Friday, August 30, 2013


Well we got here! We are staying at my sisters friends house from the ward here in Phoenix area.
It is sooo nice! I am so grateful for our wonderful members of the church no matter where you are in the world!
I drove the whole way with my mom because Shane decided to stay home at the last minute to work on his dissertation seeing as how his defense is in one week and he's got tons of revisions to make!
He said he got a lot of work done, I know it's a sacrifice to not come to baby Kahanas blessing but it will end up being worth it when he gets his phd.
I drove the whole way, not sure why except that it was my car :-(
I should have pulled over and let my mom take the wheel part way but my dad bought me a coke to keep energized and it worked, even though my mom drank most of it!
So knowing my mom ad my personalities, we did end up getting sick if each other and arguing at the Thai restaurant later because my mom didn't know how to calm the kids down and got mad at me. Meh, I told her if they cared about the mild ruckus (they weren't being any louder than the people talking around us) than they would have spoken to us or brought out our food sooner!
Oh well. 
I was relieved to finally get to the house we are staying at so I could spread out in the bed and enter into a food coma from the pumpkin curry I had at the restaurant but then I got sad that Shane wasn't next to me, so we said goodnight to each other on the phone and I write this lazy blog post to tell you about it...

Peace love and desert thunderstorms πŸ’™

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fail, Win, Rainbow

Okay, I failed pretty bad this time!
I started school on Monday so I ended up being completely too exhausted  to update, so I failed my post every day goal. BUT tomorrow is another day!

Time for too much information!
So Monday, I started my period, got a UTI, started school, didn't have anyone to watch the kids while I was gone, had to take them all shopping for groceries when I got back, stayed up till 1:30 am cleaning our fly and moth infested kitchen, couldn't get to sleep because t body was writhing in pain and I'm sure there was more I am just not remembering.
Yesterday I bought some cranberry juice, and drank a few glasses. Was feeling better. My friend from church offered to take Elijah and EmmaLily for the day so I could go to class. Willow started preschool, Nephi went with Shane to UCI. I reconnected with a bunch of friends from last year and had lunch with my friend Edith! Figured out time arrangements with professors and daycare. Decided not to take on a fifth class this semester.
Basically Monday sucked butt, and Tuesday was awesome so Id says they evened each other out a bit.

Today I woke up with a worsened UTI and had to drive Shane to the airport. It felt like a bladder infection! That UTI spread crazy fast, I was scared it would become a kidney infection so I made an appointment with the dr and was able to give me antibiotics right there. Awesome!
After that I took the kids to trader joes and then Gabrielino park to play for an hour. We got home after 5:30 and saw that Verano was hosting a bike parade, so the kids hopped on their bikes and rode for a while and I enjoyed snow cones and chatting with friends!
I wish I had a photo of it, but my phone was charging! :-(
We came home, had some down time and I gave the kids baths and put them to bed. I hate bedtime routine. They never ever stay in bed. They stay up all night keeping each other up then they wake up early when I don't want them to, and sleep in when we have somewhere to be in the morning!!
Hoping I can get some cleaning done before we have to leave for Arizona!
 Oh! And I finally dyed my hair with a nice little rainbow streak! It's actually smaller than it looks in these pics, I flattened it so you could see all the colors!

Peace love and rainbows!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Stressful Sunday

This morning I finally woke up early enough to get to church on time! But then Shane got sick and I had to get everyone ready myself and we didn't have clean shirts for the boys so Nephi had to wear a sweater and Elijah wore an oversized shirt :-( 
I didn't have time to do my own hair so I had crazy space hair for church. Oh and since Shane was sick I had to cover his sunbeams class... Alone! *shudder*
By the time I got home I was so upset I had to shut myself in my room for a while to relax a bit. Mainly because of my own children! The other sunbeams were actually well behaved, it was MY kids who were being stinkers!
Shane put the kids to bed for me after dinner and we had a nice time watching YouTube videos and then a cheesy family movie on Hulu and enjoyed a nice snack together. So all in all it ended up a very nice evening.

Peace love and relax!

Saturday, August 24, 2013


It's Saturday already?! My weekend of summer break is already half over!!! And I've barely done anything to get ready for school! Yikes!!
Although we did get to hang out with my awesome friend this morning and the kids took some random pics of us
Then we went to a pool party in Huntington Beach!

We made sushi!
Right after this pic, Elijah spit it out and made a face!! I didn't get it on camera because I was laughing.

Then EmmaLily wanted me to snap a pic of her back so she could see  the X shaped burn from her swimsuit!! Ouch 

Peace, love and forever summertime!


We babysat our neighbors little girl again and went to play group which we hadn't done in forever! So glad we got to go :-)
 Then we went to Costco so I could pick up movie tickets and a pizza for dinner!
Then I picked up Karin and we went to see "Austenland" with the ladies from church. It was so much funnier than I thought it would be! Great casting, great writing, filmmaking was great in general. There were some ill advised jokes here and there but nothing stopping me from buying the bluray of it, definitely pg-13 so not for kids younger than teenage.

Went home and watched some YouTube with Karin and fell asleep!
Peace love and saucy monkey!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Bras and Bowling

I thought I would be able to wake up before Jen came to take me bra shopping! But no. I wake up to Nephi saying, "Mom, Jenni's here!" 
Aww crap.
Good thing I took my shower the night before!
Shane, wake up! You're watching the kids!
So we go to Nordstroms and I got fitted by a nice girl who I suppose I forgot to tell we didn't plan to purchase anything because she kept askin what I liked best and I didn't realize she thought we wee buying until she brought me a bunch of different colors! Oh well. I told her kindly "thank you for your help, I'm not purchasing today!"
Anyway, we got some lunch at a fun taco place afterwards. I should not have used the ghot chili sauce! It was so good though!! Then went back to my apartment and chatted while the kids played. 
Then the kids came inside and turned on cartoons and Jen and I fell asleep!! Felt good to nap, except it was so hot inside when we woke up.
I got up around 5pm which was just in time to take the kids to the homeschool group bowling and laser tag event tonight! It was so much fun I want to come back with Shane and some family too! 
Needless to say we were zonked by the time we got home at 11pm!!!
Peace love and bowling!

Stay positive, bloggers!

Here are some photos to describe my day. I think I'll leave everything up to interpretation. Needless to say I'm feeling  unmotivated to write anything at the moment for fear of being too negative or degrading to the male species.
I had a conversation with Shane about staying at home vs working that left me feeling unheard. Not the first time this happened, probably won't be the last. He knows how I feel about the subject, yet he thinks I will change my mind. I don't change my mind about something that I have thought long and hard about. 
The end.

Peace love and positivity 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A clean day

Getting to bed at 3am is gonna hurt me tomorrow! That's what happens when you wait for your hubby to get home and want to spend time with him before he falls asleep on the couch in the middle of a conversation...
Today was fun! The kids played outside and we all enjoyed the 75 degree weather :-)
Shane took off to Palmdale to tote his brothers bed back to them. Don't get me started on why he had to do that or why the bed was even being stored in our 700 square foot apartment with six people living there.
I made spaghetti squash and of course the kids all complained thinking that I had tried to trick them into thinking they were going to eat regular spaghetti! Some thanks i get for the healthy food!
After dinner we took Emmalily and her friend to activity days! Run by the wonderful sister Hanssler! She's absolutely amazing! They had a lesson on taking care of your body, staying clean, doing your hair, eating healthy, etc. I thought it was fantastic as is but she gave each of the girls a little gift filled with toiletries! Shampoo, conditioner, nail clippers, nail file, tooth paste, etc. it was so cute! EmmaLily did her nails as soon as she and home :-)

Nephi helped me clean the house after the kids fell asleep, I did my wii fit and we watched "are you afraid of the dark?" with Shane :-)
It was a really good day!

Peace love and cleanliness!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Peaches and Resolutions

Another past midnight post! I suck at this! I keep forgetting to post the stuff I write and post before midnight... Oh well, I'll get the hang of it someday! My goal is an entire year, so I've got time to organize things and set a schedule.
So I started a real weight loss journey last week! Talk about goals, it feels like August is the new January! Anyway, a year and a half ago I discovered I became allergic to dairy products after my fourth and final pregnancy :-(
So I began a lifestyle change I not only never thought I would do but I quite often mocked others for. A dairy free diet. So when I began this I started losing weight! I lost fifteen pounds total going from 200lbs to 185lbs! I'm 5'10" just so you have an idea of how big I am. So I decided to go vegan for a month and realized I felt really clean! My body was clean on the inside! I loved the feeling and not only that i had lost and extra fifteen pounds in only a month!! Unfortunately it was cold season and I caught a bad one, my hubby made chicken soup from scratch and there was no way I was gonna turn that down. But it ruined my diet! I had to have meat after that, hahaha.
Now I'm giving it another shot, starting two weeks ago I already lost four pounds!
I'm telling you this because intermittently I will be mentioning my progress.
I have also started a little workout routine using my Wii fit! I have always wanted to tell people that I lost weight playing video games and now I can!! Ha!

This morning my cute kiddos ran off to the peach tree in our apartment complex and saw a few ripe looking ones so I have the tree a shake and a bunch fell down!! I love nature! Peach trees alone are enough proof that God loves us 
We didn't do much today except drop our new car off to be serviced and go to walmart and grocery shopped much to Shane's chagrin. He hates shopping. He's more whiney than the kids! Hello, man, that makes the shopping trip worse for everyone including you! Ya big baby!
I got a bunch of ingredients and made my first recipe from the native foods cafe cookbook!! Stacked enchiladas! They were soooo good and everything was from scratch! I should have taken a photo but I was starved! It gave me some pretty fierce gas though... I think it was the tofu! I will probably have to steer clear of soy products, I might be allergic to them too :-(
My neighbor tells me I shouldn't be averted from eating any types of foods but I feel it's my body's way of cleansing itself from unnecessary toxins. I listen to my body when it tells me not to intake certain things and I feel cleaner, healthier, happier.
Speaking of happy, I found these wedding photos from a dear friends wedding last November and I love them!

Also my sweet baby niece turned four weeks old today!
πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œKahana Violet Coffin πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

So much love! Did I mention I have diagnosed myself with ADD?! Hahaha

Peace love and health!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Lazy Sunday

Today we slept in like crazy!! waking up at 1:30 in the afternoon there was absolutely no way we could slip into church and pretend like we had ben there the whole time. the jig was up! so we had a pretty lazy sunday including ice cream sunday sundaes, tv, and glowsticks!

Willow took my phone while i was putting the kids to bed an decided to take pics of herself! heres the best one that actually showed up.

I also ordered some hair dyes and soon i will look like THIS

Just kidding! I wish i could have a rainbow head! ;-)

Peace love and rainbows!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Pie Night!!

I didn't realize today was pie night for uni park ward! I was so excited to have something fun to do to distract me from not going on vacation yet that I scooped up the kiddos and ran to Mothers market to pick up some good pie ingredients! We made apple pie and chocolate haupia cream pie! I also picked up some earth balance sticks so I could have me some butter without getting sick :-)
I could also make vegan cookies and frosting and all kinds of great stuff with it!
Here's a pic of the chocolate haupia cream pie with whipped coconut cream!
I probably should have taken more photos but this was all I could think about!! Lol
The kids had so much fun playing in the stream at the park and I loved seeing all my beautiful friends! I even bumped into a good friend who is the sister of my friend told me all about the Power of Positive Thinking book and is the co owner of the blog Show Up For Life.
I love them! They are so fun and so sweet and such perfect examples of positivity and love as sisters in Zion.
She also took our family portraits last fall!!
So talented!!

Peace, Love and Pie!

Friday, August 16, 2013


Today Elijah graduated from preschool!
I'm so proud of him, not that he accomplished anything specific, just proud to have an awesome kid who has grown and learned so much this past year! 

Teacher Marcos
Teacher Maria 
Teacher Emily 

Love peace and graduation!