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For the sacrifices you make, the challenges you face — for all you do, we thank you. To show our appreciation, P&G is partnering with the USO to support programs that help improve the lives of our Military Service Members and their families.

Through the Family Unit Program, we hope to share resources, tools and events that will help you and your family to Unite, Navigate, Inspire and Transform. We’re off to a good start, but keep checking back for new additions and special offers from the Family Unit Program.

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Go check it out! It’s free to join! Anxiously awaiting my coupon book in the mail! 🙂

Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center

When we first got to Oahu we were staying in the Ala Moana Hotel – bored – and looking for something to do to entertain our kids (7 years old and 21 months old). So, on July 29th we checked out the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center! General admission is $10.00 although military members get in for $8.00 (active duty, with ID). Kids under 1 year old are free. So it wasn’t exactly CHEAP but it was fine. Especially since the place is HUGE. The hours vary – but we were playing there from around 10am until 1pm, which was enough time to see everything.

The center has something for all ages of kids. Using state-of-the-art technology, the Center provides a “window to the world” and the opportunity for children to explore and discover things about themselves and the world through play. The Discovery Center has four major galleries, each filled with hands-on, interactive exhibits.

There are a couple play areas just for little ones under five years old and also sections for your under three-year-olds. The Tot Spots are awesome places filled with lots of cool sensory stimulation! My 20 month old had a BLAST playing in them!

Fantastic You is an area where you can take an “inside look” at the wonders of the human body and learn how the different parts of your body work together!

Your Town was by far the favorite of my seven year old! Here, your little one can be a grown-up for a day and learn how a community functions. My son loved dressing up like a police officer as well as a postman (and delivering the mail!) – we spent the most time in this section I think!

Hawaiian Rainbows is a favorite with preschoolers, and gives them the chance to dress up and play house in kid-sized versions of typical homes in India, the Philippines, Japan, China, and Korea. Stir-fry felt noodles for dim sum in the Chinese house. Have a tea party in the Japanese house. Or stamp cloth like traditional Indian fabric makers. And the “Tot Spot” has interactive activities for the youngest visitors, even pre-walkers.

Rainforest Adventures is the newest area in the Discover Center and includes a large water table (that looks like a waterfall), a climber where kids can look though binoculars and “watch” for rainforest animals, and also a toddler area specially for little ones under the age of three years old.

Kids can easily spend hours on end here, so plan ahead for snack times and bathroom breaks. Food, drinks, and gum aren’t allowed in the Discovery Center, so you’ll have to eat anything you bring outside. There is a café on site, too—and it’s cash-only.

I’m planning on buying a season pass for this place. It was THAT awesome!

This Is No Vacation Bro!

Someone on Tumblr joked that I was on vacation. I responded with something along the lines of “this isn’t a vacation – no one has handed me a Pina Colada or Mai Tai yet!” I’ve certainly needed a hearty drink after dealing with two little ones who just don’t GET the whole “we’re in the Navy kids – so suck it up!” I completely understand what they are going through. I really do. Transitions are difficult and transitions that take you across the entire continental United States all the way to an ISLAND are even more so.

Xander is already making friends – our neighborhood (“Navy housing”) is FULL of kids! Plus, the school he is attending is a 2 mile walk round-trip so he has time to see/meet kids on the walk to school.

Juliana is having fun – but her “clock” is a little wonky and we haven’t really come up with a routine yet. Her normal routine is getting up around 7am and sitting on the couch watching Disney JR while I get Xander ready for school. Here? We have THE most uncomfortable couch in the universe (“boonie” furniture) and no cable. We did buy a new television – a 32 inch that will eventually go in our bedroom! It has a built in DVD player though – so I’ve been running plenty of Barney and Sesame Street movies for her to enjoy.

It’s beautiful here. I can’t wait to explore the island more.

But – I’m seriously missing my friends from back home.

On the plus side – I’ve met a lot of cool people!

Everything will be okay.

Holy Expensive!

To be perfectly honest – KNOWING prices for things are higher here in Hawaii is different that SEEING those prices reflected in your bank account.

I need a coupon club! Eek!!

Quick Island Check-In

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We made it to Oahu, Hawaii!! I’m blogging on my phone, so this won’t be long!

Just wanted to check-in!

SO Not Ready for this PCS

The movers are coming TOMORROW to pack up all of our stuff and move us. This is the first time in the 10 years I’ve been married that we aren’t ready at ALL. My husband hasn’t helped me at all to get ready – we haven’t set aside anything, haven’t taken any inventory (or looked up old inventory lists).

I am so freaking frustrated right now! Not to mention my seven year old refuses to listen and do anything I ask of him!

I’d love to write up more – but right now I have to pack a couple “packed by owner” boxes and set stuff aside for our keeping. Bleh!

That’s what I’m using right now to get organized. Please share more links and ideas with me!