This Week in a Nutshell

This week has been unusual for us with spring break having the kids co-op classes and sports cancelled, one friend being carless, another having a sweet new foster babe (swoon! How do those precious newborn days fly by so quickly!?), and two others had friends and family visiting.

And although we so love our busy routines and we’re missing those this week, we also had a lot of fun changing things up a bit. We had some mighty needed downtime and I finally got to watch Coco with the kids one rainy afternoon. Omg. I know I’m late to the game, but if you haven’t seen it, do it now! So, so good.

We had one leisurely morning at zoo. The kids were so happy to do nothing but hang out in the keiki zoo and on the playground for the most part.

Then we headed over to the Keiki 2 Keiki store and got Bean a bouncer. And I had so many conflicted thoughts on it, because I’m trying to do better now that I know better. And I know that seats and props that put them into positions that they can’t get into or do themselves are super inauthentic to their development, but whatever. She freaking loves it. And for $20 I got a break from her anguish of not being as big as her siblings and she thinks she’s hot sauce and – this is the best part – the music part was all ready broke on it so I don’t even have to lie to my kids about the batteries being dead. The annoying thing doesn’t make any additional annoying music. Woot!

We finally had time hit up the chiropractor, who saved my neck from this awful kink I’ve been battling. And Bean clapped after he adjusted her – her first claps ever!

We went on an adventure to a part of the North Shore we’ve never really explored before. There was a fun playground and the beach was calm and beautiful (but it was a little too chilly for a proper swim).

Then we hit up the North Shore Soap Factory. The kids were excited to be given a small piece of soap each that they could stamp as they pleased.

I had ample time to research car seats after we were side swiped last week and Bean is going to need a new seat. Le sigh.

And we finished our week with a huge brunch at our house with friends. A much needed time of play, food, and good company!

I’m trying so hard not to think about the fact that our time on this island is numbered. The weeks are dwindling. It’s so bittersweet.

I’m not even a little bit ready to leave the friends we have made here. They’ve become a village truly, in a way I’ve never experienced, and didn’t even realize how badly I needed until I had it. I can’t imagine that this isn’t the place and the people my children will grow up with. Ugh. I can’t even write this without getting teary eyed.

On the other hand, I’m ready for space. I’m thankful we got to give small house living a go. And if we didn’t have kids this house would be a perfect size, ha. But I’m ready to spread out in our living quarters. I miss our regular dirt that washes out as opposed to this red dirt.

I miss being able to get in the car and drive…anywhere. Across the country.

I miss the kids’ amazing school. Homeschooling has been fun, but Miss H has missed school so much that I miss it for her, too. Though it’s admittedly been so much fun having her home all day every day.

Oh man. I’m going to end this now. It’s quickly devolving into craziness.

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