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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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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oh baby

Pregnancy Announcement

There are no words to describe how excited I am to announce that Alex and I are expecting our first child in May. I already feel overwhelmingly blessed to be the momma to this sweet little Byrd and can’t wait to meet him/her (or find out if it is a him/her for that matter!)

Of course, so many of my thoughts are now consumed with all things baby so you can expect to see some tons of baby-friendly posts soon!

“For this child I prayed, and the Lord answered my prayer” 1 Samuel 1:27

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craft night

Last night I had some of my favorite girls over for a much needed craft night. With everyone’s crazy work, school and surf (I’m looking at you, Auntie!) schedules it gets kind of tricky to find a night that works for everyone. And as an extra bonus, my mom is in town visiting so she was able to join in the fun too!

We were all pretty flexible on the craft choice so my mom and I headed to our local Ben Franklin to get inspired.

I don’t know if it is the same for you, but I have imagination overload every time I step foot into a craft store. I had a few different projects in mind for our craft night and was wondering how I was ever going to choose, but once we saw these wooden owls we knew that we had to get them!

Back at the house we set up the supply station. We provided everyone with a wooden owl, their choice of scrapbook paper, some paintbrushes, and eye supplies (bottle caps and little googly eyes)

craft set up

Everyone came over and was excited to get started on their owls. But first, we had an important matter to take care of…eating!

A gathering in my family is not a proper gathering unless their is delicious food involved. For craft night, my mom and I put together two pastie pies. (pronounced “pass-tea”) You can read more about pasties by clicking that link but for the sake of this post, all you need to know is that they are delicious and a family favorite.

pasty and milk

Once both pasty pies were devoured and brownie sundaes were had by all, we were ready to start crafting.

It was so neat to see how everyone’s owls turned out. I know some pretty creative ladies. Here are our finished products:

owls

craft night group

Pretty cute huh? What would you use your owl for?

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Disneyland

Over Labor Day weekend I made the trek across the Pacific to join some family and friends at the Happiest Place on Earth.

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We had an awesome time. We stayed on site at the Disneyland Hotel for the first time (love). We visited both parks which were surprisingly empty for a holiday weekend (love). We ate lots of good food (love). And we danced the night away at the Mad T Party (again, love).

I am very thankful that I was able to make the quick trip and am equally thankful for the house, family, husband and dog I came home too. Life is good.

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