five days

The kitchen is the heart of the home. At least, it’s the heart of my home.


Our kitchen in the little blue house is far from my dream kitchen but I love it just the same. Cooking for my family brings me joy and I am thankful that I have had this space to do that in the past two years.

I have a lot of memories attached to this kitchen – probably my favorite being when I told Alex I was pregnant by putting a cinnamon bun in the oven. (bun in the oven – get it?!)

I’ll miss this kitchen. But our new place has a kitchen too, and it’s pretty darn cute.

Of course, this little reminder from our sweet friend, Naomi will be making the trip too…


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six days

I will always remember our “welcome” to Erne Avenue. It was one of our first days on the island. We were busily unpacking our things when the doorbell rang. It was our neighbor, Charron, inviting us over for a beer. She told us that she lived across the street and that whenever we were ready for a break, that we should come over.

So we did.

It was there that we met her boyfriend, Jasen. And our other neighbors, Jenny & Steve. We spent the rest of the afternoon drinking beers, swinging in the hammock and getting to know each other.

It was then that I knew life on Erne was going to be good.

erne ave, ewa beach

The group of us became really close and we always had a good time when we were together. It was so awesome having a great bunch of people within walking distance. We had a great thing going – it felt like we won the neighbor lottery.

Two years later, we are the last ones standing. Everyone has moved away for various reasons and new families have moved into the houses our friends left behind. Although I will miss our sleepy little street, I almost feel like it’s time for us to move on too.

I like to imagine that the next people to live in our little blue house will become great friends with their new neighbors and that the cycle will repeat itself – like there is some weird little triangular connection between our houses. A girl can dream, right?

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seven days

Today marks the start of our last week in the little blue house.

When I turned in our notice to vacate back at the beginning of the month, I comforted myself with the fact that we still had a month left. I never could have imagined how fast that month would go.

I’m really going to miss our carport. I know that it seems like a pretty weird thing to miss, but as I sat down to think about my favorite parts of our house that one popped into my head almost immediately.


I loved sitting against the carport on random, winter days trying to warm up in beautiful, Hawaiian sun. (I could use a “cold” winter day right about now)


I love the little bird feeder that we hung from the carport. We picked the one that looked like a little red barn because it reminded us of the pharm. We haven’t had any seed in there for months but I still catch birds chillin’ there from time to time which makes me happy.

pregnancy photo - week 14

The biggest reason that I love the carport is because it served as the backdrop for my weekly pregnancy pictures. It seems like it was yesterday, not a year ago, that we stepped outside to take our first photo of my growing belly. We started them at week 14, when we made the news of our growing family public. I thought I was showing big time in that picture — so funny.

pregnancy photo week 40

From weeks 14 to 40 I marched waddled out into the yard and lined up against the carport to see how much my belly had grown. It was so much fun to check the progress from week to week. I love looking back at these pictures. Especially week 40 because just three days later, miss Lyla made her grand entrance.

When I look at these pictures, all sorts of emotions come flooding back to me. Excitement. Anxiety. Impatience. Love.

I look at this picture and laugh because I had NO idea how hard my world was going to be rocked. No idea how much love I would have for our tiny human. No idea how hard labor was going to be. No idea that my love and respect for Alex could grow the astronomical amounts that it did. No idea how fun it was going to be to be a mommy.

newborn baby

We were home from the hospital by the time Lyla’s due date rolled around so, of course, we had to grab one more shot in front of the carport. It was hot that day, and in total new mama-bear fashion I was afraid of keeping my nugget in the sun for too long.I was bummed that I still looked six months pregnant (really, I don’t know what I was expecting). I was exhausted in only a way a new parent can be – so exhausted that I gave her an extra inch on this announcement (whoops!).

I’m sure that I will want document our future pregnancies in a similar fashion and when that time comes, hopefully I can find as good a background as our trusty, blue carport.

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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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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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