First souvenir of the trip purchased; i think I've been without long enough and at least waiting got me one that says i❤NY instead of Hawai'i...
at the newark airport on New Jersery. .. .Just landed... this is the farthest East i have ever been and I believe the farthest north too....I saw the statue of liberty from my plane, it made me think of my youngest who's always striking a pose and saying "i'm the sttue of liberty!"
As if being thousands of thousands of miles away from them isn't bad enough, my other girl is already sending me pictures saying she couldn't sleep last night because she didnt get her good night kiss from me; she's eleven....
i wonder if i'll hear from my thirteen year old boy while im gone.....
i miss them all but i know keoki will take good care of them while I'm gone; probably even spoil them but that's ok as long as they're alive and healthy....
Now to help keep me happy and healthy, a nice smoothie...bananas, blueberries, and strawberries....
I might be freezing now but YUMMY!!! NEXT STOP IRELAND🤗🤗🤗
Hate leaving my family, but love going places...why's it gotta be so darn expensive to fly?? I'd live to take them everywhere with me.
They are the best and i miss them dearly already but it will be nice to get a break, although two weeks might be kinda long....
After a five hour long and very uncomfortable flight we've landed in the LAX..love going places, hate the process.
...it is 2 am in hawai'i, 5 am here and i was pleased to see some places open and serving food seeing that i hadn't eaten since lunch yesterday. However, the long line at the coffee bean was a bummer and after getting my food and standing in the coffee bean line for a few minutes i decided I'd like to eat my food hot so i took my breakfast burrito to the gate. When i got there my professor asked what i had and said it "looks good;" i told her "looks are decieving"
Breakfast burrito with eggs, cheddar cheese, bacon, and potatoes wrapped in a flour tortilla and topped with salsa
Woowhoo!! as of tonight i am a college graduate. Today i received my associates of science degree in tropical forest ecosystem and agroforestry management from Hawai'i Community College and tomorrow i fly to Ireland. I am so excited; i kind of think that maybe i didn't think this day would ever come and now, it seems to have happened so quickly.
I have to and am more than pleased to thank my mom, my fiance, my kids, professor, counselors, fellow classmates and forestTEAM mates for all of your support throughout this jouney, mahalo. Now to try to get some sleep in the midst of all this excitment. A hui hou..
I can't believe it! Only ten more days and I'll be on my way; thousands and thousands of miles from my family, friends, and home. The closer it gets the more surreal it feels but I'm ready...at least I think I am. Got my outlet adapters, passport, euro, been all packed for like a week already. The fiancé came home the day I started packing and was like, 'wow, you have enough clothes to pack now and you're not even leaving for like a month??' Although I must admit as it gets closer and closer to departure time I keep taking things out of my bags like "I don't really need this," I hope I don't regret taking anything out. None the less I'm packed and ready; finish this semester, graduate, and AWAY WE GO! What can I say, I'm a little excited.
Its been about a year now that I've been anticipating this trip. I am a full time student with three kids and very limited funds. When I first had heard of this opportunity to study abroad in Ireland I never thought (as bad as I wanted to go) that I would actually go but here I am; all paid for, registered, and anxiously awaiting my departure.
Getting to this point was anything but easy. The first step was telling myself and everyone else that I was going no matter what and guess what, I'm going but just believing alone was not enough. I had to find the funds to pay for it all, arrange rides for my kids to and from school for the two weeks while I'm gone, as well as a babysitter. Thanks to being an outstanding student and an active member in my community and school, I was awarded monies, some specific to this trip; Thank you Pamela Scheffler and the Tropical Forest Ecosystem and Agroforestry Management program and Laura Brezinsky from the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) at Hawai'i Community College for enduring my many emails and making this happen, Also, a big thank you to the Honda Scholarship Committee for selecting me for the study abroad scholarship. Mahalo.
While I was notified of the awards in December of 2015 and February of this year, I had not received anything until about a week ago- well after all the deadlines had passed. I had started to worry that this trip was not going to happen for me but had to push those thoughts out of my head and remember that God is on my side; I had done all that I could and just had to keep the faith, so to speak.
So after some up and downs, concerns from kids, and many, many emails I am all set to go and couldn't be more thrilled. As my departure date gets closer and closer the butterflies in my stomach get crazier and crazier and I am starting to have doubts like, what the fiance will cook them for dinner, will they do their chores? Will my home be completely destroyed when I return but then I remember I have an awesome man and even more awesome kids; it will all be okay.
I can't wait to share with you all the beautiful places we will go and all the things I will learn!