Toddler Times!

Having a toddler is an adventure!  I say adventure because you kinda never know what the day will hold.  It could be a good day, bad day, exciting day, terrifying day etc.  You just never know with a little one.  They learn fast and they soak everything up like a sponge.  My little one is no exception.  She knows how to play the game!  I’ll give a few examples on how “adventurous” my days are!  Here are a few of her ideas and actions that we encounter.

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Clean, fresh pull up/diaper=POOP immediately!

Quiet house=for no reason at all….LOSE THY SHIT!  SCREAM FOR NO ACTUAL REASON!

Brand new outfit=massive blowout time!

Daddy tossing toddler around and playing=regurgitate/projectile vomit EVERYWHERE!

Not hungry and refuses food=eat that Lego over there!

Pretty cat or puppy=pull tail as hard as possible!

Daddy hugging Mommy=NEGATIVE!  SHE’S MY MOMMY!

Mommy took the time to fix her hair=pull her hair really hard and/or puke!

Fresh bath and tucked into bed=shit everywhere and then giggle about it!

Almost asleep= ROUND 2!  FIGHT!  (only some will get the reference)

Wet diaper change=take a crap mid diaper change!

Given a spoon to feed oneself=throw across the room with food on it!

Given to Daddy for minute=scream like a banshee cause Mom left the room!

Given favorite red sippy cup=throw immediately and demand the blue one!

Want that snack after being told no=grab snack, say “pweese” and “tank you”… cuteness always wins!

There you have it!  An average day in our house is full of adventure and lots of giggles!  And that’s just from the baby…

 

 

Byodo-In Temple

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The Byodo-In Temple is located in Kaneohe, Hawaii at the base of the Ko’olau Mountains.  This replica was established on June 7, 1968 for the 100 year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii.  This Buddhist temple welcomes everyone to come visit, marvel at its beauty and/or meditate.  There are even peacocks running around and lots of Japanese koi carp!

The day we went was pretty crowded, despite the rain.  Everyone was very respectful and a few took the time to meditate.  It was very serene.  Walking among the temple, gardens, waterfall and pond was very tranquil.  Even our little one was calm for the most part!  The gift shop is very small but it’s still worth a visit.

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Foster Botanical Garden

 

 

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Foster Botanical Garden is located in Honolulu and covers about 14 acres.  This place is absolutely beautiful!  There are tons of tropical plants and amazing trees.  It’s also a wonderful place for kids.  There is a huge open area for the kids to run and play, have picnics, take a stroll or just bask in the sunshine.

As you walk through the garden, you will see an orchid conservatory, a butterfly garden, herb garden, cannonball trees, sculptures and the corpse flower!

The corpse flower smells atrocious!!!  Most people claim it smells of rotting meat or decaying flesh!  The smell and color of the plant attract flesh-eating insects.  The plant also heats up, which I assume aids in its attractiveness.  The bugs think the flower is food, which leads to them flying off with the pollen.  Once the flower has bloomed, it collapses and starts all over.  They can take up to 7 years to bloom and are usually 8-10 feet tall.  Once the flower blooms it only remains open for 12-48 hours!  That may seem like such a short time frame, but I can assure you that that’s long enough!  It really does smell like a 90 day old mixture of roadkill, gross feet and stanky (not stinky, STANKY) butt!

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The corpse plant!

The cannonball trees are pretty cool too.  The fruit resembles, you guessed it, cannonballs!  The fruit takes up to a year to mature and the flowers are gorgeous.  The fruit is usually fed to chickens and pigs.  Not very many people eat the fruit due to its smell.  The fruit can weigh several pounds and can definitely been heard when it hits the ground.  Don’t stand directly under it!

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The things we take for granted

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There are so many things in life that we all take for granted.  The past few months have been exhausting for me due to my husband being deployed again.  I have felt, at times, that I’m failing… failing at being a good mom and wife, failing at housework, failing at keeping up a workout routine…. the list goes on and on.

Today I thought about all of it.  I thought about all the blunders that came with 2016 and believe me, there were quite a few!  After making a mental list of all the crap that happened, I started to wonder why I was focusing on all that stuff.  Why hold on to the bad and not acknowledge the good?  There’s so many things that I cherish and I’ve neglected to even give them a second thought.  So, here’s a few things that get me through the day!

  • Coffee-  Coffee is my elixir!  It keeps me slightly sane and gets me through a whole day of dealing with a teenager and toddler!
  • Nature and Hiking-  Living in Hawaii has its advantages!  It is absolutely beautiful here and the adventures are endless!  Just taking my little one out in the stroller for a walk through the neighborhood is relaxing and gorgeous.  The hikes we’ve been on really help with stress and worry too.
  • Playtime with the kiddos-  Playtime isn’t always the easiest thing to do when you’re so tired and have a million things left on your daily list.  But I will say that it’s worth every second.  The memories we make last a lifetime.  The bond you make with your children will be one of the most important things ever.
  • Small gestures and gifts from your kids-  I don’t care if it’s a rock!  One day you will look back on that moment and smile!  I have saved rocks, small flowers, little poems and clay pots.
  • My health-  My health may be a work in progress, but I still have it!  I don’t just sit around all day.  I move, go outside, have a garden, take walks, go on picnics… make use of your body!  Your family depends on you.  You may not feel important all the time, but you are.
  • Hearing “mommy” 60 million times a day-  I don’t care what anyone says.  Being a mom is tough at times.  Some days are so exhausting.  But at the end of the day, after hearing “mommy” ALL DAY LONG, I’m so thankful for my kids.  They make my world go round!
  • Husband’s boots in the floor and uniforms to wash-  I’m serious!  Every time he has deployed it hits me that I miss that.  It reminds me how lucky I am to have him, how proud I am of him, how hard-working he is and how empty it feels when he’s gone.
  • Friends-  I have a few close friends and a wonderful sister-in-law that I keep in constant contact with.  Whether it’s just a phone call to chit-chat or vent, they are always right there.  It’s nice to have friends that hold you up when you’re feeling knocked down.

The last one….I’m breathing!  I’m still here!  I’m lucky to get to spend another day with my family and live this beautiful chaotic life!  My husband always says, “It’s not that serious.”  For the longest time I’ve battled being stressed and full of worry. I worry about everything.  I stress over the smallest blunders.  I have, however, gotten better about letting things go.  I’ve tried really hard to think things through and demand a less stressful life.  Sometimes all it takes is putting your foot down and not allowing events or people to pull you down.  So, remember this one small piece of advice.  If something is bothering you, ask yourself if it will matter in 2 days, 2 weeks, 2 months or 2 years.  If the answer is no, then let it go.