How Did We Get Here?

“How did you end up here? Are you military?”

We’ve been living in Hawaii for just about three years and that is still the question we get asked most often. I have my standard answer ready [no, we were just ready for a change and my husband worked from home so we just did it!] and that usually quenches people’s curiosity enough for the conversation to keep flowing but I thought that I would spend some time really answering that question for those of you out there who really want to know how the Byrds ended up in paradise. 

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Grab your popcorn, throw in some kakimochi and settle in – this is gonna be a long one!

Four years ago, we were a year out of college and living in Ventura County, California. We were in the midst of planning our dream destination wedding in Maui so Hawaii was definitely a popular conversation topic in our home. 

Fast forward to November 2011. We were married on Maui and set off the next day for a few weeks of honeymoon fun on Kauai and then back to Maui. Everything about that trip was perfection and we were not ready for it to end. 



Once we were back in California, I was really missing the islands. The beaches of Malibu and Ventura, while beautiful, just weren’t cutting it for me. I mentioned the possibility of moving to Hawaii to Alex but he was not into the idea at all and so I left it at that. Sort of. If you know me, you know that once I have an idea I have a hard time letting it go and while I didn’t pressure Alex to make a big move (I don’t think!) I would bring it up every now and then. 

Fast forward again to Easter Sunday 2012. We had brunch with our brother-in-law’s family at their beach house and spent some time talking with someone who had lived in Hawaii for a number of years. Anytime that we come across someone who had lived, or was currently living in Hawaii, Alex had a few questions for them.

On the way home from brunch, Alex turned to me and said “Let’s do it” and I said “OK!” so we called our parents and told them our big news and got to planning. 

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^ The day we decided to make the move!

Like with any big move, there was a lot to coordinate — shipping vehicles, belongings, making sure Rocco fit quarantine requirements, living situations, etc.

Luckily, I love doing that kind of thing so I got the ball rolling pretty quickly. First up, two one-way tickets to Honolulu!

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^ one way tickets to Hawaii – woohoo!

Overall, I found the move to be pretty stress-free (as far as moving goes) but we had two big factors working in our favor (1) Alex already worked from home and was going to be able to continue with his same job from Hawaii (2) I have family that lives on Oahu so they were able to help us in so many ways, including finding us a rental home that we could move right into once we arrived!

September 2012 came pretty quickly and we said “adios” to California and “aloha” to our new home on Oahu. Of course, there are sacrifices that we had to make to be able to live and start a family here (being away from immediate family being the biggest) but it has been an awesome ride so far and we are truly loving our Hawaii life. 

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So that’s how we got here. 

If you are playing with the idea of moving here – or even have the slightest interest in seeing how you could find yourself here – stay tuned! I’m working on a step-by-step guide for moving to Hawaii and hope to have it finished soon. 

Have you ever made a big move? What was the hardest part for you? I would love to hear your stories! 


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national donut day

I’m usually not a fan of donuts. Or pastries in general. They just aren’t my jam(-filled choice of dessert). Because of this, National Donut Day is a holiday that has never been celebrated in the Byrd household. Until today. national-donut-day I woke up early this morning and started lazily scrolling through Instagram and basically all I saw were donuts. Donuts topped with sprinkles, and cereal, and marshmallows, and bacon. And apparently baby Byrd #2 is still pretty impressionable because he/she decided that we needed to get donuts for breakfast. What baby wants, baby gets. (this time anyway)


When Lyla woke up, we loaded into the car and headed over to the donut shop. We picked out a dozen and were given a few free ones as well to celebrate this (apparently) very special day. We made a surprise donut delivery to Alex’s office and then headed home to try ours. 


Of course, I took a zillion pictures. Are you surprised?

And, of course, Lyla ate an entire donut and loved every bite. Her baby brother/sister wasn’t mad either 😉


After we were finished stuffing our faces, we stuffed ourselves into our bathing suits and hit up the beach with my cousin, Hoku. Good idea, right?


How did you celebrate National Donut Day?

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five on friday | spring edition

It’s Friday! Thank goodness. This week seemed to drag and I’m really looking forward to the weekend. I had so much fun linking up with April, Darci, Christina and Natasha last week so I decided to do it again today! 

If you want to join in, simply post about five things that are on your mind this week, add their ‘five on friday’ logo, and then link up on any of their websites (the tools are right there on their pages). 

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one || Today is my baby brother’s TWENTY FOURTH birthday. He is the funniest, kindest, most laid-back guy out there and I love him to pieces. Happy birthday, Trey! 


two || Lyla is a full-on walker now and I really need to get her some shoes! Especially for when we are out in public. Bare baby feet + the zoo = kind gross. Any recommendations?

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three || The invitations for Lyla’s birthday party came in today! I can’t wait to get them sent out and to do some more planning. I changed my mind about a bazillion times but finally decided on a pineapple theme. Wanna come?

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four || My dad is in Casablanca for business and the photos he is sharing are gorgeous! Morocco has always been high on my “to-visit” list. What would be your top travel destination?


five || I’m really looking forward to Easter this year! I’ve been following the She Reads Truth Lenten study and I can’t say enough good things about it. It’s my second study with them. I’ve been using my She Reads Truth App for these studies but hope to snag one of their beautiful study packs for next time. 



Have a great weekend, everyone!


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five on friday

Believe it or not, I do think about more than just food. I know that my recent blog posts would suggest otherwise but I promise it’s true. Today, I’m linking up with some of my favorite bloggers for “Five on Friday” to share five things [other than food] that have been on my mind lately. 


one || CRAFTS. I have about a billion project ideas in mind. There are so many things coming up that have high craft potential – spring, Easter, birthday parties, etc. – that I really have to narrow down my list before I run out of time and don’t do any of them. 

two || Lyla’s first birthday. Geeze a lou. I seriously can’t believe that next month I will have a one year old. We are throwing a party for her in the backyard and I have lots of planning to do.

three || Clothes. I have a really good idea for a clothing line. At least, I think so. It’s for kids and my designs so far are oh-so-adorable. Sadly, this dream probably will not come to fruition [unless you want to give me a loan] but that doesn’t stop me from dreaming! 

four || Summer! Sweet, sweet summer. We are taking a big trip to the mainland in July – splitting our time between California and Michigan. It will be really nice to catch up with family and friends that we only see a few times a year. I’ve watched my video of last year’s Michigan trip about twelve thousand times this week. Totally normal, right?

five || Fitness. Finding time to work out as a stay-at-home mom is harder than you probably realize. Especially with a ten month old who is walking, getting into everything and dealing with mama-separation anxiety. Any suggestions?!


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[april, darci, christina, natasha]

Happy Aloha Friday, y’all! 

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