High Five for Friday!

Is it just me, or did November practically disappear in the blink of an eye? Maybe it’s because we had family in town for the last two weeks, but I really am having a hard time grasping the fact that Thanksgiving is less than a week away at this point and we are almost ready to wrap up this year. How does this happen so quickly every year?! Obviously I’m not managing my time very well, because I feel like I’m constantly saying how I can’t believe how quickly everything happens. Haha, maybe I’ll work on that in the new year. But, until then, let’s talk highlights (especially since I’ve been MIA for two weeks!):

1. First things first–I need to vent for a moment. I just tweeted about how I saw an ad for “Black Friday Eve” and how it made me super upset. This bothers me to no end. It is not Black Friday Eve. It is Thanksgiving. *Inhale…exhale…deep breaths…* You know, I think I’ll just leave it at that for now and write a whole post about it separately. Moving on…

2. Brinton’s parents have been visiting with us for the past two weeks, and I have loved watching Evan play with them. We live so far away from any of our family that Evan really only knows his grandparents and aunts through Skype. Even though house guests stress me out because I’m always so worried about everything (which probably makes me a semi-unpleasant host…ha…oops) I am really glad that they were able to come and visit with us for so long. Luckily next year we already know of twice that we are going to be able to visit with them. Now I just have to figure out how I can win the lottery or something so I can buy some tickets to see my parents and sister too.

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3. Having had house guests for the past two weeks means that today I should be cleaning my house like crazy (especially before the holidays hit). But really all I want to be doing is sleeping while the baby naps and doing absolutely nothing all day. Maybe I’ll finish blogging, straighten up, and take a nap when Evan goes down for round two. Haha, watch…now he randomly won’t take a second nap today.

4. Last night on facebook I saw this video parody and I have had the song stuck in my head ever since. It’s starting to drive me a little bit crazy…but it’s just so catchy!

5. Apartment hunting in Honolulu is the most frustrating thing in the whole world. It makes me hate living here sometimes, which is sad, because this is supposed to be paradise. I found an apartment listed on Craigslist this morning though that is actually in our price range, has amazing amenities, and is in the perfect walkable area. I already called and talked to the person in charge of the showing, and we are seeing it on Sunday afternoon. PLEASE SEND GOOD VIBES/THOUGHTS/PRAYERS OUR WAY!!! I’ve been on the hunt for a new apartment for at least six months and luck just hasn’t been on our side. I’m hoping that this will change on Sunday!

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6. Fall is my favorite season and I’m sure I’ve mentioned here before how much I miss the mainland during this time of year. The other day it was super crazy windy here and I decided to take full advantage of the “cooler” temperature, decked out my nails in fall colors/patterns, and put on my would be go-to fall outfit. By the end of the day I was really warm, but I didn’t even care. That’s what going to places with air conditioning is for. (I know some of you are dealing with really horrible winter conditions, and I am sorry about that, but after living in pretty much constant upper 80 degree temperatures for three years, I miss the cold. I’m sure I would freeze my butt off in the mid-50s right now, but hey. I’d take it.)

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Linking up with these lovelies! Lauren ElizabethFriday Favorites, Five on Friday, and Oh Hey Friday!

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Simple Halloween Craft Ideas

I love the idea of decorating for the holidays, but because we live in such a small space decorating usually isn’t something I prioritize. The issue really is that we have nowhere to store the decorations once the holiday is over…so I don’t even try to do anything. Christmas is the only holiday we have decorated for since we moved here! This year though, I realized I can still decorate to make it feel a little more “Halloween-like” here. I just have to be a little more creative in the decorations I choose.

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Materials: toilet paper roll, fall colored fabric squares (20″x 20″), and felt to make the stems. Just put your toilet paper roll in the center of the fabric square, and fold the edges up around the toilet paper and into the tube. Cut out a felt stem and decorate with some fake leaves if you have them. Done!

Eye See You Nails

This is actually a manicure I posted two Halloweens ago when I was barely starting to mess around with blogging. Paint your nails black and when dry, add two medium sized white dots. Let dry for a minute, and add two black dots on top of the white dots for the pupils. Let it dry and protect it with a top coat. Cute and spooky!

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This is a fun craft that kids can have fun with too. I used googly eyes, jumbo fuzzy pipe cleaners, and felt to decorate my clothespins. I attached everything with hot glue, so if kids are participating make sure they only do the designing and an adult does all the gluing! I’m using my spooky face clothespins to hang our Halloween cards and other letters we are getting from family and friends. Fun!

Tissue and Cotton Ball Ghosts

My mom used to make these every year and hang them from our fans in our bedrooms, so when I see them, I always think of her. All you need are cotton balls, tissues, and some kind of string (I used dental floss). Place your cotton ball in the center of the tissue, fold the tissue down over it, and tie it off, leaving the string long enough that you can create a loop at the top to hang it with. Use a sharpie to draw a ghost face, and you’re done! *Bonus* Use fishing line to hang them with to make it look like they are really floating in mid air!

Ghost Footprints

Baby footprint crafts are always tricky. Luckily, you don’t have to try to get the footprints perfect for these ghosts to be adorable! All you need is paint, paper, and a baby. I mean…I guess you don’t have to have the baby. You can do it yourself if you want to. They would just be much larger ghosts!

Aren’t these cute? Other than the dry time for the nail polish, these crafts all take less than 15 minutes to put together. They are all relatively small too, so you can still feel like you’re embracing the holiday spirit without feeling like your house is being taken over by craziness.

If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out my Pinterest page to see what I’m feeling inspired by this year!

Linking up with Lisa for the Halloween Holiday link up!

Weekending, Pumpkin Style

This weekend we had so much fun! With the threat of Hurricane Ana, I wasn’t sure if rain was going to ruin our plans, but luckily Saturday morning was actually quite nice and we were able to head out early to go to the Aloun Farms pumpkin patch in Kapolei. Last year we weren’t able to go to the pumpkin patch for Evan’s first Halloween, so I was really excited that we were able to make it work this year! He is still a little young to understand what was going on, but we all still had fun.

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Two years ago when we went with our friends we decided it would be a fun adventure to pick our own corn…but we were so wrong! It was muddy, itchy, and the corn was kind of gross. We promised never again would we go corn picking! This year we decided to chance it and pick our own green beans instead. Green bean picking is super fun! I loved it, and even Evan could help a little. Plus the green beans have been delicious. I wish we had paid to pick two containers instead of just one!

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We ended up getting three medium sized pumpkins–one regular pumpkin and two white ones–and then a few minis. Evan was 100% convinced that they were balls, not pumpkins. We sat him down in a patch of them to try and get some cute pictures, but instead of being all Pinterest-esque…he just threw the pumpkins excitedly and yelled “ball!” Haha, oh well. It was adorable nonetheless.Pumpkin Patch 12Pumpkin Patch 13Pumpkin Patch 14Pumpkin Patch 15Pumpkin Patch 16

Yesterday was really rainy all day from the storm, but I’ve actually really enjoyed it. It’s humid as ever, but at least the temperature has cooled off a little. Hopefully this is the beginning of the somewhat pleasant “winters” we get here–I am so ready for the trade winds to pick up and the evenings to become cooler.

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend too!

Linking up with B Loved BostonChampagne and Suburbs, and Life of Meg.

High Five for Friday!

Oh man oh man, Friday again already? Where did the week go? Do you guys think I’ll ever get the hang of taking care of everything going on in my life and blogging consistently? Haha, I probably wont. Thanks for sticking with me anyway!

As usual, it’s a busy morning. I have to leave for work in 15 minutes, so…let’s do this!

1. Brinton’s grandparents left this week after a two week vacation. We did SO MUCH stuff while they were here! It was busy, busy, busy. I always love when people come visit because we end up actually getting out of the house every day and doing fun things, but I’m kind of glad to be back to our more relaxed schedule. I need my slow days, y’all.

2. I have been experimenting this week with chocolate avocado mousse. I tried a recipe that I liked, but just wasn’t quite right so I’m not ready to share it yet. When I finally perfect it I’ll be sure to post it here!

3. Evan took steps on Sunday! I have an adorable video which I have not yet uploaded (although as I’m typing this I told my mom I would do it Wednesday night…oops…) and I am so excited for him. It’s adorable, because now when he stands on his own and finds his balance, he laughs so hard because he’s so excited and surprised that he can do it! I love it. He warms my heart.

4. I had a horrible-mom day this week on Wednesday. Evan had woken up at 5am, barely took a morning nap, and then wouldn’t nap all day. I was so frustrated with him all day and I had absolutely no patience and by the end of the day I just felt horrible. I cried for like half the evening because I felt so bad. Sometimes I have to remind myself that he is only one year old. Any other moms out there know what I mean?

5. Evan is 13 months today! I decided that over his second year I’ll do my Evan-updates at 15 months, 18 months, 21 months, and two years. It’s just too much work to keep it up every month! Haha, plus he no longer stays still for pictures anymore. Wiggle worm baby!

Okay, I just realized I have no pictures for any of these highlights, so enjoy some pictures of my adorable boy actually cuddling with me, his first train ride, and his first ice cream cone, and I promise next week I’ll be more prepared. Ha!

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Oh, and I know in my last post I said I would post a recipe next. I have one ready! Just didn’t have time to blog. It’s coming!

Linking up with Lauren ElizabethFriday FavoritesConfessional Friday, Friday Blog Hop, Friday Finds, and Oh Hey Friday!

Perfect Moments

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A few nights ago it was so chilly here in Honolulu! Laugh if you will, but with wind gusts reaching around 30+ miles per hour, it was only 68°F and we broke out our jackets to run errands.

Just before we left, I saw my husband holding my son and they looked so adorable with their hoods up that I had to take a picture. My timing was somehow perfect, and I snapped this shot. I couldn’t have captured a more perfect moment. Both of them were looking AND smiling at the same time, and it only took one try!

I love this picture so much. Sometimes it’s in the little moments of the day that help you realize how lucky you are. I so glad I managed to capture this one on camera!

Thirty Days of Thanks: Days 19, 20, 21

My test is finally over! I feel like I can finally relax with a big sigh of relief. I think I did pretty well, although I won’t know if I passed or failed for 8 to 10 weeks (which is kind of ridiculous because it was a multiple choice, computerized test… but oh well). It is out of my hands now though, so what happens, happens.

Day 19. I am grateful for my sister.

I miss my sister so incredibly much. Mostly, the distance absolutely stinks, but sometimes it actually works out in our favor. For example, when she is studying on campus until 2 or 3 am she can call me on her way back to her dorm and we get to chat a while, because it is usually only about 8 pm for me. It has been nice for us to have the time to talk, and I love it when she calls. I wish she could come visit, or vice versa, and I really can’t wait to see her again. I hope she knows how much I love her.

Day 20. I am thankful for how much my husband believes in me.

I know I have already had a ” thankful-for” about my husband, but I couldn’t help but have another one. All day long while I was stressing out about my exam, he was encouraging me, making me lunch, talking me down off of my crazy ledge, and telling me how proud he was of me. I kept telling him that I didn’t know if I was going to pass, and he kept telling me that he knew I was going to do wonderfully, without a doubt. I probably still looked stressed on the outside, but it really did make me feel so much better. Thank you, sweetheart.

Day 21. I am grateful for the opportunities we have to relax.

Refueling is so important. Sometimes we need to just take a step back from everything to let it all go and feel rejuvenated. I am so looking forward to Thanksgiving tomorrow to enjoy myself in the kitchen a bit, and then relax having a delicious potluck dinner on the beach with our friends. The only way it could be any better is if my family were here too… but hopefully we can at least Skype.

I hope you all have a wonderful turkey day tomorrow! Spend time with family and friends and eat delicious food. This weekend I’ll be posting some recipes of pies and side dishes I’m making tomorrow. I know they will be to late for your Thanksgiving dinners, but they are delicious no matter what time of year. I know you all will love them!

Thirty Days of Thanks: Days 16, 17, 18

My exam happens on Tuesday afternoon and I feel like I am so close to being able to see over the mountain. Between studying and working, I have had zero time to do anything fun or even cook a full meal, which is why I have been pretty much absent for the past week. If you would all like to send prayers, good thoughts, happy vibes, or whatever you please my way…I would sure appreciate it!

Okay, let’s get to the thanks…

16. I am grateful for answered and unanswered prayers.

Personally, I believe that God hears all of my prayers, and I know that He answers them in His own due time,and in His own ways. Since this topic is pretty personal, I don’t want to elaborate on it much, but I just wanted to openly express my thankfulness for both times when the answers to my prayers are immediate and when they are delayed, when the answer is yes, when the answer is no, and everything in between. I just really feel like my life is all the better because of each and every answer I receive.

17. I am grateful for a good pillow.

This is one of the most difficult things for me and my husband to find. I don’t know if we are just really picky pillow people, but it takes us forever to find something that really works for us as individuals. When we finally do find something that we like, it seems to never really last for more than a few months…but I love that feeling of putting my head down at night and feeling cozy and supported so I can just drift off peacefully. Also if any of you have any tips or tricks for finding a great pillow or making pillows last longer, I definitely want to hear about it. Please leave your comments!

18. I am grateful for food.

Of course I am grateful for having food at all, but what I’m specifically grateful for is what we can create with food. I l love playing around with recipes, learning new techniques, figuring out what works and what is a complete flop. This is something that I realized I loved a bit late. I feel like I missed the best opportunity I had to learn how to cook and bake by spending more time working with my family in the kitchen. I hope it’s something that I can still practice to get better at and that I can learn from my family in different ways while we are separated by the Pacific.

I hope everyone had a great Sunday and has a great start to the week!