January 24, 2012

A Birthday by the Beach!!

Aaron Celebrated his 38th Birthday this year...
We all thought Aaron was 39 but he is only 38!! He's a young one... We celebrated with the kids so early with dinner (no open lanes at the bowling alley...), a few gifts, & a Dairy Queen Cake.
As for His REAL Birthday???
We spent that one in Maui!!!
Thank you to sweet, Jessica (& Jenn) for keeping our kiddos.

Saturday, January 14
We landed in Maui at 7:30 pm (we gained 3 hours). Rental a "Real Beaut!!" ~ Dodge Challenger is not our favorite -Note to those traveling to Maui - get a COMPACT car. Parking spaces are SMALL!
We stayed at the Honua Kai Resort.
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(Click on Picture for more photos of rooms.)

Sunday, January 15th ~ Happy B-day Aaron!!
Breakfast at Duke's Beach House (click for website/menu) then a day at the pool & Beach!!
High winds made dinner a little chilly at The Lahaina Fish Co.
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Monday, January 16th
High winds also prevented a submarine tour so we went back to the beach and into Lahaina for a little souvenir shopping.
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Lahaina has a really cool & HUGE tree called the Banyan Tree.
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(Look behind Aaron,all those trunks connect ~ that is all ONE tree)
Aaron found a restaurant off the beaten path for dinner ~ The Sea House Restaurant.
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Tuesday January 17th
Aaron took a Scuba Diving lesson that began in a pool & ended in the OCEAN!! He is hooked!! He saw beautiful schools of fish, eels (ick), turtles, & NO sharks (thank heavens). He came back to tell me all about it & that he set up another dive for later in the week. I always feel bad that my fear gets the best of me. Aaron usually asks/begs me to do it, I say no, & he doesn't go either. I was SO HAPPY he was willing to do it without me this time.
Dinner was at one of our favorites ~ Bubba Gumps.

Wednesday, January 18th
We took a tour of West Maui & Molokai by HELICOPTER.
Once back in Utah, I asked Aaron what his favorite part of the trip was, he quickly said the Helicopter tour.
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(if you look closely you will see a big whale laying on the surface of the water)
(Lahaina High School Football field - this picture was for Mackay)

In Whalers Village we ate dinner at the Hula Grill.

Thursday, January 19th
We took a Submarine about 140 feet deep in the ocean. Who needs to scuba dive when you can see it all from a submarine and no one gets wet, scared, or eaten by a shark?
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Lunch at another favorite ~ Cheeseburger in Paradise.
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Dinner was at Royal Lahaina Luau
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Friday, January 20th
Aaron went scuba diving again while I enjoyed the sunshine.
We went back to Whaler's Village for dinner at Leilani's.
I was suffering from end of vacation depression. Mackay gets a little anxiety when we go on trips. He constantly asks how many days we have left - even in the beginning of the vacation. I now can relate. It gave me a stomach ache knowing I had to leave the next day.

Saturday, January 21st
Our flight back to Utah wasn't until 6:30 PM, but check-out from the hotel was at noon. So we visited random beaches - you can do that in Maui, just pull over and be at a random beach... :)
We also visited the Maui Ocean Center Aquarium as well.
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This diver was wearing a microphone and what telling us all about the fish she was swimming with... Sting Rays - Sharks - CRAZY!!!! Note the bag of food she is holding... Double CRAZY!!!
I took one look at this fish & knew exactly how he was feeling, because I was feeling the same way... Grumpy!! I was leaving Paradise... :(
We flew back to Honolulu & got on a flight at 10:00 pm for Utah!! We arrived at 6:30 am Sunday morning.
We were sad to leave Paradise... but we were welcomed home to a sweet & responsible (& a little groggy) niece/babysitter, a beautifully clean house, & three sleeping children. It may not be very sunny here but really... being with my husband & my kids... that is real Paradise... I just WISH it was sunnier here. :)

Happy Birthday to my Handsome Husband.
Thank you for always taking ME someplace special on YOUR birthday!!
I don't know how you'll ever top this place ...
I love Celebrating with You ~ Vacationing with You ~ Living with You ~ Raising kids with You ~ & Growing Old with You!!