May 6, 2017


 This is gonna be a busy month folks...chock full of good stuff (and by that I mean graduation and all the many moving parts that come with it)  Figured I better update the April happenings first...

Prom!!  And may I be the first to say how nicely she cleans up. 

This young man didn't do so badly himself!

They had a great time and it was a really nice day of dressing, hair(ing) and laughing

Fast forward about 12 hours and it was Easter!

Not a whole lot of sleep for these two, but they were back together looking sharp again for sunrise service!

And sailing season...

Not a very photo friendly event since they sail too far out in the open ocean, but my friend who coaches another team captured these of Olivia sailing past the Baldwin family yacht.    Not a great season for MidPac this year, but they had fun and hey, it's never a bad day if you are on the water!

And Emily has been busy with her music.  She was nominated for the Oahu Honor Band which is a selected band made up of students from all over the island.  They practice together every weekend for month and then have a concert.

It's a great opportunity to work with other directors and kids.  Our Holy Family team had a great time!  They really sounded amazing.

She was super proud 

She absolutely adores her band director and just found out Thursday she is leaving the island due to military orders for her husband.  The kids are feeling devastated at the moment, but she has instilled in them a brave spirit and a love for music that will carry them along.  Change is hard.

But...being the awesome sauce teacher that she is, she used her connections to get Emily a private lesson with on of the Hawaii Symphony players, and they hit it off big time!  They are going to continue lessons over the summer :)

And now we are in May which always starts with a May Day celebration at school.  It's a big production but lots of fun and Emily's class did a traditional Samoan slap dance (see my video on FB) 

She has had a great 6th grade year.  Her class is known for it's kindness and friendliness.  They are a very nice bunch!

This weekend is Olivia's big hula show followed by Emily's Spring Band concert next week.  Sports banquet, Senior parent reception at Midpac, Mother's Day, Grandpa coming to visit, finals, Baccalaureate service, graduation, last day of school and who knows what else.  It's all good stuff, just trying to savor all the moments!

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April 17, 2017

As Emily mentioned below, we hadn't posted in a while so there is a fair amount of catching up to do.  
Back when it was winter, Olivia had her winter ball...

I didn't get to take any photos myself because she and her peeps got dressed together, but I had to share this one and the original uncropped version.  I thought that was pretty funny.  Ahem young man...

Then she had the nerve to turn 18.  We had a lot of fun going to a local Japanese store and buying her 18 gifts.  Some were amazing, (rice cooker) and some were ridiculous (instant curry mix) but it was a cool way to celebrate.

She is fast becoming a lovely grown up.  Well, maybe slowly but either way, it's happening :)

Then there is little Miss Nori, who is also growing up.  She had to be spayed recently and instead of trying to keep a cone on her for two weeks we bought her a "suitical" to keep her away from her stitches.  You can see how much she loved it :)

She eventually came around 

Overall she does a great job of tolerating us in her home

And I tolerate coming home to her passing out on my dinner table after a rousing round of kill the mouse.  

Finally we reached Spring Break!  David took off some time so it was a week full of a little of this and a little of that.  Breaks are always a good time to have a crazy person climb your coconut tree and cut them down.  

They are also a good time to go to the beach!

And the Symphony

We found this little guy sitting in our yard and figured it was injured but couldn't see anything wrong.  We held it as long as we wanted and when we put it down it flew off!  We looked it up and sure enough, this bird will let you hold it!  

More beach

And these guys are back too!  Just beautiful

Ok, that is probably enough overload for now.  I will post Prom and Easter photos later.  

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HI! i want to start off by saying, NO I am not my mother. I am her second born child and I am highly aware that all of you like to see the updates on my families' life ASAP! I was looking at her blog today and realized she had not posted since DECEMBER!!! So I, Emily Hughes, am here today to update you on our amazing families' life. 
(and yes my mother knows)

Picking back up in late December, early January, I had a small 12th birthday party with a few of my closest friends. We went to CPK and then saw the movie "Sing"!

Also, I got BRACES!
Here is a before...

Here is a "during."
Yes, i know! This is the most beautiful picture EVER!
(I do autographs!)

And here is the AFTER!!! 
I really like the way it turned out!
Just last weak I got the bands, to help my overbite.

School was pretty busy. I worked on my science fair board and I really like the way it turned out. Yes, after the science fair, it did somehow make its way into a very special place! 
(the trash) 
I wonder who put it there.

And of course my mom as busy as she always is, had to make a Photo Booth for catholic schools week. Yay Moms!!

On the subject of catholic schools week here are a few of the best moments of it.

Jump rope for heart

Dress 50's day

And the talent show!

Moving on to February

I did solo and ensemble for the second time

I did really well 

And got a red ribbon!!

Ok...Mother jumping back in.  Emily started this post during her Spring Break and never finished it so I'm cutting her off.  I actually have some new things to post so I will pick up where she left off.  Thanks Emily!!

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