Finding Good in Bad Situation!

Hello and Lenwo! I took a break from writing here for a while now since we moved to our new place. Same city, new house! And a lot of things had happened since then, the school started, we have a 3rd grader, 5th grader, an 8th grader and a home preschooler. 🙂 they are growing up way too fast. :- pretty soon, Ava will start school too and I will be home alone, what am I going to do with myself?! I don’t know yet, and its kind of sad to think about it. 🙁 I told them all the time to STOP GROWING, but they won’t! 🙂 img_6062

on a happy note, we are all settled in our new place now. I sure believe in the saying that goes, “Everything happens for a reason!” its a FRESH NEW START!

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It took us 3 weeks to find our new place. And during these time, we literally live out of our suitcase and backpacks, and it was kind of fun in someways. 🙂 We packed our day to day clothes and just kept hopping from hotels, vacation rental houses, and AirB&B rentals. Despite all these moving around day by day, I can say the least that its definitely fun and refreshing. Its just what we needed to do as a family.  We even took a little trip up to Oregon and spent couple days there.

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The kids love staying at hotels, but Ava shows the most excitement. 🙂

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This little town called Trinidad is very beautiful. We spent few nights there, waking up to ocean view every morning, and just walked down to the beach.

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And then the last place we stayed at was like a farm house. It was Tyler’s colleague’s Airbnb rental and her husband. There were fresh eggs, apples and pears, garden salad, chickens and dogs, and we even got to help make pressed fresh apple juice. God Bless this couples’ heart for their generosity and kindness.

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We spent most of our nights sleeping together on the floor at this house, which was so comfortable and cozy. We go island style here. 🙂

I feel so Grateful for all the people who reached out to us during that time. I was reminded again of how Good God is. He has plans for us, and if we give our all and believe in him, he will take care of us. God is Great!

And just like that, we have a place to live!

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Reminder of the day: BE POSITIVE!

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.

 

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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

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Ava orders smoothie while in her swimming pool 🙂

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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.

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My first 5 mile beach race.   IMG_5466 IMG_5467

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

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



 

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. 🙂

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MASHELL

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T-RYAN

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MAMA

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AVANI

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LIANA

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I might print these out! 🙂

Sweet moments!

Every picture has a story, and this one is a sweet one. Papa has been sick for the past couple days where he has to sleep in a different room separate from all the girls. Ava woke up yesterday morning from her deep sleep and immediately asked to go see him, and this is what I came out to see. 🙂 She misses him! So sweet. She fell asleep on his shoulder, and when I took her to go put her back to bed, she wouldn’t let me, she slept on him for almost an hour. 🙂 it touches my heart so deeply. I love moments like this.

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another sweet moment..the other day was my mom’s birthday, (first one without me calling her to wish her well) and so to honor her special day, I asked the girls to go around the backyard and find all beautiful flowers they could find. we all gathered all these lovely flowers, and it reminded me so much about mama.

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My mom loves flowers and she likes to make mwaramwar (a braided flower we put on our head). I thought about you mama the whole time I made this mwaramwar.

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Mashell enjoying the hammock.

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Tyler took the kids to the forest while I did zumba. banana slugs and redwood trees. 🙂

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our garden is doing so well, we harvested these and have taco night.

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and lastly a picture at the beach when we were invited to a beach party by some fellow Micronesian. The food was so good!

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All sweet moments!