Oh Lordy I Am Getting Old!

Birthday time again! I really love birthdays, well any celebration or excuse for a party really. I think I am just shocked when I realize that I have to turn another year older. Am I REALLY not 23 anymore? Amazingly, no. And I was looking toward a bummer of a birthday weekend without my husband here to spoil me. All I have to say is I have some amazing friends who came to my rescue and made my birthday weekend memorable!

My actual birthday was on Saturday but we grabbed the opportunity to have an adult lunch without kids on Friday while they were all still in school. I chose a new place I have been dying to try, Scratch. OMG, go there if you can. It was outstanding.

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My lunch, a crispy chicken sandwich with all sorts of yumminess inside and a warm brussel sprout salad.  photo 2014-11-14115809_zpse0a78f46.jpg

My friends both ordered this, I can’t remember the name but it was pork and rice and a runny egg. Beautiful! photo 2014-11-14115813_zps941258c7.jpg

On my actual birthday we did have some plans, or rather Mckenna had some plans… The girl has become a wrestler. She is only in 7th grade but the local high recruits middle schoolers to start wrestling early. This was her second tournament and managed to snag a 2nd place spot. She really loves it and I am so happy she is brave enough to dive into totally new sports. This girl has no fear!

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My sweet friends decided no birthday is complete without wine, s’mores, and cake. And we had plenty of all three that night. My s’mores fire was seriously lacking but the kids had fun making marshmallows for us. And I got a yummy vanilla cake with chocolate frosting and toffee bits!  photo 2014-11-15204216_zps49bd5753.jpg

 

Silly me had scheduled an early morning hike with our spouses group the next morning. So we dragged ourselves out of bed to go hike Makapu’u Lighthouse. I could have just bailed because no one else showed up. Oh well, at least we all got up and out of bed! The whales are back for winter and we managed to see a few splashing around.

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Group shot! Thanks to a passing hiker who took it for us and made Omar get into the frame.  photo 2014-11-17020112_zps0b3e9b2f.jpeg

Hey cutie!

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Nothing like a tree pose on a rocky ledge. I wouldn’t be true to myself if I didn’t do something halfway stupid on a hike. Next time I will try something a little more challenging… maybe a standing bow? Or not. photo 2014-11-17020122_zps35c0c019.jpeg

 

And lord knows it’s not a day with my friends if it doesn’t involve food. We are currently addicted to Cinnamon’s which thankfully isn’t closer or we would be there daily. My son has become quite the Loco Moco addict.

 

Loco moco, you ask? It’s a local breakfast dish that is made with rice, a hamburger steak, gravy and a over easy egg on top. Oh it’s good. I settled for eggs benedict, some bites of his loco moco and a side order of guava chiffon pancakes to share. (Oh and they are as good as they sound) photo 2014-11-16121700_zps89d36329.jpg

 

After such a great weekend can I really complain about getting older? Not if I get to celebrate like this every year!

Thanks to Those Who Serve

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This Veteran’s Day (and every day!) I want to send a big thank you to all our military. I get a front row seat to the sacrifices it takes to serve in the armed forces. I come from a pretty … Continue reading

My micro-homestead

This post is laughably titled because somehow I still manage to have the blackest thumb ever. My ideal home would have some land so I can do a garden and have some more livestock, but man. I don’t know why I can’t keep my plants alive!

One thing I am growing, courtesy of this fabulous island, is an adorable baby pineapple!

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I know a lot of people are surprised to see how pineapples grow, straight out the top, one per plant. You can actually regrow them from the crown of a pineapple (and that’s how the plantations around here to it). I have lot’s of pineapple plants (we eat a LOT of them!) but this is my first one to bear fruit! So excited to harvest it!

On the livestock front my crazy ass chickens have gotten big and keep me very entertained. They’ve been laying eggs for a few months now and I have to say have a couple organic cage free eggs every morning is pretty awesome. I can’t find any of my nest box pictures but they lay the prettiest brown and blue/green eggs.

They are also curious little pigs. Every time the sliding door opens they come running hoping for a treat. No matter how I try to keep them off the lanai they sneak back in! And will walk right into the house if the doors open!

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I really don’t think I knew just how much fun chickens can be. They really do have personalities and will let themselves be picked up. They are also great at turning over a compost pile and keeping the creepy crawlies out of the yard!

Happy Mother’s Day to me!

A Sunday with nothing to do was just what I needed! We decided to make it an early dinner so we all just lazed around the house. Until I got bit by the cleaning bug and did a million loads of laundry, dishes and mopped the floors. Yes, I know. I am doing Mother’s Day wrong. However I felt a million times better having a clean house to start the week.

I was a little bit bummed by my meal out, we hit up Nico’s one of my favorite places to eat. It wasn’t too crowded which was great. I ordered a Pier 38 Punch to start, eh, it was okay. My husband decided to be brave and try the oyster shooters. My seafood lover wasn’t a fan, I was actually surprised. I could barely look at them, ugh. It was a brave person who first ate one of those. Well I decided to order the Steak Frites, ribeye steak, medium and was so disappointed to have it come almost well done. Awful. But I am one of those people who NEVER send food back. Like ever. (I have seen Waiting I know what happens!) I am kinda picky when it comes to steak, if you can’t grill it better than I can for $25 then shame on you. Also my husbands seafood scampi was pretty bland.

It’s such a surprise when one of your favorite places let’s you down! We couldn’t get reservations at the Japanese Steakhouse I really wanted to go to, and instead of postponing dinner out, I just went with a second choice. Dang it!

(Dessert partially redeemed it, however, dessert trio- mini lava cake, salted caramel ice cream and smore’s bread pudding)

At least I managed to snag a picture with each of my munchkins, you can tell how delighted they are.

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Really that is as good as it gets picture-wise. I am amazed I even got those.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the other mamma’s out there!

Does no one blog anymore?

I kinda stepped back from my blog for a little while. Not just my blog but all of the fabulous bloggers I read, some of whom I have followed for YEARS. I am so sick and tired of every.single. post. being sponsored, a product review, or a link-up, or some other money/traffic/follower generated post instead of REAL WORDS. Sponsored post? I immediately click past it. Yes I know your words are your own but funny think I have NEVER read a negative sponsored post or review. Yes I have joined some link ups but I have also found some great new blogs that way, but I don’t use GFC so I won’t be following you anytime soon. 

I started my blog really to share some of the issues with being a military spouse, moving all over the world, and things to do when you get there. I love being out and about and I love to help people find hikes, places to go and food to eat. 

/end rant

 

Best Birthday EVER!

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So for my husband’s birthday in November I got smart and gave him a couple of gifts that I could partake in as well: A scuba dive and an ATV ride. First up, scuba with Island Divers. We were really … Continue reading