Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Our first glimpse



We were all just a little excited for our trip:) The chicks and I had been mentally packing our suitcases for months and well...it was just a really big deal for us. Honey couldn't really get excited until the night before. I guess that's what happens when you work. It keeps you from looking too far into the future.





Needless to say the flight felt like it took forever. This was my traveling companion. My little chick talked my ear off for 10 hours:)





When I first saw it... I cried. It's been a dream of mine since I was little to go there someday. I turned around and looked at Honey and he said, "Don't you do it!" He could see the flood gates opening.





How
could you not cry looking at God's beautiful masterpiece?? It was just breathtaking...surreal!





This
was our treat in the parking lot of the rental car place. Our first peek into what a special place Maui really is. These precious little chicks and their momma hen trying to make their way through a busy parking lot. We were holding our breath for them.





Unfortunately
my Big Chick didn't fare so well on the descent down and got motion sick. Poor baby! It stuck with her for several hours. I felt really bad for her. She had been looking so forward to this moment for months. Good thing is the next morning she was good as new:)



Even with my baby not feeling good, I was on cloud nine! We were finally here!!!! It was really happening.





This
is the lobby of our hotel. We stayed in Lahaina at the Aina Nalu. It was a perfect fit for us because it had a bedroom with a pull-out couch and a kitchen.

While
we were registering, Big Chick ran up and said she was going to be sick. She took off and vomited in a grassy area right by the building. Then Little Chick came up to me a few seconds later with a beautiful rock and asked if she could have it. I just smiled at the guy registering us. Yes... the Strahle Family has arrived! We've already made our mark:)



The beautiful mountain view.




The next morning...we were all feeling good. Ready to set out and explore:)




Have a blessed day.






Oh and for the give-away. I thought food would be a great choice. I fell in love with the food in Hawaii. Who knew I loved macadamia nuts, coconut and kalua pork?? Seriously if I could have brought it all back with me I would have!



We picked this up in Keanae on the Road to Hana. Can't wait to tell you all about that day. This banana bread is FAMOUS!


A little sugar is nice. Those Maui cookies were my downfall. I seriously LOVE them!!!



And finally a beautiful calendar!



The give-away winner is...
Congrats LeeAnn:)
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50 comments:

  1. LOVE those new pictures on the sidebar! "The Peeps" is adorable:)
    Looks like an awesome time, and yeah--don't blame you for 'opening the floodgates' when you first saw it! It's gorgeous!

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  2. I love your toe pic....that place is amazing.

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  3. And feel so bad for BIG chick...I'm glad she got better quick. That stinks big time...

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  4. I would have been crying too...I know it... I love the beach so much...can't wait to hear more about it!

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  5. ah! I'm so happy for Le Ann! She's such a sweetie pie! I've never had the banana bread or the maui cookies and you have me really wishing I could! Neal is just like that! He always waits until the night before to get excited. Me, I'm ready to go the minute we book a trip! I'm so happy you're happy. You're a sweetie pie. A very special girl.

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  6. Love the pictures, and boo on the motion sickness. Glad it cleared up! What was LeeAnn's winning suggestion? Just being curious. Did you drink any of the "POG" juice? (passion, orange, guava) because I remember falling in love with that while I was there.

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  7. I adore Maui and how fabulous you got to go and take your kids. I love the photo of all of your feet looking polished and pretty.

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  8. Oh how fun...not the motion sickness, been there done that alot but I can't wait to see what else you did...I didn't know the flight was 10 hours for you, that is crazy...we are only 5 hours from Hawaii! The pool man would love to go to Maui, better start saving my pennies!

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  9. I know! looking out the window of the plane as you are about to land in hawaii is the best! I remember flying from MN when we lived there, it is a HAUL. Now that we live in Oregon, it is so much faster to get to Hawaii. I always say, I don't know how you cannot believe in God after you have glimpsed Hawaii!

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  10. Its sounds like a fabulous trip. I have been but not for many years! Isn't the smell amazing when you get off the plane? It is a scent that sticks with you forever! Glad your daughter felt well the next day!

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  11. Pure beauty. I want to go even more now!

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  12. Ahh Becky ~ so sorry that Big Chick had such a crappy arrival! The pics you have posted thus far are wonderful ~ cannot wait to see and hear more. A dream come true for you ~ that's really something!! xo

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  13. Glad we aren't the only family with vomit issues in Maui : ). I love seeing it all again through your eyes. Your grateful heart is so lovely.

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  14. My daughter had motion sickness when we landed in Hawaii too.... oh my goodness our trip was 10 years ago I can't believe it's been that long ago. It's so gorgeous there!!!
    xo,
    LuLu

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  15. I'll be watching and waiting for the rest of the trip pics. You're right it is absolutely breathtaking. It's on my list of places to go someday.

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  16. I love the image of the sweet chicks- I hope you had a wonderful time.

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  17. I can't wait to hear and see more...I'm so happy for you that you got to have this trip! I know about the road to Hana, did it while pregnant...up-chucked at every bend!
    I love all the food too...I ate avocado's so huge they looked like cantaloupes!
    You look so happy...is that profile pic new..so pretty! Can't wait to hear more...missed you! Come say hi :D

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  18. You are right....Maui rocks!!! I went about 7 years ago. I had pineapple every day. Did you go to a Luau? Did you try poi? Oh! I will just wait and see what else you tell us. Can't wait! And, so thankful that you got there safely and home and had such a good time. I prayed for that for you!! :)

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  19. Ahhh. Love it. Living vicariously through you! Love the tootsie shot!

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  20. I can't imagine how amazing it must have been! Divine. And seriously - have you ever taken a bad picture in your life? Tres, tres photogenic!

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  21. Aww, yay LeAnn!!! What a wonderfully nice lady to win such a yummy prize!

    Glad Big Chick's queasiness didn't last too long! Gorgeous scenes!

    -Rachel from A Cupcake for Moose

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  22. There is nothing like that moment when a dream comes true. You almost have to pinch yourself to believe it is happening. If we are lucky in life, we will have quite a few of those moments. Your enthusiasm for Hawaii is contagious! Macadamia nuts are a big weakness of mine....plain, chocolate covered, you name it, I'm there! Hey, I tagged you in my blog today. {I didn't think about it until later, but perhaps it's something bloggers don't like???} I was just so excited to be tagged myself that I pulled the trigger quickly. I'd love your thoughts on this. Mahalo Nui Loa! xx P&H

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  23. Oh my gracious, goodness , whoopee Me!! I WON!!!! I am so excited Becky! and YUMMY is the word for looking at those wonderful cookies and did I tell you "I LOVE BANANA BREAD"! and I need a beautiful calendar with Hawaii all over it so I can dream and pretend I'm there. Woo Hoo, I am so excited and will email you my address! Did I say that I am excited? You are the greatest Becky. Thank you so much!

    Oh and I love the pretty toe picture of ya all!

    Smiling from ear to ear because of YOU!
    Lee Ann

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  24. Awesome! I WILL get there someday...

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  25. Nice blog you got here... Just droppin' by to say hi! http://www.arts-and-entertainment.info

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  26. Welcome Back! I have been to Maui twice and have LOVED it both times! It looks like you had a wonderful time.
    Isn't your bed THE best thing possible after that trip home?

    Joyce
    P.S. You guys are the cutest little family!

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  27. love the pictures!!! can't wait to hear and see more and more! so glad you had such a sweet time! i mean, how could you not?!! the road to hana is the bomb. i've never been on so many twists and turns ever. you picked out so many lovelies for the giveaway! congrats to leeann!

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  28. You're making me homesick for Hawaii. We lived on Oahu for 3 yrs before my oldest was born. Don't you just love the smell when you step out of the airport? It is truly a magical place - there is something mystical and spiritual about all that beauty surrounding you, don'tcha think?

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  29. What a beginning! I'm sorry about your chick's unfortunate early adventures!! But it looks like there are happier times ahead in your tale. Looking forward to hearing about it!

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  30. So cool! Reminds me of our vacations...our Big Chick gets travel sick too. Can't wait for more. Beautiful so far!

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  31. Love the beginning of the story - can't wait to see all the Hawaii pics!!! Sorry big chick got sick :(

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  32. I'm so glad you fulfilled one of your dreams! Your pictures are great and I'm so glad you had a good time!!!

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  33. Dreams really do come true! I am so happy you got to go to Hawaii...it all looks sooo lovely! Now I really, really want to go there:) As a fellow motion-sickness sufferer, I feel for sweet "big chick"{my motto should be "have dramamine, will travel"}...so glad she bounced right back from it. Love all the pix! Can't wait to hear more about your tropical getaway:)
    P.S. Congrats to LeeAnn!

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  34. Stopping over from the A&D Ranch. Love the pictures! Sounds like you had a wonderful time! (We honeymooned in Kona - it is such a treat!)

    Glad to "meet" you! :)

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  35. Gorgeous picks Becky! Congrats LeaAnn!!

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  36. So nice to discover you and your lovely blog!

    What wonderful photos, too. That's where we went on our honeymoon three years ago. Thank you for bringing back such happy memories. :-)

    Have a wonderful Thursday!
    Anne

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  37. aloha! sounds like a dream come true.

    sorry your oldest got motion sickness. :(

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  38. wow. wow. wow.

    that is so beautiful!! I am sooo jealous but so excited for your family you got to do this together! :)

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  39. OMG while I was gone I didnt even know you were going!! I was so excited for you when I saw the post below! I just never got a chance to comment!:( But I am back now and so happy for you! I wanna go!LOL I would have surely been crying!LOL I'm emotional like my mom... I can't help it!LOL

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  40. Macadamia Nuts!! Lucky, lucky girls!

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  41. Becky, I didn't realize it is so long of a trip from MN to Hawaii!! From CA it was only 3-4 hours.... how spoiled I was and didn't know it!

    Funny story about the girls during registering! Kids will be kids! :)

    Can't wait to hear your Road to Hana story!! I have one too !! Looking forward to more photos...

    Isn't Hawaii the BEST EVER???? :)

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  42. Oh the macadamia nuts in chocolate~!!!! I love them...

    So glad you're back.. so glad it was fun... missed you so.

    Love ya
    S

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  43. Looks like A ton of fun and unforgettable memories! Love the pics of the mama chick and her babies and you and your girls with your flip flops & painted toes. Super,super cute!
    Elizabeth

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  44. What a great trip! Haven't been there, YET!

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  45. Beautiful pics!!
    Maui is wonderful. We need to go back and now I really want to after reading about how much fun you all had. Love this post!!


    Beth

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  46. I loved Lahaina!! Kahlua pork is amazing. B and I both worked for Roy's which is a Hawaiian fine dining restaurant and have so many Hawaiian friends that I almost take it all for granted. It really is magical.

    More!

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  47. I am just smiling from ear to ear! I can feel your excitement! I can't wait to see more!

    xo,
    Adrienne

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  48. It looks fantastic!! Love all the photos. Your new pictures on the side with your hubby & peeps are awesome too.

    One day we will get there!

    Blessings and love to you!

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  49. beautiful :) i always laugh out loud at your posts... i can so see the registering family with 2 little chicks when one throws up in the bushes while the other one just goes on... we have 1 11 yr. old boy who oogles families with more than one child like they are an ongoing circus... fun to hear about- and watch!

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