This summer we had the amazing opportunity to take our entire family to Maui! Scott and I have been there several times ourselves (Maui 2006 - Maui 2009 - Kauai 2013 - Maui 2014) and we absolutely love it. It is just so relaxing, peaceful, beautiful . . . paradise.
On our last trip to Maui we sat on our lanai one day taking in the ocean breezes, sweet smells, and sounds of the waves rolling in. Enjoying a Melona bar too, I'm sure. Ahhh. And we talked about how amazing these vacations are. Wonderful. So fulfilling. The break from real life and opportunity to reconnect is just priceless. But we also felt a little tug in our hearts. The kids are getting older. Their lives are getting busier, homework is more involved, schedules are hectic, so many details to pay attention too (not like when they were toddlers and all you had to was feed them, play with duplos or trains, manage a tantrum, and lay them down for a nap) . . . it's a lot to ask someone to assume all of that work for a week while we go vacation. AND (the bigger reason for the heart pulls) we only have a few years left with these kids. It's time to turn our focus to family vacations, memories, and those bucket list items before it is too late.
So we decided to take the kids to Hawaii.
Last August we booked our vacation. Around that time life threw some wrenches into our plans - ha! Finances were a bit more of a worry & concern. But we went forward with our plans and just had to be more frugal and responsible about it. We already own a villa in Maui - lodging, check! We had a bunch of airline miles which enabled us to fly the entire family to Maui and we only had to pay for one ticket - yay!. Our villa has a full kitchen so we made a plan to dine-in as much as possible -- made a trip to Costco, and we packed peanut butter, granola bars, other snacks, and laundry detergent in our luggage. It worked out perfectly.
As we embarked on vacation Scott jokingly began second guessing our choice to bring the kids. He thought that our trip hashtag should be #whydidwebringthekids. He's very protective of his chilling time in Hawaii. Understandable.
But it was good. We needed to do this. The kids are at great ages - 14, 12, 9. They could swim & play on the beaches & pools and we didn't have to watch them. They could wander around the resort and up to the room and back by themselves. (Although there was that one time we lost them at 9pm after an outdoor movie.) We really have reached a magic time.
They all did great on the trip. There was a few issues when it came time to learn how to snorkel. And Anna tested Scott's patience with her occasional grumpiness (a combination of too much sun and having no friend/sister to play with, I think). But it was a great trip and when we go back in a few years I'm sure it will be even better.
I took about 800 photos on this trip - yikes! - and I don't foresee myself taking the time to do a vacation play by play. But an occasional post might pop up randomly here and there as I feel like it.
Yesterday I put together this little video of our trip and it brought back so many fun memories! And made me miss Maui so much! It really is the most perfect place on the planet.
I'm glad we got to share it with our kids and build these memories!