I am across the street if you need me

My MIL arrived a week ago….and she leaves tonight

I love my MIL. Her legal name is Judy….but the name she goes by is Traci…..

she grew up in Ohio {hence being named Judy} ….

then moved to Florida in her early 20’s {hence changing her name to Traci}.

Her oldest son {Bryan’s only brother} lives in NYC…..and and her youngest son {Bryan} lives as

far West as you can go in the U.S…..the island of Kauai.

These are a few thoughts about this last week.

{what i heard..} * The kids hair is so blond and growing like crazy.

{what she really said..} * I don’t mind taking them to get a haircut while i’m here.


{what i heard…} I’m going to go upstairs and rest a bit.

{what she meant…} *My daughter in law just erupted like Chernobyl ….so i’m going to hide in my room for a week.


Luckily for me she only hid for one night….and reappeared the next morning….

she was nice enough to try my freshly squeezed green juice only once…….

she really loved hanging out at the hotel where Bryan works……

she is hooked on Hershey kisses with macadamia nuts in the middle….

she got to see whales breach off the coast and they sounded a whole lot like her daughter in law

trying to bend down and wipe up the floor after a circuit training class.

{sorry….is that too much info}

Anyhoo……I believe she had a wonderful time with us….and i know for a fact….

that we thoroughly had a wonderful time with her here.

{even though a child might or might not have hidden her reading glasses}

Here are some photos taken in the last week…..

it’s not too often that you walk by a sign hanging on the front of a shop that states the way you feel….

This sign pretty much states everything.

the end

over and out

i’m having one made for my front door and back door…because you just never know who will knock 

at the back door….and i might even get one for the bathroom door.

We drove to the other side of the island last Thursday and drove up to Waimea Canyon….and as you can see….

a certain third child tagged along with us that day.

Does he look sick to you…..because he certainly does NOT look sick to me.

Third child …..no other words needed.

Mason had his 11th birthday party on Sunday….it was a fishing party on the Hanalei Pier. 

I was warned from one of my friends that RSVP’ing here in the middle of the Pacific isn’t a priority….

but i thought i was lucky when i got one parent calling me to RSVP.

Then three other boys showed up…..and that was the way we rolled this year.

1. Mason caught the biggest fish.

2. The boys at the party.

3. Mason fishing.

We found some swings hanging from a tree while out driving around.

{don’t hate me if i come back here in 2 weeks and shoot Fin’s turning 7 birthday photos….}

I promise i’ll change his clothes and style his hair.

It’s not Friday night if you don’t have a group of ladies that come up and want to pray for you.

{hey…..they offered a bbq of hot dogs and burgers on the beach …}

1.No…that is not a glob of KY Jelly on the beach….it’s a jelly fish on little bits of Sea Glass at Glass Beach.

2. Wailua Fall.

3. Kilauea Lighthouse.

We drove to the end of the road {northshore} on Saturday…….

1.Kalalau trail…..no…we did not hike it….but they sure looked good under the sign.

2. Fin’s footprints in the sand.

3. The Napali coast {which the Kalalau trail follows for 11 miles in}

Mason heading along the beach at sunset.

Mason and friends version of snowboarding. 

Lola and one of her besties Anya.

{Anya and her family came for vacation and ended up staying……yup….it happens}

This all happened in one evening:

2. It was a Monday evening….Bryan was working…..so i packed up dinner and we hit the beach.

3. I saw a girl walking on the pier in an ANTHRO dress….so i jumped up…and stalked her followed her.

{anyone that shows up on the pier in an Anthro dress…..well…..they deserve to be followed…..}

cough cough

1. As i was following girl in Anthro dress….a cute girl who was visiting from California

came up to me and introduced herself as a blog reader. 

{…i was still in my workout clothes …..had no make-up on and i might have been carrying a hidden margarita 

in my hand….so i’m pretty sure she flew home to her family and complained that i smelled like i looked…}

hey….she was in workout clothes as well…..so there….but what are the chances that fate brings a blog reader

and a blog writer together on a Monday night at the Hanalei pier.

{Thank you Anthro dress wearing Canadian independent film editor girl on her way around the world….}

1. Our very first Valentines night out in 11 years.

11 years ago {plus two days}……which was 2 days before Mason was born….

i put on my black PLEATHER maternity pants and we dined at Kincaids.{Bay Area…}

{I was cool back then……pregnant 26 year old sporting the pleather}

Seriously….didn’t we all wear black pleather pants back then?

I might have had to cut the pants off at the end of that night because if you did not know….

{but now you do…..}

sweat and black pleather {plastic leather} don’t mix very well.

2. Playing tourists at Waimea Canyon lookout with the oops baby next to us.

1. I took my very first ever yoga class in the history of the life of kasey.

2. Green Juice. What i drink every single morning in lieu of breakfast.

{and down 15 pounds since November}

well…..the exercise helps too…..all 6 days a week of it.

what a beautiful winter evening looks like…

and the only organizational sport that the kids are playing at the moment…

and it included water.

well…..that and writing 200 times that they will not ride a bike without a helmet.

Real life.

If you need me…..i’ll be across the street.


  1. what an awesome life my friend!!

  2. Kasey,
    Thrilled you posted. You and your family look heathier than ever and very, very happy too.
    I am glad you opened yourself to new avenues in your life, what opportunities you make me think of in my life too!
    Your mother in law is pretty and I know she must admire you in so many ways regardless of what you think!
    Thank you for sharing the great pics and inspiring me….with love from a stranger…jody

  3. you are kind of awesome. i only read a few blogs now, i used to read a lot of them but over the years i have narrowed them down. i was wondering why i keep reading the ones i read. today i realized why i keep coming back here. you keep it real, you are funny and your pictures are pretty, but mostly i love that you are honest, not condescending and not moralizing, and you don’t take you self too seriously. like i said, kind of awesome.

  4. I love your post and all the beautiful pictures! You captured everything just perfect! Awesome!

  5. Great post Kasey and I agree with Jody, you all look so happy and healthy. Congrats to you on keeping up with your workouts~ you look fabulous!! I’ve been juicing for the past few months as well (beet, carrots an apple and kale) and am loving it, but am also eating breakfast~ might consider cancelling that out as you have. Would love to know what you’re juicing every day.

  6. 6 days a week? Green juice “every” morning? I bow to you… Seriously.
    Hawaii looks fabulous on you~

  7. It’s me, Rebecca, the California blog reader who happened to find herself on vacation in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Strolling along what would become our favorite beach in all of Kauai, looking for turtles and watching the surfers off the pier. I saw you walk by and wanted to introduce myself. You were so nice, and easy to talk to, and I was so glad I’d shaved my pits that morning! Because we all know that my “shout out” on your blog could have taken a different turn! Your family is living my husbands dream and I so enjoy reading along. Thank you for being one of my favorite memories of our trip.

  8. Love the post. Seriously happy for you and the weight loss…you guys all look sooo great! Thanks(again) for bringing a smile to my face. I think you should get a tourist stipend for living there…who doesn’t want to visit this beautiful place?

  9. Great post! And your photos make me want to move to Hawaii 😉

  10. Sooo fun…the pics are AMAZING! They make me want to pack my life up & move there…I’m a summer girl…I don’t like cold or snow…I can handle rain, humidity & sun year round!

  11. that sign is going on my pinterest account ASAP

  12. interested in that green juice!!

  13. I would love the free prayer sign
    right above my liquor sign

    sums me up perfectly

  14. Hey Kasey,
    You look great! Way to keep at the exercise and yucky green smoothies. Not sure I could do that….

    I checked your site tonight to see if you have the link to the cool apparel website that sells hundreds of really different dresses and other stuff for cheap cheap cheap. I can’t think of the name. If it rings a bell, will you let me know? I’d appreciate it.
    Thanks, L

  15. What a great post! Love the photos of all the memories yall are making. It makes me want a life in a little grass shack on an island. (well a little condo anyhow)..
    15 lbs is awsome. I dont know how you can get away with drinking and still loosing. I work out all week only to gain it back on the weekend. 🙂 Maybe Ill mix vodka in green juice…

  16. Need the recipe for the green juice. Tempted to sign up for the online gabby class. You look so good! Loved that sunset pic of mason. Makes me want to hop a jet and walk the beach this afternoon…can hardly stand it!

  17. Share the recipe for green juice, that’s good stuff! congrats on losing 15 pounds, good for you.

  18. Always Kasey..that’s why we love you! Great post..here winter is different…everywhere snow and ice…enjoy the other side of the world! Love, Monica

  19. I absolutely adore your photos! They are gorgeous and I can just feel the sun… which is much needed right now!!! Thanks for sharing.

  20. Love…Love…Love your blog and your beachy photos!! Just what I needed to see on this dreary Indiana day:)

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