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).
On the Airplane ready to go.
First stop Matsumoto’s Shave Ice.
Had fun walking around Haleiwa.
Next day we went to Sea Life Park to see the dolphins swim backwards.
Had lots of fun swimming in the pool with the lifejackets
Vinny’s 5th birthday party
Happy 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.
Vincent was could not wait to open the wrapped gift that they had to share. It was a play-doh cupcake maker.
We played with it right away of course.
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.
Melanie squared in on the chocolate bunny right way. Somehow she knew it was chocolate? I let them have a bit before making breakfast.
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.
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.
Vinny had a minion coloring book, a wind-up car and some treats.
In Melanie’s basket, she had 2 Frozen coloring books.
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!
We also dyed some eggs. Vincent had a Paw Patrol kid and Melanie had a Frozen kit.
Oma had decorated some eggs with flowers and stickers.
The kids had fun playing with a ballon Vinny had bought last week for Pop-pop’s birthday.
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.
She got up on the chair all by herself, so she is looking proud!
“Don’t run in the street Melanie!” — see so mischievous
With her latest friend Pikachu.
Wearing mommy’s necklace after she insisted i take it off to give to her.
She loves flowers and thinks all of them are dandelions which you can blow. (Luckily, this one was a dandelion)
She’s trying really hard!
I convinced Vinny to take some pictures in lieu of nap time. NO BRAINER right? Haha!
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.
“Mommy, pretend you are the Easter bunny and i am sleeping!”
This kid moves so fast i can never get a crisp/clear photo!
Marina Easter Egg Hunt 2016
We go every year now to the Marina Easter Egg hunt. Kids love it. They got lots of eggs this year!
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.
The grass was green and purple flowers were starting to bloom! Spring has sprung!
Melanie did great walking on the trail all by herself.
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!
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
Melanie is 2 years old!
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!
Currently obsessed with:
- Certain stuffed animals / dolls (Kitty, Frozen dolls, Pikachu)
- Wearing jackets (even if its not cold), hats/shoes (even sometimes to bed!)
- Watching Calliou (everyday)
- Playing in Sand / Stroller walks to Park
- Combing my hair
- Hide and seek
- Brushing her teeth
- Saying “I DID IT!” after she accomplishes something
- Drawing (crayons, chalk, dry erase, magnetic board)
- Pretending to talk on the phone
- Making sure she has everything the Vinny does (jealousy issues)
- Singing Frozen/Calliou Theme song, ABCs
- Bouncing on the bed
- Pretending to be a kitty/owl
- Wearing her Ballerina PJs
Currently likes to eat (or shall is say, WILL eat… its a pretty short list!):
- Pancakes/Waffles/French Toast
- Breakfast sausage
- Fried Rice, Mexican Rice / Beans
- CORN DOGS
- Yogurt drink, Apple and Orange Juice
- Fruit snacks
- Japanese Rice Crackers
- Chewy Bars
- Cake, Candy, Ice Cream
- Goes to daycare full time
- Takes one 2-hr nap a day
- Still uses her pacifier (least on our watch) but we won’t let her take it out of the crib.
- Occasionally wants a bottle of milk before naptime, but other than that, she doesn’t drink milk (from us).
- Likes to eat her meals in front of the tv or “on the go” as we call it
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!
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.
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.
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!
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! 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.
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.
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
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!
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!)
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!
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!
She was excited to open her presents.
I bought her Calliou figurines, a Sofia baseball cap and necklace, Frozen stickers and socks and a bunny winter hat.
Grandma bought her a lot of clothes, a baby doll with diaper/bottle, and a tea set.
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!
Yosemite Snow Trip for Melanie’s Birthday
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.
My parents and my sister from AU came up to visit. We stayed at Tenaya lodge which was beautiful and really kid-friendly.
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”.
That’s the biggest chunk we could see from our room! And it was gone by the time we left.
The kids had fun running around in the grass though, and my parents were in the room right next to us.
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:
Melanie loved playing in the snow. She was so cute, and got really excited if we mentioned it or played with it.
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!
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.
Vinny after skating — “that was rough!”
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”
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.
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!
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!