eight days

Going through all of your shit things in preparation for a move is exhausting. We have just eight days left in Ewa Beach and it feels like there is SO much to do. This weekend, we had a garage sale and thankfully got rid of a bunch of stuff we were not planning on taking with us on the move. After that, we filled up the truck with a few things and made a trip to the new house. I am so thankful that we have the ability to gradually move our belongings, because seriously – we have way too much shit stuff.

Today’s feature on my “countdown to ‘goodbye'” series is our LIVE ALOHA | EAT ONO wall. It’s probably the most unique part of our house and definitely one of my favorites.

chalkboard wall dining room

Hawaii has SO much to offer both visitors and kama’aina [long-term resident of Hawaii]. When we moved here, we had a list of things we wanted to do and places we wanted to eat while living here and thought that this wall in our dining room would be the perfect place to keep track of our adventures. Thus, the “LIVE ALOHA | EAT ONO” wall was born.

We painted the wall using chalkboard paint and simply added all of our bucket list items to the wall. During our housewarming party, we asked all of our friends and family for their recommendations to make sure that our wall was nice and full.

Have we accomplished all of them? Not even close. But we have had a lot of fun trying!


Some of my favorites from the LIVE ALOHA side were when we took a sunset booze cruise off of Waikiki Beach with Addie, Doug and Madison.

And when Alex surprised me with a spa day for our anniversary.

And when we rode the Ewa Train on my birthday with Mimi and Keiko – it was so adorable.

And when we did an underwater photoshoot at Alan Davis with TSB and the talented Musashi

chalkboard dining room

We have had more delicious meals than I can count, but some of my favorites from the EAT ONO side were Boots & Kimo’s (that mac nut sauce – YUM), Kona Brewing Company, and Shokudo.

chalkboard wall in dining room

We will have to paint over the LIVE ALOHA | EAT ONO wall this week and I will be sad to see it go. Wouldn’t it be fun if we could leave it for the next family to live here?!

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nine days

I’m starting off my countdown to “goodbye” with a feature on our living room.

Ewa Beach living room

Is it perfectly Pinterest-able? No. But there are so many things I love about this room.

Like our set of (mostly) broken microfiber couches that we picked up for less than $100 when we first moved in.

And the way the light pours into the room in the early morning.

I love our big piece of remnant carpet that I picked up when I was in full nesting mode.

I’ll miss sharing dinners around the coffee table with my husband.

I’ll miss hanging out under the coffee table with Rocco and Lyla.

It’s in this living room where we played an epic game of “battle of the sexes” at our housewarming party.

It’s where I surprised Alex with his “dad chair” on his last birthday.

It’s where we found a naked stranger [turned out to be our neighbor] asleep on our couch after a long night of drinking.

It’s where I cried to my mom and Alex in discomfort the night before I went into labor.

It’s where I’m sitting now to write this post.

I know this kind of sounds silly, but it’s been a good little living room to us and I am very thankful for it.

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ten days

There are only ten days left in September – can you believe that?!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we are moving at the end of this month. That means we only have ten more mornings here on Erne Avenue. Ten more family walks around the neighborhood. Ten more nights of bedtime snuggles in Lyla’s nursery. And as I sit here and think about it, ten doesn’t seem like a very big number at all.

Ewa Beach house

If these walls could talk they would tell stories of dance-offs and dinner parties. Of quiet nights spent catching up on our favorite TV shows and of not-so-quiet nights with a sleepless newborn. They might tell you how I cried tears of happiness hearing our daughter laugh for the first time or about the times I’ve cried my eyes out about having to say “goodbye” (yes, I’m a crier).

I’m sad to be leaving our little blue house. This is our first home together in Hawaii. It’s where I found out I was pregnant. It’s where we entertained family and friends. It’s where we brought our sweet girl home to.

But I’m excited too. I am confident that this is what we are supposed to be doing at this point in our lives and I’m looking forward to making memories in our new place.

There are lots of things I will miss about this house (and also things that I wont – like our terrible tile floors) and so, as a way for me to gradually build up to “goodbye”, I’ve decided to do a “top ten” countdown of sorts. For each our last ten days in our little blue house, I’ll be sharing a piece of our home that is significant to me.

If you are along for the ride, I hope you enjoy! If I’m the only one here, that’s ok too. I’m looking forward to looking back (ha!) on these past two years and slowly preparing myself for “goodbye”.

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the byrds are on the move

In September 2012, my husband and I packed up our lives and moved to Hawaii.

The move was supposed to be temporary – a grand adventure for us to take together in our first years of marriage. We planned to be here for two years before heading back to the mainland to “settle down”.

As of this month, our two years are up.

In the last two years we’ve soaked up the warm, tropical sun. We’ve surfed the beautiful, blue waves. We’ve met amazing people and developed lasting friendships. We’ve consumed tons of ono grinds delicious food. We’ve grown together in our faith and our marriage has evolved. We’ve started a family.

Truly, these two years have been the best years of my life and I’m so not ready for this adventure to be over. Thankfully, I don’t have to be because we feel like at this season in our lives, Hawaii is where we are supposed to be.

Although we are staying on Oahu, a move is still on our horizon.

Since we first moved here, we have been living in a sweet little rental house in Ewa Beach and it has been so good to us but, sadly, it’s time to say goodbye. At the end of this month we will be heading to the east side of the island.

Moving is never easy, and I think I am extra emotional this time because this is the house that we brought Lyla home to. It’s where we evolved from a party of two to a family of three and because of that, it will always have a very special place in my heart.Luckily, our memories get to make the move with us.

Overall, I am excited for our next adventure and can’t wait to see what the next few years have in store for us.

Moving to Hawaii

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valentine’s day breakfast: hawaii style

Hawaii is the best place to fall in love.

At least, that’s what the author of this article on the Huffington Post website claims & I have to say that I agree.

Sure, Alex and I didn’t fall in love here in Hawaii but we did say our “I do’s” here, honeymoon here, & have decided to start our family here so, with us at least, it has certainly proven itself to be a great place to stay in love.

People are just happier here. The “aloha spirit” you always hear about is real. When you are completely surrounded by the natural beauty of the islands and the beauty of truly hospitable people, you can’t help but be happy. And in love.


I’ll be working on Valentine’s Day this year so we won’t be heading out for a fancy dinner (not that we would anyways since we are in the middle of our month of home-cooked meals) but I do still plan on making a special breakfast for Alex.

In honor of Hawaii being mentioned as one of the best places for love, I’ve decided to ditch the traditional Valentine’s Day theming for this breakfast and will be replacing it with a little bit of island style.

beach valentines day table

valentines day breakfast table

The menu is simple – hawaiian sweet bread french toast, portuguese sausage and eggs. I’ll have fresh brewed coffee (of course) and some yummy pineapple iced tea.

What I love most about this island style Valentine’s Day breakfast is that it isn’t overly romantic or “valentine-y” which makes it perfect for any morning that you feel like bringing a little aloha into your world.

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