Warning: LONG POST! So the last six months have been a total whirlwind for us. Of course as you guys know we were previously living in New York City and despite our love for the city, we felt like we needed to be somewhere else. We started searching and praying about it and finally felt really good about moving to Arizona. We purchased a lot and started designing our dream home that we planned to build. We had a while till it would be done and decided to pick up and move to Hawaii while the home was being built. The moment we got to Hawaii we just felt sooo good and things felt so right that we started to wonder if we should stay longer than we had planned. We were going back and forth but ultimately we decided that we would put the home build on pause. At this point the plans were done but we hadn’t actually broken ground yet so it was a good time to pause and think. We kind of thought we should stay in Hawaii for a few years and then move to Arizona and build the home when Atticus starts kindergarten or first grade — and rent out our home in Hawaii when we make the move. We kind of thought, when are we ever going to be able to do this again? So that was our plan and we were looking for homes to buy. We looked at SO MANY homes and came close to getting one. (oh also, if you are in Hawaii, Noel is THEE coolest realtor ever!!! we freaken LOVE him!) Anyways, we kept looking and looking and nothing was seeming like the perfect spot for us. Then not too long ago we received some news about a family member that kind of changed everything and made us realize why things weren’t falling into place for us in Hawaii. We knew we needed to be on the mainland to be closer to our family and more accessible to them and made the decision to quickly move back to Arizona and pick up where we left off with the home build.
Long story short — we are now in Arizona in a rental until our home is done being built. We will break ground hopefully soon but dang, this whole home build thing is such a long process. We will still be documenting the process and I promise our content won’t totally bore you in Arizona 😉 Even though I was sad to leave Hawaii (okay really really really sad) it feels good to be close to family. My sisters, parents, and grandparents live here and I love so much seeing them daily. Plus my youngest sister in pregnant which makes it fun to be here during her pregnancy.
We had all of our stuff from NYC in storage in Jersey and only brought about 5% of our belongings to Hawaii so we finally got all of our other stuff back and WOAH. I did not realize how much stuff we have. Gah. It took a long time to go through it all and move it into our place in AZ… I kept wondering “how did we fit this in a NYC apartment??” But the kids are in heaven with all of these “new” toys that they forgot about 😉 score. And the movers only broke one TV and dinged up so much our furniture soooo…. *eye roll.
Being in Hawaii was a really good cleanse for me. I feel like I learned a lot just in those short six months and for some reason being in Hawaii made me look at life different. I think myself and the rest of the fam were able to grow a lot and have a lotttt of fun doing so. It was such a fun six months filled with endless memories I will seriously remember forever and ever. North Shore is just the coolest spot with the coolest people. Seriously some of my favorite people ever! We lived in a rental that we rented from a girl I actually met on social media! I have already said on here before but she commented on one of our pics and I had responded and I saw that she had a little blonde boy the same age as Atticus. I messaged her and one thing led to another and we were suddenly renting their upstairs unit. It was so fun to hang with them the whole time we were in Hawaii and they totally took us under their wing and showed us the ropes. Endlessly thankful to have met them. And endlessly thankful to have seen and learned so much from all of the moms over there. I loved seeing all of their parenting styles and learning from them.
Anyways – we are super excited to be on this next adventure. A lot of people get so stressed out by our nomad lives haha but I don’t know, we love it. It will be nice though to have a place of our own that we can start making lots of memories in! Atticus already had his first day of speech therapy here with the same girl we used anytime we would visit AZ and it is so nice because they totally click — today he chased after her and gave her a big smooch on her way out. We have already swam about twice a day, spent way too much money at costco, are going to buy a MINI VAN this week (the debate is Sienna or Odyssey ahhh), and I have been to Target about 10 times so I would say we are settling in quite nice ha. We got an office close by that we can work from and it will be nice to not have to work from home all of the time (it can get tricky with the little ones!) We are building out our team here which I am super excited about. Lots of fun things going on!!
And Hawaii – I will forever love everything about you!!!!