Hawaii 2017

Billy had a work trip to Hawaii the week before our anniversary, which fell on Easter this year. I pretty much assumed this was a sign that I was meant to go on this trip. What spells 12 year anniversary like HAWAII?!

We flew out a few days early and checked out Kauai. It was so green. Chickens were everywhere. We stayed in the northern part of the island and hiked up to Hanakapiai falls. It was worth 9.5 miles of muddy, rocky, “unmaintained” paths for the amazing view. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast at Hemingway’s cafe, pool time, dinner and drinks at the resort, and before our flight left we checked out the southern part of the island. Drinks and lunch at the Beach house and a drive through Waimea Canyon was the perfect way to say goodbye to Kauai.

We went to Oahu for the board meetings and had fun re-creating scenes from our last visit there when the kids were 16months and 3 years. Thanks to Billy’s work we got a private tour of the Bishop Museum and tour the U.S.S. Missouri. We also had two fun nights of Hawaiian cuisine with the board members and co-workers. Billy got a little golf time in and I did lots of reading by the pool and beach, ran 7 miles, and checked out the mall while he was working.

Our final stop was the Big Island. We loved checking out the volcanoes! We landed and immediately drove to Volcano National Park. It was neat to see the rain forrest that grew on top of an un-active lava tube.

My favorite waterfall on this island was the Rainbow falls. It was an easy hike then rock jumping to get to the waterfall, so fun. Billy did NOT like how close I got to the edge of the waterfall, but I seriously think I could have gone a little further!

The black sand beaches at Richardson ocean park were cool to see. We ventured across the hardened lava rocks to enjoy the ocean waves up close. I was inches away from a huge beautiful sea turtle as I crossed the thigh high water…I nearly peed my shorts! It was amazing.

My favorite spot to eat on the Big Island was Hilo Bay Cafe….which was a nice little stroll down from our hotel. We liked it so much, we decided to play a game of stalling as long as we could. They had good music, fun dishes, delicious sushi, and they gave you peppered popcorn in truffle oil while you wait for your food. I may have asked for a refill…a couple of times.

The final day we were on the Big Island, we did a 4:45am boat tour ride out to the active volcanoes. We sat in the second row of seats, which was considered the “hold on to the handle or get a bloody nose from hitting your head” section. The water by the volcano is over 100 degrees warm. The view was something I never will forget. Watching the volcano lava pour into the ocean while the sun rise was surreal. 

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House Swap

Grandshe had her Omaha book club come to Des Moines for a slumber party. There were 10 friends that made the road trip. We swapped homes with Grandshe so she could accommodate all her gal pals. We had so much fun vacationing at Grandshe’s place! Josie said, “if anyone asks…tell them we are renting the place for the weekend.” So then we started calling it our VRBO or cottage rental.

It was fun to snuggle in closer corners and watch Saturday morning cartoons. We are in such a habit of watching Netflix or computer time, it was a nice change. And for us all to cozy up on one couch (or around the chair below) made this mama happy!

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Josie’s Allergies

While we were in Hawaii, Josie’s allergies kicked in. She’s been on Allegra since the beginning of March. Last fall we switched her to Allegra and the allergist said if that doesn’t work add Singular. Well, of course it stops working while we are gone.

By the time we came home, she missed two days and was sent home by 10am on our first day back. Adding the Singular was too late at this point. We went to the doctor, knowing the allergist would be a week to get into. We added a steroid with the singular. It helped a little, but you could tell she was struggling. This last week, we went to the allergist to find out Josie is not only congested, but having trouble breathing. She did a lung test and failed it miserably. After getting two puffs from a nebulizer inhaler, her lung capacity increased by 24%. Anything higher than 10% is considered good. The allergist said, “Josie is one tough cookie! I don’t know how she has been running on a soccer field and not complaining or gasping for air.”

Two days later, the poor kid got a sinus infection!

Josie is now on Xyzal allergy medicine, two puffs of an inhaler in the morning and at night, eye drops, nose spray, singular, benedryl (hoping after tonight we can stop this!), a rescue inhaler (for the first week, she had to use it every 4 hours, now she uses as needed.), we’ve also added essential oils in a defuser and in roll-on bottles to apply on her skin.

Josie really is a trooper. You can tell she isn’t herself, but her outlook is good. She keeps saying I’m happy we have a plan. I can’t wait to feel better. In July, we will attempt to take her off her allergy medicines for one week to do blood tests. We need to see if this happened to be a bad season or if we need to go on shots. I feel so bad for Josie Girl. I hate seeing my kiddos struggle. I hope she starts to feel better soon!

Year 3…

On March 31st, it’ll be 3 years. When I turn the calendar to March my chest tightens. I keep myself busy. With three babes, it’s easy to do.

Spring Break. St Patty’s Day. Events. Visitors. Soccer. Dinners. I tend to jam this month with as much as I possibly can. If I keep moving, I don’t have time to feel the pain of you not being here.

I worry that they’ll forget you. The way you looked. The sound of your voice. Your Old Spice cologne. I close my eyes to make sure you are still with me.

They won’t get a chance to know you. I tell them  you loved poetry. Your first language was Spanish. You made the best chicken and rice soup. Big breakfasts were your thing (and now our thing). You supplied me with homemade tamales from your co-workers, when I was in college (we eat tamales all the time). You had perfect olive skin. All three were born with jet black hair, like yours.

i carry your heart, in my heart.

It’s my way of keeping you alive.

 

DAD

For the L❤️VE…

February may be a short month but we crammed a lot of fun into it.

  • Billy and I got dolled up for dancing and dinner at Bravo.
  • The kids worked long and hard on their Valentine boxes.
  •  We finished the winter hockey season. While gymnastics and dance continue for Ben, all three will be starting spring soccer before we know it.
  • We spent our first Valentine’s Day and Dad’s birthday away from him (boo!)
  • The boys and I had a blast at our first Mother & Son(s) dance. While we were sweating to the oldies, Jos and Dad had fun racing go carts.
  • We hosted our gourmet group to a night of Spanish tapas and paella.
  • We had more family fun at the Playhouse.
  • The kids dressed like what they wanted to be when they grow up: a fashion designer and two hockey players.

Grandshe equals fun

While we were in Chicago for Hamilton, the kids had some fun with Grandshe. Here are a couple of stories:

  • Grandshe took Will and Josie to their first thrift store while Ben was in dance class. As they entered the thrift store, Will asked very innocently, “Will Macklemore be in there?”
  • Grandshe said a naughty word so Ben decided he should sneak on her phone and text me to tattle-tell on her. Instead of texting me, he texted the last person Grandshe had texted, which was her apartment complex manager. When Ben realized it, he felt so bad. Ben started crying. Will did too. They both thought Grandshe would be kicked out of her apartment complex.
  • All three kids had a ton of fun being spoiled rotten.

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January 2017

The first month of the year is almost over, so I figured it was time to do a little recap:

  • This is the first year the we all wrote out our resolutions and predictions for the year ahead. We put them in a jar and plan to open January 1st, 2018.
  • We had a ping pong tournament with some friends, because we lost I am anxious for a rematch.
  • We practiced using an Epi-Pen with the kids. Since they are going in different directions and are older, we figured it was time to go over what’s in the eli-pen bag.
  • The boys got new “soccer” haircuts and look like little men.
  • We played on the frozen pond for the first time since living here.
  • We honored MLK by reading the whole “Who was Martin Luther King” book on our day off from school.
  • We are still in love with Hamilton in this house. Bill and I got to go to the show in Chicago. It was a quick weekend, but we had a BLAST. Great to spend time with friends, my brothers, and watch Hamilton….which the kids and I listen to almost nightly while prepping dinner and doing homework.
  • The kids got to be in a short clip about the Playhouse. They loved sharing their love for the theatre.
  • And probably the BIGGEST news of the month… The boys passed their pecan challenge! We went to Bubba to celebrate and had pecan pie for dessert.