Thursday, December 31, 2009

December 31, 2009

We had a hard time deciding what time zone to celebrate New Year’s eve in – Eastern, Central of Hawaii Standard – Since we had been in all three time zones in the past 96 hours, we decided to celebrate all three. EST New Year’s was celebrated by checking into the Ka’anapali Beach Club where we were going to stay for the next 7 days, CST New Year’s was spent over a wonderful sunset dinner on the beach at the Leilani’s Grill, and HST New Year’s was spent sleeping in bed.

I have to include some pictures of the Ka’anapali Beach Club it is such an eye sore compared to the natural surroundings. Everything in the area is so understated and blends so well except for this resort – it towers over the trees and is a hideous shade of hot pink. When I first saw it I was really nervous that the rooms would be horrible and we would regret our decision to stay there. Thank goodness when we opened the door to our suite it was beautiful. We had a great view of the West Maui Mountains and the ocean; in fact we could even see whales from our balcony. The living room and kitchen were spacious and made it really convenient to make snacks and drinks whenever we wanted and the bathroom was amazing. Seriously, if we hadn’t been in Hawaii I would have spent most of the trip in the bathroom, the room was the size of our office and it had separate sinks, a rainfall shower and you could watch TV or look out the window without even having to leave the huge soaking tub. Ahhhhh….

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

December 30, 2009

The first night that we arrived on Maui we stayed in the town of Lahaina at the Lahaina Inn. The Inn was originally built in 1938 and had the charm of an old fashioned hotel. Our balcony overlooked the main downtown street and the ocean and thanks to our internal clocks remaining on Michigan time we were up bright and early to enjoy the sunrise from there. We spent most of the morning in Lahaina town, which is basically the only small town on the island that is not overrun with resorts, eating breakfast and walking on the docks. Matt enjoyed “Loco Moco," which consisted of white rice with a hamburger patty, two eggs, and brown gravy for breakfast and I enjoyed soaking in the sun.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Rockin Around The Christmas Tree...

I wasn’t exactly sure if we would be able to find time to decorate for Christmas this year – we did skip Labor Day, Halloween and traveled to Minnesota for Thanksgiving. Our track record was so bad I had little hope, but we found some time and had a really great day decorating. Matt and I went to a local nursery to pick our tree, we didn’t take time to hike out in the woods to get a tree, instead for this year we opted for the warmer option of picking a fresh cut one from their selection. At the nursery the tree looked perfect in height, shape and width – so we got it bundled and threw it in the back of the Volvo. It almost seemed too good to be true, I have spent hours at Geli’s Nursery looking for a perfect tree, and this took us less than 20 min from start to finish. We got the tree home gave it a fresh cut and put it in the tree stand – that is where the ease of the day ended. For some reason the tree weighed twice as much on the one side and no matter how we positioned it in the tree stand it listed to the heavy side. We would make it perfect walk into another room and minutes later we would check on it and it was leaning again. Finally, Matt was able to make it stand tall with some additional clipping of the low hanging branches and about 40 pounds of hand weights on the base. Of course the entire time we were working on the tree I kept picturing National Lampoons Christmas Vacation and wondering when I was going to have tree sap in my hair and look out the window to see Matt with his hockey helmet on, cutting down a tree with his chain saw. Luckily it did not come to that.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

I’ve Been Dazzled

Not Bedazzled, although that can be rather fun and based on their website “is back again and is the latest fashion craze” (I have yet to see that happen) – I have been Holidazzled! What does that mean you ask? Well it means that I got to go to my first official Holidazzle parade in downtown Minneapolis. Based on the information from Matt’s family and a few tidbits from the official website … The Holidazzle Parade is an annual tradition that has been dazzling crowds since 1992. The parade takes place on the Nicollet Mall, which is a pedestrian shopping area in downtown Minneapolis and it features lots of floats, bands, school groups and characters dressed up in lights and lots of sparkles. The parade is very reminiscent of the Main Street Electrical Parade at Walt Disney World – minus the balmy temperatures and over tired kids. The parade was lots of fun and surprisingly it was a really nice night to watch it – I didn’t have frostbite set in to any of my appendages!