Family time in Ewa Beach.
God is good.
Have I told you lately how much I love our neighborhood? Well, it’s a lot.There are about a bajillion playgrounds, a new splash zone for the kids, a ton of family-friendly activities and a great group of moms. Oh, and we are right on the beach. Yea, it rocks.
I can probably count on one hand the number of days that we haven’t made it to the playground since moving here last year. Right after Simon Earl was born, I started running in to the same group of moms every week. After a few meet ups, they invited me to their Facebook page where we could keep in contact and set up playdates – it’s awesome. We all have kids around the same age who play well together and I truly look forward to hanging with them every week.
Having a nice group of moms to chat with while our kids play is so refreshing. I’ve really loved getting to know all of these ladies (and their babies) and have found that we have a lot of thing in common.
Things like our love for coffee.
Raising tiny humans is exhausting and by the time that we get out to the playground, most of us are ready for our second (or third) coffee of the day. You know, just that extra push to get us to nap time.
Earlier this week I brought some coffee and the new Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee Creamer Singles to our playdate to share which automatically earned me the title of “coolest mom at the playground” – at least for that day 😉
If you want to be the coolest mom at the playground, just remember the three c’s: coffee, cups and creamer.
Not a mom? No worries. Bring coffee into work and earn yourself the title of “Coolest Guy in the Office” or crown yourself “Queen of the Classroom” by sharing some
liquid gold coffee with your classmates. That’s the beauty of these new single packs – you can easily bring them anywhere!
Bonus points if you bring in a box of Dunkin’ K-Cup® for the communal Keurig® K-Cup® brewing system 😉
Which flavor are you going to try?
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I think it’s safe to say that most toddlers don’t like getting their diapers changed. Especially if there is other fun stuff they could be doing (like playing with their friends at the splash pad or in the waves at the beach).
As a parent, I know that when you are somewhere that doesn’t have a designated changing area (like the beach) diaper changes can get a little more complicated than usual. Add a wiggly toddler to the mix and it’s easy to get frustrated. And messy. Nobody wants that.
Since we spend so much time at the beach (#luckywelivehawaii), I’ve spent some time figuring out how to make our beach days run more smoothly and have come up with three ways to make beach (or pool) side diaper changes a breeze:
1. Designate a special changing area. As soon as you get to the pool/beach, set up a towel or blanket in a designated spot and leave out changing essentials like Huggies® Little Swimmers® , wipes and any diaper creams that you may use. Having this space set up will alleviate any stress of having to round up your things AND your toddler when it’s time to do the dirty work.
2. Distractions, distractions, distractions! Give your baby something to hold – a toy, a tube of sunscreen, a Huggies® Little Swimmers® diaper– anything to take their mind off of all the fun they are missing while mom or dad takes care of business. Lyla loves Nemo and always makes sure to point him out to me on her Huggies® Little Swimmers® diaper.
As much as Lyla loves these diapers because of Nemo, I love the Huggies® Little Swimmers® for their ease and effectiveness. They have full side panels with a very soft velcro which make for quick diaper changes and a comfortable fit for Lyla.
3. Sing a song! Any song will do. Can’t think of one off the top of your head? Sing about how much fun you are having at the pool/beach! Your baby is going to love it.
We are really looking forward to the release of Finding Dory this summer so we were excited to find boxes of Huggies® Little Swimmers® diapers with the special Finding Dory packaging at Sam’s Club last week. Each box comes with a pack of wipes and a small tube of sunscreen – perfect for keeping with all of your beach stuff for easy diaper changing station set up.
Want a chance to win a $1,000 Sam’s Club giftcard? Snap some pictures of your summer fun and share using the hashtag #SwimAdventureContest or upload directly to SamsClub.com/SwimAdventureContest by June 1, 2016! I’m really looking forward to checking out all of the entries.
What fun summer adventures do you have planned?
This week FLEW by, didn’t it? Between playdates and swim lessons and spending as much time as possible outdoors (the weather has been an absolute dream lately) I didn’t find much time to open my computer but I did spend some time brainstorming new content for this space so make sure to stop by in the next few weeks for that!
But, until then, here’s a peek at life with the Byrds this week:
On Saturday morning Simon and I headed to church for One Creative Day – a training program for all of the children’s ministry volunteers. I’ve been serving on Sunday nights with AWANA and am now going to be helping out in the nursery during one of the Sunday services. The training was so much fun and Simon was his usual well behaved self. While we were busy there, Lyla and Alex got to have a sweet daddy/daughter date at the zoo.
Sunday morning we all went to church and then headed home for a picnic lunch at the beach. It was so nice. I think it may have to turn into a weekly thing. Alex has been super busy at work lately and still continues to be a rock star at home by helping me with the kids and chores so, on Sunday night, I took both of the kids to AWANA with me and left him to enjoy some peace and quiet.
It was so much fun watching Lyla at AWANA. She hung out with the older kids during the opening ceremony/worship time and she made herself right at home by clapping and dancing along with everyone else. At one point she realized that she wasn’t standing on the line with the rest of the clubbers and quickly scooted her tiny self in between two kids. Precious.
We started Lyla in swim lessons on Tuesday which we are all really excited about. After her lesson, we picked up Simon and headed straight to Aulani to celebrate with more swimming (and a Mickey ice cream sandwich for good measure).
We really are blessed to live in such a beautiful place. Have a great weekend, folks!
We had so much fun at the pumpkin patch this morning. Even though I forgot to bring a memory-card for my real camera, I did manage to capture a few sweet photos on my iPhone.
Another week has flown by. I’ve been in total nesting mode and have been trying to get our house fully un-packed and (mostly) decorated before Simon gets here which is proving to be quite the challenge because every time turn around, I find a scene something like this…
She did point at me in a picture this morning and said “mama” which was all sorts of heart melting. (She loves to call Daddy and Rocco “bocko” by name but not mama)
In between the nesting, I’ve also been trying to soak up these last few weeks of life as I know it – ’cause it’s a good one.
Happy first day of fall, everyone!
Fall looks a little different here in Hawaii than it does in much of the country. We spend more time sweeping up sand than raking up leaves, there aren’t any apple orchards to explore on the weekends (at least on Oahu) and the temperatures don’t quite dip low enough to justify wrapping up in cozy sweaters and scarfs. Yep, fall in Hawaii is definitely different but it’s exciting and special and I love it. So much so that I’m giving it a pet name this year (cause that’s what you do with things you love right?!) – falloha. Fall + aloha. Get it? 😉
^ “really, mom?!”
Falloha is definitely the busiest season for our little family. In the span of a few weeks we celebrate Alex’s birthday, our wedding anniversary and my birthday and then roll riiiiiight on into the holidays. This year, we will throw Simon’s arrival into the mix somewhere and I’m just a teensy tiny bit anxious about that.
Oh, and by teensy tiny, I mean extremely.
Of course, like any
good blogger fall fanatic, I had to put together a fall bucket list for our family:
|| IN THE KITCHEN ||
Make apple crisp, fall marshmallows, apple cider, pumpkin ravioli and try a new soup recipe.
|| AT HOME ||
Paint pumpkins, make corn husk dolls, watch a Halloween movie, do a fall kid craft.
|| OUT & ABOUT ||
Go on a hay ride, trick or treating, and to a football game. Bring donation to the local food bank. Visit the pumpkin patch.
Hopefully we will be able to cross everything off of our list this year!
What is your favorite fall tradition? You can follow along with our falloha adventures here and on Instagram.