8.18.2011

Final hours to aloha

Our bags are packed and the car is loaded. We've said goodbye to countless friends and I've held back more tears than I care to think about. It's about time to rip this bandaid off and get on with things. It hurts to leave so I'd rather just be done with it.


We hit the beach one last time in Kailua. After a short squall, the day was beautiful and I wish we had more time to enjoy the water. Such is life, isn't it? We were blessed to be able to stay with friends rather than in temp lodging (I think 81 days on the inbound portion of our time here was enough) and it was wonderful. They are like family and I am going to miss them terribly. We'll get to see them again in about 9 months when we come back for a visit but it's not going to be the same.


I'm already scoping out properties here to buy if and when we come back. I should be looking for houses in Kansas but instead I'm looking at houses in Hawaii. Denial anyone?


The rental market is not providing us with the options we'd like so we're looking at buying with the intention of renting the house out when we leave. We'll see how that pans out. Buying a house scares me more than having children did. Eesh. If anyone has advice on buying a house, feel free to impart that wisdom. I'm a rookie and clueless. Though we do seem to have a good realtor in the area - a friend of a friend. Buying seems so...permanent. Ick.

Never mind. Some things have changed which may possibly shorten our time in the Sunflower State. Therefore, buying is off the table as an option. We're back to scouring Craigslist and ahrn.com. Whee. Thanks for the advice though!


We are meeting up with friends for a last supper of sorts after dropping off our luggage. One last goodbye...er, aloha...and then we're off. I'll try not to cry.




Pau.




- hfs

6 comments:

Pogue said...

Buying a house isn't bad. It's a little traumatic at first but you get over that within the first couple of months. It's actually a pretty decent time to buy right now if you go that route.

God speed on your trip!

DL Sly said...

Cry.
Just let it all go -- all the baggage, all the pain and uncertainty.....everything.
And then, after you've lightened your spiritual load, turn your head into the wind and fly.
Better days are ahead.

0>;~}

Mama On The Move said...

Always underbid.

Anonymous said...

Advise for homebuying- Painting, moving a wall, replacing carpet, changing out the countertops is 10X cheaper than replacing the heating/ac unit, roof, fixing the foundation ect. Get an inspector that will guarentee his work, he misses something major, he gets to pay for it. Also location is key.
And, please make sure that house you buy in HI is big enough for all your internet friends to come visit you.
AC

Anonymous said...

Advise for homebuying- Painting, moving a wall, replacing carpet, changing out the countertops is 10X cheaper than replacing the heating/ac unit, roof, fixing the foundation ect. Get an inspector that will guarentee his work, he misses something major, he gets to pay for it. Also location is key.
And, please make sure that house you buy in HI is big enough for all your internet friends to come visit you.
AC

Homefront Six said...

We will definitely get an inspector that guarantees his (or her) inspection. The last thing I want to do is replace a heating/cooling unit or roof...and inevitably that would happen while MacGyver is deployed.

As for Hawaii, I will try to find a place big enough but I'm not sure we'll be able to afford that right off the bat. We'll see!