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Friday, November 16, 2007

misty water colored memmmmmmmories...

day five (sunday):

oh, so sad. i was bummed that the trip was coming to an end, although the hub remarked that it was a pretty good amount of time - not to mention it had been an all-expenses-paid vacation. yeah, we didn't get to spend a ton of time together, but when the clients are paying, you do whatever they want! and these clients are so sweet and so much fun that it never felt obligatory. that made it even better.

as planned, we got up fairly early and finished off the rest of the packing. and i heart in-room check-out via the tv! makes the process painless. the bellhop came up, took our bags to store until we were ready to leave, and off we went to the four seasons for that walk down memory lane.

being the uber-sentimental sap that i am, i TOTALLY teared up as we walked down the path that served as our "aisle", rounded the corner, and came upon our ceremony site. almost two years ago, we'd stood at that very spot and pledged our love and lives to each other for all eternity, in front of our closest family and friends. i could still remember how i felt and what i was thinking that day, and when i looked at the bean, i marveled at how full and sweet our life has become in that short amount of time.

i really missed the kid right then, because she'd walked me down the aisle, and it would've been made the moment just perfect (although you KNOW she'd have been rolling her eyes big time - "mooooooom, you're sooooo emo."). heh.

*sigh* we chatted and reminisced about our wedding the whole way back. and then the hub's phone rang, and we were off to the shops - again - to meet his partner and his wife for breakfast.

at longhi's.

yes, again. i'd really wanted to get to cheeseburger, but it didn't look like that was going to happen on this trip. damn. well, next time. hopefully we'll get back to maui before i'm completely old and decrepit.

it was nice to have some time for just the four (well, technically, five, but the bean didn't do much talking) of us to hang out and talk. and, as always, longhi's breakfast was yummy. and before we knew it, it was time to go back to the hotel, pick up our luggage, and get our asses to the airport. boooooooo.

after running through the abc store one more time to find stuff for the kid, plus a stop at the louis vuitton store (the saleslady had forgotten to put the little lock for my speedy in the bag - horrors!), we met up with the rest of the group to catch the shuttle. well, most of them caught the shuttle, and we rode with the one couple who'd rented a minivan. funny - that van got used exactly twice. once to get to the resort, and now to go back to the airport. we'd never been on a vacation where we stayed on property the whole time - typically, we're wanderers who like to drive around and explore wherever we happen to be vacationing.

the rest of our time on the island was spent sitting at the airport, waiting to board our plane. i'd remembered the day before to visit the business center at the resort to check in online and print our boarding passes, and managed to reserve the very last aisle of two seats in the "economy plus" section. yay for me!

and as on our flight out, this one was blissfully uneventful. well, there WAS one family a couple of rows in front of us who had a lap child a few months older than the bean, plus another who looked far too old to be sitting on a lap for five hours. and that kid never stopped screaming and whining and running amok the ENTIRE TIME. ugh. but the bean was, again, the perfect little traveler. she slept and ate the whole way home - all the way through the flight, past baggage claim, through the car ride home, and only woke up when we pulled into the driveway.

and that's my story! maui trip, check. now - on to thanksgiving. it's going to be one hell of a week. the hub volunteered us to host a pre-thanksgiving dinner at our house on sunday for his africa team members, and we've got 32 people coming. oh, oh, oh, and then? we're hosting his family for thanksgiving dinner here on thursday.

no, i didn't smack him. but i want to.


  1. Holy crap! That's a lot of cooking. Or ordering depending on how you decide to do it. ;)

  2. That is a lot of food to produce in one week. HOWEVER, he bought you 2 LV bags, so who could be mad, right????

  3. That was a sweet way to end your trip.

  4. I can't believe you went to Longhi's, like, 17 times.

    The bean is so like the gnome in Amelie!

  5. so sweet!

    good luck with all the cooking/cleaning/entertaining. i'm tired just reading about it.

  6. So that's why he got you two LV bags . . . good luck with all the cooking :)

  7. such a fun trip! i'm glad it all went so well. in that first pic you totally look like you're about to cry, but in a good way :)


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