Hi! I'm CJ, mom to two little boys ages 3 and 5 (update: another on the way!), two furbabies, and wife to a military man. I first visited Hawaii in 2008, and knew I'd found my "place".
I got my wish for living in Hawaii just a year later by taking a huge leap of faith. The move took me ten days, from successful interview to arrival.
The job, the move, all of it worked out for me, in ways I never imagined. When my (now former) ex-boyfriend returned to Hawaii from a deployment, we ended up married and pregnant within just 4 months...and with that marriage certificate came a set of orders that took us far from Hawaii.
We visited a few times, returning to sell our now too small condo, and then the hubs deployed again in 2012. I returned with my then two year old son and my little three week old son, this time to the Big Island. After too short of a time, we packed up again and headed away from Hawaii.
I've done some fairly creative rearranging of my life to be able to spend as much time as currently possible in Hawaii. A lot of why I love Hawaii has to do with my personal health story (click for more info). Side note: My experiences are just that--mine. Yours might be different.
I have a degree in Anthropology and History, am fairly obsessed with holistic health and wellness, love to read, and anything to do with beaches, water sports, hiking, traveling, and most recently, gardening. I prefer a minimalist life (a work in progress) and am working towards Waldorf-inspired travel homeschooling for my two kiddos.
There is STILL no sarcasm font, so this is your warning: I am sarcastic. I don't (usually) intend to offend.
And a side note, for good measure: Being part of a military family, I take OPSEC and PERSEC seriously. Operational Security and Personal Security are processes that protect unclassified information that may carry ramifications for soldiers (or sailors) and their families.
And now for some completely random info:
He'd never write about himself, and he's deployed right now anyway, so...I'll go ahead and introduce you all :)
Wow, what to say? He's a fantastic guy with a great work ethic and an overriding need to take care of me and our boys. He's got a deep connection with all things nature, and prior to "us" spent most of his (rare) free time hiking, backpacking, swimming, and just generally being outdoors.
He was stationed in Hawaii from 2006 to 2009, and took full advantage of it by exploring the islands every chance he got, when he wasn't deployed, that is. He is also a military pilot, so any sort of aerial shots you might find here are all his.
He's also contributing several pages to the site, since he has more experience in certain areas (such as hiking) than I do, and he's got a glut of stories to share.
A few bits of random info on the Hubs, as written by his wife: