It’s really lovely to come home to excited neighbors who want to hear all about your trip.
It was a wonderful 7 days. VERY different from any vacation Kirk and I have ever taken before. It involved a bit of “work” with a baby and wasn’t as adventurous as I am used to. Relaxing? Hmmmmm…….I think we all know the answer to that.
Here is a highlight reel from my cell phone pictures.
We stayed in Maui at the gorgeous Westin Ka’anapali Villas and are so grateful we did as we were able to pack lightly knowing we had a washer and dryer. The only “downside” was the hotel intercom on our 3rd night warning us of the impending Tsunami that would strike in 4 minutes…3 minutes…2 minutes…Needless to say, That was not relaxing.
Reeve absolutely LOVED the ocean, any body of water for that matter. He splashed away in the pool and jumped in the sand anytime we had him near it. My big boy….he was so sick of being coated in sunscreen and hated his Rash Guard shirt, screaming anytime he saw it coming his way.
I was able to try Paddle Boarding, something I always thought looked so peaceful. WRONG! It was a workout! Why did I think it would be so peaceful? Whew boy! I don’t even like the ocean. I’m not scared of it, I just don’t like the idea of falling into it and swallowing salt water. I’m glad I tried it though.
I was so tired at the end of my hour that I could barely even carry my board ashore.
Reeve really enjoyed his Hawaiian shirts like Papa Jim (these were Jack’s when he was a baby). He did NOT, however, love me taking so many pictures of him (as you can see by the look on his face).
Every morning, Reeve was awake and ready to go by 5am so we decided to do the 7-hour round trip called The Road to Hana…while beautiful, there is a reason no one talks about the Road BACK from Hana. He was great in the car and slept nearly the whole way, but I was so irritated that the trip took so long I was in a bad mood. I did enjoy stopping in Hana to drink fresh coconut juice and Reeve was able to have a sip of it too.
“Hey Mom, get a load of this guy.”
I had one cocktail (the brown one, a Mai Tai) and it was so strong I could barely choke it back. I had originally considered weaning Reeve so I could drink on this trip and am so glad I didn’t. Who cares about blue and pink drinks?
My little monkey. I have no idea how he did this, but he was able to grasp any tree or pole with his arms/legs and pull up and hang on. I said that if he were a girl I would be worried. It’s kind of his party trick.
I was able to see a Sorority Sister who was also vacationing on the island!
On our last day, we drove over to the Wailea side of the island. See this spike in Reeve’s hair? Kirk did that and we will NEVER do it again. He was downright wild this day. I blame it on the spike. I tried to smooth it down with water and it kept popping up.
On our last 2 days, we stayed at the Moana Surfrider Hotel on Waikiki. It was the most gorgeous hotel we have ever seen.
On yet another 6am day, we decided to hike Crater Diamondhead. Below is a picture of the longest stretch of stairs (99) and my big boy dangling from my neck. He’s so big he’s almost half of me. People don’t believe me that he’s only 7 months old. THis hike was hard to begin with, even harder with him in his carrier.
The funniest thing…
The Japanese tourists were OBSESSED with Reeve. He had his picture taken with about 5 of them, they would ask if they could touch him, play PeekaBoo with him (silently) and just were so happy to see him!