Friday, April 29, 2011

germy, missing-one house this week

it's been one of those weeks when you probably should just stay in bed til it's pau. i've been sick most (ok, all) of the week. shortstack woke up with a fever this AM and panda got on a plane last night and headed east ... so, the house was overwhelmingly lazy, germy and feeling a bit off-kilter because one of our family members isn't in the cocoon with us.

we did have a new addition to our house this week, a HUGE sofa sectional that is probably from the 70's (well, that's what the rust-orange-brown color indicates). this sofa has become ohana central this week ... it's become a bed for me to curl up on to get past the germyness, it's become a jungle gym and playhouse for shortstack, it's been dinner booth, packing bench, temporary office ... i swear, it's the best $200 that we've spent in a LONG time!!! this sectional spans the length of the living room wall and practically eats up 1/2 the room. there will definitely need to be some rearranging of furniture and reconfiguring of room use, but for right now, it has become the comfort zone of our home.

so, we are declaring it a lazy, guilt-free weekend that, fingers crossed, will fly by so that we can have our family back together again. here's to hoping that y'all are enjoying your germ-free, comfort zone, family weekend ...

Monday, April 25, 2011

blissful bits from a weekend of celebration

sometimes you just need a comfy place to take a break and change your perspective ... 
apparently, panda's foot was the choice spot!

it was panda's birthday weekend and we wanted to do it up right! only problem is, i'm not all that great at bday planning ... so, with a little help (ok, major help) from multiple peeps, we were able to celebrate panda's day in a deservedly celebratory manner! but, instead of feeding y'all all the details, i just want to share some blissful bits for a weekend done well ...
  • friday's holiday gave me the time needed to prep some ono food for ELES imu fundraiser ... gotta love me some kalua pork (garlic rosemary, ginger orange and traditional), kalua beef and kalua chicken ... yummy leftovers!
  • mama missed saturday soccer AM, but panda and shortstack had a great time, and shortstack found a comfortable seat on panda's foot during practice breaks 
  • PARTY!PARTY!PARTY!! well, a "low-key" birthday dinner with 24 of our closest peeps at ye old spaghetti factory at ward ... if you're looking for the best waiter in town, hit up daniel ... he was THE calmest, coolest, most collected waiter i've seen in a long time! that man earned every penny he made that night!!
  • ice cream birthday cake and a houseful of hanai family until midnight 
  • easter bunny's arrival was LOUDLY proclaimed by shortstack at 6:30 sunday AM (may i mention that he only slept 6 hours saturday night??!?)
  • panda's official bday was on sunday, so we had another special bday gift to open ... hopefully travel will be a bit more enjoyable with her new noise-elimination headphones 
  • soccer sunday ... fun and sun with soccer peeps
  • new easter traditions ... dinner at kona brewing ... beautiful setting, ono food and awesome company!! simply can't complain ...
we hope your easter weekend was blessed and blissful as well ... have yourselves a sunshiny week!

Monday, April 18, 2011

can i have a weekend for my weekend?

do you ever get the feeling that we simply try to fit too much in our too-short weekends? i do! without a doubt!! but we loved every minute of it. you see, we are surrounded by family and we want to spend as much time with them as we can ... not only because should - but simply because we enjoy it!

i headed out of the office on friday afternoon to catch our niece's orchestra recital in pearl city. a couple of valuable revelations came out of that ... first, i am not a west-side girl. you see ~ although our little island is, well, little ... the traffic is comparable of that to crazy metropolitan areas (think LA on crack). so, my non-existent patience ended up being tested in an irritable manner. second, i miss the theatre - all manifestations of it. i grew up dancing ballet, so classical music was grafted into my bones at a very early age ... but since i've walked away from the fine arts, i haven't indulged often or regularly in field trips to the classics. thirdly, we have so many smart, loving, talented kids in this crazy pieced-together family of ours!! and too often, it escapes our minds that these kiddos can and should teach us grown-ups a thing or two about tapping into our fun-loving, exploratory side. so, kym girl ... you rocked it! loved watching you take those deep breaths before playing your violin. congratulations girl!!

saturday started off unusually quiet ... i think y'all have heard about my saturday AM adventures with soccer, well, this past weekend, soccer was cancelled. that meant that shortstack got to have a long sleepover at gma and papa's house while panda and mama got to take it slow and easy and have a lazy saturday AM. oooohhhh!!! LUXURY!! a bit of weekend coffee, time to finish a book or two, time to procrastinate on necessary writing ... yep! talk about luxury. but the party began again on saturday night. we headed over to heather's place and reveled in a house filled with 8 kids and 7 women! woohoo!! wine was flowing, food was grillin and brownies were baking! seriously, how does it get better than that? our shortstack ran himself til he practically passed out. we crawled into bed, completely satisfied and counting our blessings of being surrounded by people we have chosen to be our family because of their HUGE hearts and crazy silliness.

sunday AM brought tax forms, cartoons and soccer for panda and shortstack. i got to indulge in some gift shopping for our cousins. now, i am a shopper ... but in a weird sense. i hate to do necessary shopping (i.e. out of good underwear and/or bras or need work clothes) because i get impatient. but i LOVE to shop for random gifts!! i especially love to shop for home and treat gifts. BUT that doesn't go for my better half or the shortstack ... getting them to go shopping with me is painful for EVERYONE involved. so, after they shuttled out to hang with the soccer aunties, i packed myself up and enjoyed some mindless hours wondering through shops that would never be entered willingly by certain members of my family. i finally made it to the flower shop where i (sort of) went overboard in flowers for my cousins and the house. when the rest of the family finally made it home, well, lets just say that the debit card needed a rest. oh- but there was one last shop ... Cafe Laufer!!!!! have you ever been there?? if not, please go!! but don't tell anyone about it because we don't want the secret to get too far out ... talk about a confectioner's heaven! we picked up a selection of tasty treats (i totally believe in options and in dessert!!!) to take over to the Q-grls' new place.

ahhhhh!! i love exploring the homes of our friends and family! there is SO much you can learn about your peeps from their homes. the Q grls have recently moved into a very cool and very welcoming loft-style apartment in downtown honolulu. the funny thing is, it sure didn't feel like we were in the middle of downtown! but the views were gorgeous, the pool was warm and inviting (and the perfect place for shortstack to get all his crazy energy out). the food was ONO!!! and the company was fun! lots of gossip was shared, drinks were consumed, food was enjoyed, jenga was played (unsuccessfully by panda - sorry baby, but you lost!) and curiosity was satisfied.

another awesome weekend enjoyed by all ... but monday AM has rolled around and i have realized that my awesome weekend has pooped me out ... time for some rest ... when's my weekend from my weekend coming up??

hope you all enjoyed yours as well! if not, you might have to jump on board our family train and you'll be sure to have a blast!