Bonjour mes amis!

This year I’ve learned a lot. About being a mom. About blogging. About myself.

I learned that your babies can’t stay your babies forever. They have to grow up and go to Kindergarten. Without you.

I learned that I like consistent change on my blog, whether it’s content or photography style.

I learned that I am officially obsessed with everything Disney, especially Disneybounding and Disneyland.

And finally, I learned even if I’m on a crazy emotional roller coaster, as long as I have my family, I’ll be alright.

No matter what holiday you celebrate, I hope you and yours have a fabulous one.

With much love, bacon, and sprinkles,
Arbine

P.S. I’m taking a little blogging break over the next few weeks. I’ll still be on G+Twitter, or Facebook, but the updates will most likely be very sporadic.

All photos except last one by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili and Marcus Hoapili
Last photo by Shannon Sasaki

1. Free family activities at the library.

2. Making Rice Krispie treats.

3. Putting cute stickers on envelopes.

4. When my 5-year-old makes piles and piles of old toys to donate. “Because some kids don’t have any toys,” she said. I may have teared up.

5. The urge to create. There are so many things I want to make. I now have a DIY board on Pinterest.

To learn more about the Grace in Small Things movement check out the website here.

Photo by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili

Yesterday my husband and I took care of some errands sans kids. And I have to tell you, it was nice.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love my daughters a ton, but not having to say ,”Stop it!” or “Don’t touch that!” or “Walking feet please!” or “Stop annoying your sister!” every five minutes was great.

We also got to hold hands. Which, even after all this time, I still love to do. It makes me feel special. What can I say? Beneath my naturally sarcastic nature, I’m a romantic.

I love my husband.

Being with him makes me happy.

And the fact that he’s super handsome doesn’t hurt.

Photo by Marcus Hoapili

Tis the season of giving but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a few things I’d love Santa to leave under the Christmas tree for me.

Disney Gift Card
We’re planning on taking our daughters to Disneyland next year (budget permitting) and this would help us pay for part of the trip.

Panasonic Lumix Micro Four-Thirds Camera
Compact yet still takes high quality photos.

Kate Spade Word to the Wise Francis Purse
I’ve been coveting this for quite a while now.

Airline Tickets
If it’s to anywhere outside of Hawaii, I’m in.

Doughnuts
Well, duh.

Thanks again to Megan of The Nerdy Girlie and Kristin of Super Space Chick for creating 5 Fandom Friday!

Image Credits
Disney Gift Card | Camera | Purse | Flight Tag Poster | Doughnut

1. Small wrinkles around my eyes when I smile.

2. Homemade gumbo.

3. The comfort of lying on your couch after a long day.

4. Bath towels straight out of the dryer.

5. The little moments that make all the stress of being a stay-at-home mom worth it.

To learn more about the Grace in Small Things movement check out the website here

Photo by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili 

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