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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byrd food: easy basil pesto

basil pesto

I love me a good pesto. I love it on sandwiches, in pasta or just smeared on top of a nice piece of bread.

A few weeks ago, I had a hankering for a pesto-pizza sauce but, being the cheapskate (what a weird word) that I am, I couldn’t bring myself to pay the high price at the grocery store and decided to make my own.

Before even looking it up, I felt intimidated. Surely something so rich, fresh and delicious had to be crazy complicated to make, right?

Wrong!

I was pleasantly surprised at how few ingredients were needed to make a nice pesto. The best part? I already had everything I needed! Well, almost.

Traditionally, pesto is made with garlic, basil, pine nuts, olive oil, lemon juice and parmesan cheese. I don’t normally keep pine nuts in our pantry (again, cheapskate) but I do usually have pecans and so I decided that pecans would have to do!

basil pesto ingredients

Ingredients

pecans

fresh basil leaves

minced garlic

pinch of salt

parmesan cheese

olive oil

Start off by toasting your pecans in a frying pan to bring out their flavor. Once toasted, add all ingredients to a food processor, pulse for 10- 15 seconds and you’re done!

Seriously, it’s that easy.

This pesto was super delicious and we didn’t even miss the pine nuts. I will definitely be making this again soon.

[I don’t have measurements for this recipe because the amounts you need of everything depends on what you are going to make! To give you an idea, the ingredients that you see in the picture made enough pesto for two full flatbread pizzas.]

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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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say it sunday

A few weeks ago I had this nice little reminder from my mother-in-law waiting for me in my inbox.

sensational

A friend of hers had shared this quote from Pastor JR Vassar during their bible study & it just happened to be exactly what I needed to read that morning. (and every other morning since for that matter)

Hopefully it gives you the extra motivation that you might be looking for as you start your work week.

Mahalo ya’ll

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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.

hawaii

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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first trip of 2014: the recap

We are back from our first trip of 2014. Alex and I were lucky enough to spend the last five days in California visiting family and friends (with a little alone time squeezed in too).

First stop of the trip was Fallbrook to see some of Alex’s family Chick-fil-a for breakfast and then we got on the road.

I hadn’t seen most of Alex’s family since our move to Hawaii so it was great to have some time to catch up.

We also got to take some fun pictures with the three Byrd/Wilde cousins 😉 Amber, my sister-in-law, is due with her second just ten days after me!

On Saturday, Alex and I made our way to LA to catch the NHL Stadium Series game at Dodger’s Stadium. Even though we lost, it was still a great experience. I couldn’t get over how fun KISS was 😉

The next couple of days were spent at the Disneyland Resort. We met up with my mom and some of our family and friends to tour the parks on Sunday, had a special lunch at the Blue Bayou on Monday, and got to catch up with “Brayla” the morning that we left.

Of course, before returning our rental we had to make a pitstop at Chipotle for lunch.

With full, happy bellies we boarded our flight and headed back to our little island home in the Pacific. It was a nice little getaway but it feels great to be home.

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