Summer Pictures

our first summer here in north coast Cali was kind of slow and random. we had a summer to do list and pretty much did MOST of them.


Can you spot the banana slugs?

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Bike ride to the beach on a foggy morning. It was pretty fun we built a “teepee” and spent about couple hrs at the beach and an hr each way back and forth.

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4th of July Spirit!

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then lots of colorful pancakes for breakfast


Ava orders smoothie while in her swimming pool 🙂


Then right in the middle of summer, the boys left to Kosrae to visit family. and while they were gone, we spent most time reading, baking cobbler, skateboarding, meeting friends at the park, crafting, going to the store and just hanging out.

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a free bag of sweet strawberries, we volunteered at a local farm. I made flower scented coconut oil/body lotion. it smells very good, all natural.

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i took the girls to zumba class.


My first 5 mile beach race.   IMG_5466 IMG_5467

and then the boys came back after 3 weeks which felt like 3 years. 🙂


Highlights of this summer in pictures! its a good summer!


Chicken chili and Blackberry Cobbler

I just made chicken chili for dinner, and it was surprisingly GOOOOD! for so many reasons. first of all, I know this picture does not look that appetizing but its the only picture I took after realizing its the best chili I’ve ever made.image

So all the reasons for this chicken chili post; I rarely make chili in general, but today I just craved for it. I even thought twice about making it thinking the kids won’t eat it. But I was sooo wrong about that part. They even went for second serve. Usually we have leftovers on dishes I make for dinner but I guess its that good there’s not one scoop left. 🙂 I still think the secret ingredient that really make this chicken chili savory was the FRESH BASIL FROM OUR GARDEN! 🙂 it really gives a nice balance taste to it. 🙂 the recipe is from food network i googled but i made little adjustments.


  • 1 piece of chicken breast
  • 1 pork sausage
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 1 15.5 oz black chili beans
  • 1 14.5 oz diced tomatoes with green chili
  • 2 tsp chili seasoning
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 4 fresh basil leaves minced

its blackberry season. better yet, its free blackberry season where we live. there’s blackberry bushes everywhere, in our backyard, on the side of the trail close to our place and even on the side of our road. But, the only down side is that we need the rain to wash off the dust on the ones by our dirt dusty road. 🙂

anyways, we picked these this morning because I wanted to make blackberry cobbler. I just google blackberry cobbler and betty crocker popular one came up, so that’s the one we tried and it was sooo good esp when we put french vanilla ice cream on top while its still warm. Yum!


it was a little hard to stop them from eating em so we can make cobbler. 🙂


we found a pretty easy yet yummy recipe. so easy the girls helped me make it.

we added just a few strawberries that Mashell chopped up to the blackberries, and Liana mix them up with sugar and a squeeze of a half lemon.

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This looks really good


This mini chef is in training. fun baking with them.

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Mashell had an idea of swirling it up to make a marble effect.


and ice cream on top. it was tart and sweet from the ice cream. it other words, its PERFECT! HAPPY FACES!



  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • half lemon
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup melted butter



Willow Creek, Cali

We took a drive about an hour inland to find a river to swim in, and oh what a difference it makes. The temperature rises about 20 degrees to 82 with humidity and it felt good to me. Because we live so close to the coast and we get the breezy feel all the time, it actually feels like summer when we went inland. Its a very small town called Willow Creek, about 45 min drive from where we live.


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Mashell and I were trying to do trick on this board. 🙂 It was so FUN to me, at least. The water felt so good with the scorching hot weather.


food always tastes better by the water. it was so hot that we need to constantly get in the water or drink and make sure the kids get there hats on.



there was a park pretty close to the river so we stopped for a while to cool off.

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We got this whole park all to ourselves. it’s a small town alright. 🙂


and then dinner, because we know we’ll be too tired to cook when we get home. 🙂


There is so much and too many cool places to discover in California. 🙂



Family Portraits

 IMG_4128since my friend asked me to make graduation leis for her daughter, I’ve been

making them for fun, and all these flowers are from the backyard. Its so relaxing and it reminds me of home too every time I make leis or even just looking at flowers.

Mashell created these collage and I just love them. 🙂












I might print these out! 🙂