Filed under: family fun, kids, life, travel | Tags: family adventures, family fun, fire drill, Hawaii, Kauai, travel
After our successful family trip to Belize last year, my husband went ahead and booked our family for two weeks in Hawaii. I must admit, two weeks away was a daunting idea … I love to travel and enjoy new adventures, but the thought of being cooped up with the boys in a small condo without any friends to play with (for the kids or us!) was a little less than appealing. But everyone assured me that we would have a great time and I figured I could squeeze in a little running and swimming, maybe some tennis and hopefully find some time to do some watercolour painting. Plus, I have only been to Hawaii once so why not?
I packed our bags (too many bags) and we departed for Kauai late Saturday afternoon. (Thanks Bubby, for giving us a lift). Our direct flight was on time and, in spite of the airline’s wifi system being out of commission, the boys were entertained with books, a downloaded movie, snacks and a little bit of video game time.
I even managed to read a magazine, but as I pulled out my laptop to sort through my photos, the little guy complained that he felt dizzy. “No, no, you’re just tired because it’s past bedtime,” I assure him. He tried to get comfortable and I hoped he would nap, but then he sat up and coughed. Quickly, I grabbed the little white, waxy bag in the seat back pocket in front of me; desperately hoping he wasn’t going to puke.
And he did.
Thank you to my husband for clearing the aisle so we could get to the bathroom for the second round. And thank you to the mom of two teenage boys in the row ahead of us for passing me another bag for the third round at our seats. Once the excitement passed, my little guy finally fell asleep with his head in my hand. Who knew that a 7 year old boy’s head could weigh so much?
(Not to be outdone by his brother, my older son got in on the action and complained profusely that his legs hurt and he couldn’t get comfortable. Thankfully his discomfort was short-lived.) We finally arrived at our destination in Lihue on the island of Kauai, collected our luggage, shuttled to the rental car, drove to our accommodations and settled down to sleep sometime after midnight.
The real excitement began at 5:30am when my husband woke me up and told me to get the kids dressed because there was a fire outside our condo! Flames were reaching high enough to see from our second floor bedroom and the toxic stench of burning plastic and metal wafted through our open windows.
All of those school fire drills paid off; the boys were all business. They got dressed, grabbed their stuffies and calmly walked outside. We hopped in our rental car and drove a short distance away from the fire that was burning below their bedroom window! The local fire department showed up and doused the flames of what was once a golf cart.
You can see from the photos how much damage this small vehicle fire caused; singed foliage, burned and cracked pavement. We were thankful that it wasn’t our rental car damaged by the fire. Unfortunately, the rush of adrenaline prevented us from going back to sleep so our first day started off very early!
Stay tuned for photos taken while exploring our neighbourhood…
Filed under: 365, challenge, food, life, photography | Tags: challenge, fresh, life, Photograph, postaday, tri-color veggies
I’ve been busy with fun in the sun and missed the recent weekly photo challenges, but this one caught my attention.
So many photo options: swimming in a lake, a newborn baby, a delicious-looking cocktail, muffins just out of the oven, but I chose these two:
What’s “fresh” in your life?
Filed under: challenge, ideas, life, photography, travel | Tags: challenge, life, look at the world, Photograph, photography, travel, weekly photo challenge
Filed under: challenge, food, kids, life, photography | Tags: challenge, food, from above, kids, life, Photograph, photography, postaday, weekly photo challenge
My take on the WordPress weekly photo challenge: From Above
I hadn’t realized that I take so many pictures from above, but I love the view from up here. Family. Food. Feet.
Which one is your favorite?
Filed under: family, goals, gratitude, ideas, kids, life, resolutions, Uncategorized | Tags: family, goals, Is the glass half empty or half full?, kids, life, lifestyle, mental-health, Parenting, Pinterest, postaday, resolutions
The age-old question of the glass being half full or half empty is sometimes used as an indicator of your views on life. Are you an optimist? A pessimist?
Or perhaps you don’t care either way and are just happy to have the glass.
Since I became a mom, I found another glass metaphor – the one that measures my energy level. I remember talking to a friend about parenting young kids and how demanding they are with constant questions, needs, and wants. She replied ” your kids will drain you all day long; they suck the life out of you, so you have to make sure that you start each day with a full glass” (no, not of wine). And then she forwarded me a link to a blog post about nurturing yourself while nurturing your child.
After reading this article I realized that, at times, I was too impatient with my kids and frustrated by the lack of time for myself. I chose to leave my career in finance to stay home full-time with my kids, but I wasn’t the mom I wanted to be. So this year, as I approach 40, I have made an effort to put myself back on the never-ending to-do list. I decided that I needed to take some time every day to do something that is just for me. Something that makes me happy.
I exercise. I make a cup of tea (and try to drink it before it gets cold). I treat myself to a great pedicure. I read. I savour a square of sea salt Lindt dark chocolate.
If I had more time, I would sew, paint, make jewelry, garden, but until my youngest is in school all day, I will keep pinning great ideas on my Pinterest boards for future reference; even this makes me happy!
What do you do to fill your cup?
Filed under: challenge, goals, gratitude, ideas, life, resolutions | Tags: goals, Gratitude, gratitude journal, Happiness, happiness project, Health, life, quotes, resolutions
I came across this article on the subject of Happiness and thought it worth sharing:
How many of these do you already do?
How many can you work into your daily routine with all of the competing demands in your life?
My personal favorite is “9. End each day with gratitude.” How do you know if you’re happy unless you acknowledge all that you have already? Every night I write in my calendar, 3 things that I’m grateful for and I find myself more grateful, more satisfied, and in the moment than I used to be.
But there is always room for improvement.
Filed under: family, friendship, kids, life | Tags: Adolescence, Parent, relationships
I’ve written about my boys before, but never my teenage daughter and I think she deserves a mention.
I love her.
Over the years we have traveled together to places like San Francisco, New York, and Paris. We’ve shopped, we’ve dined, and we’ve laughed a lot. We’ve laughed so hard in places that are meant to be quiet that our seats shook and tears streamed down our cheeks!
But we also drive each other crazy.
I’m sure she’s just like other teenagers – she stays up into the wee hours of the morning, she sleeps in and wastes away half the daylight hours, she doesn’t answer her phone when I call her, she even forgets when we’ve made plans or what time we’re supposed to meet. I figure this is payback for my own terrible teen years. Thankfully, she willingly babysits my boys who adore her; she feeds them junkfood and is sometimes late, but I’m not paying her so I try not to argue too much.
We don’t really see eye-to-eye on life and somehow are polar opposites in many ways despite our blood connection. This sometimes causes tension and arguments, we often disagree, but underneath it, we both know that we’re not going to convince the other to come to our point of view. She seems to respect my opinion and asks me questions, expects me to know things that she doesn’t and is surprised when I don’t have all the answers. Unfortunately, I’m often too short-tempered, too impatient, and too tired to give her what she’s looking for, but I think she understands.
Oh, did I mention? She’s 65 and my mother!