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…

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,…

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…

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…

Exhaustion is now my constant

I closed my eyes for just a minute this afternoon – my grandma used to call it “resting her eyes.”  We always thought that she was asleep and we could fool her, but she always woke up as we were getting into the cookies or changing the TV channel.  Anyways, I closed my eyes and…

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…

Manoa Falls

Have I ever mentioned that I do not love the outdoors?  I am a eco-friendly, tree-hugging  person, but I do not necessarily love the concept of being outdoors.  Strange, but true.  With all the beautiful sights to see in the world, particularly here in Hawaii, I have been forced to tolerate the outdoors in exchange…

Diamond Head

My mom was visiting us this past week, and her top thing she wanted to do was to hike Diamond Head.  There are so many things to do here, and this one was a simple request.  We woke up early(ish) one morning and set off to complete the trail. What is Diamond Head?  This is…

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,…

It’s not always perfect

I woke up today determined to do something fun with the kids.  I’ve been mopey, sulking, and downright blue for long enough, and according to the weather, it was going to be nice on the North Shore.  I made pancakes for breakfast and loaded up 3 out of 4 to spend a few hours on…

The Recents: 6 February 2017

I’ve been in a funk for a little over a week.  It started with feeling sick but not really having any specific illness – the usual headache, stomachache, lethargy, etc.  The kids and I took the weekend to recover, i.e. I tried to nap and do nothing while they trashed the house and ate cereal…