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Hawaiian Pupus

This is one of my Gramma’s recipes that my mom and aunts swear by. I have memories of my gram bringing this appetizer out, only to have every last piece snatched up within minutes. I have NO IDEA why they are called “Hawaiian Pupus,” however. I know “pupus” are Hawaiian for appetizer, but I don’t…

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Surfing Sunday 08.26

On our last day in Hawaii, we rented stand-up paddle boards. Annie had been begging to do this because she remembered when I paddled her around the ocean five years ago, and really wanted to try it for herself. It was a windy day, so I tethered her board to mine to make sure she…

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Surfing Sunday 08.19

Aloha! We spent the last week on vacation in beautiful Maui, Hawaii. We had the best time relaxing, eating, going to the beach, eating, surfing, and eating. It was the perfect way to end our summer. I’ve had so much fun with the kids these last few months! But we are all very ready for school…

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Surfing Sunday 05.13

Happy Mother’s Day, everyone! Mike and the kids woke me up with breakfast in bed (smoked salmon eggs benedict, nice work, Mike!) and gave me presents and lots of love. Today is always a mixed bag of emotions for me and anyone missing a child, a mom, a grandma, or a mother figure. The only…

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Surfing Sunday 9.25

Yesterday was my niece Michaela’s 7th birthday, and lucky Annie got to go with her to Disneyland to celebrate. Annie has been a bit timid about rides in the past, but she promised she’d go on whatever rides Michaela wanted to go on — and she did. After going on the Indiana Jones ride, Annie…

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Surfing Sunday 8.28

The first week of Annabel’s school is behind us. She is so happy with her class and in love with her teachers (she has two teachers who job share). So far, our mornings have gone smoothly. I think a large part of that is thanks to Annabel picking out her clothes every night before she…

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Beachy Keen

Other than a trip to visit my aunt and uncle in Palm Desert, we don’t have any trips planned for the summer. It will be nice to stay local, although I looked through my collection of pictures and videos from our trip to Hawaii last summer and definitely feel some pangs…but who wouldn’t? It’s Hawaii….

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The First First Day

How did we get here already? Annabel is officially in Kindergarten. It took her forevvvver to fall asleep on Tuesday night – “I’m too excited to sleep” – so I was worried about how Wednesday morning would go. School mornings are starting a full 75 minutes before her preferred wake up time. But when her…

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Making A Book With HP Instant Ink

This post is sponsored by HP Instant Ink. Thank you, HP! Annabel is absolutely OBSESSED with making books. When this first started, her books were usually the plots of movies and TV shows she’d seen, illustrated by photos we found on the internet. As time has gone on, she’s started to create her own stories –…

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Surfing Sunday 6.21

This morning, Mike slept in while the kids and I wrapped his presents and made him breakfast. We might have set off the smoke alarm, but Mike was a good sport about it. Later, we’re going to hit up a BBQ place and celebrate the day with family. I am so thankful I have such an amazing partner…

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