A Sunday well spent.....


Sundays are put aside for family time, and this Sunday was no exception. We got together with my sister's family. I am sure I mentioned before about how thankful I am for my sister moving back here last year- it means we could spend more time together, especially since our kids get along so well, we could spend hours together and that still won't be enough. 

We got together this Sunday for lunch and an egg hunt, the kids had so much fun. 




Individual Pavlova's





We love the pavlova meringue cake in our house, but my least favorite part is cutting the cake and serving it because it kinda just breaks apart and doesn't make a pretty presentation. 
Which is why I turned the large cake recipe into individual servings. It is great portion control and you don't need to cut and serve it. Plus, I think they look adorable. 

The recipe makes 12 individual pavlovas. 

Ingredients:

3 egg whites
1 pinch of salt
1 cup of white sugar
1 TB cornstarch
1 tsp lemon juice
1 1/4 cups of heavy cream
1/2 cup of sugar
Fresh berries: raspberries, strawberries, black berries or blueberries

1/2 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
In a large bowl, beat egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form. Add 3/4 cup of the sugar gradually, while continuing to whip. Make sure sugar is completely dissolved. Mix together the remaining 1/4 cup sugar with the cornstarch; lightly fold into meringue with lemon juice.

Divide the meringue mixture into 6 circles on each sheet.  Using a spoon, make a small dent inside each meringue for the filling. 



Bake at 300 degrees F for 30 minutes. Turn off oven, but leave the meringues in oven for an additional 30 minutes. When cool, the meringue should be hard on the outside, and slightly moist on the inside.



In a large bowl, combine the cream and half a cup of sugar, and whip until thickened.
Spread cream over the meringue cake and decorate with fruit of your choice.

I also like to drizzle some melted chocolate over the meringues. 

I melt 1/2 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips in a microwave and put them into a disposable pastry bag (zip lock bag would work too), cut the corner and drizzle over the berries. It hardens in a few minutes. 



Enjoy!

Our Family Trip to Disney's Aulani Resort


We recently took a family Vacation to Hawaii. We stayed at Disney’s newest resort Aulani, for 7 nights. Let me start by saying that the trip was a dream come true, all of the Disney magic mixed in with Hawaiin relaxation and fun.  Our kids adore all things Disney. If you have kids and want to take a trip to Hawaii, you should defiantly consider staying at Aulani.  


Aulani is located about a 30 minute drive from the airport. We rented a car and relied on our iPhone map to get us there. Easy peasy. 


We stayed in a one bedroom villa with a full kitchen/dining area and a washer/dryer. It was very important for me to find a place with both. A) it is hard to go out for meals three times a day with little kids B) kids make lots of laundry. 


Heres a few photos from the Aulani Website:




Activities:
The front desk has a new daily activities schedule every day, which we picked up in the mornings and made plans for the day. 
We attended the Starlit Hui, its not your traditional Luau, Each family gets a mat, which they sit on and watch a performers, and then dance the hula with Disney friends. 



There was a pool party every day! Mickey and Minnie came out to play, the kids loved it. Goofy also came out to say hello and take pictures with the kidos near the lazy river.  



There were also meet and greets with disney friends, we went to one where Goofy surfed with the kids.




Pools:
The resort is packed with beautiful pools: infinity pool, splash pool, hot tubs, a lazy river and kids water playground. Oh, and they have complimentary life jackets for the kids to borrow, so you don't have to bring yours from home. 



Beach:
Aulani has its own private beach! With free chairs and umbrellas! You can rent paddle boards and kayaks. You can also get free sand toys for the kids to play with in that soft sand. 



The resort also has their own snorkeling lagoon. Hubby went snorkeling and loved it.



Child Care:
The resort has a kid entertainment area. You can leave your kids (ages 3-12) for them to watch while you have some quiet time, go out to dinner, go shopping. We did not do this because we have a 1 year old, but I will definitely take advantage of this when we come back. We did end up stopping by during their morning open house. There are many rooms for the kids to explore, there was a stage for character shows, a dress up area, a movie room, a computer room, and lots of fun and crafts. My kids loved the back yard the best, it is so nice and shady our there with lots to do. 
Security at Auntys Beach house is top notch, each child is tagged with a GPS bracelet upon checkin so the staff can know exactly where your child is, the parents also makeup a secret password and have your room key to pick up your child. It is nice to know how secure the kids would be if I did choose to leave them. 




Food:
Since we had a villa with a full kitchen we ate a few meals in. We picked up  a lot of fruit at costco and a few more groceries at Safeway and Target. 
We mostly ate lunch poolside because it was so convenient, the waitress delivers food/drinks right to your chair.
We went to Makahiki three times for the buffet. Once for the character breakfast which the kids ADORED, and twice for dinner which was delicious both times. 




As you can see, we had an amazing time and can not wait to go back someday. 

Thanks for visiting, 



10 year anniversary!


A few days ago, Hubby and I celebrated ten years of marriage. Ten years is a wonderful milestone and I am so thankful at where we are right now.  As most couples, we have faced some challenges, and we will probably tackle more along the way because we are not perfect people--- but we can do anything with the help of our Lord. 
Back when we just got married, ten years, or a decade, seemed like forever, but it really isn't. God has blessed us abundantly,  we have three beautiful children and a cozy place we call home.  What more does one need?
I am thankful for my husband, he is my high school sweetheart. We started dating when I was 16 and got married when I was 18. We were crazy in love, and nothing seemed impossible for us. Sure we had some hard times, but with God's help, we pushed though and persevered. 
We celebrated our 10 year anniversary with a family trip to Hawaii!! 



On our third night in Hawaii, we went for a sunset walk and grabbed the tripod to snap a few pictures.  

After taking a few family pictures, the kids started playing nearby and I asked hubby if he would like to take a picture of just the two of us, he agreed, so I got the timer set on the camera to take take 6 pictures, As soon as the camera started clicking away, hubby got on one knee and asked me if I would marry him again!
I was so shocked and surprised, at first I wasn't sure what was going on, I was thinking, "why is he kneeing"  "did he drop something?" "we are trying to take a picture, what is going?" When I finally saw the new ring that he got for our anniversary I was so speechless that he had to ask me again. It is the most romantic thing he has ever done. 
I love him so much. 








I could not stop smiling the rest of the night, I still can not believe that he did that, and that we managed to get pictures of the whole thing!! 


Packing Carry On Bags (with kids)....




We are going to Hawaii! I am so excited, but also worried and anxious for the flight.
This will be our first time flying with 3 kids (7, 4 and 1 year old).

We intentionally chose a direct flight so we could avoid rushing across the airport, searching for that gate to catch the next flight and try and avoid lost luggage with connecting flights.

I packed two large suitcases for our 7 day trip, one for me and hubby and one for all of the kids. We will check those suitcases in along with the carseats.

However the kids each have backpacks with things to keep them busy. I am a big planner, so I have been picking a few things here and there that I thought they would enjoy.

I also packed a breakfast/lunch bag with food: mini muffins, washed/cut strawberries, washed grapes of the vine, yogurt, mini carrots, jerky and a sandwich for each of us. This way we still are eating healthy food and don't feel sick and tired after arriving in Hawaii.
//Hawaiian airlines does serve lunch on this flight, but they do not offer a kosher option with this flight. 

Will (1 year old)

William is still a baby, so I packed a diaper bag for him.
William's diaper bag is from Pottery Barn kids// However I don't see it online anymore. 

 



2 new outfits, drool bibs, and some new toys-- I keep the clothes in a large ziplock bags, so I can just pull it out without having to rummage for an outfit.

Changing pad, wipes, diapers, scented trash bags, rash creme, and sanitizer.
All of these are kept on the inside pockets of the diaper bags, I can pull out a diaper, trash bag and wipes without having to rummage through the diaper bag.

Month in Review...

I can not believe how fast February has flew by. Sure, it is the shortest month of the year, but I still can not believe that tomorrow is the first day of March. 

 In the month of February all of the kids, me and hubby were sick. Maybe this month seemed to fly by because I was in survival mode and going on a few hours of sleep. 
Never the less, we made some wonderful memories and had a few adventures in the month of February. (Here are a few pictures on my iPhone from this month, I will appreciate them when this time comes along next year and they pop up on the time hop app. 

Do you use the time hop app? I love looking at the photos going back three years. I love seeing how much the kids have grown and what we were up to back then. 

I know I have not been very good at keeping up with blogging, I just can not seem to make time for it. Between taking care of the kids, the house and homeschooling, I don't seem to have very much free time. However, I still take a lot of pictures of the kids and just everyday life which I figured I could share on my monthly post of //Month in Review//


//Emily talked her brother into going down the big slide with her, before that he was scared and has never gone on his own. After one try going down while holding his sister's hand, there was no stopping him, he kept going back to the big slide. Big sisters are the best :) //


//My dad flew in for a visit-- we only see him a few times a year and the kids always get so excited to see their grandpa//

//We took advantage of the days where didn't rain and went on lots of walks//