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!

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?

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

1st week of Homeschooling, done

Today Hawaii celebrates Statehood day and there is no school. This means we all survived the first week of homeschooling. The Clever app that the kids are using is getting easier to understand. The boys all love their teachers and really are enjoying the activities. I think they think it’s a giant game and they are also learning as we go. This is the first year I’ve allowed them near an Ipad or Laptop. I’m not one of those parents. My kids do not even know how to work a cellphone. Allowing them to push the numbers with their finger on the Ipad is blowing their minds. They want to do more of it and I’m happy to see them excited about schoolwork. Our classroom had 2 critiques and Sarah was not happy with either one. That made my day Lol I told her she loaded up the former bedroom with too much stuff. She thinks we will utilize all of it, we will see.

I am missing Denver more and more. I love being here but I want to be in my house. Everyone congregates to the main house and I never get a break. I take walks in the afternoon while Kate and I talk on the phone. That helps us both get outside and enjoy each other’s company a little. I’m finally feeling well enough to start lifting weights again and getting some cardio in 4 times a week. The swimming has helped my back and foot a lot. I haven’t been surfing at all lately because I don’t want to wear myself out and miss my walk/talk time.

Hawaii really is a paradise. I wish we could go out and explore a lot more than we have. The Governor has put us back on lockdown again. That is limiting the places we can go. Life is quiet and boring, I love it. I really did pick the perfect place to ride out a pandemic. My family is happy here. We have stopped arguing and bickering about petty things. We are happy.

Hope you guys are doing well. I watched some of the Democratic Convention this week. It’s cemented more and more why I will be voting for Joe Biden. I hope some of my readers will vote for him too. It’s so important to get Trump out of the White House. I will be watching the Republican Convention to see what information they put out. It may not be as exciting but I’m sure it will be interesting.

Have a great weekend everyone! Love you all!

Hawaiian Tourists

After the family quarantined for 14 days plus 2 extra days we all loved up into the rental van and went out into the world. We had our masks around our necks and our gloves in our pockets. YES I DID MAKE EVERYONE WHERE GLOVES! I got so many comments today about that. I don’t care. This was our first family trip out into the real world in months. I wanted to see what’s going on first before I say hey, no more gloves, we will Purell after every store. It went fine. The kids LOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVED getting out. Finally! They felt free and happy. They had not been out at a grocery store in months. Proabably since early March, I’m not kidding. Heston said can I touch everything. I said no or you will go sit back in the van. He kept his hands to himself. Alex was spinning in the milk aisle Lol And yes I did make a small video of Sky walking in a grocery store Lol My family loved it. She held onto the basket and wobbled a few steps before I put her back in the cart seat. She’s still new to the whole thing but I wanted to show off her skills.

We finally bought the foods we wanted. No more lists and fighting about whatever I forgot to buy. Everyone was happy. Then we drove around and got out at 2 tourists things that were outside. We made it quick before we had freezer items to drag home. It was really fun to take family photos outside. I will put them on my Instagram account tonight. Yes I signed up with Instagram because I did delete my Facebook.

We are back home and everyone has happily put their items away. The kids are playing with their new toys. I did buy a few school supplies. I’m looking into maybe putting my kids into public school here. NOT Catholic school. I’m having an issue with the local Catholic Church and their lazy COVID response. I have several months to do some research and figure out if that is even a possibility. Hawaii did not get hit that hard. It’s really nice knowing that things might be, dare I say, NORMAL here come fall? If that’s the case I will stay here until January. I don’t know yet. I just want my kids to be safe and healthy.

I really did enjoy taking the family out. Tomorrow I’m going to take the kids and Lynn with me for a few hours in the morning. We are going to go explore the city. When I come back I will leave the van and the girls can go anywhere they want the rest of the day. Wednesday we will go out as a big group again, Thursday, same thing as tomorrow, just me, the kids, and 1 adult. And we will not go anywhere Friday/Saturday/Sunday to avoid the huge tourist crowds. Today we were not in any crowds. It was really nice. I feel pretty good about my decision to come back here. I think we will be okay. I’m still going to make everyone where the masks until we really get used to the social distancing. The kids are having a tough time learning that one. I may need to get 2 pool noodles and tape them to their heads Lol If your pool noodle hits someone, you are too close. Just kidding.

How are you guys? I hope you are having a great start of your week. A lot is happening back in the mainland, I am keeping an eye on things. Mask up, Americans! We have to do our part to prevent COVID in our local communities. Love you guys!

Don’t buy her a Cameo video

We love it here in Hawaii. We really do. The kids have so much more open space to run around in and explore. We are working from our new nanny schedule. You work 1 day, have a day off, work another day, have 2 days off, work 2 days, have 3 days off. This is mixed between 5 adults and it’s working out very well. We should have been on this schedule the whole time. This allows you to completely have more than 2 days off in a week. It’s a nice break. I’m still hanging out with my kids daily. But when it’s not my day I get to lean back a little and relax. The kids enjoy not having all day with me.

This week is all about Peace’s 3rd birthday party planning. Good luck with that, thanks COVID. I’m thankful we are all healthy but I’m bummed for her because no one can come. Lindsay said she was going to quarantine and follow the rules but she already broke the rules on Day 4 and now she can’t make it in time for Peace’s birthday. She’s mad but I’m glad she’s going to start over to get here in time for Sky’s 1st birthday. The theme is summer days. She loves sunglasses, the beach, and being outside so I have ordered and brought a whole bunch of Hawaii themed decor. I have more coming. We are going to throw her a very fun birthday lunch. I’ve rented a bouncy house but I’m not even sure they are bringing it now. They restarted their business than Hawaii said NOPE last week to that kind of stuff so I really don’t know what’s going to happen. That’s all I’m working on this week. I’m going to try to throw her the best birthday party I can under COVID restrictions. I’m also thinking ahead for Sky. What works for Peace may be relaxed and better timing for Sky. With everything else, I just need to figure it all out.

It’s fun being back here. I love standing outside in the backyard and watching everyone hang out and play. We set up a baseball diamond. My boys were supposed to start baseball this year but that got cancelled. I’m teaching them all of the basics and I really hope this summer they get the basics down easily. They have a lot of fun batting but not so much fielding.

I’m finally feeling better. I had two issues that are being resolved with medicine. It was nothing serious, it was more annoying. I feel like I’m finally getting my full lungs back. I did not heal up like I thought I would. Getting older sucks. You don’t bounce back, you just bounce then lay there and wonder why you can’t get back up and be normal again. I mean, I am 47. I need to do things with the forethought that I can not just jump around and do everything that I used to do. I have to remind myself before I do things, hey, you may get hurt, be careFUL!

How is your summer going? I love all of my comments I’ve received the past 2 weeks. Yes I will continue to blog more often. Yes I am still with Kate. We have been in a good place for months. We had 1 stupid fight the other day that we squashed within a few hours. She will have an announcement about what is going on with her soon. Probably in the next podcast, it’s the reason we were fighting but it’s leveling off now. Things are pretty great. No complaints. My plan is continue to chill out and relax. I’m plan to still surf the morning waves and find new recipes. That’s about it. All family time this summer. I love it.

I don’t….wait do I smell bread baking?

I’m in another midst of not sleeping well. I am not feeling well (Again), I blame 2020. I’m on antibiotics, a muscle relaxer (relaxor?) and Tylenol. I’m supposed to take it easy for 3 to 5 days and my girlfriend is in FULL ON WIFE MODE. She’s bossing me from afar Lol It’s very cute.

I’m okay, it is nothing serious. I went to the clinic yesterday and had to drag Sarah with me out of quarantine for the Essential medical visit. She stayed in the van. I rented a big passenger van for this trip. I’m all done relying on Mads to bring me around for shopping. He’s happy I can finally get myself around now. Blood draw, urine sample, fever checker. I did not have to get another COVID test. I’m going to live. I just needed to ease the pain a little. It is nice to know my body parts are finally aging as fast as my sunbaked face and forehead. I also don’t like the weird ass symptoms that pop up out of nowhere. I woke up yesterday with this issue and next thing I know I can move my left arm or hand and had to stoop to walk. Laying/sitting on the couch all day was not helping anything at all and I knew it was time to go get real help. Sarah had been nagging me all day to just go in and get it looked at. I’m glad I listened to her and my girlfriend.

Today is all about Chilltown. I’m ready for some real couch tv time. I never get to do it so I’m anxious to see how long I actually last. 20 minutes is my best guess Lol I can not sit for long. I have too many things I want to go do.

Hawaii is perfect. I love it here. I’m glad we left when we did. I’m glad we have a set time line this trip. I’m also glad to know if we HAVE to stay here, it’s still going to be okay. My kids love it here. They really do. No one has even mentioned going home. Yet. That’s a big plus so far.

The plan for this week is baking. I’m going to bake a bunch of stuff and throw it in the freezer. That’s how I stock up on my families favorite treats. I also love baking because I let my kids help me. They are already learning how to sift, sprinkle, and roll out dough. I love it, I really do.

Here’s to another day of chilling. Have a great day guys. I’m going back to bed and I’m going to try to get more sleep.