Wendy noticed that the Tiki Hut was feeling more and more like home. Her pantry was full of familiar foods, her laundry room had a pile of lone socks, and there was chocolate ice cream smudged on the freezer handle.
++++ I was talking to my friend Heidi, and she mentioned that as a child she narrated her life to herself. Wouldn't that be a fun angle for an entire blog. 3rd Person Omniscient.... I'm in 3rd.... Anywho, just an idea for you.
But back to settling in. My sister, Anna, asked how things are going for the kids at school and with friends, and it made me think about how well everything is going here. So here's the run down:
The girls have been in school for about 6 weeks and they seem to be doing fine. Sydney's teacher is still a grouch, and she assigns WAY too much homework, but I guess that's okay. There are two girls from her class who live right on our street, so that makes it fun for playing after school. Sydney stayed home sick all last week, but it wasn't strep, and she seems to be feeling mostly better.
Emily still Loooooooooves her teacher. She draws her little pictures every day, and on the weekend she says things like "Ms. Y won't believe all those fish I saw" and "I'm going to show Ms. Y this sea glass on Monday!" Emily plays with a couple of younger kids who live next door, but I have to say they just aren't the Sheffields (our good neighbors in SD who had kids Sydney, Emily and John's ages. We miss you guys!) Emily loves the beach and says that every day off and every Saturday is Beach Day.
Hannah is making friends at the middle school and doing well in her classes, and is starting Track this week. She hasn't made a best friend yet, but she spends plenty of time on the phone with her buddies back in Rapid. It has been nice to have her around the house more. She is so fun! There are lots more Young Women in our ward here than in our last ward, and she is having fun with them. They did a scarf dance for Chinese New Year that was pretty cute. She is also starting to get some babysitting jobs, which she is very excited about $!$!
John is enjoying Joy School, I think. He always says he doesn't want to go, but when I go to pick him up, he always wants to stay longer. Last week I was the Teacher and we had fun! He is doing okay in the Sunbeam Class, too. He doesn't want to sit with them during Sharing Time, and for now I'm just letting him sit on my lap (since I'm in there with my class.) I think that's okay. He does go to class time just fine.
I'm feeling a lot more confident driving around the island. I am able to tell the names of the towns and streets apart (Waianae, Waikele, Waipahu they all look the same...) and if I get turned around I know the major roads.
We are having fun in our ward and feeling more at home there, too. I am really enjoying my calling teaching in Primary, and since it doesn't take much of my time during the week, I am also able to do some other volunteering. I help at the Elementary School on Tuesdays, and with the PTSO (I'm sure that is similar to PTA) at the middle school. I am also volunteering as a RAV (Readiness Assitance Volunteer) with Nathan's squadron. I have just a few ladies whose husbands are deployed that I check on now and then. Kind of like Visiting Teaching.
The best thing is that my friend Heidi has invited me to join a North Shore mom's surfing group that meets every Tuesday and Thursday on the at 3:30pm to surf! Bring your kids and take turns out on the water. We couldn't go last week because Sydney was sick, but starting on Tuesday we are so There!
Moving is HARD. There are still several boxes in the garage that haven't been opened, I haven't put up any pictures or curtains, and I still need to buy some rugs, and a desk, and... but we are getting there.
We are also making sure to have fun in Hawaii. Isn't it funny how when you live somewhere you just don't take advantage of all the cool stuff around? We are making plans and having all kinds of fun here in Paradise. This weekend: scuba, snorkle, and Thai for dinner (mmm! sticky rice.) Next weekend bowling and a trip to the temple, with some surfing mixed it.
So, I am still a little unorganized, and I still have a lot of work to do, but this Tiki Hut is looking more and more like home!