My photo journal challenge

Is anyone else out there totally lost in what day it is? I’ve been really having to think about it lately. Everyday has been so routine for over a week. I’m so bored, so I can only imagine how it is for my kids. We’ve been trying to get them outside to run around and play ball but the weathers been pretty rainy here and it’s been hard to get out. Lords knows the last thing I need to do is have my kids getting a cold because I let them play in the rain. Because our days have become so blurred, I’ve decided to take pictures throughout the day so that we actually know what day we ran to the store or put gas in the car. It also gives me a little project to do. Please do not expect too many edited perfect photos, Although a color story app is my obsession. I’ll try my best to keep it interesting. I mean, I am only limited to my house, which is what makes this a challenge. I thought of this only this afternoon so I didn’t get many pics during the day but here they are…

Been enjoying trying out different blends
The sky at sunset was gorgeous tonight.
When I took this photo I noticed the blur. There was a smudge on my phone lenses. The beauty in flaws.
When we ran to the bakery we found water balloons and bought around 300 of them. Great investment in these times.
We’ve been grilling a lot. Gives us a chance to have a cocktail outside.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Being stuck in the house all day I’ve been finding much opportunity to actually sit down (ok, lay down) and get lost in a book. I saw a preview that this book is being made into a tv series and I’ve had this book in my “must read” for a while now and this was the perfect time to get to it.

I did not want this book to end! I was so invested in each character and wanted the story to go on. The message that I took from this book is like the quote says “Don’t throw stones at your neighbors, if your own windows are glass”. Lots of drama, but I found myself getting choked up when these characters face obstacles with they’re families and loved ones. Awesome book, go check it out!

Bored outta my mind!

Hi everyone! It’s been a while. Life has been so busy…. until now. For so long blogging hadn’t even entered my mind because between work and family there just isn’t enough time in a day to find some peace and quite to take a seat and write a post. I was sitting outside getting some fresh air this morning and told myself to start journaling. Honestly I’ve forgotten what day of the week we’re on a couple of times. And even had to think when the last time I left my house was. I work at a high school so I’ve been out of work for 10 days because of spring break being last week. Then, yesterday we got the news that we’ll be out til April 30th along with the governor issuing a statewide order to stay at home, which I thought took effect yesterday at 4:30 but I just read 12:01 on Wednesday morning. No one can get any information correct. It’s all so confusing and uncertain. I was literally on the computer for hours at a time during my days trying to even create an account to apply for unemployment but only finally was able to yesterday. That was a headache!

On the upside, I’ve been able to be home with my kids, which is what we always wish for. I’m making the most of it even with being stuck at home. Luckily we like in a culdesac and my kids are pretty much the only kids on our street. We’re able to do a lot of bike riding, sidewalk chalk and even painting. We also invested in the PS VR system in February so that’s been something that has been keeping them physically active while it’s raining outside (it’s been raining a lot). What’s not so fun is the mess in my home! It looks like a hurricane went right through my house!

I just spent the last hour reading posts from blogs that I follow and it’s been so comforting for some reason. It’s nice to see the families finding ways to enjoy each others company. There are so many more that I haven’t got to, do a little later I plan to pour me a nice glass of wine (wine has been a real friend after the kids have gone to sleep) and read more posts. I can’t wait!

I hope that you’re all safe and healthy with enough food and toilet paper to last. Personally, my fears for myself are that my students will digress during this period and, if I’m being honest, my financial situation at the end of this. I know a lot of people have the same worries and a lot have it way harder than I do. I’ve been praying for us all every night. I will continue to do so. Have a great day! Until tomorrow…

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!

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.