Planning My Hawaiian Holiday Season

I’ve never lived in a place where I can still wear tank tops or sleeveless dresses at the end of November. Now, I do – well, except for today because I could do with a sweater or something because it’s pretty windy out today. It’s not *quite* 80 degrees here today. I heard from a friend that it dipped into the 20’s recently back in Virginia. Scarves, hats and jackets are normal for this time of year. Strapless dresses are not.

This year – I’m not dreaming of a “white” Christmas – that is, unless it’s a “white” sandy beach!

I’m getting so many beautiful ideas from – of coursePinterest!

I’ve already decided to take the kids on a hunt for shells/ seaglass/ etc. so we can make some pretty Beach-inspired ornaments. There aren’t many “big” shells here on Oahu, but there are certainly small (“puka”) shells to be found!

Another item I’ve been on the hunt for has been strands of ‘star’ shaped Christmas lights! I don’t know why – but I’m a little obsessed with them.

I’m planning on having our family photo taken on the beach – with red ‘Hawaiian’ inspired attire of course! This is our first Christmas here in Hawaii so I’m going to milk it for all it’s worth! The beach portrait will be our family Holiday card this year. Sure, it’s lame and “touristy” – but hey – I’ve always been one to let my nerd-flag fly high!

What are your plans for your holiday decor? Where are you getting your inspiration from?

Happy Holidays From Christine

I’m a new member of a wonderful group of ladies – the SITS girls! SITS stands for the Secret is in the Sauce and is a great blogger comments support group! You can’t ‘succeed’ as a blogger with no readers, right? Well – SITS is doing their annual SITSmas event and I wanted to share our family Christmas card with all of my wonderful readers!!

Our Christmas card this year features Xander (our almost-five year old) cuddling with Santa at our local mall. No Santa-fear with this kid! He runs right up to Santa and gives him a big hug! That’s just one of the things I love about this kid – he’s a great hugger!

2009 Holiday Card

Xander has asked Santa for about a thousand things this Christmas – I hope to give him as much as I can but also teach him that Christmas is more about ‘giving’ than ‘receiving’ – therefore we will be participating in a couple different things. Xander’s preschool is collecting toys for Toys for Tots and our command (hubby is in the Navy) collects for and donates to command members who need a little extra help!

So – to all of my readers (especially my special visitors from SITS!) Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Chag Urim Sameach, Merry Yule and Happy Kwanzaa!

May there be PEACE on Earth and good will towards all!

Merry SITSmas!!

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Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!

Did all of my readers have a great Thanksgiving dinner? I sure did! My family and I spent Thanksgiving over our friend’s house and had lots (and lots) of great food and fun with our friends. There were six adults and six kids, a giant turkey and all the fixin’s, four pies and lots of noise. We had a great time and even had the chance to visit a nearby park after dinner.

At the local park the kids and we came across a man and his dog sleeping on the park bench. He stayed there for awhile and watched the kids play and the kids began trying to talk to him. My son asked him why he was sleeping on the bench and he replied that he “had eaten too much Thanksgiving turkey” and was “just taking a nap.” He left shortly thereafter.

This man is the fifth homeless person I’ve come across here in Virginia Beach. I know there are many, many more but I’ve honestly never lived somewhere where I’ve seen people sleeping on park benches and on the shady grass next to the local Burger King. It absolutely breaks my heart. I see two Vets (I’d assume) who are ‘living’ in the local park and hanging out by two fast food places nearby each and every day. They have bicycles and carry around all their belongings in little bike carts. They both have dogs who walk with them without even needing to be told. They are family.

I want to buy them a coffee and a hot meal. Bring them a blanket when it gets cold.

I want to learn more about what’s being done to help take care of the homeless here in Virginia Beach (and around the country). Will you help?


Here are some links to websites of local agencies that help the homeless:

Southeastern Virginia Food Banks
Seton Youth Shelters
Vet’s House Inc.


Ps. This entry is being cross-posted at both Atomic-Mama.com and JustSayOohRah.com because this is a crucially important message.

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!

Did all of my readers have a great Thanksgiving dinner? I sure did! My family and I spent Thanksgiving over our friend’s house and had lots (and lots) of great food and fun with our friends. There were six adults and six kids, a giant turkey and all the fixin’s, four pies and lots of noise. We had a great time and even had the chance to visit a nearby park after dinner.

At the local park the kids and we came across a man and his dog sleeping on the park bench. He stayed there for awhile and watched the kids play and the kids began trying to talk to him. My son asked him why he was sleeping on the bench and he replied that he “had eaten too much Thanksgiving turkey” and was “just taking a nap.” He left shortly thereafter.

This man is the fifth homeless person I’ve come across here in Virginia Beach. I know there are many, many more but I’ve honestly never lived somewhere where I’ve seen people sleeping on park benches and on the shady grass next to the local Burger King. It absolutely breaks my heart. I see two Vets (I’d assume) who are ‘living’ in the local park and hanging out by two fast food places nearby each and every day. They have bicycles and carry around all their belongings in little bike carts. They both have dogs who walk with them without even needing to be told. They are family.

I want to buy them a coffee and a hot meal. Bring them a blanket when it gets cold.

I want to learn more about what’s being done to help take care of the homeless here in Virginia Beach (and around the country). Will you help?


Here are some links to websites of local agencies that help the homeless:

Southeastern Virginia Food Banks
Seton Youth Shelters
Vet’s House Inc.


Ps. This entry is being cross-posted at both Atomic-Mama.com and JustSayOohRah.com because this is a crucially important message.

Tis the Season

The holidays are seriously creeping up here – why didn’t anyone tell me it was already OCTOBER?? I’ve got Xander’s got about 5 birthday parties to attend this month, plus plenty of Autumn-filled play dates and Halloween festivities. Soon enough it will be be November and then December. These months always fly by for me!! How about you? What are you doing to get organized and ready for the holiday rush?

One of the cool things that I personally like to do is buy cards in advance – I’ve begun with Christmas cards that I will purchase right after the actual holiday – that way they are usually marked down quite a bit. I will sort them into a divider box (just one of those plastic boxes that you can put tabbed dividers in) and since I have my list of who gets cards on my computer I just print it out when I need to write out the cards!

Last year we did photo Christmas cards using a picture of Xander with Santa. This year I am sure we will be doing the same. Using photo cards is a great way to keep in touch with far away family. I know each year when I begin to get them they go right up on my fridge! Then, after the holiday I put them in a photo album. I love how everyone looks so festive and nine times out of ten The Holiday Photo is THE ONLY family photo for the year. That usually holds true in our families case!

So, get yourself organized … Get a small document size storage box, get some tabs, start labeling (Christmas, Birthday, Thank You, etc.) and then get your holiday card list and photo cards ready! Have fun!

More Helpful Links:
Greeting Card Organizing Tips
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