Hawaii Vacation 2016

We took our annual vacation to visit my parents in Hawaii. We also stayed at the Disney Aulani Hotel for a few days, and had Vinny’s 5th birthday party (with a Robots Movie theme).

Hawaii iPhone Pics

Hawaii iPhone Pics

On the Airplane ready to go.

Hawaii iPhone Pics

First stop Matsumoto’s Shave Ice.

Hawaii iPhone Pics

Hawaii iPhone Pics

Had fun walking around Haleiwa.

Hawaii iPhone Pics

Next day we went to Sea Life Park to see the dolphins swim backwards.

Hawaii iPhone Pics

Disney Aulani PhotoPass

Disney Aulani PhotoPass

Disney Aulani PhotoPass

Disney Aulani Hotel Hawaii

Had lots of fun swimming in the pool with the lifejackets

Disney Aulani Hotel Hawaii

Disney Aulani Hotel Hawaii

Disney Aulani Hotel Hawaii

Disney Aulani Hotel Hawaii

Disney Aulani Hotel Hawaii

Vinny’s 5th birthday party

Hawaii 2016 Trip

Hawaii 2016 Trip

Hawaii 2016 Trip

Hawaii 2016 Trip

Hawaii 2016 Trip
A Cool sign from my uncle!

Hawaii 2016 Trip

Hawaii 2016 Trip

Happy Easter 2016

Easter 2016

Vincent woke up bright and early and discovered the Easter Bunny had come to visit him and his sister! We were still in bed and he came running to tell us! He also asked to open his Monster Truck that he called “Scooby Doo” because he had a tongue on his grill. He also opened up a Cadburry egg but i convinced him (threatened him) not to eat it yet!

Melanie had to wait till Mommy got up out of bed to join the fun.

Easter 2016

Vincent was could not wait to open the wrapped gift that they had to share. It was a play-doh cupcake maker.

Easter 2016

Easter 2016

We played with it right away of course.

Easter 2016

Melanie’s gift was a Minnie Mouse figurine. She has a bathing suit, shoes, and a bow that are removable.

They also got a lot of candies of course.

Easter 2016

Melanie squared in on the chocolate bunny right way. Somehow she knew it was chocolate? I let them have a bit before making breakfast.

Easter 2016

Melanie was making me laugh because she liked the stuffed bunny and was hugging it and kissing it, but two moments later i found her with the play electric screwdriver digging its eyes and ears out! LOL. Of course i laughed and so she started to come after ME with the screwdriver. Wacky kid.

After hanging for a bit and Dad waking up, we ate breakfast, played a bit, and then did our egg hunt in the backyard.

Easter 2016

Vinny was being a little mean and saying “Hahaha, nana-nana, i got the egg!” not directly at Melanie but just boasting at his success. But you know Melanie got just as many as Vincent.

For lunch we headed over to Oma’s house (Pop-pop was out of town) where they had more Easter baskets. Oma hid them. Vinny found his first in the front living room.

Easter 2016 at In-Laws

Vinny had a minion coloring book, a wind-up car and some treats.

Easter 2016 at In-Laws

In Melanie’s basket, she had 2 Frozen coloring books.

Easter 2016 at In-Laws

She had so much fun coloring. She still gets confused by her color names, but she is really good at coloring. She was so engrossed she had a hard time making a decision to stop coloring when we had to decorate the eggs. She wanted to go but got mad at me for putting the pen away!

Easter 2016 at In-Laws

Easter 2016 at In-Laws

We also dyed some eggs. Vincent had a Paw Patrol kid and Melanie had a Frozen kit.

Easter 2016 at In-Laws

Oma had decorated some eggs with flowers and stickers.

Easter 2016 at In-Laws

The kids had fun playing with a ballon Vinny had bought last week for Pop-pop’s birthday.

Easter 2016 at In-Laws

Easter 2016

I bought the kids Aquabots – a pretend fish toy that floats around in water. It was a really cool find and the kids loved it.

I took some portraits of the kids separately because it is pretty much impossible to get a good picture of the two of them, especially on an exciting day.

Easter 2016 at In-Laws

Easter 2016 at In-Laws

She got up on the chair all by herself, so she is looking proud!

Easter Portraits Melanie 2016

“Don’t run in the street Melanie!” — see so mischievous

Easter Portraits Melanie 2016

With her latest friend Pikachu.

Easter Portraits Melanie 2016

Wearing mommy’s necklace after she insisted i take it off to give to her.

Easter Portraits Melanie 2016

She loves flowers and thinks all of them are dandelions which you can blow. (Luckily, this one was a dandelion)

Easter Portraits Melanie 2016

She’s trying really hard!

Easter Portraits Vincent 2016

I convinced Vinny to take some pictures in lieu of nap time. NO BRAINER right? Haha!

Easter Portraits Vincent 2016

Easter Portraits Vincent 2016

He insisted on not wearing shoes outside so he didnt like his feet on the bare grass, which lead to the idea of a blanket (on the grass….) but somehow, it only made it to the concrete.

Easter Portraits Vincent 2016

“Mommy, pretend you are the Easter bunny and i am sleeping!”

Easter Portraits Vincent 2016

This kid moves so fast i can never get a crisp/clear photo!

Easter Portraits Vincent 2016

Marina Easter Egg Hunt 2016

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We go every year now to the Marina Easter Egg hunt. Kids love it. They got lots of eggs this year!

Spring 2016

Spring 2016

Easter Egg Hunt 2016

Easter Egg Hunt 2016

Happy Birthday Pop-pop! Hike to Toro, Soup and Birthday Cake

We took Pop-pop on a hike to Toro Park (or more like, he took us!) for his birthday on Saturday.

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Spring 2016

Toro Park Ridge Hike

Toro Park Ridge Hike

Spring 2016

The grass was green and purple flowers were starting to bloom! Spring has sprung!

Toro Park Ridge Hike

Melanie did great walking on the trail all by herself.

Toro Park Ridge Hike

Vinny complained and wanted to be picked up! But he did great “jumping” the little stream we had to cross (forgot a pic!).

On Tuesday night i cooked some Italian Sausage Soup for dinner and brought it over. We also picked up a BR Ice Cream Cake!

Pop Pop Birthday Cake 2016

I think this was the kids’ first ice cream cake. Needless to say it was a hit. They helped Pop-pop blow out the candles and each wanted seconds.

St. Patrick’s Day 2016

St Patricks Day Portraits 2016

St Patricks Day Portraits 2016

St Patricks Day Portraits 2016

St Patricks Day Portraits 2016

St Patricks Day Portraits 2016

St Patricks Day Portraits 2016

St Patricks Day Portraits 2016

St Patricks Day Portraits 2016

St Patricks Day Portraits 2016

Spring 2016

Melanie is 2 years old!

Yosemite Snow Trip

I cannot believe how much my baby girl has grown in the past several months! She talks a lot, understands almost everything, and has the most mischievous smile! She is definitely a “momma’s” girl no doubt about it. She cries whenever i leave the house. She is really SMART! It is amazing to me how much she talks and understands at 2 years old. Comparing her to Vinny, Vinny was a mute! He did not say anything or really communicate with us at all till around 3!

March 2016

Currently obsessed with:

Winter Holiday 2015
Carring around her entourange of stuff!

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Her hat and jacket!

Dry Erase Board / Easel - Melanie
She loves to make art!

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She is great and kicking balls!

March 2016

Breakfast Time

Currently likes to eat (or shall is say, WILL eat… its a pretty short list!):

Melanie's 2nd Birthday Celebration

Current Routine:

Feb-March 2016

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Hadn’t posted in a while, so some of these are a little old. This first one is from when she was 19 months old. She went through a phase of really being obsessed with her stuffed animal she calls “kitty”. Today she still loves kitty but it doesnt get dragged around quite as much… But she does get attached to certain things for a few days.

Here she is at 20 months, playing hide and seek. This is the first time i realized she knew the game, and said BOO! LOL!

She also is obsessed with combing my hair, but she hates it when you try to comb hers! (22 months old):

 

Dr. Checkup – she is underweight but besides that healthy!

Feb-March 2016

Feb-March 2016

Sibling Love

March 2016

Melanie and Vinny have lots of fun together. Of course they always get jealous of each other but in general the get a long really well! It is funny to me when Vinny asks Melanie if he wants to play with her, and a lot of times Melanie will say “uhhh, no?” or not give him the right answer and he gets really upset. LOL. They love each other so much. They rough house a lot! Their favorite thing to do is jump and wrestle on the bed. They also love chasing each other. Vincent thinks Melanie is just a crack up.

March Portraits

Feb-March 2016

Winter 2015-2016

Winter 2015-2016

Running in circle at the mall:

Melanie and Vinny acting silly:

BODYSHRED, MixxedFit, and BODYCOMBAT Trainings

The past few months have been busy with trainings for my “second job” as group fitness instructor.

Winter 2015-2016

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In December, i completed a training for Jillian Michael’s BODYSHRED. This class is about H.I.I.T (High-intensity interval training) which is all the rage now. A 30 minute non-stop workout with a 3-min warm up, 4 circuits (each containing 3 min of resistance, 2 min of cardio, and 1 min of active recovery), and a 30-min cooldown. Doesn’t sound like much does it? Well, you should try it. Because its pretty darn effective! A great workout and makes you push yourself!

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In January, Sandy and i wanted to try out a new dance fitness format we heard about called MixxedFit. It is a “people-inspired” dance class with explosive moves and boot camp toning. Basically, it reminded me more of Zumba because of its moves (a lot of booty shaking!), but they ONLY use english-worded music, instead of Latin music. I don’t think i will be teaching it, at least not anytime soon, because i have to audition in front of my boss and also get corporate appoval to add new format, and… i’m too busy doing,….

BodyCombat

BODYCOMBAT! Which i just completed training for last weekend. This is LES MILLS mixed martial arts group fitness class. AND IT IS SO AWESOME. I’ve heard about it and been waiting for our gym to start offering it so i am so stoked to be able to have to opportunity to teach it. With LES MILLS you have to submit a video of you teaching an entire class to participants. Whew! I have to study, practice technique, coaching, choreo, etc! In-Shape plans to launch in this area in mid-April.

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Meanwhile, i am still teaching U-JAM and R.I.P.P.E.D. — i still like these formats as well, and of course, BODYPUMP i love, but haven’t actually ever taught a class since i don’t have a class of my own in that format.

Winter 2015-2016

I’d love to teach MORE classes (currently i teach 4x a week – Mon, Wed, Thu, and Sat)… but with family life and full-time work i don’t know how its possible. I’d also love to just TAKE a person’s class, you know? Never really happens anymore. *sigh* Well, i do love all THREE of my jobs, — Mom, Designer, and Fitness Instructor. I lead a busy life but it’s my life and i’m happy!

Melanie’s 2nd Birthday Celebrations

Tenaya Lodge Melanie's Birthday

Since we were in Yosemite for Melanie’s birthday, we didn’t do too much to celebrate on the actual day. My mom bought her a cake pop which she downed in 2 seconds!

Yosemite Snow Trip 2016

When we got back, we had a little mini-celebration with Jeff’s parents as well. We ordered some Ginos’s pizza (one of her favorites) and a special Frozen cake (also… one of her favorites!)

Melanie's 2nd Birthday Celebration

We sang her happy birthday and she knew all about blowing out the candle. I am pretty sure she was trying to do it the whole time! SO cute!

Melanie's 2nd Birthday Celebration

She LOVES cake! Let me tell you! She masters the fork and everything! I don’t think i’ve ever seen her deny a piece of cake!

Melanie's 2nd Birthday Celebration

She was excited to open her presents.

Melanie's 2nd Birthday Celebration

I bought her Calliou figurines, a Sofia baseball cap and necklace, Frozen stickers and socks and a bunny winter hat.

Melanie's 2nd Birthday Celebration

Grandma bought her a lot of clothes, a baby doll with diaper/bottle, and a tea set.

Melanie's 2nd Birthday Celebration

Vinny was a bit jealous of the new toys,… he wanted to play with Calliou and the tea set in particular but Melanie is really bad at sharing. She screams NO! and will even hit Vinny in the face (working on teaching her to not do that!)

Daddy bought Melanie a couple of books – Princess Stories and a Frozen sing-along piano book.

Pop-pop and Oma also had a mini- pre-celebration before we left for Yosemite. Lucky girl, she got to celebrate like 3 times!

Melanie Pre-Birthday Celebration

Melanie Pre-Birthday Celebration

Yosemite Snow Trip for Melanie’s Birthday

Yosemite Snow Trip 2016

This year i didn’t want to put in all the effort to throw a birthday party, and so decided to plan a weekend snow trip since Vincent kept asking during Christmas “when is it going to snow?” We normally drive up to Tahoe for snow/gambling, but figured maybe Yosemite might be closer (it is by a couple hours), and Jeff had not visited there before.

Yosemite Snow Trip

My parents and my sister from AU came up to visit. We stayed at Tenaya lodge which was beautiful and really kid-friendly.

Yosemite Snow Trip 2016

Tenaya Lodge Yosemite

Yosemite Snow Trip 2016

The snow level at the hotel was not to great. When i planned the trip i was hoping that the kids could just play in the snow at the hotel (they had a sledding area), but since the weather was unseasonably warm the last week, most of it had melted off, despite getting a good amount the week prior. Our hotel room was on the sunnier side. The other side of the hotel did have a fair amount but not really “playable”.

Yosemite Snow Trip

That’s the biggest chunk we could see from our room! And it was gone by the time we left.

Yosemite Snow Trip

The kids had fun running around in the grass though, and my parents were in the room right next to us.

Yosemite Snow Trip

The first day we were there we drove to Badger Pass to play in the snow. Being President’s day/ Valentine’s day weekend, IT WAS SO BUSY. The sledding and kid activites were pretty much booked for the day since we got a late start (lucky we even got a parking spot i think we literally got the last one!)

But it ended up being fine, the kids just played in the mountain of snow, had enough, and we drove around the Valley a bit to take in the sights. Best of all, according to Vinny, is we went through a long TUNNEL!

Here are some photos of the snow play:

Yosemite Snow Trip

Yosemite Snow Trip

Yosemite Snow Trip

Yosemite Snow Trip

Melanie loved playing in the snow. She was so cute, and got really excited if we mentioned it or played with it.

Snow Play Yosemite

We found a spot on the side of the road to play on the next day, and had the kids try sledding. They loved it!

Snow Play Yosemite

Snow Play Yosemite

Yosemite Snow Trip 2016

Yosemite Snow Trip 2016

After playing in the snow during the day, it was back to the hotel for food, and to chill. They had a good amount of activities to do like ice skating, to do though, like an ice skating rink, an indoor pool, arcade, flashlight nature walks (though Vinny was too young) and during the Christmas season, sleigh rides. Vincent, Jill and Jeff rented some skates. It was pretty shaky! I think he had a good time though.

Yosemite Snow Trip

Yosemite Snow Trip

Yosemite Snow Trip

Yosemite Snow Trip

Vinny after skating — “that was rough!”

Yosemite Snow Trip 2016

The food at the restuarants there were really good! They had 3 different options, but we only tried 2 of them. The kids didn’t really eat too well, but whats new there? They actually did OK. Vincent liked the breakfast buffet! Melanie ate all her oatmeal when Aunty made it up for her, but didn’t like it from anyone else. In fact she really liked Aunty Jill. She didn’t want to go to Grandma really at all this whole trip. And she kept sticking her tongue out at Grandma! Funny girl.

Aunty Jill gave Vinny and Melanie stuffed animals. Vinny really liked his bear “Brownie”

Tenaya Lodge Melanie's Birthday

The kids loved the arcade in the hotel, which was next to the indoor pool (too cold to play in though), and had billiards table.

Tenaya Lodge Melanie's Birthday

LOL, melanie says “i did it!” and she’s in her favorite monkey ballerina PJs she is obsessed with (banena)

On the last night we made smores! Vincent’s first time. He had been asking for smores ever since he saw it on an episode of Calliou. He didn’t really eat the whole thing, though, surpringly – he just wanted the CRACKER! LOL!

Tenaya Lodge Yosemite

I think we would like to make a “snow” trip an annual event. It would have been more fun if it were snowing/colder, for the “full effect” but at the same time it was pretty nice to just be in a long sleeve with no jacket playing in the snow!

 


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