Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Just a day at the beach

We were able to go to Hawaii for Spring Break last week. Traveling with 4 boy is always a challenge, but we are getting a lot better having learned from our mistakes. For example, pay a little more and rent a mini-van vs. a sedan. Boys do not like to sit right next to each other for long and you end up with a lot of yelling during the car ride. The mini-van we rented this year gave each one their own seat with good separation and minimized the touching and shoving we experienced with the cheaper sedan rental. We found a lot of beaches in the North Shore area of Oahu that were just beautiful and minimally crowded.

We packed some molasadas (Hawaiian/Portugues danish), some chips, oranges and bananas and we were set for a half day just playing at the beach. Wading in the waves and building sand castles (digging holes mainly) surprisingly can fill up many hours. The older boys love to do "diving catches" when I try to throw a baseball just within their reach and they need to dive into the sand in order to make the catch. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed some wonderful local foods from shave ice (Hawaiian's snow cone), lunch plates (a lot of food), and, of course, the breakfast buffet.

We reviewed our photos last night and had a lot of fun reliving our recent North Shore vacation. It's a real blessing for us to be able to take such a great trip in the midst of an economic downturn. We watched our budget, but had a great time. So many good memories.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Belated Happy New Year - 2010

Time does go by faster and faster as we age. The New Year, a new decade, came and went so quickly that when I looked up it was March already. The boys are transitioning from basketball season to baseball season and this is overlap time. Overlapping practices and games and lots of schedule juggling on the calendar. Our lives are filled with teacher conferences, practices, carpools, games, play-dates, homework, field trips, making lunches, washing an endless file of laundry, walking to school, picking up after school, and then squeezing in work every no and then.

I have made being at the boys' events a priority, but of course, there is a cost to what I can do professionally. With 4 boys eventually going to college, I have resolved to the fact that I will be working way beyond any plans for early retirement. That is okay. I just feel so blessed by our 4 boys and I am grateful to God for the privilege of raising boys. I am continuing to volunteer at school and sports teams even with our busy schedule as a way to stay close to the boys and influence their lives. In the midst of this chaos I am trying to start a new company and it has been quite a challenge. No one said it was going to be easy. Nevertheless, I get up every morning and thank the good Lord for our health. Everything else I can deal with as long as the family is healthy.

I am just rambling down my many thoughts, but I figured that I should write something before more months go by in 2010. Happy New Year!