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I took an unexpected blog break last week while on vacation with Jim’s family. I had the best of intentions to take advantage of babysitters and actually get ahead on some posts, but clearly that didn’t happen! I’m blaming it on a slow wifi connection and getting Lawson adjusted on his first trip.
We rented a house on the Cheasapeake Bay in Maryland. I had never been to Maryland and can now cross it off my list of states I’ve visited. In case you’re curious, I’ve now been to 36 of the 50 states (I downloaded an app to keep track of them). Lawson met more of his family and got to spend lots of time with them. He’s a lucky boy to be so well loved. It doesn’t hurt he’s such a cute and happy little guy!
While it was nice to escape the heat in Arizona, it’s always good to be back home. I picked right up with real life and have a week full of errands to get back on track before Lawson and I brave our first flight with just the two of us!
Anyway, here are some photos from the week. As you can see, it was a Lawson love fest!
We spent the first 5 days of our trip at the Sheraton Maui, which is located in Lahaina. We had an amazing view from our room. It was so nice to wake up and see the water each morning. We settled into a routine of lounging for a bit, working out, breakfast and then heading to the beach or pool for a few hours. It was seriously the most relaxing time. Other than a day trip to Lanai (read more here), that was the extent of our adventures. Well, except for Jim’s swim out to and jump off of the black rock one afternoon. Luckily he snuck it in while I wasn’t with him or I would have been worried!
After our stay at the Sheraton Maui, we ventured to the Grand Wailea for 3 nights. I thought the Sheraton Maui was sprawling, but the Grand Wailea was massive and majestic and decked out for the holidays. The first night we headed to dinner at Monkeypod. It was so good that we returned again on our last night! I highly recommend it. Have the strawberry pie for dessert.
It was an incredible trip that we won’t soon forget. We even talked about making it an annual vacation!
Our family tradition is to exchange gifts on Christmas Eve Eve. I won’t be there tonight to celebrate with my parents and brother. Merry Christmas Mom, Dad and Zack!! I miss you guys!!
dress: splendid (non-maternity, also seen here); flip flops: havianas; hat: too old to remember; necklace: purelife; bracelets: david yurman (here, here and here); rings; david yurman, catbird nyc (here and here); sunglasses: warby parker
Yesterday we took a day trip to the island of Lanai. There are multiple ferries each day; we chose to get up early and catch the 6:45am ferry and were golfing at The Challenge at Manele Bay by 8:30am. Okay, Jim was golfing and I was settling into my role as caddy/photographer. The course is beautiful…ocean views from almost every hole. Afterwards we had the best meal of our trip and a couple of refreshing drinks at the clubhouse restaurant before checking out the beach at the Four Seasons Lanai. We even saw three whales on our ferry trips! It was a great day and definitely worth an early morning and the transportation costs. I’d highly recommend it if you’re looking for a short escape from Maui.
Happy Monday! While most of the US is headed into winter, I’m lucky to be taking a pre-Christmas trip to Hawaii for some time in the sun and sand. A little babymoon of sorts. I always carry on my luggage, but it can be difficult to narrow down your wardrobe to those essentials for a weeklong beach vacation. Here’s how to pack for a beach vacation, pregnancy or not.
While you’re drinking hot chocolate to warm up, follow me on Instagram to catch a glimpse of the beach!