April 16, 2017

Life Right Now

Life is so full for us right now - we're getting settled in a new home, in a new city on an island, no less! Remi is beautiful and observant and quickly growing. I'm busy at work while Cory is doing all the things we need to do to get us settled, like buying a car.

We're trying to unpack boxes, visit the beach (priorities!) and stay in touch with family and friends on a 4-5 hour time zone difference. Figuring out new routines, new places to make our own, new ways to eat and live - an endless amount of new.

I love this part.

So while we have all of this beauty and all of this LIFE swirling around us, I'm struggling. I struggle because I want to keep it all contained and remember every second of it. I want to take it all in as fully as I can and be present (my word of the year), but somehow save it at the same time.

And I don't know how to do that. Because I know there really is no way to do that. But I couldn't forgive myself if I didn't at least give it my best shot.

Is this how all parents feel? Or is this because I'm realizing that at least a third of our life has come and gone now that we're in our thirties? I'm not sure what has spurred this unrest in my soul, but lately I've just wanted to savor and preserve "us".

I plan to fill you all in on the move, what life looks like in Hawaii, life as a mama and more, but tonight I'm just sitting with this feeling.

February 14, 2017

When the Stars Align

Our history with Hawaii starts before Cory was born. Cory's grandpa, Tom Dinell moved to the island to raise his family in the 50's. So Cory's dad grew up on Oahu and then Cory's mom moved there for college - they met, got married and along came the man we all know and love, born in Kailua at Castle Medical Center.

When we began dating in high school, Hawaii became a part of my life as I began receiving gifts from Cory's yearly travels - a box of fresh pineapples from the Dole Plantation one year, a personalized coconut the next (a gift I still have to this day). With members from both sides of his family still living out there, he got to visit for lengthly periods and often.

My first visit came in 2009, about a year after we had gotten engaged and I immediately fell in love with the island. We visited again every other year for the next eight years.

During our 2012 visit we hiked a popular light tower path one morning. On the hike we passed a pregnant mama who was pushing her toddler in a stroller up the hill. It was such a little thing, but it sparked my brain with this romantic notion of one day raising a little family on the island. This is a moment that has stayed with me.

Later that year when I had the opportunity to move to Colorado for work, we discussed the idea of moving to Hawaii instead. We told ourselves we could go just for a year and have fun, but ultimately we decided to stick with our Colorado plan because I enjoyed working for the company I was with and didn't want to give that up for the unknown.

Fast forward about six months after our move to Colorado and we were revisiting the idea of living on Hawaii again. We were struggling to make things work in Colorado, plus it was cold as shit. Eventually we both got jobs that we really enjoyed (a marketing agency for me and a coffee company for Cory), found our tribe and were able to really embrace life here. We fell in love with it.

And then...

The stars aligned.

This life in Colorado that we've spent the last four plus years building is so full and so fun and just downright amazing. We love this state. We love our community. We fit right into the culture here and we love life. 

But as they say, third times a charm. We got an opportunity in Honolulu that we simply can't resist. 

We are moving to Oahu this spring!

I plan to post more about the details of our move, but for now we are just so excited to share the news of our next adventure. 

January 21, 2017

The Lost Years

Okay so this title is a bit dramatic, but I'm sitting here realizing that I've posted for a grand total of six times in the last three years. Insert grimace face emoji. 

It makes me sad that I can't go back and reminisce about what was going on in my life during this period of time. I mean, thankfully I'm no stranger to Instagram so I could probably piece it together if I really wanted to - cancel the SOS. But seriously, how did people remember anything before the internet?!?!

So I thought I would ease back into a Life with Luster by creating a quick post of what the last three years of life have looked like for me. And in case you care for a refresher, here's where I really left off. 

Our first year in Colorado (2013) was filled with a lot of uncertainty (again, see post linked above), but after that we slowly found our place and began to feel that we were right where we belonged. Over the next three years we really made Colorado our home and feel that moving to Fort Collins was the best decision we've made in our married life. Here's why:

1. We absolutely love everything this state offers: snowboarding (we got season passes each year until I got pregnant), breweries galore (I think our current count in Fort Collins is 22), spending weekends in the mountains, healthy living (it's hard to believe I once laughed at the idea of buying organic), hiking (even in the winter), endless road trip options, RED ROCKS (concerts, movies, yoga - oh my!), the fact that there is basically a brunch spot on every corner and of course we love the friends we've met here. 

2. We gave ourselves the space we needed to grow into ourselves and to grow up. 

So what else have we been up to in the last three years? Well, let me work backward:

We...hosted lots of family and friends which brought so much joy to our hearts

We...brought a human named Remi into the world (which I plan to write about a lot, I promise!)

We...traveled here and there (Hawaii, Kansas, Montana, New York, Missouri, Arkansas, Wyoming, Cancun Mexico plus others I'm probably leaving out) AND road-tripped all around Colorado (Estes Park, Keystone, Manitou Springs, Breckenridge, Telluride, Steamboat Springs...)

We...celebrated six years of marriage

We...lost our sweet black lab, Natty who was nine and Cory's grandma

We...began a Dave Ramsey's style mission to pay off all of our debt

We...bought a condo

We...climbed 14ners (okay, I only did one but Cory did multiple!)

We...got a niece!

We...entered into our 30's

We...worked. A lot. 

And I'm sure there's so much more I'm leaving out.

As much as I regret not being better at recording the last four years of life in Colorado, I'm excited for a fresh start in 2017. I hope to keep this little space up more and share our adventures through life as new parents!