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Day 1 of Mom & Dave's Visit to Hawaii

Sunset at Turtle Beach

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Mom and Dave arrived safely after that realllllllllllly long flight at 3:15pm Hawaii time. Mom caught herself a cold on the flight, so she's fighting that already! The kids and I chose a fresh lei for each of them, and suprised them as they came into the baggage claim area. That reminds me that we didn't get any pictures with the leis, so I'll have to fix that today.

Mom was really hungry so the first thing we did was get out of Honolulu and then stopped at Ruby Tuesday's in Mililani for an early dinner. After that we swung by our house to unload luggage and change shoes before heading out to the North Shore for a sunset, turtle hunting and shave ice!!

I decided to get to the North Shore by driving thru the cool little surf town of Haleiwa... which is also where the shave ice is. I don't know what time they close, but all 3 shops were already closed! How disappointing!

We carried on, headed for Turtle Beach... hoping to find a turtle or two and catch the sunset as a bonus. In 8 months of living here, I had yet to see a sea turtle!!

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After the first few minutes of admiring the view, we walked down the beach to where I thought the turtles usually hung out. And.... guess what was blended right in with the rocks!!

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Turle L7! hehehe At first we thought he was dead and weren't going to take any pictures because he had sand up on his sides and we didn't know what the stick thing was on his back... thought maybe some kids did something to him. But as we were pondering all this, a women from the Hono Nature Services arrived to take his picture with the sunset and she assured us that he was NOT dead. And the stick thing on his back was a GPS system to track him everywhere he goes.

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And that's it! Once that sun starts to move down, it goes fast! We hopped in the van and drove back home because the kids still had Easter eggs to color. And with the 6 hour time difference Mom and Dave were feeling a BIT tired.

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Round 2 - More Iraq Pictures

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I received 9 more pictures from C in Iraq today... thought I'd share here with you all. It's amazing how desolate the landscape there is.

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Plume of smoke in the distance
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Euphrates River
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Sunset at his "home"
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C on security duty
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Drinking Red Bull before a mission
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Long, Rainy Hawaiian Winter

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Hi Everyone,

I don't know the last time I posted up, but there's not been much photo-worthy going on. According to people who've lived here a few years, this is the worse winter season! The rain is nearly constant... causing flooding and mudslides, which is breaking up the roads. We had a tornado hit about 15 miles away from us, and the island of Lanai had a tornado a couple of days ago. 2 or 3 days ago the Big Island had quarter sized hail. We've had a dead whale wash ashore and it took crews a week to remove it, so I hear the stench was terrible.

Anyway, the only pictures I really have to share are of the kids and I. I was able to talk to C for a few minutes last night, so I know he's safe and doing pretty well. He sounded really tired, and he says he's working a lot and not sleeping much at all.

E's basketball season is over, except for a tournament that the team is going to play in on April 8th. Here are a couple of pics of her season:

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Here's the only action shot I got of her the whole season! She pretty much never handled the ball during the games, and it's disappointing that you can't see her face here... but she's the black jersey shooting the ball just to the left of white 15.

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I got N signed up and taking swimming lessons... they did the lessons, even in the rain. On one day when the pool was closed they did a water safety course with movies and stuff. But then he got ear infections half way thru the lessons and his doctor said no swimming until April 5th. So he has 4 more lessons to go.

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My new hobby has been going to the gym. I packed on some pounds after moving here and was getting really unhappy with how I looked. Besides, with C gone and the kids in school... what better to do with my time? I won't get into the gory details of my exercise plan or new eating habits... but I'm doing it all 100% the way I'm supposed to. I haven't had soda, chips or ice cream since February 1st.

Here's a couple of picture that E took of me within the past week. They're not all that great, but they at least show some improvements. I have some "before" pics but I won't post those until I have some really good "after"s to put up with them. LOL

I've lost 1 1/2 inches from around my belly and 1 inch from my waist at last measurement. I've completely lost the ugly muffin top (love handles), too. Wheeeee. Now I'm going for adding some visible muscle.

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LOL! Well, that's it for now. My Mom and her husband are coming here on April 15th!! So I'll have loads more pictures then... we'll be doing things on the island that I haven't done yet! I can't wait... I just hope the weather is good then! It's cutting a little too close for me!!

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Ko'Olina Lagoons

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We went back to the lagoons on Saturday with another family we're friends with. It was a really nice day there... hot and sunny, but the water was chilly to swim in. I had to wear a rash guard the whole time because my back was sunburned from a trip to the pool two days before.

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The Boy taking a ring pop break
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It's President's Day, and the kids are home from school. E had a friend spend the night and I think we'll just do things outside around the house today. Everything on base is closed.

I'm getting irritated with having the regular house phone again. It's unbelievable how many unsolicited calls I get... with cell phones, this didn't happen. Apparently those telemarketers didn't get today off because I got a call already.

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E's 1st Basketball Game and Talent Auditions

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Yesterday was awfully busy. It was the first basketball game of the season, and there was an opening ceremony down at Pearl Harbor. It was a huge event for which there was not enough parking! 'nuff said there. LOL

The game was over on Camp Smith; a small Marine Corps Base that I didn't even know was down there by Pearl Harbor. So here's E's big team sports debut... these first pictures are from warmups before the game:

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And these are from the game itself:

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They said her full name wouldn't fit on the jersey....
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Her team won 27-22!! Wheeeeeeeee! I'm so glad. They play their season like a regular season in which there are playoffs and stuff, so their winning record does matter.

She loved having her contacts to play... no glasses anymore. She handled the ball one time during the game, and when the poor kid threw it to her, she looked to startled and scared! LOL!! She unloaded it immediately to another kid, and that was it for her. She needs more practice feeling comfortable... but the coach was really nice and encouraging and she had a blast!
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Yesterday was also their World Talent, Inc auditions. This is a company who supposedly finds talent for television commercials, shows, print ad models and "high fashion" models. I had no way of knowing if they were running a scam in order to just get money out of us... but we went to see what it was all about.

We all signed in, and filled out a 2 page profile sheet on each kid. Then a couple of women spoke to us about the different opportunities that World Talent can offer to kids who meet the casting personae they are looking for at the time. It was an open casting call.

She showed pictures of some kids they represent, or helped get started. Then they had some agent guy come in and speak to us and said he had a surprise guest who could tell us what it was all like first hand... and Michael Capon breezed in! LOL N AND the teenage girls with us were prett excited. He was a blue power ranger, on the show One Tree Hill, and That's So Raven (I forget what else he's done). So he was all motivational and all... told the kids to definitely speak up for what they wanted, and not be nervous or scared of anything. He said he'd stay around and talk with anyone who wanted to ask him anything.

So then the kids were "interviewed" by one of the women. They looked for outgoing personalities, kids who could do more than give monotone, single syllable answers, etc. My kids did just ok, I think. They were stiff and nervous. LOL Then they went for their little on-camera time... they took in a sheet of paper with a commercial on it.... walked up in front of the camera, said their name, their age and what commercial they were going to do. Then the agent dudes had to prompt both of my kids to SMILE at the end. LMAO!

So no money was talked about... we were there for about an hour and a half total. We have to call back on Monday to find out if it's a yes or a no. If they're a yes, they go back for a more in-depth tryout. I wonder if they tell EVERYbody yes and then that's when the scam starts? I'm so skeptical of the whole thing! LOL But so far, so good. I think realistically, my kids should probably both be "No's" because they were stiff and nervous.... not very outgoing or aggressively personable. LOL! They were really interested in E's gymnastics background, tho, and the agent loved her blue eyes and freckles. Who knows! LOL

They did mention how much kids get paid for 30 second commercials, for a print catalog ad and television series spots.... and it was A LOT! They started planning how many 4-wheelers and dirt bikes that would buy! LMAO Then I mentioned the big "C" word... College... and they were like... Oh. hehehe

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