Hawaii Vacation Food Recap


Hello friends! I posted some pictures from our Hawaii vacation earlier this week and now I am moving on to the food we ate! We definitely ate well on vacation, although we cooked ourselves the majority of the time. Eating out with that many people would have just been a pain and way too expensive. Of course we made exceptions for some of our Hawaii favorites like poke, malasadas (which are similar to donuts but not as sweet (shown in front) and shaved ice. Let's start with malasadas- they are a Portuguese confection, similar to a donut (front box) and they are amazing. They only make … [Read more...]

Hawaii Vacation Recap


I am back from our 3 week vacation in Hawaii. We had a fabulous time and ended up with very spotty wifi so blogging wasn't doable. Sorry to leave you hanging for that long, but I know you understand! Since it will take me a little bit longer to get into the groove of blogging, I thought I could share some of vacation with you. Every other year the majority of our family gathers in Hawaii for a family reunion/vacation. This time we spent 10 days in Kauai and 11 days in Oahu, with our family (my husband's siblings and their families, my mother-in-law and my parents for the second half). … [Read more...]

A Military Homecoming


Nine month deployment to Afghanistan...coming home Memorial Day. There are no words. So I will tell you a story in pictures....from the hours spent before his arrival waiting at a friend's house, to the anxious hour waiting at the airport, and finally when the guys appeared before their loved ones. Seriously one of the best moments of my life. Photographs by Bonnie Hussey … [Read more...]

Four Month Baby Update


Ok so I am a bit inconsistent with postpartum or baby updates but that's okay because I am going to give you one right now! Miss Evangeline is 4 months old today! I have been beyond blessed- she is such an easy child! Yes, my other 3 were also really good babies, but she wins the prize. Perhaps it's because she is a 4th child....or maybe it's just her personality. She doesn't cry a whole lot- just for usual baby stuff like when she is getting tired. Even when she has a dirty diaper she just kind of does this baby talk/yell sort of thing where it sounds like she is complaining, not … [Read more...]

Cooking With Kids & Resurrection Cookies

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The kitchen has always been the center of our home. My parent's kitchen has always been THE place to congregate- there is a huge island and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to their backyard. Whenever I go home, cooking dinner with extending family is what we do. The wine is poured, the appetizers are out and dinner in progress. It's always such a lovely time. Those face-to-face conversations in the kitchen are priceless and always flow so naturally over cooking food. Because of growing up with a focus on the kitchen as a place to gather, I love getting my children involved in … [Read more...]

Evangeline’s Birth Story- Part 2


Thanks for your patience in waiting for part 2 of Evangeline's birth story. You can read part 1 HERE if you haven't already! So this is where we left off, I went into the hospital Friday night December 27th.... I checked in, got sent back to a room around 5:30pm. The nurse on duty came to chat with me. She explained since my cervix was not favorable earlier in the day, that they would start by giving me a cervix ripening pill called misoprostol. I immediately felt dread. Having a miserable head cold and not having my husband there made me want to go running home....not stay up all … [Read more...]

Evangeline’s Birth Story- Part 1


Ok friends, grab a cup of coffee and make yourself comfortable. Today I am sharing some of the details of my birth story and although it's a day I'll never forget, it is easy to mix things up so I wanted to jot it all down before I forget. Friday December 27th was a special day, my daughter's 5th birthday! Unfortunately I had two appointments scheduled early in the day, but then planned on coming home to celebrate afterwards. I started out at my weekly check-up (which you start doing at 36 weeks) where they do the basics- check weight, blood pressure and for me they also did … [Read more...]

Welcoming Baby!!


Happy 2014 friends! We ended the year with the most perfect gift, our baby GIRL was born just a few days before the new year! She is absolutely perfect in every way. Welcome to the world Evangeline May, born December 28th at 8:44pm, weighing 7 pounds 7 ounces, measuring 19 1/2 inches. We are recovering well and I can't wait to share more about her birth story soon! … [Read more...]

Exciting News!!!


I feel like I've been away from the world of blogging forever. Truly. Such an abnormal past month for me. Food has been far, far away from my mind. In fact, the majority of food pretty much makes me sick. And I can't go another day without telling you my secret and the reason why! I am super excited to announce that I am pregnant with #4! I know, crazy!! I am still in shock that I will be a mother of four children! Growing up with one brother, when I was younger I always imagined I'd have 2 kids as well, but once I started having them I knew that wasn't my path. My husband and I … [Read more...]

A Washington Catch & Meal Planning

Razor Clams

I am so excited that DietBet starts tomorrow! You still have time to sign up and even if you decide to join in later you can (you will just have less time to lose the your body weight). Remember the deal each player puts $25 into the pot. You set the goal to lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks and if you succeed, you get to split the pot with the other players that lose. I think it will be a great motivational tool and it's a great time at the start of the new year to get healthy. Like I mentioned before, I am hosting the DietBet and although I don't need to lose 4% of my body weight, I am … [Read more...]