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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Angel Baby

Look at this squidge and how big she's getting? Where is the time going?!
Henley's getting the most delicious rolls on her legs and arms. I honestly can't get enough and am borderline smothering her the amount of kisses I try and squeeze in during the hours she's awake (which aren't many, not that I'm exactly complaining!).
We literally call her "Angel Baby", it just rolls off the tongue now. Where is Angel Baby? (oops, forgotten on her play mat on the floor again!) How did Angel Baby sleep last night? (every night is different but she's been known to sleep from dream feed to morning without interruption - honestly, her brothers are up more than she is at night) Does Angel Baby need a tub? (no, she never needs one, but she loves her tub so damn much, I hate to deprive her of it!)
She loves her carrier and faces forward mostly now, wanting to be part of the action. I frequently have to ask Hayes if she's awake or asleep since she's so quiet when we're out and about. Often times he'll tell me she "looks like this" and follow it up with a squinty face, eyes not quite open or closed.

And she's started to talk! According to Hayes, she's said "hi" and "apple" (!!). She seems to already be losing interest in nursing (how can that already be!?) and will chatter away instead. Girlfriend has lots to say and I pretend to understand to keep the conversation going. I absolutely love our discussions and hope this is the beginning of a long life of girl talk about absolutely everything under the sun. I often say I feel bad that the boys have each other and Henley won't have a sister, but then follow it up by saying she has me, whether she likes it or not!
But seriously, I feel so lucky that our Angel Baby came into our lives. As most of you know, she wasn't exactly planned, but she has 100% completed our family and we're so glad she's here. I love our boys with all of my heart but a relationship with a daughter just feels a little bit different, even at this young age. 
And her brothers absolutely adore Baby Henry, constantly asking to hold her and burp her and sometimes keeping her company when she's being forgotton on the playmat ;-) I can already tell there's going to be a forcefield around their little sister when it comes to potential suitors and nothing makes me happier than seeing all of my littles together, even if it is mass chaos at our house 99% of the time (but of course, Angel Baby is never to blame for that!).

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Hawaii 2016

This post is super duper late but I didn't want to forgo documenting our favorite trip of the year, 
so better late than never!

My parents were kind enough to let our crazy crew tag along to the Big Island with them in April. Grant and I were smart enough to know that an extra set of hands wouldn't hurt so we invited our amazing nanny, Lolo along (best decision ever, btw). 

Hawaii is amazing. If you haven't been, go. It's good for grown-ups; it's good for children. It's an easy direct flight from LA and although tickets are insanely expensive, between miles, the generous "gift of travel" from my parents at Christmas and the justification that we're staying in an incredible, oceanfront mansion on Waikoloa Beach for free (thanks for that too, Wayne and Penny!), it's worth every additional penny.
The boys snacking with their toes in the sand...
Sunset cocktails at my favorite place on earth (no joke, I'd like my ashes to be scattered here when I die...)...
Because we go for an entire week, we're really able to relax and have a real vacation. Grant and my parents usually spend a few days golfing, but due to an unfortunate shoulder injury on my dad's part, golfing wasn't on the agenda this year. Instead, we spent 7 sun-filled days lying by the pool and going to the beach - with one unsuccessful deep sea fishing excursion thrown in for good measure.

Grant learning how to fish, a skill that unfortunately he didn't get to practice...

Lesson learned: apparently bananas are back luck to bring on fishing boats. Oops!
We left Grey and Henley at home with Lolo and brought along our oldest fisherman, who spent the first half of the trip sitting inside with co-captain Carlton, eating all of the cheetos and trail mix he could get his hands on. The second half of the trip was spent cleaning up his puke after he got violently sea sick. I don't think Hayes is itching to get on a boat again anytime soon ;-(
Looking at the dolphins...
The Big Island could do better in the food department, but since we've been going there every year for the last 8 or so years, we have our 3-4 go-to restaurants we try and hit up every time we're there, mixed in with some nights cooking at home.

The boys had an absolute blast. Hayes picked right up where he left off with his swimming and Greyson wore those puddle jumpers like they were going out of style. Their favorite part of the trip was the giant Hawaiian shaved ice they enjoyed at the snack shack at our favorite beach.
Building sandcastles...
I'm not sure how *relaxing* of a trip it was for Wayne and Penny - I think sometimes the boys are a little too wild for their liking - but they tolerated it like champs and hopefully enjoyed spending the time with their grandkids, because I know their grandkids enjoyed spending the time with them. 
And Angel Baby... boy did she live up to her name! She slept the entire way on the plane there and back and every afternoon, she'd snooze on a lounge chair poolside for, no joke, 5 HOURS! Little lady also took her first swim and donned some absolutely adorable resort wear ;-)

Here are some more pics from our trip...

Lunch with the dolphins...
I mean!
Until next year, Hawaii - counting down the days!