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…

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…

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…

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,…

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….

Tales from a 4th grade sleepover

So Anya is having her birthday sleepover.  She wanted a spa theme, which is actually simple when you already have three girly-girls living with you (and you happen to be one yourself).  I decorated the house, assembled various beauty products, bought makeup and eye masks to take home, and made some goodies for snacking.  I…

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….

Supermom picking up the slack

My friend Sara writes for a blog called The Quad City Moms Blog.  She recently referenced me in a post, dubbing me a “supermom.”  I love the compliment but feel like each of us has their own way of living and managing all of our lives.  I try not compare myself to other moms, for…

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 98: Month of the military child

So April is the Month of the Military Child.  Although Andy has been in the military for 10 years now, we have been married for almost 9 years, and our oldest child is 8 years old, I was not aware of this month until we moved here.  Seriously.  Maybe it was because at bases stateside,…

Day 97: Sh*t my kids say

Andy is reading the book, “Sh*t My Dad Says” and has found it hilarious.  He has been quoting funny parts from the book, and I think I could write an entire book of the funny things that my kids say.  Actually, this concept is popular, and many books and articles have been written on this…