Random Scenes of My Life in February

February 17, 2011

By the time you read this, I am going to be on the lovely island of Kauai.  Before you hate me too much, the weather forecast at this point in time is for rain the entire 9 days we are there.  We went to Kauai two years ago and literally was sunny for 6 hours out of 7 days.  Still, the beauty there is unsurpassed and they make a mean fruity rum drink and our kids are now old enough to go to the Kid’s Club the resort offers.  This is the first time traveling with them where we are bringing no diapers, wipes, or strollers.  It is also the first time I have not been filled with dread over a flight with boys.  We boarded armed with two Leapsters, an iPad, two DVD players and enough snacks to feel the plane.

I have a food post planned but in the mean time, here is a glimpse into my life this February.

First off, I am so excited about this little gem.  We will be staying at a condo in Princeville which has a decent kitchen.  I love being able to make something for dinner occasionally when on vacation.  Don’t get me wrong, I love going out to eat, but I start to miss healthy cooking after a few days.  The problem is, you are usually left with either underspiced food or having to shell out close to $20 for a couple of jars of spice.  Here, the problem is solved.

Cool, huh?

I got undressed the other night and found these in my pants pockets.  They had been there the whole day.

My kitchen island is almost always littered with various vehicles, no matter how many times I ask the boys to keep them downstairs.

Among the more expected contents of my purse (wallet, keys, etc.), I found two pairs of socks and a pair of kids chopsticks.  There were also a few fire trucks and a small digger, but those had been fished out to entertain the boys earlier in the day.  I am proud to say there was no old string cheese hiding in there.  Not that that has ever happened to me.

We can bring in a treat for kids’ birthdays at Spencer’s preschool, but they must be store-bought.  The thinking is that if someone gets sick, they can trace the source.  I told Spencer he could pick out which ones he wanted and he picked these beauties.  Don’t think it did not physically pain me to bring in neon blue crap-filled cupcakes.  My reputation!

This is my neighbor.  He is doing a little construction project.  Yes, he and his wife live there.  The house has looked like this, or worse, for the 4+ years we have owned our house.  The blue tarps look so nice offset against the (rare these days) blue sky, don’t you think?  And the whipping sound they make when the wind blows is so soothing.


  1. I think there should be a blog purely on the things that mothers find in their purses. For years I had bags of smashed goldfish in my purse and I now routinely celebrate going into my purse and not finding crushed goldfish.

    Have a great time in Hawaii!

    Comment by Stephanie — February 17, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

  2. Oh that trip sounds wonderful! I hope you have an amazing time.
    Where did you get the spice kit from? I love it!

    Comment by Lis — February 17, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

  3. I love this post! So much fun. That spice box is a fabulous idea.

    Now I’m curious… I know I have an old friend who has been fixing up her house in Seattle for several years. I wonder if she’s your neighbor!

    Comment by Laura — February 17, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

  4. Have a wonderful trip. Hanalei is magical, rain or shine!

    Comment by Emily — February 17, 2011 @ 11:07 pm

  5. Your neighbor seems to truly embody “rustic living.” How funny! I enjoyed this… have an amazing time in the tropics!

    Comment by Sarah — February 17, 2011 @ 11:15 pm

  6. JEALOUS! Have fun in Kauai. Get a tan for me, will you? :P

    I am totally cooking on my next vacation. that is such a cute (and perfect) collection of spices! In fact, that is probably the exact amount of spices I SHOULD own if I were a frugal person. But lord knows, when it comes to spices, I’m not.

    Comment by Joanne — February 18, 2011 @ 1:33 am

  7. I loved this post and so relate to trucks,etc all over the kitchen counter (and dining table and car seats and dryer, etc). Have a fabulous time in Hawaii – at least the rain will be warm!

    Comment by Charlotte — February 18, 2011 @ 1:55 am

  8. I just saw Randy’s Facebook post. It looks like you got some sun. Hopefully the predicted rain amounts to a 15 minute downpour followed by sun and glorious rainbows. Have fun!

    Comment by Kelly — February 18, 2011 @ 7:36 am

  9. Laughed out loud when I saw the last image, THE eyesore. So sorry. There is always one in every neighborhood. I can relate since ours is next door just like yours. :)

    Have a great time in Kauai! What is the deal? It seems everyone is either in Hawaii or flying out to Hawaii this month!

    Comment by Midori — February 18, 2011 @ 9:00 am

  10. I love this kind of posts every once in a while. It’s like getting to know you better. Which is a little creepy given the fact that you don’t know me. Anyway, what are these yellow tentacles?

    Oh, and I loved the typo (hope you don’t mind me pointing out) that you “have enough snacks to feel the plane.”

    Comment by Annika — February 18, 2011 @ 9:44 am

  11. Great post! I too would like to know where the spice kit is from – when we vacation we typically stay in condos and would love to be able to cook without buying tons of spices only to be wasted!

    Comment by Julie — February 18, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

  12. for 4 years? geez. and the tarp has stayed in tact for that long? the tarp noise and looking at it for 4 years would drive me crrrrazy

    Comment by vanillasugarblog — February 27, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

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