Monday, April 5, 2010

Maui

I am still playing catch up so bear with me. Mid march brought about a trip to Maui! Jordan is one of the Jaguar's player reps this year (each team has 3) and the big annual meeting is in Maui every year. They are nice enough to fly spouses out with the players too so I was pretty excited to get to go, especially since it meant having no responsibilities for a whole week! We weren't sure if my Ob's would be ok with me making the trip given my history and the fact that I was 29 weeks pregnant when we left (30 weeks when we returned). Fortunately I had a great appointment the day before we were suppose to leave and a negative fetal fibrinectin test, so they let me go with instructions to take-it-easy and take a baby Asprin on the plane ride. We had a direct flight from Dallas to Maui (8 hours) and they flew us first class so our seats laid completely flat. After having done this flight at 7.5 months pregnant, I know for sure that the seat being able to lay flat was the ONLY way I was able to make that flight!

We flew from Jacksonville to Dallas to drop Hunter off with the grandparents for the week, then we hopped on our flight to Maui! The first few days Jordan had meetings until about 3 in the afternoon. I hung out with the other wives in the mornings and then Jordan and I would hit the beach in the afternoons. Most evenings we had fun pre-planned dinners with all the players and wives. One morning me and other preggo girly had a spa day at arguably one of the best spa's in the world! The Grand Wailea spa...ahh best spa day of my life! Another morning all the wives got to go to Ruth's Chris for cooking lessons, which I was pretty excited about because Ruth's Chis is on my top 5 favorite restaurant list.

This was our little cooking group we had about 40 girls there so we split off into smaller groups. We had just finished learning how to make Lei's
The last 2 days we were there Jordan and I just had free time all day to do whatever we wanted. We decided to do the drive to Hana again on one of the days (we had done it the last time we were in Maui 4 years ago). It was just as beautiful as I remember! We stopped at a few spots to take pictures. We made sure to stop at one of the black sand beaches because I wanted to put my feet in the sand since we didn't do that the last time we were there. It was so gorgeous and the black sand felt just like regular sand!
The water looked so blue up next to the black sand



One of my favorite things about the drive is rolling the windows down and listening to all the water falls! They are everywhere! The whole island just smells like fresh flowers. It's truly breathtaking.
And just like we did 4 years ago...once we reached Hana we decided to keep going. Most tourists turn around and go back the way they came once they reach Hana. There isn't really anything to see past Hana other than some dormant volcano's. It's crazy how the whole island is so green and fresh and then suddenly everything past Hana is completely dead and rock from the volcano's. We remembered the drive past Hana being mostly dirt roads but after doing the 3 hour windy road to Hana we were ready for some non-windy roads so we just kept going. BAD IDEA! What we forgot was the lack of restrooms (not good for a 7.5 mo preggo), lack of cell service (again not ideal), and the BUMPY dirt road. OH MY I thought I was going to go into labor. It was sooooo bumpy I had to hold myself suspended in the seat by my arms so poor little Madison would be okay. It was worse than the Texas Giant roller coaster (which in my opinion is one of the bumpiest rides there is). We realized pretty quickly into it that this was not good! I started having contractions and pains and we had to stop a few times to rest from all of the bumps. It was not a good situation to be in with no cell phone service and pretty much no human contact for at least 2 hours! BUT we made it and vowed never to do it again!

The southeast side of the island is pretty much uninhabited with the exception of some random ranches here and there. We crossed lots of cattle guards because the cattle isn't fenced in on this part of the island, so just they just kind of roam around.

We thought this was pretty funny!
One night we went to Mama's fish house. We tried to get in the last time we were in Maui but the list fills up pretty early in the morning! This year we made the list! We brought our friend Rudy with us, he and Patricia had tried getting in last year too and weren't able to. (Patricia wasn't able to make the trip this year because she was 33 weeks pregnant with twins.) The food was REALLY good and the location was even more beautiful!

Jordan and Rudy watching the sunset and the surfers.

Mama's fish house
This is the only picture we took together all week...thanks Rudy!
Beautiful Maui sunset from our room

It was a fabulous trip and VERY relaxing for me, with the exception of the trip from Hana :-) This was the last year that the NFLPA will be having their annual meeting in Maui so I am glad I was able to make the trip this year!

3 comments:

Sarina said...

Maui is gorgeous...glad you had a GREAT time without complications. You are brave to travel at 30 weeks...thank goodness for those first class seats :-) Thanks for your post on my blog, we are so excited for Hannah! You don't have too much longer either. Hope everything continues to go smooth for you.

Studio S said...

OMG! I had no idea you were doing this and I would've been worried sick had I known! LOL! I'm so glad everything went well and that you were able to have such a beautiful, relaxing trip before Madison arrives! When I read the part about you driving on the bumpy road...all I could think about was that survival book that Jordan probably has memorized and there is probably a chapter on delivering a baby...and I was picturing you two on the side of the road having Madison in the middle of nowhere! Yikes!! Keep me posted and I'm looking forward to her arrival!

Michelle said...

Awesome trip! I think Maui has the best sunsets. Did you know they have a green sand beach too? On Hawaii, I think. I've been to a black sand beach on Hawaii.