Moving Highs and Lows

It’s been about a week since we moved from Las Vegas to Hawaii, and boy what a week it has been!!  I imagined in my head that we would be under a bit of stress, but never could I have dreamed up what has unfolded so far.  There’s been definite highs and lows…and unfortunately, more lows than we expected.  When we arrived, the house we were supposed to live in was a complete mess and had no electricity.  There were no locks on the doors, so the house wasn’t even secure to move in.  Because there were no locks, apparently homeless people had been living there!

It took us a good five days to track down my landlord and get him to sign and fax an affidavit so that we could get lights on in the house.  We were under pressure because we wanted to move in, but also because he had told us a few days after we arrived that he was “leaving the country” for a year starting in a few days.  My husband and I raced to get the house cleaned and painted before the movers arrived with our things, and luckily we got it all done at the end of last week!

We were just starting to unpack boxes and make the place feel like home when we found out that since the house had been listed for sale before we moved in, there was an offer on the home.  Our landlord had said previously that if we rented the place, that he would take the house off the market, but he now expressed interest in selling the house to this buyer.  We have a contract, so we are protected for the next year, but if a real estate agent comes by to show the place, then we will have to do it, even if things are crazy with having a new baby in the house!  Thank goodness for this sweet face to keep me laughing, despite all these issues 🙂

Patrick and my parents have been amazing through all this, and I am so thankful for their presence and support in my life!  My mom is making sure that we eat healthy meals (we now live next door to them), and my dad keeps our little sweetie entertained so that we can work out all these problems.

Sorry for all the negative energy in this post, but thank you for making it this far!  It hasn’t all been bad…there’s been some great celebrations this week!  My brother, who lives in Boston, welcomed his first child this week, a sweet baby girl!!  I am so thrilled to have another niece and our babies will only be 2.5 months apart 🙂  It was a really special day because my brother’s baby was born on the same day as our grandmother turned 92 years old!  She’s still going strong, especially with her hobby of growing orchids.  She must have about 100 plants in our backyard!  Malia loved blowing out the candles on great-grammy’s strawberry pie 🙂

This strawberry pie from Whole Foods was amazing!  Sweet strawberries in a graham cracker crust with lots of fresh whipped cream.

We also celebrated the wedding of one of my friends from medical school.  She got married beach-side at sunset…gorgeous views.

Her beautiful cake (white cake with lilikoi (passionfruit) filling, and mocha chocolate macadamia layers):

and of course the happy couple:

The joy on her face was just amazing to witness, we were so thrilled to be there for their special day!  The groom organized a flashmob dance for his new bride to Taio Cruz Dynamite, it was hilarious!  And of course we had to take pictures in the photo booth to show to our daughter, she got a kick out of them 🙂

Hope you all are having a great week, I’ve missed posting on this blog and can’t wait to get back into it once things settle down 🙂


18 thoughts on “Moving Highs and Lows

  1. What an ordeal you’ve been through and to top it off you now have a landlord who is not very up front about the situation. Let’s hope there won’t be anymore snags. Nice pictures (everyone looks happy) and that wedding cake is gorgeous looking and I bet tastes wonderful. Glad to have you posting again. Good luck!

  2. Oh Maura, I am feeling for you!! It sounds like your landlord has not been very reliable 😦 I can’t imagine how frustrated you might be, especially when it comes to something as important as where you’re living! You are so awesome for keeping such a positive attitude about it. I hope things get better soon!

  3. Wow. What a week! I’m glad things are settling down for you. Hopefully you can get some rest in after all that craziness.

    Glad you’re posting again, and I can’t wait to see what food you’ve got coming! 🙂

  4. Wow, Maura! I had no idea!! Thank goodness you guys have gotten most of the kinks worked out. Can’t wait for our chat to catch up on everything! Miss you!

  5. what a nightmare! if you can handle that, you guys can handle anything. hope the aloha spirit starts kicking in soon.

  6. Oh my goodness Maura!!! What a whirlwind of events!!!! Glad things have started to settle down. And yay for your new niece!!! Are they planning a visit here anytime soon?

    • Jackie, they don’t have any plans b/c Dasha is starting business school, but my mom is going to Boston in Sept and my dad in Nov. I can’t wait to meet her, so hopefully they will make some plans soon 🙂

      Let’s get together soon!!

  7. So sorry to hear about your tough move. Moving is one of the most stressful things in life without complications, I so sorry you had so many and eight months pregnant on top of it. Hopefully, things can only get better and those beautiful beaches and ocean can brighten your day.

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