3 Things to share

Three things occured to me today as blog-worthy:

1. The waves are enormous today and expected huge again tomorrow. My surfing coach cancelled our lesson tomorrow. He said it would be treacherous for me to go out. I am bummed but very grateful. I acknowledge Aukai for looking after our safety.

2. My dad is not doing so well. His progress has slowed a bit, according to those who see him daily. Mark said that stroke patients’ progress is measured in seasons, not days. Hopefully by Thanksgiving Dad he will improve; then by Valentines’ day he’ll address a card to me. This is Mark’s explanation to me for my understanding. I acknowledge Mark, Dad’s docs, my mom, brother and sis-in-law for their valiant patience, love and support.

3. I highlighted my hair purple again.

Create a happy day!

Aloha,
Denise

Long timers

Do you have friends from nursery school? Grade school? High school? College? People who you still communicate with regularly or annually? If so, consider yourself very fortunate.

I love my friends and am really grateful they are in my life. I have friends from each of the categories above and from living and working in Texas, Maryland, California and Hawaii.

Now I’m going to tell them: friends, I love you and I am so grateful that you are in my life!!

How are you doing with that?

Aloha,
Denise

I’m back, thanks to my hero, Mark Schnitzer

Aloha, my 2003 Dell Latitude computer died a quick, painless death. Now I’m blogging on my iPad, affectionately called my “toy.” Bump!

My real message today is, go with the flow. Enjoy whatever bumps in the road you face. Look at it as an adventure.

I chatted with our accountant today and we agreed that life is too short; we must have fun while we are walking on this earth.

How are you doing with this?? Have fun today and enjoy life’s bumps.

Aloha,
Denise

College applications already?!

The college application process for our eldest daughter began tonight. We met with the college counselor and she outlined the year in terms of when, where and how to apply to college. I am a stand for our daughter and that she and I will be ready for this milestone.

As much as I say that I can’t wait for  our girlz to go to college and enjoy the journey of life, I’m _________(fill in blank) thinking it’s the last year with her here with us. I want to make this last year so terrific that we all have lasting memories.

It’s true that she will get it all done and on time, but as the professional worrier that I am, I must fill my worry bucket with these new worries: driving, time-lines, essays, fees, dates, emails, dances, homework and sports. I know scores of people have done this before me and will do it after me. I welcome any tips and tricks and hugs.

Will you share your pearls of wisdom?

Aloha,

Denise

Did you enjoy your day?

Well, the first week of school is behind us. We made it to school on time, to the Cross Country and Tennis practices on time and the Class Day ready to Play. Everyone enjoyed the week.

Mark and I celebrated Hawaii’s statehood on Friday and enjoyed some quiet time together.

Emily, Tara and I dove on two ship wrecks and one lovely reef on Saturday morning and loved it! Then we all went to the Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor for an air show. Truly wonderful and enjoyable.

I can’t imagine a life without enjoyment and wonder.

I truly enjoy each day….whatever it brings. Do you?

Aloha,

Denise

Quotes I want to share:

Give without remembering. Receive without forgetting.  Art Jonak.

I’ll love whatever you make for dinner.  Mark Schnitzer.

‎Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better.  Jim Rohn

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt

Living in the moment, I co-create my life. Randy Gage

Create the day of your dreams. Denise Schnitzer

Aloha,

Denise

School started sleekly

As I mentioned, Camp Denise is over and school has begun! Emily is a senior and Tara is a sophomore. I had some heart palpitations yesterday as I drove them to school, but I made it safely there. I can’t believe it’s time already to go to bed early, wake up early, make lunches, do homework and lay out uniforms nightly.

The girlz like their classes, teachers and free blocks. They are both on teams: Emily is running cross-country and Tara is  playing tennis. They both have settled in nicely with homework and reading time. But most of all, they are both happy to see me in the late afternoon when I pick them up. Yippee!!

This is going to be a fabulous, prosperous, enlightening year.

How are YOU doing?

Aloha,

Denise

Summer Finale

Well, Summer 2011 has ended. Camp Denise is over for this year. Our guest campers returned to California and are welcome back anytime. Over the past months we went scuba diving, stand-up-paddling, banana boat riding, horseback riding, go-kart racing, para-sailing, singing, driving, swimming and enjoyed lots of shave ice.  We toured BYU, Queen Emma’s Summer Palace, the Iolani Palace and Pearl Harbor. We watched many movies and dined in countless restaurants.

We are really happy, ready for our new school year to begin (today) and optimistic that this year will be another exceptional one.

How was your summer?

Much love, success and aloha,

Denise

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BEN!

I wish my father-in-law a very happy, healthy and super-fun birthday!!

HaPpY BiRtHdAy to you! ♪♪♫  ~ ♪♫ Hau`oli Lā Hānau ♪♫ ~ Feliz cumpleaños. ~ Felice compleanno. ~יום הולדת שמח ~ Tanti Agurui. ~ Grattis på födelsedagen! ~ สุขสันต์วันเกิด ~ feliz aniversário. ~ maligayang kaarawan! ~ joyeux anniversaire! ~ χαρούμενα γενέθλια. ~ buon compleanno ! تولدت مبارک! ~ sinh nhật vui vẻ! Wishing you the best day EVER!

I love you, Dad!

Aloha,

Denise