The clothes and hair color do not define the person as much as her voice, opinions, and intelligence.
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 … Continue reading From 2 to 14 – parenting at all the ages
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 … Continue reading A letter to my teenager
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 … Continue reading When you realize you are not as cool as you thought
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 … Continue reading You make room for them all.
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, … Continue reading Tuesday Thoughts
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, … Continue reading Waimea Valley – Oahu
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. … Continue reading Here it goes again
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 … Continue reading Tales from a 4th grade sleepover
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. … Continue reading Where the hell are you?