Mele Kalikimaka!

Wow! I can't believe it has been over a month since I've visited this space... My husband, Josh, and I have been very busy, not only with the holidays, but also preparing for our move to Oahu in January! We could not be more excited! Things are really beginning to fall into place and it is starting to hit me that THIS IS REAL. 

The past few months have been full of decisions for the move. A given was that we were going to be bringing our dog, Olive. This meant that we had A LOT to do for her in a short time. Hawaii is a rabies-free state (and would like to continue to be) so over the course of 40 days Olive needed a few updated vaccinations, was microchipped, and had a blood test done. 5-6 weeks later we were informed that Hawaii had received her blood work and she had passed the test!!! Her allowed entry date is January 19, 2013! As you can see below, we have been trying to get her as used to her travel crate as possible before the flight! 

A few days after Thanksgiving, Josh made a trip over to begin looking for a place for us to live.  

I was left here checking Craigslist every 5 minutes, with no luck, while he was over there feeling equally discouraged about finding a safe AND dog friendly apartment. I love Olive, but she has definitely made this move a little more difficult. =) 

With only a couple of days to spare, he successfully found us a place!!! It is in the city... an idea that I'll admit had to grow on me... but is safe, dog friendly, will allow us to get around easily without the need of a car, and is 5 minutes walking distance from the beach! It is a studio... another idea that had to grow on me... but has a huge (compared to other places seen) lanai for Olive and us to lounge and eat our meals on! 

We are so relieved to have these major things taken care of and are ready to face the remaining challenges in front of us... like shipping our stuff?!? I know everything will work out - it has so far. We are so thankful to the many people who have helped and supported us along this journey and can't wait to see what this next adventure holds! 

The next month and a half will be equally busy, if not busier, than the past few. We will be soaking in the Christmas season and spending as much time as we can with our families before we leave. I hope you, too, can enjoy this special time of year with the ones that you love!

Mele Kalikimaka!

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