My Family is Here!

Being a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life. No matter what.

I have found that the most difficult part of living in Maui is being so far away from family, so it is always a blessing to have them visit. When my parents and grandma arrived we had them over for dinner and my grandma got to see our house for the first time.


The next morning I took them to the lavender farm by our house.



We had lavender tea and lavender scones and walked through the beautiful gardens.




For the first few nights they stayed at the Wailea Beach Marriott.


The infinity pool was very enjoyable.


We had a couple of great dining experiences in Wailea.


Monkeypod Kitchen


And Matteo’s Osteria



We went out to Dumps, or Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve, to check out the snorkeling scene. This is the area of Maui’s most recent lava flow so there is a lot of lava rock. And goats.


Brandon and my dad had an awesome snorkeling experience. Lots of fish, an eel and a huge turtle.


While the men went out fishing, my grandma and my mom and I walked through Lahaina town and watched the boats coming in.onogelato

The next morning we had breakfast at the Gazebo where the macadamia nut pancakes and fried rice are the most popular items on the menu. Everyone got the pancakes and we had to get a side of fried rice to try. Everything was delicious.


The restaurant also has a pretty great view.


We went to see dragon’s teeth and the interesting white lava.



Then we drove around the west Maui mountains.


My dad learned to stay on the trail at the Nakalele Blowhole.


And then we explored beautiful ‘Iao Valley.


‘Iao Needle


‘Iao Stream


Time spent with family is always special and I’m so thankful my parents and my grandma were able to come visit!


Who’s next?? 🙂


Look Up


I came to an upsetting realization today. While walking up the road with Mochi, my eyes on the pavement and a million thoughts running through my head, I thought, “Wow, it feels really humid today.” I looked up toward Haleakala and saw blue skies and gray, wispy clouds clinging to its side and wondered if it was a clear enough day to see the ocean from our house. This is when I realized that it was 10:30 in the morning and I hadn’t even looked out the window at the ocean. I had even walked down our driveway on the start of our walk and somehow never looked up.

I love the ocean. That’s why I live way out in the middle of one. When I was 17 I moved from the Sacramento Valley to San Diego. Not only did I now live closer to the ocean, I lived in Point Loma, right on the coast. I had an ocean view from my dorm room at Point Loma Nazarene University.window

I would gaze at the sparkling blue water on my way to class, while I was eating at the cafeteria, from the track during P.E. class, and even from the windows of my chemistry lab. As an excited new freshman I vowed to never take for granted this beauty that surrounded me.ptloma001juicy

When we moved to Maui almost 9 months ago, I couldn’t believe how easily we found our little cottage and that we were even blessed with a view of the ocean, west Maui and Lana’i. Once again, I vowed to never take this for granted.

The thing is, I consider myself a pretty oblivious person. I could be running down a trail and run smack dab into someone if Brandon didn’t yank me out of the way.  Maybe I can blame this in part on hardly ever wearing my glasses, but probably not. Sometimes I find myself so caught up in my head or my iPhone that I don’t notice much around me. I realized that happened today. I don’t know how long we will be here on Maui, so while we are here I want to take it all in, absorb it, and never ignore it. I want to see more, experience more and all in all just do more.

My hope for myself and for you is that wherever we are, we will take a look around. Take our eyes off the pavement, look out our windows, notice people around us. Put our phones down while we’re with friends or in a room full of strangers. Look up, notice the beauty surrounding us, take it all in and never take it for granted.