Thursday, May 31, 2012

One month later...

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.- Henri Matisse


We are still in the hotel.  Over a month later.  What a crazy, costly, stressful move this has been.  I feel so angry and bitter with the Navy for putting us in this position.  It is *almost* over, I am not going to get into detail about that.

That aside, I have had a hard time with this move.  It was hard for me to leave California, but I didn't have a good chance to miss anyone, because I went "home" to Cleveland where I was happy to see friends and family that I had been missing for two years.  I reconnected with friends, and then left there too.  Now I am here- super far away from anyone I know.  Missing California and Cleveland.  Feeling guilty every time Carter says, "do you think Niya and Mehki miss me?"  Trying to get the timing right to call home (6 hour time difference) that is *if* I can find reception in the hotel room and the kids are occupied for a few minutes.


I know, I know, I moved to paradise.  That is what everyone tells me.  And it is beautiful.  The weather is perfect.  I get to jog and look at rainbows.  But I feel lonely and disconnected.

Here is to being positive and making the most of it.  Finding my niche here in Hawaii, staying close with those far away.  Getting my business going, finding customers.  Getting the kids in routine.  More family hikes, lizard hunts and seeing more waterfalls.
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Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

Since we moved to Old Battleship Row, it is kind of hard to forget what today is all about.  The USS Utah still sits in Pearl Harbor with 56 men who gave the ultimate sacrifice still inside. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

Hello Monday

Hello new week of:
-more Hawaiian explorations
-a shorter do-to list than usual
- the first day of my marathon training program
- exactly two weeks before we move into housing (and out of this hotel!)
I feel so refreshed and ready this morning for whatever this week brings.
Off to the play area with the kiddos for a easy Monday morning...

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Lessons for My Loves.

Education will take you anywhere you want to go.
Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully. Being positive and grateful is a choice- that directly affects your life.  These kinds of things are infectious.
Marry your best friend.  
When you say, 'I love you,' mean it. When you say "I'm sorry" look the person in the eye.  Words have power.  Use them thoughtfully and responsibly.  
Believe.  In God.  In love at first sight.  In wishes.  In faith and hope and prayer.  In yourself.  Believe. Believe. Believe.

Take Chances.  
Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk. 

Fight fare. 

Judge people by their actions.  Not their race, faith, sexuality, clothes, or income.
"To Live іѕ thе rarest thіng іn thе world. Mоѕt people exist, that's all."  LIVE.  THRIVE.
Like finds like.  Surround yourself with good people.

RESPECT.  Yourself, your neighbors, and our earth.

Love your country.  It is truly the best place on earth.  Respect the men and women who made it that way.  Educate yourself on politics, and VOTE.
When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it. 
"Imagination іѕ mоrе important thаn knowledge. Knowledge іѕ limited. Imagination encircles thе world." Albert Einstein
Smile.  You look will attract more friends that way.  (And you look good doing it.)
Take Pictures.

Mother's Day 2012

My family is a bunch of heathens. 
Really.  They are.
But at the end of the day, I am a super blessed mommy, and I know it.

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“Every life has one true love snapshot.”
― Mitch AlbomThe Five People You Meet in Heaven

Monday, May 7, 2012

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Awesome vs Awkward

The breakfast we have been eating every morning since we arrived in Hawaii.

Getting your car back after not having it for 3 months.

At the hotel, Ellie says, "Can I press the button on the 'alligator' so we can go downstairs?"

Squinkys- dumbest toy ever, but they have kept Carter occupied ever since the first plane ride.  They haven't  left his sight.  (six days later)

Being lei-ed.  Twice.

Getting to the hotel and sleeping 16 hours straight.

Going from a king bed to a full.  Let's see Chris escape my spooning now.

New adventures finally beginning.

Getting a license plate with a little rainbow on it.

Ford Island.

Flying over waves that look like they never move, and the bluest water I have ever seen.
My ninja-like reflexes as I awoke at 3 am to Carter sneezing, look up to see lady bug literally      sliding off the other bed, I jump up, leap across the room, and grab her by her ankle before she hits the ground, all gently enough to place her back on her pillow with a smooch and never wake her up.  
Living in a hotel mean, no housework.

The first plane was so turbulent, that they never turned off the seatbelt sign.  Ellie screamed to go to the bathroom, but the flight attendant asked me to go back to my seat.  So "it" happened.   All. Over. Everything.  Ever been pooped on by your child one hour into a 30 hour itinerary?

Having a dream about being stuck in a flash mob, and waking up crazy happy because of it.
Carter making friends with another little ginger at the airport, and watching him confuse the other family confuse my kid for theirs.


Saying goodbye to people I love.  Again.

Carter starting random conversations with people everywhere we go, and having him tell them all about hit friends from home, and watching strangers look completely confused as to what the hell he is saying.

Keeping this straight:
6 hours time difference to Cleveland
5 hours to Chicago
4 hours to Colorado
3 hours to California
That is until the mainland does time change.

My sudden unexplained meat craving, after 15 years of being a vegetarian.  (Not pregnant, not possible.)

Having all of our summer wardrobe in storage, and living in HI.  Oops.

Living in a hotel means, $6 a load.  No joke. 

Wordless Wednesday

Sink or swim

What a crazy, crazy couple of weeks.  I think I say that a lot lately.  I just can't seem to stop doggy-paddling through life these days. 
I have been doing just that for about 8 months now.  
Doggy-paddle through the end of deployments, only to find shore duty was going to start out with four months of temporary duty out of state.  
Doggy-paddle through school.  We (very naively) decided to visit Cleveland before the big move to HI- which turned out to be the most challenging experience of all.
Doggy-paddle through the most unorganized, abrupt, and costly military move that I have ever heard of, only to find that once we get here we will be living in a hotel sans kitchen for an undetermined amount of time.  
So, I just keep on Doggy-paddling.  
And yesterday I felt like I was going to finally go under.  Then I remembered this quote that I love:

The cure for anything is saltwater: sweat, tears, or the sea.

Two weeks before we left Cleveland, Ellie got hit by the worst stomach flu ever.  Then of course I got it too.  So I haven't got to run in about three weeks.  
I NEEDED a good run.  And I ran around this little island until I couldn't run anymore.  Then I came home and cried it out.  sweat, tears, or the sea.

This morning we got offered the house that we had been praying for (even though just yesterday nothing was available.) So one more month in this hotel, and we will move to a little tiny island, on base, and as far as I can tell- it will be a dream come true.  

And I think I can finally back-float.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

"Mom, what's hat guys name who lives in my heart?"
"Does he live on birds too, because you told me he is everywhere?"
Then his next question was about wet farts. 

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