Thursday, December 31, 2009

tropical decorating

Dave and I have just been looking at rentals online for the area we'll be moving to. We can't really inquire about any of them yet - it's still too early. But I have emailed a little with some property managers that have listings that I like. I've let them know when we'll be arriving and asked if they have any similar listings to the ones I like that might be available then. I've sort of made friends with one super nice lady - she lives on Oahu and has several listings around Waimea on the Big Island - she's offered to introduce me to all her friends there when we arrive.

Looking at all these empty homes has got me thinking about how I'll decorate when we get there. My decorating here is kinda Coloradoish (except Maici's room which is "surfer girl" already). I've been looking online at lots of pictures of tropical decorations and color schemes. I don't want to do the traditional "nautical" theme with blue, white, red, lots of stripes, ships anchors and seashells. I like alot of the brighter colors: turquoise, yellow, lime green. I like lots of white with accents of bright colors or brightly painted walls. Lots of blogs I've checked out seem to post decorating pictures from magazines so I thought I'd do the same and show you some of the ideas that I like.

I don't usually like black/white decorating - it's a little too formal for me. But I really liked this room, the large prints seem more casual and I love the light blue wall.

I like the fun feel of the multi-colored chairs and pillows and the lights strung from the shelf.

Super fun handmade shell chandelier.

LOVE the garage door style wall!! We'll be renting at first but if we buy our own place I would LOVE to do this.

I just think all these colors are so sunny and airy looking. Very different from what I've had in the past but I'm looking forward to doing something new!

Monday, December 28, 2009

So, here we go...

OK, so I have never "blogged" before. I've never really had anything interesting enough to blog about. But our family of 4 will be moving from our home of 12 years in Colorado Springs, CO to the Big Island of Hawaii in the next 5 I finally have something to blog about (not that I've been looking for something).

We have alot of planning to do. We've begun to sell some things and still have alot of things for sale on craigslist (hot tub, pop-up camper...and will be selling our Ford Excursion as well). Dave will be going out in Feb. or Mar. and the kids and I will stay until school is out and join him in late May.

I really should take some pictures to post of today - beautiful, sunny Colorado day. Dave is out sledding in the back with some of the kids and Maici is in the hot tub with some friends - so we have a good contrast of where we started to compare with pictures of when we finally arrive in Hawaii. I'm not sure how to add those yet - so look for them later.

Well, I guess that's enough for now - at least a little intro into my blog and what you can expect to find here over the next few months! Thanks for reading!


(OK, so now it's later and I just added these pics):

Here is Maici in the hot tub with her friends Lauryn and Kennedy.

Dave is on the trampoline with our friends daughter Molly.

These are our 2 beagles, Abby and Bailey.

This is my brother Chad's dog Sadie. She is a one year old Great Dane who we are dogsitting.