We went and visited Bella a few times this week, which is still incredibly heartbreaking for me, but we get her back tomorrow(sort of). We have to pay a little over $400 just to get her out of quarantine and since we are STILL living in a hotel she has to stay at Bryan and Chelsea’s house until we get ourselves into a house. The house search, as some of you may know, hasn’t been going all too well. The only thing that is really killing us in finding a place is the fact that we can’t put down a deposit on a house. I think that Michael and I have just decided to go ahead and wait on housing to figure something out and hopefully we will be out of this hotel within a week or two *fingers crossed*! It’s been really frustrating living here mostly because we do not have a kitchen and eating out every day and night is really starting to take a toll on our bank accounts. Also, sleeping in the same room as your children EVERY NIGHT is a little aggravating. It’s hard to get them to bed at a decent time if we want to stay up a little later. But ANYWAYS… Michael and I also went snorkeling last weekend. That was a lot of fun. I saw a few crabs and a couple of fish and some other random sea life. We wound up going to Ala Moana because we know that beach and we just wanted to try out our new equipment. The water there isn’t all that clear but if you swim out about 200 yards or so there is a little reef where some fish and crabs hang out. One thing that we see a lot out at Ala Moana Beach Park are paddle surfers and I think that looks like a lot of fun and might be something Michael and I try at some point! One thing I found this week that I thought was pretty interesting is that they sell surfboards at Wal-Mart. Where you normally see deer stands, bows, and shot guns in Missouri you see surfboards, boogie boards, and snorkeling equipment in Hawaii. I know I probably should have expected that but for some reason I still found that a touch humorous and it was a moment that made me feel just a touch of homesickness.
We drove up to North Shore yesterday because I wanted to see some real waves. When we first got here people were talking about how the waves at North Shore were in the upwards of 30 ft high at some points. As we were driving along we saw some kite surfers off in the distance so we stopped and walked along the beach for a little while and watched them take off from the beach into the ocean. If you’ve never watched kite surfers they are pretty entertaining. Where we were there were about 6-7 of them all out there hitting the waves. I have watched kite surfers before in Cape Cod but that was nothing like these guys. The kids had fun playing in the sand for a little while and watching a couple of dogs playing in the water waiting for their owner to come back in from surfing. If Michael and I were to ever have a little date night on the beach or anything that’s where I would want to do it. It’s really secluded and it was really pretty(I know all of Hawaii is really pretty). North Shore had a lot of touristy shops there too so I might find some time to head back up there and do some shopping once we get a house and our finances in order. It seems like Christmas in almost right around the corner.
Well mahalo again for reading and… Aloha!
Here is a page all about North Shore if you are interested in reading more… Northshoreoahu.org
Also a page all about Ala Moana Park if you wanna see the beach I am always talking about… Hawaiiweb.com/AlaMoanaPark
So as you all know we went and looked at a condo on Monday. It was gorgeous and beyond perfect for our family(there was a park and daycare literally right accross the street) BUT they wanted us to put down the deposit by today or they were going to go ahead and show it to other people. Well, on the 15th we got paid Missouri pay and have not recieved any COLA(cost of living allowance) or BAH(basic allowance for housing). So to make a short story shorter…. we are still stuck at the hotel until at least the 1st unless housing calls us and lets us know that they have a house available for us. Which I doubt very much will happen. The most frutrating thing about all of this is that we got our orders back in January. So the Army knew for over 9 months that we were going to be here at this time so you would think that maybe they would make sure that we had a place to live when we got here. But as some of you may know the Army’s unofficial motto is “Hurry up and wait!”
Well, Michael is off work until next Thursday so we are still trying to get Tri-Care set up and we have been bugging housing every day to see if maybe a place has opened up yet for us. They said the more that we bug them the more likely we are to get a place sooner.
As most of you know this is my “real” first move away from home. I say real only because I moved away to college when I was 17 but I only moved 2 hours away, so I still went to my parents house on weekends and therefore that move does not count. Anywho, I’m kind of glad that my first official move was to a place as beautiful as Hawaii, even though this is about as far from home as I could get, only because after the past couple of days which, trust me, have been more than frustrating(as I would imagine and move accross the country would be), it feels great to just take a drive with my family and wind up at a beach where I can build sand castles with my children or swim out in the ocean and float on my back and for those short couple of hours nothing else matters except whats going on right in front me.
So anyways. We went to beach again today. We wound up going back to Ala Moana Beach Park only beacause Michael had never been and the kids truely did love it there and after visiting the other beach I decided I really did like Ala Moana better even if the sand was a little coarser on my feet. After the beach we went to Target(yes it was right down the road and not an HOUR away) and bought the kids some beach toys. I felt like they are always the only children at the beach without a shovel or bucket. I also bought their halloween costumes since Target acually had the ones I’ve been looking for! BUT we had to switch them up a bit since the sizes weren’t right. Originally Emma was supposed to be a police officer and Henry was going to be a robber BUT Target only had the robber in Emma’s size and the police officer in Henry’s size so thats why we switched it. Also, we were debating at Target what Bella should be for Halloween. Mike thought the HotDog costume was the best but I liked the Headless Horseman or a Jockey riding on her back would have been better. If you want to comment below and let me know which you think is best please do so. Here is a link to all the dog costumes they have at Target >> click me. Hopefully that link works now that posing this on my phone instead of computer!
Mahalo again to everyone who is still with me on this adventure and I’m really hoping to keep up with this as much as I can. You can expect AT LEAST 1 blog a week but if I start to slack please don’t hesitate to send me a poke on facebook(yeah apparantly you can still do that)… well Aloha followers!
P.S. better Maria? =]
Good morning from Hawaii… We have a house viewing today and I find out this morning that Michael its on permissive TDY for the next 10 days so we will have plenty of time to find a house! Well, have a good day followers!
So the last week has definitely been a whirl wind. We had our first family day at the beach yesterday. We went to a beach in Nanakuli which was a fun beach. The water was a little rougher but the sand was finer and easier to build sandcastles on so thats mostly what we did. The kids had a blast and it was insanely beautiful like the rest of the island. We went and looked at a townhouse on Thursday and we really liked it and got offered to sign the lease but we want to look around a little bit so I have another showing tomorrow for a nicer one. Both of the properties are in Kaloplei which is a gorgeous little town that I can not wait to live in. Its so different from where I lived in Missouri. Its been exciting to see a different culture and I don’t think that it has exactly hit me yet that I live in a place that most people just dream about visiting. I haven’t had a moment of homesickness yet but I think thats because we are still living in a hotel and I haven’t had an opportunity to set up house yet. Mike thinks once we get all of our household goods and I actually set up the house and get all our stuff back I will start to miss home but I just don’t see how that would be possible in such a gorgeous state.
I will probably write another blog tomorrow about how the townhouse that I’m going to see worked out yesterday!! I’m going to look at it at 2 tomorrow so 7 at night for most of the people that are following me… Mahalo for reading and Aloha for now! =]
So yesterday was our first adventure to the beach. The kids and I went to Ala Moana beach in Waikiki. It was SO pretty and we saw probably about 8 wedding go on there yesterday. The sand was VERY rough though. It was more rocks than sand and after a walk across the beach my feet were pretty sore. Other than the sand the beach was gorgeous and obviously very close to the airport because we saw plenty of planes land and take off. The waves were not very big either and we even got to see a few small fish in the water. Since Michael didn’t get to come yesterday cause he had to work we are going to try to go again on Saturday but we are definitely going to have to remember sunscreen. I got pretty burned and so did Henry’s face and Emma’s cheeks.
Today we have a sort of orientation kind of thing here on post.. it’ll probably be kind of lame but hey… free lunch. Then I was going to go shopping with my sister in law today but I think i may need to wait untl payday… well Aloha!
So just another day in paradise… Bryan took me to go pick up my car today which means I am now mobile. After we got to the car place I found that my car had a few dings on it that it didn’t have before so that took a little longer than I expected… I also found out that Hawaii does not have satellite radio so buh bye XM… After we got the car all done I followed Bryan to Fort Shafter so I could fill up my tank and then I was left to my own devices to find my way back to Schofield Barracks… I do have the whole touch screen navigation system in my car but I will be the first to admit that I am a HORRIBLE driver and I HATE traffic so I still got lost and turned around… I missed exits and definitely made some locals mad today(it didn’t help that I’m a natural blonde as well). But I couldn’t get too mad cause the more lost I was the more gorgeous the scenery got… After I finally found the base I came in the main gate and once again took another wrong turn and went right out the back gate… Once I found myself back at the front gate the gate guards helped me find my way to where I was trying to get to… Luckily Michael got home not too long after we did nap time and I didn’t have to drive again today but tomorrow is a new day with new adventures…we are hoping to make it out to the beach tomorrow…I’m ready to put my toes in the ocean… Aloha!!
So we’re finally here in Hawaii. Our adventure started in Saint Louis with a quick flight to Minneapolis and then followed by another flight to Seattle and then finally one more flight to Honolulu. Luckily, we had amazing people on the plane and an even more awesome crew that went above and beyond to help the children get acclimated on the plane and checked in with them regularly bringing them snacks and drinks. The kids were actually pretty amazing on the plane. It definitely helped to have Henry in a car seat. Once we landed and got all our stuff off the plane (3 carry on bags 5 if you count my purse and Emma’s back pack… plus the car seat and 2 children) we walked through the airport which is mostly all open and outside and finally found our way to baggage claim. By now the kids were both awake and happy and running around so we didn’t have to carry them as well. Mike had to stop at the USO before we got to where our bags were to check in so I went ahead and grabbed our bags. Which we checked 3 giant duffles and another rolling bag full of just hair products (they won’t ship liquids…don’t judge lol). After about 10 minutes of playing “lets run around in circles around the giant pile of luggage” Michael finally was done and met up with us to help haul everything outside to the curb to wait for Bryan, my brother, to pick us up. After Bryan picked us up we went and got some food at Jack in the Box (yes J in the B is the first thing we ate in Hawaii) then we headed towards Schofield. We landed at night so I can’t describe the beauty that I know surrounds me. We are staying at a hotel on the base right now and are waiting on word from housing. Michael had to go to work this morning so we are waiting for him to get off so we can find out about getting the car and possibly our dog today. Our first adventure at the beach will hopefully be later this week or this weekend… Stay tuned! =]