Mother / Daughter “Hats Off” evening

Last night at our kids’ school, we attended an amazing, lovely, exquisite, delicious event. The “Hats Off” title invited moms and daughters to wear a hat (of any genre or era) and dress up for this night. My daughters and I dressed up quite differently: Emily wore a big green hat and a lovely sundress; Tara wore a cowgirl hat, mini skirt and boots; I wore a hat of my grandmother’s and a flowy skirt with big pearls.

There were hats, twinkle lights, and orchids everywhere. The dinner was catered by Chef Hardy of Michele’s restaurant in Waikiki.  There was also entertainment and a showcase of student art!

Several dads walked around serving more food and Plantation Iced Tea. Mark was one of the charming dads!

I love being with our daughters and when they are happy, dressed up and with their friends, they are so much fun.

Aloha,

Denise

Vacation? Bliss!

Today was a great beach day: Tara and I had breakfast on the beach; Ranson and Emily walked along the beach; Mark sat in the sun and played in the water. We were among the visitors and locals enjoying Waikiki Beach.

How do you know who lives here and who is visiting? It’s hard! We’re all dressed in bathing suits, hats, sunscreen & beach towels. We’re all looking for the perfect place to plop down in the sand. We’re all happy, relaxed and care-free.

So, it really doesn’t matter…we are all on vacation…no worries, just bliss.

Note: the best breakfast on the beach: Beach Cafe near Queens Beach. Best yogurt: Yogurtland.

Aloha,

Denise

Wonderful life, isn’t it?!

Saturday, Feb 18 was an extra special day.

Tara walked across the street to pick up a few things at the mall. She loves to do that and I love her independence. Emily and I went over an  hour later for her hair appointment. I spoil our kids, admittedly, so they had coffee drinks, soft pretzels, acai bowls and lots of mommy-attention.

Tara worked on her French essay; Emily had her hair straightened (took 1.25 hours); I had my hair done ( I just couldn’t sit there watching people come and go and not partake!); and Mark finished some work as well.

Fast forward to evening: Tara left to go babysit; Emily was picked up by her boyfriend to go to his Military Ball; Mark and I dressed for our date at a tony restaurant near our home. We all had a super night!

We are so blessed with the favor of God. We have a wonderful life.

How are you acknowledging your blessing and favor?

Aloha,

Denise

What’s new?

As a new Hawaiian, I say, “How’z it?” as the greeting de jour. I eat the fun plethora of foods. And I enjoy the water sports afforded us by the warm, nearby ocean.

What else is new is my mindset. I’m more forgiving, acknowledging and self-expressed now. I’m reading more; laughing more and exploring more.

Our world is large and small: there’s so much to see and still I run into people I know at the grocery store.

What’s new in your world?

Aloha,

Denise

Happy day after

Happy Day After Valentine’s..

I’m so blessed, I’m so happy. Mark went to the mainland Sunday and Monday and still bought his girlz and me red roses and loving cards for Valentine’s day. What an awesome, great guy!!

He asked me to marry him 27 years ago, on Valentine’s day.

Our daughters had sentimental cards for me on the table.

My RED dinner was fun, delicious and even shared with Emily’s bf who surprised her at school with a banner of love and red roses.

What a great day…the fun still lingers the day after.

I hope you had a great Valentine’s day too!

xoxox Aloha,

Denise

Have you laughed until you cried lately?

Oh my! My dear friend from California is here for a visit. She’s let me tour her thru Waikiki, Diamond Head and the Ala Moana mall. She’s hiked, beached, eaten and driven around with me. The best part of it all is our laughing until we cry!

I love these precious times with friends.

Have you laughed until you cried lately? What makes you laugh?

Aloha,

Denise

My shower thoughts tonight

 

Reading two books at the same time is inspiring. Two magazines is dizzying.

When I am publicly authentic, doors open and people are genuinely touched.

I am so committed to telling my friends that mean the world to me. Who you are makes a difference! I’m telling you!!!

Great food is fun and fun to share.

Love is always and forever.

How does that grab you?

Aloha,

Denise

Do you have and are you FRIENDS FOR LIFE?

On my walk today I listened and talked. The best thing I heard was, “I really like you….” and “we’ll always be friends.” I talked about my kids, our time here in Hawaii, the benefits of renting and food.

Last week I shared the day and dinner with a friend I met in 2010. This week, I will share some time with a friend since our kids were in preschool. Daily I share mornings with new friends from this year. On February 14, I’ll share Valentine’s Day with my BEST friend for 35 years, my handsome hubby, Mark.

What else is great to hear from a friend and say to a friend: I love you….I’ll be there if you need anything….I’ll be on the next plane out….There’s always Facebook…..I’m so happy you are in my life….

I remember a saying my mom told me, ” to have a friend is to be a friend.”

How are you doing with this?

Aloha,

Denise

Too impossible?

Within the structure of my Power and Contribution course, I have declared my promise to the world. I promise that by 2031 all teenagers will know love, feel nurtured and be recognized for their creativity and talents.

What does that look like? Well, I’m not certain specifically, but generally it takes people to want the same thing and work on bringing the promise closer to fruition.

I am on my way: I have a desire, a big heart and the commitment. That’s not too impossible, right? Are  you in?

What is your promise to the world? Want to join me in mine?

Aloha,

Denise