Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter Weekend

Our 5th Easter in Hawaii! Unbelievable.
As much as it hurts not being close to our family during important holidays like Easter, we are so thankful for our Hawaiian Ohana. Our weekend was jam-packed with Easter fun.
I was able to help with Keaton's school Easter egg hunt on Thursday.
On Saturday, we headed over to the Thompsons for our fellowship group's egg hunt and Easter party.
Easter crafts!
The whole crew!

hiding out with his candy...
Egg race!
Sweet Addie!
On Easter morning, the boys were not too happy about their argyle sweater vests. I had to bribe them with jelly beans to get them to smile. Works every time.
This handsome boy will be 6 in one week!

Before dinner, we enjoyed another fun time with our friends the Heaths and the Castiglione's.
Victoria with her boys, Sam and Max. That stinker Maxwell refused to smile for my camera!
Mark, Edward, Lucas, Keaton, and Sam
Karen and her boys

Ready for the egg roll!
What a blessed day rejoicing in our Savior's death and resurrection! 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Sunday Drive

One thing about living on an island that's 30 miles wide, my kids really have no concept of the term "road trip." Yesterday, we decided to hop in the van and do a little bit of exploring. We ended up at  the furthermost point on Oahu from our house - Kaena Point State Park. 44 miles from Kaneohe! Thankfully the boys were troopers, and there was minimal complaining on our LOOOOONG journey (happy meals helped!).
Searching for rocks...
Throwing rocks in the ocean
how my kids will forever remember me...
handsome hubby
Sunsets are a special treat for us Windward folks.
bye bye, sun!
When the sun finally disappeared into the water, it left this unbelievable pink sky. It was truly an awesome display, and a perfect end to our weekend.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Spring Portrait

I can't really believe that this boy is approaching the final stretch of Kindergarten, and will be 6 next month! I wasn't even planning to buy any spring portraits, but the little stinker is just so photogenic! Keaton is doing wonderful in school, is reading like a pro, and is taking his first Karate class this afternoon!

Yesterday afternoon, a friend of mine stopped by our house to drop something off. From the next room, I heard her ask Keaton through the screen door, "Is your mom home?" Keaton replies without skipping a beat, "Yes! My mom's always home when I am." How absolutely blessed I feel that my boys get to say this!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Blueberry Shamrock Muffins

I love baking! Unfortunately, I also love to EAT what I bake, so I try to limit my baking to weekends and special occasions. Dilemma: Mark and I got a hankering for some muffins this morning. Hmm...what's the closest "special occasion" that could justify baking on a random Wednesday in late-February? Well, St. Patty's day is only 3 weeks away, so how about some semi-healthy green muffins? 
Please pardon the very non-food blog worth iPhone pics. I really had no intention of blogging about this...

I'm not usually very intuitive when it comes to modifying recipes, but I was really happy with how these turned out! They were super-moist, and just sweet enough.

Speaking of sweet... I'd be nowhere without my super-sweet kitchen helper!
My secret ingredients! Powdered Spirulina (found at Costco) - so many health benefits and bonus -  it turns everything it touches bright green! I love coming up with ways to color foods with real foods instead of yucky food coloring. My other secret ingredient is Arbonne Daily Fiber Boost. If you've never tried this stuff, it's awesome! It's tasteless, texture-less, and it adds 12 grams of fiber per scoop. It doesn't change consistency of anything you mix it in, so you can stir it in baked goods, pasta sauce, smoothies - I love it! And of course, it's Arbonne, so the fiber comes from all natural sources, and is super-easy to digest. If you are interested, I actually know a consultant :-) The good news is that if you don't have these secret ingredients, the muffins will still be yummy. Just not as green. Or healthy.

The muffins weren't quite as green after they were baked. I might try adding some spinach next time? Hmmmm.... 
Blueberry Shamrock Muffins 
3 large ripe bananas
1/3 cup agave nectar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1 cup blueberries (I used frozen)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp spirulina powder
2 scoops Arbonne Daily Fiber Boost

1. Mash bananas in a large mixing bowl.
2. Add agave and egg.
3. Add coconut oil and blueberries.
4. Combine dry ingredients and gently stir into banana mixture.
5. Pour into 12 well-greased muffin cups (or  I always do 24 mini muffin cups)
6. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
 And they're really not that bad for you either...
Per Mini-Muffin
Cal: 94
Carbs: 14g
Fat: 3g
Fiber: 2g
Sugar: 6g

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Winter Waves

While my mom was visiting, Oahu happened to have some of the biggest swells of the whole season. One evening when Scott got home from work, we made a little road trip up to the North Shore to catch a peek!

It was cloudy and the sun was beginning to set, so everything was bathed in such beautiful golden light.
None of these pictures really do any justice to the magnitude of the waves.

We kept getting chased back by lifeguards on 4wheelers and told to get away from the water. Every once in awhile, a big wave would come up very suddenly and sweep up the whole beach. Kinda scary!

Such a display of God's glory! Again and again, I'm amazed and so thankful that God has allowed us to live in such an beautiful place!