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The Byrds are back in town [Byrds are back in tooowwwnnnnn…da na naaaaa]


We got back to Hawaii yesterday after a whirlwind of a trip to the mainland.

I know this sounds totally cliche but I feel like I need a vacation after that vacation. It was so great to see family and friends and we crossed almost everything off of our to eat to do list but when we landed in Honolulu yesterday I felt more stressed out than when we had left. I guess that’s mom life for you! 

I’ll be back with trip updates soon (complete with billions of photos) but right now I’m going to try to get our house in order while Lyla sleeps!

Fellow mamas – how do you relax after a busy vacation?

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maui no ka oi

On Sunday, Lyla and I took a day trip to Maui. My mom was there for the weekend visiting some friends and had wanted the Byrds Lyla to come too. We originally told her that we weren’t able to make it but decided to buy a ticket and surprise her.

Island Air plane

Lyla and I hopped on the first flight Sunday morning and were on Maui thirty-five minutes later. My mom called as I was getting the car seat settled in the rental car and our conversation went something like this:

Mom: “It’s such a nice day on Maui, I’m walking on the beach. Wish you guys were here!”

Me: “Yea, it is nice today. What are you gonna have for breakfast?”

Mom: “I dont know. This beach is so nice”

Me: “Yea, I love Lahaina. So what do you want for breakfast?”

Mom: “You are not here”

Me: “Yes we are! Surprise!”

(insert screaming and a few more “you are not”s here)


We drove to her girlfriend’s house in Lahaina, met up with everyone and then headed to Front Street for some breakfast. After that, we visited where Alex and I got married and spent some time at the beach.


I have never seen her make that face before and I think its hilarious. Sorry, girl.

maui no ka oi

I freaking love Maui. It’s perfect and special. My heart just feels happy there. I guess that’s why they say “Maui no ka oi” right?!

maui no ka oi

The trip was quick but full of love, sunshine and the ocean so I would say it was a success!


Lyla is such an awesome little traveler. Just like her daddy, she loves to fly. When we were flying back to Oahu she looked out the window the whole time and had a giant smile on her face. Such a sweet little bean.

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baby’s first hurricane

Well folks, Lyla survived her first hurricane. [applause]

hurricane ana

It really wasn’t too exciting. Hurricane Ana decided to play nice and turn south of Hawaii before hitting and causing too much damage. (thanks, Ana) Instead, she just left us with some rain.

Lots and lots of rain.

All that rain made for an incredibly cozy weekend. We stayed inside, watched movies and played with girl. When there was a break from the heavy rain, we went into the backyard for some pictures. Everyone knows mama loves a good photoshoot!

dad, baby dog rain

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We had big plans to take Lyla to the Honolulu Zoo on Saturday which we had to postpone. You can see how she felt about that…

baby daddy rain

* I didn’t teach her that

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hawaii eats | kailua town pub & grill

The Kailua Town Pub & Grill has been on my radar for a while now. Back in August, our sweet friends Beth and Tyler were in town from California and we had planned to spend an afternoon wine tasting together in Kailua. We arrived a little too early for our reservation so we decided to pop into the cute little pub next door and grab a drink while we waited.

Kailua Town Pub & Grill

We took a seat in the bar area and I almost immediately fell in love with the place. The interior was dark but comfortable. There were plenty of TVs around to keep my husband happy on a Sunday afternoon (hello, football) without me feeling like we were at a straight up sports bar. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. There was a large selection of beers on tap, including some of my local favorites. We only had time for drinks, but all of the food that was being brought out around us looked and smelled amazing so Alex & I vowed to come back.

kailua town pub & grill

Fast forward a few months. I have started dancing hula and my class is held on Wednesday nights in Kailua. Right next to the pub. Perfect, yea?!

We decided to check it out this week with some of our family and friends (aka Team Sharkbait)

kailua town pub & grill menu

We had a bigger group this time, including baby girl, so we took a seat on the “grill” side. The atmosphere was still the same as what we experienced in the bar — dark, comfortable and with ample TV screens.

kailua pub fish and chips

Alex and I decided to split the English Fish and Chips  — Samuel Adams draught beer battered fish served with Island fries, malt vinegar and tartar sauce ($10.95) — and were very happy. The fish was perfectly cooked with a nice, light batter. I’m not sure that there was anything that made the fries “island” fries except for the fact that they were served on an island?! That’s ok, they were still good.

I had a glass (ok, two) of Widmer Hefeweizen and Alex had a Rogue Dead Guy Ale .

kailua pub and grill

At our table were a few more orders of the fish & chips, a pizza, salmon and a burger with all the fixin’s. We all left with happy bellies. And [alert: sappy mom moment ahead] I left with a happy heart because I got to stare at these two faces the whole time…

kailua pub and grill

Overall, we really enjoyed ourselves. We plan on visiting again!

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Today, we woke up feeling refreshed after Lyla slept a full six-hour stretch.

Today, we took a nice walk around our new neighborhood with Rocco.

Today, we sipped fancy strawberry white chocolate coffee and facetimed with a cousin doing God’s work in Haiti.

Today, we made one last trip to the little blue house.

Today, we loaded up the truck with a big load of shit stuff for the dump.

Today, we (ok, just me) shed a few more tears as we did our final walkthrough.

Today, we turned in our keys.

aloha, little blue house

Today, we did a happy dance because we are finally done making trips between Ewa and Kahala.

Today, we came home to a sweet, smiley little girl.

Today, we are unpacking and turning our new place into a home.

Today, we are grateful for the blessings in our life.

Today, we start our new adventure.

the byrds



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