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…

Mud, rain, wrong turns, and an engagement: Lulumahu Falls

Lorelei woke up on Tuesday just itching to go hiking.  From the kid I have to often pull out of bed, this is a rare occurrence.  I let the oldest babysit and took her to Pali Highway to find the trail entrance for Lulumahu Falls.  Again, another on my list and a good weekday hike….

Judd Trail and Jackass Ginger Pool (yes, that is the real name)

I have a folder titled “Hikes” on my phone, specifically for screenshots of websites, pictures, and blog posts about hikes on Oahu.  This way, when I wake up on a clear-sky Sunday morning itching to do something active, I can scroll through the folder and pick something.  Simple but effective.  Today, I suggested a waterfall…

This is 32 1/2

  I met up with a friend at the beach the other day.  It was someone that I have never really known where I stand – are we friends?  Do we even like one another?  Do we really know each other?  I hate living in unknowns.  Whenever I have been in therapy and talked about…

My first big blog post!

Yes, I have been a blogger for quite some time.  Yes, I have been writing for a long time.  However, today was my first official post on the Military Moms Blog, and it feels different.  Maybe it is because this blog has the backing of such a large network or that I am submitting my…

Who else gets the travel itch?

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to travel the world.  My family has always been able to take vacations, even if they were not extravagant (and as the oldest of 5 children, extravagance is out of the question).  Regardless, by the time I was 18 years old, I had seen Wisconsin,…

Bishop Museum

We love museums – any kind of museum, to be truthful.  I’m raising some inquisitive, nerdy children, and I will not apologize for it.  We spent a Saturday afternoon at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, despite the fact that it was a sunny, gorgeous Hawaiian day.  What can I say?  We like to learn. This…

Blogs I Like: Military Moms Blog

***Utterly shameless self-promotion post*** Today, the newest member of the City Moms Blog Network launched – Military Moms Blog.  And (drumroll please)…I’m one of the contributors! I heard of the new site from other blogger friends who either manage or contribute for one of the other 71 sister sites under this network.  I applied several…

Sometimes simple is enough

I’ve been in another slump recently.  I’m not sleeping very well, some travel plans had to be put off, and I blame the husband-left, child-left voids in my life.  It’s so strange to me still that with all these living beings in my house, I can still feel sad with the absence of 1 or…

14 years

Today is my 14th wedding anniversary.  I know people say that time flies by, and I am usually not one of them.  Time can crawl painfully slow through hours, days, and years – but I truly have felt that 14 years have gone by quickly.  I do not feel like it was so long ago…

Hukilau Beach and Laie

I used to be a city person.  I loved the fast pace of life, the activities, the amenities, and the people.  Now that I have a bunch of children and have lived in different places, I am finding that I do not love living in a city.  I like to visit and like having a large…

Happy Birthday Leo!

I told you that June was a busy birthday month for our family – there are 4 in our house alone (including the dog), 3 more of my relatives, and at least 3 of our friends!  In short, I make and eat a good deal of cake this month, and there is nothing wrong with…