Saturday, September 10, 2011


The kids are back to school.

I have a first grader and a third grader and thus far, school is a place they enjoy and are glad to be. Both like their teachers, both are having fun wearing new socks, both have lots of great tales for me as I sit with them at the end of their day and they eat snacks. It's good.

It leaves me in an entirely new place when they board the bus each day: home all day alone! I applied to sub but have yet to hear, so am facing each day full of gratitude at not having to be somewhere myself, my days built around productive task-mastering.

In other news, I reached my Weight Watchers goal and am maintaining now. My gym is closed so I've been walking with friends and doing cardio jams in my living room with my pal Maria. We are working on the house, and both girls rooms are painted and now we've made decisions about the entry way and staircase.

It is gorgeous and warm outside so that is a treat.
We had a wonderful last weekend of summer at the cabin with my mom and my brother Ry, who I was very grateful to have some time with.

Today we went to a surprise birthday party for my aunt Mary who just turned 70! I love the picture of her above on stilts at the cabin, Andy and I looking on circa the early 80s. She's a knitter, so her gift was a book called Oddball Knitting and as she was checking it out, I was telling her (in front of the crowd) how "it's a book for your old balls"....of yarn, but I didn't get that far standing next to my brother and cousin Josh, who started to laugh and so then I laughed and once we started, we had a hard time stopping. It was the aerobic laughter, the best kind.

Get a load of Josh's sweet finger tattoo, built to take the place of his sweet curled mustache if ever it disappears. He's the very picture of Portlandia.

Julia is playing soccer for the first time and loving it. I'm very excited for the season. Go Mighty Marshmellows!

What can I say, s'all good in the hood!

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Hawaii Part One

To cap off sabBADASSical 2011, we experienced our first ever Hawaiian adventure on Kauai. It was an AMAZING way to relax, soaking up floral smells, breezes, trees, water, heat, and nonstop sunshine. To be around this changed us; the Aloha spirit gets inside of you, restoring you with every memory.
Our first trip to the south coast, where we stayed, took us through this amazing tree tunnel, enjoyed through the open top of our jeep.
We stayed in the Poipu area. This was the doorway to our home away from home....
The first thing that caught our attention in the ocean were the sea turtles behind our condo. There were always at least four swimming right there, poking their heads out or riding the surf! AMAZING!
Check out the view!
We used the pool at our condo at LEAST once a day but usually twice.
We quickly realized that though the beaches would be somewhere we spent a lot of time, it was important to be on beaches where we could relax, as many beaches in Hawaii are not super safe for kiddos. Poipu Beach was a short walk from our condo and had GREAT snorkeling and a space perfect for kiddie water play.
So did Lydgate Beach on the East.
This one was called Salt Pond Beach on the south coast.

Swimming, sun, beaches, pool: that was how we spent A LOT of time in Kauai. The sun was intense, and we all got a bit red at first, but came home fairly tan for the most part. I usually buy sunscreen that I read about on Skin Deep that is really safe and low in chemicals but sucks to spread all over your body because it's so thick and pasty and smells weird. Let's just say by the end of the trip Hawaiian Tropicana (the kind that smells like coconut) was all I'd smooth on, chemicals or not. That's how Kauai relaxed me.

I'll show you some other highlights of Kauai in part two, like maybe a list of what everyone should do there.