Dearest Husband

Dearest Husband, 

God knew just what he was doing when he put you into my life. 

He knew I would need a cheerleader. Someone positive and encouraging. Someone to continuously push me forward. 

He knew I would need someone low-key. To keep me balanced. To help me slow down. 

He knew I would need someone funny. Someone to crack a joke when I am taking things too seriously.

He knew I would need a teacher. Someone full of knowledge, ready to dispose it onto me. 

He knew I would need someone easy-going. Someone to put up with my whimsical ideas and grand plans. 

He knew I would need a partner. Someone who will pick up my slack without a saying a word. 

He knew I would need a rock. Someone to anchor myself to when the seas got rough. 

(Almost) ten years ago when we first said “hello” on the football field at California Lutheran University, I didn’t know you were these things. (I just thought you were cute).

I didn’t know I needed these things.

But God knew. 

And I am forever grateful. 

Thank you for being my person. Then, now and always. 

I love you. 

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P.S. We need more photos together 😉

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Year of the Byrds 16/52

Happy Aloha Friday, y’all!

We kicked off our week with a donut picnic on the lanai…

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…Lyla was a big helper with Simon Earl…

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…we spent a few rainy mornings at home…

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…and serenaded all of Target with Lyla’s rendition of “Let It Go”…

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…we played with our friends at Miss Mary’s music class…

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…Simon Earl kept me company while I tried to catch up on some cleaning…

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…my car’s battery died and Alex saved the day…

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…Lyla pretended to be “night night” a billion times…

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…we went to a horse rescue and had SO much fun (more on this later)…

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…Simon let me know how he feels about selfies…

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…and had some quality time with Mickey…

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…and daddy…

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…and we had some special mama/baby time at the coffee farm.

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God is so, so good. 

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Year of the Byrds 14/52

Lisa and Kyle get here tomorrow. 

Here as in Hawaii.

The Sargents.

In our house.

Tomorrow. 

EEEEEEEP!

I’m so excited for my favorite Georgia peaches to be visiting us this week! I’ve been not so patiently counting the days until their arrival since they booked their tickets in December. I wasn’t sure if the last week was going to be the fastest (because I had a million things to do) or  the slowest (because I’m so excited) week ever. 

Turned out to be the fastest. 

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We started out our week with the most untraditional of Easters. My cousin, Hokulea, was in a big soccer tournament (who schedules a tournament Easter weekend?!) so instead of our usual sunrise service at the beach we all met up at the field and cheered her on to victory! (and stuffed our faces with McDonalds – whoops)

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Monday came and the weather was just too beautiful not to be at the beach, so we hit the Ko’Olina lagoons with Uncle Trey. He built that awesome Mickey head since we were at the lagoon that backs up to the Aulani property. #unofficialhiddenmickey Simon Earl loved splashing in the water with mom and Lyla loved feeding Simon Earl sunscreen. (kidding, mother)

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On Tuesdays my auntie watches dem babies for a few hours so I can have some “me” time. Apparently, “me” time usually involves breakfast food and a good book. Two weeks in a row and I’m not mad 😉

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Simon Earl AKA chunk master AKA the cutest 4 month old I ever did see had his checkup this week. He’s 26 inches long and just under 16 pounds – the same numbers Lyla checked in with at her nine month appointment. Big boy is big. He is happy and healthy as can be – praise God!

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This little munchkin is non-stop fun. Her favorite trick this week is to pretend to be asleep. Except, in this photo she actually is sleeping. With a t-shirt that she turned into a skirt. After bouncing in her crib for 30 minutes singing “Let It Go” at the top of her lungs, just loving life. You can’t make this stuff up. 

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Right before Alex calls to tell me he’s on his way home from work, my kids catch a case of the crazies. Everyday. So to pass the time until dad gets home, I load them up in the stroller and just cruise the neighborhood. I love my view 😉

Have a great weekend!!

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Aulani Staycation

We love having visitors. Especially of the family variety 😉

Last month, Alex’s sister and her family came to visit us for a week and Papa joined too. We were lucky enough to join them at Aulani for a few nights. It was so much fun watching the cousins play together. Lyla still talks about it – “Emmy. G. Papa. Huwa (hula). Fish! Kick kick kick (for swimming)” – and we watch this video on repeat. It’s so sweet. 


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Can’t wait until next time!

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Toddler Easter Egg Craft

I realized the other day that it had been a while since I put together a good craft project for Lyla. We’ve been spending a lot of time tracing her hands (and feet, and body) and eating playing with chalk, but no real “organized” craft time. 

Originally, I had visions of us sitting around the table, carefully dying a big bunch of bright eggs. BUT then I remembered that careful and toddler don’t belong in the same sentence. At all. So, I figured construction paper eggs were the next best thing. Plus, decorating paper eggs would be a lot cleaner, right?

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While she was napping (and Simon Earl was in his jumper) I cut out four large Easter eggs from construction paper. I was a little rushed and my eggs turned out to be all different shapes and sizes – let’s pretend it was a planned lesson in diversity, k?

I also brought out a bunch of fun craft stuff: markers, watercolors, shiny jewels, feathers, Scrabble tiles, etc. If it was in my craft storage – it came out! We play with markers and paint a lot so I was curious to see if she would into the jewels, tiles, etc. and she definitely was.

I started by placing a big line of glue across an egg and then showed her how to press the jewel to the paper. It was a lot of fun to watch her sort through the pile to find the perfect jewel to put on her egg next. After placing each one, she would look up at me and say “WOOOW”.

She’s a heart melter. 

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