June 25, 2017

This week in pictures | week 2 of summer

I'm doing a lot better since finishing my Z pack.  Doing nothing, just to rest, is a hard task being the start of summer and all.  I've rescheduled coffee plans. Postponed play dates. Skipped beach day Tuesdays.  In fact, the only person I let in the house this week was the pest exterminator.

On the other hand, it's relaxing being effortless.  See where the day takes you kinda mindset is nice for a change.

And so, here's our photo montage of week 2:

Father's Day brunch at Joe's Cafe right after the Wonder Woman matinee!

June 17, 2017

This week in pictures | week 1 of summer

I was so sick this week.

But it didn't stop me from surrendering to our first week of escapades. Summer brings out the late-morning risers in us Huis so although I've been infected the kids have let me roll out of bed at a decent hour.  Plus the fact that we are all so freak'n happy has contributed to my positive recovery.

And so...our photo montage of week 1:

Park day fix before the heat wave sets in.

June 11, 2017

This week in pictures | Last week of school

I made homemade peanut butter this week and it tasted really good on David's waffles.

waffles with homemade peanut butter

May 28, 2017

Mother of all holidays

Finally got a chance to post my favorite memories from Mother's Day starting with three words every Mom wants to hear on Mother's Day - I am sorry.

May 26, 2017


...or flash back Friday to two years ago when I conducted one of my infamous back door photo seshes.  

Presley used to give me the most back lash because he couldn't stand posing for pictures.  I don't blame him.  It's tormenting for all parties involved.  But I've taught them that suffering together helps the greater good of preserving memories.  

He seemed to follow the same pattern of emotions laid out in ten phases without fail - every time.  

Phase 1: The Almighty Attitude

May 05, 2017

Play by play

growing up hui

I survived Pali Camp week.  Truman was only gone for 2 nights and 3 days.  But it's an eternity in my world.

April 15, 2017

This week in pictures | Arizona in 4 days

things to do in arizona

It all started when I called a family meeting to discuss our road trip to Arizona.  Presley was the only one who took notes.  Since then, he's been promoted from middle child to favorite child.  How cute are his check boxes!!

April 02, 2017

Andy Warhol: Revisited

Andy Warhol: Revisited 30 years later

Andy Warhol: Revisited 30 years later

My Dad used to drive a Silver Shadow just like Andy Warhol.  I think that makes my Dad iconic too.

The kids had Friday off in honor of Caesar Chavez so we drove over the hill to Santa Monica in the late afternoon to Revolver Gallery to view Andy Warhol:Revisited 30 Years Later.  Bergamont Station has become a cultivated community of art galleries geared toward art lovers who want that one-stop viewing experience.  Where have I been?? I seriously don't get out enough.

Perspire to greatness

I've had low energy lately.  Lately means the last 10 years and 8 months.  So I joined the gym. I'm supposed to perspire to greatness because that's what keeps on flashing in front of me during my fat burning workout.  But somehow I have no energy now and my sweaty self is forced to shower everyday.  I could use those spa minutes to do something much more productive...zzzzzz.

I do get enough sleep every night.

get your seven hours of sleep every night

March 06, 2017

The long and the short of it

Here's what the last two months have been like, but first a poem...

Roses are red.

2nd grade Valentine's party filled with crafts and games

Violets are blue.

2nd grade class party

He always said...

2nd grade Valentine's party filled with crafts and games

I'd be his Valentine's Day boo.

January 08, 2017

Holiday recap 2016

Happy 2017 guys!! I can't believe another year is over and a new beginning is on the horizon.  This means another year added to my blog which makes it nine years since I launched growing up hui.

Thank you for following along, for finding our little speck appealing in this mega virtual world, and for listening to me moan and groan about motherhood.  I know I'm lucky.  My kids are healthy.  I'm still married.  I have central heating and cozy slippers to snuggle our toes in.  And my dog thinks I'm bad ass.

I recently glanced over bits/pieces of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. The last time I read his book was in college! It really stuck and I'm ready to commit to a few 2017 goals for myself. Not for my kids or David but for MYSELF.

Enough about reflection and cheers to a new year.  I wish you an abundance of progress, hope, and much love. Now for another growing up hui holiday edition...

Parents top-secret stop to Target at wee hours.  Plus Sensodyne pick-up for David.

Holiday breaks always include doctors appointments.

Library run..."Where Willy Went...the big story of a little sperm".  Too early?

Power reclining for the first time.  Comfy as everyone says it is.

Christmas was kinda, sorta A-M-A(hold the note in high octave)-Z-I-N-G.  My family came over for dinner.

And drinks.

David used the sous vide method to cook his meat this year...in an igloo! It was juicy from edge to edge.

All hail dinner rolls made from scratch.  Thank you for rising for my family.

Sugary leftovers to last a week.

Cousins got crafty.

Santa got cookies.

New galactic addition to our tree.

David and his sis got Etsy this year.

Christmas morning is the best sight to see.

Door-to-door caroling.

The only one singing out of tune was me.

Choral finale at Karen and Rex's home.

Making spirits bright.

They make our neighborhood spectacular.

My sis-n-law came to stay with us for twelve days.  In between rainy days and round-the-clock, longing appetites...

We did achieve some low impact movement.

Encountered extreme obstacles while hiking.

Time away from school always brings them closer together.

Pickles doesn't mind the full-time company.

The Huis travel to old L.A.

Historical Olvera Street.

Charming little tchotchkes.

World famous taquitos since 1934.

Coin toss wishes.

Fatigue sets in for the middle child.

Sat this one out at Union Station.

Anna has so much energy for my kids...which makes her a great Auntie.

A new playground right in the middle of the arts district.  Bravo Recreation & Parks, bravo.

Life imitates art.

Downtown wall crawl.

Universal City Walk.

NYE's dinner and a movie (ROGUE ONE!!).

Pitter pattering in the rain.

Then more kisses and food undertaking via Ktown.

Playing house.

Comfortable silence with new friends.

Public transit...

To levitated leaves.

Afternoon tea.

They passed in all areas of social graces.

Oysters after outlet shopping.

I have a selfie stick guys!! Thanks Anna!!!!!

...And that's a wrap!

Happy New Year...may you gain more passion and purpose with all that this wonderful life has to offer.