Monday, October 24, 2011


  • "When you are born, everyone around you is smiling and you are crying. Live your life 
out, so when you die, you are smiling, and everyone around is crying."
~ Anonymous

Being a hospice nurse I often help others to reflect on their lives, and help them find purpose. This reflection with others often prompts me to do the same. What do I want to see when I look back on my life?

I want to be accomplished, I want to be someone that others can come to, trust. I want to be sought out for advice and knowledge. I want to be someone that leaves this world a little better, a little brighter, with a few more smiles and a few less frowns. But most importantly I want to make a difference. Ralph Waldo Emerson said " To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of leave the world a better know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."

So, one the distant future God willing... hopefully I will be able look back, reflect and say 'Well Mister Emerson, looks like I've succeeded'...

Half a Year flown by...

Chillin at the Park-
Kuliouou Beach Park
Can't believe Lil' Man has made 6 months! Went in for his check up this past weekend. The verdict is in!
Little man weighs in at 14.6 pounds and measures a whopping 27.25 inches tall!

Ren is sporting his first tooth, as well as the capability to:

  • sit in the high chair
  • react to his name
  • and crawl! 
Ren tried his first solid foods! Rice cereal, Poi, and Avocado. The following pictures will bring you up to speed on the food front...

First attempt at solids, Rice Cereal, not too sure about it...

Might, maybe, may be alright...still undecided on the whole rice cereal deal

Poi? No go.....

Avocado?!? SUCCESS! Loves it! 

Thanks for the most challenging, life changing, yet amazing 6 months Lil' Man! Keep up the good growin'!      <3 Love my little guy to bits and pieces! <3 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mommyhood ain't for the faint of heart....

It's been said, "The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new"
 - Rajneesh

Well it should also be said that just as the baby grows and learns, so does the mother. Becoming a mother is a learning experience that never ends...just when you think you might, maybe, may have it down..BAM! You realize...nope, sure don't! 

But guess what... THAT'S OKAY! 

This lesson is one I am still trying to wrap my mind around, its allusive for me. Society today gives everyone very little margin of error. Perfection is expected, but not achievable. No Body is Perfect.  It's not all society's fault either, my attitude needs a readjustment every now and again...and well..that's okay too. 

I am a working full-time new momma, trying to support my family while trying to learn the lessons of mommyhood. Its one really tells you how hard, and I think that's because it's something you need to learn on your own..instead they just say it's worth it... and it is! 

All the days where you don't get to shower or brush your teeth until way past due, all the sleepless nights of breast feeding, all the worries afloat in your mind...its all worth it when you get that smile, that laugh, that first attempt to crawl towards you. It's amazing how much love one little being can create...
This is what I'm learning, some days are good..some are bad...I'm not gonna lie..some days I think back to life before my Ren and reminisce(but I don't think that makes me a bad momma), I wouldn't change a is good..I may have dirty hair and some plaque on my teeth, but I wouldn't change a thing. Not when I get this smile to brighten my day...

Words to live by....

At work this past weekend I walked into a patient's room. And they said "Ah, there's my smiley girl!" I said "Good Morning! I always smile, yea?" They just smiled back, then I said "Life's too short to frown"...The patient then proceeded to give me a look resembling "Dang, that's good!"

And not to toot my own horn, but dang... That is good! It's good words to live by, along with my 5 million other quotes I love (alright maybe not 5 million, but it's up there)

And so we add yet another set of words to my live by list: Life's too short to frown, so Do It Anyway...(Mother Teresa to Be the Change I wish to see in the World (Mahatma Gandhi), I must Be myself because everyone else is already taken(Oscar Wilde). 

Just an excellent refresher on what is important in life...

Monday, October 10, 2011

What do the Beach Boys and Albert Einstein have in common?

Good Vibrations!
Alright, Alright..bad joke, please forgive me. 

Seriously now though. Einstein's famous equation E=Mc2(at least as far as my limited knowledge on the topic goes)discusses how energy is equivalent to mass times the speed of light squared. Therefore, essentially we are all comprised of various energy particles (or vibrations)!

We pick up, or feel the vibrations of others. The vibrations you put out attract the same wave lengths. So, good vibrations out...good vibrations back.
Changing your vibrations and attitude is possible but is no easy task. 

I have been making a conscious effort to take notice of my vibrations (aka: my attitude) towards events and tasks during day to day life. What a difference has made. The world seems a brighter, happier place because of all the beauty around. Taking time to stop and smell the roses, never sounded so good :D

Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.
Albert Einstein

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

No Day but Today

Idina Menzel: No Day but Today

The other day when my alarm went off my husband in a sleepy murmur said... "Oh, that's cool", and I thought great to wake up at 4:00am...Then I thought you know what..yea, that is cool. At least I woke up! 

It was a good reminder to me that attitude is everything. Life is short, might as well go through it enjoying every single second. This song, 'No Day but Today' is from RENT, and is my new theme song for life! (Or one of many theme songs for life, I should say...) 

"Live each day as if it's your last, because one day you'll be right..." - Anonymous