Sunday, August 23, 2015

Home Sweet Home? Hmm....

     We have moved back to the mainland to "America's Heartland".  
All I have to say right now is that it has been one stressful
headache after another 
and I'd much rather be
getting kisses from "Laka" the dolphin

and hanging out on the beach with these two!

The End!

Monday, June 1, 2015

A Hui Hou Kakou Hawaii!

Last moments on the beach on Oahu.

Last beach park picnic.

Last.....why do we have to leave!!!! 

   Well, I'm both happy and sad to say that we are no longer on Oahu.  Boo hoo and yay!  We are currently on a road trip making our way to Kansas.  We've been having a great time catching up with family and friends.  
   Our journey started with an overnight flight from Oahu to LA.  At the LA airport (very early in the morning), our friend Laura picked us up.  We met Laura at Tripler.  She was a nurse on the CF care team.  She moved back to CA a couple years ago and we've kept in touch.  
  After Laura picked us up, we went to a diner to have breakfast  and then went to pick up my car.  I feared getting my car would be a hassle but I was pleasantly surprised.  Once in my car, we headed to Knott's Berry Farm.  We spent a day riding rides with Laura.  It was so much fun spending the day with a very kind and thoughtful friend.
  Once we were all done at Knott's, the girls and I met my step- brother for supper.  It has been many years (I think 10) since I've seen him.  A few months back he took a job in LA.  It  was so nice to sit, chat,  and catch up.
  The next morning, we left the hotel and headed for Fallon, NV.  We were going to my sister's house to visit and see my nephew graduate high school.   We've had so much fun there.  We always do.  My sister and I are very close and enjoy each other's company.  We get to shop, ride horses, browse through antique stores, & do farm stuff (that's Rachel's favorite thing).  We also enjoyed watching my nephew graduate.
   Next, we pick up husband from the airport and continue the road trip east.  We have plans of taking it easy, with a few fun stops along the way.  
The girls with Mom. 

Amelia enjoyed hanging with Uncle Lou.

Me riding much fun.

My nephew & his big moment.

With his mom and dad.

Rachel made her cousin a graduation card
and put a dollar in it.

One night at the fire pit
roasting marshmallows.

Virginia City
Me and sis in jail!

Hawaii, you've been very good to us.  
We are going to miss you very much. 
We've made many special memories with you.
See you again someday!


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Change is Coming!

North Shore
watching big waves
    After waiting months, we know where our next Army move will be.  It's bittersweet because we've been here just over 7 years & have made so many memories.  Rachel just celebrated her 9th birthday with her BFF's on the beach.Yes, I'm sad to go but excited to be closer to family and friends & be back in the country!
   In just about 2 months, we'll be back on the mainland (that sounds so awkward for me to say).  Let the anxiety of having enough meds on hand, going through the airport/airplane with medical equipment, roaptripping & treatments, and....oh, let's throw in a toddler into the mix because you know I love a challenge!
   As for now.....our 2 months left, we are in full blown "act like a tourist" mode.  We have beaches to visit, fishing trips to plan, scenic hikes to explore, dolphins to swim with, turtles to visit, etc!

Mermaid in "da pool".

Makapu'u Lighthouse hike

Whale watching
Makapu'u Lighthouse 

Makapu'u Lighthouse
she still has school!

Learning about the body.

North Shore
watching big waves

Having fun at the beach.

Beach Birthday Party

She's nine. sweeties!

She loves volleyball.