Sunday, October 12, 2014

Six Month Summary

It's been six months since I've updated our Blog, which really was just a result of the craziness of keeping up with two kids! A lot has happened since March, and I have lots of pictures that I need to eventually post. I would still like for this Blog to serve as a baby book for John Emerson and Kate, but I thought it was best to get started with a summary, and cover the highlights of the past six months.

  • Kate starts walking, and she sure is hard to keep up with!
  • I start working at Sugarcane, my friend Jill's shop which carries jewelry, home decor, bags, baby gifts, etc. all made in Hawaii
  • Easter celebration on the North Shore with friends
  • Lei Day at Holy Nativity School
  • Last day of Kindergarten for John Emerson
  • Make a Wish Foundation White Party with Jayson
  • Say goodbye to three sets of close friends who move back to the mainland
  • Turtle Bay Resort for Father's Day
  • Visit to Louisiana, Fairhope, Alabama (my friend Cindy's wedding), and Florida (4th of July)
  • John Emerson starts summer camp at Waikiki Elementary
  • John Emerson turns 6 - birthday party at Wet & Wild
  • Sports Camp at The Oahu Club for John Emerson
  • Vacation to Kauai - Poipu Beach

It was during our mainland trip in June that Jayson and I both came to the mutual decision that it was time to be closer to our parents again. We had a life-changing experience in Hawaii, but we missed our families dearly, and we wanted them to be able to see John Emerson and Kate on a regular basis. We originally discussed moving after Christmas 2014, but once we had made the decision, we felt it was important to get John Emerson started in school on the mainland sooner then later. 

After our 3 and a half years spent on an island, we knew we wanted a coastal town. After investigating St. Augustine and Jacksonville Beach, we decided on New Smyrna Beach. It's an hour from Orlando, and 15 minutes from Jayson's parents. We spent a lot of time in NSB when we lived in Orlando, and always felt that it was family friendly. Also, it's a very easy drive to the airport when I want to fly to see my family. The kids and I left the island on August 13, and Jayson joined us at the end of August.

We found an Episcopal School that seemed very similar to Holy Nativity in DeLand, Fl; it's a 40  minute drive each way, but John Emerson really likes it and I don't mind the commute. Jayson started a new role at a HR/Benefits Company in San Francisco, and he will spend the first week of every month there and work remotely the rest of the time. And lastly, we should close by the end of October on a new home across the street from the Atlantic.

It's been a whirlwind to say the least, but being back on the mainland feels right for this point in our lives. Our time in Hawaii was priceless, and as silly as this sounds, we will always carry it in our hearts. But at the same time we are thrilled to be near our parents, are enjoying the slight change in seasons already, and are looking forward to taking road trips again. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014

February/March Recap

Big girl on the playground. Her hair is getting longer and curling in the back too!

Curious George came home from school with John Emerson. They played kendama together.

Afternoons spent in the front yard lounging by the plumeria tree.

Lambie and Grandpa sent us a King Cake and beads, and we had a fun Mardi Gras celebration with John Emerson's Kindergarten class.

Thanks Lambie and Grandpa!

Dinner date with John Emerson before leaving for our girl's trip to Louisiana.

Sip and See for Kate that my mom threw. A really nice day with family friends.

 Kate loved playing with Lambie and Grandpa and with all of John Emerson's toys from when he was little.

While Kate and I were on the mainland, Poppy came to visit from Florida!

It was lots of fun showing Poppy the island. He was last here in the late 1960's.

The boys went on a camping trip too. They braved gale force winds and made some special memories.

Kate and Poppy time.

Waikiki catamaran cruise, also celebrating three years of living on the island.

And Kate looking  more grown up by the day. Her vocabulary includes "mama", "mom", "dada", "bruda", "cat", "dog", "hi", "no" and "all done". She can stand up on her own, but no steps yet. John Emerson didn't walk until 15 months, so they may be on the same track.

Rewind to February - Punahou Carnival Pictures

Friday, January 31, 2014

Kate on Her Birthday

It's hard to believe that today a year ago was Kate's original due date. Below are pictures I took last Friday on her birthday. I took her to the zoo for her special day. And thank you to Lambie for making her darling birthday outfit!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Momma's Dress

Kate wearing my baby dress from my first birthday. I was quite a bit chubbier then her for sure. We have definitely been blessed with a darling little girl.