Turning a false alarm into a learning opportunity

  So in case you live under a rock or on a land with no technology (is there such a place anymore?), we had a false alarm of an incoming ballistic missile here in Hawaii. I say false alarm now, but it was not clear that this was not a real threat until 38 minutes…

From 2 to 14 – parenting at all the ages

It’s been a hot minute since I have written. Why, do you ask? Because I have 4 kids, a husband, a job, a volunteer position, and a lot of books to read. I generally do not like to complain about how exhausting life can be (except to my husband), but lately the parenting has been…

#hikinginhawaii

I feel like the only pictures I post on Instagram now are of cute pets from work and hiking in Hawaii.  For a self-proclaimed “indoor girl,” I’ve really embraced the hiking opportunities here.  This tiny island can seem just that – tiny – so hiking is a cheap way to explore, to kill some time,…

Why I do not take homecoming pictures

We are a military family.  The husband is gone a fair amount of time, so homecomings are always a fun, exciting event.  We have done so many of them, we could write a book about it.  Right?  WRONG.  Take all those pictures of happy men and women in uniform, smiling kids and babies, balloons, posters,…

2 more days!

The husband arrives home in 2 days.  2 DAYS!  One would think that after all the years of deployments and of the days/months/years apart, it would not be as exciting when he is coming home again.  But it always is.  This year apart has been hard, just as challenging if not more so than the…

Why I love my work commute

I started work as the office manager (or Operations Assistant, in Army terms) at a vet clinic here just a few months ago.  I was doing the same job in Germany and loved it; I interviewed for this position months ago but had to wait awhile to take the job.  It has been so great…

Revisiting those resolutions

Now that the year is 3/4 over – which seems impossible but here we are – I thought about the resolutions I made and posted here in January.  As I have stated before, I generally hate resolutions.  I feel like it sets a person up to fail because we strive for drastic changes with unrealistic…

A letter to my teenager

Dear teenager: I know how you feel.  You may think I do not.  I am your mother – a relic from another time, one who does not understand your pain, your life changes, your struggles, or how you think and act.  The world is different than when I was your age, but the feelings are…

F-word Fridays: Finding oneself

I am a 32 year old wife and mother.  I know my strengths and my weaknesses, my likes and dislikes, my dreams and my nightmares.  Yet every year that passes, I find that I’m still changing and evolving, and I do not just mean physically.  I am still finding myself or learning who I am,…

When you realize you are not as cool as you thought

I’ve been a mother for over 13 years.  I knew that as a young mother, I would have the advantage of retaining my cool factor for a little longer than most mothers.  I could follow what was trending, the best clothes and music, the newest makeup trick or food fascination, etc.  I liked the idea…

Woes of the working mom

Last time I wrote, over 3 weeks ago, I had just started working again – huzzah!  Call me crazy, but I love working.  I like knowing that I am expected and needed somewhere outside of my home.  I enjoy drinking copious amounts of coffee as I dress, primp, and drive to work.  I really love…

F-word Fridays: finally!

I have been honest about the struggles in adapting to our new home, in job searching, in finding my place here, and in living and parenting alone.  Even in these moments, I try to remember that life will balance out.  Life is all about balance:  good and bad, light and dark, beautiful and ugly, good…