Sunday, November 19, 2017

Serious Lack of Time and Energy

Life has been uphill, downhill and sideways the last few years and this year has been filled with many changes. Many good changes have come but has also made our life full with even less free time. I am finding it extremely hard to find interest in blogging and social media. The more and more I see everyone so consumed with it, the less I want to be around it. I have to use things for work all the time but when it comes to personal things, I find myself pulling away from keeping up with the digital world.  There is something about the way people see pictures and they imagine that's what your life is like.

No one seems to realize it's just a sliver of something you actually share of your personal life but in no way means that is how life is...You never see the struggles or hardships or lack of time..one picture portrays this crazy amazing life that viewers seem to think is what you're living when in reality your life is just the same as it's always been.  One photo doesn't mean we travel all the time and are having the time of our lives hanging out doing fun things..it's quite the opposite..we just post one thing that makes us smile while the days keep melding into one another with the same work life reality that we deal with on a daily...

I am finding myself looking forward to more and more outdoor time, turned off by the amount of time it takes to keep up with everything when you have no time to spare for genuine family time, I find it even harder to justify spending that precious time looking at Instagram and all other pointless things that do nothing but take away that little time that I do have.

The posts dates have gone further and further apart and I had wanted to spend less time writing one that was interesting and couldn't figure out why..until recently. I've been so busy working on the computer with my current job that when the day is done and I still have to work on organizing my better half's business and the kids and the skateboarding, by the time we sit down, all I want to do is unwind and spend 30 minutes laughing about something silly before bed..so apologies for being disconnected from everything but until I find that passion for blogging and keeping up with social media, I may just pop in and out sporadically..IT IS the holiday season for the rest of the year which means added craze! HAHAHAHA

Happy Thanksgiving! GET OUTSIDE AND EXPLORE..DAY TRIP ROAD TRIP ANYTHING!

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Art, Beats Lyrics Prep + Catching up at Home

Trying to gather my thoughts over the past month or two.  It's been a whirlwind but when is it not?

We spent a good amount of time preparing for ABL and setting up at the warehouse.  It was super hot and nasty.  I think we spent many 10 hour days in there just dirty and sweaty.  It was a lot of fun and a lot of hard work.  The end result of all the setup was worth it.

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We did get to spend some time with family out in North Carolina which was pretty awesome.  We normally don't even had more than a few hours in and out on our trips but we actually had a day or two here and there which was so nice to have a moment to relax with them and catch up.  We didn't schedule any meetings and it was so nice to NOT be running around trying to fit everything in.

Catching up at home before we head out again, we had a ton of car issues!  First with Mat and his ticket, then the Versa getting in an accident.  It was deemed a total loss.  It was bittersweet to see it go because that was my first car since moving away from Hawaii and it has been through many miles with so many memories between us but it was time.  Then Costco car wash ripped off my roof racks and scratched my car pretty bad so now just waiting for them to get back to us about fixing our car!  When it rains, it pours.

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Things are looking up though..I did get to start a new chapter with work and I'm super excited.  I have been working for an awesome lady on the days I wasn't working at my regular job at the warehouse..and she asked me to work only for her..so I made my mind up a few weeks ago to take her up on it and this week was my last day at the warehouse!  So excited to be working for her only and being able to work from home is an added plus.  It works out with my travels which will make it easier to be mobile if we need to.  I get to learn so many new things with her and it's addicting!  So, for every crazy obstacle we face, we always have a light at the end of the tunnel.  Trying to figure out why things happen.  I truly believe everything happens for a reason and we just have to wait and see why what happens happens..until then, just keep looking ahead for a sign =)

We did have a datenight for once.  We have had no time to do anything but our friend got us tickets to The Taste of LA again this year.  We got to go on a surprise date last year when he surprised me with it and he wanted to do it again this year.  It was so hot and the food vendors weren't nearly as good as last year but it was so much fun just doing something on our own without the kids and not work related.  We got to see friends out there and it was nice to have a moment of adulting LOL.

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We spent the last of the summer before school starts taking the boys skating to fun places.  The Juice Magazine party was so fun.  The boys got to skate with some awesome kids and we kept thinking how cool skate families are.  Most normal parents would not let their kids stay out late skating on a school night with loud crazy people everywhere and tons of long hair boys!

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Until next time..

Thursday, July 6, 2017

June Bithdays, Family and Gardening

Mathew and I have birthdays that are 6 days apart...and the funny part is that we both don't celebrate or make it a big deal.  We aren't present giving people and we don't like to take time to do special things for ourselves and have people know that it's our birthdays.  We are a strange pair aren't we?

The boys spent time in the bathroom setting up such a cute little happy birthday to me when I got home from work.  Sad part was, I was so busy working on more work when I got home that I hadn't even gone to the bathroom for at least 2 hours after I got home and didn't even see it until I got up to pee before we had to go to tend the garden!  It was such a sweet gesture.  I am very uncomfortable with people paying attention to me so birthdays are strange for me.  I am almost unhappy more than happy on that day!

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For Mathew's birthday, he had to work and take Rocket to his first class after winning the Intro2skate contest and he ended up spending all day driving and class and driving some more.  I had planned to cook him a nice dinner and cake and it was so nice to have his mom and step mom here for our birthdays.
 

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We were so busy the entire time they were here working and it feels like we never get enough time to just relax and hang out.  They helped us get our garden set up and we have so much to learn about gardening!!!  They all just left and the house seems so empty without them.

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Cannot wait til we get our life a little less hectic and have time to look back at all of this and laugh! =)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Ziggy and Rocket Jo Psyched at San Pedro Shred Fest

We took a break from work to take the boys to check out the San Pedro Shred Fest.  It was our first time and it was such an amazing event.  So stoked the boys started skating because it has exposed them to such a great community and culture.  They are so obsessed with skating..especially Rocket.  And the drive to try even harder is growing as they get to know more of the amazing people who are around them.

We got there early and they got to skate the street course and downhill course before it got super crowded.  They also had the most AMAZING free swag.  They got a new set of pads and helmet and won a new Duster cruiser cork skateboard.  They are so excited to skate it at the beach one night.

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They did get themselves a SPSA shirt to support the community.  It was nice to see how much everyone is so passionate about saving Channel Street Skatepark and we can't wait to have the boys volunteer when it becomes available.  Andy from the SPSA was very nice and said it looks to be moving forward...crossing fingers!!!

Their most memorable part was skating with their skatepark buddy all day and meeting Daewon Song.  He signed their helmets and skateboards and gave them pointers.  What an humble and awesome skater.  Genuinely passionate and caring about the kids and the future.

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Can't wait to go again next year!!!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Ziggy's 11th Birthday

I cannot believe that Ziggy is 11 years old.  He has grown up so much.

Many times, we are still reminded of how much of a little child he is, but in many other aspects, he's grown up to be a big boy.  Such a cute, sweet, ANGRY, silly and different child he is.  He's definitely going to be something amazing when he grows up.

He had everything scheduled on a paper to let use know how he wanted his day to be.  We stayed on track for the most part and he was so sweet to take us all out to dinner with his gift card from last year.  He felt like such a big kid by taking us all out to eat.  He didn't even want to do anything big..all he wanted to do was hang out with his family.

So very proud of him and cannot wait to see what comes in the next years...

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

New Order Concert and Bay Area Exploring

It is so funny that we have not had any time to do anything in years that wasn't work related.  It just so happened that Yosemite camping (for spring break) happened to be last weekend and then the weekend after was the New Order concert that I surprised Mathew with for our anniversary last year.

We were so busy but refused to cancel.  It just seemed crazy that over the last few years we haven't had a break and then both weekends turn out to be at the same moments instead of spread out.

San Francisco is one of my favorite cities.  I almost moved there when I was 19.  Found a room in a place in Russian Hill and ended up not going through with it due to family things that went on that year.  So many fond memories and friends who live/lived there.  It was so funny because I was trying to find a hotel for us to stay while at the concert and didn't know what to do because none of the reviews for decent priced hotels seemed to be good.  I asked one of my close old friends for recommendations and she's like uhhh stay with me and we are going to the same concert!  DUH!  I totally forgot in my chaos, that of course she would go..hahaha..I didn't want to burden her by asking to stay with her since we had the boys with us and it's a lot of people to ask to house.  She was so awesome.

Our drive up was really nice and peaceful.  It is such an easy drive compared to the draining misery of the shorter, desert drive to Vegas.  I'd rather drive 6 hours up north anytime!  We stopped at one of the biggest skateparks in the country.  Lake Cunningham in San Jose so the boys could get some skate time in after a long roadtrip.  They had such a blast!

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By the time we got to Oyuki's house, we got everyone settled in instantly and we got ready to go.  She was well prepared (as if I didn't know this already) and had everyone on a loose plan to get there and packed with drinks in her bag...I needed to take notes on getting drinks in events! LOL  It was such a relaxing and fun concert..it was nice to spend it with friends and Mathew..we hadn't really done something like this in a long time.

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The next day, we took the boys up the hill of her house to a skatepark there..such a fun little area..I love where she lives..has so much character.  The boys got along so well and instant friends.  I wished we lived closer.  In the afternoon, Mathew's friend showed us around a little of the city and got us some goodies at the ferry building.  It was a lovely day and I wished we had more time to explore.

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On the way home, we stopped at the Golden Gate Bridge since Ziggy had mentioned he wanted to see it.  It was so beautiful..we caught SF on the most sunny, beautiful weekend ever.  If we had more time, I would have loved to hike somewhere or drive up to Redwoods but next time....now that we have done this drive and seen how easy it is, we are definitely going to do this more often!!

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If I ever found an assistant job or some other job I'd be passionate about up there, I'd move in a heartbeat!!!