Thursday, March 27, 2014


A couple of years ago, I told Bryce that for our 10 year wedding anniversary I wanted to go to Hawaii.  We thought about it a lot, and ended up deciding to go to Maui.  I wanted a real vacation, not a trip.  I wanted to sit my ass down on a beach and not feel like I was wasting time if we weren't going non-stop.  

About the time that we made our plans, I also promised myself that I was going to loose 20 pounds so that I wouldn't feel self-conscious on this trip.  Instead, I gained 20 pounds.  Go me!  I had to make my peace with not looking the way I wanted to, and just focus on having fun.

My mom and dad volunteered to watch the boys while we were away.  We are so very lucky to have such amazing family close by to take care of Cole and Jack.  While we were in Maui, we saw many, many couples our same age with all of their kids.  Bryce and I were so lucky to have some time to ourselves and just enjoy being with each other.  

On Sunday, January 26th, we packed the boys up with their brand new suitcases and headed off to Pa & Nana's.  Cole and Jack had been looking forward to spending time with them for weeks. 
Bryce and I then headed off to the airport for the flight.  I had been dreading this part.  I absolutely hate flying.  I have finally figured out that it's a claustrophobia thing.  Just knowing I'm trapped in a small place with a bunch of people I don't know...breathing recirculated air...sitting on seats covered in germs from all over the's just kind of horrible.  However, my doctor prescribed a severe anxiety medication for the flight.  That flight was seriously the best flight ever.  I read, I watched movies, I relaxed.  By not gripping the armrests with white knuckles the entire flight, I was actually able to just enjoy the time.  Totally worth it.  

We arrived in Maiu to be greeted by overcast skies.  We had rented a convertible, because why the hell not, and happily hopped in with the top down.  However, it quickly became apparent the light drizzle was becoming more than that.  Determined not to care, we drove to the hotel with the top down anyway.  This became a reoccurring theme for the the trip.
We arrived at our resort - Honua Kai - and made our way to our room.  We had an absolutely stunning view of the ocean.  Our entire side wall of windows could be opened up to the balcony.  This ability to merge outside and inside space is what I really wish we could have here in Utah.  The room was wonderful - equipped with a full kitchen and washer and dryer.  We were just so excited to be there. 
That night, we ate dinner at the restaurant at the hotel.  We both loaded up on seafood, and everything was delicious.  It was pure heaven to fall into bed and sleep when we felt like it - not on anyone's schedule.   


Shay said...

I have been checking here for weeks to get the full disclosure of this trip and am so excited to see you post it. Despite the rain, I still would have loved to be there. I am glad that the sun finally came out, that your had some amazing wild life experiences and that you ate lots of delicious food. That Luau looked amazing, the deep fried dessert had my mouth watering and burger in paradise is always a win. Plus, what could be better than basking in the warm sunshine eating shaved ice. Sigh.

jenn said...

I enjoyed each and every one of your Hawaii posts! Despite the rain, I'm so glad you guys had such a great time and were able to go. Happy Anniversary!!