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. ;)

Happy Hump day everyone! To link up click on Angie's button below!

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!! :)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Influence"

Inspirational Mondays!

The way we start our week sets a tone for the rest of our week so why not start it off with a little inspiration?

This week's inspirational message comes courtesy of the lovely Victoria Osteen. Each week I try to mix it up a bit and find different messages to share with my blog Ohana but for some reason I can't get enough of the Osteen's messages because they always seem to take the word of God and break it down in a way I can really understand (cause I can be slow sometimes, lol).

So without further adieu...

"Do you see yourself as a person of influence? It doesn't matter what your social position or what your financial situation is, you have tremendous influence in this world. You are not invisible; you matter because as a believer in Jesus, God has chosen you to be His representative and carry His influence in the earth.

You can have influence over your children, your spouse, your co-workers, your boss or circle of friends. Your influence may be extremely subtle. You may not receive accolades or acknowledgments in this life, and you may not even realize all the ways you are affecting the people around you. See, influence isn't about a social position; it's about a heart position. When you show up with a heart of excellence, you are operating from your place of influence. When you go above and beyond to do what is right, people take notice. The Bible says in Proverbs 27:17, "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." You sharpen the people around you by simply doing what is right." - Victoria Osteen

Have a blessed and prosperous week everyone!

Mahalo! :)

Friday, August 6, 2010

World Breastfeeding Week!

It's "World Breastfeeding Week!!" Yay!!!

I gotta admit I had no idea that it was "World Breastfeeding Week" until I watched "The View" earlier this week. he he...

I know, I know, shame on me especially since whenever I'm breastfeeding I can practically feed an entire village from the amount of milk I get. On top of that all 3 of my boys drank breast milk like it was crack. None of them would drink it out of a bottle and none of them wanted to drink regular formula so they went straight from breast milk to whole milk and solid foods.

I had to put hot sauce on my boobs to ween munchkin # 2 off my breast after he turned 2. That's a whole other story that you could read about HERE. It's actually a really funny story.

Anyway, I only decided to write a post about this after I heard about Gisele's hot mess of a statement she made about women who don't breastfeed. Apparently she wants to make it mandatory for women to breastfeed. She thinks that women who don't breastfeed their babies are selfish and not thinking about the well being of their children.

Really Gisele? Really? That was a "hello dumb dumb" statement. It's obvious that I'm ALL for breastfeeding but trying to force a woman to do something with her own body that doesn't work for her is NOT gonna happen.

First of all not all women who want to breast feed get the option because they may not produce enough milk to feed the child. On top of that there are tons of other medical conditions that may prevent a woman from breast feeding.

It's really sweet and thoughtful of her to be thinking of the child especially since breastfeeding is best for babies. However, generalizing or making such a statement just makes you look ignorant and inconsiderate.

Good for you that you get to breastfeed your baby but next time, keep that statement to yourself cause it won't fly well with us ladies. K?

You still got a banging body though. ;)

Hey do you like my pic with me and munchkin # 3? Cute ain't it? He had his first photo shoot a few weeks ago. I'll be posting more next week. Or you can check out photographer Malia's blog to see the rest of the pics. She did an amazing job with the pics and with my lil munchkin. :)

Happy Friday everyone!!

Have a fun, safe and blessed weekend!! :)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

"Tomato Turtle" Book Review & Giveaway

I was recently contacted by the author if this cute little children's book called "Tomato Turtle." What I didn't realize until I did a bit more research was the fact that the author of this book was a 14 year old young man named Thomas Strock. I was so impressed by his tenacity, determination and passion for reading and writing. Of course the fact that it was a children's book earned him extra points in my book.

I couldn't turn down his offer to read and review his book and I'm so glad that I did. This book is perfect for children of all ages. It especially resonated with my 6 year old because he's at a stage in his life where he loves doing his own thing but also loves keeping up with his older brother.

Tomato Turtle is a quick read about a turtle who loves his life as a turtle but is very curious to see what it's like to play like a regular boy or girl so he decides that he'll start playing and behaving like regular children only to find that he misses doing regular turtle things. So instead of choosing which things he liked better, he decides to blend the two worlds which makes him very happy.

The message Thomas provides his readers is that it's ok to be different and it's ok to want to fit in with the "norm" but it's very important and sometimes it works out better when we accept ourselves just the way we are and not try to fit in with others.

Such a poignant and sweet message told in such a cute and quirky way.

Kudos to Thomas for finding his passion in life and following through with it. He's such an inspiration. Funny story - I told my children how old he was and they both said they wanted to draw and write their own books without me asking them if they wanted to. Two days later they totally forgot that they said that but I thought it was cute that they were inclined to follow in Thomas's footsteps.

Check out Thomas's Tomato Turtle's website for more info on this great children's book.

Now that you know what the book's all about here the deal... I got an extra copy for anyone who wants it. Just leave me a comment and I'll choose a random winner and send you a copy. That's it. No trick questions or anything. ;)

It's a really great book I'm sure your kids will love.

Ciao! :)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Drop that toxic relationship"

Inspirational Mondays!

(Click the pic to check out more great pics from Adrian Gray Photography)

Aloha blog peeps!! Time for a little inspiration to get you through the week.

I had to share this message because I have a pretty hard time letting go of toxic relationships. For some reason I always think that as long as I'm praying, loving and supporting people in my life who are a bit toxic, they'll eventually change their bad attitude. Reading this made me realize that you can't and won't always please everyone and that no matter what you do, it won't ever be enough...

"Proverbs 27 says, "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." Let me ask you, are your friends making you stronger? Are they challenging you to become a better parent, a better spouse, a better giver, a better leader, a better person? You, too, may have to make some changes in order to be all that God has called you to be. You may have to change where you do business, where you workout, or where you shop. You may have to change who you eat lunch with every day at the office. Life is too short, and your time is too valuable. Learn to say goodbye to toxic relationships and invest your energy where it counts—on your family, on your marriage, on being all that God has called you to be!" - Victoria Osteen

Happy Monday everyone!!

Have a blessed and prosperous week!!

Ciao! :)

I'm getting featured at "ACU's, Stiletto Shoes & Pretty Pink Tutus"

Aloha Blog peeps!!!

Today I'll be featured at my girl and "Ask the Milies" partner in crime Mrs.GIJoe's spot!

I'll be blabbing about finding and keeping the real "me" despite being a military wife.

I have to say that this post was really therapeutic for me because I sometimes think that I've lost myself to this military lifestyle but it took Jacqueline asking me to write a guest post about how I've managed to keep my goals and myself in tact despite being a military wife and a mother of 3 young boys for me to step outside of myself and my situation and realize that I have accomplished quite a lot and have fought hard to be "me."

It's a pretty touching post. I'm not just saying that because I wrote it. ;) I'm saying that because I wish someone would've been as brutally honest as this post was when I decided to marry my Marine. It wouldn't have changed my mind about getting married but I would've appreciated the insight.

So check out my post HERE!!

Mahalo and have a great day blog loves!

Smoochies! :)