house tour ~ part one

and you all thought i was gone for good…..

not yet…..i’m still here.

I’ve been wanting to show you some updated photos of our place here on Kauai……

since it’s been a while…… we’ve done so much in the last year and a half to really make it

more like how we felt a beach home should suit us.

Creating a new style.

A style just for us.

In the last 1.5 years…..since we decided that Kauai was going to be our home for the time being….

i’ve been on the search for pieces that would define my style living on as island but not exactly doing

the whole island theme if you get my drift.

This condo was completely furnished and we are not really allowed to get rid of anything….

and over the last 1.5 years

{creating a style takes patience…..lots and lots of patience }

we’ve pretty much stored and shoved every piece of furniture

{other than the sofa’s and the kitchen chairs which we haven’t changed out yet}

in every single closet in this place and the open loft that is in the boys room…which is stuffed to the gills

with outdated lamps….nightstands….original kitchen table and so on and so forth.

Not an ounce of storage left……

but that is A-ok

because with it out of sight out of mind…..it has given me the push to style this place the way i wanted

and to make it feel like home to us.

Everything we have purchased for the place has either been

thrifted from one of the 5 thrift shops on the island

craigslist…..yard sale…..or gifted to us from friends….or i’ve made.

The only thing i’ve bought online…..were the living room rug and a hand painted sign…..

so with that being said……it is true…..you can furnish your place on a tiny budget and if you

can spare some time….you can do it without hitting any stores;-)

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Our dining room table is the newest piece in the house…..

i’ve been wanting a farm table since the day we moved here.

I found it on Craigslist last week……it was listed for $500 which i thought was a great price for it…..

and considering i had gone into one of the only furniture shops on the island a few weeks ago

and found a farm table for twice the price……i knew i just had to have it.

i called and made an appt……and offered her $300.

She took it…..and the best part was…it came with the glass piece on top.

I had to pay a friends husband to pick it up for me….since it was on the other side of the island…

and now we have our farm table.

I celebrated with vodka.

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That boat captains chair in the corner: yard sale

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IMG_0119I made this hanging lamp out of a fishing net …..
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Sofa table: Craigslist

Books: thrifted and yard sales

Driftwood sailboats: i made

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This hand painted custom sign i had made from Between you and me

I painted the wall a turquoise….and the dresser is Craigslist.

I have yet to decide what color is at all i’m going to paint the dresser which stores

all the kids crapola and art/school supplies.

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The rug below is the one i ordered….i bought it from Serena and lily.

The coffee table is made out of pallets……and hand made my a friend of mine.

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The vintage arm chair in the corner is from a yard sale: $30.

One of the suitcases was given to me the other i found at a thrift shop.

The framed print of sea shells…..thrifted….and i painted the frame.

Plum curtains made for me by a friend.

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The armoire that houses our tele and hides the kids crap…Craigslist….$40…

i kid you not.

I saw it pop up on Craigslist and sent bryan right over asap….

faster than you can say fine boxed wine.

It was listed for $50 but he offered $40……

they even helped him load it in the mini {van not cooper}

I painted it and called it a day.
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This next photo is of our bedroom…..

i’ll be showing that on the next blog post;)

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as well as this loft area which sits upstairs and is used by the kids.

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17 miles

One of the perks of living in one of the most beautiful places in the world is that 

on any given day there is an adventure waiting to happen.

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On our check list of “things we must do while living on Kauai” has been to kayak up the Napali coast.

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Last year we swam a teeny tiny portion of it {you can read about it here}

and even though the swim was something i never really wanted to do……

i did it.

I probably won’t do it again

{call me chicken sheet if you want}

 i’m not a swimmer but there are things in life that you just can’t pass up on doing

because it gives you a notch on that tree of life that just proves you can conquer .

When and if that day comes that we leave our life here……..

i want to look back at it and smile that those were the days of our lives.

Like sands through the hourglass….

{raise of hands people on who watches that soap???}

I’m more of a Young and the Restless sort of groupie……if you must know.

Anyhoo

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This year on our list of things to do was to kayak 17 miles up the Napali coast

two arms

open ocean

17 miles

OMG

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{up above is Bryan’s super secret hand sign for get me out of here…asap}

do people actually WANT to do things like this???

We’ve seen the coast by boat……numerous times…..but to kayak it…..

holy sheet people….holy sheet.

The shop i work at a few nights a week shares it’s space with two guys who own Napali Kayak

a kayak company that will take the fool  people who actually wants to kayak the 17 miles up the coast.

I’m there working when the van pulls back in around 730 pm bringing back all the kayakers and their gear.

The people get off and high-five each other……showing off their blistered hands and proving that they could do it……

so why couldn’t i do it? 

I like blistered hands

I like high fiving people.

This last June my aunt, uncle and grown cousins came to Kauai to spend 2 weeks with us.

We did some amazing hiking….showed off the island and even talked them into doing the kayak trip with us.

The day before we were supposed to head out a northeastern swell came in and the wind picked up.

The guys cancelled two days of kayaking……and we were one of the cancellations.

oh thank you god

i prayed that day because deep down i really didn’t want to commit.

did i mention 17 miles

blistered hands

chapped lips

no vodka?

Fast forward to this last monday when i show up at work and all i could hear was how

EPIC

the water conditions were going to be on wednesday.

EPIC EPIC EPIC

My boss said it was going to be EPIC

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The kayak guys said it was going to be EPIC

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so i called bryan at home and asked him if he was feeling

EPIC

and he said yeah.

I asked if he felt epic enough to want to kayak the coast the day after tomorrow and he said hell ya.

so i walked out and asked the guys what are the chances that us two could get in on that

EPIC wednesday kayak trip.

We were the last two openings they had…..it was meant to be.

so i went home and cried because i’m a sissy inside and needed to prepare my mind that we were really going to

do this and there was no backing out now.
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my biggest fear really wasn’t that we were going to be lost at sea

or that there would be sharks

and i was really ok knowing that i would be so blistered that i would need a hand transplant one day

no….none of that really bothered me.

what really scared me was that i was going to do something that i wouldn’t be able to finish

that i would set myself up for failure.

What bothered me also was that we were going to be gone for 13 hours and i needed a crew of people

to take over the home front so that me and the mister could do something like this.

We had to be at the Kayak shop by 6 in the morning…which meant my kids were going to have to get up themselves

feed themselves

clothe themselves

maybe brush their teeth and god forbid should they possibly make their beds

but to get out the door and onto the bus without me there.

that is freaky

because we were going to be out in the ocean with no communication for 12 hours.

but i had friends in place to cover all the checking in and making sure no one was lost

or never made it on a bus.

It took a village….seriously……

it took 4 different friends and one babysitter to make sure all my kids

made it to where they had to be and so on and so forth.

good lordy

I had to have a cocktail just to figure out all the arranging.

but guess what

no one cried and no one got lost or left on a bus or anything.

{except for Fin who called a little after 630 to tell us he wanted us to come home…..

but i told him where the chocolate chips were and all was good in the world}

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after we checked in at 6 am….we loaded up in the van with all the kayaks and headed up to Haena 

where we went over safety rules and all that good stuff.

There were 5 Kayaks all together……and that included one of the kayaks which had Annie who was our

fearless leader for the day.

One kayak had 2 locals who had done this before…….and the other two kayaks had tourists.

Each kayak had 2 people in it.

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There is no way we could have done it solo

no way

no how

but that’s not to say it can’t be done.

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When i tell you that the day was going to be EPIC …..the guys were right.

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There are only a handful of days over the summer that the water is like glass and the wind is so light

you aren’t fighting it…..nor were there any swells…..which meant we were able to go into 

every

single

sea cave

and explore to our hearts delight.

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About 12 miles into the adventure and right when you really think you might die

and your lips are getting chapped 

we pulled into Miloli’i beach for a picnic lunch.

We had a whole hour and a half to explore

or sleep

or sleep

or drink a cold beer that bryan stuck in our pack at the last minute

then sleep

before we had to load back up and finish the last 5 miles

two arms

open ocean

only 5 more miles to go.

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we pushed off after lunch and about a mile into the last five….

we saw a little boat up ahead of us and the people were waving at us…

so of course i was all like

waving back at them

let’s go high five everyone a bit early but i’m down with it blistered hands and all

when we realized they weren’t waving at us for the hell of it….

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they were waving at us to let us know there were 2 monk seals in the water playing

{wink wink}

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very rarely does one ever see two of them…..

mostly they are alone and lying on the beach in the warm sand all happy

with no blisters or chapped lips.
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 it was one of the highlights of the entire trip……

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after that little display we knew we had to forge on…..

just a few more miles to go…..

and as you can see in the next photo…..some people started to poop out.

note to self: next time sit in the back so no one knows you aren’t paddling

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and just as we were thinking we really couldn’t make that last two miles….

we rounded the corner ……the winds picked up

and i mean picked up so much so that the winds brought us right into view of our landing beach.

oh happy day

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we all lined up and took turns coming in for the landing…..

and i would like to happily announce that we did not flip the kayak over once….

nope…..

zilch…..

nada….

not climbing in and out while we were in the ocean

not coming in for the beach landing at Miloli’i  

and not coming in for our final landing at Polihale beach.

DSCF0110We did it.

17 miles of open sea kayaking up the Napali coast.
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all 17 miles were so worth the blistered hands….

the chapped lips….

the shoulders that felt like a semi truck ran over them…..

the no vodka.

This was one of those times that we can look back on and know we did it together….as a team….

and we lived to talk about it.

We got out of the van after the 2.5 hour drive home and we all high fived each other….

like i knew we would…..

blisters and all.

not normal

What happens when a blogger stops blogging?

The world doesn’t end…….

that i know. It’s a fact.

A writer never stops writing.

A cook never stops cooking.

Kids never stop whining.

{maybe one day they do….i’ll let you know}

I wish i had some sort of mighty plan that i was going to lay out here today ….

but nope….

i don’t have any newsworthy anything to blog about but here i am…..

peeking my head in to say hello….

and i realize it’s been months since i last blogged…

and it might be months more till you see another post….but today i am here.

hello….

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I told a few of my friends that today i would blog…..

and that was a few weeks ago….and here we are the beginning of middle of August

so i’m pouring myself a cocktail since i just got home from work

and as i sit here there are a pile of dirty dishes in the sink….

a skinny margarita was what i just poured if you must know

{and yes….it’s my new drink of choice}

 just so we are up front and honest from here on out….

this isn’t the blog for you if you have a problem with fine boxed wine.

or vodka

or tequila.

There are lots of amazing blogs out there where moms don’t drink or feed their kids gmo’s or

fake call into work sick or crash weddings or move their families to an island with no regrets….

or take photos of  their kids pet mice or hijack the mannequin from work.

Tons of amazing blogs out there…..that don’t do that type of stuff.

I’m not one of those.

The Buicks are not that normal….we admit it.

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as a matter of fact….

after just one week in his new private middle school…..Mason’s teacher up and quit.

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It might have been due to the fact that Mason is a horror child……maybe

or it could have been the fact that 30 kids…a brand spanking new school and curriculum sent her over the edge.

Who knows…..

but today we have a new teacher and i feel good about it.

We feel good about it.

and most importantly……life goes on right…..

this is our life

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I just want you to know that i have not fallen off the deep end.

I’m here.

Life has taken over……we’ve had a great summer……and the kids started school this last Monday…..

a few weeks ago…..

which was a blessing.

I am not one of those moms that took a million photos and hash tagged them

#iblinkedandtheygrewup

#savoreverysinglemomentalwaysandforeverandeverandeverandever

#icannotbelieveihaveamiddleschooler

#donotbreathsavorohmygoodgodwheredidthetimego

I am not that mom.

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shoot me

right here and now.

I just want to make it clear.

we fall in lust

we fall in love

we get married

{or we don’t get married}

we make babies

{or we get dogs and cats}

if we have babies all that is embedded in our brains is that the time will fly and the next thing you know your

kid is getting married {or not} themselves and you wonder where that time went.

Whatever happened to just enjoying those moments and looking back on them with fond memories instead of 

constantly saying…

“omgoodness….where did the time go”????

it goes people

faster than you can blink.

I think it makes us feel better……and now we can hash#tag everything with

#yesmykidsareoldenoughtomaketheirownbreakfast

I actually was excited for them to start school

I love my kids….i do….honest.

{and kudos and a million to you homeschooling momma’s out there}

but my kids belong in school and if it was a year round school then maybe you would have seen me

blogging a bit more but no….we had 2 months off and of course we did enjoy every minute of it….

but sheet howdy

summers around here can be long.

Groundhog day long.

Fin and Lola started right back at an elementary school somewhere in hawaii

3rd grade and 6th grade

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who the hell gives out their kids elementary school name right?

i do.

waving her hand high….

guilty as charged.

Like you wouldn’t be able to find my kids

but trust me….you don’t want them.

Fin still doesn’t wear underwear and lola now wears boys shorts and Mason smirks and rolls his eyes……

and the last time i checked…..

they had been out of toothpaste for a month but considered brushing their teeth with just water and a toothbrush

A-Ok

not normal

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The first day of school was amazing.

I woke up early….i sang….i took a shower….i might have even shaved my legs.

I made everyone lunch….i even made a pot of coffee and had 3 cups before even one child woke up.

The first day was beautiful.

I even had my 2nd annual Kauai moms and mimosas get together……

which officially tell me that we have been here 2 years.

2 years

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The first day of school was beautiful.

I even went to work as usual….at 2 o’clock….and feeling mighty fine after 8 or 10 mimosas.

I am that girl

I think i even had my best sales day ever.

or not….hard to remember….

errrr

actually not…..i just double checked.

But those mimosas were good….damn good….and the kids were back in school.

That is till i got a phone call at work from bryan asking me if he should take Fin to the doctor

because his eye was swelling and the rash that he had on his belly was starting to spread.

He asked me why i sent him to school……

so i asked him if he wanted sex ever again.

not normal

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The weekend before school started….Fin had what looked like bug bites on his stomach…..

and those bug bites spread a little so that on the first day of school he had 3 or 4 around one of his eyes.

By the end of the school day his eye was starting to swell and the bumps on his torso were looking raw.

Bryan took woogie to the doctor.

Bryan’s first time ever to take one of our kids to the doctor.

An award in heaven was given that day…..

Anyhoo……back to Woogie….

{think woogie from the movie “something about mary” }

 we nearly put him on a plane to Molokai  to go and live with the lepers.

Fin had blood work…was put on 2 different antibiotics missed the rest of the week of school….

and come to find out a week later that it was caused by the sap of a Mango

aka

mango sap rash

don’t google rashes……it’s not a good thing to do…trust me

but apparently the sap of a mango is the first cousin once removed to poison ivy.

As of today….Fin is back to being Fin…..and that’s a good thing.

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We’ve made some great new friends over the course of the last few months……

and everything just seems to be falling into place.

What i’ve learned in the last few years…..and i can offically say YEARS now since we hit the two year mark

in the last few days is this:

we love our life….we do.

beach life suits us.

I love that i can get up in the morning at the crack ass of dawn and take them to jump off rocks into salt water

I love that i can take them on 8 mile hikes to waterfalls

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i love that all three kids signed up for the Hanalei bay swim challenge and completed it…..

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even though two of the three children go out and said they were never

ever

ever in the history of the world going to do that ever ever again.

But that day…they did it.

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This summer we could only afford to send the kids to one week of tennis camp…..

apparently i was the only happy one that they were going to camp

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On july 11th….

bryan and i hit our 15th year anniversary.

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So we did what any normal couple would do on their anniversary…..

we tried to go out to dinner.

There is this chef named Justin and he bought a food truck and named it Kauai Ono...

 rented some property in the middle of Hanalei

where he parks the food truck but 2 nights a week serves a 5 course dinner under a pop up tent.

Word on the beach was getting around and so i called to get us in.

Justin said it was a good week or two wait.

sheet.

That’s what i get for calling the week before our anniversary.

sheet sheet sheet

Then i emailed Justin on Wednesday

{the night before our anniversary}

and asked if he had any cancellations for the following night and he 

got right back to me that he just had 2 cancellations for that night. 

Wednesday.

It was 5:30 when he called.

Dinner was at 6:30.

We were at our pool making out we were watching the kids swim.

We had 45 minutes to shower…..feed the kids dinner….

get a movie situated for them

aka: meet our babysitter for the night

{and because it’s against social media law to actually say aloud that you left your kids at home alone

till after the fact that you actually did so}

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I showered….but didn’t have time to blow dry my hair…..

quickly threw on something….i don’t remember what…

while i was making some Kraft mac n cheese and realized i didn’t even have milk….

so i used sour cream instead of milk and guess what????

no child even knew.

{the truth my hand is sitting on the bible……it worked and no one knew}

Bryan and i flew out of the house…..and last minute realized we didn’t have wine……

so i ran back into the house and looked at our empty  box of fine wine so we had to bring out the good stuff.

I had photographed a family the week before that was visiting from Napa…..

and they surprised me with a real bottle of wine.

The kind of bottle that has a real top…the kind you pour from…..not the kind you twist the nozzle and it streams out of.

 

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We arrived right at 6:28

not a minute late……but 2 minutes to spare.

I think we were the only locals that night…….

{we are allowed to call ourselves locals now that we’ve lived here 2 years….

my kids just confirmed that for me}

My hair was still wet….

and Bryan put his hands together started saying a little prayer

that there were would be little Mason jars on the table 

for both wine and water to drink out of……

He seriously loves when i get up and start taking photos.

Ask him.

He loves that sheet.

One of the best parts of the evening was when we sat down and the couple sitting next to us

introduced themselves as blog readers.

i kid you not

SHEET

here we were on our 15 year anniversary dinner and we were sitting down with a couple that 

knew everything about us…..but by the 2nd course…..

they knew that we were horrible parents by leaving our kids at home by themselves

and the facade was gone.

We couldn’t act fake and had to be normal.

We drank toooo much wine and had tooo much fun and made new friends under a tent in the middle of the pacific.

not normal

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 Here we are….back to the time at present.

It’s the middle of August…..almost the end…..

and life keeps puttering on for us.

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