Monday, December 27, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Thank You"

How was everyone's Christmas? I trust everyone had a lovely time and enjoyed all the festivities that came along with it. I hope no one forget that Jesus is the reason for the season. I ended up sounding like a broken record for the past few weeks from having to remind my children of this. I didn't mind doing it but I totally understand all the excitement they had for getting gifts. After all, they're at that age where it's all about what they can get so I had to let them enjoy themselves and the gifts. As long as I made sure they were educated on the reason behind this Holiday, I was ok. Hey, God saw all the effort I made so if it didn't stick at least I wouldn't be blamed, lol. ;)

I had a grand ole time and ate until I felt I was gonna pop. lol I'm looking forward to doing it again to ring in the new year. ;)

In the spirit of giving thanks this week I found a really sweet message...

"Thank you God for sending Jesus. Thank you Jesus that you came. Holy Spirit come and help us glorify the Savior's name." - Unknown

"When the time had fully come, God sent his son, born of a woman." - Galatians 4:4 NIV

Let us continue to praise and thank God not just during the Holiday season but each and every day.

Happy Monday everyone!!!

Have a blessed and prosperous week! :)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Tis the Season"

It's Christmas time, my very favorite time of the year. I love the lights, joyful time, songs, and of course the time off to spend with family. This year I won't be able to be with my extended family but I'm very blessed and grateful that I have my immediate and military family here in Hawaii.

While we're enjoying this time of the year let's not forget the reason for this season, Jesus. My kids are now at the age where they understand the real reason for the season. It can get a little hectic trying to get Christmas shopping and dinner prepped but we must not forget whose birthday it is. If it weren't for our heavenly father blessing us with his precious son Jesus we wouldn't be able to enjoy all the festivities this time brings. It's because of his love why we get to forget about the trials of life and just enjoy quality time with each other.

With that said, I'm compelled to share this passage:

"What can I give him poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would give him a lamb, If I were a wise man, I would do my part, But what I can give him? give my heart."

"We love because he first loved us" - 1 John 4:19 NIV

Happy Monday everyone!

Have a blessed and fun week. Merry Christmas to you all!! :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Validation"

A few days ago I was hit with the realization that people tend to care way too much about what other people think of them rather than what God thinks about them. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but it can become a bad thing if our main focus is to please others. There's nothing wrong with wanting to put forth our best selves or try to make improvements in life but you can enter dangerous territory if every single move that you make relies on what someone else may think or even do.

It's just not natural and it's definitely not fair. Not fair to you to put SO much pressure on yourself and most importantly it's not fair to God. He wants you to turn to him, please him, get dressed up for him, make a "special" meal for him, care about what "HE" thinks. Why? Because he is the one who truly matters.

In the end people may come in and out of your lives but the one constant will ALWAYS be God. So be sure to treat him as such because after all, he'll be there for you whether you cook a crappy meal or not or whether you fit into those skinny jeans or not.

This week's inspirational quote comes courtesy of moi... ;)

"It amazes me that people still strive for validation from others rather than validation for our heavenly father. Seek him FIRST and the people who are meant to be in your life will come. Realize that no matter what you do, you'll never be able to please everyone."
Happy Monday everyone!

Have a blessed and prosperous week. :)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Discipline"

I decided to use last week's post on "Compassion" to tie in with this week's message of "Discipline."

We all have different ways of disciplining ourselves and others. Sometimes it benefits just one person, other times it benefits an entire community. Nevertheless, discipline is necessary not just to restore order but to set a precedent of what's right and wrong and how we are to live our lives on a daily basis.

Discipline can be a taboo subject especially when we start to discuss the degrees of discipline and how to implement it. Well, instead of focusing on specific degrees, we should first accept the fact that a life without consequences or discipline will most definitely lead to a life with chaos and torment. Discipline shouldn't be viewed as a negative thing but rather an opportunity to learn a lesson and grow as an individual. We only have one life to live so why not spend it trying to make ourselves better?

This week's inspirational message says it best:

"Help us, Lord, to remember that discipline makes this family better. Sometimes it is hard to discipline those we love. Sometimes it is hard to be the one disciplined. Help us all to realize that discipline now, saves us from heartache later. Developing good habits through correction and love will ultimately keep our family together."

Scripture: "Correct your son, and he will give you rest; Yes, he will give delight to your soul" -Proverbs 29:17 NKJV

Happy Monday everyone! I wish you all a blessed and prosperous week. :)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Compassion"

Amidst all the recent issues on bullying I was compelled to write this week's "Inspirational Mondays" post on compassion and being kind to one another.

We all know that being teased or picked on is a part of growing up. It's kind of a rite of passage and let's face it, it's one that we all wished we didn't have to go through. It's not fun, it's cruel and even though the majority of the time it may only involve words, words can carry weight to kids who are trying to find themselves and who are trying to fit in or learn how to deal with hormones or other puberty issues.

I'm not sure why it's gotten so much more aggressive these days, nonetheless it must be stopped. In my opinion it has to start at home. We must take the time and effort to teach our children about having compassion for others. We can't afford to assume that "they get it." Let's not wait until a problem arises, take a moment to have a simple discussion with them about this issue. Too many children are taking their own lives and are being tormented for being what others may consider "different."

Remind your children that there is only ONE judge and that's God so NO one has the right to place judgment on others, especially not another child. Tell them that God loves us ALL no matter our skin color, sex, class, etc. We are ALL God's children and should be treated with love, compassion and respect.

You may not feel like this is "your" problem but you never know when "your" child will be affected by this.
So instead of waiting until it becomes a problem, have a little chat with em. Even if they never have to deal with being bullied, they may be able to reach out to a child who is being bullied or even help stop a bully. You just never know...

God wants us to know:

"All of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous." - 1 Peter 3:8 NKJV

Have a wonderful day everyone! I wish you all a blessed and prosperous week. :-)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Have No Fear"

Have you ever felt ashamed or fearful of something you've done or the person you've become?

My pastor preached a very poignant message recently about the fact that we tend to let fear or shame take such control over our lives that we block out all the positives and blessings God may have in store for us.

If that's you then I want you to just "LET GO AND LET GOD!"

God says that no matter what you've done and who you think you are, he will forgive, restore, protect and bless you. He wants you to repent and bring your troubles to him for him to fix. It's what he loves to do. He wants us to be able to live our lives filled with joy and not with fear or shame.

Letting go allows God to work in tremendous ways. Don't stay stuck in your fear/shame. Pray about it, let it go. Ask God for forgiveness then forgive yourself and truly leave whatever it is that had such a strong hold on your life behind.

This week's Inspirational Quote is:

1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness."

I wish you all a blessed and prosperous week.

Happy Monday Ohana! :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Munchkin # 3's Birthday pics

My 3rd lil man turned 1 recently and we partied it up big time. It was pure fun. :)

We teamed up with his girlfriend's parents and combined their parties. We opted for a Mickey n Minnie theme and it turned out super cute.

Here are a few pics of the festivities...

Cute ain't it? ;)

Birthday boy and birthday girl...

Loving her Minnie ears...

He wasn't too pleased with having to wear the Mickey ears... lol

Getting his smash on with the smash cake...

Tons of smashing going on :)...

All the fam enjoying the smash cake...

Monday, November 15, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Acceptance"

List 1
  1. Beautiful
  2. Compassionate
  3. Generous
List 2
  1. Stretch marks
  2. Nasal Voice
  3. Thick thighs
Each of these lists contains words that describe me. Although I love and accept list 1, I sometimes find myself working hard or obsessing over list 2. I end up frustrating or overwhelming myself with trying to change the things on list 2 which goes completely against God's intention for my life.

My point in making these lists was to point out that we all have good and bad lists but for some reason we tend to focus more on the list with the negative aspects rather than accepting and focusing on the list with our positive attributes.

Why is that? Why is it so easy for us to put energy and work into changing things that make us feel bad about ourselves rather than embracing the good? I'm not saying that we should'nt always strive to better individuals but there should always be a balance and we should always be mindful of the things we decide to put our minds to. Be careful that you aren't trying to change the very thing that God intended for you to use as a way to give back, reach out to others or even the very thing that will teach us the lesson of acceptance within ourselves.

I'm not fond of my thick thighs but it shouldn't stop me from going to the beach in a bikini. In fact I should be grateful and embrace them because it enhances my curves, which I love.

We don't live in a perfect world and although God wants us to always do good and be better people, he also wants us to accept the things he's given us and not go over board with trying to change ourselves.

This week's inspirational quote is a very popular but poignant quote:

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference."

Happy Monday Ohana!

Have a blessed and prosperous week. :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Kindness"

Have you ever felt like you're stuck on a hamster wheel?

There are times when I wake up feeling like I'm stuck on a hamster wheel. Sometimes I feel like I'm not truly showing up in my own life. My to do list or goal list just seems to be getting longer and longer and the time seems to be flying by without me getting a chance to catch up. I focus so much on my wants, my needs, my family, my thoughts and so on...

I've gotten so caught up with what's happening in my world that I sometimes lose track or block out others and that's just not fair. It's also totally against God's design for us. If he wanted us to just focus on ourselves then he wouldn't have created us with the capability to meet, greet, talk, hug, kiss, love, and cuddle.

So recently I've decided that every time I get this feeling I'll make it a point to help others. Even if it's just to open a door, say hi or bye, smile to a stranger, donate to a certain cause, I just want to help someone. I also decided that I'll do this strictly out of the kindness of my heart and not to expect any sort of acknowledgment or praise.

Often times people seem to think that if they help someone then they should be rewarded. The simple fact of helping isn't enough for some reason. Why is that? I'm not placing judgement at all because I've fallen victim to this way of thinking in the past.

When I think about it no matter what my current circumstances may be, somewhere in the world, someone else may be having a bad day, week, month or even year. So if I can be helpful in any way without expecting anything in return then I know that I've done what God wants me to do which is to be kind to others. After all, don't we all want others to be kind to us?

So this week's inspirational quote is a VERY popular yet simple quote:

"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." - Matthew 7:12 New International Bible

Happy Monday everyone!!

Have a blessed and prosperous week!! :)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Munchkin # 3 turns ONE!!!

1 year ago this perfect little creature blessed us with his presence. For the past 12 months it's been an absolute joy to be his mom. He's the sweetest, funniest, and cutest little boy ever (just like his brothers were and still are ;) ).

It's funny because with each of my boys I tried my best to enjoy their younger years because they go by so fast. With this lil man time is REALLY flying by. He brings me so much joy on a daily basis and there's never a day that goes by when I don't have belly hurting laughs from the silly things he does. :-)

SO HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY to my lil munchkin!!! Mama loves you and here's to many many more years of pure joy, laughter and lots of love.

Happy Friday everyone!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Placing Judgement

Being a mom means having to make sacrifices for the betterment of your child. Sometimes you're placed in situations that you'd prefer not to be in, nevertheless you learn to roll with the punches and the statement "what doesn't kill you will only make you stronger" comes into play A LOT.

One of my regular "mommy tasks" is to go grocery shopping. It's second nature to me, I don't mind it but I often have to do it with all 3 boys in tow. Often times a 1 hr trip can take me up to 2 hrs because I stop to discipline the 2 older boys along the way or I have to entertain my lil man.

Well recently I decided that I wanted to tackle the grocery shopping all by myself so I left the boys with hubby and went shopping. It was great, I actually got to get every item that was on my list. Sometimes when I go with all 3 boys, lil man # 3 expires towards the end of the trip so I end up leaving without some of the items and going back the next day.

During my solo trip to the grocery store I started to remember an incident I had when I just moved to Temecula CA from Tampa Fl. Hubby, munchkin# 1 and I moved to CA in 2003 when I was pregnant with baby # 2. I was so overwhelmed and super scared because I was away from close family and friends most of whom I was used to seeing on a daily basis. I had to really adjust to this new way of living. Not only that, I had to deal with a 3 hr time difference that proved to be a challenge for quite some time.

About 6 weeks after giving birth to munchkin # 2 hubby had to go on a 2 week training mission. I thought it was no big deal since it was such a short period of time. I'm a military wife so I was used to him being away for long periods of time. This time around it would be more challenging because I would be home alone with both boys but I knew I could do it and if it got overwhelming I'd just pray my way through it.

Well one day I took a trip to Target to pick up some diapers and a few other household items. Upon checking out 2 young ladies were staring at me and made a sweet statement about both my boys being so adorable. I smiled and said "thank you." One of them then said "How old is your baby?" I replied "He's 6 weeks old." She goes"Oh that's so young. I replied "Yeah!"

It was now my turn to check out and both girls went to the next register but while walking away I over heard one of the girls saying "Omg, I don't understand how people take their babies out the house at such a young age. I'd be so scared to leave the house." They both started laughing and since they were on their way out the store and I was sleep deprived (lol) I didn't bother to address their comments.

After thinking about it for a second I got really angry and irritated that they would place judgment on me especially without knowing my situation. Did they honestly think my preference would've been to bring my 6 weeks old baby out in public? Did they think that I was that shallow or not good of a mom to not think of the safety of my baby? How dare they not assume that I just had NO OTHER CHOICE!!! Which was the case. I then got angrier at the fact that I was SO far away from family and friends who would've jumped at the chance to baby sit my boys while I run errands.

I tend to over think the safety of my kids at times so the comments made by these girls reallypissed me off that day. I almost wished that I made the effort to say something to them but then I thought to myself "who cares? why am I getting so pissed?"

I guess the overall point of this post is that people have NO idea what's going on behind closed doors. No one knows exactly what someone else may be going through. Don't assume that your life experiences is the exact same way for everyone. Don't assume that the options available to you will be available to everyone else. My most important point is that people should NEVER PLACE JUDGEMENT on others. I'm sure these girls didn't mean any harm but it did put me in a bad mood for a little that day.

These days it would'nt have bugged me at all since I'm in a completely different place but I still feel like people should learn to keep their mouths shut or have some compassion for others situations.

Happy Hump Day everyone!

Much Love :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Through the Fire"

Inspirational Mondays!

Happy Monday everyone!! Here's a little inspiration to start off your week...

Have you ever experienced something and over-reacted only to realize that if you had stopped, taken a deep breath, prayed and ask for guidance and God's will to be done then all would've worked out without any harm being done?

I've had quite a few of those days. I usually end up being pretty hard on myself for falling victim to satan's attempt to sneak in and cause drama. I'm the type of person who hates drama, if I feel a situation coming on, I'll try to avoid it at all cost. There are times when you just have to go through the drama aka "fire" in order to become a stronger individual. Sometimes there are lessons to be learned with certain situations so it's pointless and practically impossible to avoid these lessons. No matter what, it's messy, I hate it and it annoys me. I'd much rather go through life without dealing with too much drama but of course this isn't possible and most of the time after succeeding and getting through a specific battle, I actually give praises to God for sticking with me and never letting me fall victim to satan's "try" on my life. I thank him for his stronghold on my life because he's so merciful and gracious and loves me no matter what.

I'm saying all this because I know that somewhere, someone out there is going through a situation that may seem too overwhelming or you may have done or reacted to something that leaves you feeling like there is just no end in site to the misery. I want you to know that IT'S OK!!! Don't give up, don't give in, don't be so hard on yourself. God will heal you, God will lead you and God will protect you no matter what. All you have to do is turn to him, talk to him and ask him for forgiveness. Ask him to lead you in the right direction and ask that his will be done for your life. It's NEVER EVER too late to turn your life around.

No matter what you've said or done and no matter what others have said or done to you, God will NEVER EVER leave or forsake you.

Here's a great scripture that spoke to my heart, I hope it speaks to yours as well...

"Do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Have a blessed and prosperous week everyone.

Much love!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Power Words"

Inspirational Mondays

Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and you're gearing up for a great, growth filled and positive week.

This week's inspirational message is a pretty profound one. Make sure you pay attention and take heed because it's literally easier said than done.

"You believe what you say about yourself more than what anybody else says. That's why on a regular basis we should say, "I'm blessed. I'm healthy. I'm strong. I'm valuable. I'm talented. I have a bright future." Those words go out of your mouth and come right back into your own ears. Over time, they will create the same image on the inside.

You may be in a difficult time right now, but don't use your words to describe your situation, use your words to change your situation. Declare victory. Declare health. Declare favor. Declare abundance. You are giving life to your faith by what you're saying. All through the day, we should go around saying, "I have the favor of God. I can do all things through Christ. I am blessed. I'm strong. I'm healthy." Always remember to use your words to bless your future and call in the good things God has prepared for you!"- Joel Osteen.

Told you it would be a good one. :)

Have a blessed and prosperous week everyone.

Ciao! :)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Is it ok to recycle your kids' Halloween costumes?

Take a good look at the pic above because at least one of these costumes will be recycled for this year's Halloween. lol.

Yes I'm VERY serious. Is it ok to recycle Halloween costumes for kids? Would they even care?

To my defense "Mario" aka munchkin # 1 is OBSESSED with his costume and insists on wearing it again this year so I'm more than happy to oblige. Unfortunately "the magician's" costume is too small for him.

Here's the thing, my boys are SUPER tall for their age so I end up having to buy costumes that are WAY too big for them and end up pinning the sides, arms & legs to fit them just right for the night. So this year a couple of the costumes are now the perfect fit for them so it's only right that they wear em again right? He he. Is that bad? Am I a bad mommy?

I mean seriously, it's not gonna hurt them. Let's be honest, their main focus is the candy. On top of that they're only gonna wear the costume for a few hrs so it won't be so bad.

Here's some background knowledge, I spent my entire childhood in Jamaica and we didn't believe in or celebrate Halloween. I was 12 yrs old when I moved to the states and got to celebrate Halloween and I LOVED it but mainly for the candy. My mom didn't buy my sisters and I costumes to go trick or treating, mainly because we were too darn old for costumes. So we made our own costumes from stuff around the house. We were gang members for 2 [maybe 3 yrs ;)]. lol. Yes I do realize that I went trick or treating at the age of 14 errr 15, hey don't judge me. lol Since those costumes obviously worked for us I figure that my kids having actual costumes whether old or new is a step up from my costume.

I talked it over with both older boys and they're perfectly fine with recycling old costumes so I'm SUPER happy about that.

Now I just have to find a cute costume for munchkin # 3 and it's time to party!!! :-)

Did anyone else recycle their kid(s) costumes? If so, how'd it go?

Happy Friday everyone. Have a blessed and safe weekend. ;)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Hanging On"

Inspirational Mondays!

It's Inspirational Mondays!! Time to get a boost of inspiration to get you through the week.

I recently had a mini breakdown when I realized that I wasn't getting to my goals as quickly as I'd like to. I keep putting in the work and I have a set amount of time when I'd like to see some sort of progress but when that doesn't happen I second guess myself and wonder if that particular path is the right one for me. What really gets to me is when others around me tend to add their 2 cents about my goals which makes me question myself even more.

Does that ever happen to you guys? If so, how do you push through it?

I know that everything in life worth having never comes easily but I also don't want to spend time on something that just won't work. Usually when I have these "what if?" moments, I take a step back, think about my long term goals, pray to God for wisdom, revelation and direction and "listen" for God's guidance about where I need to be.

It's not always easy because a lot of times the answer is to keep going but everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Well besides more prayer, I also read this quote to keep on going.

This is a message I'd highly recommend you print and post on your mirrors or place on your desks or somewhere in plain sight so you'll get to refer back to it as quickly as possible.

"Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than before."- Polybius

Happy Monday Ohana!

Have a blessed and prosperous week.

Ciao! ;)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Glass Half Full"

Inspirational Mondays!!

Happy Monday Ohana!! Let's start off this week on the right foot by getting a little inspiration.

I searched out this week's message particularly because it spoke directly to me. We all know that life's not perfect but sometimes when we forget to look at the glass as being half full. At times life can seem really hard and unbearable.

Before you decide to give up, read this week's message courtesy of Joel Osteen and you'll see that although things may be rough at the moment, there will ALWAYS be something you can be happy about or give thanks for.

"Life doesn't always give us what we are expecting. Many times in life, we get served "half a glass of water" or less than what we are expecting. So often, people allow those unmet expectations to become their focus which quickly turns into negative, self-defeated thinking. The good news is that we don't have to let our thoughts take that route. When things don't go our way, we get to choose how we will respond. We get to choose our perspective. Will you focus on what you didn't get, or what you did get?

Be thankful for the blessings of the little things, even when you don't get what you expect. As you keep your mind and heart focused in the right direction, approaching each day with faith and gratitude, I believe you will be empowered to live life to the fullest and enjoy the abundant life He has promised you!" - Joel Osteen.

I hope this messages touches you all not just for this week but for the rest of your journey through life.

Have a blessed and prosperous week everyone.

Ciao! :-)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Inspirational Mondays-"Don't worry be happy :)"

Inspirational Mondays!

Aloha Ohana!

Time for a little inspiration to get you through your week. This week's inspirational message is one that I definitely need to put into practice more often.

I can be a bit of a worrier sometimes especially when I have goals set in place and the timeline to accomplish these goals may not always add up. I end up stressing out when I should really just ask God to bless and guide me then let it go. I recently came across this passage that I decided I'd highlight and refer back to every time I get overwhelmed with "my" life's plans.

"Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well... Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself" -Matthew 6:33-34

I hope this passage brings you all some peace of mind.

Happy Monday everyone!

Have a blessed and prosperous week. :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Future Plans"

Inspirational Mondays!

This week's inspirational post came about quite interestingly. Yesterday I was cleaning up the toy area of our garage and saw a small card. I picked it up, flipped it over and saw a hand written note that read:

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11

It took me by surprise because the note wasn't written by anyone in my household. I have no idea where it came from or who wrote it. Nevertheless I read it and took a minute to soak it up because it was just the message I needed at the time.

A few hours later I was skimming through inspirational messages and notes I've read to write this post and I came across the very same scripture. Whoa!!Talk about a "duh duh duh" or "Aha" moment. lol This was a message I definitely needed to share and although I "got it" I'm sure God revealing this to me twice in one evening can only mean that someone else out there "needs" this message as well.

I've been so busy trying to make plans for my future lately that I keep forgetting to stop and ask then listen to God about "his" plans for my life. I'm sure we're all guilty of this and it's a habit that's extremely hard to break.

So my challenge to you all this week is that in all you do, please take a moment to ask God to reveal his plans for your life then ask him to grant you the guidance and patience to accept whatever he has in store for you. It may not be what you want but God knows that it'll be exactly what you need.

Happy Monday everyone!

Have a blessed and prosperous week :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wordful Wednesday - The movie - "Battleship"

I'm SUPER excited about this week's Wordful Wednesday since I get to gush over some cool celebs.

I recently had the privilege to be casted for the movie "Battleship" and boy did I have a blast. It was by far the best set I've ever been on. What I really liked was how down to earth and sweet the cast was.

I'm a HUUUUGGGEEE fan of True Blood so I was super stoked to just get the opportunity to breath the same air as Alexander Skarsgard (Eric). He he...

When I got on set and he actually said hi and bye to me and was so gracious when I stalked eerrrr asked him for a picture, I fell in love with him even more. He is even better looking in person if you can imagine that.

See... *sigh* ;)

Check me out trying to look cute despite having to tackle the BLAZING HOT sun. Man it was like I was standing in an oven that day. Whew!

This is me with the ever so lovely and gracious Actor/ Director Peter Berg. His vision for this movie is insane and will pay off in May 2012.

I saved this one for last because I LOOOOVVVEEE me some Liam Neeson. He was such a sweetheart and actually held conversations with us "common folk." lol. This made me love him even more. His voice was so smooth and serene that he could've been reading a map and I would've been mezmorized.
I had such a good time on this set and I'm happy I got some pics for some great memories.
Happy Hump Day everyone!!

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Turbulence"

Inspirational Mondays!

Who's ready for some inspiration to get you through the week? Well whether you wanna hear (errr read ) it or not, here it comes. ;) C'mon get excited people...

This week's message comes courtesy of Pastor Dave Martin who blessed us with his presence here in Hawaii yesterday. He talked about a lot of things but one thing that really stuck out to me was him talking about weathering the storms of life.

He used the example of flying in an airplane. When the plane gets to a point where there's turbulence do you get off the plane and say "Hey, I'm not good with turbulence so I'm just gonna get off right here." No, of course not.

Seems funny to use that analogy but when you think about it, a lot of times when the turbulence of life happens in our lives instead of buckling up and going through the turbulence we give up and "get off the plane."

My challenge to you all is that you'll face each and every problem you may have in your life as if you're stuck in an airplane with no other option but to go through the turbulence. It may hurt, it may feel uncomfortable, it may make you feel sick to your stomach, heck it may cause you to have a panic attack but whatever "it" may be, just remember that you have the option to buckle up and hang on until the turbulence passes and rest assured that it will definitely pass just as long as you use God as your seat belt.

Often times we go through turbulence in order for us to gain the strength we'll need to accept and handle the blessings that God has in store for us. It may also be God's way of purging us from certain things, places or even people so that we may get to the next level in life. So don't forget to buckle up and wait out that turbulence, God will most definitely be there for you.

I wish you all a blessed and prosperous week.

Happy Monday everyone!!

Ciao ;)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Inspirational Mondays

Inspirational Mondays!

Time to start off your week with a little inspiration. I was recently watching one of Joyce Meyer's messages about patience and accepting what God has in store for us. She mentioned that a lot of times people ask for patience without realizing that there has to be some sort of trial or tribulation in their lives in order for them to gain this virtue. Yes it sucks and things can get overwhelming but the trick is to hang on for dear life to your faith and know that God will in fact get you through whatever battle you're facing.

See it as a way to dig deep down and show how strong you can be. I know this is easier said than done and Lord knows I've been faced with more than I thought I could bare but I know that my faith and love in God was the only thing that got me through.

I came across this quote and thought it was perfect to go along with this post:

“I used to hurt so badly that I'd ask God why, what have I done to deserve any of this? I feel now He was preparing me for this, for the future. That's the way I see it.” - Eden Phillpotts

I hope this message inspires you to hang on and never give up because whatever it is you're going through, the reward will be that much sweeter once you give it all over to God and trust that he will in fact see you through the battle.

Happy Monday everyone!

Have a blessed and prosperous week. :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wordful Wednesdays - "Jamaican Rum Cake"

It's almost time for some Jamaican Rum Cake...

I REALLY miss being able to go to a store and buy Jamaican products. One thing I've been craving lately is Jamaican Rum Cake. This picture really doesn't do it much justice. It may not look super delicious or it may look a little plain but this cake will make you wanna slap your mama. ;)

First of all not everyone can actually make this cake and the effort and love that goes into this recipe really shows as soon as you take the first bite. People start fights over this cake, that's how serious it is, lol.

It's mostly consumed around Christmas time. The fruits, rum and wine that's used in this recipe is soaked in a huge jar for ONE WHOLE year.

It's one of those cakes that'll melt in your mouth and leave you a little tipsy at the same time (especially if you eat it from my mom ;)) because Jamaicans LOVE their rum and wine and will be VERY generous with the pouring of said rum and wine while making this cake.

Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. It's just that good.

Anywhoo, I know it's pretty random but I'm a little excited because it's almost that time a year for me to get some. My mom will be mailing some to us here in Hawaii and I cant wait... :)

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Kindness"

Inspirational Mondays!

Happy Monday and Happy Labor day everyone!!

Time for some inspiration to get you through your week.

This week I've decided to share one of my favorite quotes. It's one that I try my best to actually apply to my life on a regular basis. My hope is that everyone I've been in contact with thus far feels this way. ;)

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” - Mother Teresa

I wish you all a fun and safe Labor day.

Have a blessed and prosperous week everyone!!

Ciao ;)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Information Overload

For the past few months I've been taking on a lot of different projects. I even decided to jump into the "writing a book" realm and boy am I tired.

To recap - I decided that I'd write a "mommyhood" book about my experiences as a mom thus far. I want to make sure that the book depicts the real me and I want to keep it as honest, blunt, quirky and silly as possible. I knew it would be hard work but I don't think I was fully prepared for how much time it would take, (doh to me- I'm slow sometimes ;) ) especially having to juggle 3 kids, 1 dog, a hubby in the military and other ongoing projects.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining and it's been pretty exciting writing a book. It's just soooo much info. I'm very grateful that there's so much info out there to get started on writing a book but the problem I'm now having is "information overload." There are so many different sites that I end up spending a lot of time on different sites and making notes to make sure that I don't miss anything that I now have to seriously do some strict time management to buckle down and get going at a faster pace.

On the bright side I'm LOVING the process on a whole. I'm enjoying getting to dig back into my memory bank about being a mom. It's pretty cool to see the way the words are turning out. I want to make sure that I write a book that my entire family will be proud of but one that my boys will definitely feel some sense of pride from especially since they're my inspirations for it.

I hope I can do them proud. K, back to work for me. Just wanted to do some venting.

If anyone out there in blog world has any suggestions or tips on writing a book please, please, please share. Leave me a comment, it will be VERY much appreciated. I sure could use a little direction. :)

I'll be sure to keep you guys posted on the journey and of course when it's all done.

Happy Friday everyone! Have a blessed and fun weekend!

Mahalo :)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wordful Wednesdays - "Eyebrows Please?"

I was recently going through my old photos and came across this picture of my lil munchkin # 1. Can you see what I see? The missing eyebrow on the left. LOL!!!

How did he manage to make a clean cut you ask? During summer break of 07 while his dad and I were at work lil man wanted to be nosy and grab a shaver out of the garbage because he was curious and wanted to do what "mommy" does. Umm... I was relieved that he didn't hurt or cut himself but of course I had to sit him down and explain 3 things:

1. NEVER dig in the garbage cause it's gross. Eww
2. Razors, shavers and all sharp objects are off limits. Unless you wanna help me cook dinner, he he, just kidding ;)
3. Boys usually don't follow what mommy does, they follow what daddy does and daddy doesn't shave his eyebrows.

I wasn't too hard on him with point # 3 because at the time hubby was a Drill Instructor so he was basically a passerby in the house for almost 2 yrs. I think his curiosity just got the best of him which is fine. Guess that's what growing up is all about. I'm just glad we can look back at this situation and laugh about it.

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Happy Hump Day everyone!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Please Give"

Inspirational Mondays!

Time for a little inspiration to get you through your week.

I was reading "A Small Child's Book of Prayers" to munchkin # 3 the other day. I came across a really great prayer that seems really simple but can actually put a lot into perspective for our daily lives.

It goes:

"Please give me what I ask, Dear Lord,
If you'd be glad about it.
But if you think it's not for me,
Please help me do without it." - Anonymous

This simple little prayer kind of stumped me because so many times I hope and pray for certain things or a certain path in life only to find out that that specific path is not my own. I've had to learn to trust God COMPLETELY and stop trying to be a passenger seat driver. Of course it's easier said than done but at least simple prayers like these are out there as a friendly reminder that what we think we need, deserve or want may not be what's best for us.

I hope this message touches you all just as much as it did me.

Have a blessed and prosperous week Ohana!! :)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Funny Kiddy Story - "Lion Dream"

It's been a while since I shared a "Funny Kiddy Story" and I'm quite ashamed of myself for not doing so since my kids truly are hilarious, no really they are. Check out some of my past "Funny Kiddy Story" posts and you'll see...

This "Funny Kiddy Story" comes courtesy of munchkin # 2. See him in the pic acting a fool but still looking oh so cute and adorable?

A few days ago Munchkin # 1 wakes us up to share his brother's dream with us because he said it was "really, really,really funny." So he goes on to tell us that munchkin # 2 woke him up in the middle of the night to share his dream with him. Here's how to convo went down:

# 2: Hey M!!! Wake up! Hey!!! Wake up! I wanna tell u my dream!
#1: Huh? What?
#2: I wanna tell you about my dream. I was dreaming that I woke up and looked out the window and was looking at the stars and some of them were in the shape of a Lion so I said to myself "wow I wonder if the Lion can talk" and the Lion said "shut up!!" Hahahaha...
#1: hahahaha. Wow! You're weird. Now go back to sleep and stop waking me up.

I hope you're dying of laughter just as much as I am. If not, too bad cause I think it's hella funny, lol. Then again they are my kids and they are pretty funny to me. ;)

That is all...

Happy Friday everyone!! Have a great weekend. :)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wordful Wednesdays - "I'm a big kid now"

Time for some MAJOR cuteness factor...

Check out my lil munchkin # 3! He's officially walking!! YAY!!! We decided to give him some scooter time in our driveway last week. He loved it!

I'm SOOO proud of him and I really didn't expect him to be walking before 9 months. He took his first few steps at 7 months then started letting go around 8 months and now we can hardly keep up with him at 9 months.

I'm loving it and he's loving being able to move around and try to keep up with his older brothers.

It's still a little bittersweet for me because he's growing up super fast. Luckily for me he's still very much a mama's boy and I intend to try to keep it that way for as long as possible, he he.

Hey!! I still have munchkin # 2 as a mama's boy so it's possible, munchkin # 1 is all about his video games so he's out of his mama's boy stage... boo... Oh well, at least I still get lots of hugs, kisses and sweet conversations from him so I guess I can still claim "mama's boy" status from him. ;)

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Wisdom"

Inspirational Mondays!

Aloha Blog Ohana!

It's Monday which means its time for some inspiration to carry us through the week.

Here's a simple yet powerful message to remember this week...

"The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others." - Solomon Ibn Gabriol

Have a blessed and prosperous week everyone!! :)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Too Much Information

We all know that kids say the darndest things. My kids definitely say things that stump me from time to time but it's usually in the funniest and sweetest ways.

My 2 older boys (ages 9 and 6) are at an age where they like their independence. They want to be able to go to the park on their own without mommy watching from a distance and they've earned it. They've proven to me that I can trust them to come back home when I tell them to or if I decide to pop up at the location they tell me they'll be at, I'll actually see them there.

I'm also the type of mom who wants to know the kids and the parents to the kids who my children will be playing with. It helps me decipher whether they have the same ideals as we do as a family. Usually if the vibe's not right, I tend to back away from that family. I have no problem telling a parent that the reason I limit my children's time with their child is because their child doesn't follow the rules of my house.

I don't think I'm a super strict mom but I'm strict enough where I WILL NOT stand for explaining myself or dealing with any B.S. from ANY kid who can't pay my bills, cook my food, wash my clothes, clean my house or run me a bathe. If I set rules in place you better believe that I expect you to follow them because kids are expensive on my wallet and my brain so you better do as I say or else...

Does that seem mean? I really don't want my kids to go through life avoiding conflict or negative situation since they can learn life lessons from certain situations. However, if I can avoid unnecessary drama or bad influences, I have no problem doing so to protect my children.

Recently my 6 year old came home and asked "Mommy, what is herpes?" I was SO shocked because I didn't expect it. Then as the question sunk in I started getting pissed off because I'm wondering what child would even know about the word herpes and why was it being discussed around my NINE & SIX yr old. My 9 yr old jumps in to say "This girl at the park said that a boy down the street has herpes." Ummm, WTH?!?! Are you kidding me?

So I ask them how old this girl was and if she was directly talking to them or if they overheard a conversation. They mentioned that she was in the 9th grade and that she was talking to a bunch of kids.

They also asked if herpes was something they could catch and how do you get it. I was SOOO irritated and dumb founded that here my poor lil babies are being exposed to such explicit info.

I'm not sure if my explanation made sense to them but I told them that herpes is a disease and that kids won't get affected by it so they shouldn't worry about it. I also told them to stay away from whomever mentioned that because she's not in their age group so she shouldn't be talking about that with them.

I hate having to explain things to my children that I don't feel they're ready to even learn about. I want to be able to be open and honest with my children and properly inform them of different subjects but not at the cost of them hearing it from an uninformed source who may not have the correct info on the subject.

Gosh, whatever happened to the days when all you needed to worry about was which toy belonged to who and who hit who as a kiddy conflict? Now I have to worry about TMI being shared with my kids about sexually transmitted diseases. I don't understand what's going on with some kids these days. Lord help me...

Anywhoo, Happy Friday everyone!

Have a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wordful Wednesdays - "Cutest Couple"

It's Wordful Wednesdays at Angie's Spot.

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Cutest Couple Evah!!!

Check out my lil munchkin and his lil chica aka my future daughter in law.

That's right, her parents, hubby and I decided to marry them off. Cause we can do that. They were born a week and a half a part and was destined for cuteness and love for all eternity. lol

Ok maybe that's a stretch but we pretty much have them set...

See she already grasped the concept and is getting him prepped for some "baby love."

Aren't they SUPER cute? I gotta keep an eye on her though... He he ;)

Happy Hump Day everyone!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Dreams"

Inspirational Mondays!

It's Monday!!! YAY!!! Let's start off the week with a bang blog Ohana!!

Here's a little inspiration to help you get through the week...

"Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil."
-- James Allen

Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend.

Have a blessed and prosperous week Ohana!!!

Ciao! ;)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Electric Slide at School

I mentioned last week that the boys are back in school here in Hawaii.

(Look at my cutie pie Munchkin # 1 ;) )

I was pretty excited for this school year to start because I ended up switching the boys from public school to a charter school and I'm SO glad I did.

(Here goes my lil sugar dumpling Munchkin # 2 ;) )

I'm REALLY picky with who watches my kids or where they go to school as I'm sure every mom is. I like to make sure that if my children are spending a significant amount of time away from me that it's at a place or with someone who ALWAYS has their best interests at heart and will only influence them in a positive way.

So their father and I decided that we'd send them to private school when it came time for them to start school. We were lucky enough to find great private schools in previous states. However, Hawaii's private schools costs an arm and a leg so we had to enroll them in public school. Nothing wrong with public school, in fact there are some really great ones around.

Last year we focused on convenience rather than the level or type of education and ended up getting frustrated with our overall experience of the public school they attended.

This school year, we made sure to go back to our old views and focus on the best education experience possible. This is exactly what we found in their new school. The atmosphere, teachers and parents are all pretty impressive thus far. Of course this is just the second week of school but I'm really happy with what I've seen so far.

Funny story - The first day of school I decided to walk the boys to class so I can see what their morning routine will be. Apparently this school has a morning assembly where the principal comes out and talks to the children then they do the "Pledge of Allegiance" then they have a school pledge that's spoken in the Hawaiian language which sounds really cool but of course I'm clueless as to what's being said. lol After that they dismiss the kids to class but what really made me wanna laugh out loud was the fact that all of a sudden they started blasting the "electric slide" over the loud speakers to get the kids pumped up and ready for school.

After I heard that I was 100 % convinced that I made the right decision in sending my kids there. Of course them winning the "2009 - 2010 Distinguished school" had A LOT to do with it as well. ;)

Oh I couldn't video tape the kiddies so I found a really cute video of the "Pillsbury Doughboy" doing the electric slide on youtube, check it out! It's super cute.

I would ask how's everyone doing with their back to school transition but I know that Hawaii's the only state that's currently back in school so never mind. :)

Happy Friday everyone!!

Have a fun, safe and blessed weekend! :)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wordful Wednesdays - "Say Cheese..."

It's Wordful Wednesdays courtesy of Ms. Angie.

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A fellow Marine wife who's an amazing photographer recently put out the word that she wanted to shoot a baby with the new huggies jeans diapers. So I graciously volunteered my lil munchkin # 3 for the job.

I had a little bit of a problem finding the right size diapers. Walmart was the only store on Oahu who carried it at the time and they only had sizes bigger than my lil man. So I had to get creative...

I ended up putting on a regular size diaper and placing the jeans diapers over the normal one to avoid any "blow outs," he he... Here are some of the shots from that shoot...

You can also check out photographer Malia's site for more pics.

Ain't he a cutie patootie?! ;) Makes me wanna just eat him up with how sweet and precious he is...

Happy Hump day everyone!! :)