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This week Eva turned 22 months old! Two months until the big TWO! I’ve already started planning her birthday party. It will be at my Dad’s ranch back in Texas. I’m so excited we’ll be spending her birthday with family this year.

Here are a few other pictures I love from this week. They’re mostly iPhone pics, because it was just one of those weeks.

Other than that, it’s been a pretty quiet week for us, except for our many trips to the beach and pool.

Here’s a video of Eva swimming around in her puddle jumper. It’s kind of long so feel free to skip it, haha.
This is the kind of puddle jumper she’s wearing:
Supposedly it helps kids learn to swim. We’ll see!
I’ve finally been feeling Damian’s hiccups lately. I felt them all the time with Eva, but this time it’s a bit different. The hiccups are coming from very, very low in my pelvis. I could always tell this baby is sitting lower than my first, but now it’s super obvious. I don’t think there is much a difference in the position of my belly, though.
I was able to sell a few things of Eva’s and in turn I’ve started to buy things for Damian.
Originally, I was going to keep Eva’s old car seat carrier and buy a new cover for it from Graco since hers was pink (Did you know you could do that? It saves a lot of money!). I was able to sell it for a good price here, though (since car seats are ridiculously expensive if you buy them locally) and I bought Damian this one instead:

I bought him this cute little doll from supersockmonkeys (also on Etsy):

I also bought Damian’s crib blanket from Brooke Van Gory Designs on Etsy. It’s custom so I won’t have a picture to share until it arrives.
Finally, I bought him his “Going Home” outfit, which I don’t want to share until the big day. 🙂

Day 28: Land

Today’s prompt, “land,” can’t help but make me think of Texas, and my Daddy’s ranch. I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by miles and miles of elbow room; to run around with my cousins, ride horses, and fish for crabs in the Rio Grande.  I’d write more about it, but I already did so here, coincidentally a year ago this month.

Day 15: Tree

I love looking at trees. Especially at really weird, interesting ones. This is probably the coolest tree I’ve ever seen. And the stinkiest. Scratch that. The stinkiest tree I’ve ever seen is on the Manoa Campus by Paradise Palms Cafe. I don’t know what it’s called, but you can smell it for miles (slightly exaggerating). Anyway, the coolest tree I’ve ever seen is the cannonball tree in Waimea Valley. It has big, beautiful red flowers that turn to fruit that looks like cannonballs. The fruit smells so bad that you can rub it on yourself if you’re out of insect repellant. Pretty neat evolutionary trait, huh?

I also love banyan trees. Roots are always growing down from the branches, making me want to swing from them like George of the Jungle. One of my favorite roads is Nuuanu Pali, where the hang on the road in the creepiest fashion:

Here are some of pictures of other pretty trees on Oahu:

And a couple from here in Tanzania:


Yesterday my mum took me to my favorite restaurant, Sea Ranch, for a delicious meal. When you walk into the waiting area of the restaurant, there is a little shop that sells fine and handmade jewelry. I was scanning the trinkets for something I might like when something unusual caught my eye. In a sea of golds and silvers there was a black beaded necklace with a pendant on the end of it. The pendant was of a geographical shape with a flag on it— MY flag. The flag of the country I will be moving to. No other piece of jewelry in the store had any sort of flag or country shape to it. Not one person that I know of on my tiny island is from that country or even that region. The necklace was completely out of place and had no apparent reason for being there.
“What does this mean,” I wondered.
I happen to believe in signs. I don’t think they ever come to you when you are looking for them. There are too many distractions when you are looking. But every now and then, they come.
So I bought the necklace, even though it cost $20 and I’ll probably find the same exact one for $1 when I get there. I bought the necklace even though I’m not exactly sure what it means. Maybe it’ll be a good luck charm for my upcoming adventure.
I obviously can’t post a picture of it yet, but I’ll definitely come back to this post and share it. For now, here’s a picture of the beautiful sunset I watched from my table shortly after.
Do you believe in signs?