Monday, June 2, 2008

Maui

Nicholas and I went with my family last week to MAUI! Carlos felt like he couldn't leave his new business so soon, so he stayed home with Eliza and his mom. We missed them so much!
Here are a few of the highlights:
The view from our room:

At church,

Outside the Aloha mixed plate restaurant- the best pulled pork ever!

Scoops ice cream- all the island favorites: macadamia nut Carmel, coconut, pineapple just to name a few!

On the way to Hana we stopped to hike to this waterfall.

Sunset from our room.

Nicholas holding a macaw.
This is one of the few BLACK sand beaches
One day we drove up to Haleakala to see the volcanic crater and an amazing view of the island. Then we drove down to about 6,000 feet and they dropped us of to bike the rest of the way down. I thought the bike ride would be on a separate bike trail, but we were going to be on the ROAD with CARS where there was a VERY small bike lane and sometimes none at all! I was very nervous seeing how the last time I really rode a bike I was probably about 10 years old. I made it through the very steep part of the mountain that was all swichbacks and after about 40 minutes decided I was not having fun at all. Just then the van that dropped us off at the top came by and I waved them down and let them know I would rather have a ride back in the van. Call me a wimp but I couldn't do it! This is Danny and Stephanie at the top of the mountain.

Nico loved the playground right there at the hotel- very convenient!
Our last night there we had a great BBQ and even roasted some pineapple- I highly recommend it!
Our last day we swam, shopped and ate at Bubba Gump's.
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Being in Hawaii was amazing, but some of my favorite times were just hanging out with the fam. One night we had a whip cream pie contest. The winner to find the candy in the plate of whip cream first got to pie their partner in the face. It was hilarious. Then the girls designed the boys hair with whip cream. Eventually it just turned into a huge whip cream fight. This video is from our family dance. All you need is an ipod with some dance songs, and ihome, and a light switch for the club effect. During one rock song Nicholas was even body surfing. Thanks Mom and Dad for the great trip!

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Suprise!

Carlos' sister, Gaby, surprised Carlos' mom and came down to visit Memorial weekend. Arlene had no idea Gaby was coming and she was in complete shock for about half and hour. Gaby came down with her husband, Luis, and son, Erick. The only bad thing was that we only were able to spend a few hours together before Nicholas and I left for Hawaii with my family. It was great to see them though!

Arlene with 3 out of 4 grand kids.

Everyone together!

Gaby and Arlene

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