How’s January treating you?
I know that there are some crazy storms going on around the country, so I hope you’re all staying safe and warm. Of course when we see pictures of cold and snow, we get all dreamy, imagining fireplaces, hot cocoa, and snuggly blankets. I have a thing for anything cozy, so if that’s you: Just imagine me there, snuggled up next to you.
Except maybe that’s weird. So just enjoy. (and be safe.)
As for us? We’ve had seriously summery weather all month so far. And no, nothing to complain about. Our nights have been getting cool (as in — I sleep in socks), but other than that, it’s just plain Hawaii.
I decided that we are past due for a coffee date, so I’m here to share what’s new with us, as well as some great links and books I’ve been reading. If you follow on Instagram or Facebook, you can take a free pass to skim, because most of this has shown up there, but either way — here we go…
Today…The doctor becomes the patient. I am finishing this post from the hospital where Dave is undergoing surgery on…get this: His BIG TOE. Ya’ll. Toe surgery. And I thought a man-cold was bad. Dave says it is fairly minor–they are repairing bone and joint damage from old soccer injuries, but I have no idea what to expect. Crutches? Wheelchair? Drama? No doubt it will be sufficient for moans and groans and tossing and turning, and well I know you know…
Thanks for praying.
Meanwhile, PaliMomi Hospital (also where Dave works) has to be one of the nicest hospitals anywhere. Check out my view from the waiting area.
(and a Starbucks coffee bar doesn’t hurt things either. 😉 )
Carrying right along…
Like I said, gorgeous weather. Really. Just amazing.
LUKE: After a ruptured ear drum in December (did I even tell you about that? Where does time go!?) Luke had to stay out of the water for a few weeks. Well, he’s officially cleared to be back in, so he’s been appreciating all of the good surf.
He had a great contest at Sandy’s Beach two weeks ago — taking the win surfing in the older division, and placing fourth in his own.
These kids are all insanely talented, it’s really fun to watch.
Sandy’s is a gorgeous beach as well. (If Sandy’s sounds familiar, I’m pretty sure this is where Obama grew up playing in the ocean.)The North Shore waves have been HUGE in the new year.
Josiah captured this sweet photo looking down at Waimea Bay with some guys on their big guns.
WOW, right? (more of his Hawaii pics — for sale — on his SmugMug Site here.)
Levi and the mini-groms. Social hour at Sunset Beach.Last weekend I had a friend visiting, and so we did the full island tour…making sure to stop by The Local, in Kailua. The Local serves all-natural Hawaiian shave ice, made with locally grown fruit syrups. Hello. You have not lived until you have tried it.
^^My boys, and second to left is Luke’s buddy, Shiloh.
Speaking of Shiloh…he and Luke are mostly attached at the hip. And let’s all just agree that there’s nothing better than when your really good kid has a really good friend that is a really good kid. Right?
So…if you ever wonder why I don’t blog more about homeschooling…you know, sharing tutorials, printable, or all of my expertise…
Well, suffice it to say, we made it to Pilgrim hats in early January.
You can rest assured we’ve picked up the pace and we’re currently singing Christmas songs and making Jesus in the Manger crafts. Yep. That’s us…Cruising through that Kindergarten curriculum. Like a speeding tortoise.
And how about those funny green oranges that we grow? Who would’ve guessed they are bright orange on the inside and oh-so-sweet for juice!? #ijustlivehere.
And of course I’m making more of my Ginger tonic. You really must try. Plenty coconuts currently…
I know it’s been a while since Christmas, but I also thought I’d show you what I scored this year…
SeaKissedByKris is my latest jewelry obsession. You can check her web site for countless gorgeous pieces of sea-inspired jewelry. But here’s the really great thing about modern technology and social media and these crazy days we live in: I scored these for Christmas by tagging my husband on the photos of the pieces I liked at Kris’ INSTAGRAM site. Remember when you had to actually HINT to your husband? Now you just TAG him on instagram!
I love this world.
Now for some links to recent good reads…
Look at the Great Kids in Front of You. by Kristen Welch. (She is so good always!)
I really loved this post 10 Things a Middle Schooler Should Know. by Kari Kampakis. Solid.
What we choose over homework. by Stephanie Sprenger (because I do confess that the whole “no-homework” thing has more than a little to do with my love for homeschooling. 🙂
24 Best Things about Growing up in Hawaii. Funny, and mostly true for my boys. (except we are majorly ANTI-riding in back of tracks, thanks anyways.)
How Much Caffeine is in your coffee? In case you’re curious.
Nobody Teaches a Physician the Emotional Consequences of Medicine. at Kevin,MD I know I have a few doctor-families reading this, and it is a really good reminder for all of us. Doctors have to deal with a whole lot of emotional trauma, and I tend to forget…(sorry babe.)
Another great read: Grandma Got it Right. (What Modern Moms Can Learn From the Silent Generation.) (at forthefamily.org.)
The Best Kale Salad Ever. From Heather’s Dish.
Lentil Soup. By JenLovesKev
Strawberry Yogurt Donuts By Me. (I posted this recipe two years ago in preparation from Valentine’s Day. I’m ready to make them again!)
Books!? Here’s a few I’ve been enjoying in the new year…
Wise for Salvation: Meaningful Devotions for Families with Little Ones
Author, Christie Thomas…who is a fellow MOB Society writer sent us this sweet little devotional, and Levi and I are really enjoying it! It takes one small section of scripture and goes through it for an entire week. This gives you a chance to really dig in and get to know the verse, using activities and discussion all week long. So good for hands on learning! (Follow Christie’s blog here.)
How to Win Friends & Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
So this is one of those books I never thought I would like. I imagined it was more like “How to manipulate people to get your way”. But after a few friends had recommended it, I finally ordered it. Now it will be required reading for everyone in my family. Literally in the first chapter I discovered help in some parenting areas I have felt “stuck” in. It’s old and it’s wise and it’s just plain good reading.
Heaven, by Randy Alcorn.
I’ve heard great things about this book from people who read it after losing someone they love. I decided to read it before losing someone I love. So far I am really enjoying it!!
Updates on my book:
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Now tell me something new about you…How’s your weather? How’s the family? What are you reading? I’ll be checking in hoping to hear from you, so leave me a comment! 🙂