So Thanksgiving is a day late for us this year, thanks to the US Navy.
Really I am not complaining because I am just thrilled Omar is HOME this year! Delaying Thanksgiving is doable! (Although Mckenna told me some of her friends families were in the same position and they had Thanksgiving anyways, weird)
So on the “real” turkey day we celebrated in style…


Maybe not the most traditional way to spend the holiday but it was pretty awesome. Then we had this guy come say hi and hang out with us for a little while:


Also got some baking done… I wanted to do a million pies but we (meaning I) don’t need that much leftover pie! So one big apple and four mini pumpkins. Perfect!


Got everything laid out now… Getting ready to start cooking. I’ve been ready to eat this dinner since 6 this morning!


Table set, realize I probably need some more fall themed decor…



Update: There was PLENTY of food!



Waikiki Staycation

Catch up time!

Even though we LIVE in paradise, it’s still fun to VACATION in paradise! We had wanted to do some island hopping when Omar came home and had leave but with his mom and sister coming to visit we were a little tight on time. Thankfully Waikiki is just down the road!

We ended up staying at the Outrigger which has an awesome kama’aina (local) rate. It’s also close to the action of all the restaurants and beaches.



We ate tons of food…  Yardhouse is right around the corner, I love it, the rest of my family isn’t impressed. Cheeseburger in Waikiki is good for burgers.


Throwing a shaka at Cheeseburger Waikiki

It’s also just fun to walk around… Well until the teeming masses of tourists drive you absolutely crazy.




We are standing on a slope, she isn’t that tall YET!


The best thing was just being able to hang out and play together as a family. We are terrible when it comes to that at home. We all have our electronics to entertain us. So it was good to put that all away for a few days.



Plenty of beach time….



Diamondhead in the background!

And for something EXTRA entertaining rent a kayak. This was a hilarious disaster. I don’t know what they were thinking letting all four of us into one kayak. We are NOT responsible enough for that!




DSCF4107(FYI I can’t stand putting on a wet life jacket. It oogs me out for some reason.)



While it looks like he is hanging on for dear life he was having fun… Being dragged by a kayak is a blast.

We also spotted a couple of sea turtles. Which necessitated me jumping OUT of the kayak to try and get some pictures of. And I lost the turtle as soon as I jumped in. Second turtle I got a pic but it was murky so I had to use this crazy filter to show him clearly. It really is kind of crazy that these guys are everywhere.


And the BEST part of a vacation? Boozing it up with your husband!
DSCF4098aGot a Waikiki question? Let me know! I am happy to steer you toward the best hotels, eats and hang out spots!


I am such a slacker!

Okay. Yeah. So I have been the WORST at blogging the past few months. Omar coming home and a busy summer kept me from any clever ideas and then the longer I went the harder it was to jump back into it!

I do have lots of updates on Hawaii, we are still loving it. My husband is getting worked to death so doesn’t get to enjoy it quite as much as his unemployed wife. I have lots of updated hikes, a million beach and rainbow pictures and some gratuitous pictures of my kids and dog.

The funniest thing is that I have had three different people on island tell me they read my blog. Too funny! One lady lives in my neighborhood and reversed her car to tell me she recognized us. I am just happy that people have found much needed information about moving to this amazing place.

Just wanted to pop in to say I’m baaaaaaaaaaack!

More Homemade Halloween Costumes

Sorting through photos and realized I never put our Halloween costumes up this year.

I was SO happy the kids wanted to do homemade costumes again… I HATE the store bought ones, they are so boring and cheap and generic and cost a million dollars.

So this year the kids wracked their brains for something fun.

Mckenna came up with a creepy doll costume. Um, hmmm…. not sure how to swing that one.

Ended up watching endless youtube doll makeup tutorials (still wish I could have done it a little bit better, but I am TERRIBLE at makeup) found a doll-ish dress and voila she was happy.

Omar wanted to be Pac Man. I didn’t even realize he knew who Pac Man was. But I was game. This is actually one of my favorite costumes to date. I again searched online for inspiration. Swung by the bike shop and grabbed some bike boxes from their recycling bin. Spray painted the hell out of it and there you go, coolest costume of the night.

halloweenThis was actually the first idea… Halfway through trick or treating it was driving him crazy on his head so we ran home and I cut a head hole and new arm holes. The old arm holes became eyes. I REALLY had wanted to rig it so that candy could drop through his mouth and into a bag, but I ran out of time.  Seriously EVERYWHERE we went people were freaking out over this costume. Mckenna got a little annoyed at the attention he was getting… especially because this might have been her last trick or treating year.

Oh and a bonus shot because I am here for your entertainment…

rebpacmanAt our ship’s Halloween party… Looking all sorts of awesome.