A good combination when dealing with a nasty sunburn. Works pretty well. However I would suggest using the sunscreen to PREVENT the sunburn in the first place. Lesson learned.
Spent some time at Pupukea Beach which is on the North Shore yesterday. This beach has wonderful tide pools and snorkeling opportunities. I like taking the kids there because they are able to play in the shallow water without me having to hover over them. I bought them lifejackets the other day and now Princess Trouble can swim around and snorkel on her own. Little Man is happy just throwing rocks and sand around.
Yesterday I was able to spend some time on my own with my two friends before MacGyver and the kids joined us. It was nice to have some adult time. I'm trying to soak up as much of that as possible before MacGyver deploys as I know my adult time will be significantly diminished once he leaves. Which is ok. We did ok during the NTC deployment. We get into a routine and just plug along. It will be a long year but we'll get through just like everyone else.
We found a church and we're getting settled in there nicely. I am SO greatful to have found it. And I'm greatful to my friend from playgroup for pointing me to it. When were were in Alabama, we were blessed to have found our church there, thanks to MacGyver's brother. It was very hard to leave that. We weren't at Fort Campbell long enough to have found anything there and it took us almost a year to find this one. But it feels RIGHT. The kids like it which is the most important aspect. Princess Trouble will start with their kids' program in the fall which will be good for her. And I might have found a good volunteer opportunity with the same program working with the high school group.
ArmyWifeToddlerMom posted a few days ago about how much she misses it. Occasionally I find myself there too. The desire to go back to the classroom is strong on some days but it has yet to overpower the desire to be with my children as much as possible. Occasionally I will fantasize about going back to teaching and actually drawaing a paycheck and that fantasy lasts until I get to the point in it where I have to put Little Man in day care and that's where my stomach ties up in knots. So I'm not ready yet.
We're hoping to get back to Alaska after we're done here and if we do, Little Man will be school age at that point. I"ve thought about going back to teaching then but either in a part time position or as a substitute. We'll see.
One of the things I will miss about this island is the North Shore. There is a feel on the North Shore that is not present anywhere else on the island. It's not trendy. It's not Waikiki. It's laid-back and easy. There are places on the North Shore, like Mokuleia, that are usually either deserted or sparsely populated with visitors. I love that.
MacGyver is on leave for the next week or so so posting will be light. I have a few things to spotlight over the weekend so look for those but other than that, I plan to spend some time enjoying the family unit.