Friday, October 27, 2017

I’m 33!

Yesterday was my birthday. Overall I had a nice day, not much going on though. Daniel was working on Lanai so I had the kids and work. He sent me flowers.

I took the time to fix my hair. I made Ina’s Beatty’s Chocolate Cake, which is apparently the same as Hershey’s Special Dark Cake. 

I dropped Michael and Sophia off at Awanas. Daniel got home, we went through the molokai burger drove through. I got a chicken bacon ranch sandwich and a root beer float. Then we picked up the kids, went home, got showers and put everyone to bed. I was too exhausted to have cake, so we had it this morning for breakfast. But Danny missed it because he had to go back to Lanai again.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Halloween Home Tour

It's almost Halloween! So, I guess it's about time I get my Halloween decor post up. LOL. This fall has been busy, with 3 kids going three different places everyday, Ethan starting a new babysitter, my mom going home, me starting anew job, Danny working on finishing his license, and me not even working on my master's like I'm supposed to. Our life is pretty dang busy. 

In spite of that, I still made the time to decorate for Halloween this year and the kids LOVE our "spooky" house. The only bad thing is we have no pumpkins, because again, all mine died...I'm not even sure why, the vines didn't do well (i think they got too dry) then one day they were just all dead but one- i think virus or wilt or something- then a few weeks later, right after it put on its first flowers- the last pumpkin plant died as well. I had some winter squash as a backup- it got a few little 2 inch squashes----then it also died. I guess Kalae just sin't a suitable climate for squash in the fall- my dumb volunteer gourds do great in the spring/summer though, so maybe I just need to adjust my planting schedule. 

Halloween Jammies!

This year's buffet set up- I spray painted a bunch of flowers from Takes.

We just put up bunk beds in the kids' room- so their dresser is currently still being stored in the living room. 

We got a new end table. I like it, but I think eventually I'd like a wooden one. My hunt for a second hand bamboo one has been unsuccessful for the last 2 years, so not a lot of home left on that front. 

I painted a couple of signs on some of Daniel's old scrap wood. 

Table setting Take 1. 

I looked all over for these candelabras- Wal-Mart had the best ones- and cheapest!

but they took a lot of suitcase space to haul back. 

These cute flourescent light pumpkins from the target dollar spot last year. Which should be called the $3- $5 spot. 

The painted bottles I've almost thrown away abut 100 times. 

Living Room! So festive!

Target Pumpkins

And this year's dollar spot had these cute little luminaries. 

The other sign I painted this year. 

I really want to re-paint our door, but it keeps raining. 

My mom had crafternoon before she left and the kids made these cute windsocks :)

Tablescape Take 2. These cookies lasted 48 hours...

Saturday, October 14, 2017

It’s been a hell of a week

Growing up I always loved spending as much time as I could at my Grandma and Grandpas house. My grandma and grandpa both came from big families, so their house was always full of people and food and parties and crafts, and decorations and holidays and celebrating. Lol. It probably has a lot to do with how I live my life today. I mean really, who else decorated for Presidents’ Day? I think somewhere deep down I always wanted to have a huge family of my own to hang out with. Back at my own house I didn’t that that many of my own siblings or cousins, but I did have a nice group of neighbor hood kids that were always over at our house or Hortons, and I know I was always having more fun in a large group than a small one. Being a parent takes a lot of love and a lot of patience and sometimes it’s really hard for me to focus on family time first, chores and responsibilities second...which maybe isn’t that bad of a quality, but a better balance would be good. My own parents set a great example of how to be hardworking contributing individuals and sometimes that aspect takes over and I tell Sophia that I won’t play with her because I HAVE to shampoo the carpet today, and then do dishes, and then laundry, and then vacuum, etc, etc until it’s bedtime.

That being said, I can’t believe it’s been almost 20 years since we lost my grandma to cancer. Today heaven gained another character as my cousin Ben lost his battle too. It’s been several years since I’ve been back to the mainland-let alone taken the time to visit most of my family. Make sure you live with no regrets, because tomorrow is never promised.