No waves, no problem!

Another day I had to cancel my surf lesson. There were NO waves…..hmmmmm  How can I compete next year without 10,000 hours of practice?

Well, it’s ok. Either the waves have been  too big or too small as of late. No problem! I sat on the beach and studied the water and the realized that I have no control! For a self-proclaimed control freak, that’s revolutionary! I must sit and wait and learn. My surf mentor taught me to learn the water, anticipate the waves, increase my water time.

So, if I cannot surf, then I watch, talk to the people who did venture out: what did they see/do/learn. I know my time will come. And when it does, I’ll  be on the board and ready to take on the waves.

Aloha,

Denise

Blessings, Joys & Flowers

Good morning!

Here are my thoughts today:

I am overwhelmed with blessings and feel like my heart is  exploding! I’ve been invited to  surf, practice yoga &  scuba dive weekly. This is such a gift! I love the activity and the diversity and the water time. These are sports I’ve enjoyed for a long time and I see improvements with each session. I am grateful to Mark for these blessings and to my body for its strength and stamina.

There are so many joys in my life. In particular there are my husband of 26 years and our daughters who are delightful, beautiful and intelligent teenagers. Additionally there are new and long-time friends who I am blessed to see and spend time with. Our friend Marie moved here from LA recently and I welcome any opportunity to chat with her. Our friends from OC are vacationing here this week and included us in their plans for brunch. Our kids have known each other since kindergarten. What a joy to have solid friendships.

Then there are the colorful, happy and meaningful flowers that sit upon our table. I love fresh flowers and welcome them inside anytime! These have meaning because Mark chose them as a surprise to wish me a happy anniversary. He is so thoughtful and knows that flowers make me smile. Each petal in the bouquet represents a moment, laugh, memory and dream we have together.

What are your thoughts today?

Aloha,

Denise

Sunny, smiley day

As I sit here looking out at the calmer ocean (waves were 5′-7′ earlier this week), sipping my fresh iced coffee, I am grateful for this day. It’s a sunny, warm, partly cloudy day here. I love this day.

I am smiling because I exercised really hard this morning; cleaned up our pad for my family; watered my three plants (generous gift from my friend Dede) and trimmed my anniversary flowers (beautiful gift from my dear Mark.) I walked holding my daughter’s hand to a neighborhood market and we chatted and laughed. All that was just this afternoon!

When I count my blessings, I smile.  As I think about people in my life who love me, I smile.

What makes you smile?

Aloha,

Denise

HAPPY 26TH ANNIVERSARY, MARK & ME!

June 23, 1985 Mark and I stood before 285 of our friends and family and took our wedding vows.

Fast forward 26 years:

Two Graduate degrees, four states, two mortgages,  two daughters, eleven cars, hundreds of trips, thousands of friends, thousands of books, records, photos and millions of kisses later, we are still happy, healthy and loving our life together.

I thank my parents and in-laws for being great role models. I thank our siblings for standing up for us at our wedding and being great friends now.

My Mark: He’s HOT… very HOT! He’s hysterical!!! Makes me laugh every day! He’s a precious and generous and amazing father! He’s an incredible provider. He’s amazing in the sack. He’s sensitive and caring. He has a back bone stronger than most people can imagine. He’s amazing and strong; and he’s an incredible communicator!! He’s committed more than I ever thought a man could be and he’s super sexy!

I love you, Mark Schnitzer, and wish you a very happy anniversary….always and forever.

Aloha,

Denise

Time

Today I reflect on time.

My 90-minute yoga class zoomed by this morning. I finished my errands in record time this afternoon. Then, late today I enjoyed a long phone conversation with a dear friend and it felt as if we just talked last week.

When I realize how much I accomplish in a day, I’m gratified and amazed. I fill up my day like it’s my last! I connect with friends, business associates and family via email, social networking and my trusty cell phone. I know that we all have a limited amount of time and we  must make the most of every day. My first grade teacher at Greenhill School, Mrs. Lawrence, taught, “Use your time wisely.” I’ve always remembered her quote.

I have several friends battling sicknesses now, planning funerals and seeking alternative medical treatments. I treasure my time with them, as they do with their loved ones.

Remember to share smiles, hugs and your truest self.  Of course, the old cliché Live, Love, Laugh applies too.

Aloha,

Denise

HaPpY FaThEr’S DaY!!

HAPPY DADDY DAY!!!

It takes a special man to be a daddy: one with love, intelligence, compassion, support, vision, enthusiasm, imagination and patience. To all the daddy men out there, I wish you the BEST day celebrating YOU!

To my dad and my dad-in-law, I love you!

To my brother and brothers-in-law and my uncles, I love you!

To my extraordinary husband and daddy to my daughters, I LOVE YOU, I’m grateful for you and I’m so happy you’re the father you are.

Aloha,

Denise

 

Good deeds for the day

Another day filled with plans. The scuba class for my girlz went well and even ended early.

I had plans to surf ~ again, no waves.  Aukai postponed our lesson until Saturday. I was disappointed, of course, but enjoyed a chat w/ him, so I’m happy about that.

This afternoon I was able to help two families  ~ my good deeds for the day ~ and I am really happy about that.

I guess when our plans change, we must shift our mindset and continue to enjoy the journey. When one door opens, another opens!

What are your thoughts?

Aloha,

Denise

Did you accomplish the mission?

Happy Flag Day!

Happy Uncle Raymond’s  Birthday!

Happy cousin Sara’s Birthday!

I went to Tara’s ortho appointment this morning ~ she’s doing beautifully! I chatted w/ a family who flew over from the Big Island just for this orthodontist.

I went surfing today ~ there were no waves. Not even the sail boats could stay out in the water. But a poor day surfing is still a great day in the water.

I went to the beach w/ my girlz ~ that was awesome. I love being with them. We all took naps under the trees.

I made dinner for my precious family and everyone had something yummy and specific for them.

I went to the hot tub tonight w/ Tara ~ I love being with her; talking and not talking.

Now as I reflect on this day, I  can honestly say my life was touched and I touched several lives. That’s the point, right? Make a difference and touch a lot of lives. Mission accomplished.

What did you accomplish today?

Aloha,

Denise

What a ride!

Wow, what a fun, wild weekend! We started out w/ a day off on Friday. Here in Hawaii there are several holidays honoring the royalty of the state. Friday was King Kamehameha I day. Mark was off work and he enjoyed a relaxing day and even lunch with a friend. I went to a historic home at the top of Tantalus mountain then lunch at the Contemporary Museum.

Saturday we went to the parade, a craft fair at the Mission museum, the home and garden show then a fabulous sushi dinner.

Sunday we slept in, went to a race car birthday party, then to dinner w/ newlyweds in Waikiki. The icing on this cake was the Dallas Mavericks basketball team won the NBA championship! Great for our home town.

Whew, our lives are full and we’re living rich. What a fun ride! How was your weekend?

Aloha,

Denise

Honoring King Kamehameha I

This weekend was another first: We celebrated King Kamehameha I day with a “day off” from mail, work and government offices, to commemorate the great King.

Today, we were front and center for a parade honoring King K. There were princesses and queens from the neighbor islands, bands, floats, horses, old cars and dune buggies and dancers. The flowers and leis were spectacular: even the horses were decked out in leis!

We are so loving this life. How are you celebrating the weekend? However you do, I wish you much aloha!

Aloha,

Denise