Longest Vacation Ever! VGC, Aulani, & More!--Complete!!!

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  1. Cinderpamela

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    Great update! Your pictures are making me want to add some Maui time on to our Aulani trip this August!
    I mean we may as well, since it only adds $50 to the plane ticket price, and we can stay at the Sheraton on points... right? and then it snowballs from there...;)
     
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  3. dr&momto2boys

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    Oh my gosh. I'm glad your persistence paid off! Is that Westin the one that is north of Whaler's Village? If so, that's the first place we ever stayed in Hawaii--8 years ago. We were able to trade our (crappy) timeshare week for it only because it was under construction. I've got fond memories of that place. Mostly because it was an amazing trip...before kids.

    Speaking of kids...only Zoe slept on the flight to Maui (and not as much as we would have liked), but everyone else kept themselves well occupied. It's the return home flights we were really concerned about. 8+ hours on the last day! :scared:
     
  4. dr&momto2boys

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    Thanks! I'll share our overall thoughts on the Marriott at some point. It was a great resort. Even better than I expected in most ways. Our only real complaint was that the furniture wasn't comfortable. Some day we think we'll buy a timeshare in Hawaii. I'd say this will be a good contender. As much as I love Disney, I'd buy into the Marriott Maui Ocean Club before Aulani. That's mostly because Aulani is on Oahu though.

    :thumbsup2 You think like me! That's how we ended up with a 19 day vacation! :rotfl:
    Seriously though, you're already so close and if your accomadations are pre-paid, if you have the time and money--GO FOR IT!!! :stir:
     
  5. dr&momto2boys

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    Alright. I added the link to Day 7 on post #2.

    I wanted to get more updated this weekend. But we visited relatives yesterday and today I was a domestic goddess. ;) I baked 5 dozen wheat and rye rolls (for friends and family) and a loaf of bread from scratch. I ground wheat and corn for various recipes we'll need this week. I juiced fruits and veggies for double batches of 4 different juice recipes for today and tomorrow. (DH and I are juicing 2 meals a day this week to detox from all the less than healthy food we ate on vacation!) I made homemade vegetable beef soup for dinner too. Yum! Anyway...I'm glad I could add one more day. I'll try to get more done Wednesday.
     
  6. dr&momto2boys

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    I'll work some more on this today. :goodvibes
     
  7. dr&momto2boys

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    Next installment is finished. It's actually just half of Day 8, but that's the way DH wrote it to begin with and it's all I have time for today anyway. I'll add the link in post #2 right now.
     
  8. ProudMommyof2

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    Just beautiful!! Sitting in a lounge chair, holding a sleeping baby and watching whales in the ocean is as close to heaven as I can imagine!

    Mind if I ask, what were the temps were? You can tell it is windy in the palm trees but the kids are dressed for warm weather. Would you recommend this time of year for travel to Hawaii?
     
  9. MotoWifey185

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    Ok I just got all caught up, wew! The villas at GCH are amazing, and that view!! :cloud9: I am glad you enjoyed your trip to DL, it is so fun to read about. Maui is gorgeous, not liking that whole "hanging off the mountain" thing, is that the norm when driving around there? That would scare the bejeezus out of me that's for sure. :laughing:

    Excited to read more!
     
  10. dr&momto2boys

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    Mostly it was 80 degrees. It was only cool if you're wet AND it was overcast (5 minutes here and there.) It was beautiful overall. The day of our drive was the coolest day-77 degrees and windy. That's why we picked that day to drive. I think it's a great time of year to visit--especially because that's when the whales are there! It's also the only time of year we've ever been there.

    Thank you! Only certain areas of the island are like that drive. Mostly the roads are just like anywhere else. That road was crazy but it's not like there were a bunch of cars at the bottom of the cliff. I have to believe it's not a big problem. Still, we drove all the way around that part of the island versus turning around and driving on the outside edge of that road. :scared:
     
  11. GrammieMame

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    I've been trying my best to read the Aulani portion of this trip report but can't figure out how to access it. When I click on the link at the bottom it just takes me back in a circle to the post. Is the tr on some other site?
     
  12. dr&momto2boys

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    The Aulani portion is not complete yet. All of the completed portions are underlined in post #2. The link in my signature does link to this thread. Thanks for reading! I'll get to Aulani as soon as I can.
     
  13. dr&momto2boys

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    I've been gone all weekend. I'm working on something to share with you soon. :)
     
  14. dr&momto2boys

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    Okay, 2nd part of Day 8 is ready. I'll start working on Day 9. Expect it Wednesday. Real life keeps getting in the way! :goodvibes
     
  15. dr&momto2boys

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    :upsidedow I feel like I'm talking to myself lately. Anybody out there?
     
  16. sammo

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    I wasn't ignoring you. After my last reply my computer went for a swim and didn't take to water well.

    Then, Friday we left for Spring Break. We're in DC now. The rest of the family is still asleep.

    Yes, I believe it s the same Westin. After check in, we had a great time. It's a beautiful place. Just loved the view from the lobby looking out over the pool and ocean. I guess a lot of hotels there do that though. I would love to stay there again but wouldn't pay extra for the ocean view as I might end up with the first room we had and not be able to move. We have a less than desirable timeshare too that we use for trades (actually are using a trade now in DC). I told my husband that if we had received that first room with a trade I would have been happy just to have any room.
    We did have a great time and I'd like to go back.
     
  17. sammo

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    I'll keep my replies short as I'm using an iPad (no replacement computer) and the last time I pecked out a reply on this I guess I took too long and I was automatically logged out and lost the post. That's when I typed for the last time my now departed computer.

    While waiting on your next update, I went and read your trip report on BC/Univ/BLT.
    So fun to read it and see pictures of the kids and compare to now! SO CUTE!

    Off to read your updates.

    Thanks again for taking the time to share your trip with us!!!

    Sheri
     
  18. sammo

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    Just read day 7. Lost my post again! Family is up and we're off to tour. I'll retype my reply when we return.
     
  19. ProudMommyof2

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    All caught up! Hope the rain stops soon. According to the news last week was a disaster for Hawaii vacationers as it stormed almost the whole week.
     
  20. Lisa29

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    I'm also still here and reading along. I am back to work soon from maternity leave so making the most of my last few days off.

    Going to catch up now.popcorn::
     
  21. Lisa29

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    Just read both parts of day 8 - is it right that they are mostly just written by your husband? They didn't seem to have much on either added by you.

    I would have been terrified on that road and can understand why the other driver freaked out!
     

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