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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Maui Honeymoon/Babymoon - Day 1

After a long day of traveling, we were happy to arrive at the condo. H opted for a condo to save money and also gain the convenience of having a kitchen to cook a few meals. We stayed at Napili Bay Resort, and it was right on the beach. I'm a bit bias, but I think we had one of the best views in Maui. By the time we crashed in bed, it was morning time on the east coast. We tried to get a few hours of sleep in before we woke up to the bird's chirping outside. 

Napili Bay Resort
{Napili Bay Resort}

Napili Bay Resort
{view from our balcony}

{local weather}

In the morning we went out to the beach and took in our beautiful view. It was simply paradise for us, and I felt so lucky to be able to call this home for a week. The weather was perfect, and the extra sun therapy was much needed. The first day would be low key for us, and we only had a luau planned for the evening. The rest of the day was spent discovering, and we had so much fun driving around.

Napili Bay
Napili Bay Napili Bay
{Napili Bay}

Food is a must for us, and I heard great reviews about the Honolua Store. It is part of the ABC chain of convenience stores, which also offers cafeteria style food in the back. We may have visited almost everyday on our trip because we couldn't get enough of the affordable good eats. It also helped that the Honolua Store was right around the corner from us. H's favorite was the loco moco.

Honolua Store
{Honolua Store}

Honolua Store for Brunch
{Moco Loco, Shrimp Omelet, and Spam, Bacon & Egg Musubi}

Next we checked out the grocery store closest to our condo. We enjoyed finding local specialties and comparing what the stores had to offer compared to back home. Prices were very reasonable, which I found a bit surprising. I just assumed that everything would cost more on an island, but I was wrong for the most part. The only expensive product I found was Annie's gummy bunnies (I know it's an odd product to even notice) at around $7 a box. I can find it at Target for around $3 - $4.

Shopping at the Grocery Store
{grocery shopping & finding special soda}

Driving around aimlessly is what we do best, and it's even more adventurous in Maui. We made a few stops along the way to relax and admire the view around us. Sometimes I wanted to pinch myself to make sure that I wasn't in a dream. How did I deserve such an amazing trip with the love of my life right beside me? 

Maui Honeymoon/Babymoon
{pit stop to check out the view}

Maui Honeymoon/Babymoon
{pretty Maui}

Being the crazy photo obsessed people that we are, we had film (instant and regular), a DSLR, and iPhones to capture our trip. So just imagine H pulling out his tripod to take photos with both his cameras. Then I whip out my Fuji Instax and take a picture or two while having my phone on hand to take even more photos. Yup, we're those type of tourists. At least we have a lot of photos to show for it.

While wasting time before our luau, we decided to walk around Lahaina. Parking was a bit difficult to come by, but driving around made it easy for me to spot the two Uluhani's Hawaiian Shave Ice locations. I noticed one was shaded and made that my target. Even though I have GD, I wasn't going to let it stop me from enjoying dessert. Let me just tell you it was heavenly and worth every minute we had to wait in line. Yum! I might make a trip back just to have another taste. 

Ululani Shave Ice
{Ululani's Hawaiian Shave Ice, Haleakala (leche topped with sweetened condensed cream)}

H wanted us to experience a luau, and I wasn't on board at first. It just seemed too touristy for my liking, but after reading so many reviews I was convinced to at least try it out. We chose the most authentic luau on the island at the Old Lahaina Luau and made our reservations for floor seating a month in advance. The whole day we anticipated great entertainment and decent food, and it surpassed our expectations. Service was excellent, and our view from the floor was one of the best right next to the stage. I loved the food, which was very GD friendly. We were the only ones who went back for seconds at our table, and we're not afraid to be piggies while on vacation. Hehe.

Old Lahaina Luau
{Old Lahaina Luau}

The show was worth the price alone. Everyone did a fantastic job on putting a great show for the crowd, and I love the storytelling aspect of it. I was expecting just act after act of hula dancing, but it was much more than that.

Old Lahaina Luau
{Old Lahaina Luau}

Old Lahaina Luau

After a relaxing day discovering the island and ending it with a luau, we were ready to head back to the condo and get some rest. Our bodies were still trying to adjust to the time difference, and we were still lacking sleep from our day of traveling. One day down and the rest of the week to go!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Maui Honeymoon/Babymoon - Travel Day

Three years ago I married my best friend, and this year we were finally able to take our honeymoon! It's a little delayed but well deserved. In the past three years we started a family. With another on the way, we took advantage of this opportunity to get away and finally take a vacation. Little E stayed with my sister for a week, and we enjoyed ourselves in Maui! It was so nice to be free and have no responsibilities.

Of course every adventure has a story, and I'll try to recap as much of it as possible for my own record keeping. The first day was our travel day, and boy was it full of twists and turns. We arrived early at the airport, ate an icky breakfast, and saw that our flight had been delayed. Our original schedule included layovers in Chicago and Los Angeles. Chicago experienced some nasty storms that morning, causing delays to all flights coming in and out of the airport. There was no way that our original schedule would work out with the delay. H was on the phone attempting to figure out Plan B. He handed the phone over to me where the customer service representative gave me our options. None of them were appealing (umm... more layovers, no thanks) and would require us to fly into Maui the next morning. I was upset, handed the phone back to H, and somehow another plan was brewing. We would get on the next flight to Chicago, which was about to depart in 15 minutes. Unfortunately we had no confirmation that we would be on the flight and waited in the standby line. Luck wasn't on our side, and the flight was full. Plan C would have to take action.

Since we didn't make the flight to Chicago, we had a chance to get on a standby flight to San Francisco on a different airline. The flight was full, and the possibility of us getting on this flight was slim. We also had to wait in the airport until the late afternoon, not knowing whether or not standby would come through for us. To pass time, H took a short nap, and we ate lunch.

Waiting Pinkberry

Lunch and Waiting

After a few hours we decided to check on our flight. H did the talking, and we were #2 and #3 in line for standby. Again, the flight was completely full, and we could see on the screen exactly how full it was. I tried to stay calm since there was no reason to get worked up over something we had no control over. H was a nervous wreck. We really didn't want to stay overnight in an airport and have to fly in the next day. We also didn't have another backup plan. Fast forward to boarding time. There are two seats available. I'm #3 in line for standby. That would mean one of us wouldn't make the flight, and H insisted that I go ahead and make the flight alone. We would meet up the next day. Umm.. nope. That's not acceptable, especially not on my honeymoon. Luck was on our side, and we both made the flight. Person #1 in standby never showed up, and we were finally on our way to Maui!


Once we arrived in San Francisco, we grabbed a quick bite to eat for dinner. Our last trip together was 5 years ago to San Francisco so it was very fitting to visit again on our way to our honeymoon. The flight from San Francisco to Maui wasn't originally scheduled, and it was a last minute addition due to a cancelled flight the day before. The pilot was notified that morning of the flight, and boy did we luck out. It was pretty empty, and we had plenty of space to relax and catch a few Zzzz's.

One More Flight to Go!

Finally we arrive in Maui past midnight. We are the last flight in, and we were able to get a car rental to drive back to our condo. We're 5+ hours behind on our original schedule, but we are so happy to finally make it to our destination. We get in our car rental and drive to Safeway, which is open 24 hours a day. We stock up on water and breakfast items and head to our condo, which is an hour away from the airport. The drive is exciting and fun, and the next day we discover just how awesome it is during the day.

We're Here!

Flights Galore

Phew! That was a long story. All good adventures have twists and turns, right? As crazy as the day turned out to be, I was happy to be with H and finally experience our honeymoon together. 

On Our Flight to Maui!

P.S. I'm on Instagram (if you couldn't tell by my photos)! Follow me @yinthinks 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Mommy's Day Off

I have the day off today. My only responsibility is to take care of myself and Negi, and it's such a great feeling to have the ability to spend time to focus on myself. Of course I will probably spend half the day cleaning and the other half on the computer. Sometimes it's the little luxuries in life.

Napili Bay
{enjoying the view in Napili Bay}

My FIL takes Little E over night once a week when he has a day or two off of work, and we started about a month ago. It can be kind of stressful packing my toddler away for just a day. I spend the day cooking and prepping meals for him, and the final hour before drop off can lead to near panic attacks. I just have to keep in mind that it's worth it. Little E loves spending time at his grandparent's house, and I can enjoy some me time.

With only a few months left before Negi arrives, I need to cherish this quiet time to myself. I'm not sure if the opportunity will come again for another couple of years. It's okay though. Having two amazing little boys in my life will be more than enough to keep me on my toes and loving life.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

J.Crew Maternity

Even though I said in my last post that I don't plan on buying any maternity clothes for the rest of my pregnancy, I can still dream about them, right? My favorite stores are Anthropologie and J.Crew, and most of my wardrobe consists of those two stores alone. So it would be very fitting for me to drool over J.Crew's new line of maternity clothes. Hehe. Currently J.Crew offers maternity pants online with free shipping. I'm hoping they will add more to the collection over the next couple of months, especially tops and dresses.

{close up of elastic panels on hips}

The pants are more discreet with elastic panels on the hips, which I haven't seen on normal maternity pants. Usually the options are limited to demi and full panels, which can be a bit constricting on the baby belly. Hopefully the design will create better comfort for pregnant women. Now only if the models could actually look more pregnant instead of just skinny people with a fake bump. Sigh. Oh and a discount would be nice because there is no way I'm paying $118 - $128 full price on a pair of pants that will only last me a few months.

I'll continue to keep my eye out on any additions to the maternity collection. You never know... I might just give in and buy a piece. ;)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Baby Negi - Weeks 23 - 27

I'm in my 6th month of this pregnancy, and time is flying! Negi is still treating me really well, and everything is going smoothly. I see a doctor pretty much every other week (for GD & regular OB), and it's nice to know that he is healthy and growing. I was a little concerned last week since he went a few days without moving very much. As soon as I voiced my concerns, he starts moving and shaking all day long. I love it! Little E has been a super awesome big brother and loves to give my tummy hugs and kisses. He even tells Negi that he loves him. So sweet!

My gestational diabetes is still under control with diet, and I hope I can keep it that way for the rest of this pregnancy. I eat really healthy and am actually happy that having GD forces me to take a new approach to eating. I'll have to take photos of my meals throughout the day to show you just how much I eat. I feel like a piggy at times, but I stick with eating lots of veggies and proteins. I don't feel bad, and I haven't gained much weight at all. Hopefully I can keep this up after baby is born, but we all know that I'll just have to eat whatever I can to survive for the first couple of months.

I have been consistently taking weekly bump photos with the help of H. Film is definitely the way to go. So easy to snap a picture on the go and then scan it in the computer. It also helps that my week starts on a Saturday, and we're usually on the go and have interesting places to take pictures of. I have also been pretty fortunate with my wardrobe. It's so easy to slip on a comfortable dress and go. I have only purchased one piece of maternity clothing (belly band for pants/shorts), and I don't plan on buying anymore. I still have plenty of clothes from my last pregnancy to last me through the colder months before Negi is born.

Baby Bump - Week 23

Baby Bump - Week 24
{farmer's market}

Baby Bump - Week 25

Baby Bump - Week 26

Baby Bump - Week 27
{Trader Joe's}

27 weeks down and only 13 more to go! It's going to be an exciting ride. Hope to keep up with updates every now and then. Being pregnant is actually kind of fun, and it's more enjoyable the second time around. Maybe I'm just lucky that Negi treats me so well. I love him so much already, and I cannot wait to meet him. 

Just for kicks, here is a comparison shot of me while pregnant with Little E over two years ago:

Pregnancy - Week 26 
Pregnancy - Week 28