|Starting good habits of riding bikes in the house.|
|Don't even ask me how many times a day I have to say "Stop hanging on the counter!"|
|The one part of our new house that's "bigger"--the kitchen!|
Remember that Advanced Shipment we sent out before Memorial Day in Maryland? Well that arrived on-island safe and sound and was delivered on Friday, July 1. Eight days after we had arrived and the timing was perfect. If we hadn't had that shipment, I'm not sure I could have pulled this off. When we were deciding what to send ahead back in May, we had no idea we'd be moving into our house early. Otherwise I would've packed very differently.
|Girls' closet. Overtime I open this I see the scene from "Pride and Prejudice": "Shelves in the closet, happy thought, indeed."|
|Not as many shelves in this closet, because apparently, it's meant to be actually used for hanging clothes.|
|Master Bedroom. This room is SMALL and it's also the hottest. Which is sad, because the master bedroom should not be the saddest room in the house.|
|Every day I look at this sink/cupboard combination and try and figure it out. And every day I just don't get it. Why not use a sink that is also a vanity? The world may never know.|
|Main bath. What you can't see is that there are no exhaust fans in these bathrooms. My boys think this is hilarious and like to lock their sisters in the bathroom when they are particularly "stinky."|
|This is our camping awning that we're using temporarily.|
|Our yard is a pretty decent size for living in town in Hawaii!|
|And we have a 2-car garage, which can be hard to find here!|
|You guys, I am trying to get into this whole "no shoes in the house thing." I know it's better. But now I just have a house full of muddy footprints.|
|This child. I just can't.|
|We went from barely making it out of the driveway to riding loops around the neighborhood without training wheels in about 3 days!|
|My biggest kid.|
So despite having some essentials, we still had to make several pricey Target runs. Pillows, for instance. They're not expensive. But when you multiply each pillow by 7 (because a certain family member requires two), it's a bit more than I'd rather spend on something we wouldn't even need in a few weeks. We also got each person a new beach towel and that was to be used for both recreational and essential drying needs. A cheap knife, some measuring cups and spoons, a mixing bowl and spatula...
|This is how we brewed our coffee each morning. It tasted so good but took so much longer!|
|This is how I ironed--folding table, towel, and an iron we bought for Jon to use at work.|
|And this is how I cook bacon without a stove exhaust. I mean, it's Hawaii. Why would you not want a stove exhaust? The world may never know.|
|We're still adjusting to geckos in the house.|
|And cockroaches everywhere. I think it may take the full 4 years to adjust actually.|
|I always thought the best set-up was a window over the kitchen sink facing the backyard. But a kitchen window overlooking the driveway seems to work much better here!|
|It rains here pretty much every day.|
|Making a animal habitat out of packing material.|
|More fun with packing materials!|
|It's a Coast Guard helicopter! We're not used to living so close to Coast Guard action--it's pretty fun!|
|First real meal in our house--Mango Chicken Salads. They were sooo good, but even better after weeks and weeks of not cooking!|
Speaking of overcoming. Let's talk about air conditioning. Houses in Hawaii, especially older ones and ones on this side of the island, generally don't have AC. First, electricity is much more expensive here. And second, when it's breezy it's actually quite pleasant. It's just the days that it is not breezy that are borderline unbearable.
|FaceTiming with our favorite Spicy Family! Gosh we miss our BFFs!|
|You can just imagine how smoothly FaceTiming with 8 kids goes...|
|After weeks of sitting on folding chairs, we were all just dying to relax on a couch!|
|When you really like the taste of your sister's My Little Pony toothpaste but don't like the picture on the front--duct tape!|
|The neighbors dog keeps coming over. I have no idea why.|
|This is our neighbor. She's really attached to her dog.|
|Playing [I have no idea] with whatever we can find in the house!|
|This girl, she's got a pose for everything these days.|
Ah yes, power. In order to save on electricity, many houses here use solar panels. They're expensive and the waitlist can be several years long. So often people will just get them for their water. Which is what we have. But since the landlord's weren't ready for us, the solar panels weren't flushed/turned on/whatever it is that needs done. And since we're living on "Hawaii time" now, it was at least two weeks before the solar panel tech guy could finally find time to make it out to our house. So for our first two weeks, we didn't have hot water.
|She begged for a tubby our first day here... and then drew all over the walls. Making ourselves right at home!|
|Playing with the hose ... While it's raining.|
|We love sitting out here ... when it's not raining.|
|Front porch views.|
It's hard not to move into a hew house and just see all the things that need done. We need new curtain rods in all the rooms, new curtains, shelves here, shelves there, the patio needs power-washed and refinished, the laundry room would look so much better if the floor was painted. The can lights needs spray painted. The closet doors need painted. The back patio needs some sort of shade. We need plants! Can we build our own Bermuda shutters for the front windows? Replace all the shower heads! Replace all the fans! Build more shelves for the closets!
I'll just stop there. Because there's this tension between, this isn't our house and we don't want to dump too much money into something that will give us no return and, we have to live here for the next four years, let's try to make this as comfortable as possible!
|No TV for 6 months! So we watched movies on the laptop.|
|We've been on a quest for the perfect after-church brunch restaurant. TripAdvisor led us to this interesting establishment. Let's just say, I don't think they have building codes in Hawaii.|