Or rather Maui, since that is where we were visiting and I’ve been told the islands are all different.
We haven’t every taken a real vacation together, just the two of us. And Maui stole our hearts. It took almost 9 hours of flying to get there but we checked into the hotel and went for a (windy) run and couldn’t stop exclaiming in shocked voices how beautiful everything was. We couldn’t believe we were actually there. There was green everywhere, super lush and beautiful foliage. To the east there were large mountains and to the west the very blue ocean.
We stayed at the Westin Kaanapli and the pictures on the website show the truth – it really is that beautiful. There is a beach behind the pools in the back. There is a little shopping area (Whalers Village) next door that has a few restaurants and cute boutique-y shops to stop at.
The husband had work meetings in the morning. I would eat breakfast with him but then be on my own until lunch. I had to pump so I was usually back at the hotel for that. I spent a bit of time on the beach and walked around the shops. One morning I was exhausted and just watched a movie with the door open and the island breeze blowing in. We had lunch together and then the afternoons were free. We snorkeled one afternoon together at Black Rock (just a short walk down the beach) and the husband jumped off several times. It was a really pretty area. We saw several sea turtles and lots of really bright fish and coral.
Friday was the day we all got to choose an excursion and we chose surfing lessons. It was hilarious and fun and a great new experience. I got up on the surf board once and then was so tired from paddling out into the ocean that I took my surf board back up to the shore to rest. Saturday was our trip into Lahaina where we walked and shopped a bit.
Sunday morning we went to the Psalm Sunday mass at Maria Lanakila which was really nice. The church was beautiful, the priest super hard to understand. After that we had lunch in Lahaina and went back to the hotel to pack. Our flight didn’t leave until 10:30 at night so the husband snorkeled again and I walked around.
I am so thankful for this trip. I’m so thankful for the time with my husband. I’m thankful we still like each other, that we have things to talk about, and that we can be together in silence too. I’m so (very!) thankful for my mom who stayed with the kids and an amazing teacher from our school who did the evening and overnight shift (and the weekends). I’m so thankful for this beautiful life that I get to live. There is so much joy out there, so much beauty, God is good.