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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Get Fit or Die Trying


In the middle of the year I decided that I needed to start getting fit again. But exercising while having two kids who constantly needs attention is easier said than done. 


Regardless, I accepted the challenge and began my second round of the Insanity workout program with Shawn T. 

I did my first round of Insanity August of last year and you can read more about that here and here. I still remember how hard it was in the beginning so I was very nervous to have to go through all of that again. 

Like the first round, my first two weeks was ROUGH! I was huffing and puffing and couldn't even make a whole set without dying. Every inch of my body ached! BUT like the first time, I pushed through and by third week I saw improvements in my stamina, strength and muscles. 

Second round was just as hard as the first, if not harder coz I wanted more muscles rather than just lose the fat. So I pushed myself to work harder, or as Shawn T like to say "dig deeper!" It's definitely no walk in the park BUT it's not called Insanity for nothing.  

My last week was a complete drag though. I injured my shoulder doing a balance push up and a lot of the workouts were sore when I do them so I got a little discouraged. My last week of Insanity actually lasted 2 1/2 weeks since I kept skipping days (too busy or too lazy or too cold). 

So since I posted my before and after pics on FB, i've been getting a lot of questions on my diet. Well the answer is, I do NOT believe in diets. I love food too much to give it up. So no, I didn't diet but I just watched my portions. I still ate whatever I wanted including junk foods (and my kids Halloween candies) but just ate less of it. I drank lots and lots of water and stopped any food intake (most days) at 7pm.
I did my workout during Halia's naptime and gave Hyrum something to do like a puzzle or a book. The workouts are between 40-60 mins so it's easy to squeeze it into our busy schedule. 

Insanity is a 60-day program BUT I never worked out on Saturdays and Sundays so it took me quite a bit longer. And I'm not going to lie, it is hard! But definitely possible!!! 

If I can do it, you sure can too!!!


It honestly is A LOT of work to get back in shape. 
Then, its even harder to STAY in shape.

It feels good being back in pre-preggo clothes. I also feel more energetic and my gallbladder problems has definetly improved. I am determined to stay fit coz it just makes life better! And I'm probably going to regret saying this now but I WILL keep it up during pregnancies. That way I dont have to work so hard after...

Who's with me? 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Philippines bound

I am so blessed to have parents that are desperate enough to see their grand kids that they buy ALL four of us plane tickets to go to The Philippines in December. 

I AM BEYOND EXCITED!

We leave here on December 7 then Mav will come back December 28 but kids and I will stay there till January 9. Halia turns 2 on January 12 so we had to make the most out of her being free to fly. 

I haven't had a Philippine Christmas since we left in 1995 and for those that don't know, the Philippines takes Christmas seriously. Christmas season starts in September and they have lanterns and lights and festivals and caroling and yummy food and lots of other cool Christmassy stuff all through to December.  
Last time I was in the Philippines was in 2007 so I'm sure a lot has changed during those 6 years. For Mav and the kids, this will be their first time so I am excited for the new experiences that they are going to have. Especially Maverick with his known dislike of Filipino food. 

On a different note, I'm sure everyone knows of the super typhoon that hit the Philippines a couple of weeks ago. Well a friend of mine has partnered up with a search and rescue team in the Philippines to help the victims with their medical needs. ALL proceeds will be going towards the purchase of medical supplies. Their website will give you more info on their mission and how you can help them achieve their goals. If you are still looking for a way to help, this is a good way to go. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Less-TV Summer

I set a goal at the beginning of summer to have less than 2 hours of TV for the kids during the day. 

I was very determined to accomplish this goal yet also very intimidated by it. 

First of, I want to say that I have nothing against TV. In fact, I really believe that both my kids learned a lot from educational shows like Barney, Super Why and Leap Frog. I like that they have other sources to learn other than from Mav and I. 

BUT, I made the goal so that I force myself to get out of the house and enjoy the summer weather. 

Now that summer has ended and the days are getting colder. I'm glad I made that goal for myself. We were able to explore different parks, participated in the library summer reading program, have play dates, did some coloring, got plenty of vitamin d, made play-doh snakes, went on walks, played with bugs, went on treasure hunts, caught some fishes, had picnic lunches in the park, and the list goes on. 

It was a good experience for me. I got to spend more quality time with my kids and got to know them a little better. They are only small for a short amount of time that I want to soak it all in. 

Winter is fast approaching. Days will be shorter and is will be  harder to get out of the house but hopefully I can keep up with not depending on the TV for our daily entertainment.

Monday, September 23, 2013

28 Things on My 28th Year of Living

YES...it is true...I am in fact, in my late 20s...

I am not ashamed to say coz it's fun to see people's reactions when they find out that my kids aren't my siblings and I'm not in high school anymore. 

Anyways, a few month ago, I read a blog post stating some random facts about them on their birthday and I thought it would be fun to copy. 

Some are kinda self righteous and borderline bragging but its my birthday so lay off. I just thought it would be a fun way to get to know me better and for my kids to find this someday and realize how cool or weird their mother is. 

So here are my 28 fun facts for my 28th year of birth. 
  • I frequently talk to myself. While walking around, driving, shopping, exercising, whatever. I always find myself jabbering to myself. Weirdo alert!
    Before the show and in our introduction wear.
  • When I was 18, I lost a bet and ended up joining a pageant. Miss Philippines-New Zealand Asia Pacific pageant to be exact. I did the talent, swimwear, cultural wear, evening gown and all that shebang! My question was "what do you think about the nuclear bomb in North Korea?" uuuhhhmmmm??? i chocked BIG TIME and needless to say, I did not place AT ALL.  But it turned out to be a fun experience.
  • I was (and still am) quite messy. I can never keep my room clean. Once when I was still in high school, a robber came into our house and immediately left coz he saw my room and realized that someone already robbed it before him. True story!
  • I'm a closet cryer. I've always tried to tough it out but I cry easily. I just stop it before the tears come out.
  • I had my little stint in modeling. Even landed a couple of jobs with it. But  never couldn't have made it tho coz I'm quite uncomfortable in front of the camera. Im a behind the scenes kinda gal. This got me interested in photography, I'm much comfortable behind the camera.
  • I don't know my times tables. Besides the 1, 2, 5, 10 and 11 times tables, I still use my hand. Or my handy calculator on my phone. Just goes to show that its not that important since I got a Degree...LOL!
  • I went bungy jumping one time and I did it because I got jealous of Maverick who did it 3 days before I did. What a RUSH! and I would TOTALLY do it again!!!
  • I had an inventory for all my gel pen collection and I would check it once a month. I didnt want any of them to get lost...and I was always so sad when my favorite ones dry out or run out of ink...
  • Same goes for my sticker collection (that I still have today). WOW!!!
  • I got a $50 a week allowance when I was in high school. (And Mav was APPALLED when he heard this) which I used for food and bus fare.
  • But when a Spice Girls magazine comes out, I would use my bus fare money to buy the magazine and walk home which would take me an hour.
  • I am OCD about how my stuff are organized. BUT I am also quite lazy. And most of the time my laziness trumps my wants to organize. So it's safe to say that my OCDness takes a backseat.
  • I am CHEAP! Yard sales are my addiction and I have found some pretty cool stuff for cheap cheap cheap!!! Such a thrill getting a deal that it greater than great!!!
  • I write my feelings. I have always been better at writing what I feel than saying it and becoming a big blubbering blah. If I can't express how I really feel, I write it in a letter. So if you have ever received a letter from me, you know my true feelings at that present moment.
  • When I was a teenager I won a "make egg whites fluffy using just your hand competition". I was pretty proud!
  • I did a year of piano lessons when I was 8 and every time I see a piano I still play my recital piece that I did back then. Mainly because I don't know how to play anything else.
  • I have double-jointed fingers and I use it to freak people out.
  • After a heartbreaking break up with a boy, I decided to serve an 18month mission for the LDS church. I went to my bishop to get the process started but he denied me and said that he will give me a month. If I still feel the same way in a month then we can go ahead with the paper work...I met Maverick 2 1/2 weeks later...
    With my campaign partner Andreas
  • I ran for BYUH student body vice-president and lost. It was a very grueling week of campaigning but I learned a lot. Extra super embarrassing note: for the Q&A, I was the first person to answer of all the 8 candidates and the question was, "if u were a fruit or vegetable, what would you be and why?" Well, my answer was a radish! A RADISH!!! I panicked and CHOCKED, yet again!!! Mav reminds me of this moment ALL THE TIME...
  • I have Glossophobia. A fear of public speaking.  Probably why I lost the above campaign and the pageant. Come to think of it, I don't even know why I did those two in the first place. I still get anxious and sweaty palms whenever I have to speak in front of people. Then I get the shakes afterwards. I can dance in front of thousands of people without a problem (given that I know what I'm dancing to) but I freak out if I have to speak in front of 10.
  • When I was 7, a girl in my class broke her leg and got a cast and was carried around every where. I thought that she was the coolest person ever so I wanted a cast too. So I purposely tried to brake my leg by placing rocks on my path and skating over them "by accident". It never worked... And I have yet to break a bone.
  • I played 1st 11 (varsity) soccer in high school but quit mid season on my third year coz we left for a trip to the Philippines.
    I got bumped up to executive class on my way to Japan coz I flirted with the guy checking me in. 
  • I've been to Thailand, Hong Kong, Philippines, Bahamas, Japan, Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and of course USA. Heading over to Singapore in December. And I don't plan to stop traveling. I love seeing and experiencing other cultures and I am very grateful my parents put traveling as a priority and I would like to do the same with my kids.
  • I used to sleep with a light on. Nighttime is creepy!!!
  • I learned to crochet through YouTube and got quite addicted.
  • I don't wear make-up. Ok maybe once a month I would wear it to church. But only if we had enough time to get ready.
    Pretty sure this has been the longest that my hair has ever been
  • last time I got my hair cut was when Hyrum was 6 months old. I'm quite sick of it and I'm ready to chop it off. Just waiting on a buyer...
  • I actually enjoy cooking. Up until we moved to Idaho (and I became a stay-at-home mom) cooking was NOT my forte. I was a bad cook. Like sworn forever to ramen noodles, hamburger helper, and TV dinners kind. BUT, if I was gonna do this whole 'mom' thing then by golly I'm gonna do it good! So away I went, chopping and dicing and mixing and boiling and sautéing and tasting. I am quite proud of my 'new found' culinary skills. And nothing beats the feeling that I get when I make something wholesome and healthy for my family. Especially if they ask for seconds of a dish with Quinoa and spinach in it. 
Sooooo there you have it. 
CHEERS to my late 20s! 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Toddler Lab for Little Miss

This is Halia's first day in Toddler Lab.

She is part of the Early Head Start program and they are partnered up with College of Southern Idaho who has a program called Toddler Lab in which Halia got a 'scholarship' for.

It is basically 'pre' pre-school as it is for 18 months - 3 years old and it is a great program where they learn through play. The 'staff' are mainly college students who are studying early childhood but there a person in charge who is there all the time.

Hyrum was part of it last year and he LOVED it! It taught him to be more social and it took away his separation anxiety which was great! So when they approached me to see if Halia would like to go to, I of course, said yes.

So twice a week, for 2 hours, she is in someone else's care, which I get kinda nervous about but I know she's in good hands.

I wanna say that she clung on to me and bawled her eyes not wanting me to go on her first day BUT NOOO...quite the opposite...

When I dropped Hy off the first time I hung out in the waiting area spying on him and I nearly cried (he was soooo sad walking around with his head down looking miserable) When I dropped Halia off the first time I also nearly cried coz she didnt care!
Owww the dilemma!!!

Potty Training at 18 months

At 16 months, little Miss Destructonator was already showing signs of potty training readiness. I was back and forth with the idea of starting so young coz the way I see it was start at 18 months and take 6 months to be fully potty trained or wait 6 months and be fully potty trained in a week...

Well then I remembered that we have a big overseas trip coming up (more on this later). Sooo if she's ready then I will go ahead so that I won't have to worry about finding clean places to change her diaper. 

So I decided to be brave and just go with it. Bought cute little monkey underwears, printed potty charts and bought my sticker and candy bribe. 
 Then away we went. Home bound, butt naked, juice overload, paper towels ready and spray cleaner loaded for a whole entire week. 

Hyrum (and I) got cabin fever. Halia loved all the attention coz I never left her during that one week. The minute I loose her (cooking dinner or on the phone) she has an accident. Grrrr! After 3 days though, she started getting the point of catching it before it trickles out. So there was hope...

The next week I started getting more lenient on going out. We would only go to the park though so if she had an accident, it wouldn't be such a big deal. 

She hasn't had a lot of no.2 accidents so I'm really glad that she got that sorted out first. It's easier to clean up pee accidents than poops. She has never peed in her underwear (since starting potty training) during nap time or bedtime so I'm also really happy that night time potty training is out of the way. 
We only did 3 filled potty charts till she became uninterested.
So week two went great! A lot better than I expected...

In the beginning of third week, we are down to 2-3 accident a day. Then got 2 days of accident free!!! I was SOOO impressed!!! Then we went to Utah on Saturday...

I said that the ultimate test would be in Lagoon. I didn't want to put her in Pull-ups the whole day so during the car ride she was on it until we got to the theme park. As soon as we got there, I changed her into her underwear and hoped for the best! Only 2 accidents! Which I am still happy about coz the public toilets were big, loud, bright and kinda intimidating for a potty training girl. 

This week marks week four and she is still doing great! She is in big girl underwear all day and all night now. Even all throughout church, trips to the park, grocery stores, out and about. She has accidents here and there, especially when she busy playing (or when we forget to ask for a while) so still not 100% there but we got three months away from the big trip so as long as she's ready by then, I am fine with it...

It isn't as bad of an experience as with Hy coz I think I am more patient, and more knowledgeable and more relaxed about it. I just hope that she doesn't regress like Hy did coz I don't think threatening to put her back on diapers wouldn't work. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Impromptu Lagoon

We had an all of a sudden lets pack and go to Utah kinda weekend. My in-laws talked about it but never really confirmed that we are going until the day before we were leaving so it was kinda hectic.

So Friday after Mavericks work, we loaded up and headed to Oakley so that we can get up and leave bright and early on Saturday to spend the day at Lagoon. 

We got there around noon and I was disappointed a little coz I wanted to arrive early so we can ride a lot of rides without the big long lines. To our surprise, the lines were fairly small. Longest wait time was about 20 mins which is GREAT! 

Anyways, long story short, we had a GREAT day! Kids loved being spoiled by grandma and grandpa, Mav and I got to ride the big roller coasters without worrying about the kids, lines were short, sun was shining, brought plenty of food and everyone enjoyed themselves. 

Hy bawling his eyes out
 
 
He wasnt allowed to go on the bumper cars with us and he was so sad...
I couldnt take any pictures in the swimming pool area coz we left the camera inside a locker. And we didnt have any photos of the big rides coz well, we were riding them and i dont think bringing a camera in a roller coaster is a good idea.

Two lessons learned:

• Hyrum does NOT like rides. Halia was more excited, braver and rode more rides than Hyrum did. What a surprise! 

• My days of endless roller coaster riding fun is limited. I actually blacked out a couple of times and got really close to loosing my lunch on a few occasions. I am terribly sad about this. Me thinks its my deaf ear. Dang you deaf ear! 


Thank you to Grandma and Grandpa for treating us to a wonderful weekend! 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Button Gear

So Maverick's lovely grandpa gave everyone one of these. 


He said to put in out pocket so whenever we're feeling lazy or unmotivated, we can reach in our pocket and remember to put our BUTT-ON GEAR!

Well this little thing got lost in an instant...

And I recently found it and it reminded me to get my butt on gear with this blog and my journal writing. Then the our home teachers message was about journal writing. So I then got another nudge to remind me to just do it already. 

Writing in journals is something that I used to do regularly. I enjoy looking through the things that I have written and reminiscing the past. Good and bad. I think one of the best things about it is that my kids will one day be able to read them and learn from them. They will see my true feelings about the world we live in and how I survived through all the trials that comes with it. 

So here I am, once again, rededicating myself to recording all the wonderful, scary, exciting, ambitious, crazy things that happens in my life. 

Just gotta get my BUTTON GEAR!!!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

18 months - No. 2

Well, whaddya know! Little Miss Destructonator has made it to 18 months!!!


Although I think that it is more appropriate to say that Maverick and I has made it through 18 months with our insanity (somewhat) in tact. 

She now weighs in at 24.5 lbs and is 32.5" tall. Right in the average mark. 

When we found out that we were going to have a girl we knew that we were in for trouble. And holy heck! This girl sure lives up to expectations!!!
She is energetic, sassy, stubborn and soooo much trouble! All disguised by a super pretty, super cute appearance. So don't be fooled. You've been warned! The real reason why she's cute is so that she can get away with all the trouble that she gets into. 
Ok, I guess she's not ALWAYS trouble (maybe just 80% of the time), she can also be quite sweet and extremely funny. I enjoy getting my Heeya cuddles specially the just woken up ones. She has a way of finding a perfect spot in your lap (or arm or tummy or face) even if it means moving you to fit her needs. 

She is VERY friendly and says hi to every single person that we go past by anywhere. 

She loves to share. If you ask her nicely, she will willingly share whatever it is that she has. Even the half chewed candy in her mouth. 
These two are quite the partners, yet, quite the enemies! They LOVE each other and play together so nicely ... UNTIL ... one decides to hit, or get annoyed, or have had enough ... then its World War Mitton House!!!

Just like big bro, Halia's favorite place is outdoors. Truly following in Hyrum's footsteps, she loves to play with sticks, rocks, mud and I honestly always find them hunched over and observing (bothering/smooshing) bugs or insects. 

I think that it is crazy how gender roles automatically comes to play. Because even if my tough little lady can definitely hold her own in the playground (thanks to Hy!), she can also be quite gentle. Her absolute favorite toy is her baby doll. She loves to wrap the baby up in a blanket and rock it while making shushing sounds. She puts the baby in a toy stroller with a sippy cup and pushes it around so proudly. So even if all she really plays with are cars and swords with Hyrum, natural nurturing tendencies comes out when she plays by herself. Which is really fun to watch. 
Her other favorite toys are her pull along buzzy bee, blocks, stuffed toys, balls and she absolutely LOVES books! 

Back during childless days, I told Maverick that we need to have at least one girl so that I can have my dancer. Well my wish may come true with this one because she is quite the performer. If there's a song playing (esp Gangnam Style) guarantee she will start grooving to it. In the house, car, store, or from a TV commercial, during a parade, while eating, wherever it is, when the music goes on she will for sure do her funny little groove. 
At 18 months, Halia is quite a chatter box. Hyrum talked a lot at this age, but my heck, Halia just babbles ALL DAY LONG!!! Most of the time I/we can't really understand what she is saying but once in a while we'll catch on and realize that particular sounds actually mean something. She's getting a lot better at copying words and she even has some small sentences like daddy at work (daddya wok), peekaboo I see you (pitabo ah she yaw),  baby/daddy/mommy/Hyrum where are you (bibi/daddy/mommy/hyra we ah ooo), I don't know (ah no no), open the door (opetaw ba dow), mommy watch (mommy wash), did u see that (she dat), here you go (eh gow), drink of water/milk please (dink wawa/moke peez), eww sticky poopy (ewwee ticky poopy), and love you (wang yuuu). 

We are quite in love with our Heeya Mia. Our lives are definitely more exciting with our crazy strong-willed energizer bunny. 
She is one WILD child but we wouldn't want it any other way!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Invisible Mother

Sometimes I get in a RUT...

Like an I feel sorry for myself rut...

A got to, have to, NEED to do something else with my life kinda rut...

An I'm soooo effin lazy kinda rut...

An I didnt write hundreds of pages of essays, lost countless hours of sleep prepping for tests, paid thousands of dollars for a degree so that I can sit at home and sing my ABC's all day kinda rut...

I'm sure you get the point...

Anyways, I was feeling like this for the past few days. 
It has been a hard process for me to adjust to my role as a full-time mother and most days I am absolutely THRILLED that I can stay at home and be their main caregiver. But, since we just bought a house and expenses have been higher than usual, I have been feeling pretty useless not being able to contribute when I know that I can get a pretty good paying job...

Then, I came across this article tonight.

AND, I am, yet again, humbled and brought back to my senses of why I do what I do...

Why I practice my hard-earned Bachelors Degree by writing ABC's and counting to 10...

Why I take out my $30 a piece oil paintbrushes for dollar store paints...

Why I pass up big bucks to play with blocks and kiss boo boos...


"It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I’m on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I’m thinking, ‘Can’t you see I’m on the phone?’
Obviously not; no one can see if I’m on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all. I’m invisible. The invisible Mom. Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more! Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this?? 
Some days I’m not a pair of hands; I’m not even a human being. I’m a clock to ask, ‘What time is it?’ I’m a satellite guide to answer, ‘What number is the Disney Channel?’ I’m a car to order, ‘Right around 5:30, please.’
Some days I’m a crystal ball; ‘Where’s my other sock? Where’s my phone?, What’s for dinner?’
I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history, music and literature -but now, they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again. She’s going, she’s going, and she’s gone!
One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England . She had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when she turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, ‘I brought you this.’ It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe. I wasn’t exactly sure why she’d given it to me until I read her inscription: ‘With admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.’
In the days ahead I would read – no, devour – the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work: 1) No one can say who built the great cathedrals – we have no record of their names. 2) These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished. 3) They made great sacrifices and expected no credit. 4) The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything. 
A story of legend in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, ‘Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof, No one will ever see it And the workman replied, ‘Because God sees.’ 
I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was Almost as if I heard God whispering to me, ‘I see you. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does.
No act of kindness you’ve done, no sequin you’ve sewn on, no cupcake you’ve baked, no Cub Scout meeting, no last minute errand is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can’t see right now what it will become.
I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree. 
When I really think about it, I don’t want my son to tell the friend he’s bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, ‘My Mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for 3 hours and presses all the linens for the table.’ That would mean I’d built a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, he’d say, ‘You’re gonna love it there…’ 
As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we’re doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible mothers.
—Anonymous"
Rome wasn't built in a day... 
I'm sure people who built Rome had RUTTEN days too (you see what I did there...hahaha)
And I bet they had great mothers!

I love my kids and it is my eternal duty to be their mother. 
To teach them how to become great people who will someday achieve GREATNESS!!!

Sure it is very hard to see that now...

But i'll make sure it happens.


Friday, June 14, 2013

Big Step

Between HGTV, Pinterest and library books, I've been educating myself on how to DIY renovate a house. Wondering why?

That right people! 
We just bought our first house!!!

It is quite a fixer upper because its literally 100 years old. But Mav and I fell in love with it BECAUSE of its oldness. We love the feeling of it, we love the character and we especially love that the price is sooo right!!!

It's all pretty exciting, yet very VERY nerve wracking! 
It has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a beautiful dining and living room, fenced in backyard and a long awaited laundry room. The kitchen and bathroom needs some serious work and the carpet has seen better days so we will start the renovations with those three first. 
Living room. Doors on the side leading to the dining area.
Dining room with bay window leading into the kitchen
It's all going so fast coz we just randomly decided to see if we can get approved for a home loan one day then next minute WAHHBAMMM! we're singing papers!!! 

So maybe this time we will be able to stay in one place for longer than 6 months. 

Since leaving Hawaii in April 2011 we will have moved 4 times! That's crazy! 2 of those moves the kids and I were in New Zealand and Mav moved everything by himself and the other one I was 8 months pregnant. This next one will be the only 'normal' move that we will be doing. 

Not that anything we do is particularly normal...

So new adventures up ahead for us. I feel so adult!!!