Well The Loftus Land Search has finally come to an end… | Aloha!!!

Hello to all of you who have been following along on the Loftus Family Search journey with us as we look for our land to farm and build a life on. We started out last year with our cross country journey from Boise Id and looked at land in Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, South Carolina eventually travelling north and seeing property in Maine as well as crossing the border into Canada to view land in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. We pulled up stakes in beautiful North Carolina for the last year where we really did make a run at seeing if this could be our forever home. After enjoying the beautiful atmosphere and meeting new life long friends we have decided that Hawaii is now our home. And look forward to embracing everything the Hawaiian Life style and culture has to offer. Ace has never stopped referring to Hawaii as is home as this is where he has spent the majority of his like and his younger brother Kingston was born there.

Although we will miss being close to family and friends on the mainland, we look forward to our new lives as Home owners in Paradise. Coming soon we will continue to post about our journey to remodel our dream home and launch our new venture “Loft Farms” where we will cultivate grow and maintain 100% Kona Coffee, Lavender, Wine from our vineyard as well as Fruit Orchard and Gardens. We would love to eventually add our venue on the tour circuit where people can use the grounds as a wedding or event venue or just tour the grounds and have a hands on experience picking their own coffee cherry, Lavender bundle or fruit etc…

    

The next couple of months will be extremely hectic as we are preparing for our huge move in just 4 weeks! Please forgive the sporadic posts on the blog but continue to follow along on instagram for our daily posts of life leading up to our big move including our Family Reunion Cruise, Trip to Disney World, Road Trip to Chicago and Michigan and finally our cross country road trip to the Grand Canyon where after that we drive to San Diego to catch our flight to the Big Island. We are a little nervous but mostly ecstatic about our new chapter of our journey. Thank you all for sharing this journey with us. And definetly don’t forget to follow Ace & Kingston as they continue to post on “The Kids Loft” youtube channel, (Hawaii Style)

Until next time…With Love

Malaika @loftandlearn

 

Just A Slight Change Of Plans…. | Cary, North Carolina

Loftus Family On The Move

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Well here we are again with another slight change of plans!! We were all set to settle in the Lake Murray South Carolina area and then spent some time in the Raleigh Areas of Cary and Apex and fell in love with the beautiful and progressive towns. Having  After a few promising land scouting trips we discovered that North Carolina suited all of our needs a little better.

Having so many top Universities in close proximity really provides a wonderful blend of educators, outdoor enthusiasts and fun-loving people. Apex , N.C. was even voted the absolute #1 best place to live in America. So we figured we just had to give it a shot. We have spent the last week meeting people, looking for an immediate place to live for the next year or two while focusing on a home build and researching and visiting schools!!! Phew…

Of course we still managed to have fun while working on getting situated by celebrating the 4th of July as well as having a blast with our Cousins from Atlanta who came to Raleigh for a visit. Wow, can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next few weeks….

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Our Whirlwind Last 6 Weeks!!! | Loftus Road Trip

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Wow, to say the last several weeks have been jam packed would be the understatement of the year! Let’s see it started out with unexpected yet very successful hysterectomy surgery. Followed by recovery, Baseball season wrap up and ceremonies, Kindergarten graduation, packing up a four bedroom house, driving a car and a Budget rental truck from Boise Idaho to Chicago. Spending wonderful time with Colin’s mom Wendy, other wise known as Gaga! Then meeting Auntie Mern in Indiana where she picked up the boys and kept them for a week before meeting us in Washington D.C.

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The same day we dropped the boys off with my sister Mern, we then kept driving down to Lexington SC. where we unloaded all of our things in a storage unit and began looking for places to stay while we ultimately search for our Land to start building. Already having done research on school systems we are pretty focused on about 6  schools which narrow our immediate home rental search down a bit. We find a few possibilities but after 3 days of looking now get ready to head north again to hook up with the family in D.C and then head to my cousin Jeana’s High school graduation in West Orange New Jersey!!

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After spending the day in D.C we head to my Uncle Butch and Sherry’s beautiful home in Jersey meeting up with several family members and then head to New York City the following day to check on my nephew Shemaiah who was recovering in New York Presbertyrian Hospital from a baseball injury suffered right before his championship game. (Sending love and light your way for a speedy recovery Shemaiah)

Then we headed Uptown to Harlem, to visit our dearest friends The Riley’s who also happen to be the owners and founders of Harlem Blue Beer! We met up with them at the “Corner Social” restaurant in Harlem where we were able to catch up and enjoy amazing craft beer in an awesome setting. What an amazing night this was!!!

Then the following day we enjoyed our cousin Jeana’s awesome graduation party in West Orange. They pulled out all of the stops and was a wonderful fun packed party with swimming, dancing and all around fun!Good Thing a life gaurd was on hand because Ace jumped in the pool at 9 AM and stayed in until 10 at night.

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After leaving West Orange we went on to Atlantic City where we took advantage of staying right on the boardwalk by steel pier and had a blast! We swam in the Atlantic, went sight seeing, played carnival games, gambled and rang in my BDay in style. It was amazing.

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Then as only the Loftus Crew can do, we pulled an audible on our vacation plans and decided to extend our vacation by traveling up to Nova Scotia Canada  continuing our Loftus Land Search. Taking a road trip up through beautiful New England was stunning with all of the trees and flowers in full bloom. We saw a few properties in Maine that  we liked, then crossing the border we had a wonderful time exploring beautiful eastern Canada. Scouting land in several cities in the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia exhilarating and exhausting.

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The scenery of the bays, and coastal landscape was magical however the drive a bit daunting after a while. I think driving cross-country from Idaho just 3 weeks before, then driving down to South Carolina, then all the way up to Canada began to take its toll… but we still managed to make the most of our hotel stays and long road trip drives. Remembering that “the joy is in the journey” we happily returned to the States back to South Carolina where we are still looking for our land and next opportunity for growth!

Stay tuned as I will be posting pics and posts from the past month.

Enjoy Life!

Malaika@loftandlearn

 

 

It’s Moving Time!!! | Thank You Beautiful Boise Idaho!

It’s Moving Time…

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As mentioned in the previous post we have decided to take our land search to Lexington South Carolina, a suburban city of Columbia. We have chosen to move here for several reasons including the excellent school district, outdoor activity, close proximity to Lake Murray and access to the city of Columbia.

While we are so excited to head to this amazing area of the country we have to bid a fine farewell to Beautiful Boise ID!

Thank You Boise!!!

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There are so many wonderful firsts that have occurred here in Boise that we will be forever grateful for. We completed our first year of school (kindergarten), ran a first, half & full marathon, started a life blog, started talking, completed first baseball season (love it) took our first major hike as a family of four as well as went river rafting & camping. Recovered from a major surgery, made new friends, learned to snowboard, climbed mountains, conceptualized the idea of our dream home estate and set the plans in motion and much more…

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Boise Id, was such a beautiful, friendly, cool, hipster surprise. I will forever be grateful for the love and hospitality that we have experienced for the last year and look forward to returning to visit!

Thank you Boise!!!

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Malaika @loftandlearn

The Loftus Land Search Continues | Lake Murray, South Carolina

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Loftus Land Search…

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We have decided to expand our land Search to the amazing Lake Murray Area of South Carolina, near Columbia.

After countless hours of deliberation, research and visitation. We have decided to relocate to this ideal location in efforts to find our land nearby. The school district (Lexington 1 or Lexington 5) is award winning.The neighborhoods, outdoor activity and overall environment is exactly what we are looking for in our quest to plant roots. We have our eye on a few specific properties and plan on doing further examination upon arrival in the month of June.

Stay tuned for more on our Search of Building Our Dream Home!!!

 

 

Loftus Land Search***Virginia | The Journey Continues…

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The last stop of our spring break scouting trip was the beautiful state of Virginia.

We were pleasantly surprised at all of the scenic and spectacular views of Eastern Virginia! We loved it so much so that we have narrowed down our search to a small area in Virginia as well as North Carolina. So although we did not find our exact land this time, we are hopefully much closer to building our home!!

Stay tuned…

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Loftus Land Search*** North Carolina | The Journey of Building Our Home

Gorgeous North Carolina!!!

After scouting land in Kentucky and Tennessee we scooted on down to North Carolina. Starting off near the North Carolina / South Carolina border, then headed up towards the beautiful inner banks. North Carolina quickly shot to the top of the list!!! Stunning.

 

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Loftus Land Search***Tennessee | The Journey Of Building Our Home

After looking at property in Kentucky we then headed on to Tennessee where we met the nicest people, Realtor Julia White and her Husband. They had a few different locations to show us and we are so grateful for their hospitality, research and patience.

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Loftus Land Search***Kentucky | The Journey of Building Our Dream Home

Wow what a fast blur the last 12 days have been! We made it back safely, thank goodness, from our cross-country road trip. Our search for land to build our home proved successful in the fact that we believe we have narrowed down our search for locations. There were 2 or 3 areas in particular that we could definitely see ourselves planting roots.

It was an amazing and eye-opening experience and I am grateful to have been able to explore different parts of the country and meet new friends! We looked at several properties in Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia after dropping our boys of at Grandma Gaga’s House in Palos Heights, IL. Along the way driving from Boise Idaho we stopped in the following states: Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia.

Ace and Kingston had a wonderful time hanging out at Grandma’s House and doing all sorts of fun things including going to the movies, Going to Fun zone, playing with their cousins Jack and Dylan and going to the Museum of Science and Industry.

I will be blogging a few separate posts covering the entire trip. This first post will cover some pictures from our time in Kentucky!! Kentucky had Thoroughbreds, Distillery’s, friendly people and a deep love for the University of Kentucky…

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