- 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.