31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN MOVIES

October is my favorite month out of the year! Not only is my birthday on the 15th, it also is when the wet cozy weather starts to take effect with the temperature drop, it’s begins to feel like the holidays, and of course…HALLOWEEN!

This is the month when my mood shifts to a happier me and I just feel lighter. I’m interested to see how the holidays turn out this year. Here in Hawaii, we still cannot gather in groups of 5 or more and it’s hard to plan parties and events. So we’ll have to see what the rules for Halloween will be. Either way I will try and make it a fun one, especially for my 4 year old.

To me, the best part of the holidays are the cozy movie nights. Every October I make it a point to watch my favorite Halloween movies. I thought it would be fun to create a post of my top 31 Halloween movies for every day of the month. These are movies from when I was a child to some very recent additions. If I had to narrow it down to only 5 I feel like it I would choose…

Hocus Pocus, The Worst Witch, Clue, Monster House and……. The Adams Family. But I still couldn’t get through the month without watching the others above, I love them all!

I hope that you all are doing and good as possible, especially in these though times. I’m sending you all a virtual hug! I hope that you enjoy this post and even more importantly, your October cozy movie nights. Xoxo

My Grams was laid to rest

Winona Joyce Moanikeala Wedemeyer Gaison
Sept 8, 1936- May 18, 2020

If you follow my blog you know that while my daughter was in the hospital, my grandma passed away. There have been so many emotions that I really wasn’t even going to post about it. But this is a sort of diary for me, and a lot of what I post is so that I have these memories to look back on.

My grandma was an amazing, strong woman who lived her life for her family. My cousins and I are so tight that we’ve never spent more than a month without a gathering. We all talk to each other all the time and make sure that we let each other know that we are always here for one another. That’s the family that she raised. Family first… period!

She left a really big family behind. In her life she was able to be a part of the lives for her 5 of her children, 13 grand children, 21 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Interestingly I am the oldest of the grands, my son is the oldest of the greats and my granddaughter is the oldest of the great-greats.

Back row: my dad, my dads gf, Maui (my oldest son), Kūha’o (my youngest son), Kahele,
Front: my oldest daughter tea, Tatum ( granddaughter), Kayla (my DIL), Me, Aria (my youngest in front of me)

My grandma lost her oldest son around 25 years ago and her husband (my grandfather) a little over 12 years ago. She lived a long life full of experiences and able to watch her family grow. But, the first thing that came to mind after the shock that she was gone was, now she’s with my uncle and papa… and it warms my heart to think that.

This is the wreath from the grand children, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. The 3 hearts represent us.

We were so blessed to be able to celebrate her life as a family with a full service during this pandemic. There are some who I’ve heard were not able to give their loved ones a proper service a month or so ago. The family on the mainland were able to fly in to Hawaii and do their 14 day mandatory quarantine in able to join the service. There still was social distancing, which we weren’t too worried about because everyone was really careful and followed the rules during quarantine.

Uncle led kaapana played his Slack-key during the viewing and long after for the family to enjoy.

The turn out was actually more than I thought it would be. This is how my family is… even our second, third and fourth cousins are all close and showed up. It was truly a day full of blessings. The weather was beautiful, the flower arrangements were beautiful, just the overall mood was bittersweet and BEAUTIFUL. The love that surrounded my family that day was present and we all knew it was grams and papa showering the love onto us.

After the burial we all headed to her home, a place where she’s lived all my life and where my family has built a lifetime of memories. We drank, shared stories, drank, laughed, cried, drank, sang and just had the best time together. Yesterday was another story… woke up with a headache, slept, ate, slept… I really paid for that good time I had!

Clockwise starting from front: cousins: Alohi, Kapu, Tiana, Kahiki, my sister Tasha and me far right.
Me with my cousin’s Constance and Alohi
These four are all the same age and the same grade so we refer to them as “the four”
The kids started falling asleep so we waited for our designated drivers and had to eventually end the most perfect day.

I’m going to link her favorite song here. It’s such a perfect song for her and her life so we played it during the service. Enjoy!

Grams favorite song

The 50th State Fair

We celebrated Kuha’o’s birthday by going to the fair.  We haven’t been to the fair in so long but we’re planning a Disneyland trip in November and it’ll be the first time for my youngest, so when Kuha’o said he wanted to do the fair it was the perfect time to introduce Aria to some rides.  She absolutely loved it!  There were a bunch of us that went, which made it even more fun for the kids. 

We got there pretty early so the lines weren’t long at all.  The kids were able to go on all the rides they wanted early on.

It got really crowded when the sun set.  But the kids were completely satisfied by that point and we spent the rest of the time walking around, playing games, watching the monster truck show and EATING!  I love the feeling I get when walking around with the carnival light and music surrounding me while eating some carnival eats.

A bridal shower for my soon-to-be daughter-in-law

What is better than a bridal shower?  Being in a group of women, eating food, and opening gifts is one of the best ways to spend an afternoon.  Yesterday we did just that.  We celebrated my soon-to-be daughter in law with lunch at Bucca’s.  We played some fun games and ate until we were stuffed.

Here’s the Bride and her bridal party along with flower girls.

I’m so blessed to have a daughter-in-law who is an amazing mommy to my granddaughter and grandson on the way. Stay tuned for some pics from the wedding!!!!

 

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!

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.

Aria is 3 years old

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My little girl is growing up so fast.  I can’t believe she’s 3 already.  We celebrated all weekend with a camping trip on the North Shore.  We stayed at camp Mokule’ia where we rented a cabin (because I need a private bathroom, shelter and electricity).  We really lucked out because we were able to rent a cabin just a week in advance.  The camp is currently being renovated so they gave us the end cabin and we were literally the only ones there!  It was like we had our own private beach.  It was amazing!

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My dad lives only a few minutes away, so he was able to spend a lot of time with us.  We had family join us on Saturday for a BBQ, fishing, crab hunting at night and of course we roasted marshmallows and made s’mores.  Everyone was happy and having a great time, especially the kids.  I love that my kids are able to look back and remember this, the way I remember when I would go camping with my cousins when I was younger.

Aria was loving all of the “Happy Birthday” wishes from everyone that came by all weekend.  She heard it so much that by Sunday night she actually said “my birthday is done already”, it was hilarious! Im going to make it a point to start doing more of these little “staycations” with my family, having all of my kids together laughing and enjoying each other is what I live for.