A LITTLE YARD WORK ~ and lots of digging

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How do you get inspired to get projects done? I always put the pressure of company coming to get me off my butt! A couple of weekends ago, we had some friends come for dinner... LET'S DO THE YARD!!! Does anyone else do that to themselves or am I a masochist all by my lonesome?? This is how our outside looked like before we started. Everything is overgrown AGAIN! This picture is old so picture the back bushes double the size they are, … [Continue reading...]

PARENTHOOD ~ The Braverman House


A very dear friend of mine told me I had to watch the show "Parenthood".  I'm a big fan of Lauren Graham when she played Lorelai Gilmore on "The Gilmore Girls". So the LOML and I started watching it together on Netflix starting with Season 1. It got addictive!! It's funny and very family-oriented, which I always like, and I cry at least once on every episode along with Monica Potter who plays Kristina Braverman. She cries in every … [Continue reading...]

JORDAN LAKE ~ long-time friends and a pontoon ride


How was your weekend? Mine was jam packed with "old" friends, a pontoon boat ride, and a barbecue.  Have you ever seen one of those huge campers driving down the highway and wondered "How do you park one of those things?" Well, we had a visit from some long-time friends (40 years long) who own one [...]

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ALOHA FROM MAUI ~ and aloha to Maui :(

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We are so sad to be ending our family vacation to Maui. We have enjoyed every minute! We had to check out of the Noelani Condominium Resort by 11:00. The kids really wanted to go snorkeling one more time so while they headed to the beach, the LOML and I finished the laundry and packing [...]

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ALOHA FROM MAUI ~ Day #7 Sleeping in, the beach, and a little souvenir shopping

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Do you ever feel like work days last forever and vacation days fly by? Why is that?  I can't believe our Maui trip is coming to an end. We have enjoyed every minute of this trip. The weather has been perfect, the people have been so kind, the food has been delectable, and the boys [...]

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ALOHA FROM MAUI ~ Day #6 Road to Hana


When we were doing our research on Maui before we set off on our trip, we read a lot about the Road to Hana. "Beautiful scenery" "Long and winding road" "Single car bridges" "Beautiful waterfalls and pools" "Don't drive it yourself. Hire a tour guide." After waking up very early to beat the rush of [...]

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ALOHA FROM MAUI ~ Day #5 Volcanoes and a very long walk back up!


Today we visited Haleakala National Park.  On our drive there, we saw a rainbow. We stopped off at the small town of Paia before heading to the park. It consisted of small shops and restaurants. We shopped a little and I bought a Maui baseball cap. We ate lunch outside at the Milagros Food Company. [...]

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ALOHA FROM MAUI ~ Day #4 Turtles and Dolphin

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Son #1 was very excited about snorkeling in the ocean today. We rented two adult size snorkel sets and one child size for Daughter #2. A couple of us even used hers because we were having so much fun!! We went to a new beach called Black Rock Point in Ka'anapali because we were told it [...]

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ALOHA FROM MAUI ~ Day #3 Daughter #2′s Birthday

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How many ten year olds can say they spent their birthday in Hawaii?? Daughter #2 can!!  We asked her what she wanted to do on her birthday and she requested that everyone come to the pool and swim together. She also wanted cupcakes. She's so easy!! Today we went to the Iao Valley. The Iao [...]

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ALOHA FROM MAUI ~ Day #2 The beach


Five o'clock in the morning comes around pretty quickly when you're experiencing jet lag.   Bright and early the whole family was awake and perky!! I enjoyed a cup of tea and a bagel sitting on the patio outside our family room listening to the waves. It was a beautiful sunny day. Noelani Condominium Resort [...]

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