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Honeymoon Recap, Part 7: The Final Days

9 Aug

So, it’s here. My final honeymoon recap. Thank you for sticking with me through all 7 of them ;). When I left off, I had just celebrated my 24th birthday. After my birthday, we had two days left of vacation, and our days were wide open. On Monday, we hit the beach for the very last time.

I apologize for my picture of picture – this is from a water camera ­čÖé

Jordan jumped off of this cliff — Black Rock — while I watched, eyes half open, from the sand. Thankfully, the jump was a success :).

We shopped and ate frozen treats.

Frozen yogurt for me.

Haagen-Daz for Jordan.

And we ate at our favorite restaurant one last time.

Tuesday was our last day in Maui. We had to check out of our hotel room by noon, but our flight didn’t leave until 10:30 pm. We decided to hit the gym one last time before we grabbed breakfast and packed up our stuff. By 11:45 am, we were on the road, with a whole day to explore.┬á

We passed this cemetery every time we drove to our hotel, so we decided to check it out. The original immigrants of Maui are buried here. Many of them worked in the pineapple and sugarcane fields to try to make better lives for their families. The layout of the cemetery is much different than what you’d see in the Midwest, so we thought it was interesting.

Tuesday happened to be a particularly hot day, so we decided to go back to Old Lahaina Town, where our luau was, to shop. We shopped until we could shop no more, and then we walked to the movie theater and saw “Ice Age” so we could be in the air conditioning for a couple of hours :). By the time the movie ended, it was after 3:00 pm, and we decided to grab a late lunch/early dinner. We went to Cheeseburger in Paradise (different than the Jimmy Buffet chain that we have here), which I’d highly recommend.

Our table was right on the water, my Hawaiian chicken sandwich was delicious, and the prices were reasonable.

After we ate, we walked down the street to get shave ice. We had it earlier in the week, and wanted to experience it one more time before we left.

That sign is right. I am not a fan of snow cones, so I was a little nervous to try it, but it does not taste like a snow cone at all! It’s more like sherbet or ice cream. Jordan and I split a “Pretty Mama” with cream soda, root beer, and tiger’s blood flavors.

After we’d had our fill of shave ice, we got back in the car to start making our way towards the airport. At that point, we still had over 5 hours to kill. We found another mall and walked around it, we visited Whole Foods because I was intrigued to see what it’d look like in Maui (it looked the same, but smaller), and we went to Kmart to get snacks for our flight home. Eventually, we decided to return our rental car and wait out the rest of the time at the airport. We were already feeling exhausted.

At 10:30 pm Hawaii time, our flight took off, and we were on our way home. After making one connection in Phoenix, we arrived in Indianapolis around 4:00 pm. By that point, we’d been up for over 24 hours, and I was happy to home!

Of course, reality eventually sets in and you start to miss vacation. “Live with Kelly” is shooting from Hawaii this week, and watching those shows, combined with writing these posts,┬á is already making me want to go back :). Despite the little bumps that we had along the way, it was the perfect honeymoon!

Before I go, I’ll leave you with this.

We got this photo yesterday as a preview, and the rest should be ready within the next couple of weeks! I can’t wait to recap our wedding :).

Have a great Thursday!


Honeymoon Recap, Part 6: My 24th Birthday

7 Aug

On Sunday, July 22, I turned 24-years-old…and I just happened to be in Hawaii (which I did not take for granted — I’m sure that was a once in a lifetime thing!). I woke up to a birthday card on the comforter, courtesy of my new husband. I heard him rustling around before I got up, and sure enough, he was filling out my card :). He told me that I could choose what we did that day, so the first thing that we did was go to breakfast. We upgraded to the all you can eat breakfast buffet, and I ate plenty. I’m not normally a juice drinker, but that guava juice (the pink stuff) was so good!

After breakfast, we went to the gym for a run. He doesn’t enjoy working out as much as I do, but he enjoyed the treadmill TVs and didn’t complain at all :)! After a good run, we hung out by the pool for a while, before going to the spa! Jordan booked a couples’ massage, a new experience for both of us.

Before the massage, we each hung out in separate locker rooms. I sat in the hot tub and steam room for a little while, and then we were off to another room for our massages. Honestly, I wasn’t too thrilled with my masseuse. I was sore from my run and I wish that she would’ve used more pressure, but I’m guessing she was gentle since I told her that it was my first massage. That hour just flew by, and after filling up on some chocolate covered macadamia nuts and fruit-infused water (lunch of champions), we were back to hanging out at the pool before dinner.

That night, we went out for a sushi dinner and Haagen-Daz ice cream.

It was the perfect ending to my birthday! And it’s okay that I didn’t have a cake, I celebrated with my family the weekend after we got back from vacation, and got to make a wish then :).

I only have one honeymoon recap left, so if you’re getting sick of them, the end is near :). Have a great Tuesday!

How did you/will celebrate your birthday this year?

Honeymoon Recap, Part 5: High in the Sky

6 Aug

How was everyone’s weekend? Good, I hope! When I left you last time, I had just finished a sweaty run in the hotel gym before leaving for our next adventure. On that Friday afternoon, Jordan and I drove back to where we first arrived, the Kahului airport, for a helicopter tour! I was a little nervous about the helicopter tour because I’ve heard that they can be dangerous, but it was something that Jordan really wanted to do while we were in Hawaii, and I’m so glad that we did!

That big yellow pouch? That’s a life jacket, just in case we were to land in the water (scary to think about, but safety first!). We flew with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, who I highly recommend, if you’re ever in Hawaii. I was worried that’d I’d feel motion sick, but I didn’t at all! Our pilot was very knowledgeable of the area, and it was so interesting to learn more about the island.

After our helicopter ride, we decided to attempt ‘The Road to Hana,’ a huge tourist attraction in Maui. It is basically a very narrow and windy road that eventually leads you to the city of Hana. At times, the road goes down to one lane, and you have to yield for cars coming from the other direction. Not exactly the perfect attraction for my nervous personality :). We made it to one of the scenic areas on the road to Hana, Twin Falls, hiked to the waterfall to check it out, and then we decided to turn around and go back to our hotel. By that time it was close to 6:00, and scenic drives are not my thing when I’m hungry! We ended the night with dinner at the hotel restaurant, and then went to bed early because we had exciting plans on Saturday morning!

At 8:30am, Jordan and I drove to another part of Lahaina for our adventure of the day — ziplining! This was my favorite activity of the entire trip. We ziplined in the West Maui Mountains with Eco Skyline Adventure, and our tour guides were hilarious, making the trip even more entertaining.

We did a total of 8 lines, each one a little longer and more difficult.

The view was beautiful, and we happened to be in group with two other honeymooning couples, one from Ohio and the other from Norway (so cool, I thought), so it was fun to get to know them. I was sad when we had to leave; it was such a fun morning!

After ziplining, we went back to the hotel for our usual routine of swimming and relaxing by the pool, before getting ready for dinner at Mama’s Fish House in Paia, on the north side of Maui. Mama’s Fish House was recommended to us by family friends, and although the food was delicious, we were less than thrilled by our slow service — and I found a bone in my salmon :(.

The lobster guacamole with homemade beet and sweet potato chips was so good!

And since it was a special occasion, we just had to get dessert :).

After all of our adventures, the rest of our vacation was a little more relaxed and unplanned. The next day was especially relaxed, because it was my birthday! I’ll tell you how I spent my 24th birthday in Hawaii…tomorrow :). Have a great Monday!


Honeymoon Recap, Part 4: Under the Sea

3 Aug

At the end of my last honeymoon post, I left you with a picture of a sea turtle. If you guessed that our next adventure was snorkeling, then you guessed right — well, sort of! On Thursday morning, Jordan and I got up bright and early to drive to Makena for a 7:15 am kayaking and snorkeling trip. I have a fear of sharks, and was nervous about the trip, but I knew that I needed to overcome my fear and do it for Jordan (funny enough, I’m the one who booked the trip :)).

Unlike a typical snorkel trip on a big boat, this kayak and snorkel trip was just us, a family of four and two tour guides, in the middle of the ocean in kayaks.

Jordan and I shared a kayak, and paddled out to our first location with the rest of our group. Once at our first location, we put on our snorkel gear while sitting in our kayaks, then got in the water to explore.

This particular area is known for sea turtles, and several swam right underneath us while we were in the water! Jordan also held a sea urchin.

 I passed on that one :).

After swimming around our first location, we got back in our kayaks, paddled across the ocean some more, and went to another snorkeling spot. This continued for about 2 hours. Though it was fun, I felt seasick every time we anchored our kayaks and were floating on the waves. I know for next time, take Dramamine when kayaking in the ocean! Our trip was actually cut short because one of our guides was feeling sick, but it ended up being the perfect amount of time for me, since I was feeling nauseous. After our tour, our group ate lunch on the beach, and then we were on our way. 

We explored another beach in Makena, after hearing it had some of the bluest water in Maui.

Once we got back to where we were staying, we spent the afternoon lounging by the poolside bar and soaking up the sun.

Not for too long, though, because we had to get ready for our next big event of the day — a luau!

We went to ‘The Feast at Lele’ luau, right on the water in Lahaina. Jordan and I had a table for two with our own waiter (rather than buffet-style), which made for a romantic setting. We were served a five-course meal representing all of the Hawaiian cultures, and while we ate, we watched the show.

Just one of the five courses!

They also had an open bar, and they came to take our drink order with every course that was served. Neither of us are big drinkers, so we had to pace ourselves!

By the end of the night, I thought Jordan was going to have to roll me out of there because we’d eaten so much food! It was a very cool experience though; everything took place right on the beach, and we had a perfect view.

To avoid feeling bloated from the night before, I began the next morning with a 3 mile run (while watching ‘Boy Meets World’ — I loved those treadmills!),

and then we were off on our next adventure — this time, high in the sky.

Do you know what we were up to next :)? I’ll be back with the next recap on Monday. Have a great weekend!

Have you ever snorkeled?

Are you more of a beach person or a pool person — or both?




Honeymoon Recap, Part 3: Rest and Relaxation

1 Aug

When I ended part 2 of this honeymoon series, Jordan and I were just going to bed after a very long day of traveling. Though our jet lag seemed to come in waves throughout the trip, we were still able to muster up enough energy to get us through our relaxing and adventure-filled days.

We had to rearrange some of our activities when we arrived in Maui because of the flight changes, but we were able to have a complete day of relaxation on our first day there, which is exactly what we needed. We started the day with an ocean view breakfast, included in our honeymoon package (it saved us from buying breakfast from expensive restaurants every morning – definitely a plus).

the view

Breakfast was one of my favorite parts of the day, because the resort area wasn’t too crowded yet, and we were able to relax and enjoy each other’s company. On some days, we had to leave the resort right after breakfast for one of our scheduled activities, but on the first day, we had the whole day to ourselves. Soon after breakfast, we took a walk along the boardwalk, and then we hit the beach.

This view never got old.

As you might be able to tell from the way Jordan has his hat covering his entire face ;), the sun would eventually get too hot to handle. We split our time between the water and the sand, before taking a break for lunch.

We ate at Leilani’s, a bar and grill right on the beach, where the food was amazing. I wish we would’ve had the chance to go back one more time before leaving, but when we tried to go back for dinner, the wait was a little too long.

We also did a little shopping at Whaler’s Village, an outdoor mall within walking distance of our resort.

This was one of my favorite places to walk around when we couldn’t stand the sun at the beach or pool anymore. Jordan was a good sport; he may or may not have been rewarded with Haagen-Daz on multiple occasions ;).

We learned that the pools are much less crowded in the evening, so we usually spent some time there before heading to dinner — and that is exactly what we did on our first full day there.

Jordan could stand the cool pool water longer than I could :).

Dinner that night was at Lahaina Grill in Old Lahaina Town, recommended to us by another couple on our flight to Maui. It was a little bit more fancy than what we were expecting, but the food was excellent.

Especially the dessert (ice cream pie made with Kona coffee ice cream)! You may notice that splitting dessert became a habit of ours. It’s okay, though; we were on our honeymoon ;).

That first day was over in the blink of an eye. We had an early wake-up call the following morning, because we were going on an adventure, the first of several.

Can you guess what we did :)?

Honeymoon Recap, Part 2: The Resort

31 Jul

So where did I leave off? Oh yeah, I had just thrown a fit in the airport ;). The good news is, everything was basically uphill from there. We did have to make a few calls to our travel agent (thank goodness for Travel Leaders), but they were able to extend our stay and change our return flight without any additional charges. If you’re traveling anytime soon, I definitely recommend using a travel agent and purchasing traveler’s insurance — without insurance, we would’ve lost a whole day of vacation after we’d already paid for it!

After the travel agent worked out the details for us (thank you, Michelle!), we were back at the airport, and finally on the plane. As I said before, because of all of the changes, we were upgraded to first class! We were newbies to first class and felt a little funny, but we enjoyed drinking from real glasses and eating a good meal.


Our entire day of travel was about 14 hours, and we had a time change at nearly every stop, so by the time we got to Maui, I was happy to be on the ground, but ready for a nap. Fortunately, my excitement started to kick in and got me through the rest of the day. Around 2:30 p.m. Hawaii time, we got off the plane, made a quick pit stop at Starbucks, and we’re greeted with (very pretty!) leis before grabbing our luggage.

Since we flew first class, our luggage was the first to come out, which was such a relief. There’s always a fear of losing something along the way! Picking up the rental car was not as speedy. For 30 minutes, they tried to convince us to upgrade to a Jeep or convertible (“because it makes the experience so much better”), but we stuck to our guns and ended up perfectly content with our Ford Fusion. Actually — our car had major problems on the way to the hotel and they had to bring us a tow truck and a new car — but that was the last of the unfortunate events :).

Once we finally arrived at our hotel, I was so happy to be there. We stayed at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Ka’anapali. It had an open air lobby, and I was immediately impressed by the views.

The view from our room was just as pretty, and we didn’t wait too long before changing into our bathing suits and exploring the resort grounds!

We decided we were too tired to swim that night, but we did check out the pools, the koi pond, the outdoor and indoor workout rooms, and the beach.

After exploring for a while, we realized that it was already beginning to get dark outside, and it wasn’t even 7:00 p.m. — one of the biggest differences from Indiana, where at this time of year, it doesn’t get dark until 10:00 p.m.

That evening, my body was confused by the time difference, and I didn’t know whether to eat, sleep, or explore some more. We decided we’d both feel better if we ate dinner, so we went to the hotel’s restaurant, ‘OnO Bar & Grill. I had the fish tacos, quite possibly my favorite dish of the whole trip.

And since we were on our honeymoon, we just had to split dessert. We shared the macadamia fudge pie, which was amazing. So amazing, that we went back for it two more times while in Maui.

We also visited ‘OnO a couple of more times on our trip. The prices were reasonable, it was a 2 minute walk from our room, and there was a never a wait since it was primarily for hotel guests. We quickly learned that most restaurants require reservations, and the food is not cheap in Hawaii (but it’s so, so good).

On our first night, we went to bed at 9:30 and woke up at 6:30. Even though we were still dragging a little, I think we did a pretty good job of adjusting to the time difference! The next day, our first full day on the island, was dedicated solely to relaxing. Our Hawaiian adventures were just beginning :).

To be continued…

Honeymoon Recap, Part 1: The Delay

30 Jul

Over the weekend, I uploaded a total of 413 photos to my laptop. So, as you can imagine, unless I show you 413 photos in one blog post (and I promise that I won’t), these recaps will have to be in parts. Since I want to wait until we get our wedding pictures back from the photographer to recap our big day, I’m going to start with our honeymoon. Our honeymoon had to get bad before it got better, but it all worked out in the end. Let me explain…

After the wedding, we spent our first night in our apartment, and the next day at home, packing and shopping for last minute travel items. Since our flight was scheduled to leave at 6:15 am, we decided we’d stay downtown the night before, closer to the airport, and begin our honeymoon in Indianapolis. On Sunday night, my family took Jordan and I downtown to Buca di Beppos, before dropping us and our 100 pounds of luggage (literally) off at our hotel, the J.W. Marriott.

We were in a corner room filled with windows on the 33rd floor. It had a gorgeous view, and unless we can afford to make it an anniversary tradition, it was probably a once in a lifetime experience — we tried our best to take it all in! We couldn’t take it in for too long, though, because a taxi was scheduled to pick us up outside of the lobby at 3:45 a.m., meaning we had a 3:15 a.m. wake-up call! It was a little sad to leave, but we were also excited since our next destination was Maui, Hawaii. Or so we thought.

Our friendly taxi driver picked up our luggage just before 3:45, and we hopped in the car, ready to go. We were sporting our Bride and Groom shirts, ready to enjoy the honeymoon experience.

Since it wasn’t even 4:00 a.m. when we arrived at the airport, we were basically the first couple in line at US Airways, except for one other couple, who seemed to be throwing a fit at the counter. At the time, I didn’t think anything of it, until Jordan scanned our boarding passes…

After scanning his pass, a message came across the screen stating that our flight had been cancelled, and we needed to speak with an attendant about the details. Assuming it was a mistake, as we had just double checked the flight before we went to bed, I scanned my pass, hoping to see a different message. No such luck. That’s when I started eavesdropping on the complaining couple — who, apparently, was on their way to Hawaii for their 25th wedding anniversary. Sure enough, our flight to Phoenix had been cancelled.

At this point, it was 4:15 am, I hadn’t had more than five hours of sleep in days, and after hearing the disappointing news, my adrenaline was wearing off. Thankfully, Jordan is much more patient than I am. He spoke to one of the ladies at the counter, and she handed him a business card, telling him to call the number listed in order to reschedule our flight. The reason she gave us for the cancellation? One of the flight attendants called in sick. We were then sent to wait in a line with a bunch of other angry people. My blood was boiling I was on the verge of tears.

Thank goodness we got to the airport so early, because we were at the front of the line and didn’t have to wait too long before being helped. After finding out that US Airways had nothing else available for that morning, we were sent to American Airlines, who supposedly had an available flight. We waited in line for 45 minutes, found two seats on a flight to Dallas, weighed our bags, and were just about to leave for security when… the attendant notified us that the flight to Dallas was delayed — there was no way that we would make our connecting flight to Maui. At this point, I was ready to scream. We were sent back over to US Airways to figure something else out, where there was a line of about 100 angry people — apparently it was a full flight, and they had to make new arrangements for everyone.┬á

This was when the tears started rolling. Yep, there I was, in the middle of a semi-crowded airport, tears streaming down my face. I was kind of grateful for my ‘Bride’ shirt at that point, because brides are allowed to be dramatic, right ;)? By the time we got to the front of the line again, we were told that everything was booked for the day, and there was no way we would be going to Hawaii on Monday. After waking up at 3:15 am, leaving our expensive hotel super early, paying for a cab, and realizing that we might have to do it all over again the next day, I had a meltdown — in the middle of the airport. Thank God for Jordan. Sleep deprivation does nothing for the already over-dramatic me.

Jordan talked to the lady at the desk for 15 minutes, trying to work something out. I sat on the floor with a bunch of other people, and cried. By that time, we should’ve been boarding our plane. When Jordan came back with the news, I wasn’t happy. The only available flight was the next day, Tuesday, at 5:15 a.m., and we’d have a longer flight, having to make two connections instead of one. We had to take it — they had a line of angry people to deal with, and there was nothing else that they could do for us.

If you’re still reading, you’re probably thinking that I acted like a brat. And maybe I did — but getting married, leaving a childhood home, moving into a new apartment, and waking up at 3:15 will do crazy things to a person. My emotions were out of control, and all I could do was cry. We had to make the call to our parents, and Jordan’s dad came to pick us up. Back to our apartment we went, where we both slept for a good four hours before finding the motivation to do anything.

When we did wake up, my emotions were more in check, and we decided to make it a fun day — technically, it was still our honeymoon!

Chipotle and ice cream sundaes were eaten, and I made sure to get in a run at the gym for my sanity (and Jordan’s). It was another night with an early bedtime, because Jordan’s dad was picking us up at 3:30 a.m. to go to the airport. This time, we made it onto the plane with no problems — we even got upgraded to first class because of all of the changes! And yes, we did wear the same outfits, because I bought those shirts for a reason, darnit ­čśë — one of the airport employees remembered us because of how upset I was the day before – oops!

We had a 12 hour flight ahead of us, but we were finally on our way to Maui.

To be continued…

Has your flight ever been cancelled?

Have you ever cried in a public place?