"I Do!"

October 29th, 2014

"I DO!"  Two such simple words...but they hold everlasting meaning.  Especially when spoken in front of an audience of your family and friends proclaiming your never ending love for your betrothed.

This weekend, I had the pleasure of officiating the wedding of my niece that flew in from Florida.  She has Hawaii ties in that her mom and dad are both from Hilo.  Though she's an Air Force "brat" and lived in Germany and Texas and eventually ended up in Florida, she still loves the islands and visits every chance she gets!  Not to mention, her husband is an avid surfer!

So when she was planning her "Wedding in Hawaii", the idea of my becoming ordained got tossed around.  I looked into it and decided "why not?!"  The process in itself isn't difficult...you don't take any classes, you basically just sign up, pay the fee and they send your certification!  Tah dah!  Then all you need to do is register with the State of Hawaii so that you are able to legally perform a wedding.  Did you know that various celebs are ordained?  Tony Danza, Sharon Stone, Goldie Hawn...and many more!

As the date got closer, I found myself getting nervous.  I was thinking to myself..."SELF...what are you doing???  This is a very important event in Cheryl and Kelly's life!  What if you screw up the vows or something!"  Aiyah!  WTH!  Yes, those thoughts did run through my head.

IMG_7119[1]  Congratulations you two!!!

Needless to say, the bride and groom were stunning...and the wedding went off without a hitch!  (Play on words there...lol!)



Weekend Happenings

October 24th, 2014

Whatcha doing this weekend???    It's only 61 days until Christmas peeps!  You KNOW that's going to go by in a flash!  Take some time to visit one of these craft fairs...support our local crafters!

OCT 24-26 (Fri-Sun) Season's Best Craft & Gift Fair, Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave.,  Fri: 5–9pm,  Sat: 10am–7pm,  Sun: 10am–5pm. Over 200 booths of crafts, gifts & food.  $3 admission.

OCT 25 (Sat) Moving Day Hawaii, Honolulu  Hale Civic Grounds - Sky Gate, 530 S. King St., Downtown Honolulu, 9am–noon. A National Parkinson Foundation's  annual fundraising walk event. An easy 3k walk and special Movement Pavilion  featuring ongoing activities, therapy for Parkinsons patients, and a craft  tent.

OCT 25 (Sat) Haleiwa Jodo Mission YBA Craft Fair, 66~279A Haleiwa Rd., next to Alii Beach Park,  9am–2pm. Handcrafts,  gifts & food!  Postponed from Oct 18  to Oct 25 (hurricane precaution).

OCT 26 (Sun) Arts and Flavors of Hawaii (Food and Products Show), Hawaii Kai Retirement Community, 428 Kawaihae St., 11am–3pm. Local specialty foods, baked goods, freshly made gourmet  dishes and drinks. Boutique and local apparel, jewelry, beauty, health and  wellness, hand-made gifts, home accents, organization, and personalized items.  Fun for the whole family. Free and admission and free parking.

As always, thank you to Island Craft Bulletin for the updated listing!  http://www.icb-web.net/icb/public/cal-public.html

Feeling Thankful

October 7th, 2014

Today I am in a very pensive mood...there's so much craziness in this world today.  Things have changed so much from when I was growing up in Hilo.  Used to be that you could go shopping and not worry about locking your door at home, much less your car (in fact, you could leave your car keys in your car and not worry).  Nowadays, if you were to leave your car keys in your car...a sure bet would be that your car would be MIA in no time flat!  AND you would be considered the baboose for leaving your keys in the car!  This morning I forgot my glasses in the house and had to make sure I locked my car in the short time that it took for me to run back in the house to retrieve my glasses in case someone of a "not so nice nature" had seen that I left my bag in my car ~ don't laugh, it's happened!    My daughter's school backpack was stolen from her car while eating at a restaurant...she had a camera in it and therefore lost whatever photos were in the camera at the time.  People that prey on others...bachi on you!  Used to be that neighbors looked out for neighbors...neighbors were almost like extended family!  Do YOU know your neighbors?  I live in a townhouse complex...there are people moving in and out all the time, you almost never have a chance to get to know anyone!

People beheading other people...WTH!  Really, how can you do that to another human being and expect to be allowed into heaven?  People killing one another.  Terrorists lurking about.  Cyber attacks.  Bullying.  ISIS.  Can't we all just get along?

What kind of world are we going to leave to our children and grandchildren?  It truly scares me...doesn't it scare YOU!!!!

I'm thankful that I lived in a more carefree time when I was growing up...there wasn't so much violence in the world in which we live.

Live aloha...spread aloha everyone.  Life is too darned short!


October 3rd, 2014

Whatchu doing this weekend?

October 3 - Pauoa Fall Fair / Pauoa Elementary School Cafeteria / 2301 Pauoa Road / 1:30-7pm / Craft fair, games, food & more!

October 3 - 4 Hawaii World Class Wedding Expo / Hawaii Convention Center, Friday:  6-10pm / Saturday:  11am-5pm / Professional wedding services & products along with a special crafters section.  Admission:  $9

October 4 - Windward Ho'olaule'a / Windward Community College Great Lawn / 10am-8pm / Annual scholarship fundraiser.  Free admission.  Keiki rides, imaginarium show, handcrafters, food vendors!  Entertainment by Brothers Cazimero, Kolohe Kai, Hawaiian Soul and more!

October 5 - Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show / Blaisdell Center Hawaii Suites / 10:30am-4:30pm / An all vintage (20 years & older) collectibles and antiques show and sale.  93 tables with vendors from Hawaii and the Mainland.

October 5 - Ben Franklin Mapunapuna Craft Fair / 2810 Paa Street / 9am-2pm

October 5 - Children's & Youth Day at the State Capitol / 10am-3pm / Free activities, games and entertainment for kids of all ages!  Sounds like a lot of fun!


As always, thank you to Island Craft Bulletin for the listings!

Proud Mommy Status

September 29th, 2014

I am extremely proud of all of our children...they have all grown up to be responsible, awesome adults and have blessed us with wonderful grandchildren which Paul and I thoroughly enjoy.

Today, I sing the praises of Megan (our Tacoma transplant) who is our blogger/vlogger who recently received the prestigious status of TOP MOMMY BLOGGER!  In the blogger world...this means that she received a high average ranking and is now able to proudly display the badge of Top Mommy Blogger on her blog!  Yayee!  Her blog can be found at SimplyHonestSimplyReal.com   In her blog, she writes about her daily life as a mommy of a 1-year old with another little one on the way, her family's new adventures in the Pacific Northwest along with all kinds of exciting stuff!  She's expanded to vlogging as well...I especially love THAT because it enables me to see baby Chloe everyday while viewing Megan's vlogs.

TMB-Blogger  How cool is that badge??? 

It takes a lot of discipline to write in a blog everyday and much more so to videotape your daily activities and edit it to publish it for all to see.   If I had the discipline (or energy), I'd have soooo much to vlog/blog about...we certainly have enough in our lives to keep us busy!  :)

Little Miss Chloe-Ann - SimplyHonestSimplyReal.Com  Look at that munchkin ~ she is growing up so fast!