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Wow almost back to Big Island

Time flies when your Illinois

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Well some how we just passed almost 3 months again. We have been grounded at the house that I grew up in outside of chicago. The kids have been taking all kids of classes. Leo can now ice skate ( very useful for a hawaiian, ha ,ha.) He is swimming . And he got to be part of an offica l soccer team. Marley got to take some swim lessons and her adorable ballet class. Things are winding down to the last week till we get to return home finally!
Its been a long summer and fall. We have been gone almost 6.5 months now. We thought about continuing to travel and make our way back to crete and then India ,but when I brought it up to Leo he was not having it at all. Anyway, it is really exciting thinking about going home. We are so blessed that our home is still in the same condition that we left it too. A lot Of our close friends and family either can't return to their homes cause of the lava or they lost everything entirely. I feel so much for you all and am sending you all love and blessings!
I am so blessed that our family didn't have to experience any of that. It was kinda dramatic not knowing what was going to happen from the other side of the world. Mostly we didn't have internet either so we were kinda removed from it all mostly.
Anyway, most of our favorite things about home have shifted or don't exist anymore due to the lava swallowing them up. Like the amazing geothermal warm ponds, Ahalanui Park. What a loss it was one of the most magical swimming holes that I ever knew. All our childrens birthday parties were celebrated there or nearby at pohoiki ( which is also mostly not there) This is all speculation as I am not actually back in hawaii and haven't explored what is there and what isn't. Some places are just known that they aren't there anymore. Apparently though at pohoiki boat ramp there is a new huge beach and a new warm pond there. I think the old warm pond at pohoiki might still be there. We are really missing the fresh fruit, the coconuts, the bounty ... the fresh avocados that you find when you take a walk down the st. I am missing the quietness. My mom lives next to a train and you get used to it, but boy is it loud! I can't wait to hear the frogs, the whales and feel the trade wind breeze. We are definatly ready for some warm weather. It is starting to get blistery cold here in Chicago. The kids have learned to wear lots of layers. Put on gloves , hat, coat before heading outside... The leaves here are gorgeous. The bike paths are really fun too. We have been taking lots of awesome rides! There is an amazing bike path just next door to the train. It goes super far all the way to wisconsin. Anyway, its funny how when you have access to internet everyday you don't find the time to blog about your trip. I guess since we haven't been so nomadic the last few months It hasn't been as exciting!
It has been so nice spending time with mom, david, arielle, maia all the family here. Leo has made some really sweet new friends! All in all it was a great experience for us to settle for a second and wait for the lava to cool down! ( literally) There hasn't been any activity on kiluaea and it is totally time to return home! My only wish is that we were leaving tomorrow!!! I can't wait to see CocoLuna our dog! She is going to be so happy to see us!!!!!

Posted by OhanaNomads 22:28 Archived in USA Tagged il wilmette

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