career in behavioral health.  I JUST DON’T KNOW!!!! So many possibilities, so you can see that I’m more excited than scared even though I am unemployed.

I’m submitting applications for anything that sounds interesting and hoping that whatever is meant to be will be. Until then, I hope to start posting and getting a little more serious about my blog.  Hopefully I’ll be getting more traffic and maybe even make a little bit of side money from it? We’ll just have to see!

Until then I’ve been enjoying my time at home with my baby girl.  I wish I was able to stay home with her until she enters preschool.

Rock n Fun Kapolei

Games, Burgers, Fries, Milkshakes and… A BAR!  There’s fun for everyone at the new Rock N Fun, located at Ka Makana Ali’i in Kapolei.  Last night we were invited to the soft opening of this new venue that combines Fun Factory and Johnny Rockets.  Here on the island, we associate E. K. Fernandez with all things fun.  They’ve provided family entertainment through their Carnivals and Fun Factory game rooms for what feels like forever (since I was a little girl). So we were so excited to learn that they’d be collaborating with one of my “must-eat” restaurants whenever we travel to California.

I’m not too sure about the actual Grand Opening, but I’m assuming that the date will be within the next couple of weeks.

The food was so good! Kahele and the kids are definitely Burgers & Fries lovers, so they filled up til satisfied.  My favorite burger at Johnny Rockets is the patty melt and a chunk of my afternoon was spent craving it!  When I took my first bite it was exactly what I’d been wanting.  Of course the shakes were awesome. I love how the adults are able to get their grub and drink on while the kids are in watching distance playing arcade games.  It really is the best of both worlds.

SOME WEEKEND PICS

On Sunday we celebrated 2 of our nephews (Kanaloa and Kahaku) birthdays at Kailua beach followed by a BBQ at Kahele’s parents house.  I was able to capture just a few pics at the beach. It was so hot and crowded that while everyone was swimming I stayed in my nice breezy spot under a huge tree where I was able to read my book.

Rock Island Cafe Waikiki

For years I’ve walked by this cafe and I’ve never tried it.  Today Kahele picked me up for lunch and I told him that I really wanted to try it out, so without knowing what to expect we headed over.  The minute I walked in I loved the place.  I didn’t even know how the food or the service was, but the decor and feel of the restaurant totally won me over.

  I mean how cool is this place!  It’s like walking into a time machine and heading right back to mid-century.  All of the Elvis, Audrey, Marilyn, I love Lucy… amazing!  And they played the Grease soundtrack while we ate.  Now I think that all my meals should be eaten with the Grease soundtrack playing in the background 😉

Everywhere you turn there’s just some random piece of furniture, stuffed animal, quote, picture that you can’t help to smile at.  I mean, this chair right next to the popcorn machine?

This cute little bar that sits about 5 is located at the very back of the restaurant, sort of like… “hey we need a bar, but don’t have any room for one so let’s just stick baby in the corner”.

Not too sure if this stage is just for show or if they actually have live entertainment.  OMG if I find out that they have Karaoke and you’re able to perform on this stage I’m going back!

Another random bar/podium.  Not sure what it’s purpose is but it oddly fits right in with the restaurant.

All of the vintage posters made me want to watch some oldies.  I think this weekend I may have to make some time for Audrey or Marilyn.  Maybe, Seven Year Itch?  That sound good to me!

Our table had the retro decor and even had Trivial Pursuit cards to keep us busy while waiting for our food.  I wish we had more than an hour but I had to get back to work.

The food was really good. Nothing fancy but really tasty.  I had the Pizza with a Plantation Iced Tea and Kahele just had to have the Diner food- Bacon burger, french fries and a chocolate malt.

Be prepared that this restaurant is a little pricey for the simplicity of the food.  We ended up spending $43 on just what’s pictured above.  But for the experience, I feel like it was worth it.

Rock Island Cafe

131 Kaiulani Ave

Honolulu, HI 96815

 

Tsujita- Yokocho Gourmet Alley

A few months ago the bottom floor to the Waikiki Shopping Plaza was turned into a food court decorated to replicate the alleys of Yokota, a lot of locals are referring to it as Ramen Road.  I’ll be doing a post of the entire floor a little later because it really is a cool looking place that offers so many different Japanese dishes. But for now, I must focus on one of the restaurants that I’ve tried there.  Tsujita, known for their long lines in their L.A. and Japan locations and frequented by many celebrities, has gained popularity because of their thick broths simmered down for hours.  I don’t know what they put in their broth but from the first taste I was hooked.  I love the style of the “dip” noodle, the noodles presented separately from the broth and dipping, slurping, chewing and savoring every flavor.  So yummy!

I love the earthy, woodsy feel of this restaurant.  It definitely transports you to Japan for the duration of  your meal, which it nice when you’re eating there on your lunch break from work.

I was pretty hungry so I went for the Ajitama Tsukemen (Tsukemen with soft boiled egg) as well as their Spicy Tuna Bowl.  I enjoyed both! If you ever get around to visiting this Ramen Road it’ll probably be hard to decide between their 16 vendors, but I can honestly say that this place is good and worth a try.

2250 Kalakaua Ave.

Honolulu, Hi 96815