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…

Hukilau Beach and Laie

I used to be a city person.  I loved the fast pace of life, the activities, the amenities, and the people.  Now that I have a bunch of children and have lived in different places, I am finding that I do not love living in a city.  I like to visit and like having a large…

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…

Addie Q&A

In honor of Addie’s birthday today, I decided to conduct her interview.  Addison is 8 years old today, and she never ceases to amaze me.  She is energetic, adventurous, very literal in all she says and does, and she is unfailingly sweet and kind.  I used to think that Anya would be my most sensitive…

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…

F-word Fridays: Fear

Fear – what is your first reaction to this word?  Is it something that terrifies you?  An event or place that you avoid?  A 90s thriller film where you fell in love with Mark Wahlberg?  I might be aging myself with that last one.  Whatever you conjure up in thinking of fear, it is something…

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…