Maui, Hawaii

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Seriously… I cannot get over the beauty of Maui!  Looking at these pictures from our trip make me so eager to go back!  Although, I think I will wait until I can control my kiddos a little bit better ;) That flight home was pretty brutal, not gonna lie.  Also, I need to go back when Husband can come with us.  Unfortunately he had to work this time, but there was NO WAY I would have ever missed the incredibly romantic wedding of my sweet cousin, Kelly.  It was held at the Four Seasons Wailea where they set up on a bluff overlooking the Pacific.  My little man, Bennett, was the ring bearer, and he did not disappoint… just kidding, he had a meltdown and had to be removed from the wedding completely, but no one will remember that because there was so much other awesome stuff going on during the ceremony such as a gentleman blowing a conch shell, a ukulele playing some authentic Hawaiian tunes, then the bride and groom exchanging their written vows.  It was seriously amazing!  I was so honored, she chose me as her Matron of Honor, it truly was so special.IMG_4577

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I cannot take credit for the some of the beautiful pictures that follow, but I wanted to share them!

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FullSizeRenderIMG_5085Obviously, we couldn’t go all the way to Maui and not do the Road to Hana!  I really should have done some research before I went, of course I did not wear a bathing suit to get in the waterfalls or the water at Black Sand Beach :( And I’m not sure why I thought Tory Burch sandals were the perfect shoe attire…  but I made it!  And so did my shoes!  It was stunning, just stunning.  Every curve brought excitement to keep going and see more!  But it was a VERY long day in the car, so if you plan to do this… be prepared for at least 9 hours of winding, cliffy, driving.FullSizeRenderIMG_4095

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That night we checked out a Hawaiian luau, the drinks were flowing and plenty of boomerangs were taken.  It was a good time!  The next morning a small group of us crawled out of bed at 3 AM to see the sunrise above the clouds at Haleakala.  This was probably one of the top 3 most amazing things I have ever done in my life.  The view was  heavenly, that’s the best way to describe it…IMG_4868

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I have to thank my mother in law, Debbie.  She flew all the way out to Maui to help me with my boys, and when I say she went above and beyond for me, she did!  I got to experience the whole wedding and all of the fun events that Kelly had planned without having to worry about my babies at all.  That was priceless for me, and I appreciate you so much, Debbie!

{Random Thought :: I also want to highly recommend Mama’s Fish House for lunch or dinner , it was fantastic!}

Scrolling through these pictures, I’m feeling so blessed to have been able to experience this with Kelly and her new hubby, Randy!  They are seriously the cutest couple and they totally complete each other!  I love them both so much…

Hey Kel, we should try to go back every couple of years ;)  wouldn’t that be a fun tradition??

 


Colorado

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Colorado was a whirlwind.  Silverthorne, Breckenridge, and Denver, all in about a six day period was a bit overwhelming considering the babies were not feeling well, but we made it!  And we conquered!  We were in Silverthorne for a wedding for a high school friend of Husband’s, that he was a groomsman for.  Wow, what a beautiful setting, nestled in the Rockies!  It was a very sweet occasion, no detail was overlooked, the bride was stunning… it was perfect!

The very next day we were able to hike up to Lily Pad Lake with the kiddos.  I had googled some trails that were “kid friendly” which I assumed to mean that us carrying them on our backs would be a breeze if the hike was as searched, “kid friendly”… but I was wrong… VERY wrong.  This was a pretty tough hike with almost 35 pounds on Husbands back and 20 on mine.  But we made it!  All the way to Lily Pad Lake!  And it was worth it!  Minus the fact that Remy’s little cheeks got wind burned :( poor guy… but it cleared up fast :)

The following day, we trekked to Breckenridge where we had lunch at The Canteen Tap House and Tavern (super yummy!), then we caught the gondola up to the top of the mountain where we thought Bennett would be able to ride the Alpine Slide but unfortunately he was still too young (must be 3, gahhhhhh!!!) so we settled for Dippin Dots (Bennett was a first timer) and some cocktails and just enjoyed the view!

Finally, we made our way to Denver for the Independence Day festivities.  We stayed at a beautiful hotel (Oxford) that was within a block of Union Station.  Husband & I got to sample beers at the original brewery of Denver, Wynkoop, and that evening the Rockies had their Fireworks game which was conveniently seen from our hotel window! Bennett really loved it, he kept saying “Oooooohhh!!
and “Wooooow!!!”. Husband had to leave the next day, but Mama Olson & I got to explore and try some eateries by ourself with the kids.  There was a fun little splash pad close by that we spent lots of time at since the weather was quite warm.  Overall, it was another successful trip with the babies!

** I wanted to tag the Colorado post from a few years ago because it’s cute to see how much Bennett has grown :) **


A Remington First :: The Beach

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Short and sweet, Remy’s first beach experience was a huge success!  Lots of sunscreen was lathered, fists full of sand was ingested, and never ending facial expressions telling his exact feelings… perfect!  We had a lovely time just relaxing and appreciating our time in the sun.  Hope you enjoy the pics!

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Also!  One of my dearest friends, Sarah, came to visit from Ohio with her husband and kiddos!   So thankful for her and our friendship which has stayed strong even while being far apart!  Her kids are so well behaved and got along great with Bennett!  They are so lucky to have her as their mama- she’s truly the best!

Love you, Sarah- I know you are reading this ;)