Marcus' First Day of SCHOOL!

Marcus-Makakilo Baptist

Today was Marcus' first day of Pre-School. Yes, it is a little late in the school year, but nevertheless, he is officially a student. He attends 5 days a week 7:30-11:30, a perfect transition, except the waking up early part; we are ALL struggling with that one.

Well, what happened was by the time I decided to really look into the whole school situation for him, I was screwed. I had literally missed every cut-off possible for Marcus or financial aid. I cannot even begin to tell you how infuriating the public school system is here in Hawaii and how expensive the Private School situation is either, but I don't want to ruin a perfectly good post for my big-boy, on that crap.

So, back to the the topic at hand. I finally got on the wait list for Makakilo Baptist and an opening came up. We thought long and hard and enrolled Marcus, that's why he is starting so late. Anyway the fist day was a complete success! He LOVED it.

There were no tears shed by my big boy. I'm not gonna lie I cried and so did Hena-boy, but I couldn't tell if it was for Marcus or because he didn't get to stay at school. DON'T worry fellow moms, I held it together until I turned the corner. phew. I guess all the hesitation I was experiencing this week when making a decision to send him, might have actually been from me. hmmm...no one ever said letting them grow up was going to be easy.

Anyway, he stayed, he listened, he played, he said the Pledge of Allegiance, he held the flag and before I knew it, me and Hena came to pick him up. Hena ran to him and gave him a huge hug and said "bruddah I missed you"! I guess "special" one-on-one time was a little boring for Hena boy today. Anyway, he is excited to return and I cannot believe that my baby is in school.

Tonight, regretfully I was a little hard on him. I felt horrible. He really is such a good kid, poor thing being the oldest. Marcus I do want you to know that mommy and daddy love you so much and are so grateful to have an obedient son like you. I hope that you will never forget how happy we are to have you in our eternal family and how proud we already are of you! I love you!


ELi-James Lohenaokealaka`i Heide 7.09.09

When I think of Lohena I think of my love-bug.
Hena-boy made 2 this past July. Where has the time gone.
My sweet, easy-baby is growing everyday.
He has his papa Heide's big hands, his father's mischievous smile, sensitive like his mother and intuitive and quick to learn.
Every morning my cuddle-bug stumbles into my bed.
 I don't even think he know he does it. I wake every morning with him playing with my hair, and him sucking on his two fingers (middle and ring).
He is stubborn, loving, and kind.
He is sweet and funny.
He makes me laugh every day.
And he has the role of being the "baby" down.
I am such a sucker for him.
He has no fear. 
He is willing to try anything and will jump off of anything.
He is a daredevil.
I know that I will have my hands full with him in the future.

I love you Hena-Boy!

101 Financial money saving e-guide

This weekend I had the opportunity to attend a 101 Financial Student University. If you are new to my blog you might be wondering what 101 Financial is.

 In a nut shell, 101 is a Financial Education Company. Started in 2002 by local boy Alan Akina, (you may recognize him from the KHON2 morning news-Financial Segment and Thrifty Thursday's clips) he has shared his dreams and his passions with thousands of locals and even main-landers; teaching us how to achieve Financial Freedom. Learning simple but new and unconventional methods of everyday banking, Cameron & I have paid off close to $90K in the the last 3 years to our debt. In fact, in the last 3 months we have paid an extra $11,000 to our mortgage principle payment and hope to have our home paid off in the next 2 years.

Needless to say, this University was filled with speakers and money saving tips. I was able to refresh my knowledge and meet and share stories with others.

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