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I am homeless

I could not even imagine having to say those words aloud to myself.  Living on the island of Oahu has really opened my eyes to how serious the issue of homelessness is.  Even though this problem is not limited to Hawaii, I know that when people think of Hawaii homelessness is not one of the first things that pops into their head, if at all.  In reality the problem is bigger here than most people could even imagine.  When you say Hawaii, people think of beautiful white sand beaches, fabulous nightlife, all around dream vacation.  For a lot of people living here with no home it is more than likely a nightmare.  If you were to take a drive to some places and see families..... children, living in tents on the beach, sleeping on library steps, breaks my heart.  I do not know everyones story, nor do I know their entire circumstance, but this is an issue that does not look like it is going away any time soon.

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Wordless Wednesday!

So.....I FINALLY realized I am NOT superwoman

*Sigh* I don't even know where to begin. Between taking care of a 4 year od, an 8 month old, and a disabled army vet husband, I have FINALLY realized that I am NOT superwoman.  For months I have been driving my husband to appointments, my daughter to and from school, taking care of baby (who BTW just started crawling AND is teething), working from home, and trying to find time for myself in the process.  I have had the occasional lunch date with friends, but I am sooo tired...ok mentally exhausted is more like it.  I guess I have been on some semi-comatic (is that a word) adrenaline high that I have not been able to realize how physically exhausted I am also.  See, I'm startin to not even make sense anymore lol.  Well, its definitely time to unmask myself.  I am not superwoman, I am Stephanie. It is time for Stephanie to start taking care of Stephanie too.

10 Ways to Really Annoy an Army Wife

1) As soon as you find out her husband is deployed take it upon yourself to tell her exactly how you feel about the war and how WE shouldn’t be over there. WE? Are YOU over there, too?

2) Follow that up by asking how she feels about the President. Oh...don't get me started....

3) Look surprised and say, “I don’t know how you do it, I could never LET my husband do that.”

That's funny, now that you mention it, I don't recall Uncle Sam calling me up and asking my permission...

4) If she’s pregnant be sure and ask if the military is going to send her husband home for the birth.

I don't even know what to say to this one...

5) Tell her she should really consider getting additional life insurance since her husband has a good chance of getting killed.

Oh, don't worry, you as the tax-payer have already generously provided me with an excellent life insurance policy....

6) Remind her how lucky she is that her husband gets all that extra tax free money when he’s at war.

Hmmm...yeah. It does help to pay for all the babysitters and daycare that I have to get while I go to therapy....

7) Try to relate to her by saying you know just how she feels because your husband was out of town on business for a week last month. favorite one. One question: did your husband miss Christmas and/or your kids' birthdays while he was on his horribly long business trip? No? Then Shut Up.

8 ) Ask her how she can be faithful for a whole year and if she worries about her husband cheating on her.

Faithful for a whole year? I'm trying to be faithful for my whole marriage. Am I worried about him cheating on me? Not really, I'm more worried about him, you know, getting killed.

9) Inquire on whether or not her husband has killed anyone.

Actually, yes. He's killed quite a few people. That's what he does, he's a highly trained, government contracted killer. Still want to come over for a BBQ?

10) Be sure to ask her when her husband comes home, if he’s done with the military or if he has to go back.

He comes home a year or more from when he left. No, he's not done with the military, it's kind of his job. Does he have to go back? I don't know, are they still killing each other in the Middle East? Yeah? Then probably....Besides, I wouldn't want to miss out on all that extra, tax-free money we're so lucky to get.

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Sesame Street Live

Last month, the hubs and I decided to be brave enough to conquer Sesame Street Live with a 4 year old and a 7 month old. It was brought to our military base via the USO Experience for Military Families.  What an awesome experience! Besides waiting for over an hour to get inside, because I am definitely an early bird when it comes to these types of events, my children loved it! The USO (United Service Organizations) has been offering this free traveling tour featuring some America’s favorite Muppets, and we all know that Elmo is like all the free candy in the world to most toddlers.

 They sang songs with positive themes that addressed feelings, missing a parent during deployment, etc.  They gave every child a free elmo toy and had free dvd's and reading materials for parents to share with their children to ease the stress and anxiety of deployment.  there were also activities before and after shows and the children were able to meet the characters.  For the past two years they have traveled throughout the US and Europe at more than 64 military installations. 

Here is the overseas 2010 TOUR SCHEDULE


Misawa Air Base – Japan – Jan 14 - 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Yokota Air Base – Japan – Jan 16 - 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Atsugi Naval Air Facility – Japan - Jan 19 - 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka – Japan - Jan 21 - 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Camp Foster - Okinawa - Jan 26 - 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Camp Kinser - Okinawa - Jan 28 - 6:00 p.m.

Kadena Air Base - Okinawa - Jan 30 - 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.


Camp Courtney - Okinawa - Feb 3 - 6:00 p.m.

Camp Humphreys - Korea - Feb 9 - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Yongsan Army Garrison - Korea - Feb 10 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Osan Air Base - Korea - Feb 11 - 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Naval Fleet Marianas - Guam - Feb 16 - 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Anderson Air Base - Guam - Feb 18 - 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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My Trip(s) to Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor is the most visited tourist attraction on the island of Oahu. I have been there 3 times. Yes you read that correctly...3 times!  I have valid reasons though. 

I went with my husband in 2007 soon after we arrived on the island.

One of my friends came to visit in April 2008 and I went again.

My mom and sister visited January 2010 and I went yet AGAIN!!

Honestly, it didn't get old. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I am a huuuuuge history buff. I absolutely love learning about new things dealing with culture and history. I taught fifth grade history before we moved to the island, so when I found out that we were coming here it was on the top of my list of things to do.

It is a rare treasure, but somber. My heart was extremely heavy knowing that I was standing about hundreds of men entombed below me. It struck me even harder being that my husband is a soldier. If you ever come to this island please go see this memorial.