Aloha Here We Come!

A Moving Update

The news is out – as most of you probably know by now, we will be moving to Oahu, Hawaii early this fall. While they have never been to the state (or a real, non-PNW beach for that matter) Charlie and Zoe are pretty pumped about the move and wanted to share what they are most looking forward to – so we made a family list of what we each think our favorite parts of Hawaii will be:

Charlie says he will most like swimming at the beach, the waves, getting a shaved haircut just like Zoe, finding a new dog park, sniffing a new house, and more sandals to chew. He is not looking forward to the plane ride and is sad fewer socks will be worn and dirty for chewing.

Zoe thinks she will be afraid of the water and the waves but is excited to dig in the sand and go on new hikes with mom and dad. She is also looking forward to pottying on grass again (there is no grass in AZ).

Brian says BEACH. Then added Mojitos on the beach, a crossfit gym to go to again, possible crossfit on the beach and the beach again.

Liz – I’m looking forward to living in a house again (hopefully!), beach days, lots of yoga studios, hiking and LOTS of visitors.

Anyone have any exciting beach trips coming up this summer?

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We’re here!

And we’re pooped!  We arrived in Sierra Vista on Sunday at about 11:30 and by the time we unpacked the cars, set up our air mattress and got the pups settled in, we probably went to bed around 1:30.  Brian started the trip out with a cold, I ended it by catching it and Zoe was car sick the whole time, so by Monday morning we were all pretty exhausted.   But we made it here without major incident and we even got to visit our good friend Chris Winter (and the Winters’ pup Abby!) in Las Vegas on our last night of the road trip.  We had dinner at his house while the three pups played and we met for breakfast the next morning.  Chris had moved down to LA at the end of the summer for a new job after the Army and his wife Liz will be moving down there as well in the next few months so it was really great to be able to see him on our trip!  Other than that we are just settling in.  I actually really like the set-up of my home office and the air mattress isn’t that bad – just can’t wait to have our pots and pans back so we can do some cooking!  I promise the updates will be a little more exciting from here – just wanted to let everyone know we arrived 🙂 

Check out some of our pics from the trip (I warned you about the puppies!)    

lizflannery’s photostream on Flickr.

A Blog is Born

When Brian and I embarked on our move out to Washington in 2008 we were excited to experience a new state, be close to Arthur and Sally and to undertake a new challenge, but mostly we were sad to leave Boston – New England – Home.  We were 100% sure that in 3 short years we would be right back to Boston, the city we love, and surrounded by all of our friends and family.  Saying goodbye wasn’t quite as hard because we saw it as more of a “see you later” – we thought that before we knew it, we would be living within driving distance of all our nearest and dearest – close enough for get-togethers, weekly visits, dinner parties, etc. etc.

Well, 3½ years later we are still in Washington – soon to be in Arizona and hoping to be in Washington again in six months.  Along the way, we have grown to love it out here, career paths have changed and we decided to stay in the Army longer than planned.   New England is still in our long term plans, but for the next few years at least, we know we will be far away.  What we have also learned over the last several years is that when you can’t have impromptu get-togethers, quick cookouts or drop-in visits, it’s all the more important to keep in touch in other ways.  We also miss being able to share everything we love about it out here with all of you.  So, we decided to start this blog to document our time away from home – to capture for you all the home we are making away from home.  We hope it will be another way we can stay in more frequent touch.

And, I have to confess, there is another reason for blogging.  Through my job, I’m immersed in social media every day.  I write and edit blogs for other people.  I’ve had blog lust for a long time.  I’ve spent many moments (hours) daydreaming about what I could blog about, but I just couldn’t find that hook… So when this idea first came up, it seemed like a perfect excuse fit.  If you are interested enough in our everyday life to keep reading, thank you for indulging me.  I hope you like puppies and food – that is probably what you will mostly find here.

In just over a week, we will hit the road for Arizona and hopefully – wifi permitting – we will be able to track our progress here!  So we hope you join us and happy reading!