Monday, February 3, 2014

Our Hawaiian Vacation


Get ready for some picture overload!

We had a blast in Hawaii...it was a perfect blend of relaxing and family time.  Ethan was in love with the soft sand at the beach as well as the fun pools at the Grand Wailea.  We saw lots of whales and enjoyed sunshine and a little rain too.


As I said above, we stayed at the Grand Wailea...specifically the Ho'olei Villas behind the Grand Wailea.  It was the best of both worlds as we had a kitchen and room for Ethan to run around but we also had access to the pools and amenities at the resort.


Our view from the lainai at our villa. 


 The beach outside the Grand Wailea.


This kid loved the beach...and throwing sand!


His hair got so curly...loved it!


So happy!


Ethan refused to wear his sunglasses...this is the best shot I could get!



We knew it was time for a nap when he decided to lie down in the sand.  ;)



By far one of the better decisions we made was to bring along this awesome floaty.  Ethan loved it and practiced kicking and blowing bubbles.  Plus it provided some shade which was a bonus.


The best shot I could get of the humpback breaching.


It was really neat being there with Ryan's siblings, parents and grandmother...along with all of the significant others.  Lots of aunts and uncles to love up on Ethan too!


Our amazing dinner at Hali'maile General Store.  We also enjoyed Monkeypod {great late night happy hour!}, Longhi's, Maui Brick Oven Pizza {all gluten-free!}, and Maui Thai Bistro.  




Towards the end of our trip, we had some rain, so we decided to go to the aquarium.  I was super impressed with the shark tank and Ethan was equally as mesmerized!  You can get through it in about an hour or so, so it's a quick trip.


Overall, it was an amazing trip!  I highly recommend it for families...everyone is just so friendly and there are tons of kid-friendly activities.

I'll be posting later this week on tips for traveling with a toddler and baby items we especially loved for a tropical getaway.

If you have any other questions about traveling to Maui, let me know!

xo natasha

34 comments:

  1. So jealous looks like a great trip! E is such a little boy now, too!

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  2. Looks like an amazing trip!! Glad you all had a great time!

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  3. ah! so fun. im dreaming of a warm vacation. stop by, i am hosting a giveaway! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  4. Love these photos, it looks like Ethan loved it there!! So cute!!

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  5. Oh my goodness! That curly hair is just too presh!!! Love it!

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  6. What an amazing trip! Ethan is such a lil world traveler!!! xo

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  7. Looks like the perfect vacation! Can we come next time?!?!

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  8. Looks like an amazing trip! What a great idea to stay in the villas! Sounds like the best of both worlds :) and that lazy river looks so fun!

    Chasin' Mason @ http://birenbunoutoftheoven.blogspot.com

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  9. so jealous! looks like you had an amazing time!! xo

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  10. Oh man Natasha. Looks like everyone had a blast. So happy you got to go! :)

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  11. Oh I'm so happy you went to Hali’imaile. Did you get the Napoleon Sushi Tower?!!? My mouth is watering just thinking about it

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  12. E is just the most handsome little guy! Looks like an amazing trip!! We got married on the beach right by the Grabd Wailea, can't wait to go back again!

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    1. Oh that sounds beautiful!! You'll need to renew your vows there in the future! :)

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  13. Looks like a great pic! I LOVE that sand picture of E! HAHAHA

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  14. Gorgeous photos! I went to Hawaii for two weeks about 5 years ago and I just adored it! I think it's time to go back after this post!

    XO, Brooke

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  15. All I've got is....ah-mazing! And, looks like too much fun =)

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  16. What an awesome family trip - you all looked so happy and relaxed! Glad you were able to travel with your cute little bambino!

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  17. Awe we go every feb and it's always so much fun!! Ethan looks like he had an amazing time!


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  18. So glad you had a wonderful time! I sure hope I can return there sometime this year!

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  19. What an amazing trip!!! My hubby and I honeymooned at the Grand Wailea! Absolutely love it there! Can't wait to go back one day with our little gal!

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  20. Wow! Gorgeous photos! Besides the friends and family time....those whales would have been the highlight of the trip!

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  21. looks like you had a fabulous time!!! Looking forward to the tips for traveling with a toddler!!

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  22. The Grand Wailea is my absolute favorite! I love that part of the island, since it's right next to Kihei where my godfather lives (and where we usually stay). This makes me miss it soo badly! So happy you guys had a great time!

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  23. I am SO jealous and just giddy for yall's sweet family vacay...nothing better than quality time spent with the people you love most. looks like little man had an ABSOLUTE blast and i think it's safe to say he loves the water (like we had a doubt!!)

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  24. Looks like such an awesome trip! Ethan looks like he had a blast… true beach bunny in the making :)

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  25. i can't wait to see your tips on traveling with a toddler...not looking forward to the plane flight!

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  26. What I wouldn't give to go to Hawaii! It's just gorgeous!

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  27. What a wonderful vacation!! Ethan is looking so grown up!!

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  28. I'm so glad you guys had such a great time! It looks beautiful!!! I could definitely use a trip to plant my butt in the sand and enjoy the sunshine. Wait, I mean chase around a crazy toddler who will probably be eating chunks of sand and trying to dive head first into the ocean. Yeah, that. : )

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  29. Oh my goodness, this is so awesome. Amazing photos. I'm dying of jealousy as I sit here and watch the blizzard rage outside my office. I am so over winter. I need a beach vacation!

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  30. Oh my gosh, these photos are UNREAL! It looks so gorgeous, this is definitely on my list of places I'd love to visit! What a fun trip with family, looks like you guys had a blast! Also, it just kills me how big Ethan is now - it's crazy to think I met you before he was born and now he is turning into a little boy! His curly hair is the cutest :) Glad you guys had a great trip! xoxo

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  31. Looks like you had a beautiful vacation.

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  32. Thank you for sharing this. What an adventure! My husband has relatives that live there...he has visited before we met, but we haven't gone together yet. Maybe soon! : )

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