Monday, November 22, 2010

The West is Best!

When moving out to Fiji, the plan was to live in Suva (the south side of the island) Stuart would go to school and I'd work. When we got here, we were there in Suva trying to get things settled. We were looking for housing, going to USP to get all of the details taken care of for Stuart to enroll. During this time, we were finding out a few things we didn't anticipate. We decided Suva wasn't the place for us and Stuart wasn't going to go to school anymore.

We'll just treat it like a long holiday and move back home to Hawaii. We had rented a little spot in Pacific Harbour for the month. We would finish out the month there while we did fun stuff people do when they go to Fiji. We were looking for flights, and even asked a friend if he could pick us up from the airport.

We knew people would be asking us how the surf was and we had to try and surf Cloudbreak and all those spots. It was almost the end of the month and time to buy our return flight. But before that, we had to go surf. We found a company that would pick us up, take us out on the boat and drop us off afterwards. That's when we met Ian, the owner of Fiji Surf Co. Ian was looking for some surf photographers to work for him so he could offer that service to his guests. We talked a little bit about what he was looking for, and what we had to offer. We had found our match!

We were moving to the West!

Stuart remembered there was a family who lived really close to Ian's house and the boat launch where the surf trips left from everyday.  He also remembered there just happened to be another house on the property that didn't have anyone living in it back when he was serving his mission.  We spoke to the Reddy's asking about the house to see if it was empty and if we could live there.  Everything was falling into place perfectly!

Now a whole bunch of photos...  Pretty much just of our house and the "kids".  Sorry if you get sick of seeing mochi and kitty but they've already grown so much so I need to put up their little pictures so I can remember how small they started out :)

I love my "Mochi&Me" time.  He's gotten a little too big for him to sit comfortably on my belly now so he's always trying to get away. 

This is pretty much the whole front part of the house...  sitting room and kitchen.  I'm backed up against the kitchen sink.  I'm strategically down low so you can't see our messy kitchen table :)    

I love it when Kitty Sleeps with her tongue hangin out like that. 

I'm pretty sure this was a one time thing.  He started out as a good sharer.  Then I think he tried to "share" some one else food and he learned to be selfish when they barked and growled at him. 

He's so little!  And so cute!  I'll have to post a more recent picture because his ears aren't floppy anymore.  Heeler's have ears that stick straight up

Our House!

View from out our front door...  You can't see them in this photo but on a clear day I've counted  more than 15 islands out on the horizon!


The papaya tree in front of our house!  Sooooo Good!!!

Mochi, back when he was still having a hard time climbing onto the deck...
Oh and this deck Stuart and Bro. Reddy made one night without any power tools!!!  Pretty impressive :)
We made Board hangers in the rafters...  saves space.  Not to mention how awesome they look up there!

We're happy and healthy out here in Fiji and living a wonderful life!  We miss our family and friends but are grateful that we are able to have such a crazy adventure together.  

Have a great week!!! 


mahina said...

and your family misses you, too!! but we're happy that you're happy and healthy and enjoying life!

tutu lady said...

I want to see that Papaya tree (picture didn't come up)
Did you have a nice TurkeyDay. Happy Thanksgiving Day. You do have so much to be thankful for. And we're thankful for you! Enjoy your summer. Aloha

Becky, Ryan, Oliver, and Amelie said...

Seriously sounds amazing guys! You two are really living life the way everyone should. I'm sort of in love with the whole thing. I keep telling Ryan we just need to abandon this idea of 9-5 and go live off the land. He fully agrees:) We miss you guys!

Nana said...

I'm glad you are documenting this time in your life. I try to keep reminding myself we only saw you once a year when you were living in Hawaii - so Fiji is not that different. right?
Love it when we Skype and talk on the phone.