**Fair Warning: This is a photo heavy post. If you don’t like photos then I apologize… and I also think that is weird. Seriously, who doesn’t like pictures?!**”
I’m back to reality after seven days in Maui, but I’m going to tell you all about it so that I can pretend I am still there.
First of all, I’d like to give a big shout out to Derek’s grandparents for this wonderful trip.
We flew first class, stayed in an ocean front room, and did everything/ate everything we wanted.
For ZERO dollars.
Thank you both for your selfless hearts and incredible generosity.
Our trip started where all trips like these do:
On an airplane.
I’m sure frequent flyers of first class are rolling their eyeballs at me right now, but that shit blew my mind.
All you can drink booze [which I obviously was not able to partake in] and plated meals with real silverware and linen napkins?
Derek ordered cereal and we then went on to discuss how they would probably bring him corn flakes instead of magical frosted flakes.
We were right and we determined that first class was changing us.
“Corn Flakes? What is this? COACH?!”
All in good fun I assure you.
We were horribly out of place and it was hilarious.
As you can see, Derek was making sure he got his money’s worth.
My shock and awe continued when we got to the Sheraton and checked into our rooms.
I mean seriously, look at this.
So once I calmed down and stopped acting like a 5 year on their first Disneyland trip we decided to go down and explore a little.
And by explore a little I mean we plopped down on bar stools and ate/drank.
Later I had a delicious macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi for dinner at Hula Grill and slumbered like a baby.
Derek and I were so excited to start our day that we both jumped out of bed at 5:30 am bright eyed and bushy tailed.
We would later regret this decision, but I digress.
We went out onto our balcony where we were met with whales, doves, and a beautiful rainbow.
Naturally we decided to hand feed the doves and take a million pictures of the whales before finally decided it was time to get ready and feed the pregnant lady.
Afterwards, we decided the only logical thing to do was walk around Whaler’s Village, but we quickly discovered that Hawaiians do not wake up as early as we do because all of the stores were closed.
So we went snorkeling instead.
And now, a story…within a story:
I have only been snorkeling one other time in my life, on my honeymoon in Costa Rica.
This was not the best experience for a few reasons:
1. It was the rainy season so that water was murky aka you couldn’t see 5 ft in front of you.
2. We were literally in the middle of the ocean next to a random rock completely alone.
3. The water was less than calm that day.
Also it’s worth mentioning that I watched Jaws one too many times as a child and am deathly afraid of sharks.
Within 10 minutes of being out there a wave crashed me into the rock and busted open my leg.
Needless to say I hightailed back into our kayak faster than you can say this shark, swallow ya whole!
[Jaws reference my friends]
So when we stepped into the water in Maui I freaked.
I started hyperventilating, convincing myself that my snorkel gear wouldn’t provide me enough oxygen and that I was undoubtedly going to be eaten by a shark.
And then I felt Derek squeeze my hand.
I looked at him and he pointed to our right where less than 5 ft away was a giant turtle.
Watching it move so calmly and gracefully in the water instantly put me to ease.
After that I was able to fully enjoy the experience under the water.
Those are banana, pineapple, macadamia nut pancakes and they were 100% worth the 45 minute line we had to stand in to get them.
If you’re ever in Maui I highly recommend going to The Gazebo for breakfast.
Afterwards I was sent off to an 80 minute prenatal massage.
When I got back Derek sent me up to our room to freshen up and when I got there I found a beautiful card and fancy box waiting for me.
He wanted to get me something that represented our trip/adventures, our relationship, and the life we created and he did a great job.
I told Derek I felt like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman:
Somehow magically I managed to hurt my foot.
Since I know I didn’t trip, slip, or move my foot the wrong way I decided this was just the result of being pregnant.
None the less, it required getting/wearing a lovely wrap for the remainder of our trip.
We also failed at doing the “Road To Hana” trip.
For anyone who doesn’t know, it is a 4 hour round trip that stars in Paia and ends in Hana.
The road you take has all sorts of beautiful stops along the way from waterfalls to botanical gardens.
Only problem is that we decided to take the “scenic route” to get to Paia which resulted in a 3 hour drive just to get to our starting point.
By the time we hit the “Halfway to Hana” mark it was already getting late so we had to turn around and call it a day.
Live and learn my friends.
We did however manage to get some delicious banana bread.
“If it says it on a hand written sign it must be true!”– Derek
And we at least got a few pictures as well.
For dinner we went to a place called Basil Tomatoes which filled my belly with delicious tomatoes, bread, and lasagna.
Went to the Hyatt for breakfast which was the highlight of Derek’s day because they have penguins.
He was so happy, but who can blame him?
Look at how cute they are!
Later we did a little snorkeling and I got Derek chocolate wasted.
Okay technically I was the one chocolate wasted from choco banana smoothies while he had sebreezes, but I don’t think either of us were suffering.
We kept it way mellow all day because I was a gimp, it was really windy, and we were anticipating our evening festivities.
The Old Lahaina Luau.
It was a magical evening filled with all the greatest things in life:
And when it was all said and done and we got back to our hotel room my body decided to thank me for the good time by throwing up everything.
I spent a good half hour or so vomiting my brains out until I was finally able to curl up in a ball and fall asleep.
Our snorkel tour got cancelled because of the weather so we ended up kicking back for most of the day and just relaxing which was much needed after the food poisoning from the night before.
Probably my favorite day.
We ended up scheduling another snorkel tour after ours was cancelled on Monday.
On our way to our first spot, we saw a bunch of whales.
Babies were jumping the air and their mama’s followed closely.
At one point we had a mama whale literally swim right up to our boat as if to get in between us and her baby.
It. Was. Incredible.
We saw an octopus, an eel, three turtles, and a trillion fish on our dive.
Since it was our full day, we decided to snorkel one last time at hotels beach when we got back.
The beach was packed which was a big turn off, but I really wanted to get a picture of Derek jumping off Black Rock so we got in anyway.
Derek immediately spotted what everyone else in the water was going nuts over:
When we were getting out, I was taking off my gear and one of them came and swam up right to me.
It surfaced and then brushed against me as it swam away.
As you can see, we stared into one another souls and I now speak fluent turtle.
Also this was taken with a water camera which is why the quality is so 1990’s.
For dinner we went to Mama’s Fishouse which is AMAZING.
Please excuse my zombie eyes
It’s expensive but sooo worth it.
Definitely save your duckets and go there if you ever venture to Maui.
Wednesday we reluctantly packed up and headed on home.
And in true first class style we were served hot fudge sundaes.
Come on now!
I know this is a lengthy post, but hopefully you’re still with me for my bump-date!
Oops that’s not me!
As you can see Derek was having a good time mimicking me while I adjusted the camera settings.
Let’s try this again.
This was the first vacation since our honeymoon where I did not work at all.
Usually I will still answer our pile of office emails but I decided to take a real vacation and it was so nice and needed.
-RAINBOWS FOR A RAINBOW BABY-
We literally saw a rainbow every single morning in Maui, with the exception of our last day there.
I told Derek it was a proper farewell.
-KICK KICK KICKIN’-
The kicks have started to become much more frequent and noticeable.
It melts my heart every single time.
-FISH OR NO FISH-
While you’re allowed to eat certain fish while pregnant you’re still only supposed to do it about twice a week [says my doctor].
Thus being in a place known for their fish and having to compromise with the chicken dish most nights was a bit of a bummer.
Especially since I love fish.
-SKINNY MINNY, FATTY BO BATTY-
“You’re pregnant? You must not be very far along, you can’t even tell!”
“Wow! You’ve doubled in size since the last time I saw you!” [which was the night before]
Both of these things were said to me by two different people on the same day.
Word to the wise:
Don’t tell a pregnant woman that she looks like she has doubled in size within the last 12 hours.
It sends us into a spiraling depression.
–CALL ME GIMPY-
As if I wasn’t getting enough stares for my protruding belly, I was also rocking a Flavor Flav pimp step thanks to my sudden injury.
But I just wouldn’t be me if I didn’t somehow injure myself on vacation.
I ate my weight in banana bread, pineapple, and smoothies this week, yet somehow I managed to not gain a single pound while on vacation.
Things I’m Looking Forward To:
Organizing the nursery this weekend to get it ready for painting.
Things I Miss:
Being at several tropical bars and an open bar at the luau made me miss cocktails this week.
But alas, smoothies are a nice alternative.
Here’s to adventures!