One of the most frequent questions that Andy and I receive from people, mostly people who either have 1 or no children, is how we share our love with each of our children.  As parents, you usually have the first child, and your entire life changes.  As the Grinch experienced, your heart feels like it…

Tuesday Thoughts

Not much new to tell lately.  More job interviews, more volunteer opportunities, more days that pass until the husband is home for a visit (eek!), and more everyday life in the Carpenter house.  I have been driving a lot lately, and I think about many things while driving.  I present you with some Tuesday Thoughts,…

A spaghetti kind of day

One of my best friends Meredith and I can talk for hours on end, but it is difficult to follow the conversation.  We start talking about one thing, which leads into another thing, then another....this continues.  We eventually end up talking about all of it but not in a linear or ordered way.  She calls…

Waimea Valley – Oahu

  During Christmas Break, the kids and I explored Waimea Valley.  This is a preserved and sacred area along the North Shore of Oahu.  I stumbled across it as I was looking for kid-friendly hikes.  We wanted somewhere to explore yet was not challenging.  Waimea Valley seemed perfect - a short hike to a waterfall,…

Tales from a 4th grade sleepover

So Anya is having her birthday sleepover.  She wanted a spa theme, which is actually simple when you already have three girly-girls living with you (and you happen to be one yourself).  I decorated the house, assembled various beauty products, bought makeup and eye masks to take home, and made some goodies for snacking.  I…