The buick ohana 2014

I’m so bad…..and i apologize that i never blog anymore……..

life is busy

but still no excuse.

I thought i would just pop in and do a little update on our life…

We’ve gone through some transitions this year……I have 2 middle schoolers this year…holy sheet.

When we had decided to stay on Kauai……one of our biggest fears was school…….

middle school to be exact. website load testing tool . I know i’m not the only parent in the country that worried about middle school

it’s a big dark ugly word and living in a place where the education pretty much stinks…..

and parents have to be 100 percent invested in their children’s education for them to come out not only ahead

but hopefully even just on game…..made me want to cry sometimes.

What started off last year as the best experience ever with a brand new private middle school that we had

enrolled Mason is……turned tables this year with having both Mason and Lola there.

In the first three months of school this year……they had gone through 4 teachers and the school was a sinking 

ship on it’s way to the bottom of the ocean. We hung on as long as we could…..

most of our friends had already pulled their kids out…..

and after three months we did the same.

After a few weeks of the kids being home…..we found an option that we were happy with.

Not my first choice ever…..but it was going to work and so far……the school we have them in is wonderful.

Mason and Lola are Catholic kids now.

Hail Mary

They wear uniforms and go to Mass and have religion classes.

It’s better than homeschooling…..because i got that taste for the two weeks i had the kids home.

So kudos to those of you that homeschool……..i bow down to you.

Anyhoo…….Mason in 8th……Lola in 7th

and my little Fin…..he’s trotting right along in 4th grade.

Bryan still waiting tables at The ST. Regis ……

i’m still working a few nights a week at a little beach boutique in Hanalei…..

and on occasion styling a party or two ……



Mason: almost 14 {gasp}

plays volleyball and traveled last summer to compete in the Jr. Olympics in Texas.

He’s quiet…..kind……wears braces now ….. sort of likes girls but won’t admit it.



Lola: 12 years old

She’s creative…..artsy…..loves to paint….draw… and write.

still my needy child……..but has gone from total tomboy and morphed into a beautiful and imaginative girl.



Fin: 9


If he’s not surfing…..he’s hanging with his friends watching surfing. 

Fin still crawls into bed with me every single morning…..for a quick snuggle before he starts his day…..

and i will continue to reinforce to him that he can be 28 years old and still snuggle with me…..

because i have a feeling that he won’t ever leave our house.

You know the kid that’s 28 and working at the gas station making Pizza at night while surfing all day???……

that will be Fin.

I’m okay with that…….because he’s Fin.

We are still happy with our beach life here on kauai…..

life is simple

just the way we want it.

Happy Holiday and Merry Christmas from our family to yours.

Bryan and Kasey



  1. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family.

  2. Kasey…I’ve been following you on FB for awhile so that somewhat makes up for the lack of blogging! lol! Life ebbs and flows, sometimes we have time, other times not. I have to say, you make living on Kauai a reality for us. All the beauty and ocean living, yet the struggles all of us face with our children, schools, incomes, etc. I remember our honeymoon on Kauai. We landed and I was enthralled by the leis, the perfumed air. I told hubby we should move there. After a few days I couldn’t bear the smell of the flowering bushes and trees, I was literally sick to my stomach. My point, even a rose garden can suck at some time so I totally applaud you for sharing that life on an island isn’t so different from the family cruising along in Brooklyn or Atlanta.

    Anywho, my kids went to catholic grade school and high school here on the Southside of Chicago. An invaluable experience and I credit their now high morals and values to this above all else. You will be satisfied, if not penniless, in the end.

    Love and good wishes to all of you. Merry Christmas!

    Jane x

  3. I follow you on IG and Pop in here every now and then. Most have went to IG so not so many blog posts out there these days.

    I hear you Home School isn’t for Me and I know many who went to Catholic Schools and are pretty darn smart. So no Worries !!!

    Beach life sounds amazing in warmer weather. We have buckets of rain coming down in Oregon.

    Happy Holidays to you and the Fam ~Cheers

  4. Holly Shult says:

    YOLO! I love your free spirit, I too am the dreamer of our little family, but luckily I have mastered the art of persuasion. My husband took an international job over a year ago, so we are now free to roam and explore. We also have a daughter in the 6th grade, so schooling does play a big part of the picture. The idea of living on the Island of Kauai is a dream of mine also, so I absolutely love reading through your post and feeling inspired. Please find time to write more! 😉

    Merry Christmas~Mele Kalikimaka!

  5. Rose D'Angelo Designs says:

    I miss your posts!!! Merry Merry to you and your family!! ~rose

  6. i NEVER comment but have followed your blog since my sister sent your “girls in france” posts to me years ago! i live in italy and oddly somehow she felt we were connected. anyway, have always enjoyed reading your blog and totally support you in living your life like you do because it’s working! maybe that’s our connection? thanks for taking the time to check in because there are those of us who wish you well and wonder how you’re doing. happy holidaze from italia!!! xo, sylvia

  7. Love all those pics! You have talent lady! I crave a laid back outdoor beachy lifestyle SO bad! I think that the lack of blogging means you are doing a lot more living and that’s a GREAT thing! Can’t wait to join you in Paradise very soon! Looking at June!!

  8. Your my favorite! Love to hear your stories. I even started following you on twitter, which i said i would never get an account. I love your humor. The story about your youngest and crazy hair day still makes me laugh! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! ~ Susan

  9. Janet Miciunas says:

    It’s always such a pleasant surprise when I pop in to see if you’ve written a new post and I find out that you have. I love reading about you and your family’s adventures. You have a beautiful family. Happy New Year!

  10. Sally Holmes says:

    It was wonderful to see a new post from you! I have followed you for years – more recently enjoying your lovely instagram feed ( I’m moetandsand on Instagram).
    I may have finally convinced my husband that we need a trip to Kauai ……. yippee!
    When is the best time of year to visit the island? Thank you in anticipation ~ all the very best to you and your family in 2015

  11. Hi Kasey 🙂

    Remember me? Probably not, but I remember you 🙂

    I started blogging again (new blog though) and I hope you keep blogging. I’ve missed keeping up with you and your family. I have a lot of catching up to do!

    Anyway, take care.

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