Well we are transitioning from one season to the next now, and I thought we should all just take a minute to check in! How about you pull up a chair and grab your coffee…
So: how are you doing? Was summer all you hoped it would be? (winter for some of you! So crazy! :)) Are you feeling ready for the next season?
If you’ve been around a while you know I’m a lover of autumn, (which doesn’t exactly exist in Hawaii) so when your leaves start to fall, think of me. And feel free to send photos.
Here in Hawaii most schools start at the beginning of August. (way too early, in my opinion.) We’re on our second week now, and trying hard to find our groove. Read: painful.
Here’s just a few quick family updates from our end:
**Levi has officially caught the surfing bug. Here’s a fun little video from Instagram last week…
–Levi is also playing soccer now.
(and six-year-olds playing soccer are seriously the cutest thing ever. I die.)
–Jonah joined a high school cross-country team. It’s not exactly official, (homeschoolers are not allowed to participate in school sports around here — isn’t that a bummer?) but he is training with a real team and loving it. I think he’s gonna be a really good runner! Speaking of running…
*The Olympics!!…Don’t you guys just LOVE them!? So tell me: What’s your favorite part of the summer Olympics? I don’t think I can choose. Well, obviously there’s gymnastics. We also love all of the track events, and beach volleyball is so much fun to watch. I just wish it could go on forever!
PS about the women’s gymnastics: Did you see the 41-year-old woman on the vault? Wow, right?! So, it got me a little pumped up, and then I started thinking/wondering what you guys thought about my idea of going for it in 2020…?
No? Oh…ok. (My boys just shook their head.) Never mind.
*On the Farm: We’ve got some fabulous late summer harvests happening: LOTS of (big!) avocados, and the usual: bananas and papaya. Mango season was a big let-down for us this year. Boo. 🙁 Coming soon: Starfruit, pomelo, and mountain apple. Which = juicing, juicing, and more juicing.
I’ll leave you with a few recent instagrams and some fun full moon shots Josiah took in the wee hours of the morning. Then be sure to scroll down and click on some of my favorite links from the interwebs…
That ^^ was a GoPro shot by Luke.
Below: Josiah’s full-moon photos: (look for the stars! :))
ALSO: In case you haven’t heard the news…
Each Friday during AUGUST, I am choosing ONE PERSON who has either shared my book, The Secret of Your Naturally Skinny Friends, on their Instagram feed (by a photo, mention, or whatever! Just make sure to tag @healthyhappyandfree) OR left a review for the book on AMAZON (and let me know they did it!) and I am sending them a $20 AMAZON GIFT CARD, AND sharing their photo on my instagram feed!
You still have time to enter –so share a photo or leave a review now!
**Here’s last week’s winner, who wrote a great post on her blog sharing about her favorite podcasts, and about her love for my book! 😉 Yay and thanks!
**The boys teamed up with Levi’s for this post over at the SheKnows website, talking about back to school, denim, and how we keep it classy, island-style.
**Triggers– the amazing book that helps us deal with anger in parenting… just came out with a STUDY GUIDE! You can read my review of Triggers, here. Book is on sale this week, so grab the book AND the study guide now!
More posts from around the internet…
Healthy Fats for Kids over at The Lean Green Bean Blog. (super interesting info!)
Warm Spinach Bacon Salad with Chicken also from The Lean Green Bean. I have always loved a warm spinach salad, and what’s weird: I’ve never made one!
BBQ Chicken Sweet Potato Pizza. (Happening Friday night at my house, in case you’re wondering.)
Your Kid is a Brat and it’s Your Fault (okay I laughed so hard. And it’s all true! And yes I’m busted, too.)
Connecting with Your Teen Daughter From my girl-mom counterpart. (I love her!) Kari Kampakis.
Don’t Text While Parenting — It will make your cranky From Time.com. Ouch, and #truth.
The One Parenting Tip We Should All Steal from Prince William from House Beautiful. Everyone loves a parenting tip from a Prince!
INSPIRED article at The Interia about our friend, and big-wave world-record holder, Aaron Gold. This guy is a legend. (Appreciated the mention of Luke and I in it!)
50 Photos to Take this fall. (if you’re so lucky as to have fall. :)) *sniff sniff*
Hey thank you so much for taking the time to hang out with me here! I adore you all, and I hope you’ll leave me a comment telling me anything (anything!) about your life, your summer (or was it winter?) which sport YOU would choose to do in the Olympics…or anything else!
Have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here soon!