Dreams To Do

January 2011 archive

Back to life. Back to reality.

For the past week my hubby, our little one, and I have been living in a fantasy world. A world where a time change allows you to easily wake up before sunrise each morning for a quiet walk on the beach. A world where you never have to wear pants or a coat. A world where there are no dishes or laundry and you don’t have to make your own bed. A world where you have NOTHING to do, but lounge around on the beach drinking pina coladas and watching your baby play in the sand. A world full of plenty of these:


Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, Hawaii.

We had the BEST trip EVER. I can’t even put our experience into words. All I know is that if you aren’t setting aside some savings for an annual tropical family vacation, you should start doing so now. I think this was the first trip I have ever taking that really felt like a true vacation. We’ve been to Oahu a couple of times already, so we had already seen the sights. This time we only left our resort on one day – for a trip over to the beach we got married on and a drive around the island. But even that was so leisurely and peaceful. No places to be at any specific time. No people to meet up with. It was pure bliss. The rest of our days were spent lounging and playing in the sand and napping in our room. Leila loved every minute of it and I don’t think I’ve ever seen her happier. She was an ANGEL the whole time (with one minor outburst on the flight back home, but even I was grouchy to be leaving). As for the leash, we only busted it out once in the Seattle airport (and really that was purely for a photo moment).

For now that is all I will say about our amazing vacay. The rest of the story will come in photos within the next week. We got some great family shots on “our” beach and I can’t wait to share.

On a side note: I think Zefarch is gone! I spent a good chunk of my afternoon researching how to get rid of him and deleting files and downloading virus sofware and I haven’t seen him since! I guess my mac book will have to wait…

Hawaiian Vacations & Viruses

I have a virus. No, not in my body…in my computer. His name is Trojan Zefarch and he is not very nice (yes, the virus is a boy – duh). He causes all sorts of annoying pop-ups and instantly takes me to a porno website, even if I am not in an internet browser. He sucks. So, I’m pretty bummed right now because all I wanted to do was get online, and type up this little post about how excited I am to go to Hawaii tomorrow. But Zefarch put me in a sour mood. I just spent the last couple of hours trying to get rid of him with no luck. So, now I am on my old laptop which took about an hour to boot up and actually connect to the internet. Lame.

Anyhoo, the real reason for this post is HAWAII!!! We are leaving on a jet plane tomorrow! I am absolutely terrified to be stuck on a plane for 6 hours with my feisty toddler, but I can’t wait to play on the beach with her. Can you say sand in the crack? 🙂 We’ll be dealing with a ton of that, I’m sure. And, we will be returning to this very special place…

Waimanalo Beach…06/07/08


Ahhhhhhhhhh…it will be magical! And, we are planning on using our new tripod and fancy camera to take a family photo where we got married! Oh trust me, I will be posting a ton of amazing pics when I get back. So, for the next week you probably won’t hear from me. I will be lounging on the beach drinking some lava flows. Oh yeah!

When I return I plan on hitting the dream list hard. Probably starting out with Leila’s sleep training (boo!) and then maybe making a quilt or heading to the bead store to explore jewelry making options. And, I’ll probably be purchasing a new computer, too (a brand new, beautiful, mac book pro…preferably). Take that Zefarch!

Wise Words Wednesday: MLK Jr.

“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


Since MLK Jr. Day was on Monday I thought I’d dig up a quote from one of the most famous speeches of all time. Reflecting back on what MLK Jr. did for our country makes my little blog and my “dreams” seem insignificant. They really are when you put it in perspective. But, obviously I have hopes and dreams that extend much further than what I list on this blog. We all do…

World peace. A long and happy life for each of our loved ones. A planet free from starvation and disease and terrorism.

The craziest thing is that we really all do have the potential to make a difference. Not just for ourselves, but for our town, or our state, or our country, or even our world. I mean, if one little black boy born at a time when all odds are against him can grow up to become a world figure, changing the face of our nation forever, than surely we all have that potential. Wow, it just amazes me to think about. Even I can do something. Now what? 🙂 Think about it!

On another much less serious note, check out this goof ball!


Happy Hump Day!

I bought my kid a leash.

And this is something that was definitely not on my Dreams To Do list. I really believed that I would never be a parent who walked my child like a dog. But since becoming a parent I have done quite a few things which I thought I would never do (yes, my child sleeps with me at night). I used to see parents at the mall or at the airport with their child on a leash and I would judge them…think they were too lazy to keep a close eye on their kid, think they were treating them like an animal, not a human being. (Now of course I do not pre-judge, see this post.)

Now I believe that I would rather have my child on a leash than have some psycho snatch her up when my eyes are distracted for a minute at the busy airport on our way to Hawaii. I would rather be able to set her down while I order a coffee and not have to worry about her taking off. Part of me is still a little bit embarrassed to use it, but I wanted to have it with us just in case. Either way, Leila likes it! 🙂

Leila got new shoes for Hawaii, too!

Cute little monkey harness! (just trying to make myself feel better about it)


I did it! I completed my painting for our bathroom! Wow. Maybe this doesn’t seem like a big deal, but I am a person who doesn’t follow through on projects like this. Well, at least not until now. I used to always say I was going to do something, but if it wasn’t a “have to” kinda thing, I just would never get around to it. But, I am learning to make time. I’m learning that if I can just get off the couch, away from the sleezy reality TV for a half an hour each night I can accomplish a ton. Like my masterpiece for instance. Literally, I probably spent 30-40 minutes total on it. And just $14 at the craft store. Amazing. Check it out:

Some acrylic paint…

I painted some branches and let it dry over night…

Then I added the flowers to create some very unique cherry blossoms!

The finished product hanging in our bathroom (and Leila gazing adoringly up at it)!

Now what? A quilt maybe? 🙂

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