Vacation With My Valentines.

I’m falling behind on filling you in on our trip, but I knew I would.  The whole point of vacation is to live it, not write it, right?  I’m catching up now while my baby sleeps and my husband is cooking dinner.  He has cooked every meal for us this week – I feel so spoiled!

I laid in bed earlier this week asking Casey if he remembered what we did on Valentine’s Day last year.  He didn’t, and I didn’t either.  I guessed probably nothing, as I would have been about six weeks pregnant and just starting to enter what was horrific morning sickness. 

This year though – this was one I will most definitely remember.  It started on the balcony, with fresh juice and big plates of breakfast potatoes smothered in ketchup. 

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We laid at the pool for a short bit in the morning, and after a few hours we decided we’d had enough sun and we were ready to go explore the island.  We headed about an hour away from the hotel to a small area called Paia, a little surfing town that reminded me of a beachy version of Fremont. 

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Our original plan was to have lunch at a spot called Fresh Mint – a highly recommended vegetarian restaurant.  When we got there, we discovered they were closed for lunch on Tuesdays (oops!), so we wandered around for a bit in search of something else.  We ended up at Flatbread Company, an all-natural pizza spot.

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We started by sharing the Organic Salad – sweet leaf lettuces tossed with celery, carrots, sesame seeds, arame seaweed, beets, roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, red onion, kalamata olives, and papaya – all tossed in a berry vinaigrette.  So delicious!

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We followed our salad with the large Vegan Pizza – wood-fired cauldron tomato sauce topped with mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, caramelized Maui onions, and an herb-infused garlic oil.  YUM.

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Cullen was a champ and played in his stroller for almost the entire meal.  As we finished, he ended up hanging out on my side of the booth.  He does pretty well in restaurants, which has allowed us to go out for quite a few fun meals on our trip!

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Even though we had just inhaled an entire large pizza, we couldn’t help but pop into One Gelato Company just down the street.  I was pretty pumped to find out that they had one entire case of dairy-free options available. 

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I went with half dark chocolate, and half Thai coconut ginger lime.  They were both really good, but the dark chocolate was insane.  It tasted like (cold) hot fudge!

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Our drove back was breathtakingly beautiful.  The sun was breaking through the clouds over the mountains, providing an amazing backdrop. 

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Wind!

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As we made our way back, we stopped at a scenic overlook for a while to watch the wales jump and simply take in all the beauty that surrounds Maui. 

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I’m a huge nature nerd, and I can’t get enough of the great outdoors and all its beauty.  In another life, I would work for National Geographic or Animal Planet. 

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I promised Cullen we would bring him back when he is older and can appreciate it a bit more.  I’m hoping he loves being outside and learning about nature as much I do.

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One of the best things about our Maui experience so far has been seeing the humpback whales.  I find them so fascinating, and seeing them in their habitat is pretty incredible.

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Blowing water in the distance!

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I can’t think of a better way to spend the day with my favorite valentine.

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And our little cupid.

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We made it back to the resort just in time to go watch the sunset on the beach.

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A sky mixed with blues, pinks, and oranges – so gorgeous.

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And a happy baby who has been such a good sport with adapting to all the craziness of vacation. 

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He has been so happy and smiley here, and I think he has really enjoyed having both Casey and I with him 24/7 here in Hawaii.

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Growing up, I spent my summers at my great-grandmother’s house on the Jersey shore. I feel like the salt water literally runs through my blood.

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So being able to watch my son feel sand between his toes and laugh at the crashing waves makes my heart feel ridiculously full.

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I don’t remember last year’s Valentine’s day, but I am certain that this one will stay with me for a while.

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One more day in paradise…

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Do we have to go home?