Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Maui

We went to Maui over Memorial Day weekend. It was a great trip although we think we possibly have the worst aged kids travel with right now: an almost-all-the-way-potty-trained 2 year old who needs a bathroom very often and who still really needs her daily afternoon nap and a 10 month old who really likes to be exploring and crawling and trying to walk or anything but being held or strapped in a carseat, stroller or backpack. I think you get the idea. :) All in all, we did have a good time and are grateful for the chance to see another beautiful island.

We went on the SuperFerry and we could drive our car onto it and then have a little mini-cruise upstairs. It took about 3 hours to get to Maui and we left really early so we had to get up at 3am! But it was really nice for the kids to be able to play and walk around and not having to rent a car and being able to take all our baby gear and food with us was definitely worth it!

MAUI OCEAN CENTER:
We went to this aquarium after we got off the boat. Natalie really loved looking at everything and it was probably the highlight of her trip!


Like Brian's sombrero a la mantaray? Ole!
First of many picnics on this trip.
OUR HOTEL:

I found a great military discount in the town of Lahaina. We booked a 1 bedroom suite but got upgraded to a 2 bedroom when we got there! Everything was newly renovated and we had a full kitchen with stainless appliances and granite countertops. It was fun to have such a nice place.
Natalie checking out the shower.Blake checking out the mirrors. :)
She got to have this bed (and room!) all to herself. She even had her own flatscreen TV on the wall. She loved it! :) Hammock right off our back porch. Fun!

LAHAINA:
Lahaina is the "fun" town on Maui with lots of restaurants and quaint shops along the harbor. We walked around and then went to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner overlooking the water.

And saw a beautiful sunset.
THE ROAD TO HANA:

We decided to attempt the famous "Road to Hana" which is along the coast and has something like 600 curves and 53 one-laned bridges. You head towards the little town of Hana but the main point is take all day and enjoy the scenery and views and stop at waterfalls and roadside stands, etc. It was really pretty but Natalie did not think so and cried most of the way so it wasn't as enjoyable as I think others might find it to be.
We pulled over at one point to get her out of the car for awhile. Look at her face as I was taking these pictures of us trying to get her to laugh. Definitely not enjoying this!
Some of the pretty vistas:

We stopped and had a picnic lunch by this (little) waterfall and then decided that the Road to Hana is just a little too long for our kiddos right now. We did make it more than halfway! Maybe we'll come back some day... without the kids! :)
They finally slept on the way back and we had a much more enjoyable time taking in the beautiful views.

Back at the pool at our hotel.
Blake trying out the floaties too. :)
Out to dinner for pizza in Lahaina.
THE REEFDANCER:
We wanted to do something on or in the water but we couldn't do snorkeling or any of the longer boat rides with the kids so we found this boat/submarine thing that you sit underneath and look at the fish and coral without getting wet. Sounded great. It was cool but it was Blake's turn to not enjoy the day. His new favorite thing to do is let out high pitched screams whenever he feels like it... and yes, you guessed it, that's what he did for most of the 1 hr ride.

His pacifier came in handy this weekend, except for when he threw it into the water half way through! Ahhh! Do I look like I was enjoying this? :)They have 2 divers that go down and find stuff to bring to the windows. We saw a sea urchin, a starfish and this octopus. Pretty cool!
It was neat and Natalie liked it... but as we were getting off, an old man told the owner that it was the "worst thing ever because there was a baby screaming the whole time!" Oops! :)

One last picnic lunch on the side of the road. Blake was beat from his performance on the boatride. :)

Love you honey... thanks for taking us to Maui. I love traveling with you!
THE TRIP BACK HOME:
We stopped by Iao Valley to snap some pictures.
Fortunately we made it on one tank of gas because Maui has the highest gas prices in the nation. We saw even higher than this... but it was $3.90 when we got back so not much better. :( Waiting in line to board the ferry.

Trying to get Blake to sleep--took about 2hrs of the 3hr trip!
Despite all the craziness with the kids, we really did have a fabulous time and we love seeing and exploring new places. Hawaii is a beautiful place and we are so glad to live here!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jen,
Looks like y'all had a great time! At least when you look back at the pics you only remember the good parts and not the "screaming baby"! ha ha. Sounds too familiar!
You look really great in the pics too! Good job on the WW, I'm proud of you. You're my inspiration to keep it up. Love y'all!
Jess

Katherine said...

hello my sista
These pictures are great!!! The kids keep getting cuter and cuter and blake keeps gettin bigger. He is starting to look like a person with legs and arms and torso as apposed to his baby form which was pretty much just circle with stubs for arms and legs. jk jk. He was always perfect and cute. When will you answer my question?! When are you coming to see me?!
I love you!!
katherine

Linda said...

Kids are why we didn't travel more when we were in Germany (well, that and being there for only one YEAR...)

Old people forget that they had kids (or WERE kids)...

But the sights you saw were GORGEOUS!

The Stallings Family said...

I know how it is to travel with two little ones. I can't believe Natalie is almost potty trained. I can't even get Mallory a bit excited about going potty. We were going to plan a trip to New York this summer, but I think we are going to hold off until ours are a little bit bigger. I am glad you guys were able to go to Maui before you leave. I know you have been wanting to go. Maybe, if we ever move over there to Hawaii, you could come visit us. Sorry we never made it there to visit you guys. You guys left too soon! PC is going ok. I do have a party tonight. I don't think I am going to get my four parties in before my 30 days, but I am not too sore about it. I got a round stone from my party, used it two times in one day, and it broke in three parts in the oven when I had a frozen pizza on it. I figured out how to get an adjustment and they are sending me a new one. Talk to you later.