Quality time with the Que’s

Aug 15, 2017Lifestyle

Hello! As I mentioned in my last blog post, my week has been filled with cute kids and too-hot-to-do-anything-except-swimming temperatures. It’s been mostly uneventful, and I got to spend a lot of much needed quality time with my family. I wanted to keep a clear schedule so I could truly have a little vacation from my usual go-go-go schedule during vacations. I didn’t even tell my Arizona friends I was in town, which I probably should have, but I just really felt like I needed this time to retreat and restore.

Isaac’s first day of pre-school

We woke up early, and strapped the kids into the car. Isaac was reading one of his favorite books on the drive over, and Rachel sat calmly staring out the window. We arrived at the school and Isaac followed his mommy along while licking his “pop pop” that mommy gave him that morning. His teacher greeted us at the door and Lyn signed him in. My sister let go of his hand and he immediately reached for her hand again. He cried on his first day of school, just like I did. My heart melted, but we knew he was in good hands. When we picked him up we had another special pop pop.

Got my 13” MacBook Pro laptop screen fixed for free!

If you have a 13” MacBook Pro retina display laptop, you might have encountered a stain on your screen that won’t go away. After a quick google search, I learned that a bunch of other customers had this same problem. It was referred to as #StainGate. It was a flaw in Apple’s manufacturing of the display screens. I booked a repair appointment online at https://getsupport.apple.com/ and got it fixed in a day!

Arizona heat is no joke

All week, there was 100-degree dry heat. I had no desire to leave the house. Well, one day I did go window shopping at an indoor mall (so that I could practice resisting the urge to buy things, I told myself). My parents bought a big beautiful home in Arizona and the pool is so key in the summer. We spent a lot of time swimming with my nephew whose favorite thing was jumping in the deep end doing funny poses. My baby niece joined in too and relaxed hardcore in a little floaty.

All you can eat sushi

This place is awesome. Akita Sushi is an all-you-can-eat sushi spot in Scottsdale. Lunch is $13.95 per person and dinner is $21.95. It’s so worth it if you know you’re hungry and you’re craving sushi – which is like, all the time for me. I scarfed down a bowl of miso soup and 3 delicious specialty rolls, and I wasn’t even that hungry. There are also unlimited nigiri and hand rolls. My brother introduced us to the place so when he raved about the green tea ice cream and fried banana desserts, we had to try it… and it did not disappoint!

Let’s Go Dbacks

My brother and I watched the Diamondbacks vs Cubs game. He gets a student discount on ticket prices, so we only paid $5 each! The seats were way up on the bleachers, but we had a really good view of everything from up there.

It’s getting harder to say goodbye

My flight departing Arizona was at 5am, so the night before, I gave my nephew and niece kisses before they went to bed and hugged my sister and brother tight. I live so far away, it’s not easy to just stop by for a visit. And each year I come to visit so many things change. It was so good to be with them again, and I wish I could see them more often.

1 Comment

  1. Lyn

    I love this read! Missing you so much, Relly!


Leave a Reply


Morning 1.28.19
Moments Travel

Motu Mahaea (Taha’a): French Polynesia Photo Journals

Photo journal from this idyllic motu (island) just off Taha'a on July 1, 2019. We sailed there and anchored in...
Moments Photo Diaries

Sunset casa

The casa basking in the golden glow of sunset — my favorite time of day at home. No filter needed....

Mt. Pioa also known as "Rainmaker" - September 21, 2019

Sessions: Meagan + Hideyo waterfall maternity shoot

An off-the-beaten-path maternity session with Meagan and Hideyo at a beautiful hidden waterfall. We managed 3 outfit changes in about...
Mood Board

Reminders To Self

The last few weeks have been up and down and all around for me. I've been finding myself to be...

It's 11pm. I've been editing photos for the past 5 hours. And my eyelids are fighting sleep. I used to...

No place…

Like home. Walking back home from a morning swim. Happy Friday!

Merry Christmas ya filthy animals!

Lifestyle Photo Diaries

Snorkeling in Gataivai

Living next to a beach is pretty freaking awesome. I can get in the water as often as I want,...
Journal Lifestyle Photo Diaries

Attempting to Sate My Travel Wanderlust at Home

I've missed the feeling of traveling... having a new destination to go to and taking the scenic route. So we...

Pre-sunset snorkel

Snaps that Ian and I took on our Olympus Tough-series waterproof camera. Snorkeling in the front yard with Yodi the...

Breakfast and lunch today.


Palolo harvest was good this year! Ian brought back a medium sized tupperware full and we sold it the very...
Journal Lifestyle

Journal 4/52: View (and Perspectives)

From the inside looking out and vice versa. The view out my window is green and gray. And the mess...

Sailing Sea Casa with friends

Hanging out with Connor Jackson (SV Sea Casa) and a few friends this weekend for a day sail on the...
Culture Lifestyle Photo Diaries

2021 Farm Fair at Fagatogo Market

March 26, 2021 - Snaps around the Fagatogo Market during the Farm Fair Gabs got us each a fresh cold...

LIFE: This is MY Blog

Life is happening. I have been contemplating whether I should post my personal life stories on my blog, or whether...
Moments Photo Diaries

Sunday brunch by the water

Sunday brunching at the treehouse hammock. Ian made probably the best avo tomato toast I've ever had.

A Letter to You, the Reader

Thank you. Whoever you are, wherever you may be. I am thankful for your presence here and the time you...