A lovely summer day in Maui with Harper Sue Lord and her namesake great grandma Sue Lord. View the full set.
We spent a marvelous 10 days on Maui in August. We stayed at Rob’s folks house in Wailea and our trip overlapped with Rob’s sisters family and a visit from Grandma Sue too. This year we decided to bring our nanny Marina along for the trip and are so glad for it. That meant Date Night was any night… this IS vacation!
We had a big week planned with lots of activities and a challenging time change (yes, that DOES say “3am Wake Up”) so we posted it on the white board and assigned dawn patrol duty evenly between Rob, Marina, and me.
After the five hour leg of our flight she finally had a chance to walk/crawl around the empty gates while we waited for our connection.
Harper Sue had just started taking a few steps before the trip and was inspired by her cousin Zach who at 4 months older is a full sprinter.
This was also Harper Sue’s first time standing in the beach break and she absolutely loved it! Each time a wave would come in she was scream with delight and make every attempt to chase them back into the ocean. The few times she got a face full of spray didn’t deter her excitement and glee of playing in the waves.
Here’s a few of my favorite shots of Harper Sue enjoying Makena (aka: Big Beach):
The other big highlight of the trip for Harper (and us) was the fruit! Lots of amazing local plums, strawberries, and of course mangoes. Here’s a nice shot of Harper eating one of the aforementioned plums and sporting her new Mana Foods tank top:
One of the big kid attractions in the Wailea area of Maui is the pool at the Grand Wailea. Calling it a “pool” is not even close to accurate because it’s actually many many pools linked by swim-through water ways, underground grotto’s, waterfalls, and baby beaches. If you are 12 years old this place IS heaven on earth. If you are 14 months old, the baby beach is where the action is and we spent an afternoon watching Harper explore the miniature version of the adjacent ocean break. Pop Pop (aka: Grandpa Pete) came with us and had a great time building sand castles for Harper to destroy.
We grabbed an abandoned casabella later in the afternoon and relaxed after a “hard day”:
Our flight home was uneventful and the time change worked in our favor back in San Francisco with Harper Sue’s new rise time at 7am instead of 6am… at least for now.
Pop Pop posted a bunch more photos of the vacation here.
Why would Ira endure nearly 10 hours each way doing this?:
… For this, of course!:
Now that’s one happy dogger.
Rob and I took the dogger on his evening stroll to the beach last night. Ira chased balls for about an hour while the sun was setting in the distance. Not a bad back drop for the game of fetch.
This morning Harper Sue and I accompanied Rob and Ira on their morning walk and fetch down Makena Beach. Also known as Big Beach, the walk down and back takes about an hour and offers Ira at least 30 opportunities for ball retrieving glory. He does not dissapoint.
At 7:30am the usually busy beach is nearly empty and the view is amazing with Molokini in the distance and soft golden sand underfoot. Our return home on Wednesday is coming up fast and while most of the “action” this trip was keeping up with Harper’s nap and feeding schedule I still feel we are all a little worn out from vacationing. I’m starting to wish we had more time here to rest up before heading home. Wait, what??