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…

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…

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…

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…

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…