Beach and a good book! Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

When I’m at the beach I love to read a good book.  I find me a nice space in the shade and get comfy with my book.  This week the kids really wanted to go to the beach, so we took a little drive to the North Shore.  The weather was perfect!  I chose to start Nine Perfect Strangers.  I’m a huge fan of Liane Moriarty and this book did not disappoint.  If you enjoy her books… you will love this one.  And I have to say, it was the perfect summer/ beach read.

No one better than daddy to go to the beach with.  I’ll give him that one, Im not a fan of the beach and hate the sand, so daddy wins over mommy there!  He will let her bury him for hours if she wanted.

I hope you all are having a wonderful summer!  I know most of us are working during the summer, but I hope everyone can find some time to do something fun!

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The first day of summer and my dryer breaks

Schools out! It’s summer. Summer means double the laundry, and the first load I do… my dryer breaks! For me this is NO BUENO! I loathe doing laundry. I will clean toilets over laundry! Maybe this is why my dryer broke? Maybe it’s asking for a little appreciation for making something I hate a lot easier for me? Well…. I’m sorry trusty dryer, please come back to life! I love you and will never take you for granted again.

Update:

Just ran over to see if it resuscitated, and nothing!

So today we are spending the day looking for a new dryer. And by golly this dryer will be loved and cared for.

Mini Putt with my Tea girl!

My daughter loves to go to Bay View Golf Course for the mini putt and zip line.  On Monday her and I shared some mother & daughter time with a round of putt putt.  We had such a fun time that I actually wouldn’t mind doing it more often.  Maybe this weekend the whole family can go (fingers crossed).

My daughter is very competitive so she took the game pretty serious!  I beat her score on a couple of holes and it only made her more focused.  A good thing for the future.

After we were done she got a bubble gun from a friend.  She’s growing up so fast that it was nice to see her being young and having fun!  Life is so busy and crazy that this day was a good reminder of how I must find time to do more things as a family.

Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden

Over the weekend we took our 3 year old to Ho’omaluhia in Kaneohe.  She loves to go to the lake and feed the ducks and fish.  Its a beautiful place and great for families to have a relaxing time without costing anything.

It’s a little bit of a walk to get down to the lake but along the way you’re shaded with trees and the chirping of birds.  There’s something about being surrounded by nature and the sounds of nature that is an instantaneously calming on the spirit.

It was such a hot day!  It’s been really hot and muggy here lately.  We only spent about an hour before we couldn’t handle the heat any longer.  On our way back we took our time and learned about some of the different plants.  Aria was complaining about her legs being sore, so the lucky bugger got to ride on daddy’s shoulders.

A field trip to the Honolulu Zoo

Yesterday we took our class on a field trip to the Honolulu Zoo. It was probably the hottest it’s been all school year (just our luck), but it was a fun time. Our zoo is nothing like those of San Diego or the Bronx. It’s pretty small but for kids who were born and raised here, just to see a real life elephant is pretty amazing.

We made these cute books for the kids. In the book we’re pictures and fun facts of the animals and a little box for them to check off each animal they’d seen.

Around the half way point we were all pretty tired and drained, so we took a little snack and beverage break and saw these cute little birds. Not too sure what they’re called though?

We finally got to the Keiki zoo where the kids were able to get up close and personal with some of the farm animals. This was the perfect ending to our day.

It’s like this goat was posing for a photo. So cute!

Heartburn by Nora Ephron

Rachel is in her third trimester of pregnancy when she finds out her husband is having an affair with a family friend.  From that sentence alone, you would think this is a serious story, but that is so far from the truth.  I had moments where I was literally laughing out loud at the wittiness of the author.  Reading this book, I am reminded that if you don’t laugh through the hard times you’ll break.  I recommend this to anyone who wants a light read and in need of a little chuckle here and there. I do wish that this book was a little longer, I finished this book in just a few hours with breaks in between.  It had me craving more.

Growing up an island girl….

I’ve lived here in Hawaii my whole life.  I’ve never had the experience of college abroad or a long summer in the mainland.  So everything that I know and how I live my life is my normal.  It’s not until I meet people who are not from here, that I see myself in a different light, especially when they laugh at some of the phrases I use or some of the crazy things I do.

In Hawaii we are a melting pot of race and culture.  It is not unlikely that someone born and raised here will have 3 or more nationalities.  I am a mix of Hawaiian, Filipino, Portuguese, French, Irish and German.

Here are some interesting things about  growing up as an island girl…

The way we speak and the things we say may not make sense to those not from here.

I was always raised to speak correct English, but with my uncle’s and cousins and kids at school, of course sometimes I say things like…. “Last night we were talking story” meaning “Last night we got together and were chatting and catching up on life”.  Saying “rubbish can” instead of “garbage bin”, “stink eye” for “dirty look”,  and “ice box” for “refrigerator”.  But honestly… I do speak very good English considering that this is what I grew up hearing…

“If can, can.  If no can, no can” = If we can do it, we’ll do it. but if we can’t, we won’t

“you like ____?” = Do you want to _____?

“Any kine” = Anything

“Broke da Mouth” or “Ono” = delicious

“Bumbye” = eventually

“Choke” = plenty

“give ‘um”= go for it!

“Hana hou”= do it again

“k-den” = ok, alright

“pau” = done

“try”…  this is one we use for everything, like we didn’t know how to do anything.  My papa always said “try get the remote”, “try grab me a beer”, “try come”, “try wait”  etc.

A typical get together includes aunties, uncles, around 20 cousins and just as many nieces and nephews.  A baby luau, graduation party or wedding will have up to 400 people and that’s after cutting out close to 100 people because the venue size.

Every day there will be fresh rice in the rice pot and mac salad in the refrigerator. 

Poi needs Poke like poke needs poi!  Which leads to….

Beef Stew will only be eaten with poi and poke.  If there’s no poi or poke we will not be eating beef stew.

Sundays are for BBQ-ing. 

A typical porch will look like mine….  slippers all over the place.  No slippers or shoes in the house!

Dress up attire is Aloha Wear. 

Everyone older than you is “Uncle” and “Aunty”  and friends that you grew up with are “cousins”.  At the end of the day “we all family”.

A graduate on graduation day looks like this… (we already filled 2 garbage bags of leis at this point)

Directions are based on “mauka” (mountain) or “makai” (ocean) or even…. “ova dea” (over there).

When the party is over everyone stays to clean up.

Football games at Aloha Stadium.  

No racism.  I’ve never experienced racism growing up… everybody jokes about everybody and no one takes it personally. 

When you visit family or when family visits the first thing you stay is “come inside, are you hungry?  There’s juice in the ice box” 

Once a man gets home the shirt comes off and the beer cans go in the freezer.

All of our cousins stuffed into the back of a pickup truck on our way to the beach.  This is of course illegal now.  Just another reason to blame our elders for the way we are today. We like to say “Remember the time you put all our lives in danger”

We all got “lickens” (slapped) when we’d “ack up” (didn’t behave).

Going to the gas station to get spam musubi and hawaiian sun juice for a 20 minute loooong car ride.

When ever you meet someone one of the first things you ask is “What school did you graduate from”  and it always means “high school”

The once a year 50th State Fair…. for some people this is the closest experience to Disneyland, which in actuality could never compare.

When you want to date someone you always need to find out their last name, their parents names and even their grandparents names just to make sure you’re not related.

These are just some things that I’ve experienced my whole life.  Hope you enjoyed.

Keiki Makahiki Challenge 2018

In the past I’ve wrote about the Makahiki Challenge that a cousin of mine started a few years ago… well this year they had a Keiki version for the youngsters.  My 10 year old ran it along with her cousins and they had the best time!

The challenge consisted of a 10 obstacles through a 1.5 mile run.  Some of the obstacles were the tire step, slide, mud pit, wall, and tunnel crawl.  It’s usually a mud run but because the actual challenge for adults was the day before it wasn’t a muddy as I think my daughter hoped (not so fun for her but great for me).