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Weekly Photo Challenge: Hidden

One would think that with three kids 7 and under, I’d have a lot of “hidden” pictures at my disposal.  Oddly enough, I think this shot from one of our annual camping adventures does the theme justice:

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Ten Day You Challenge: Eight Fears

This number of the challenge is true to its name.  I’m FEARFUL to even allow myself to think too much about all that I fear.  I know I could have gone the “easy” way, and listed spiders and centipedes and big giant cockroaches, but I wanted to really challenge myself to dig a little deeper.  I’m uncomfortable, though.  It makes me feel more vulnerable.  So, please be kind when you read…I usually try to hide these away:

1.  I fear that every year of school for my younger girl is going to be as challenging as this one has been.

2.  I fear that my parenting choices aren’t “right.”  That I’ll fail my children.

3.  I fear that I’m not doing enough to show my husband how much I love and appreciate him…that I’m not a “good wife.”

4.  I fear illness and injury, specifically with regard to my family.

5.  I fear that my children will grow up not really knowing my family.

6.  I fear job loss/financial crisis.

7.  I fear for my students – they have so many needs, and end up in some scary situations.  I don’t want them to be hurt or hurt themselves.

8.  I fear my fears…I am a worrier, and sometimes I think I’m just on the brink of letting my worries get the best of me.

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”
Mark Twain

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Ten Day You Challenge: Seven Wants

Uh oh.  It seems the higher the number, the harder the task at hand.  Let’s see what I can come up with:

1.  I want my children to be healthy, happy and successful in their personal goals.

2.  I want to be the kind of mother who can help my children achieve #1.

3.  I want to be a better wife.  Ya know, the kind of wife I probably was before we had kids.

4.  I want to be more physically healthy…lose weight, be a good example to my kids.

5.  I want a housekeeper.  I hate spending weekend/evening/vacation time cleaning when I could be doing something fun with my family.

6.  I want to have enough money that I don’t need to budget and watch our spending so critically.

and last, but not least, and totally frivolous…

7.  I want to live in a brand new house someday.

I know there are a lot of little things I could have put…like an iPhone 4S, a new PC for my husband, body work for the Chevy…but I stuck to the bigger things.  Things that I’m really hoping will some day work out.

P.S.  Please stop by the blog where I found this super cool challenge:  Say hi to Maui blogger/Mom/ entrepreneur Luana.  She has no idea who I am, but I’m sure thankful for this fun challenge she shared with me & her readers!

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Ten Day You Challenge: Six Places

So as a full-time working mother of three young children, travel is not exactly on my mind.  But, just because it’s not on my mind, doesn’t mean I don’t allow myself a quick mental vacation or two from time to time dreaming of other places I’d rather be.  If I knew I could travel to six places, I know where I would want to go.  I wonder if it will surprise anyone.

1.  Maui – it’s where my mom, dad, and brother Adam, sister-in-law Sachi, and nephew AJ are and I miss them

2.  Las Vegas – not for the gambling, but to see my sister-in-law, brother-in-law, and my adorable nephews (and their new house and cute puppy, too!)

3. New Jersey: (1) Kearny – to visit with my Grandma Peg and Aunt Tracy, and (2) Sea Girt (after first convincing my Aunt & Uncle to come down from Ridgewood) to see the renovations to my Grandparents house and visit with them

4.  New York – to visit with Aunt Patty and experience the awesomeness of NY as an adult

5.  Abingdon, Maryland – to visit with my cousin and her beautiful family, Aunt and Uncle

6.  Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania – to visit with my cousin and his family

Ya know, I would actually need two more places, so I could make my rounds to all my family that I’ve been so far removed from since we moved to Hawai’i in 1988.  So my bonus mentions are Hobe Sound, Florida and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Ten Day You Challenge: Five Foods

First off, I apologize for taking a few days off.  I’ve been fighting a cold, and sleep was needed.  But anyway, I’m back and I’m ready to talk FOOD.

I grew up in a family of wonderful chefs – my Grandmothers, Aunts, and my mother.  I married into an equally food-tastic family.  I will not eat potato salad, stew or corned beef hash (among other things) that has not been cooked by my mother-in-law, I crave the Portuguese sausage of her father, Papa Caldeira, and I’m often spoiled by the marvelous baking and cooking of my sisters (in-law).  So to choose just five is a challenge for sure.

Today, at this moment my five top food choices would be:

1.  Grandma Peg and Aunt Ann’s Manicotti

2.  My mother’s (oh gosh how do I pick one?) Chicken Madeira with stuffed mushrooms

3.  Corned Beef Hash, made only by my mother-in-law (aka “Vovo”)

4.  Papa Caldeira’s Portuguese Sausage (put it in Aunty Brenda’s Gondule Rice and I’m in HEAVEN)

5.  CRAB.  Preferably King Crab with lots of melted butter and lemon

I know I cheated a teeny bit on #4, but oh well.

Please stop by the blog where I found this super cool challenge:  Say hi to Maui blogger/Mom/ entrepreneur Luana.  She has no idea who I am, but I’m sure thankful for this fun challenge she shared with me & her readers!