WELCOME!


WELCOME TO LIFE IN FLIP-FLOPS! Click Here To Visit: MY WEBSITE

To easily read my blog and not miss a post--SUBSCRIBE VIA E-MAIL

You can always comment using the "ANONYMOUS BUTTON."

Or just CLICK ON ONE OF THE LITTLE SQUARES at the bottom of my posts to let me know what you think. Easy-Peasy!

And Don't Forget To FEED MY FISH!!!! (at the bottom of the side column)

Thursday, May 30, 2013

RUUUUUN, Don't Walk!

To Your Local Public Library!!!!

Yes!!! I need everyone across the country to go to their public library and Request:

Pineapples in Peril
Menehunes Missing
Ukuleles Undercover (Releases August 6, 2013

The complete set of
The Hawaiian Island Detective Club.

It's almost Summer Reading Time! Please tell every kid, parent, grandparent, and aunt or uncle you know to request the books at their public library--that way, lots of kids will get a chance to read the books! As Kimo would say,
"Yaaaaaaaaaaaay!"

And don't forget the contest to win a copy of Ukuleles Undercover. Check out the post from May 16th for all the contest information.

Aloha, and Mahalo for visiting!

--Cheryl
The Hawaiian Island Detective Club
Book One—Pineapples in Peril
Available NOW!
Book Two—Menehunes Missing
Available NOW!
Book Three—Ukuleles Undercover
RELEASES August 6, 2013

mailto:cheryllinnmartin@yahoo.com

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memories . . .


Today is Memorial Day, set aside for remembering our loved ones who have passed away. It’s always nice to have a time where we focus on our family and friends who are no longer here to share our day-to-day activities, events, and memories.
My Parents, Betty and Gordon

I lost both parents within a four-year span of time—my dad, Gordon, first in 2004, then my mom, Betty, in 2008. I still want to pick up the phone and celebrate good news with her or cry on her shoulder when bad news invades my life. Who do I call now? Even though my husband and I share those happy or distressful moments, and my kids do as well, there’s just something missing when I can’t call Mom. I miss her very much.

My dad used to bring my kids all kinds of treasures he’d picked up at garage and estate sales or at resale shops. I still have the metal chain 1920s Flapper Purse he gave me years ago. He was an avid collector and I have kept a number of cherished items from his collections. I miss him very much.

My In-Laws, Adeline and Paul
I also think about my in-laws, Paul and Adeline, who passed away many years ago. Although my mother-in-law never saw her grandkids, my father-in-law knew Ian up to age 3, and was able to hold Ashley at two months. Both grandparents would have been so pleased with and proud of their grandchildren.

Memories of fun times and hilarious incidents still play in my brain when it comes to my own sets of grandparents. I pass those stories down to my kids. But the best news is knowing we’ll see them all again when we’re with the Lord someday.

Aren’t you glad to have this day to
remember special people?


Aloha, and Mahalo for visiting!

--Cheryl
The Hawaiian Island Detective Club
Book One—Pineapples in Peril
Available NOW!
Book Two—Menehunes Missing
Available NOW!
Book Three—Ukuleles Undercover
RELEASES August 6, 2013

mailto:cheryllinnmartin@yahoo.com

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Six, Triple Two--

What does THAT mean???

It's actually the education system I went through when growing up in Medford, Oregon. At that time we all spent Six Years in Grade School, Two Years in Junior High (7th and 8th,) Two Years in Mid High (9th and 10th) and Two Years in Senior High (11th and 12th.)

It was wonderful going back there and visiting schools. I thought you might enjoy seeing a couple photos. I didn't get outside photos of Hoover Elementary or Hedrick Middle School, but I was able to visit and speak at both schools.

I went to Medford Mid High which was the original high school in Medford. In more recent years it became South Medford, and most recently (after they built a new South Medford High School) it's been used to house offices, etc.


Mid High For Grades 9 & 10

Here's the stadium at the former Mid High where Medford Senior High played all its games. Still, North Medford plays games here.


Medford Senior High Stadium (Now North Medford)

And here's where I graduated--Medford Senior High, now North Medford.


I Attended Grades 11 & 12 at Medford Senior High

I sure enjoyed the trip down "Memory Lane." What are your memories? Have you visited a place where you once lived or went to school? How different is it now? I'm always amazed how life just moves along with or without us!


Aloha, and Mahalo for visiting!

--Cheryl
The Hawaiian Island Detective Club
Book One—Pineapples in Peril
Available NOW!
Book Two—Menehunes Missing
Available NOW!
Book Three—Ukuleles Undercover
RELEASES August 6, 2013

mailto:cheryllinnmartin@yahoo.com

Monday, May 20, 2013

Boston, Pledge & National Anthem


Me Speaking At Wilson

When I visited Wilson School in Medford, I spoke at an assembly with the entire school attending. It was wonderful, but the most amazing part of the day was when they started off with The Pledge of Allegiance. 

What a great way to begin the afternoon! I hadn't said the Pledge in years!

Then it gets even More Amazing when they play a video of The Star Spangled Banner sung before a Boston ice hockey game. Wow! Then the entire school sang it after the video. It was especially emotional because my visit was during the week of the Boston Marathon bombing. If you haven't seen the video, check it out--so inspiring, patriotic and emotional:



Look At That Crowd Of Attentive Kids!!

Hmmm . . . how could I speak after all that?? Well, I did, and it was a blast--the kids were great and asked perfect questions. What a day!!

Here's the sign they had by the front entry of the school.

Sign On Front Entry At Wilson!!

  
Aloha, and Mahalo for visiting!

--Cheryl
The Hawaiian Island Detective Club
Book One—Pineapples in Peril
Available NOW!
Book Two—Menehunes Missing
Available NOW!
Book Three—Ukuleles Undercover
RELEASES August 6, 2013

mailto:cheryllinnmartin@yahoo.com

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Contest Time--Spread The Word!!!


Yaaaaay! Another Contest!

Win A Copy Of Ukuleles Undercover,
Book 3 Of The Hawaiian Island Detective Club!

"How do I do that?" you ask.
Read Me To WIN!! 
1. Get a copy of Menehunes Missing or check it out from the library.

(NOTE: Request the books at your local library--they will order when kids/parents are requesting books!)

2. Read Menehunes Missing before the end of the contest--the day Ukuleles Undercover releases--August 6, 2013.

3. Answer the questions below and e-mail me your answers to:


No Later Than August 6, 2013!!

4. I will take all the e-mails with the correct answers, have a friend draw at least one winner the next day, let the winner(s) know via e-mail, and then send that winner(s) an autographed copy of Ukuleles Undercover!

*********************************************************

Here are the questions about Menehunes Missing
you must Correctly Answer to get into the drawing:    



1. What terrible event happened at the library?

2. What candy did Maile and Sam buy for Leilani at Wong's Market?

3. Who did Leilani see at Palmer's Pizza?

4. This is not a question with a correct/incorrect answer--it's a chance for you to  share with me: What is your favorite part OR event OR person OR thing in Menehunes Missing?

*********************************************************

Please help spread the word and pass this information on to everyone you know who is a parent, grandparent, friend or aunt/uncle of a kid ages 8-12+ who would LOVE TO WIN a copy of Ukuleles Undercover!

And don't forget to Request The Books At Your Local Public Library!


Aloha, and Mahalo for visiting!
Read Me to WIN!!!

--Cheryl
The Hawaiian Island Detective Club
Book One—Pineapples in Peril
Available NOW!
Book Two—Menehunes Missing
Available NOW!
Book Three—Ukuleles Undercover
RELEASES August 6, 2013

mailto:cheryllinnmartin@yahoo.com