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The Byrds are on the move (again)

Last year, we did some major downsizing and left our little blue house in Ewa Beach for a charming little studio (in my Auntie and Uncle’s backyard) in Kahala. The move came at the perfect time for our family and we could not be more thankful that we have had to opportunity to be here for as long as we have. 

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^old house

Our current space is cozy and totally gets the job done, but as we get ready to bring another little Byrd home we need to move on to a bigger nest (I know, I’m sorry. I can’t help myself)

We have spent so much time looking at places and weighing our options. Should we buy or should we rent? Should we stay in town or go back to the west side? What about Kailua?! I have made about a zillion pros/cons lists and probably made Alex crazy with my indecisiveness (sorry, babe) all to decide that we are going to go back to the neighborhood in Ewa that we fell in love with when we first moved here.

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^ can’t be mad at views like that!

I hate moving. All the packing and junk-sorting and unpacking is the worst but, I am excited to get into our new space and try to make it a home before little boy Byrd makes his appearance!

P.S. we are going to have an extra bedroom so book your tickets now!

 

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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. 

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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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its a boy

We had our anatomy scan over the weekend and found out that baby Byrd #2 is a boy!

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We are over the moon excited to be giving Lyla a brother at the end of the year. I’m still in shock because I was sure it was another girl. So much for that mother’s intuition I always hear about 😉

The three of us took turns being sick last week, so it was refreshing to see our little guy up on the screen healthy as can be. God is good! 

As excited as I am to meet our new bambino, I’m sort of freaking out too. I don’t know how to be a boy mom – help! All you experienced boy mamas (and dads) out there – any advice?!

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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)

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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. 

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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 😉

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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?

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How did you celebrate National Donut Day?

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via gelato

Before Lily left on her first adventure of the summer, us girls decided to hit up Via Gelato in Kaimuki for a little cousin time. If you haven’t been – make sure you go this summer! Soooo tasty.

Lyla had a blast and I think it’s safe to say she has a sweet tooth like her mama. This was her first time eating ice cream from a cone (ps…how cute are those cones?!) so of course I had to bring the camera along. You’re welcome. 

Via Gelato Kaimuki

Via Gelato Kaimuki

Via Gelato Kaimuki

Via Gelato Kaimuki

Via Gelato Kaimuki

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

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Cake Smash

I know, I know. You’re tired of posts about Lyla’s birthday. I don’t blame you. And I promise this is the last one. Promise. 

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A few months ago a local photographer had posted that she was looking for a baby who would be celebrating their first birthday in April or May for a cake smash photo shoot aaaaand it just so happens that I know a baby that fit the bill so I contacted Karena and we set something up. 

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Karena had an awesome studio set up in her home. She was very warm and welcoming and made the whole experience so easy and fun. I was a little unsure of how Lyla would do because sitting still is not her jam but Karena kept her happy and entertained. I was such a proud little mama. 

Lyla's Birthday Smash

Lyla's Birthday Smash

I got copies of the photos today and I may or may not have teared up a little. Thank you, Karena! 

 

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