So, I have mixed emotions about blogs...but I have decided to create one based on this amazing adventure we are embarking upon. This will help me stay in touch with all of you and you can read the latest goings on of the Hart family. This is in no way shape or form meant to replace phone calls and emails...you all know I love communication...but is simply a way for us to tell you guys all the amazing things that we see and do and the cute stuff Eve Hart is doing.
As you all know, we moved to Hawaii last month. Christropher left Target and is now the store manager for the Banana Republic Factory Store in Waipahu at the Waikele Outlets. We live in Ka'a'awa for now on the Windward Side of Oahu. It is considered the country by the locals. We find this hilarious! It takes us 30-45 minutes to get to work or into town (Honolulu). People think we are freaking nuts. Well, we are...so what of it? :) We love the drive, even with gas at a whopping $3.77. CRH's daily commute takes him along the coast and through the mountains on the H3. What more could you ask for?? It beats the hell out of I40!!
How did this all come to be? Most of you know...but we shall start from the beginning with the reader's digest version of the story.
CRH worked for Target...hated big box...hated Durham,NC (but loved our family and friends!)...applied for job online at BR...within an hour a Gap recruiter called him and we were on the way to Hawaii. We listed our house and it's contents on Craig's List - sold it all in a week and here we are.
CRH moved on April 6th and I followed for the week on April 7th to locate housing. I scoured the internet and found a fantastic condo in Ka'a'awa. It's a lovely 2bdrm with a loft (guest room) that looks out over the mountains and the ocean! The best of all worlds...except it's for sale. More on this at another post...we are moving next month to Laie.
Eve and I finished packing up the house, closed on it, said many wonderful farewells, and moved on April 30th. We have spent a lot of time at the pool (her preference). Finally today, I was going bat shit...so we rented a car after 2 weeks of being here. My car should arrive next week...but I just couldn't take it anymore. I tried to figure out the city bus...but alas after 32 years of never using public transportation...it appears that I am not smart enough to start now much to Eve's dismay who would LOVE to ride The Bus. I hear it's a great source of transportation around the island...but I swear I tried for hours (literally) to figure out how to use it based on their website and I finally gave up. I made some snide remarks about less intelligent individuals being able to figure it out...so surely I could...well, it appears surely not. CRH has reminded me of these remarks several times....like everytime he sees the freaking bus. So moving on, there is much to see and do and car rentals are pretty cheap I found out.
What have we done so far you ask? Well, let me tell you...
We have gone to the lovely beaches.
We have gone on a family hike up the mtn. behind our condo...I went too...I even have pics to prove it! We are trying new things here in Hawaii...even me. I was sore for 2 days...but I went.
We have gone to the North Shore Soap Factory where Eve learned about soap and got to stamp her own.
We have shopped!
We have been to the Waikiki Aquarium.
We have seen coffee and cocoa growing and learned some about this process.
We have driven around the island. I love the town of Haleiwa. It rocks! I love to venture over there...CRH says it's too touristy to live in...but we like to visit.
We have seen sunset...an amazing experience.
We have had shave ice...a delicious treat!
We have had shrimp plate lunches from the shrimp trucks. These are trucks along the North Shore that have the best shrimp ever. They look like the taco trucks back home, but they are parked...in real life I would NEVER ingest anything that came from a parked graffiti filled truck...but this rocks!
So, there is a brief synopsis of the beginning 2 weeks. I feel like I'm on permanent vacation. CRH is down a manager (2 really) and is working day and night...bless his heart...but we live in Hawaii and have vowed to not complain...he could be working his tail off in Durham.
Future posts will be MUCH shorter...I promise. I really don't have the much to say (yeah, right!)....but I will try to keep it to a minimal. Love and Miss you all!