Addie Q&A

In honor of Addie’s birthday today, I decided to conduct her interview.  Addison is 8 years old today, and she never ceases to amaze me.  She is energetic, adventurous, very literal in all she says and does, and she is unfailingly sweet and kind.  I used to think that Anya would be my most sensitive…

You make room for them all.

One of the most frequent questions that Andy and I receive from people, mostly people who either have 1 or no children, is how we share our love with each of our children.  As parents, you usually have the first child, and your entire life changes.  As the Grinch experienced, your heart feels like it…

F-word Fridays: Fear

Fear – what is your first reaction to this word?  Is it something that terrifies you?  An event or place that you avoid?  A 90s thriller film where you fell in love with Mark Wahlberg?  I might be aging myself with that last one.  Whatever you conjure up in thinking of fear, it is something…

My husband is better than yours.

Ooh, controversial – you read this and either thought, Your husband must be amazing! or You are full of crap, or Um, you haven’t met my husband.  But this isn’t your blog or your post, so I’m talking about my husband today.  He left today after 3 weeks of family time, swimming, sun, food, exploring, hiking, arguing, debating,…

The thing about Military R&R…

…it’s a nice point to look forward to in long separations. …is that it is never long enough. …is that you spend half of that time knowing that with every day that passes, you are one day closer to having that person gone again. …you will spend way too much money on food, entertainment, and…

F-word Friday: Failure

Hey, it’s not Friday!  It might be for you, wherever you are or whenever you read this, but I am fudging the date a little.  Our weeks have been hectic and dominated by baseball, volleyball, meetings, end-of-year events and celebrations, allergies, appointments, random bouts of vomiting, and many other mundane but busy elements.  In other…

F-Word Friday: Friendship

I spent nearly an hour talking to one of my best friends this morning, and it made my day even better.  We live in different time zones and have 7 children between us, so talking on the phone can be challenging.  What I love is that even if it has been awhile, we can pick…

Tuesday Thoughts

Not much new to tell lately.  More job interviews, more volunteer opportunities, more days that pass until the husband is home for a visit (eek!), and more everyday life in the Carpenter house.  I have been driving a lot lately, and I think about many things while driving.  I present you with some Tuesday Thoughts,…

When lacking in the holiday spirit

Today was Easter – Happy Easter to you all!  This is the most enthusiasm I have mustered all day, if I am honest.  Why?  I realized that today was a holiday, and while we love holidays, today we were not in the mood.  The kids were initially excited and happy about Easter baskets and a…

F-Word Friday: Fear

I am nearly finished with “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and she is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and speakers.  She speaks about women, feminism, immigration, racism, living abroad, and adapting to life in a foreign place and returning to your homeland.  This fictitious novel has kept me entranced as I follow the…

Lorelei Q&A

I recently conducted an informal interview with each of my children (except Leo because the only answers I would receive would be “Rey,” “Oh no!” and “Mama”).  I asked simple questions because I enjoy hearing what they think and feel.  Okay, I enjoy it most of the time.  Here is my Q&A with Lorelei, the…

Ehukai Pillbox trail

I had signed the toddler into hourly daycare here.  It is so competitive to get into a spot that I call weeks ahead of time, so I forgot about this spot until a few days before it.  I began planning all the errands and tasks I could accomplish alone, but then I stopped and realized, I…