Friday, July 30, 2010

Back to School we go...

School starts back next week Monday!! Wooo hooo!!! (Can you sense my sarcasm? ;) I'm not too fond of the fact that school starts back so soon here in Hawaii. Sure I can be happy about the fact that I'll be more sane during the days since 2 out of 3 munchkins will be away at school but honestly I don't mind having the little buggers around. ;) They do funny, silly stuff that makes me laugh whether they're getting into trouble or not.

It seems like just yesterday when I was faced with having to take my first born to school for the first time. I was super nervous, excited for lil man but was bummed out because at the time hubby was away in Iraq. On top of that Munchkin # 1 was going to school in NY where I was staying with family while hubby was away. I didn't really feel at home because "my" home was back in Cali. I tried my best to hide my sadness in hopes that lil man wouldn’t feel or mimic my feelings.

He was super excited to get school supplies, a back pack, lunch box and a uniform. What I didn't realize at the time was that for him, going to school meant that mommy wasn't going to be around for a few hours. I didn't talk to him in detail about that because I assumed he "got it." In hindsight I wish I had explained that to him and let him know that it was ok and actually a good thing to be able to meet other kids and learn fun, new stuff.

So off we went to his school. We got him settled in his class and just as I was about to leave he grabs on for dear life to my leg with his little brother in my hand and wouldn't let go. I tried my best to explain to him that I'd be back in a little while but he got so overwhelmed and so nervous that he threw up all over himself. I was mortified and felt like the worst mom in the world. I had to fight back tears because I felt so bad. I was an emotional wreck.

I kept thinking that I should've prepped him better, I should've explained it better, I should've...

Luckily the principal helped us out and explained that it's normal for kids to do that. I still felt horrible about it and I definitely hated having to leave him there so I hung around for a bit and made sure I was on time to pick him up. When I picked him up he was so excited to see me but was all talks about what he got to do at school.

It took him about a week to really grasp the concept that I had to leave him there every day, he kept thinking that I should sit in the back and watch him. I didn't want him to feel like I was abandoning him so I stayed as long as I could each day. Eventually he was ok and he excelled and loved school.

Munchkin # 2 was a whole different story. I thought it would’ve been easier since he was going to be in the same school with his older brother so I assumed he'd adjust better but noooo. Munchkin # 2 is a HUGE mama's boy. His first day of school was a little rough. I prepped him ahead of time and his older brother even tried to prep him for it but it went in one ear and out the other. When the time came for me to leave him he cried bloody murder. I felt bad about it but I knew he'd be ok especially since his older brother was with him.

When I picked them up I asked the teacher how he was and she said it took him a while to calm down but he was fine. Well… he cried bloody murder for about a month straight and sporadically throughout the school year. We were truly blessed with an amazing teacher who was extremely patient and was so sweet to him that she managed to deal with his crying and actually got to teach every day.

I can't help but to think of how # 3 will react with his first day. I know I'll still be an emotional wreck no matter what but so far he's a HUGE mama's boy so I'm prepping for him to cry bloody murder like his brother, lol. We'll see...

I'm wishing everyone in bloggy world a great and smooth transition with starting or getting ready to go back to school.

Happy Friday everyone! Many blessings to ya and have a lovely weekend! :)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wordful Wednesdays - "ToothFairy Pillow Review"

It's Wordful Wednesdays over at Angie's spot. Click the button below to join in the fun.

I've been meaning to share a really cute, really great just all around awesome little gem/product with everyone in blog world.

It's called Toothfairy pillows. I was lucky enough to win one at a twitter party and was so stoked when it came in the mail that I HAD to share it with you guys. It's a cute little pillow decorated with your kids' favorite theme with a handy dandy little pocket to put your kids' tooth in while they wait to get paid from the "Toothfairy."

Neat idea right? I thought so too...

As soon as I showed it to my munchkins they were super excited about it. They both said that they can't wait until their teeth fall out so they can get a chance to use it. I think I may actually use it as a way to bribe em to let me pull their teeth out when it starts hanging on for dear life and they're crying bloody murder that it's gonna hurt. Mwahahahahaha!! ;)

The "Toothfairy" offers a great variety of pillows to fit your kids' personalities and favorite things. You get to choose themes like sports, ballet, baseball, airplane, dirt bike, camping, princess, angel, cat, cheerleader and lots, lots more.

You also get the chance to personalize each pillow for FREE. We decided to order the pirates theme since they tend to look like pirates when their teeth are missing ;)

Check out my "Munchkin" personalization (had to keep it general since we have 3 kiddos).

Wanna get one for your lil munckin? Click HERE...

I promise your lil ones will love it.

Happy Hump Day everyone!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Run your Own Race"

Inspirational Mondays!

In searching for content for this week's Inspirational Monday, I saw this message and HAD to post it because I'm guilty of trying to keep up or always wanting to keep busy not realizing that I need to be still and LISTEN to God's plan for MY life.

I hope you all find this week's post as helpful and poignant as I have...

"Are you trying to catch up with someone else - a neighbor, friend or coworker. We get so wrapped up in the competition trying to outdo them, out dress them, or trying to prove that we're important. We spend all this time and energy going down that path when we should be using it to move toward our own God-given destiny!

If that's you today, realize that your life would go to a whole new level if you would just quit competing with everyone around you. It takes a lot of physical and emotional energy to try to impress people all day long. But it's very freeing to say, "I don't have to impress anybody today. I have nothing to prove. I'm secure in who I am. And I am not going to feel bad if you look better, make more money, or get more recognition. I don't have to keep up with you; I'm going to run my own race. Get free from comparison today so that you can move forward into the destiny God has in store for you!" - Joel Osteen

"…Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1, NKJV)."

Have a blessed and prosperous week everyone!


Friday, July 23, 2010

World AIDS Day with S.T.A.R. Foundation

Aloha blog peeps!!

Many of you may not know what S.T.A.R. Foundation is but by the end of this post I'm hoping you'll learn more and want to help out in some way. Shame on me for not mentioning S.T.A.R. Foundation before on my blog especially because it's a cause that's very much needed and one that I'm very fond of.

S (success) T (thrives) A (around) R (respect) Foundation's main purpose is to provide a foundation of self respect within young women through mentoring, educating and promoting the importance of living a healthy lifestyle which incorporates HIV/AIDS & STD Prevention.

With that said World AIDS day is coming up, it's December 1st. STAR Foundation is asking for your support. We'd love if you'd take a pic of yourself wearing one of our t-shirts and post it as your facebook and/or twitter profile pic starting November 29th until after World AIDS day. T-shirts will be provided to you for FREE and you can check out or to see what our foundation is all about and how our t-shirts look.

We want to show the world that this cause is VERY important and necessary. So if you'd like to get involved, please shoot me an email at with your address and shirt size. (These shirts run small so if you usually wear a medium in misses, you'd wear a large in these shirts).

Please help us make a difference across the world, help support our cause today. Also, PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD and get your friends to sign up to receive a FREE shirt and post a pic as well, the more the merrier. :)

"Women are the pulse of the earth; nothing happens unless it comes through us. So in knowing that why don't we embrace that!" - Actress, Regina King

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Accepting my role as a Military wife

So I've got a confession to make... I haven't always been the best military spouse I could be. Sure I support my husband and I'm very proud of him being a Marine, I'm actually very proud and honored to be a Marine wife. My husband is an outstanding Marine. He's gotten up in rank pretty quickly and puts his best foot forward at all times.

However, I haven't always been the wife who would volunteer in his unit or go to various meetings or events for families around the military community. I guess I figured that as long as I attend the annual ball, show up at a handful of events and promotions then that'll be enough.

I just never put out the extra effort to get involved as a military wife because I somehow equate the military with separation and my anger tends to get the best of me. Anger from having to live as a "single mom" while my hubby goes on deployments, training missions, etc. Anger that I'm so far away fro family and friends. Anger that dates are never set in stone and most of all anger that I have a limited amount of control of where I can live, what I can do and when I can do it.

It's taken me over a decade to get to this realization. Yes, it's sad and I guess when you think about it, it's also a little selfish of me to not fully accept and adapt to military living. However, I'm glad that I'm finally trying to reach out and accept this lifestyle.

In my defense I've tried a couple of times to "get involved" at a few bases and didn't exactly get great experiences but with each base comes new people and new opportunities to start fresh and get to form great bonds.

Luckily my time here in Hawaii has been filled with great people and great opportunities to "get involved."

So for the past few months I've been trying my best to volunteer and get involved with my hubby's unit in different ways and it has been pretty interesting, fun and really cool.

I've gotten to meet some really great and really smart women who all have very inspiring backgrounds. I even completed a L.I.N.K.S. (Lifestyle, Insight, Networking, Knowledge and Skills) course and got to find out TONS of info about the Marine Corps that I had no idea about.

By the way, I highly recommend that all Marine Corps wives take this course. It teaches us about the basics of being in the military and also provides us with great info about our community, what resources are available to us and how to thrive as a military wife. It teaches you how to read an LES and provides us with a cheat sheet of over 10,000 acronyms the military uses and I learned about the basics and history of the Marine Corps. Check out the link for L.I.N.K.S. here and sign up. I promise you won't regret it.

I'm sure there are similar programs set up for other branches of the military but I'm not sure of the name. You can always get the info from your hubby's Command Officer or Family Readiness Team.

Anywhoo, I feel a little more relieved about military living and I can see that my husband is happy that I've finally taken some interest in getting involved. I really hope the experience I've gotten on base here in Hawaii will be similar at future bases but even if it's not, I know I've found lifelong friends here in Hawaii so I'll be good either way.

So to all my military wives out there, here are a few questions for ya...

  • Do you get involved with your hubby's unit?

  • How do you feel about the military lifestyle?

Monday, July 19, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Trust"

Inspirational Mondays!

Time for some inspiration to get you through the week. I saw this blog post from Victoria Osteen and had to share it with my blog peeps. It's very powerful and I often find myself doing exactly what she's talking about...

"Are you trusting in natural resources today? Natural resources can be your job, a medical report, or anything in this world that you might depend on or draw strength from. Do you depend on the morning news to set the tone of your day? Remember, these things are all temporary. And yes, they do affect our daily lives, but we have to keep them in proper perspective. When you put your hope and trust in temporary things, your security and confidence is going to be temporary. Instead, put your trust in the name of the Lord! Declare, "No matter what is happening around me, God is bigger than my circumstances. He's more powerful than anything in the world. He is the source of my joy and strength; and I will put my trust in Him!" When you trust in the Lord, you'll be empowered by His strength. Your confidence level will soar because you have a foundation that cannot be moved and will never fade away. You have hope and trust that is secure for all eternity!" - Victoria Osteen

Good stuff right?

Read it then live it people!

Have a blessed and prosperous week everyone!

Mahalo! :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wordful Wednesdays - "Munchkin # 1 turns 9"

It's Wordful Wednesdays courtesy of Angie.

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I'm still celebrating my 1st heartbeat's birthday this week so I thought it was only fitting to show baby (well, toddler) pics of my lil man who's 1 yr away from hitting the double digits.

This pic was taken in 2003, he was 2 yrs old and LOVED posing and smiling for the camera...

This was him in 2004 being the great big brother that he is...

This was him in 2006 when we decided to pimp him out, er, I mean sign him up for modeling. He wasn't having such a good time in this pic but it still turned out cute. he he

This was him chilling out with his little brothers.

Close up of my 1st born and star player of my special team. :)

Such a cutie patootie ain't he? ;)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Release"

Inspirational Mondays!

It's time for a little inspiration to get you through the week.

This week's message hits home for me big time and my hope is that it'll do the same for you.

"Many people live with both hands clenched, so focused on trying to hold on to what they have that they don't even realize that it is robbing them of the freedom and victory God has in store. Don't let that be you! Choose to release anything that's keeping you from God's best in your life. Don't get trapped because you aren't willing to change or reposition yourself or your thinking.

Remember, faith is a process. God leads us one step at a time. He will always put inside of you whatever you need to move forward. If you need strength, it's on the inside of you. If you need hope, it's on the inside of you. If you need joy, determination or encouragement, God has placed it within you. So tap into your God-given resources by faith because He will never ask you to do something that He hasn't already prepared you to do. Be open-handed and open-minded to what God is doing in your life today." - Victoria Osteen

"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past (Isaiah 43:18, NIV)."

Happy Monday!

Have a blessed and prosperous week everyone!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Living your dreams

K peeps! This week has been quite an adventure. Besides getting to hang out with great friends who are visiting us from Cali, I've had to do some "summer" cleaning with my to do list.

I had a really sweet and touching conversation with my mom earlier this week. She called me and told me that she's going back to college to be a nurse. My mom is one of those people who is constantly on survival mode and loves the finer things in life. She also had to give up her dreams to be a mom and raise 4 children. She confessed to me that whenever she goes to the doctor for her appts she finds herself getting jealous of the nurses because she wants to do what they're doing.

I thought it was so profound to hear her say that because that's exactly how I feel about writing, acting and modeling.

What's odd is that I never told my mom that these were my passions until after I graduated college because I thought she wouldn't be proud of me or thought I wasn't grounded or living in reality.

I've always been a great student and got good grades and tons of awards and honors in school but after high school I found myself being drawn to the world of entertainment and no matter how hard I tried to follow my parents' goals for me (pediatrician or lawyer) I found myself going right back to acting.

So when my mom figured out that I wanted to be an actress but that I was constantly faced with obstacles, she knew exactly how I felt. She saw how frustrated I was when I'd get a role then the film got canceled or if I had to miss an audition because I didn't have childcare.

When she told me that she was going back to school I could've said "Why? What's the point?" But I didn't. I told her congrats and that I'm happy for her because for the first time in a long time she was truly happy and I could feel her excitement through the phone. I'm so excited for her that she's refusing to give up on her dreams. Her pushing forward lighted a new fire in me to keep pushing forward to accomplish my own dreams.

With that said, within the next few weeks, I'll be pretty busy making sure that I put 110% into accomplishing my dreams. I'll be able to reveal more of what I'll be up a little later so stay tuned but for now I'll just say that I'm super excited and I'm very happy about the opportunities.

Don't worry, I'll still be posting on a regular basis but I do hope that you'll understand if I miss a day or two. He he ;)

So Happy Friday Ohana!!!

Have a great weekend! :

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wordful Wednesdays ' "Throwback & Good peeps"

It's Wordful Wednesday over at Angie's spot.

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"Throwback & Good peeps"

I'm dedicating this week's Wordful Wednesday pic to my girl Stacy who's visiting us this week along with her hubby and her baby girl.

Stacy was my ride or die chick when we lived in Cali. Being in the military can make it hard to find true, life long friends and I'm so happy I found one in Stacy. She's supah cool, supah fun, supah sexaaay ;), and supah loyal which makes it that much easier to love her.

This was us at an 80's party. Ohhh good times. I miss our Cali days but I'm SOOO happy to get to chill with her again even if its for a short time.

Happy Hump Day everyone!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Tune out negativity"

Inspirational Mondays!

Happy Monday Ohana!!

It's time for a little inspiration to get you through your week!

"Where sin abounds, grace abounds so much more (Romans 5:20). God was, in essence, saying, "I don't put my stamp of approval on condemnation." See, God is not in the business of condemning people; He's in the business of improving and loving people.

You may have encountered people who want to accuse you and "throw stones" at you, but that's not the way our God is. He's never going to throw stones at you or try to push you down. He wants to empower you to live a better life. Maybe you've made some mistakes, or maybe you've been hurt by someone who threw rocks at you. Today is your day to let go of that hurt and open your heart to receive God's love because it's His love that sets us free and empowers us to change.

Remember, as long as we live, there will be accusing voices. The faultfinders and stone throwers will always be there. When the negative voices come, we can either believe them and stay where we are, or we can believe that we're forgiven, accepted, and approved by God. It's up to us to cast the deciding vote on what dominates our lives—freedom or condemnation, faith or fear, love or bitterness.

Decide today to make the best choice: receive God's love and live with confidence. Tune out the accusing voices so you can move forward into the freedom and blessing God has prepared for you." - Joel Osteen

Have a blessed and prosperous week everyone!! :)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Funny Kiddy Story - "Pet Fly"

Happy Friday everyone!

Man it's been a while since I've written a "Funny Kiddy Story" post. Seems weird since the whole purpose of me blogging was to document my kids' funny moments.

Glad I'm getting back to basics.

Anywhoo, this "Funny Kiddy Story" comes courtesy of Munchkin # 2

Munchkin # 2 is a pretty emotional, sweet, kindhearted, thoughtful, respectful, shy and soft spoken little angel. Yes he surely does get into trouble as a typical 6 year old often does but for the most part, he's pretty helpful and an all around good kid.

So last night he decided that he was gonna capture a fly and make it a pet. Why he thought of doing this? I dunno...

First of all, the flies we have here in Hawaii are some of the toughest hardcore, heavy duty type flies I've ever come across. I can't just smack em, I have to REALLY pound em to actually kill them. Just went you think they're dead, then trick ya and pop right back up. It's SOO annoying to have to deal with because as soon as I open my door to go outside, at least 3 or 4 of these hardcore suckas fly inside. I was told that since we live so close to the beach, this is the reason for the influx in flies. Doesn't make much sense to me but whatever.

Anywhoo, back to the kiddy story. So munchkin # 2 decides to capture a fly in a bucket. Not only that, he prepped said bucket with air holes, pieces of cookies and drops of water for his new pet. LOL I'm sure he probably named the little pest too but unfortunately for him, big bro busted his plans to keep the fly as a pet so we told him to either swat it or release it.

Of course his sweet, gentle self released it outside but not without shedding a few tears.

Yes, I know this is supposed to be a funny story, hey it's hilarious to me especially since we've told him time and time again that flies aren't pet material.

I just thought it was hilarious that he made the effort to provide food and water for the little bugger and that he got so emotional about letting it go. Hey I'm not a mean mama I just don't want my kid playing with a critter that throws up every time it lands somewhere or one that likes poo piles, yuck!!

All's well that ends well, I'm sure he'll get over this little disappointment!

Have a great 4th of July weekend everyone!

Be safe and have fun!! :)