Ali’i Kula Lavender


When we were in Maui we did something I’ve been wanting to do for years.

We went to the Ali’i Kula Lavender farm.

It was beautiful! You could see both sides of the island from their deck.

We had warm lavender scones and hot lavender tea.

Then we went on a walk around the grounds where they have almost every type of lavender you can imagine!

Tips if you find yourself in Maui and plan on heading up to the farm:

1. The salad dressing is delicious.

2. Go to “Grandmas” for lunch

3. Do not try the lavender coffee!!!!!!

Aloha

This past month has been a whirlwind.

So, none of these posts will be in chronological order.

First, let’s talk about Hawaii!

Brian and I had our very first kid-free vacation since having Aram!

We missed them, but boy was it nice!

We decided to check out a luau and it was fun- they really need to work on their food, though. I hate to sound so bitter, but the woman that booked it for us told us to make sure we had empty stomachs because it is a lot of food :-/ ……We decided to do the Westin Luau because they serve you (buffets with that many strangers scares me) and it wasn’t the most expensive. If I would have known how bad the food was I would have spent the extra $15 to try the one that is known for their food (Feast at Lele)…..

Brian at the Luau

Leaving the Luau

I have somehow developed an intense fear of flying in the past couple of years. Leaving the kids made it 10 times worse. So, after we successfully made it to Maui I was getting a little more relaxed about the whole idea. Then I turn on the TV and start unpacking and the President comes on and says they have killed Osama Bin Laden and to be prepared for retaliation. Great, now the flight back is going to be even more fun…….. Strangely enough, Maui came out with these shirts it seemed like a few hours later!…:

Our room was beautiful, and I snorkeled for the first time. After having a panic attack the first ten minutes, it ended up being really fun.

Brian (right) and his friend from work (left) that we travelled with.

The Maui Onion Festival was going on- and it ended up being a highlight of the trip. Great food, beer, and entertainment. Plus, this couple below……I tried to get Brian to do matching Hawaiian print with me, but I was denied:

After we spent a considerable amount of time at the Maui Brewing Company beer garden- Brian decided to jump off of Black Rock:

Sea Sickness

So, we’re going to Hawaii and leaving the kids with my parents for a week! This will be there first time I’ve left the boys.

I really want to go to Molokai, but that would require a boat trip. I found out last year that I get VERY sea sick.  My cousin and I were so excited about this “sunset sail” we were going on and we were the only people on the entire boat that were sick. REALLY sick. We stepped on the boat and she was immediately sick. It took me five minutes. I threw up.

The most depressing part is we really thought this was going to be fun. We wore our celebratory sparkle bathing suits to get in the spirit. It was a pathetic sight to be seen.

So, what can I do to avoid this horrible experience, again?

Lori and me 1 minute into our voyage. I actually said "who could get sick doing this? It is so fun!" I look weird in this picture, though. Maybe it is foreshadowing of what is to come.

Lori, 1 minute in. She's already sick.

Brian had his vasectomy a few days before this. Thank God Jeremy was there- or else Aram would have been stranded.

There I am throwing up. And Lori miserably looking out into the sunset.

When we reached shore we instantly recovered. As you can see by these pictures taken minutes after we returned.

And We’re Off!

House Sitter: Check (please don’t clog my shower drain with your long hair like last time!)

Dog Sitter: Check

We’ve decided post-surgery Brian would be better off in Hawaii- So we’re going (thank you Rick and Kristen!)

Our room!

We have a lot of room where we are staying so we decided to add to the fun.

Brian’s friend Jeremy will be coming with us, as well as my best-buddy (and cousin) Lori.

Lori and I both purchased bathing suits covered in sequins. We need to remember not to wear them on the same day or take the chance of being mistaken for strippers.

To really make this month exciting we just need a referral 🙂