Sunday, June 12, 2016

Ahhh poor severely neglected little blog.  I have had such high hopes and aspirations for this blog and how it would fit into my life.  So sadly here it sits, almost two years later and I am just getting back to writing once again.  There has never been a distinct direction for it, just my random mumblings when I felt the urge to get it out.  

As I am rapidly approaching my 40th (GULP!!) birthday, I have been taking more and more stock into what I have done with my years.  What are my accomplishments?  What am I most proud of? What can I look back on and say "well that was pretty cool."  And truth be told, there isn't more then what I can count on two hands.

I'm raising what I think are three great kids which I will count as a huge accomplishment seeing how a lot of kids are today.  I'm married, have the house with the two car garage (but no picket fence alas), two dogs, three cats, and the full time job that pays like crap, but that I love.  I've lived in some pretty cool places and traveled a good portion of this beautiful country of ours.  My friend base is spread across the country and varied, but yet intimate enough that I know I can count on any of them to help me out in a pickle.  But there is still something missing.

So here I go, trying to figure out that missing piece.  I can't promise that I'll be posting regularly cause we all know thats just going to be an empty promise :)  But I will post.   Just gotta get my groove back...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Here we go again...

I woke up this morning and it dawned on me that this is the last time I will wake up in my happy little Hawaiian house.  The movers have come to take the last of the household goods to get them on their way to our new house, our new life really, in Wisconsin.  Everyday, things have been moving along and I have been such a bundle of emotions.  Happy to be moving on, buying a new forever house, settling in and giving my kids somewhere to have a permanent home.  But so sad to be leaving our people that are our chosen family, my job that I love, this beautiful island that we've called home for almost 4 years.  

Life in the navy has never been boring to say the least.  We've met so many wonderful people, been able to see so many different places.  Hawaii will always hold a special place in our heart.  We've been blessed to call it home twice.  But now it's time to move on and it's hard to believe this is the end of this book.

New book, new chapter, same series.  The characters will remain the same, some just from a further distance point of view.  One of the main characters plans on growing out some facial hair, just hopefully not to duck dynasty proportions.  And I'm looking forward to seeing how this one unfolds.  Maybe itll be just the kick I need to keep up this little blog of mine.  To my peeps that stay on Hawaii time, you know I loves you more then my luggage.  It may be a see ya later, but never goodbye...

Aloooooooooha 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

It doesn't always go as planned

So many times in the last week, life has been telling me to slow down.  I'd get frustrated every time I'd get stuck behind a slow driver or the drop off line at the kids school was being dumb or I would just miss that light and I'd go another direction.  Life kept trying to slow me down which last week and i'm thankful it did.  Had I gone about my normal way, I would have been the one that would have been hit by the hit and run driver four cars in front of me.  I'm not happy that someone else was hit, but I was so thankful that it was not us nor one of Gwen's close friends that it happened right in front of.  I tried my best to help out, but was still left with the thought of "I told you that you needed to slow down."  And so now I am listening.

Sometimes that means sitting down and writing out a super long email to someone you don't even know.  I had great plans of getting a bunch of painting work done today so I could finally post it and get it listed.  But I sat down, checked my email first and came across the daily blog update of Kate at Chasing Rainbows.  They've just recently lost their son Gavin and I've followed along as she has been grieving and planning his funeral and trying to put the pieces back in place.  Every word she has said has rung true with everything we went through with Maddie.  And today she posted that little piece of Hope for her family.  Just as I found out shortly after Maddie passed that I was pregnant with the twins, she has found out that she is pregnant with her own little miracle.  Today after I read her blog, I cried for her and felt that push that I had to reach out to her.  I'm not normally a comment on a blog person, let alone send them an email, but today I knew I had to.  I sent her a much longer email then I am sure she needed to read of what we went through and that if anything, I know what she's going through.

Now I don't know her personally and I don't know that any of you know her either, but it can't hurt to send just a small prayer out to them.  A prayer that project Hope is a happy healthy pregnancy for Kate.  A prayer that come December, that baby will be the most precious child.  A prayer for Peace and strength in what will still be hard times emotionally for them.  No one ever should have to know how it feels to bury their child.  But as someone who has, I ask that you send out any positive thoughts you can to their family. 

And now I get back to my regularly scheduled crazy life.  Hopefully on a slower pace, more island style then anything. 

Christine

Monday, March 11, 2013

10 on 10

I've been seeing 10on10 around different blogs for awhile and I've always wanted to get one done, but then the 10th rolls by and I forget once again. Not this month though! Granted I did put it in my Cozi reminder, but still. It turned out to be a rainy, stay in the house all day kind of day, perfect for my craft closet (otherwise known as the Harry Potter) cleanup that I had been putting off. 

Nice quiet beginning to my morning.  Rain outside, hot cup of coffee and children sleeping in.  Doesn't get to be a much better Sunday morning then that.

Blueberry muffins for the little people and The Man, but not for me.  After eating way too much junk on Saturday, I need some clean eating and protein for my achy belly.



My roses loved all the extra rain that came yesterday.  The geckos not so much.  They all hid out on the front porch and the lanai.






I will never be able to hear this song and not think of some the boys who would play it non stop everytime Rock Band came out.

 We affectionately call the closet under our stairs the Harry Potter.  Its the one place I can keep all my craft supplies and its packed.  This is only about a quarter of whats all in there.  John came over, looked in and said "Its like wandering into the wardrobe in Narnia."   Why yes, yes it is!




This one did not want to let Mom get any work done.  He got new toys on Saturday and insisted that everybody needed to help him break them in.  Fortunately his Uncle loves him more then us and brought him over to play at their house with his fuzzy cousin.


Mom works, they play video games and stay in their jammies.  That's how rainy Sundays should be right?


Rainy Sundays also mean Mom makes soup for dinner.  This is stuffed pepper soup which I added too much rice to, so it ended up more stew like.  Still comfy and warming and perfect.


It doesn't happen every night, but we try to read at least one chapter of Harry every night.  And Chelsea sits and does my hair.  Everyone gets a good deal!

Long day+lots of lifting= Mom on the heating pad and tylenol before bed.  It sucks getting old!

So there is my 10 on 10.  Next month I just might pull out the real camera instead of just my phone and the iPad. 

ten on ten button

Monday, September 24, 2012

I'll play it to death..

So beyond in love with this song.
 
That is all for now.  Carry on..

Saturday, June 16, 2012

The hardest part

In all of our years in the Navy, we have been blessed with so many good friends along the way. Some we have shared numerous duty stations with.  Others such a brief time it didn't even seem fair.  We cherish the times and memories we do have together in that time and try to pack as much in as we can.   Unfortuately 9 times out 10 we end up going opposite directions.  One to a shore job in the West, another to a boat in the south.  We all retire or get out at some point.  Our own retirement, while still two years away, feels like it is just around the corner.  Wonderful friendships are made though and everyone is woven into our military ohana.   


Moving onto our little lane here in Hawaii has been a wonderful experience for my babies.  They have made some of the best friends that they have ever had and have made some of the best memories with them.  But our time here is limited.  We all know at some point, we all have to move.  One of Colby's best friends transferred in March and yesterday both of the sisters had to say goodbye to their best friends who are also sisters.  With so many new technologies popping up everyday I can only hope that the promises of keeping in touch will be kept.

We were able to go spend some time down at the Hale Koa pool with our friends before they left.  Couldn't have planned a better day for some sun and water fun!








Around here, it's never goodbye.  It's always see you later!

Monday, June 11, 2012

A New Start .. maybe?

The whole point of my starting this blog was to keep family updated on our mild adventures and to be honest, I've sucked at it.  I have filled an entire hard drive with pictures alone but haven't posted anything on here in months.

So the kids and I made a deal.  They have to keep summer journals of all of the things we do each day and I have to blog.  Whether it be something as little as "did all my chores today and got my 30 minutes of reading done.  Yay me!"  or something like the adventure we went on Thursday up on the North Shore to see the turtles, they have to write it.  Now I'm not going to post a daily "Yay I vacuumed the carpets" each day cause really how exciting is that??  But with as many pictures as I take all the time, there should be something to post. 

And I also really need to rethink the blog design.  Its such a standard blogger format that I really want something that more reflects us as a family.  So I'll be working on that too hopefully over the next few weeks.














 I gave Gwen, my oldest daughter, my old 10D to get some pictures with and she didn't do too badly for her first time.  We kept it on auto, but shes wanting to learn how to pop into manual soon.










And the best part is, it's only the beginning of summer.  The kids have their Summer lists of what they'd like to do.  Can't wait to see how much we check off!

Till Next time!