Thursday, November 29, 2012

good-bye hawaii... see you again some day.

Well, it all happened very quickly really. The Mister's job offered him a transfer, we decided to take it, there were a few complications along the way, of course, but within a few weeks we were shipping our freight and buying our plane tickets! Crazy!!!
Good-bye Hawaii... for now but not forever. The Mister's family lives there; it's where he grew up, so even though we may not call it home 24/7, Hawaii will always be a place we find ourselves going back to.
I'd never flown out of Honolulu during the day, and I must say it's quite impressive, seeing the island from the great heights of the plane. Oahu is a beautiful island despite much of it being populated. It's not as country as the other islands, but that makes it a fun island with lots to do and experience.
I tell everyone, you must visit at least one of the Hawaiian islands at least once! They are absolutely incredible! And it was such an honor to be able to call Oahu my home for almost 7 years. I made wonderful friends whom I already miss dearly. I met my husband there and made a new family. I experienced amazing sunrises and sunsets, drank in the gradient blues of the Pacific ocean, climbed a few mountains and swam with dolphins.
Toward the end, though, I'd be lying if I said I was completely happy. I didn't wind up doing some of the things or becoming the person I thought I would when I moved there. I didn't spend my days on the beach, surfing, sporting a fab bikini body and a luscious tan. In reality, despite the sunscreen, I got a few sun spots on my face the first year I was there and spent most of my remaining time making sure I didn't let the sun turn me into an old looking lady. ;) Also, It's very expensive to live there, that is no lie! And I began to long for a different climate. As perfect as 80° sounds, it kinda got old that whatever temp it was outside, it was inside. No AC/central heat means your windows are open all the time, come rain/wet or shine/heat. It's like camping, which I love to do for a week or weekend... but not for years. This is not to say that you or anyone else wouldn't love it. I have many friends and now family who would never leave. But, for me, I was ready. So.........
Where are we now?!! Home is now Roseville, California. It's a wee bit north of Sacramento. And we made it just in time for late autumn, which I am loving! Such a stark contrast from where we came from, but gorgeous all the same. I am a firm believer in beauty being in the eye of the beholder. There is great beauty everywhere... you only need look.
We've had the chance to explore the greater area a bit with my husband's parents who joined us for Thanksgiving, but these fall foliage images are just from around our apartment complex.
It's been quite lovely to go outside with Ruby everyday. "Who's Ruby?" OMGeeeee!!! Ruby is our new little puppy! I flew home to Texas a day after arriving in Cali to pick her up. I'll post about her definitely! She needs a post all to her friggin' cute little self! Anyway, I can't wait to explore more of Northern Cali, though! We are so close to San Francisco, Napa and Lake Tahoe, not to mention Yosemite and the Red Wood Reserve! 

And did I mention the yarn..... Oh man, bring on the knitting! 


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yay!! loving all the pictures and glad you're settling in nicely...

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@Jessica I MISS YOU TOOOO!!! I'll let you know as soon as I get my office squared away and we'll have a video coffee date! ;D it won't totally be the same, but it'll be great to see and chat you up!

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