People Having Fun- Maui Highlights

We are finally home from our wonderful week in Maui!

We had an absolutely wonderful trip celebrating our 20th anniversary together.  
So many memories, and a great time of relaxing, being a couple, and appreciating what 20 years has brought and taught us.

I'll share some of the highlights mostly from my Instagram pics, but also a few from my regular camera.

The operative phrase of the week was P.H.F. 
{People Having Fun}

We so enjoyed the people watching and seeing couples and families who were clearly having a good time.

1. Most humiliating / embarrassing moment:

I started reading a book on the flight to Hawaii from one of my favorite authors.  It takes place in 15th century China where foot binding was a common practice.  I've read one of her books before where it gives an in depth depiction of the practice, and it made me ill then.

I wasn't prepared for round 2 in this story, and I felt like I was going to throw up.  I tried distracting myself, but it was no use.  I realized I wasn't going to be sick, I was going to pass out.  I tried excusing myself to the lavatory, playing it cool, so I could get some room and air.  
My husband had no clue, but thought he would go to the lavatory as well.  As we approached the back of the plane, I could feel myself swaying, so I tried steadying myself by putting my hand on his shoulder.  I said to him, "I'm going to pass out", and down I went. 
To the floor.
I was only out for a couple seconds, but amazingly enough, there was a paramedic who had just stepped out of the lavatory, and he quickly swooped in and helped.

I recovered, and Jon and I kept giggling about the embarrassing moment throughout the trip.
(I think only the last 3 rows knew what was going on, thank God.)

2. Best meal: Mama's Fish House

This was for our anniversary dinner.  
It was more than amazing food.  
It was the whole experience. 

 The service was impeccable, and the food was unforgettable.  
It ranks in my top 5 best meals I've ever eaten.

We really splurged and enjoyed everything.  
I ordered lobster (which I never do, but if you're going to, this is the place to do it).  
Sweet potatoes, and some grilled veggies- which I missed in my photo.  

My husband who is not a huge seafood fan, ordered a Macadamia nut crusted stuffed fish, and it was incredible too.  He loved every bite.

Dessert was an art form and treat.  Mine was a lime pie. It had a dollop of coconut lime sorbet, a coffee cookie palm tree with little chocolate covered crispy "coconuts"!
So pretty, it was hard to eat such a beautiful creation!

We had a glass of champagne to toast our anniversary and exchanged cards and gifts.

I have never been that stuffed in my entire life.

3. Most luxurious moment: Heavenly Spa couples facial

Another major splurge and something we typically don't do!
We did a couples facial the morning of our anniversary, and it was so relaxing and fun.  Jon has never had more than a massage in his life, and I knew he would enjoy this.  He is always wanting back and neck rubs, and you get both with the facial.  

We relaxed in our robes for a few minutes afterwards and enjoyed some beverages and chocolate covered macadamia nuts!

4. Favorite Activity:

Beach and pool time!  
We really just wanted to soak up the sun and relax.  

Because we were without Hannah on this trip, we were able to enjoy the adult only pool.  Really fun!
Poolside bar, and no distractions.

We switched off some days from the pool and enjoyed the beachfront.  I absolutely love swimming in the warm ocean.  So fun to see through the crystal blue waters, bob in the surf, and laugh.  I don't know why, but swimming and laughing are the best.

I love how vacation gives you time to reflect on your life and the clarity that comes with that time.  I enjoyed journaling some goals and thinking about the future with Jon.

5. Tradition we looked forward to after last year's trip:

Our daily lunch time visits to Yogurtland in Whaler's Village.  

My favorite combo:
Coconut with macadamia nut
Salted caramel pecan with Captain Crunch cereal and mini Reese's
Strawberry Lemonade with fresh strawberries

Our other fun tradition was daily morning walks around the resorts.  

Up at 6:30 and out for a 3 mile walk.
I needed to smell the gardenias every day!

We had a little bird friend who walked (stalked?) us one day.  
Kinda cute, and a little creepy in a sort of Jurassic Park, baby raptor kinda way!  

6. Tradition we look forward to next time:

Daily visits on our morning walk to the Hawaiian Village Coffee!

The best caramel frappe ever!!

(not the most attractive picture of me- sweat /humidity laden hair, and monkey lip! LOL! 
But look at the view we had every morning!!)

Not too sweet; and creamy (not watery!)- down to the last sip.

Loved all the vintage Hawaiian decor in here too!

And, to wrap up this long post, we really had a great time connecting.
So important!
We've been through so much in our 20 years.
We really understand the amazing gift of love and friendship we have with each other.
We've had to endure infertility; we understand what a gift it is to have great jobs and a lovely home; the  treasure of friendships that have spanned our marriage; the joy and frustration of parenthood; and not to take each other, or each day for granted.

 I've come so close to losing Jon in a freak accident, and that memory has never left me.

We look forward to the next 20 and all the adventures and traditions it brings us!


sharing with:

FJI - pretty scenery pictures


  1. Just got back today from a week in Maui... wonder if I passed you in the street? LOL

  2. This makes me miss Hawaii so much! We stayed in the same resort so it brings back tons of memories to see your pictures! Congrats on 20 years and I'm glad you guys had an amazing trip!!

  3. Happy anniversary and best wishes for many more wonderful years and memory making together!! What a fabulous way to celebrate.

  4. Congratulations on 20 years! You two look way too young for 20 years!

  5. Looks like pure bliss. The last pic is very frame worthy.

  6. So Happy for you both. My husband and I love Mama's.
    Your pictures are beautiful, and you know what, I never worry about my hair, I wear a big brim hat and sunglasses. Congratulations Paula Lusk


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