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Monday, May 30, 2016

Why Yes, We Went to Hawai'i

I don’t consider myself an adventurous person. But at the same time, I want my family to be able to experience new things and see the world. And, if I’m honest, I usually have a lot of fun once I get to our destination.

Last week, we had the opportunity to go to Hawai'i. The boys and I had never been there, but their dad had a while ago. I wasn’t looking forward to the long airplane ride, but once we got there, it was awesome.

It was a short trip, but we crammed as much excitement in as we could. We spent a lot of time at the beach swimming in the ocean. We even got to see sea turtles. One of them popped up right next to my oldest. It was really cool.

We went to see Pearl Harbor, and that was an incredibly emotional trip—especially for us adults. I think the boys might be a little too young to fully understand the meaning of the place, but they will one day.

We also went to the Dole Pineapple Plantation to see where pineapples come from and had some amazing pineapple ice cream. We went on a train ride to see the fields and learned way more about pineapple than I thought was possible. It actually has a pretty interesting history.

All in all, it was an fantastic trip. I’m glad I was able to push my fears aside so that my boys could have an amazing opportunity.

This was the view from our hotel room.

These three pictures are from the first day in Hawai'i and the boys falling in love with the ocean.

This is the memorial at Pearl Harbor that sits over the USS Arizona.

This is the list of names of the people who died on the USS Arizona during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

This is a model of the USS Arizona memorial.

This is the pineapple maze at the Dole Plantation.

My oldest just couldn't get enough of the ocean!

Monday, May 23, 2016

The End is Coming

The end of the school year, that is. Can you believe it? Where did the time go? I can’t believe my boys are almost through another school year and will be getting that much older!

It doesn’t feel like the end, I think mainly because it’s still cold here. Yes, that can be normal for this time of year, but I don’t like it. When we left the house this morning, my phone said it was below 40 degrees. Brrrrrrr!

With summer (hopefully) right around the corner, that means we’re going to get busy. Since we’re trapped throughout most of the winter, summer is the time we make up for not being able to visit people. Plus, we have baseball and other fun things to do.

These two pictures were taken on a rare, warm day. It was awesome!

This is more representative of how it is sitting at baseball practice or a game.

What are your summers like? Are you super busy or do you get to lay back and relax?

Monday, May 16, 2016

Good Times Geeking Out

 Last week, I was on the phone with my sister asking if she and my niece and nephew wanted to go to Cheyenne Comic Con with us. She wanted some more details, so I explained to her what was going on. In the middle of my explanation, it occurred to me that I sounded like the biggest nerd ever…and I was completely fine with it.

I love being able to do things that feed my passions. I like pop culture, I love horror, and I adore talking about zombies. I got to combine all of those things this weekend with other like-minded people. And the best part: I got to share it with my boys.

As a parent, I want to make sure my kids grow up experience the best things in life. I want them to have fun and know that being a geek or a nerd is totally acceptable.

My oldest was a bit nervous being around so many people, so he wasn’t overly adventurous at first. My youngest was all about trying new things and checking things out. Eventually, the oldest relaxed and was willing to try things, but he made sure I didn’t get too far away.

All in all, the experience was amazing. It was so much fun walking around and seeing the different costumes and checking out the various booths. We didn’t go to any panels on Saturday—mainly because the boys thought sitting and listening to talking was boring—but we made up for that by chatting with some celebrities.

There were people inside those Iron Man suits. 
Every so often, they would bust a move to the music.

This was the boys' favorite booth. It was for the Umbrella Corporation, but they were just thrilled about the guns.

This was a Batman car.

What fun things did you get to do this weekend?

Monday, May 9, 2016

A Very Happy Mother’s Day

I hope you all had an amazing Mother’s Day yesterday, even if you aren’t a mother. I had a fantastic time hanging out with my family. We didn’t do much, which was nice. Some days it’s the best to hang out at home.

In the afternoon, we went to a buffet dinner with other family members, and I ate waaaaay too much. But I loved it. I really enjoy food, so buffets are my favorite!

My youngest made me the best present ever. It’s a little book that talks about all the things he likes about me. He drew the pictures and wrote the text. It’s something I will cherish forever.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Start the Week Out Right

It's Monday, but that doesn't mean it has to be all bad.  Let's start it out with some adventure and an excerpt from The Ifs.

Landon sat at the kitchen table staring at the back of the cereal box, shoveling the fruit-flavored rings absently into his mouth. 

“There’s a man in the jar.”

Landon froze in mid-crunch. Slowly, he swallowed the bite in his mouth and pushed the box to the side to get a better look at his brother. For a moment, he thought it was a joke. He studied Broden’s face, looking for a smirk or other sign he was making it up. Broden’s eyes were wide, his face red, not a joke face at all. Landon’s spoon clattered into his bowl and he jumped from his seat. He followed Broden back into their room. Broden stopped in the middle of the floor and pointed at the closet floor. Landon hesitated for a moment. He stared at his brother, again making sure it wasn’t a joke. Tearing his gaze from Broden’s face, he looked at the closet. Tiki crouched on the floor, staring at something, her tail swishing back and forth. Landon stepped behind her and glanced down at the jar.

Just like Broden said, there was a little man.

Landon sucked in a surprised breath, which startled the little man. His back pressed against the jar, a look of horror on his face as he stared first wide-eyed at Landon, then at the cat. Tiki probably thought the guy looked like a nice play thing. If given the chance, she’d probably bat him around for a while. Landon assumed that wouldn’t feel very nice. The little guy was probably used to running away from cats when they got too close, but he was trapped in a jar and he couldn’t defend himself. If the cat stuck her paw in there, she might scratch the man. No doubt, that would hurt a lot. It might even kill him he was so tiny. Landon crouched down and moved Tiki out of the way. The man relaxed slightly. Landon picked up the jar and took it over to his desk. Broden was right behind him, staring over his shoulder.

Landon set the jar down and peered through the glass, wondering if he was still asleep. It seemed so unreal, so implausible. Could there really be a little man in a jar in front of him? He folded his arms on his desk and sat in his chair. What were they going to do with him?

The little man spoke. “You’re friendlies, right?”

Landon and Broden nodded furiously, holding up their hands.

The man straightened up tall, well, tall for him. “If it’s not too much of a bother, would you mind getting me out of here?” He puffed his little cheeks. “It’s hot.”

Landon turned to his brother, a surprised look on his face. Broden had the same look.

“Did you know he could talk?” Landon asked quietly.

Broden shook his head. “No. I ran downstairs to get you before examining him too closely.”

“Please,” the man pleaded. “There’s flour in my shoe.”

Landon turned back to the jar. “How do we know you’re not going to run away?”

“Or attack us?” Broden cut in.

Landon gave his younger brother a look. “Dude, he’s teeny. Come on.”

The little man crossed a hand over his chest. “I won’t do either. I promise. I’ve been meaning to talk to you anyway. I didn’t have the courage.” He lowered his eyes and gazed at his feet.

Landon turned back to Broden. “What do you think? Should we let him out?”

“Yeah. I wouldn’t want to be stuck in there. Let me get the cat out of here first.”