there's been a mix of tears and laughter, amazement and frustrations since we got here. it's been quite a ride. there have been days where i've truly doubted every bit of what we have done but, thankfully, more days where i am unbelievably thankful we are getting this opportunity in life. let's see...the tougher things have been....
leaving our family behind. channing and my mom have such an amazing relationship and i think about it all the time...how i was so fortunate to grow up spending lots of time with both sets of grandparents and right now, channing doesn't get to do that. most days my heart truly aches for her to be able to have that again.
we've gone from living in an affordable city, on two incomes to an island where the cost of living is extremely high and living on one income. budget budget budget. food is expensive, gas is expensive, our mortgage is more expensive. you get the idea.
there were many moments, back in july/august/september where i literally wanted to pack up my bags and head back home. due to the heat and humidity. talk about a HUGE difference from colorado. i just didn't think i was going to make it. and i was oh so grumpy. it didn't help that the condo we were living in was so darned hot and stuffy. there wasn't any air circulation and it was on a second floor with direct sun hitting it most of the day.
it's been stressful for luc to make the change from being his own boss, since he was 16 years old, to working for someone. it's been a big big change for him and not one that has been easy. also, island time is a true and real thing over here. everything goes at a slower pace and that's not always a great thing when you are trying to make things happen.
i miss the conveniences, and amount of things to do and places to go, from back home. we were so used to having restaurants, movie theaters, stores, hiking and camping right at our finger tips. we have to drive to get anywhere now. i miss walking to shops and good spots to eat. we now have a 40 minute drive to kona...which has target, home depot, lowes, walmart, costco, a movie theater and pier one. thankfully we have access to those things even though the drive is further than we are used to. but, no pizza delivery if you happen to not be in the mood to cook dinner. it's been a big adjustment having to plan out trips to drive places...like to the library, which is now 30 minutes away, versus the quick walk to the library that was only a few blocks away back home.
the "aloha spirit" is not always alive and well over here. it's actually the tourists who are the rudest. i am not certain if some people are just like that in their every day lives or if they feel like being on vacation gives them a free pass to be unkind. but, we've run into quite a few frustrating moments with those who are visiting the island. that's one thing i did not expect.
we are starting to look into preschool for channing and the options are very very slim. this, is a big struggle for me. what is available, is quite expensive. i am currently have a big struggle with this subject. more on that later...