Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay, October 2nd, 2016! This was the most amazing date I had ever been on with my husband. It’s on the Southeast Coast of Oahu, in the Hawaii Kai part of East Honolulu. The whole bay is a product of violent volcanic eruption, which also formed the coral reefs, the area’s main attraction.

This trip lasted only about half of the day, but it was absolutely amazing. My husband and I held hands and snorkeled the whole afternoon, and we only took breaks to clear our masks. The tropical marine life was absolutely stunning! Rainbow colored Parrot Fish nibbling on coral, dozens of schools of fish swarming and darting around! We even saw a few eels.

After our swim we headed back to the car and I realized I had only taken two pictures for the whole time we spent there. All of the things we saw, I couldn’t share with my friends and family, because I had just forgotten. But right after that, I thought back to us swimming around, seeing things together and how much fun we were having, and I think it was better that way. To have that day just be something for us 🙂 I think if I had been taking pictures and videos the whole time, there’s a chance I could have missed out on the bonding time I feel like that day gave my husband and I.

That being said, I definitely want to go back, but next time I will be taking TONS of photos!

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Ft. Hase

I woke up this morning ready to do what I always do.

As soon as the husband leaves for the day, that’s when my four and five-year old begin their siege. The morning starts with some light fist fighting, and transitions into breakfast. Breakfast melts nicely into cleanup time and outdoor play. We lucked out and moved into a house that has some playground equipment pretty close. And even though it’s fresh air and a great chance for them to get out their extra energy and be little boys, somehow lately it hasn’t seemed like enough.

So today, as I stood watching them, jumping from slide to slide as if they were apes, released from their enclosure, something else caught my eye. I saw a colorful flash, and when I turned to see what it was, I realized it was a kite! A beautiful kite, bobbing up and down, twirling left and right in the wind, its long rainbow tail trailing behind. It was an, “Aha!” moment for me. I knew the beach was close to my house, but I hadn’t realized just how close. So close to my house that I could see someone there, playing with a kite from my front porch. Not long after, as if she had read my mind, a friend invited us to walk down and enjoy the view.

I packed my camera, a sweater, and some water, and my boys and I walked down the road to the beach, like ducks in a row. And I’ll tell you, even with the choppy surf and the biting wind, I watched my oldest grab hold of the coarse sand and squeeze it through his fingers and he and his brother were over joyed. It was a beautiful sight. Not just the water, the sand, the sky.

My children.

 Such a simple act. Sitting on a beach, being somewhere that isn’t common, just for a few minutes. It was like their entire day had been made! So today I learned something. It only takes a little effort and a simple act to make a positive impact on those most important to you. And I’ve never met anyone more important than my children are to me.

During the Summer of 2016, for the first time, I really started to grow up. I dealt with the pains that came with it, and now I’m coming out stronger.

I guess I should introduce myself. My name is Shelbi, and I’m a mom of two in my mid twenties. I live a lifestyle that has always been unpredictable. My husband serves in the military, so often times we are apart or moving around. For the next few years, we will be on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

We got here at the start of the summer of 2016. Everything was beautiful, and my best friend had recently moved here with her family for the same reason, so life was about to be amazing. But this has been the first time I’ve ever been so far away from home. I really have to take care of things now. Be an adult, find my own way, start a meaningful life. How do I start all of it though? At twenty-five, I find myself searching for some sort of motivation, something I can strive for to make some kind of impact. So now, between college, two kids, a husband, and the military, I hope to find my way to becoming a person who has her sh*t together.

I want to explore the islands, do something for the community, work harder in school, and be someone my boys will be proud of. And I guess the reason for this blog is to hold me accountable. Kinda keep me on track.