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Maui | Part 3


One afternoon we drove up to see the Nakalele Blowhole. We had to drive on what we thought was a pretty crazy road to get there (we had no idea what a crazy road was at that point). We could tell that there had just been a pretty nasty rain storm because there were tons of huge rocks in the road. Right when we pulled up to the spot to park we looked over and saw the most beautiful full double rainbow! It was seriously one of the most incredible sights I have ever seen in my whole life. (In the pictures you can't quite see the second rainbow, but believe me, it was there.) Only Jordan, Logan and Alex actually went down to see the blowhole up close (I would have gone, but you know, babies...), however you could see it from the top of the hill so at least the rest of us didn't totally miss out. It was pretty cool. It looked like it was blowing like 30 feet in the air.

^^Seriously? Are you kidding me? It's SO beautiful!!

^^Those tiny dots on the hill... Those are my people.

^^This is the actual blowhole. You can see the spray in the bottom left corner.

^^I just love this picture of these two. It was pretty muddy so Jordan was making sure Reagan didn't get totally dirty.

^^After looking at the blowhole, the really crazy driving began. We went home the opposite way, because we needed to stop at Costco before heading back to the condo. Can you see that white line? That's the road. It's no Road to Hana, but sheesh, it sure was scary driving on all of those crazy twists and turns IN THE DARK! Definitely an experience. I think it would be really fun to go back again but in the daylight sometime...

We spent quite a bit of time in Lahaina this trip, which I can't complain about because I really love that Front Street and all of the shops. I had to take a few pictures at the gigantic banyan tree. This tree was planted in 1873 and covers more than 2/3rds of an acre!

^^Crown braids and Dole Whip. A perfect combo and both very representative of our trip.

^^Of course I had to snap a pic of Karina's boutique, even though it was spelled wrong...

^^Loved the sign on this church, that was right around the corner from one of our favorite beaches from this trip, Baby Beach. It was perfect for Reagan. Basically no surf/waves, very calm, shallow forever. Pictures below.

^^And SPLASH! Thanks Reagan. Haha

Since we were going to Hawaii 6 days after our 5th Anniversary, we decided it would be much more fun to celebrate there instead of celebrating in Utah. We had some great babysitters with us and definitely took advantage of their skills (multiple times!). Since I'm still breastfeeding Naomi, and because I didn't have any milk pumped, everything had to be pretty planned out. I can only leave her for about 3-4 hours at a time. We had spent the day at baby beach in Lahaina, and then spent some time walking around Front Street. I fed Naomi around 3:30 and then my family took Reagan and Naomi back to Kihei where we were staying, while Jordan and I stayed in Lahaina for our date.

We weren't sure where exactly we were going to eat, but decided Kimo's sounded tasty. I quickly called and made a reservation for 5:00, and as a bonus, they said that they would do something special for our anniversary!

We had an ocean-side table, with a gorgeous view, and enjoyed the tastiest food. We got kalua pork sliders with plum BBQ sauce, and then we shared a teriyaki sirloin steak, with garlic mashed potatoes, and roasted local veggies. We also decided to get some coconut shrimp along with it. They also had some delicious garlic rolls and carrot muffins they brought out when we first sat down.

The highlight of the night was definitely the free Hula Pie though. It stole the show. Hula Pie is made with Kimo's famous macadamia nut ice cream, on an oreo cookie crust, topped with chocolate fudge, whipped cream, and more macadamia nuts.Take a look below. It was delicious!

As we ate our dinner we talked about how the last 5 years have flown by, and where we hope to be 5 years from now. We still feel like young newlyweds, and sort of can't believe that we already have 2 sweet babies and a mortgage. Life has been good to us. It was a wonderful little celebratory night.

One day while we were driving home from Lahaina, I asked Jordan to pull over so I could snap a few pictures of the sky. The sun was starting to set and the photographer in me knew this sunset was irresistible!

^^The silhouettes of those palm tress PLUS that dude carrying the surf board? AND the sunset? Seriously?! Why do you tease me like this Maui? Take me back!!!

Maui | Part 2


Oh, the ocean. I really need more ocean in my life. Even after two weeks I still didn't quite get my fill. Reagan is our little water baby. She loves nothing more than being wet: swimming, taking baths, touching water, washing her hands, splashing in puddles...etc. So this trip was extra fun for all of us because it was so awesome watching how happy Reagan was in the water.

^^Jordan and Dylan both bought these silly hats at the flea market. Hello tourist! And just check out the smile on Reagan's face. Doesn't get much better than that.

While we were there, there just so happened to be 2 huge hurricanes/tropical storms in the Pacific. I think it only rained a total of two times thankfully, but those crazy storms did make the surf extra huge. Which was a little crazy at times, but overall not the worst thing that could have happened.

We stayed in Kihei at Kamaole Sands, which is right across the street from Kam 3. Every night right before sunset the field across the street from our condo would fill with people getting ready to watch the sunset. Logan, Naomi, and I went over to watch it one night with my camera to snap a few pictures of the beauty.

^^Nice face Log.

^^I loved how the clouds turned pink.

We had a pretty elaborate system when we went to the beach. We bought this tent before we left, which ended up being pretty great for only $45. We mostly bought it for Namoi, since my main goal was to keep her out the the sun at all times. Not only was it small enough to pack in a suitcase, but it had a floor to try to minimize the sand problem (which inevitably got all over her anyway).

^^I never brought Naomi in the ocean but she did swim in the condo pool a few times. She was such a good baby the entire trip. She still slept great at night and would nap on the go. Love this little, happy dolly.

And today I'll finish with this gem. I sometimes forget that Reagan is still a toddler. I feel like she is really old sometimes. She has such a huge vocabulary, easily communicates every single need or want she might have, rarely stops talking, and is so big for her age, that it just slips my mind occasionally. When I found this picture though, I was reminded of the fact that she really is still my baby girl, who rides in a carseat, doesn't know how to correctly put on sunglasses or a hat and is still hooked on a binky (at that point, we've since taken it away.) I sure love my little baby girl!

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