We shipped eight boxes to Hawaii. Some small ones, but mostly large ones. All eight boxes made it here, with only one glass lid as a casualty. A glass lid that we shouldn’t have even brought in the first place. If we had it to do over again we would have spent some time selling things on Craigslist and just rebought those same items here from Craigslist or thrift stores. The only things I would have shipped were the personal, irreplaceable items. I thought it made sense to ship a skeleton set of bathroom and kitchen items, but I see now it would have been cheaper and less hassle to just go to Savers and start all over. Our thinking was we’d ship over a small household set to include everything we needed to eat on and sleep on, but as it turned out we made it here before they did and had to go get stuff anyway.
D-Rex made the cut because he was a recent gift from Grama, but he was still the dumbest thing we shipped. And the cutest.
Clothes: Now we’ve been to Hawaii numerous times and I’ve always said to people going to visit Hawaii to not even bother with clothes. Just take a couple pairs of shorts, tanks, a bathing suit and some flip flops and plan on buying Aloha wear there. I kept this theory in mind when I packed but I decided since we were going to be living there, and not just visiting, I’d bring all my summery clothes. All my summery clothes scream , TOURIST! TOURIST!! LOOK AT ME, I’M A TOURIST! No camera needed. Now in Waikiki my bright clothes fit in fine, but out here in Makaha, with all the locals, I’m just asking to get beat up and called a white bitch (which I have been (called, not beat up)). I went to Savers the other day for more dressed down and drab looking sundresses and I came home somewhere in between. Drab enough for me, yet bright enough for me. The kids and I will probably always stick out like sore thumbs around the Hawaiian’s but I’ve decided I don’t care anymore. If they don’t like me because I’m a Hoale, they’re not going to like me no matter how I dress anyway. So I may as well be me! :)