Golden sun, lively breeze, puffy white clouds...I must be on Maui. You guys, I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am to be here. It's been almost two years since we left. We lived here for a year and a half before Keola got the job he has now on the Big Island, and despite going through some extremely tough experiences I came to really love Maui (beyond "Maui's so pretty"). I think it's because I really grew here as a person and developed great friendships and stronger bonds with my in-laws. It's SO expensive to fly inter-island, especially with a growing family. The only way we could afford it was because of our tax refund, but we promised our nieces we'd come this summer so we just HAD to. Noweo spent many formative months with her two cousins and I'm sure that by the time we left they were more like sisters, so seeing them together again is so special. Keola's grandmother and I got really close as well. She was the hardest person for me to say goodbye to when we moved away, and I'm so happy to be with her and know that she's healthy and in good spirits.
We don't have much in the way of plans. Our time on Maui (in my mind anyway) is going to look something like this: beach, Homemade Bakery, friends, beach, cruise Lahaina, mall, friends, movies, Leoda's, beach, friends, cruise Up Country, beach, friends, hikes, Flatbread Pizza, Wow wow Lemonade, beach, Star Noodle, Iao valley, beach, etc.
sigh...I missed you Maui.
Also, it's our eighth wedding anniversary today! Yay! I can't believe how dangerously close we're getting to 10 years. For reals. Here's to eight years of crazy that wouldn't be nearly as amazing with anyone else. I love you Keola. I'm so glad we get to celebrate in such an amazing place.