How I Halloween.

If you know me, you know the picture below is a big deal!

This is the first time in our marriage of 4 years that we coordinated a costume, or even dressed up for Halloween.

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Best Walmart purchase I’ve made in a long time.

I am not a big Halloween person.. I’m more of an October person.

Scary Movies… no way, I’m good with Hocus Pocus.

Reese’s Pumpkins….ABSOLUTELY!

Haunted Corn Maze/Houses/Psych Wards/Anything Scary… no thank you.

Caramel Candies….YES!!

Pumpkin carving.. Yes I’ll do it, but I’m not a regular carver.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!….YES!!!!

Fall Colors…I would be all for the month being longer!

Dressing up… Only if I’m obligated to.

Sweatshirts… not as common in sunny St. George but I’m all for them.

I imagine that I’ll “Halloween” more when I have a cute baby to dress up of my own, because that sounds like so much more fun!

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2018 Leniola Tua’one Halloween Party… I forgot to grab my costume for the picture!  I’m so out of practice!!!!

However, if by some chance, I do ever become a true “Halloween-er” (is that the correct term?)… I’ve now seen the standard in which I’ll be aspiring to.

The hubby’s parents.

Nola and Leni

#relationshipgoals #parentgoals #grandparentgoals

 

The Mask of Zorro and Elena.  Amazing, right?!?

Happy Halloween!… Goodbye October… Hello THANKSGIVING!

love, hannah jane

 

Temporary Hoarders

As we have seen time and time again, we are so thankful for the ongoing support we always receive as we prepare ourselves for adoption!

For the last 2-3 weeks, we have been receiving LOADS, copious amounts, a plethora, an overabundance, a superabundance (do you get what I’m trying to say?) of donations for our Yard Sale and we are so HUMBLED by the generosity of loved ones, friends, and even acquaintances.

Our current status of our home is a STORAGE UNIT.

We feel like hoarders.

I’m not even joking.

There is a continuous path throughout our home so we can get to the back door (front door is blocked by boxes), bathroom, our bedroom (which is the only room that we have room to sit in at all), and a path to the kitchen.

Last night we ate dinner in the garage at a table that was donated, because our kitchen table is covered with donation boxes.

My expectations for the amount of items we would have available for this Yard Sale has been exceeded about ten times.

We are so thankful and so blessed, and so ready to have this Yard Sale and Bake Sale (which I need to start baking like yesterday…)!

Please spread the word!

See you this Saturday!

love, hannah jane

“Rummage Sale: Nothing alive or gross, please!”

Speaking to my Gilmore Girls fans out there… do you remember the episode when Lorelei volunteers to host the town’s “Rummage Sale” at her house?

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The Gilmore house is covered with bags and boxes, and Lorelei refuses to give up anything of hers, claiming she wears every single thing in her closet!

–> Need a reminder? <–

(Yes, I am a huge Gilmore Girls fan! #teamlogan)

Before we had officially announced that we were going to adopt, in the back of my mind, I wanted to have a yard sale to help cover the funds for adoption expenses.

I know that a Yard Sale won’t cover everything, but every little bit helps!

I told Hailame over and over again that I wanted to do a Yard Sale, and never made a move on it.

Part of the reason I was holding back was because I knew we didn’t have enough items to sell/Hailame wouldn’t give up items I did want to sell (Hence the Gilmore Girls Connection)!

The other part was that I didn’t know if our neighbors, friends, or family would be willing to donate their unwanted belongings to us.

With a leap of faith, I sent out a message to all our friends, neighborhood and family that we were looking for donations for our Adoption Fundraising Yard Sale, and within a day or two, we had donations coming through our door.

Our second bedroom is loaded with bags and boxes full of donations. I’ve had to stuff some of it in the closets and pile it up everywhere and anywhere to make room for visitors at our home, and we still have about two weeks until our yard sale, and we are still getting text messages asking if more donations can be dropped off.

We are so loved!

If you are in St. George, Utah save the date.

November 3rd 🙂

love, hannah jane

 

 

 

 

The Honey Moon-a-versary

Our anniversary was on a Wednesday this year, and rather than waiting to celebrate on the weekend, Hailame and I splurged a little and decided to take the day of our anniversary off and spend the day together.

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***QUICK SIDE STORY***

One thing that Hailame is very good at is listening for the little things that I say, and when I completely forget about them, he surprises me.

While we were engaged, I mentioned that I always wanted to stay in a hotel room that had a gigantic Jacuzzi in the main room, not the bathroom area.

I didn’t really think anything of it past that small mention, but he took the time before our wedding looking for a hotel room that had a gigantic Jacuzzi in the main area of the hotel room.

It was the most wonderful surprise walking into our hotel room the first night as a married couple!  The Jacuzzi was gigantic and beautiful!

***BACK TO OUR HONEY MOON-A-VERSARY***

On the night before our Anniversary, Hailame told me not to make dinner, and to grab a change of clothes because we were going out for dinner and staying in a surprise hotel room.  He wouldn’t say where, but he said I would love it!

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When we were on our way to the hotel, he said that he didn’t realize the location of the hotel until after paying for the room… only to find out we were about 3 blocks away from our house! Haha!

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I didn’t even mind, staying in a hotel room is always fun no matter how close or far from your home!

We pulled into the Best Western Coral Hill, and sure enough he reserved the Honey Moon Suite, and this time the Jacuzzi was heart shaped!

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It was most the most wonderful room I had ever seen!  We had such a good time relaxing in that room.  We had our own private balcony and spent a good hour sitting out there enjoying the beautiful fall evening and laughing that could almost see our home 🙂

The day of anniversary was spent with no schedule, and just doing as we please.  We decided to go and spend majority of the day in Cedar City, and it was nice to get out of St. George.

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We went to Deseret Industries Thrift Store (of course), watched the movie Venom (which I surprisingly really liked) and then went to a quaint restaurant for dinner just outside of Cedar called Rusty’s Ranch House. 

It was the perfect day, and was one of my favorite anniversaries spent with Hailame!

Here’s to many many more!

Happy Married Life!

love, hannah jane

P.S Happy Weekend!

Enjoy some spiritual enlightenment here!

 

 

Happy Four Years My Love

***LATE POST DUE TO A MUCH NEEDED SOCIAL MEDIA FAST***

Dear Hailame,

It’s October 10, 2018.

Happy four years my love.

Anniversary

Happy 1,424 days full of memories with…

laughter, learning, forgiving, spontaneous road trips, hats laying around the house

lazy Saturday mornings, Thrift Store date nights, playing pickle ball, car dancing

Tongan singing lessons, banana bread, Temple dates, Netflix nights

spoiling our nieces and nephews, praying, swimming at the lake

late night walks around the temple, $5 movie dates, family functions

growing from trials, celebrating the little victories

praying and yearning start our family

enjoying the little moments together

and having an absolute blast.

Wedding Anniversary

 

Thank you for your endless positive outlook in seeing the good in life.

You are the cheese to my mac., the peanut butter to my homemade strawberry jam

the chocolate chip to my cookie

my best friend and the love of my life.

Ofa Lahi Atu.

Happy Anniversary.

love, your wife

 

 

This is Us, PCOS Month, & Infertility

****Just so you know…I’m talking about the Episode 1 of This is Us.  If you haven’t watched it, just know I warned you before sharing spoilers!

***If you don’t care, by all means keep reading!

**If you haven’t ever watching This is Us, please go and watch it!

I’ve been meaning to share my thoughts about PCOS all month, but I couldn’t gather my thoughts the way I had hoped.  I’m glad I kept putting it off because last night watching one of my favorite TV Shows ignited so many insights and impressions!  So here I am, two day’s before the month ends, sharing my thoughts about PCOS Awareness!

Enjoy!

I love that one of my favorite TV Shows, “This Is Us”, shared the raw and heart wrenching pain that comes from Infertility and PCOS, especially since September is PCOS Awareness Month.

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The reasoning why Kate was diagnosed with PCOS wasn’t fully accurate because PCOS is not always weight driven.  It is just one symptom of many other factors that are a part of PCOS (and for some, weight isn’t even involved in their diagnosis), but I still love that it was shared in this situation.  This article from Bustle was a great read for appreciating the exposure for PCOS, but wanting to clarify that there is so much more to PCOS.

Kate’s birthday party emotional break down is what really hit home for me in this whole episode.  I felt like Kate was reading my journal when she literally exploded all her frustration of being trapped in a body that wouldn’t lose the weight she worked tirelessly for, and couldn’t make the baby she yearned for.

I’ve been in situations when I’ve tried to explain my frustrations to a friend and I know that they fully care for me and want to help me, but just as Kate’s friends reacted, don’t always know what to say in moments like that.

For me, I don’t necessarily need to be told anything.  Most times, I just want to be heard and loved, but don’t want to be told what do to.  I’ve done so much homework on PCOS, and so I know what I need to do, and I actively try to work on everything I can to thrive in PCOS and Infertility.

So, when I unload my heart ache and frustration on someone (usually a very close friend, family member of my husband), most of the time it’s because I just needed to get it out because I had been bottling it up for so long and I needed to detox my soul.

I’m so thankful to those who have patiently listened and allowed me to open up.  These moments are not daily, but do happen every now and then and I’m so glad I have family and friends that I can confide in.

PCOS is a part of my life that I’m learning to accept and be actively taking care of, however, PCOS does not define me.

Most days I am spot on in taking care of my self, and I almost forget that I even have PCOS.  Some day don’t go so well and my symptoms are slapping me in the face.

I am 1 in 10 women who live with PCOS.

This 4 letter acronym answered so many questions I had been struggling with and in the exact same moment empowered me.

Infertility is not the end of the road for my husband and me.  It has been a bumpy, long, and emotional road, but we know there are other ways to grow our family and we are working our tails off to get through this Adoption Adventure.

Just like I appreciate Kate’s vulnerable moment of PCOS and Infertility watching this episode, I really loved Randall’s moment of joy when Deja told him she was ready to be officially adopted into their family.

I cannot wait until Hailame and I get to experience that moment of finding out we get to finally be parents through the sweet opportunity of adoption.

love, hannah jane

Some of my other insights and experiences with PCOS and Infertility

PCOS: A letter to the newly diagnosed

Infertility… and a bag of chips

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Infertility Awareness Month