aloha every day

aloha every day

Monday, February 21, 2011

Nice day for a white wedding!

It was a beautiful day in Hawai'i nei...

Two lovely ladies worked to prepare the grounds...
The guests arrived
 The musician warmed up...

And in came the bride!

Off to the reception

to see the city lights

Happy wedding to all, and to all a good night!


...and so I breathe

12:10 a.m.
Can't sleep

It's rare that I see this hour...
I really enjoy my sleep now.
I didn't always...
I used to say that sleep was 'overrated'
Now, I can't get enough of it.

Anyway, sleeplessness lends itself to blogginess quite nicely, so here I am to reflect.

Went to the beach today.
I don't get there enough.
I live in Hawai'i.
I work at a school that is seconds from the beach.
What is my problem?
I have too much going all times, but...
what is new?
I've always been that way.

Today, I realized that I am tired of being that way.
Living in such a busy lifestyle makes it very difficult to let go in the times that I can kick back...
like today...
note, 12:13 a.m.
Went whale watching today, too.  Hiked up to a tall cliff and watched as whales breached like crazy for an hour or so.
(The beach on the right is where we relaxed today, and the bump in the middle is where we climbed to watch can click on the photo to make it bigger)
It was amazing, and I just yearned for the simplicity that should accompany a lifestyle on a small island.
no matter where I am, 
if I can't get rid of my anxieties,
my carefree sense of wonder will forever be plagued by worry.

You know what?
I'm TIRED of worrying.
I'm TIRED of clenching my jaw.
I'm TIRED of having to work too hard to calm myself down.

Anxiety attacks and a jaw that clicks when I open my mouth...
and I'm not yet 30.

It is my job, and my job only to turn this around.
And so I pray.

A pastor once told me, "Worry is like a rocking horse.  You go back and forth, but you never get anywhere."

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentines Day!  
This year, we chose to stay close to need to venture across the island.

We got some treats from Whole Foods Market,

bought a new hat and sat by the pool at our building:

went to the mall:

went to dinner at Du Vin,

and went to the movie theater: 

Here's to love!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sweet Leilani

There has been a lot to love in this week leading up to Valentine's Day.

Most importantly, my niece Sophia was born!  She is perfect!  She has her own post coming up soon.

For now, I share with you the latest addition to the Hawaii Scaccos:
Sweet Leilani

Boy did we have fun in the car today!