Friday, December 27, 2013

Today as my last day on the island, I decided to treat myself to a surf lesson.  I went with Maui Wave Riders and my instructor was Sol (a girl) and it was well worth it.  I should have done this on Monday when the waves started kicking up and I would have had a full week of surfing - lesson learned though.

I spent 2 hours riding waves - I caught about 6 or 8 of them in that time, most of which I paddled into myself and rode all the way in to shore.  We spent the time talking about how to read the wave - see where it will crest, how to move quickly, how to pop during a way so you don't get washed off the board on the big waves (yep we got some good 6' waves today on the beginner beach).  I caught mainly the 2 - 4' waves and tried to catch one 6' wave but toppled :)

It was great and at the end I couldn't move my arms they were so tired and the sets were just getting bigger, there were no small waves (1-2') by 9:30 when I left and I definitely could have ridden my 7' board today if I had anything but jello arms after the lesson.

I had planned on going back, but when I discovered my arms were not listening to me, I decided pool time was in order.

James and I went off to switch the truck rental first and then while I headed to the pool for as much tan time as possible (I lasted a mere 1.5 hrs), the boys went off for lunch and then for a walk.

While we were all out, the AC guy came and started a very long process of replacing the AC in the condo - James napped, Spence played on his video games with buddies and I caught up on the blog, facebook and did some work.

Tonight James is making steak burritos (black bean for me) and I'm flying home on the red eye and will be happy to see the pets and wait for Spence to arrive next week.


Today is my last day on the island and my transition day with James for the condo, truck and Spence.

I was a bit apprehensive coming to Maui this winter, given that James chose to leave Spencer and me for Tammy last Xmas and that the vacation would be spent with Marty, Helen, Leora for the entire trip and James for part of it.

I am so glad we came though - grama, grampa and auntie have been as warm and wonderful as they have been for the past 20 years that I've known them and they made both Spence and I feel like we were still part of the family and I enjoyed all the various activities and dinners we shared.

I leave today and Spence gets an extra week with his grandparents, auntie and dad - I am hoping he continues to enjoy his time here as much as I know he has up to now (despite his teenage complaining).

Thank you again, grama and grampa for a great once in a lifetime trip for us.

Ahihi on Thursday and then Big Beach after snorkeling









Had a terrific 2nd to last day in Maui today - grama & grampa took us to a secluded snorkeling spot - a marine preserve (Ahihi) which was calm and clear.  We snorkel'd for about 30 or so minutes and got some fantastic pics.

Once done snorkeling I drove James back to the condo, checked w Spence about coming to Big Beach and then since he didn't feel like coming - I left to join grama, grampa and auntie.

While I sat getting as much sun as humanly possible before I leave, James and Spence went for lunch and figured out their week - which will include several beach dives, a boat dive, snorkeling, shopping and potentially some paintball and a movie - a week filled with activities now that Spence has had a week of rest :)

Once home, Spence continued to chill and I started my packing.  When dinner came around, we all headed to the sushi joint we had selected and it was pretty good - the company was good and the amount we ordered was just about enough.  I had left over tofu, but knocked it to the ground when I opened the back door to the truck...spilled on the ground and me - thank goodness it was white and left no major stains.

We then headed off to the mall for some last minute shopping for me, some ice cream for grama and some window shopping for everyone else.  I managed to score a nice grocery bag for my collection and three nice button down shirts, which are tailor fit and will look great in my collection of work shirts.

We came home and I packed a bit more before Spence and I decided it was time to watch some anime together - a new series he has for us, which is really interesting - but as it's in Japanese, you have to be reading the entire thing and not do other stuff.

I managed to check in too after rebooting the router twice - but can't print my boarding pass as I have no printer and it wouldn't send me the bar code for my phone - if nothing else, I can have them print the pass when I get to the airport tomorrow night.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Well I did manage my run this morning and shaved a few minutes off my time, but forgot my allergy pills so I was all watery eyed and snuffly by the time I got home (note to self, allergy meds before morning run).

Now just waiting on grama and grampa to text they are ready to head out to the beach - we are going to attempt snorkeling again today.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

I had well laid plans to get up at 6:45 and go for a quick jog.....not to be, slept through the alarm and woke up at 8am.  I am allergic to something, think it's the soap and have been taking benadryl to combat it, unfortunately it knocks me out.  I will be looking for soap today.

Spence wasn't keen on a shore dive, he would rather spend the day hanging out with me at the pool or in Lahaina - so I think that's what we'll do.  I only have a few days left in Maui and thought I'd like to spend them with Spence.

The folks are heading out to snorkel (grama, grampa and auntie) at Makena for the day, which should be fun for them.


Xmas Eve Appie Buffet at grama & grampa's



Spencer winning at board games, Auntie won her share as well

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Today is a chill day - off to the beach once Spence gets up and then figuring out a zipline day before I leave.

I did 3.3 miles today on my run - pretty happy as that is my 3rd run on the island and I started with 1 mile - so have added 1 mile a day.  Hoping to hit 4 miles next run.

We headed out to the beach around 11am and James and Spence went out snorkeling and I decided to tan.  They came back and said I hadn't missed much.  They left and I stayed another half hour and then headed back to the condo.

We went to Maui Taco for lunch and I grabbed a few things I needed for supper tonight - we're doing appies night at grama & grampas.

Once home, Spence headed up to play with his buddies and I went to tan a bit more...only 3 more days, trying to take advantage when I can.

We decided to rent gear tomorrow and go for a shore dive and see how that goes.  Spence is not stoked, but is willing to go to keep us company.  On Friday I have booked a surf lesson because I can't find a place to surf with my board and I really badly want to get up on a board.

We'll figure out Thursday - zipline, dive or beach - not sure which yet.


Spence decided to get a henna tattoo
Stylized dragon I think

So we headed off to the henna place - as it was his money he was spending he opted for the less expensive tattoo :)

After that we came back and chilled until supper time - grampa had BBQ'd ribs, grama made hashbrown casserole (one of my favorites) and Leora had made a salad with more veggies than lettuce - exactly how it should be and then grampa bought gelato for everyone.  
demolished ribs - I think Spence ate half of the entire set of ribs all by himself
We came back and chilled a bit more before I headed to bed and Spence stayed up to play with his friends.

Monday, December 23, 2013

I was up at 3am to do my webinar and was still going until about 11:30.  The boys headed down to the beach across the street to boogie board and then headed to the pool with grama, grampa and auntie.

I was done just in time for lunch - grampa took us out to the sandwich shop by the condo and treated everyone to sandwiches.  Once we were done, it was clouded over - so I headed back up to get a bit of work done before supper and maybe a nap and Spence got a game to play with grama and then he had planned to head out with his dad for a walk.

Tonight we are down at the pool for supper - BBQ ribs by grama & grampa (I'm bringing veggie chicken strips for myself).

Sunday, December 22, 2013

We all went to the beach today - we had hoped to snorkel, but with the waves, the boys went boogie boarding instead.

First though, Leora and James tried to go for a swim, but the undertow and push from the waves was so strong James got knocked down a few times and Leora had a difficult long hike back in - trying to avoid the undertow.

The boys then headed out in 12-14' waves and did some boogie boarding for about an hour or so and then the folks stayed at the beach and James, Spence and I headed back to the condos.

We caught up about a half hour later and went to Walmart, then lunch at Burger King, drinks at Starbucks and then we went to watch the surfers for a bit.

We returned home about 3pm and then I started uploading the 1286 pictures I took - poor Spence, it took 3 hours and no internet was available during that time.  He was patient (although complained a bit) and now he's back on the internet and I'm off to bed as I have to get up at 3am for a webinar.

Day at the beach (boogie board rather than snorkel)






Yes, those waves were actually 12-14' tall





Yesterday was a stay at home rest day - Spence spent time with his dad (pool, card games, walking, catching up) and I got to get some chores and work done.  We all met up for supper at grama & grampa's and then headed off to Fred's for their Saturday taco special.  After supper James, Spencer and I walked over to the dive shop to figure out our diving for this coming week and left empty handed as the store was closed.

We all went back to grama & grampa's and while James, Spence, grama & grampa played Risk, auntie read her book and I searched the internet for a good dive - lucked out and found a dive/snorkel combo so we could all go.  We'll be going to the Coral Gardens on the west side of the island and while James, Spence and I dive, Leora, grama and grampa will snorkel.  For my other dive, I decided on a beach dive and we'll do Makena landing to hunt down some sharks for our photo album.

I hope to do some surfing this week too - but time is tight as I lose most of Monday to a webinar I have to complete before year end so I get enough professional education credits to keep my designations :)

Today we'll be going to the beach to snorkel and boogie board - should be a blast as the waves are up still and should be fun for Spence.