I had a busy weekend!

Hi everyone!  Happy Tuesday!  This weekend was full and exhausting but oh so fun.  On Friday we finally got to pick up Kuha’o from explorations.  I was beyond excited when we arrived for his Ho’ike at Kamehameha.  I was amazed at their performance that they put on for the families- I was really impressed by all that they learned over just a 5 day span. He made so many new friends from the outer islands and he and my niece are still talking about how much fun they had. IMG_2414 IMG_2419 IMG_2440

On Saturday my family got together to support my cousin Kepa- he entered the Ikaika bodybuilding competition.  He entered the physique portion of the competition and ended up placing 5th. We were so proud of him, he really worked his butt off and for his first time ever entering he did awesome.  Kahele said that it inspired him to get back in the gym and start lifting again.  I sat there and honestly was inspired to eat! lol.  Before the competition we had dinner at my favorite restaurant, Shokudo, with a few of my cousins.

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Kepa is on the far right. One thing about Iphones- they take great close up photos but terrible zoom shots.

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Tiana, Alohi and I!  My cousins and I are so close that we’re actually all like siblings :) Good job on eliminating the baby bump in the pic Kahele lol.

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On Sunday we were able to sleep in and have a lazy day before heading out to the 50th State Fair.  It was overcast and the perfect weather to be at the fair.  I can’t stand when it’s scorching hot at the fair.  The kids had a blast and we spent way too much money.  But we never feel too bad when the kids have those huge smiles on their faces.

IMG_2563 FullSizeRenderThat’s about it!  I wish I’d taken more photos but when I’m enjoying myself I always get so caught up in the moment that I forget to capture it.  Probably need to work on that little flaw while blogging lol :)

Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison

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So I just read this book in literally 6 hours. I enjoy biographies but I honestly don’t jump into one thinking that I’m going to take everything that the writer says seriously- after all who’s going to write anything that’s going to make themselves look bad or wrong. But I really wanted to read this book because I’ve heard a lot about the Playboy mansion and read other books painting a similar picture as what Holly has done. The thing that really kept me interested was that like anyone who has experienced an abusive relationship- she points out how she looks back and thinks to herself ‘what was I thinking?’ and knows that she should have seen the signs. But also as young as she was how infatuated with fame she started to become. While reading I couldn’t help to put myself in her shoes- being in an abuse relationship when I was younger, I know how manipulation can make you feel that no one else will ever want you and that your abuser is the only person you’re worthy of. Not only was it an entertaining read, but I think that Holly sent an important message to women out there who may be in a similar situation that they can walk away and live the life that will bring them happiness. If you enjoy juicy memoirs this is definitely one to read!

 

 

Happy Hump Day

Hi everyone!  Happy Wednesday!  This week is just dragging by so slowly.  I’m missing Kuha’o soooo much.  We dropped him off on Sunday afternoon and it feels like it’s been a month since I’ve seen him.  Friday 6:00 pm cannot come soon enough.  Monday was my day off of work and I really tried to keep myself busy because I’d keep having moments worrying if he was homesick, having fun, needing something… Kahele was getting irritated with me (I could tell) but of course he tried to calm me by telling me how much fun he’s having.  So we distracted ourselves by going out to lunch and a movie with Maui and Tea.

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We ate at one of my favorite Italian restaurants Bravo and saw Insidious chapter 3.  I know some of you are saying to yourselves ‘omg you took your 7 year old daughter to that movie?’ … she’s the one that chose that movie and when we inquired if there were any sexual scenes or really gory scenes and there weren’t so… yup we took her.  She basically hid under her little blanket the entire movie while there were moments where I practically jumped out of my seat I got so scared.  The 4 of us had a really nice day.

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Letting my son go off to explorations for a week.

Today is the day that we drop off my son for a week at Kamehameha for his Explorations program.  I’ve been dreading this day because I’m basically leaving him in the care of people I’ve never met for a week.  A few of his cousins attended explorations a week ago and they absolutely loved it.  Hearing all of the stories that his cousins tell him about their week long adventure has got him really excited.  Kahele used to be a dorm adviser for explorations years ago, so he’s been filling Kuha’o in on all the fun things he’ll be doing like the field trips and Hawaiian studies.  I think the things that have Kuha’o most excited is the buffet meals they get for breakfast, lunch and dinner along with swimming every day!  I’m so excited for him but not so much for me.  I honestly don’t know how I’m going to make it through this week with no communication with him.  I’ll keep you all updated.  Wish me luck!

Kuha’o is 11years old!

The weekend was pretty much spent near the water. We celebrated my niece’s birthday at the pool and on Sunday Kuha’o celebrated his 11th birthday at the beach. I can’t believe my little boy is 11! Where has the time gone? He used to be my little tail- he’d always be right beside me on the couch and could not sleep without me at night. Now he’s an independent young man. This upcoming week he’ll be spending a week at explorations (sort of a mini summer camp) at Kamehameha Schools. I don’t know how I’m going to survive it! I’m more nervous than he is. I’ve never put him in the care of someone I didn’t know- luckily Kahele used to be a dorm adviser at the school and he has a lot of friends up there that will be keeping an eye on my son. I will keep you all updated on my sanity during this time. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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BREAD IS THE CRAVING OF THE WEEK!

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I’ve been craving bread like crazy!  Anything doughy and chewy.  Bread with butter, manapua, pizza, french bread, sour dough, bagels, soft pretzels, cinnamon rolls, doughnuts… I want them all!  I’ve also been craving cereals- Waffle Crisp is one I can eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner and not get sick of it. Today I really wanted a French Dip sandwich but couldn’t find anywhere around my workplace that made them.  Just thinking about that chewy bread soaked in au jus is causing me to lose my mind at the moment.  I pray that these cravings subside soon.  I’m like a mad woman everyday.  I feel so bad for Kahele- he literally sits there and listens to me talk about what I want to eat all day long.  When I’m not with him I’m texting him lol.

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