12.27.2013

Bumpdate! {Week 15}




How far along: 15 weeks! 

Baby size: Baby is the size of an apple, is 4 inches long, and weighs about 1.75 ounces!

Weight gain: I still don't have a scale at home, but I'm guessing I'm still about 4 pounds down from my starting weight. Eating is still a chore, but I don't think I've lost any more weight, which is good.

Maternity clothes: I've been wearing my maternity pants EVERY DAY and I'm loving them!

Stretch marks: Nope.

Sleep: Sleep has been okay. I have been having a lot of back pain and am finding it harder to find a comfortable position. I spend the night shifting from my left side to my back, then back to my left side...

Gender: We are getting SOOO close! We have our "big ultrasound" scheduled with my doctor for January 24th, but just knowing that we could find out sooner than that is REALLY tempting me! I'll admit I'm looking into paying to have done earlier! =) 

Best moment this week: I felt pretty good on Christmas Day and it was so nice to just relax and eat a decent amount of food! I still wish I could have eaten more, but I'll take whatever I can get right now!    

Looking forward to: I have officially gone a WHOLE week without throwing up and I HOPE I'm past that stage!!! Did I just jinx myself???

Movement: I don't think so... it's still too early, right? I have felt a lot of "rumbling" in my tummy, but I don't think any of it is from the baby yet. I can't wait for that, though! 

Food cravings: Not really. I still turn to chocolate pudding when I need a snack, but I'm still not craving anything. I did eat a bazillion cutie oranges this week, which I think helped me when I was feeling really nauseous.   

Anything making you sick or queasy: Yes. Still, mostly everything.

Symptoms: Nausea, CRAZY headaches, indigestion, and back pain. This baby is just not letting me off the hook! 

Missing: (Still) My appetite! I just want food to be enjoyable again! 

Belly Button in or out: In.

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Mood: This week was a pretty good week for me! It's crazy how your definition of feeling "good" can change so much when you're pregnant. If I were just my normal, non-pregnant self, I would probably be saying that I feel awful, but compared to how I felt weeks 6-13 of my pregnancy, I am feeling good! I'm just happy to be able to focus on things other than trying not to throw up. 

Nursery: Well, I know that our baby will be sharing a room with us, because we only have one bedroom, so I've been on the hunt (online) for a "smaller-than-normal" crib and I think I found the perfect one! This crib is smaller than a standard crib, can wheel around, and can fold up if needed! I think I'm in love! I want to create a cute little "nursery nook" in our room, but plan on wheeling the crib to the side of our bed at night, so I think this would work great!   

Work outs: This week I had more physical activity than I've gotten in a while. Our living situation is a bit confusing, but to make a long story short, we have moved into a one bedroom condo that my mother-in-law was living in and now she is in the process of moving into a two bedroom condo in the next building over. So, this week was a lot of packing/unpacking and moving things around. Don't worry! I didn't lift anything heavy, but I did a lot of bending over, unpacking, and organizing this week! 

12.21.2013

Bumpdate! {Week 14}

How far along: 14 weeks! (And 1 day... because this is late!)

Baby size: Baby is the size of a lemon, is 3.4 inches long, and weighs about 1.5 ounces!

Weight gain: I still don't have a scale at home, but I'm guessing I'm still about 4 pounds down from my starting weight. =( Eating is still a chore, so I doubt I've gained anything this week.  

Maternity clothes: I GOT SOME MATERNITY PANTS THIS WEEK! My mother-in-law bought them for me as an early Christmas gift and I LOVE them! They are so much more comfortable than the hair-tie-around-the-button-awkward-open-zipper-that-digs-into-you-when-you-sit-down thing I had going on for the past few weeks! I have three pair for now - dark skinny jeans, black skinny's for work, and a pair of olive green skinny's, which might be my fave! 

Stretch marks: Nope.

Sleep: Sleep has been pretty good lately - except for the fact that I stay up too late and then have to wake up too early - but that's just my fault! I'm pretty tired during the day and always think "tonight I'm going to bed early!" but it never happens. Oops.

Gender: Well... we officially have a girls name... like a first AND middle name... so does that mean we will have a boy? Haha. If so, we don't have a CLUE what we will be naming him!  

Best moment this week: Probably the maternity pants! Seriously, they're awesome.  

Looking forward to: Going a FULL week without throwing up. I was REALLY close this week, but then on the day that I tuned 14 weeks, BAM. I threw up and spent an awful day on the couch feeling miserable. WHY? WHY???

Movement: Not yet! Well, do gas bubbles count? Ha.

Food cravings: Bleh. No. Well, I guess I did go out to buy a pineapple and a watermelon this week and both tasted pretty good when I ate them, so maybe that was a craving?  

Anything making you sick or queasy: Yes. Still, mostly everything.

Symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, CRAZY headaches, indigestion, and back pain. This baby is just not letting me off the hook! 

Missing: (Still) My appetite! I just want food to be enjoyable again! 

Belly Button in or out: In.

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Mood: I felt like I was pretty positive this week! (Excluding my horrible day yesterday. I had a full on pity party for myself.) I am still nauseous all day, every day, but it is nowhere near how bad it used to be. I can actually walk around in public and think about things other than "Okay... where is the nearest trash can/door/bathroom where I can throw up if I need to...", so that's been nice. 

Nursery: Well, I know that our baby will be sharing a room with us, because we only have one bedroom, so I've been on the hunt (online) for a "smaller-than-normal" crib and I think I found the perfect one! This crib is smaller than a standard crib, can wheel around, and can fold up if needed! I think I'm in love! I want to create a cute little "nursery nook" in our room, but plan on wheeling the crib to the side of our bed at night, so I think this would work great!   

Work outs: This week I had more physical activity than I've gotten in a while. Our living situation is a bit confusing, but to make a long story short, we have moved into a one bedroom condo that my mother-in-law was living in and now she is in the process of moving into a two bedroom condo in the next building over. So, this week was a lot of packing/unpacking and moving things around. Don't worry! I didn't lift anything heavy, but I did a lot of bending over, unpacking, and organizing this week! 

Well, that's it for my 14 week update! It feels so good to be this far along and I hope and pray it gets better as time goes. I absolutely CANNOT wait to find out if our little baby is a boy or a girl!!! We have scheduled the ultrasound for January 24th, so one month to go! See you all next week! 

*ATH*

12.13.2013

Bumpdate! {Week 13}



How far along: 13 weeks!

Baby size: Baby is the size of a peach, is 3 inches long, and weighs about 1 ounce!

Weight gain: I had a doctors appointment today and unfortunately I have lost about 4 pounds from my starting weight. Hopefully I will begin gaining soon! 

Maternity clothes: Still using the handy-dandy hair tie! 

Stretch marks: Nope.

Sleep: Once I fall asleep, I sleep pretty good, but lately it has been taking me FOREVER to fall asleep, even though I'm SO tired. 

Gender: After the doctor heard the heartbeat today, she is guessing girl! I think I'm still leaning towards it being a girl too! 

Best moment this week: The best moment this week was hearing the baby's heartbeat today! It is so reassuring to hear it and know that everything is okay in there. Apparently the doctor could also hear that the baby was moving a lot, which is fun to think about! =) 

Looking forward to: Feeling better! I am still throwing up a few times a week, but am glad that I'm starting to have some good(ish) days in-between. Come on second trimester, please be good to me!!!

Movement: Not yet!

Food cravings: No. Food still makes me sick to even think about, but this week I seemed to turn to Craisins and Salt & Vinegar chips. 

Anything making you sick or queasy: Yes. Still, mostly everything.

Symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, headaches, and I'm sooo tired, especially in the late afternoon. 

Missing: My appetite! I just want food to be enjoyable again! 

Belly Button in or out: In.

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Mood: My mood this week was okay. I am thankful to be feeling at least a little bit better and I really hope things continue to head in that direction! 

Nursery: Same answer as before. Still not sure, but I've been adding lots to my Pinterest board and can't wait to start collecting all of the things we'll need!  

Work outs: I wouldn't say that I'm "working out" by any stretch of the imagination, but Josh and I took a pretty decent walk into Waikiki from our condo this past week and it was nice!  

12.11.2013

A Day at Disney's Aulani Resort!

YOU GUYS! Guess what?!? We actually did something really fun this week! Haha. Oh man, it felt so good to get out of the house and actually enjoy this beautiful island that we call home - for the first time in over 2 months. To be honest, sometimes I would forget that we live here in Hawaii, because my days had turned into work, sleep, work, sleep (with plenty of throw up sessions in between) and nothing else. 

I found out about a month ago that my grandma and her sister were going to be flying over to stay a week at Disney's Aulani Resort and Spa that is here on Oahu and I was SO excited - but also terrified. What if I was still so sick that I couldn't get out of bed? Ugh. I hated the thought of not being able to enjoy any time with them or being able to go check out the resort. Lucky for me, I had just hit the 12 week mark and was feeling (cautiously) okay enough to enjoy a day out! 

We had SOOO much fun exploring the water park. I mean, all I can say is DISNEY - you never fail me. Everything they do is just over-the-top amazing and not a single detail was missed at this resort!


I somewhat paid for my "day of fun" the next morning (is there such a thing as a pregnancy hangover? Ha) but it was well worth it! I'm so glad that I'm starting to have some good days sprinkled in with the bad and pray that it will only continue to get better as the weeks go by! 

*ATH*

12.06.2013

Bumpdate! {Week 12}

How far along: 12 weeks!

Baby size: Baby is the size of a lime, is 2 inches long, and weighs about .5 ounces!

Weight gain: Still 130 lbs. Hopefully I'll start gaining soon!

Maternity clothes: Still using the handy-dandy hair tie! 

Stretch marks: Nope.

Sleep: The nights are now up and down for me. (Improvement!?) Some nights are okay, but some nights I am still pretty nauseous as I try to sleep.

Gender: I think I'm still leaning to the girl side. Josh is sure it's a girl!

Best moment this week: The best moment this week was definitely getting out of the house on one of my days off! I still threw up that morning, and still felt a little queasy while shopping, but I WENT TO TARGET and DRANK A (decaf) STARBUCKS! It was scary, but I did it! 

Looking forward to: The dang second trimester! I am sooo close! 

Movement: Not yet.

Food cravings: Hmm... not really. Everything still sounds pretty gross to me. EXCEPT, one day, all I could think about "maybe" eating was Chick-fil-A waffle fries dipped in Polynesian and Chick-fil-A sauce. Hawaii stinkin' NEEDS a Chick-fil-A! I seriously don't know how I am going to survive this pregnancy without one. =( 

Anything making you sick or queasy: Yes. Still, mostly everything.

Symptoms: Something strange happened to me this past week. My "throw up schedule" used to be completely random and would most often happen in the evening or at night. After I hit 11 weeks, though, I have started throwing up every.single.morning. without fail. The upside to this is that I typically feel "better" afterwards and can actually eat something before I head to work. Don't get me wrong, I am still nauseous ALL day, but it isn't as intense as it used to be. I still have the other symptoms too... fatigue, headaches, and sore boobs. 

Missing: Eating all of the yummy holiday treats that are around this time of year, and shopping! I want to go Christmas shopping so bad, but am still afraid to venture out of the house... especially for long periods of time. I did participate in cyber Monday, though! =)

Belly Button in or out: In.

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Mood: Getting better! I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel... I think... I hope! I still have my moments when I feel discouraged and just plain TIRED of feeling sick 24/7, but I can sense a slight improvement, so that's been encouraging. 

Nursery: Same answer as before. Still not sure, but I've been adding lots to my Pinterest board and can't wait to start collecting all of the things we'll need!  

Work outs: Still, no. Sorry for my bitterness about this last week. I need to start doing something active soon! Maybe walks in the evening? Does that count? We'll see. 

11.29.2013

Bumpdate! {Week 11}


How far along: 11 weeks!

Baby size: Baby is the size of a fig, is 1.6 inches long, and weighs about .25 ounces!

Weight gain: I still haven't bought a scale, but I doubt I've gained anything yet. =(

Maternity clothes: Still using the handy-dandy hair tie! 

Stretch marks: Nope.

Sleep: I am still nauseous as I sleep and am still feeling SUPER sick whenever I turn over or change positions, so I try to stay flat on my back most of the night.

Gender: This week I'm really thinking it's a girl for some reason. =)

Best moment this week: Thanks to the Thanksgiving holiday, I had an extra day off from work this week! I think that's the best I can come up with...

Looking forward to: The day when I will not feel like I'm on the verge of dying.

Movement: Nope.

Food cravings: Still no cravings, and still nothing that sounds "good", BUT plain bagels with butter and chocolate pudding are two things I have been able to keep down this week. 

Anything making you sick or queasy: Mostly everything.

Symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, headaches, fatigue, sore boobs, getting out of breath easily, and crying. WOW, the headaches definitely stepped up their game this week! I thought things couldn't get worse, but try throwing up while you have a pounding headache on top of that! SO not fun. I'm not sure if I have been crying more because of hormones, or because I'm just so emotionally and physically drained. Probably both. 

Missing: I'm kind of missing everything this week. Enjoying food, sleeping well, being able to stand at the mirror to do my hair and make-up, shopping, crafting, the beach, going out on my days off... the list could go on. 

Belly Button in or out: In.

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Mood: Still not great this week. I definitely had a major breakdown and said things like "I can't do this anymore" and stuff like that. Each day just feels like a bad dream that I try to forget so I can move on to the next. 

Nursery: I'm still not sure what we'll be doing about a nursery, but I'm excited for the day when I have the energy to care and start planning! 

Work outs: No. People who tell me to exercise to feel better kind of make me want to punch them in the face. Maybe it could help, but while I have barely anything in my stomach and am trying not to throw up every waking moment, exercise it NOT on my mind. Sorry, folks.

Well, that's it for week eleven! I'm sorry that the updates have been on the negative side so far. I am PRAYING that by week twelve I will start feeling at least a little bit better. It's been a rough, ROUGH first trimester and I am more than ready to move on to the next! Thanks for checking in and I'll see you all next week! 

*ATH*

11.22.2013

Bumpdate! {Week 10}



How far along: 10 weeks!

Baby size: Baby is the size of a prune, is 1.2 inches long, and weighs about .14 ounces!

Weight gain: I don't have a scale at home (I need to buy one!) but I'm pretty sure I've either lost a little or stayed the same. Hoping to start gaining soon!

Maternity clothes: Not yet! I did purchase the Bella Band to wear around my unbuttoned and unzipped pants, but I actually prefer the "hair tie method" for now.

Stretch marks: Nope.

Sleep: Hmm... I guess I'm sleeping okay. I feel nauseous 24/7, so that includes when I'm asleep. If I turn from one side to the other in the middle of the night, I feel like everything in my stomach sloshes around and it makes me feel like I'm about to throw up. Gross huh? It's definitely not fun. =(

Gender: Who knows!? I go back and forth all the time! Part of me thinks it's a girl because I've been SO SICK, but then again, I know a few people who were really sick even with their boys. We will be SUPER excited either way!

Best moment this week: Seeing our baby for the first time! I was so happy to hear the heartbeat and see it moving and kicking its little arms and legs! I am so thankful that everything looks perfect so far!

Looking forward to: The first trimester being OVER. I am so, so, so, over this sickness stuff.

Movement: Nope.

Food cravings: Food? Cravings? NO. NO. NO. I wish there was just ONE thing that I would crave, but at the moment all food is disgusting to me. Let's stop talking about food.

Anything making you sick or queasy: YES. Everything. The end.

Symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, headaches, fatigue, sore boobs, and I get out of breath easily.

Missing: Vlogging! I always thought that when we got pregnant we would film EVERYTHING. I wasn't expecting to be so sick that I literally could not do more than barely keep myself alive. I want to get back to making videos soon!

Belly Button in or out: In.

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Mood: Want me to be honest? I've probably been in a bad mood for a month straight. I don't handle being sick very well, I guess, and it has gotten me pretty down. Josh says things like "Be positive! The sickness will probably end soon!" or "Try smiling more and you might feel a little better." I mostly just want to cry and then scream "YOU OBVIOUSLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW I FEEL RIGHT NOW!" Poor Joshie. Seriously though, he's been awesome!

Nursery: We recently moved out of our studio apartment and into a one bedroom condo. I'm not really sure how the whole nursery thing is going to work. Maybe the baby will be out on the lanai? Or in the closet? Ha. I'm not joking.

Work outs: Sadly, a big fat NO. When I'm not at work, I'm in bed, and that's just how it's going to be until I can eat and drink a decent amount and keep it all down! Our new condo has a nice pool, so hopefully when I'm feeling better I can start swimming!

That's it for the week 10 update! See you next week! =)

*ATH*




11.19.2013

Bumpdate! {Part Two}

(Continued...)

The days following that positive test were a blur! We broke the news to our parents (they were all SO excited) and to other close family and friends. I called and made a doctors appointment and we talked about how long we would wait to make the news public. We both agreed that we couldn't wait the recommended twelve weeks. No way, Jose. (To those of you who wait/waited that long to tell... I tip my hat to you, because I am not good at keeping secrets!) We decided we would announce the news on Halloween, the day of my first doctors visit!

Up until the middle of my 5th week of pregnancy, I was like, "I've got this! I feel fine! Maybe I won't have any of those horrible symptoms that some women get. Man, I feel so bad for them." 

HOLY.MOLY.I.WAS.WRONG.

Right on cue, as I approached the 6th week, terrible things started to happen. My birthday, which fell smack-dab during this time, was my first real day of symptoms. That morning when I got out of bed, Josh had flowers waiting for me, had cooked me biscuits and gravy for breakfast (YUM!), and had orange juice and decaf coffee waiting for me. The problem? I couldn't eat it. It looked so good, and smelled so good, but I could not get down more than a few bites. This is when panic set in. "Oh, no, what is happening? This isn't suppose to happen to ME." Ha. So naive. 


It was a downward spiral from there. Later that day we decided to get out and do some birthday shopping, but for some reason THE MALL SMELLED WEIRD. I'm not joking. I couldn't handle the way the mall smelled, so we had to leave. We then tried to go to dinner at our favorite restaurant and I could barely make it through. I managed to eat more than I had a breakfast, but it was tough - and a real bummer for me. 

Weeks 6-9 have pretty much all looked the same. I have been nauseous 24/7 since October 23rd, with no day of relief in sight. 4 weeks of constant nausea, throwing up, no appetite WHATSOEVER, bad sleep, and working 40 hours a week, has done quite a number on me. Basically when I'm not at work, I'm in bed. I've been struggling to feel as happy and excited as I always thought I would be. I feel like I'm in survival mode - literally surviving each day just to be able to mark it off the calendar. Ugh. Can the first trimester be over yet? Please? Then again, I guess I'm not guaranteed that my symptoms will go away after week 12, but boy am I praying they do.

Here's a little glimpse of what the past 4 weeks have looked like in iphone photos:


Top Ramen and YouTube.
Trying to survive at work. If I eat one more Saltine I think I will die.
The work day is so miserable that sometimes on my lunch break I just lay in the car. =(
My mother-in-law bought me this ginger syrup to mix into drinks. It helps a little.
It's sad when taking two bites is considered a "success." It's also sad that I ate McDonalds. Oops.
No "baby-bump" yet, but my pants are too tight to button! Hair ties save the day! =)
We have our first ultrasound scheduled for this Friday (11/22) and I am REALLY looking forward to it. I think actually seeing that there is something growing and moving inside of me will make me realize that all of this suffering is worth it - there will be a prize at the end! Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers that everything will go well! We can't wait to see this little baby for the first time!!!

*ATH*




11.18.2013

Bumpdate! {Part One}

Well, hello blogland! I am going to do the best I can to FINALLY sit down sit up and write a little update on my pregnancy so far. (P.S. Can I just say that it still sounds so bizarre to say those words... "my pregnancy"?) Sometimes I think my brain still doesn't believe that something, or someone, is really in there, which is crazy, because I am definitely feeling the side effects of pregnancy in full force! I suppose I should start at the beginning of the story, so here we go!

My husband, Josh, and I have been married for over 5 years. We got married at 19 and I'm sure a lot of people thought we were a little "crazy in the head", but we knew it was the right step for us. Of course, getting married so young and being in the middle of our college years, pregnancy was always a concern. We really wanted it to be something that we were "ready" for - something that was planned. Waiting 5 long years, for me, was pretty much torture. I knew it was the right thing for us to wait, but it was so hard! 

I can't remember the first time that we had "the talk" about possibly being ready, because I'm sure it was something that I brought up on a pretty regular basis, but I would say that by the middle of the summer, after we hit the 5 year mark on marriage, it began to be something that we discussed a lot more seriously. (Keep in mind, I am using the term "ready" loosely here. Of course there are always a gazillion more things you could check off the list before being really ready, but does that day really exist? I don't think so.)

By August we were actually "trying" to get pregnant, which was so surreal. Pregnancy had been something that we had avoided for so long, that it almost felt like "Hold on! What are we doing!? Are we sure this is okay!?" Ha. I was constantly reminding myself that we were adults - 25 year old adults. When did that happen? Crazy. 

It only took us two months of trying until we saw those two glorious lines on a home pregnancy test! That was one crazy day. I really didn't think I was pregnant, even though I was 4 days late, and I did NOT want to take a test because I didn't want to be disappointed with a negative result. BUT I was driving Josh insane! (I am so thankful, for his sake, that it only took us two months of trying, because I kind of turned into a crazy person. Ha.) He pretty much begged me to just take it already, so I did. 

On Wednesday, October 16th, early in the morning, I went into the bathroom and took the test. The box said to give it 3 minutes to show the result, which I was fully convinced would be negative. I peed, hit the timer on my phone, and reached to set the test on the counter. Before I could fully set it down, THERE WERE TWO LINES! I'm pretty sure my whole body went numb. I didn't laugh, or cry, or scream, or smile, or anything. I just stared - for a looong time. I finally gathered myself enough to open the door and walk out where Josh was waiting for me, and I just said "It's positive." He immediately smiled and yelled "I knew it! This is so exciting!!!" I have to say, he had always been the more hesitant one, so the fact that he was sounding confident and excited about it really helped me to snap out of my shock and fear a bit. =)


Without much time to let things sink in, we had to scramble to get ready and head off to work, but that was a pretty special day when it was just our little secret. =)

(To be continued...)    

11.01.2013

We've Got Some News!!!


We could not be more thrilled! We are due June of next year and can't wait to welcome this sweet baby into our lives! I have been pretty sick the past few weeks, so sorry I've been MIA lately. Fingers crossed this morning ALL DAY LONG sickness will cut me some slack in the coming weeks - I really miss eating for enjoyment. ;) 

I'm sure this space will become a place to show some fun baby DIY's and to document the growing bump, so stay tuned! 

*ATH* 

9.20.2013

Apple Fritters {A Recipe}



September calls for Apple Fritters, am I right??? They were SO delicious and definitely helped to get me in the Fall spirit! 

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Apple Fritter Recipe 

-1 cup flour
-1/8 cup white sugar
-1/2 tablespoon baking powder
-1 teaspoon cinnamon 
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 egg
-2/3 cup milk
-2 apples, peeled and cored

-oil for frying
-confectioners' sugar for dusting

In a medium bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together eggs and milk. Stir milk mixture into flour mixture until smooth.

Heat oil to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) in a deep pot or skillet.

Slice apples into rings. Dip apple slices in batter and fry, a few at a time, turning once, until golden. Drain on a metal cooling rack and dust with confectioners' sugar.

EAT! 

9.16.2013

Finding Fall












This is my first Fall in Hawaii, and I've been bracing myself for it. I love living here, but I'll admit that part of me misses the "change in weather" that I'm used to. Living in a place that {pretty much} has the same weather year-round has many pros, but for me, a few cons too. So, I've decided, if the outside isn't going to change, then the inside sure as heck will! 

Now, just FIY, I very regretfully left most of my Fall and Christmas decorations behind when we moved. Shipping is expensive, y'all! This meant that I was starting from scratch in the "decor" department and on a tight budget. Boo. 

So, my first plan of action was to RAID Bath and Body Works. Oh.My.Goodness.Gracious. I am a sucker for Fall scents and when I say "raid", I mean it. I settled on my two favorite scents - Cider Lane and Farmstand Apple. I even bought a "smelly thing" for the car, so it smells like fall in there too! Ha. Next I bought a few things at a craft store here in town, but that place was kind of pricey! Can I just make a shout-out to Michael's right now? {Michael's, I miss you and your coupons!!! Can you come to Hawaii please?} Lastly, I added some Fall colored M&M's and called it good! 

I really love this time of year and I am determined to convince myself that it is Fall over here in Hawaii. If that means sweating a little bit so I can wear my leather boots and a sweater or two, then so be it. =) 

Do the seasons change where you live? What's your favorite thing about Fall? 

*ATH*


9.12.2013

Enjoying the View


These hills {mountains?} peek through the tall buildings that are scattered around Waikiki. I have always noticed them, but had never really stopped to take them in. The past few evenings on our drive home from work, I have especially noticed how the light hits them as the sun is beginning to set. Really, these pictures don't even do them justice. They are STUNNING. It is so easy to come home at the end of a work day and get caught up in all of the things that need to get done, but every once in a while it's important to stop and enjoy what's around you. It was a nice time to pause and reflect on the day and is something I hope to start doing more often. 

*ATH*