Hawaii Life is Amazing

Life in Hawaii is pretty darn good. This year is rushing by and I’m trying to get my head ready for the Holidays with no extra family or friends. I had such big plans for 2020 Thanksgiving/Christmas. Oh well.

The Canadian border is still not opening up. They delay it another 30 days each month because Michigan and other bordering states can’t get things together. It’s terrible all over the place and we still have no Federal response.

Thankfully the election is coming up and we can finally get rid of Trump. I’m still doing my phone banking on weekends and the girls are doing the text program. It works out because they can sit down for a few hours over the weekend and contact the people needing help to vote. We are fully immersed in Joe Biden campaign. I love it.

My kids are doing great. Sky had a little bug this week but it turned out to be just an upset stomach for a night and part of the next morning. Of course my heart sank when she woke up covered in throw up. I immediately thought Oh Here We Go! It was nothing serious. I am so blessed everyone is staying healthy. We are on the last big project of this property. So far we put new sand down the 1 mile stretch of beach, cleaned up the entire beach area, added a dock, added a boat lift, bought a boat, added jet skis, had a travel van completely rebuilt so I can take the entire family around in 1 vehicle, cleaned up the main house, fixed everything that had been neglected on the property for years. Our very last project will be digging a brand new well for water. It’s exciting stuff. The boys love the huge machines. It’s necessary to do it this time of year because of how much saturation the ground has received this year. We have been waiting about 6 years to do it. The time has come. It’s noisy over on the east side of the island but it’s going to be worth it in 2 weeks when we are ready to go. I’m excited.

I ordered a whole bunch of stuff for Amazon Prime Days. The boxes have been flowing into the house this week. I love it. Each day is a new day to see what we got. The kids have new shoes, new clothes, some really fun outdoor toys and we installed a net to play games with the kids. We had it lowered so that we could all adjust if it was kids vs kids or Adults vs kids. We have been playing baseball and basketball all year, I thought something different would be fun.

Things are smooth. Quiet. I love it. I am doing well. I’m worried about my friends and family back on the mainland when Cold/Flu season fires up. That sounds very scary. I hope you guys take care also. I pray for all of you. I hope your start of the Fall Season has gone well. I love you guys! I will update more this weekend.

Halloween in Hawaii

This year we will be spending Halloween in Hawaii. We finally got all kids costumes in over the weekend. We tried them on and a few adjustments but it’s going to be awesome. The plan is for me to load up all of the kids into our Mule and drive them from house to house on the compound where each cabin will have an adult dressed up in costume. Then I take them into an empty house to beat the crap out of a candy filled Frankenstein pinata, then drive them back the same route where they get more candy from the adults dressed in their second costumes. Then we go home to the main house for a little Halloween party.

That’s the best we can do. I don’t want to take them to a Trunk or Treat event at our local Church and I am not going to do a traditional trick or treating with my kids. The cool thing is this will be Rain’s very first Halloween and Sarah is very excited. Her daughter has 2 costumes Lol One for the ride along and one for the party. She spoils that kid. I will be dressed as a Pirate. My costume is very cool. I’m excited. I bought costumes for Bubba and the 3 cats. I think it’s going to be fun. The kids are excited and they love each other’s costumes.

How are you guys handling Halloween during Covid? Is anyone going trick or treating to people’s houses? I told my friend that’s staying in my Denver house to flip the porch light off. I do not want anyone coming up to my house for candy. I prefer they stay safe and do something else and I don’t want to contribute to that mess. I hope everyone has fun but just expect a different looking Halloween this year.

I hope you guys have a great week. I have a very busy week and I’m all jacked up over Amazon Prime days. I’m looking for kids clothes and a few Christmas presents that I can hide. Love you guys!

I’m awake but I’m not up yet

I went to bed early last night. That’s an understatement. I fell asleep at 3:30pm Lol I had a busy weekend and overdid the chores. The house and yard are all cleaned up so it was for a good cause. I always forget Monday morning at 2am my time, my girlfriend Kate calls as she drives to work. We talk for a few minutes. It’s mostly me incoherently grunting through the phone call. By the time we are off the phone, I AM UP! And I’m not always happy about it. I try to go back to sleep, most of the time I am successful. But not this morning. Today is one of those days I’m up and I might as well get laundry started.

We are in full swing of plans for Halloween. We are not going trick or treating off of the compound so the adults are trying to make it special and fun. We will be decorating, throwing a Halloween party with prizes for best costume, scariest noise, fastest apple bob. All the fun things we used to do at my 4H Halloween party every year as a kid. I hope my kids have fun. I know the adults have been having a blast planning the whole thing out.

I was going to go as something else but now I’m going as a Pirate. I ordered my costume, it fits, that’s what I’m doing. The kids have options and are still undecided. We even got costumes for the pets.

Let me see what else is going on around here? I’m still working the phone lines for Joe Biden’s campaign on the weekend. I’ve signed 46 people up to register to vote. That makes me proud of what I’m doing. It’s taken me 32 hours to do that Lol It’s something at least. I have given a lot of information out so everyone knows where to vote and how to do the absentee ballots if they want. This election is so important. I’m doing all I can to get the word out about Joe Biden. He is not my ultimate candidate but he’s pretty good. I don’t mind supporting him and I know he’s going to win in a landslide. The other side is so batsh** crazy, it wouldn’t take much for our side to win Lol

Please make sure you are registered to vote. Don’t just assume you are. Check on it. You can do it online. IWILLVOTE.com

Have a great week guys! I might try to go back to bed for a few more hours. I love my girlfriend’s calls but it’s still 3:30am here. I need my sleep!

Addressing My Email Address

For this blog, my email address is:

Samuel@NotBatmanYet.com

You are welcome to email me anything you want. Someone will read them. I get sent the ones that want a response. I would say about half of my email is people sending me info to look at and read. I love that.

Now for my other blog it’s that website url plus Samuel at the front. Emailing me here for something over there, isn’t in order Lol I appreciate it though. Also, with Godaddy Email system, which both of my blogs use, sometimes emails get put into the Spam folder and lazy butt me doesn’t see it until I think to check the spam folder. Sorry about any delays. I try to remember but I’m old af.

Good Talk.

Should we stay or should we go?

We had a family meeting Sunday morning about whether it’s time to go home or not. I voted yes, I’m ready to go. The other adults (Sarah, Brenda, Lynn, and Gabby) all voted to stay. I asked the kids, Heston said, Why would we ever leave? So that’s decided. We are staying in Hawaii for the rest of this year and for all of the upcoming holidays.

Covid is still not under control. The lack of federal response has been a mess. Our local area Denver, is doing well, another outbreak, doing well again, another outbreak again. I’m not comfortable with that part but I do miss my house. I have a buddy’s mom living there for now. She loves it. She’s able to work from home and still maintain the house and guest house. I am now considering getting one of the rooms redone to better suit what I want it to be. It might be the perfect time to get that part of the house renovated. It shouldn’t take more than 2 or 3 days. She can isolate in the guest house while they work. I’m thinking on it.

The boat I bought the family is awesome. We take it slow and kind of putter around our little island just looking at stuff from a different perspective. We’ve been out into the deep water on the calm days and have opened her up a bit Lol That was fun. Okay, well the boys all had fun. I got yelled at twice to slow down and I did right away. I love boats. I love water. I always have.

The kids are still doing online school. We did change school districts though. My kids are now all enrolled through Colorado/Denver school district. It was an easy decision. I’m not going into why but Hawaii school system is a completely different animal. I didn’t appreciate certain aspects of it and I pulled my kids. All of this virtual learning stuff is getting much easier. Peace gets her 1 hour a day to learn after everyone is done in school. She loves it. She’s going to love school when she’s able to attend next year. I’m excited for her. My daughter is very smart. She’s going to be smarter than me some day I already know that. I’m glad she loves to learn new things.

Everyone is doing well. We added a stray kitten to our family. We named her Kaia and we call her Kai or Kaia. Depends on the moment. She is a beautiful black fur ball with beautiful green eyes. She’s been to the vet and gotten a checkup. We think she is now 8 weeks old. She plays with Amanda and Bubba a lot. Penny, not so much. Penny has kissed her head a few times but that’s about it. Penny is the HBIC of our cats and she isn’t into teaching this kitten anything.

I’m finally feeling better. I had a head cold or allergies or a mild flu with no fever. Who knows. I went to the doctor and he wasn’t much help. My symptoms were not pin pointing one specific thing. I got medication for allergies and that helped out a lot. My voice is finally out of the James Earl Jones depths and I’m not coughing up a lung. Whatever that was I hope it stays away forever. That was a rough several days for me.

I did manage to get caught up on all of our podcasts this past weekend. I will be posting all 8 of those later today. Be sure to wander over to our page and click on all the links marked NEW. We just added that this weekend. I didn’t even know we could do that Lol I love our new platform. It’s much easier for me to navigate.

How are you guys doing? I caught up on all of your wonderful messages. Thank you so much for the support. I love you guys too and I hope you have a great end of September. Wow this year is flying by, huh?

This better be allergies

So I’m banished to the pool house because I had a fever yesterday. I’ve been struggling with a head cold? sinus infection? allergies? for 2 days. I’m short of breath and even taking the trash out to the bin is winding me. Sarah took a look at me and did her assessment. I had a small fever. I think it broke this morning. At least I hope so.

Homeschooling the twins is up and down. Some days they are into it, some it’s making them sit down and pay attention. It’s not easy for them or their teacher. She is trying her best to keep all the students engaged. I’m trying my best to keep them sitting there. Heston is the attitude and squirmy one. Alex loves online learning Lol I’m not at all surprised. 1st grade is going well. They just want to go back into school. Not until COVID is under control.

My other kids are all doing great. I love spending time with my girls. They are both at an interesting age. They like to play together, then they pull each other’s hair and scream Lol 1 and 3. Oh boy. The little kitten we found in a tire is doing well. She eats A LOT OF PATE/Oatmeal mix. Okay I just accidentally hit the caps lock key and I’m too lazy to roll back up there and fix that. I did not mean to emphasize that.

Things with Kate and I are going great. We are in that quiet, let’s be sweet and kind to each other all the time phase. I love it. I really do love her a lot. She loves me. I know that. Things are looking up for both of us. We just want that dang border to open up already. It’s been months since we’ve seen each other and I’m getting ansty Lol It’s been a long time. Our daily phone calls twice or thrice? help out.

That reminds me of that Golden Girl episode when Rose wrote a theme song for Miami. Miami is nice, Miami is nice, so I’ll say it thrice. Then Dorothy stopped the song and said I’ll say it thrice???? It was really funny.

I’m doing well. Other than this being a little bit sick and coughing all over. I’m going to the clinic today. I need to call this morning to make an appointment. I just need some antibiotics or something. I am not at all thinking this is COVID. I have not been around anyone outside of our compound at all. This is just my usual early fall allergies I’m sure.

How are you guys doing? I will be writing back to all of the the emails and comments soon. I finished up all of the DM’s late last night. Sorry that’s taking so long getting back to you guys but homeschooling and these kids keep me very busy now. I love you all, take care!

Hawaiian Style

I am finally sleeping longer into the night. I have been crashing right after I put my kids to bed because I’m up early talking to my girlfriend to start out her work day. The past 2 weeks have been hard but I am able to call her, talk a few then go back to sleep. I think I’m finally over this insomnia phase. That’s been a 6 month struggle. I only need about 6 hours of sleep a night but being on a different time zone than all of my business calls or meetings has been hard to adjust to.

The kids are all doing well. We are all adjusting to our 2 new additions to the family. Life is peaceful, boring, and easy. I love it. When the kids are in school I glide along the weeks because it’s pretty much the same routine. Homeschooling is a challenge but we are working hard with the boys teachers to get the school year started in a positive direction. We have been at it over a month now and I can say it is getting better. The first few weeks were rough for a lot of their classmates. I have opted out of this school year, they offered online school for those that want it. We are back in lockdown for another 2 weeks which means I can only go out for emergencies or food. They are looking to pull back some restrictions but it’s been a roller coaster. I have to buy food for 3 weeks at a time just in case we go back on lockdown. We had it so the girls and I could go out Monday through Thursday anywhere we needed or wanted to go. The understanding was mask up, glove up, or don’t go. I keep telling everyone we all have made it through this COVID mess without getting it. I have to keep doing the exact same precautions to ensure we are all healthy. We could sign up for the drive thru COVID testing but no one has any symptoms. I don’t want to waste any tests when I know we are on the compound and not coming off of it for a while. If someone had been sick, of course I would take everyone for the test. I thank God every day that we have made it this far.

I also pray everyday for healing and purpose. There have been almost 10,000 cases of COVID so far with 87 deaths. I’m so thankful I made the right choice for my family removing us from Denver. Alex’s health is number 1 to me and I was scared he would get it and die. In Denver county they have 11,579 cases with 434 deaths. I don’t know why the death rate here is so low but I’m thankful for all of the medical professionals that are keeping us all safe. They are all heroes. It’s a tough time in the world. Pray and try to show grace to all. That’s all we can do.

How are you guys doing? We are going to be talking about the Michael Cohen book on my #VeganSam podcast. We knocked out about 5 episodes of that one and my #SoulToLife podcast over the weekend. I’m still working on editing but I promise all of my podcast fans they will all be up soon. I’m loving our new spot! It makes editing, adding filters and text to our videos much better. Yes I just got a haircut and yes it is much shorter than I wanted. You will see that in the videos. I’m happy it will grow out fast but I needed a new style and this one is called Hawaiian style. Feel free to add your comments in our comment section over there when you watch the shows. And yes my dog was barking a lot in one of them. Sorry? He was playing with the boys.

That’s about it. No huge updates. Quiet, calm. The best part of the year. Is it almost fall? I wouldn’t know. It’s 84 degrees here every day Lol