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,…

Lorelei Q&A

I recently conducted an informal interview with each of my children (except Leo because the only answers I would receive would be “Rey,” “Oh no!” and “Mama”).  I asked simple questions because I enjoy hearing what they think and feel.  Okay, I enjoy it most of the time.  Here is my Q&A with Lorelei, the…

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…

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…

Words of 4 year old wisdom

It never ceases to amaze me how different my three children are, in actions, personality, and perspective. I was struck yesterday by their differing reactions to their dad’s departure. Anya cries and will miss her dad more on significant days-she’s predictable and usually very strong. Addie, being only 2 years old, seems indifferent and her…