Sorry it's been a few days in posting but my hubby is on leave and we are spending a lot of time together as a family before he leaves for Iraq. You can pack a lot of things into one day.
Yesterday me and my friend Tracey were standing outside watching all the kids play at the park. They were squirting each other with hoses, riding bikes, playing tag, etc. I remarked to Tracey that it is so weird here in Hawaii because it is like any summer evening you would spend on the mainland except it isn't summer. Sometimes I even forget it is winter for everyone else. It's a very unusual feeling to realize your mind actually tricked you into thinking it's summer when it's not. Anyway there was a lady watching her kids playing at the park and she walked up and introduced herself. Her name is Cherise and she has 4 kids. She just moved to Hawaii 4 months ago and was saying how she missed Virginia, where she came from, because she really hasn't met many friends yet. We told her she could hang with us and we all had a great time outside chatting for about 3 hours. I told her that we go out with the kids every afternoon once it is cooler. She said she would come by to see us. I told her she just had to give it a little time and then before she knows it she wouldn't want to leave Hawaii either. Sometimes when you are changing to a new duty station it takes a little while to get used to your surroundings and all of your new neighbors, but eventually you can't imagine being anywhere else. I am sure now that Cherise hangs out with us she will acquire many new friends. In fact we will all head up to the chapel on Tuesday for Praying Women of the Chapel. Many women attend this and she will surely find new friends here. Cherise is a really nice person and I am sure we will all become great friends.