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…

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…

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…