Before our family left Central Pennsylvania, many of our friends and family asked if I would start a blog about our experiences in our new home, Lanai City, on the island of Lana’i in Hawaii. This will be my attempt to tell stories about what we are learning here and to keep everyone updated on what we are seeing, hearing, and doing on this island!
The first night, we arrived at about 5:05 in the afternoon, which was about 11:05 at night back home (note: we are trying to stop saying “back home,” because this IS home now! Jack has adjusted really quickly and now says, “Back in Pennsylvania.”) Don heated up some beef stew and fried rice for us, and we ate dinner together as a family for the first time in more than 3 weeks! It was so good to be back together!
The girls and I went to sleep as late as we could manage, which was still only just after 7:00 p.m. We were awake by 2:30 in the morning! By 4:00, Maggie was standing in front of the door announcing that she was ready to go to preschool! We opened up the door to show her that is was still night, and Irene said, “See, Maggie? It’s too early for you to go to preschool; it’s still witch black outside!”
We took a nap that morning by 10:30. We spent the rest of the day getting the girls enrolled in Kindergarten and preschool, respectively, and the next day, they began!
Almost every day last week, we went to the pool. It’s free to the community, and open all day. Over the weekend, we went to the beach for the first time. As soon as I figure out where and how it will be best to save and then share my photos here, I will update with them! It’s about a 20-minute drive to the beach from our house.
We are adjusting pretty easily: the kids seem to already be more used to the time difference; we will probably go to bed earlier than we used to in Pennsylvania because it’s very dark here by about 7:30 p.m. and that makes it feel like it’s nighttime and time to sleep! It’s a quiet town, and there isn’t a lot going on at night that would take us away from our home (yet, at least.) There is a lot to do in the community, and I can see that our calendar will fill up quickly. Irene is taking her first Tahitian hula class tonight!
I will do my best to discipline myself to update at least once a week, and maybe more! Please comment so I know you’re out there! 🙂