This year is my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary and to celebrate we flew to Maui for Thanksgiving week. My mom found us a couple condo units at the Papakea Resort on the West side of island and we scheduled ourselves to have six days in paradise.
The flight was six hours long and the boys did okay both going and coming back. There were a few tantrums from each of them but we made it without too many tears. Joel was the sane parent who held us all together and I was in charge of snacks.
For myself personally it was an exhausting trip. I’m glad we went and I had a fun time but it was a lesson on what it’s like to vacation with toddlers. We were on a different time zone so the boys woke up two hours “early” every morning. We had the boys sleep in beds instead of cribs for the first time and it went okay but I’m not anxious to be done with cribs at home anytime soon. Thank goodness we had our extended family with us to help with the boys. My mom cooked us breakfast every morning so all I had to do was get up and help wrangle the boys. My parents arrived a few days before we did so they stocked both units with plenty of toys, gear and food for the week. It was wonderful to arrive and not have to do anything but unpack and relax. It was a great time with everyone and seeing my niece Nora who is just getting bigger and bigger right in front of our eyes.
Here’s a few pictures of the fun.
Graham and Miles getting settled in for the long flight there.
The boys LOVED the drive through the tunnel on the highway, you could see it coming for a while before actually driving through it so they’d shout out. TUNNEL!!!
Settling in to the condo and playing with the toys Grandma picked up from Goodwill.
Three cousins, watching tv and having a snack.
Snacks are always better with friends.
Time to get to work! There was a sandy patch off the side of the property that the boys used every day. We’d slap on the sun block and take turns taking them for their “scoop and dump” outings.
It was nice to be able to walk right to the sand without having to pack up in the car or worry about crowds of other people.
We went out to dinner on my parents’ anniversary and celebrated in style. We managed to keep the boys in their seats using an iPad and kindle. I thought we’d be set for the whole meal but Graham was pretty wiggly and had to be taken out for a walk a few times.
The whole gang. I think this was taken right before Graham decided to submarine under the table and crawl towards the beach.
But this was our view so it was worth it.
Little Nora enjoyed the view as well.
And this is how Graham ended the night. Digging in the dirt with a few toys. He was a little pigpen and had to be dragged to the car when it was time to go.
Afterwards it was back to our room for cake and champagne.
CHOCOLATE cake, the only kind there should be according to Miles.
We ventured out to a local farmer’s market and did a little bit of shopping at the market.
This is about the most adorable picture of Graham I have ever seen; little coconut boy. My sister snagged this shot while I was in the back of the store browsing.
This picture was taken just before the boys started fighting over their carts, we caused a scene and in the end ditched the coconuts and dragged the screaming toddlers out of the store to clear out. But it was a cute picture regardless.
Auntie also made the boys their very own name sand castles and didn’t bat an eye when they immediately smashed and crashed through the letters to knock them down.
The property had a mini putting green, shuffle board, swimming pool, grills and lovely landscaping with koi ponds and nightly visits from birds and frogs.
It was nice having everything we needed right in walking distance. We only packed up the crew a couple of times during the whole week we were there.
Time to go swimming! There was a hot tub we enjoyed and let the boys put their feet in.
Back to the sand.
My mom crazily volunteered to watch the three grandkids one night so the four of us could go out on a double date. We had a yummy pizza dinner, walked the shops of Lahaina and enjoyed a shave ice at the end of the night.
Nora and Uncle Joel cheering on her daddy to shuffle board victory.
Aloha Graham and Miles!
Time for more swimming.
And more grilling and eating.
And more swimming. It was fun swimming with the boys and not having to convince them to get in the water.
Miles took to relaxing pretty quickly.
And eventually we all became pros at it. This is watching tv one night before bed. We were all tired out from a full day of swimming, playing in the sand and all those clothing and diaper changes that came along with it.
Miles toted these little cars around wherever he went. They usually were busy in his pretend construction yard scooping and driving around.
One afternoon we went to the Maui Ocean Center (aquarium) and the boys enjoyed seeing the turtles, sharks and all the fish that populate the ocean around the island.
Thanks for the great time everyone! An extra hug and kiss to my mom, Grandma, who kept us fed, happy and made sure we all had a good time.