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…

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…

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…

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,…

A spaghetti kind of day

One of my best friends Meredith and I can talk for hours on end, but it is difficult to follow the conversation.  We start talking about one thing, which leads into another thing, then another….this continues.  We eventually end up talking about all of it but not in a linear or ordered way.  She calls…

Waimea Valley – Oahu

  During Christmas Break, the kids and I explored Waimea Valley.  This is a preserved and sacred area along the North Shore of Oahu.  I stumbled across it as I was looking for kid-friendly hikes.  We wanted somewhere to explore yet was not challenging.  Waimea Valley seemed perfect – a short hike to a waterfall,…

Here it goes again

Here I am again…. Once again, I took a long sabbatical from this blog.  Life has been busy, with many changes, and blogging was not a priority.  In the past months, I have been reviewing my life and making some changes (all good), and one of the things I wanted to improve upon was writing….

Where the hell are you?

If you happen to follow this blog – yes, all three of you – I have been known to go long spans of time without writing.  Enter the crazy holiday busyness, birthdays, traveling, and laziness, and you end up here.  It’s January 20, 2014, and it has been nearly two months since I have written….

Nuremberg, hospitals, and a few birthdays in between

It’s been a whirlwind couple of months.  I always say that, but it is actually true.  We are settled into our new home here, and I will keep saying it:  I really like it here.  I am making friends, the girls are loving school and their friends, Andy is PLENTY busy with work, and the…

Top 5 for Germany

I’m going to make this one short and sweet:  so far, I love Germany.  It is beautiful.  There is so much green and quiet here, which I never thought I would like but am finding that I do enjoy.  A friend told me to “enjoy the simple life” here, and it is true.  Things are…

And the procrastination continues

Remember last month when I wrote about how awful I was at committing to my blog?  And how I was going to be more diligent?  Well, I failed already since it is February 5, and this will be my second post for the year.  I like to believe that when you love someone or something,…

Day 173-175: Happy Birthday Addie!

Technically, it is Addie’s birthday.  I am up late decorating the house with streamers and balloons, finishing decorating her purple birthday cake, and wrapping presents, as usual for the girls’ birthdays.  Addie is 3 years old today.  It would be cliche to say that is hard to believe, but it really is for me because…