Greetings from Hawai’i !!!

Aloha Everyone! Sorry it has been so long since our last post but as mentioned earlier, we have been having a whirlwind of a summer!! First leaving beautiful Cary, North Carolina and our wonderful new friends, we began our travels at the end of June taking us to Michigan, Illinois, Florida, The Bahamas, Texas, Mississippi, New Mexico, Arizona, California then finally back home to the Big Island, Hawai’i. Phew, I am tired just reliving it all. It was such a blessing being able to catch up with family that we haven’t seen in years. And being able to see those that we do see often is always a blast. Every moment we got to spend with each other was a pleasant reminder of how precious every day is and we will treasure every moment. While July and August was the longest and best vacation we’ve ever had, we lost our beloved GG. Mary Grace will be truly missed and I am so appreciative of being able to visit with her and the rest of the Loftus Family during our visit to Chicago. This summer we got to connect with a lot of our family during our Harris Reunion cruise and look forward to the next reunion in two years. Puerto Rico, here we come!!! And for the family we weren’t able to see, we look forward to you coming out to Hawaii!!!

The Loft & Learn site will be very sporadic again until October where we will be relaunching the site among other exciting news of re-branding! Yes we are re-branding the coffee company,Farm and  “Kids Loft” on Youtube . We will definitely keep you posted on our journey of restoring the farm and renovating our home!! Thank you for taking this wild ride with us, until next time,

Many Blessings,

Malaika Amani

          

   

           

 

 

 

 

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

Loftus Road Trip

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