Friday, May 4, 2012

Two years' eve

Two years ago tomorrow, may 4th, my dad passed away unexpectedly. Losing a loved one and readjusting to life 'without' them is no easy feat for the family and friends that were close to that person. losing my dad was no exception.
Nobody looks back on life and thinks, “man Im glad I worked all those hours”. Instead, people think about all the fun and positive things they did with the people they cared about. Looking at my dad’s life ive decided to expound on a few of the positive attributes that he demonstrated and how he has influenced me.
My dad was one to help others in any way possible. Help pay friends' bills, change a light bulb for my grandma, hand some cash to a homeless person on the street, help someone push their stalled car (cause his old mustang needed to be pushed more often than not so he was probably paying it forward haha)...anything to help someone who needed it more than he did, he always did what he could. I try to remember this about him because I think we can all use a little help, and we can all benefit from service to others here and there.

he always told me to be friends with all kinds of people and be nice to everyone. he taught me not to discriminate and that all people have something to offer. he definitely practiced what he preached..he was friendly to everyone. the kind of friendly where he would go into a store and be on first-name/talk-story basis with the people working there. he knew people all across the country because of his frequent cross-country road trips even in the most random tiny towns in the middle of nowhere. i admired that about him..and i think i got the driving bug from him because i can drive for hours on end by myself and love it haha

his passion, his laughter and his voice are things i hope to remember forever because his voice was strong yet caring, and you could tell when he was passionate about something. wether it was about his work with the union or family or hawaii or food...anything..his voice and his laughter had a presence. even in writing, his voice came through. when i was very young, he would write me lengthy letters about things that i did not understand then, but thankfully my mom kept all the cards and letters he gave me over the years. he would write sentiments in cards and words of wisdom in 6+ page letters and im glad he did because i have them all and i read them and hear his voice. his laughter was unexpected because he always looked serious to someone who didnt know him just because of his large physical stature, but he loved to laugh and make others laugh. and he was good at it.

looking back on the last two years, even after my dad has passed on, i can still see his influence in my life and i know that will continue. just because a person is "gone" does not mean they are forgotten. 
always, "a hui hou" 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Trending now: fringe bikini..DIY!

soo while I was in california last weekend, I went to nordstrom to buy pink glitter toms for my two year old niece. they were adorable on her and she kept calling them her "dancing shoes" cause that girl loves to dance. Anyway, while I was there I wandered past the swimwear for this season and became obsessed with a neon green (and also the turquoise one) fringe bikini bandeau top...but I was not obsessed with the $70 price tag. Since then I had been thinking of a way to re-create that look. So I found an inexpensive bikini top for $4.50 at forever 21 and decided to make it my own, mine is a bandeau but this would look cute on a halter too. I was feeling creative today and went to Joann fabrics and picked out a neon pink swimsuit material for $16.99 per yard. I got a quarter yard and some 100% polyester thread in purple (because it has more give than cotton for stretchy fabrics). A quarter yard is more than enough, which gave me room for mistakes. I cut the fabric to the shape of the bandeau top and decided to do the same shape along the bottom of the fringe instead of a straight edge. I began cutting small strips almost to the top of the piece of fabric, not all the way so i had room to sew the top edge to the swimsuit itself.

 The cutting of the strips was a little time consuming, but you can cut them as skinny or as wide as you want them to be (The sharper your scissors the better). I prefer a skinnier look. And voila! this is the finished product. You can also do the bottoms of your bikini if you want, but I just did the top so I can mix & match my swimmies for fun :) now go try it! make your own custom cute bikini for the summer for under $10!

Monday, April 2, 2012

mini "cinnamon rolls"

So yesterday was April General Conference, my favorite time of year is conference. Mom came down to my house and we (ok, she)cooked all day because I am busy with school so she made various meals for me to have ready to eat for the week. she's amazing right?! well anyway, she was making quiche and had an extra ready-made pie crust and so i took it, slathered some melted butter on it (about a tablespoon), and sprinkled a good cup or cup and a half of cinnamon sugar on it. I rolled it up and cut it into 8 round pieces and popped them in the oven in a greased pie pan for 15-20 minutes at 350. I made some simple icing for them with a half cup of powedered and a tiny bit of milk (just enough to barely moisten it) and mixed it up. When my mini treats came out of the oven and were golden brown and crispy around the edges, i dabbed a little bit of icing on them and that melted down over them. voila! mini "cinnamon rolls". a quick and super easy breakfast treat a classic that my mom's grandma used to do for them when they were kids on thanksgiving when they had leftover pie crust, and also something my mom did for me growing up. so try em! share our lil family 'tradition'.