After-Action Review: Christmas

All in all it wasn't bad. Not great. But not bad. It helped having my best friend here - made me feel not quite so much of an outsider. The kids received more toys than they deserve but that's ok. No major dramas and no major fiascos so all is well.

Both of my laptops are currently out of commission (I'm posting this from my BIL's computer) so I will not be around much until MacGyver gets home on R&R in a few weeks and can fix them. And, once he's home, I won't be around much then either ;~) We have nothing exciting planned (well...nothing that I'm willing to post about on the internet!) and are simply looking forward to enjoying his presence for a short while.

Thank you all for your thoughts, kind words, and prayers. I truly believe that they made a huge difference in the amount of joy felt this holiday season.

I wish everyone a safe, happy, and prosperous New Year!


- hfs



Can anyone tell me why my blog and IE/AOL do not get along? I've looked at the individual posts and tried to figure it out but I'm at a loss.



- hfs


Making a list and checking it twice

I already know who is naughty and nice...

BusyBusyBusy!!! The in-laws are here so life has jumped from mundane and normal to "tour-guide speed". I've been dealing with some medical issues this week so the first full day they were here I was ordered to stay home and rest while they took the kids to the Bishop Museum and the swap meet. Works for me. I managed to sneak in a 3 hour nap which did wonders for me. That was followed by 11 hours of sleep that night and another 2 hour nap the next afternoon. At this rate, I should be back up to 100% in no time.

Today was a day to get OUT of the house. It was raining early in the AM but then cleared up nicely (though my father-in-law doubted me). We headed up to the North Shore to check out the big waves. And they were BIG. 20-25 feet. Of course, this put a damper on the plans to snorkel but what are you going to do? We stopped at Kua Aina Burgers for lunch and then grabbed shave ice at Aoki's afterward.

Then it was back home for more naps!

This evening, we took the kids downtown to the mall for the "Gift of Aloha" Christmas show and Candy Cane Train ride. They had a ball.

Tomorrow, Uncle K and Aunt W come in. Before they come in I need to hit the commissary for the Christmas fixins. We also need to hit the Navy Exchange and the Class VI/Package Store for a few things. And then we are going to grab dinner at the Hale Koa and watch fireworks on the beach tomorrow night.

I have yet to wrap a single present. Need to get on that.

My house is a mess and I need to tidy things up a bit. My car could stand to be washed as well. But those things can wait.

Less than a month before MacGyver comes home for R&R. That will be MY Chrismtas gift!!!


- hfs


Must be nice

My husband is over in Iraq, in a war-zone, away from his family and friends during the holidays while LT Ehren Watada gets to sit at home and flap his gums about the war in Iraq. He gets to enjoy his family, his friends, and all of the benefits of being an American IN America this holiday season while my husband, and thousands more like him, stand up to do their sworn duty over in Iraq.




Mele Kalikimaka you traitorous coward. I hope you rot in jail next Christmas and find nothing more than a lump of coal in your stocking this year.


- hfs


All I want for Christmas...

The question was posted over at the Castle...
"Whattaya Want for Christmas?"

So, I answered. I was in a somewhat melancholy mood and trying my best to avoid throwing myself a pity party.

I would like a better answer to my daughter's comment that she misses her daddy besides "me too, baby. Me too." *sigh*

A winning lottery ticket would be nice. I'm not greedy - 5 zeros would be acceptable. A fast forward button on life? That would be kind of nice. Just to get us to July-ish.

I'd like to not be a single parent for a little while. I'd like to sleep the sleep that you sleep when you're not the ONLY adult in the house, responsible for the health, welfare, and spiritual guidance of 2 children who depend on you wholeheartedly. I'd like to have someone to sit with on the couch at the end of the day and just BE with. I'd like to have someone here to help me put up Christmas decorations.

Honestly, though, I do not want for much. My family is safe (relatively speaking) and healthy (well, physically at least!). We have a good church family here and good friends throughout the world that love us and pray for us like we love them and pray for them. We have a roof over our heads, food on the table, and the freedom to do as we please. That pretty much covers it.

Though snow would be nice ;~) Gosh, I miss snow!!!

Mele Kalikimaka!

John saw fit to give my comment its own post. I'm not sure that was warranted. I was simply trying to be honest. I've been asked several times over the past few weeks what I want for Christmas. I have no answer.

Yes, there are things on my Amazon wishlist that I would like. But nothing really jumps out at me. Everything that I truly want for Christmas this year is sitting about 12,000 miles away in a CHU (containerized housing unit...a shipping container with a window and a door) missing me and the kids probably as much as we miss him. And Amazon doesn't have him in stock ;~)

So I could wallow but I am doing my best not to. It does not set a good example for my children nor does it do me any good. It is not productive. So I am trying to focus on the things I *do* have this Christmas...

- people who love me (some more than others but still, there are people who love me)
- people whom I love (again, some more than others!)
- my needs are met as are many of my wants
- a man in my life who has a sense of duty, honor, and integrity
- 2 wonderful chilrdren
- family coming to town for the holidays
- friends around me
- a church family that loves us and supports us in more ways than I could have ever imagined
- the ability to give to others who are in need

The list is long and I could go on. And on. And for that, I am truly greatful.

But I do miss the snow...


- hfs


I nominate myself...

...for the "Bad Mommy of the Month" award. Last weekend was the unit FRG (family readiness group) Christmas party. Oops, my bad.
HOLIDAY party.

/rolling of eyes

Anyway, I got the flyer but hadn't really planned on going. Our weekends are hectic enough and I already had 2 other engagements scheduled for that day. So I tossed the flyer. A few days later, I got to thinking about it and realized that a.) I hadn't seen a lot of these people in weeks if not months and b.) it was early enough in the day that I could squeeze it in before my other committments. Cool beans. I remember the flyer saying that we all needed to bring a dish. Ok, fine. Not a problem.

I called a friend in the unit and found out where the party was taking place (remember, I threw the flyer away) and we headed down. The party was good. Bounce house for the kids, good company, good food. And SANTA!!!

Oh, crap. Santa.

What does Santa DO??? Yep, Santa hands out presents to "good little girls and boys".

GUESS whose mommy forgot to bring presents for Santa to give to my "good little boy and girl"?

Yep. You guessed it. Me. D'oh!!!

Thankfully, my children were very understanding when I explained to them that Santa was still working on their gift and wasn't able to bring it with him because it was just too special to give to them BEFORE Christmas. And, for the most part, they were content with their goody bag of candy canes and gummy bears. I, on the other hand, felt like a loser.

Fast forward to Wednesday. Princess Trouble's school is hosting a "Gingerbread Event" for the Kindergarten classes. A chance for the parents and the kids to come together at school and make gingerbread cookies. Lots of fun!

There are 6 Kinder classes at Princess Trouble's school and the multi-purpose/lunch room can't accommodate that many kids and adults all at once so they split the event up over 2 days. One half of the classes went on Wednesday and one half went Thursday. I faithfully wrote the event on the Family Calendar as being Wednesday, December 13th. I scheduled day care. I talked to Princess Trouble about the fact that I was going to be a few minutes late because of the distance between day care and school. She was ok with that.

I busted my butt (and the speed limit...slightly) to make it back in time. I get there, only to realize that Princess Trouble's day to participate in the Gingerbread event is THURSDAY. D'oh.

And, of course, I had an engagement that I could not cancel, no matter how much I plead and grovelled. Dammit.

I'm 0 for 2 this month. One more and I'm out. Sheesh.


- hfs


Update on us

Hopefully this week will be kinder to us than the past two weeks have been. Little Man is better with just a minor cough left over. I am on the mend too but cannot seem to shake the fatigue. The toe is feeling better too.

Princess Trouble raised $25 on her toy sale. Which, given the fact that it wasn't a big sale in terms of quantity and the fact that it rained off and on all day long, is pretty good. We'll add that amount to the amount I had already budgeted.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here. The lights are up. No tree yet but we'll be getting that sometime this week. The Advent calendar is out and the kids look forward to the treats each evening. Given the fact that this will be our first Christmas without MacGyver, they are holding up well. I am too, which is a blessing. It helps that his R&R date falls shortly after the holidays.

Two weeks until family gets here and we get to start playing tour guides. Should be lots of fun. We plan to hit the North Shore a few times, hike Diamond Head and the Moanalua Falls Trail, experience Haunama Bay, hit the Windward Side of the island for pancakes at Koa Pancake House and then head to Lanikai beach for a bit. I'm hoping to finally take the time to go visit the Pearl Harbor memorial and the USS Missouri. I was able to tour the Mighty 'Mo back before she was decommissioned during Desert Storm and I'm looking forward to seeing her again. Hopefully my brother-in-law and I can get some scuba diving in while he's here as well. And there will also be a trip to the Bishop Museum (they are opening up a new dinosaur exhibit that Little Man will flip over!), Dole Plantation, and Bellows Beach Park as well. Busybusybusy! Keeps us all out of trouble!

Then once everyone leaves, the excitement begins for R&R. I'm trying not to get too excited just yet. Let me get through the holidays and then I'll focus on R&R. One thing at a time. Otherwise I might just explode!

That's about it from this end. Going to bed early lately has really put a crimp on my blogging. For that, I apologize. In the mean time, head over to SpouseBUZZ and see what's going on!


- hfs


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