A very Hawaiian Thanksgiving (Vegan/Regular)

We will be doing our Thanksgiving 2020 here in Waimanalo, Hawaii. It was a few weeks of discussion on what we all wanted to do. I think this will be a lot of fun. Tomorrow I will begin the prep work. We have divided things up this year since I have 4 female adults who will not want to eat a full vegan meal. I am going to slow cook their turkey for them because they like how I make it, they will be doing all of their own side dishes, appetizers, and desserts. I’m making a full vegan meal for myself and my kids. I have 1 kid who is opting out of a full vegan meal, so the trade off was I had to make a turkey Lol

I am very thankful my family has not contracted Covid thus far. We have done everything we can do to keep safe. I went to the grocery stores a few days ago and saw people are starting to panic buy again. I went online and ordered some things to make sure I have enough of the things we need.

We are a group of 10. It takes a lot of supplies and food to get this group through a month. It’s been collaborative and that’s the only thing that we have survived on. Working together for a common good is also teaching my kids how to step up in a time of crisis.

We are going to eat around 2pm because I have a lot of other things I want to do on Thanksgiving evening. A few surprises for the kids but mostly relaxing. I’m going to be so worn out, by Sunday I will be melted into bed and no one will wake me up. I have my food lists, I have my grandma and mom’s recipes. I think I’m ready. I’m going with a roasted Tofurkey but I’m also doing Mushroom wellingtons. The kids love those. They are a pain in the a** to make but it’s a special occasion so I don’t mind. It’s going to be 2 days of cooking. I hope my lower back can hold up. If I stand for 4 or 5 hours at a time and forget to rest in between it tends to lock up on me.

We took our Thanksgiving family photos yesterday. We have some very awesome ones. We did the whole group with my tripod and then we did different patterns of people. My face hurts from smiling.

Things are going very well. Calm. The kids are out of school for this week and we are just playing and hanging out. I told them to enjoy the pool as much as possible. And then 4 days of sporadic rain came in Lol We are having so much fun here. I love Hawaii. It’s really become our salvation.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope you all stay safe with your family and loved ones. You are grown adults, you can decide how to handle this year. Remember God’s blessings as you sit together and eat and don’t forget to pray for everyone struggling this year. I would love to go to a shelter and volunteer to feed the homeless, but not this year. I can’t risk my health or my kids’ health. Our Family Foundation is hosting free food giveaway events through tonight. So far it’s been very successful. It’s not at all like our past years, but we did the best we could. I pray for every family that came to pick up their Thanksgiving boxes. I pray they still have enough to eat after Thursday.

Thank you all for coming to my blog or social media accounts. I love you all. My kids are so blessed to have a healthy, happy, home this year. I always think of my departed family and friends. I wish they were here. God bless you all! Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Rowboat Book Club #95

The Queen of Nothing

(The Folk of the Air #3)

by Holly Black

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to. Jude learned that lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now, as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time, determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines, she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And when a terrible curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity….

We have a new President

I am happy to report that Joe Biden won the Presidential election. I am very happy to have worked on his campaign in a very small part. The past 3 months every weekend I was phone banking for him, giving information on how people could register, check their ballot, request an absentee ballot or whatever info they needed. It was a lot of talking on the phone, which is not my favorite thing. I’m happy. I cried when it hit the news. We celebrated all weekend. It’s history making because now we have our first woman in the White House, our Vice President, Kamala Harris. I am so proud. This is exactly what our country needed.

I’m sorry that Trump lost because I know some of my readers are Trump people. It was close. You guys put up a hell of a campaign. But treating people like sh** will never get you ahead in life. That’s who Trump is. Now he gets to live in obscurity forever. 1 term, GET OUT! And I mean it, we all want him OUT NOW. He’s a mess.

Halloween mess is finally all cleaned up. On to our Thanksgiving plans. We are talking about going home before Christmas. I want the girls to spend it with their families. I want to actually be in my house for a holiday. That would be nice. It is solely dependent on how COVID is doing in Denver. We have not gotten sick here with it. We are safe. Why would I pull my kids from a safe haven to go back home to who knows what? I want to go, but I also want to stay alive.

Things are great. My girlfriend and I are finally on the same page on pretty much everything. It’s nice. We have had big discussions. We have waited for the damn Canadian/US border to open back up. We even tried to come up with what lie would get me across the border Lol Nothing will pass. And we don’t want to lie to get me over there, or have to do all the Hail Marys/Our Fathers for punishment. We just miss each other. It’s been too long. We are doing out best though.

Kids are good, adults are good. I really wish I had fun things to report in but we have hit that routine part of the year. School, playtime, eat. Sleep, school, playtime, eat. That’s about it. I LOVE IT! I love things being simple with no drama. Sarah’s baby is getting so big. She has the cutest smile and melts my heart every time she laughs. Sky is getting so big. Peace is finally wanting to pal around with her more. She thinks her sister is her baby. It’s funny. Pets are good. Kaia is getting HUGE. She weighs half a pound less than Amanda now. She’s going to be a panther Lol It’s crazy.

Hope you guys are well. We are all doing fine. Love you guys, thanks for coming to read my blog. This has been my busiest year for visitors on my blog. I’m not sure where I’m linked at but whoever linked my blog to their website(s), thank you! I’m pushing 4.1 million visitors. It’s INSANE!

Do NOT ORDER Christmas stuff yet!

Guys, we all survived Halloween 2020. I don’t know how. Already the girls want to start order Christmas decorations. Nope! I put my foot down. We will get through Veterans Day, we will do Thanksgiving. First! I am not going to be looking at tinsel and smell pine cone candles this early. I told them the day after T-Day, go for it. I want to focus on one holiday at a time. It’s bad enough we aren’t even home in Denver, still. Let us all take our time to enjoy each day. This Covid is not slowing down, not going away like everyone has said.

Speaking of going away Lol Trump will be voted out of office tomorrow. I am proud to say I have done my part. A very, very, small part but I finished my last weekend of phone banking for Joe Biden campaign. It was hard to find the hours to do it but I’m thankful my supportive nannies and neighbor helped watch the kids on the weekends. It was important to me. I wanted to do more. I would have been out stumping for him and her, but I can’t do that with Covid. We have all managed to stay healthy so far. None of us have gotten it. It scares me so much I limit how much and when the girls go out of the house. Monday to Thursday, do your thing. Friday to Sunday, no one leaves. That has worked. They have to wear masks. If someone doesn’t then the others crab at them until they put it on. It works. MASKS WORK! Let me say that again. MASKS WORK.

We all had a great Halloween. I will add all of our photos and videos to my Instagram. Now listen guys, I do see all of your friend requests. I am going to get to those I swear. I’m still trying to figure Instagram out. I will watch the tutorial videos today and then go from there. This week, everyone will be added that I know, and you guys can get a glimpse into my Hawaiian life. It’s actually pretty cool.

I hope you all had lots of candy and fun. I hope you all stayed safe. Let’s get ready to honor our beloved Veterans. They mean so much to our country, proud to have served amongst this esteemed group.