Pearl Harbor Commissary Reset

Hubby forwarded this email to me this morning – FYI Hawaii peeps!

The Pearl Harbor commissary will have a Full Store Reset, scheduled for August 17, 18, and 19, 2014 and will be required to close in order to accomplish this. We will open for half the day on Sunday August 17th and remain closed on the 18th and 19th, reopening on the 20th for normal business. Request widest dissemination of the attached article and to include in the Ho’Okele News Paper every Friday staring from July 25, August 1, 8, and 15.

This store reset will involve the replacement of all dry shelving in the Pearl Harbor commissary. The Hickam commissary will be prepared to support our commissary patrons during this time.

Totally NOT Mobile Pretty

I brought up this blog the other day to look for a recipe and noticed that the header graphic isn’t the right size for mobile. The rest of the blog is fine – but it LOOKS wonky.

Ugh … sorry! This is not OK :(

But – I’m far too busy geeking out on Minecraft that I have no time to fix it ;)

I will get to it soon …

Planes: Fire & Rescue FREE Educational Activity Book #FireAndRescue

Planes: Fire & Rescue / Educational Activity BookSmoky the Bear, National Parks, and the heroes from Disney’ Planes: Fire & Rescue have teamed up to help your kids have fun with fire safety this summer!

The activity book has a word search, a quiz, camping safety tips, facts about wild fires, and lots of tips on general outdoor fire safety. I would recommend this for ages 5 to 10; it’s an easy read for the older kids, but there aren’t any coloring pages.

Planes: Fire & Rescue is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure film. It is a sequel to the 2013 film Planes, a spin-off of Pixar’s Cars franchise. Produced by DisneyToon Studios, it will be released theatrically by Walt Disney Pictures on July 18, 2014.

You can download this free activity book by clicking this link!


Much Needed Psychic Cleansing

I had such a wonderful time at my friend Keoni’s psychic fair! I had a psychic cleansing (is that what it was called?) and was told a message that I needed to hear. I also had a palm reading and an oracle cards reading by the lovely, sweet Wina B. She told me some things that correlated with what Keoni said as well as a few things I knew (just needed reminders of). Also spoke to Michele about fitness and motivation (something I also needed!)

Learned a lot and now have a bigger desire to learn more. Keoni has mentioned hosting more events like this one and I really, really hope he does. Until then, I always have his wonderful website to refer to – Indigo Angel’s Light. I’m going to read the “Where to Begin” articles on the website and go from there.

Learning and Teaching

10246614_510334319067570_7811031388482900585_nAfter a ton of thinking about the subject and weighing the pros & cons on the matter, I’ve decided to homeschool my son next year. Alexander will be in 4th grade (and Juliana will be in pre-school) and I think it will be the absolutely BEST thing for us all. It will be our last year in Hawaii and the schools here seem to be a bit “lacking” (honestly) and I’m worried that the both of them – mostly Xander – will be behind once we get back to the mainland.

I’ve been “pinning” a ton of resources onto my Pinterest “Learning & Teaching” board and I have some homeschool and teacher friends sharing ideas and curriculum information with me! Lots of support (for which I am very grateful.)

I’m planning on more of an “unschool” sort of direction in homeschool. I was never really “into” school even though I adore learning – and it seems as though my son is similar to me in that sense. I plan on using a “curriculum” for math (Saxon) but the rest of the schooling will be based very loosely on what he “should” be learning. I get to teach not for TESTING but for LEARNING! 4th and 5th grades were my absolutely favorite in school – so I am super stoked to be his teacher for at least 4th grade.

I don’t really mind lesson planning. There are so many friends of mine who homeschool and there are so many FREE resources available online! I’m not stressed about this, I’m excited! (Perhaps a little TOO excited!) My husband is even totally on board! He’s excited about working in lots of science lessons when we do a little family vacation to the Big Island soon!

So, be prepared for the onslaught of homeschooling information. I find it easier to re-locate information via my own blog sometimes (much like the meatloaf recipe I had lost, then found on here!)

Anyway, you’ve been warned. I even added a new Category ;)


Step One – Primary Care Provider Visit

Today I took my 9 year old to his “Primary Care Provider” to speak with her about getting his ADHD diagnosed and getting him on meds. I told her what we had been doing thus far to keep him on-task and focused and what wasn’t working and what was working. The last time we saw a doctor about Xander’s ADHD, the Doc looked at me like I was a crazy mom who just wanted to drug her kid into submission – sooooo not true. I just see a lot of ME in him and want him to be able to function like a normal(ish) person.

But I digress. This doctor seemed to be listening but would interrupt me every so often and not let me finish my thought. I have ADD – I can be long winded, I know, but let me finish a damn sentence! She made some notes and then told me that he had to be seen by the ADHD Clinic at the local big military hospital. Okay, fine, works for me since I’d love to speak with someone who knows what they are doing (hopefully). She told me that they would call within 10-12 days so I asked her “what if they don’t call?” and she looked surprised. Yes lady, I know how you military docs work ….

She garbled something about them maybe not calling if they don’t think he needs to be seen – if the doctor doesn’t think he needs to be seen. I said “but you’re the Doctor” and she responded with, a confused “I guess you can call them in two weeks if they don’t call you.”

I might be reading into things wrong, but, that sounds to ME as if she (the doctor) doesn’t think he needs to be seen by the ADHD Clinic and will put that in her notes? Every time I mentioned having done the research on some of the medications available she told me that “we don’t want to jump to medicine” and that “there are classes he can take” … Okay? Classes that he won’t be able to focus on because his mind is elsewhere? I live with this child every day and I see how he ticks. I’ve spoken with his teacher on a number of occasions and she sees how he ticks. So, I am a little unnerved and irritated by the idea of not being able to speak to an ADHD/ADD person because the doctor had a 10 minute visit with Xander and I and deemed him “just a normal 9 year old boy.”

I will wait out the two weeks, then I’m going to be up their asses finding out what my next step is.