Hawaii Part 1: Maui

Well…we just spent 10 days in Hawaii…and it was glorious :).
Here’s the thing…usually, I would take a 10 day trip and blog 10 posts (one for each day).  But our time spent was not a trip, it was a vacation.  Know the difference?  
Usually the Shulls take trips…we go to destinations where we are on the run from the minute we wake up to the minute we go to sleep, we visit museums, historical sites, we learn, we absorb, we come back exhausted and yet so energized because we really had an adventure.  That is a trip.  We just went on a vacation.  A vacation is when you go somewhere to purely relax.  We slept a whooping 10 hours every night (which is twice as long as Andrew and I normally sleep at home), we ate, we went to the pool or beach, we ate some more, we went back to the pool or beach and we did nothing.  Whatsoever.  That is a vacation.  And it was wonderful :).
I’m not going to give you 10 posts of us sitting on the beach doing nothing…because that’s just obnoxious.  Instead, I’m going to break our vacation down into 3 posts.  Prepare yourself for lots of selfies, pics of us in swimsuits, lots of beautiful scenery and my little fishies in the water.
We left on Monday, April 7 and met my parents in Maui (they were already there).  We stayed 6 nights in Maui and then my parents went home and the Shull four sailed (brace yourself…that little sailing trip got UGLY!) to the island of Lana’i for another 3 nights.  The last time we were in Hawaii, Kensington looked like this…
…and Smith wasn’t around yet.

And then the last time we went to the beach, we took the kids to Bermuda but they were only 1 and 2…

But now, we have big kids!  Our kids were so excited to head to the beach.  We have been talking about this trip for months and months.  This is our last big trip before kindergarten…and our last big trip as a family of four (on our next big trip as a family of four, we’ll come home a family of FIVE!).
So, here we go.  The Shulls do Maui, part one :).
Here we are!  We loaded up into Andrew’s old truck and headed to the airport on Monday morning.  Happy faces ready for the beach!
After a 8.5 hour flight from Dallas to Honolulu and then another 30 minute flight to Maui, we arrived late Monday night.  On Tuesday morning, the kiddos headed straight to the balcony to take in the view.  Not too shabby.  
We were on the 8th floor of the resort and it overlooked the grounds and the beach.  Normally, we stay in the city of Kaanapali on Maui but this time, we stayed in Wailea.  And oh my goodness!  I’m not sure if we’ll ever stay anywhere else!  We loved being in Wailea!!  We stayed at the Grand Wailea Resort and it was perfect!  The pools had 7 different slides, a beach entrance, great restaurants and shopping.  It was so nice!
We headed down to breakfast and Miss K wore her swimsuit and lei…perfect for a Hawaiian breakfast, right?

Me and my other beach bound breakfast buddies!
After breakfast, we headed straight to the pools and slides!
And we spent time on the beach too :).  We stayed at the beach and pool from 9:00 am until 3:00 and then we headed back to our hotel rooms to shower and rest until our luau dinner that night at 6:00.
Sunset Luau ๐Ÿ™‚

They drew a flower on Kensington’s cheek as we were coming into dinner.

Love my boys!

The kids loved watching the show!!  They were mesmerized!
The next day, we drove our rent car (or van, I should say) to Lahaina for some lunch and shopping.  Me and my boys.
And my other boy :).

The only treasure he wanted from his Hawaiian vacation was a ukulele.  Sigh.  Lovie bought him this one.  The first song he sang and “played” with it…Kenny Loggins’ Danger Zone.  Seriously.
For lunch we ate at Cheeseburgers in Paradise.  It’s this fun open air restaurant that’s right over the water.  We were on the second floor and the rail behind my dad there was right over the ocean.  Best place to eat a burger and watch the waves.
Us at lunch ๐Ÿ™‚
The girls.  We stopped for ice cream…coconut flavored, of course!
The best attempt at a family picture…Kensington is giving the “I’m over pictures already and it’s only Day 2 of our vacation” look.
Exploring.

I have no words.

Shopping.

Showing off her new ankle bracelet.

Love this silly boy!

We ate dinner in Kaanapali at a restaurant right on the beach.  The tables are in the sand, so everyone eats without their shoes on…my kids loved it!

Happy island girls!
To see Part 2 of the vacation, click here.
That’s enough vacation pics for one day!  On my foodie blog today, I’m showing you Bar #35 Vanilla Bean Brownies!  Did you read that? Vanilla. Bean. Brownies.  
And today is my sweet friend Keisha’s birthday!  She asked if I would guest post on her blog today and share my tips for birthday dinners and easy entertaining.  Click here to read that post!
Happy Monday everyone!  I loved being away from my computer and focusing only on my family…but I did miss you all.  I feel so blessed to share my life with YOU!
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  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} April 21, 2014 at 10:30 am

    SO FUN! I've been waiting for these! Let me just say, your vacation spot looks GORGEOUS…but your hair is looking FABULOUS! Like really REALLY fabulous! I can't wait to see parts 2 and 3!

  • Tab & Erika April 21, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I LOVED these vacation pictures and can't wait for the rest!!! It looks AMAZING!!! But…the Slaughters are SO glad you're back!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Slightly Askew Designs April 21, 2014 at 11:18 am

    OMG! All that sleep?!??!! Y'all won't be sleeping for WEEKS now ๐Ÿ™‚ hehehe I agree with Sheaffer – your hair is looking FAB! and your kiddos look like they're having the best time! Can't wait to see the rest of the pics!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kacey April 21, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Looks like you had an amazing vacation!! My family and I traveled to Maui this past summer and stayed at the Grand Wailea. Such a beautiful and peaceful place ! Hope you ate your weight in banana bread ๐Ÿ™‚ (the islands pretty famous for it) Can't wait to read about the rest of your vacation!

  • Shelby April 21, 2014 at 11:50 am

    This vacay looks so amazing!!! And I TOTALLY agree abou the trip vs vacay!! It looked sooo dreamy!! We did a Disney Cruise in March, but I would say that definitely a trip! I loved every second, but we are due for a vacation next…& this destination looks quite fitting!! You all look adorable! I loved seeing all the pictures!!

  • Donna DePriest Dulworth April 21, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Happy to see you had a great vacation. Love seeing the pictures!!

  • Blue-Eyed Bride April 21, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Amazing!!! Looks so stinking fun! We spent 10 days at the Grand Wailea on our honeymoon and we are always talking about going back and taking the kids. I'm so excited everyone had so much fun!! Xoxo

  • Jen April 21, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    SO FUN! I love vacations {yes, you're right, there is a BIG difference in a vacation and a trip}! My hubby and I honeymooned at the Grand Wailea! Absolute perfection! Can't wait to see the rest of your pics! Beautiful family!

  • Stephanie Jennings April 21, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Good for you for relaxing! Well deserved I'm sure! The pictures were fabulous!! How do you sleep so much on vacation and don't need it in the real world??

  • Liz/ April 21, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Sounds like the most Amazing vacation and I love your definition of vacations and trips, a vacation is my sort of thing! That picture of Smith and Papa Jay…cutest ever!!! Can't wait to see more pics!!!

  • Kim D. April 21, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Great pictures! And welcome back! Where did you get Smith's orange water/boat shoes? And how about Kensington's blue/teal ones? Thanks!

  • Sara Laverty April 21, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Maui is my FAVE place to just go and be with my people and the ocean! Perfection!

  • Traci April 21, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I was wondering if you sleep in while on vacation or if you're up with the birds. What a nice trip you had and glad you were able to get caught up on sleep, you must feel like a million bucks after all that rest.

  • Melanie Lien April 21, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I go to the beach in 20 days. Ugh! I can't wait even more since seeing these pictures! Looks like yall had a great time!

  • Lana April 21, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Great pictures! We love Maui too. I agree with everyone else about your gorgeous hair. My hair never looks good in Hawaii! My family loves to take trips, but every year we also rent a house on the beach in Oregon for a week long vacation. Everyone loves it & it's so relaxing. Welcome home!

  • Keisha Dawson April 21, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Looks like you all had an amazing time! Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures from your trip!

  • Tiffany R. April 21, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    How fun!! My husband proposed to me during the Lover's Dance at the Old Lahaina Luau! It was such a special moment and place. I keep telling my husband I want to go back for our 5th Anniversary. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amye April 21, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Would love for you to do another post on vacation clothes. Love everything you are wearing in these pics! The green top is so cute!

  • Narci April 21, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I love that you guys took a VACATION! The Dreffs only take vacations so maybe it is time for us to take a TRIP! I had never thought of the difference between the two! LOVE!

  • Hannah, Here! April 21, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    As someone who plans to go to Hawaii sometime in the near future, I'm just curious why you chose Wailea this time since you mentioned you usually stay elsewhere?

  • Kate April 21, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    My husband and I will be going to Hawaii soon, and I was curious as to why you chose to stay in wailea this time around instead of Maui? And why you chose that hotel spefically? We are still trying to choose where to stay!

  • Meghann April 21, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Grand Wailea…best hotel ever!!!

  • Anonymous April 21, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Glad you guys had fun! Love all the clothes you all are wearing. Hope you do a "what we wore" post on your vacation outfits. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Everything's Coming up Roses April 21, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    So fun!!! I'm glad you had a fun vacation! I love your blog – am such a fan ! I read it everyday!

  • Chasity Munn April 21, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Fun, fun! I love Maui! Your vacay sounds sooo relaxing! I'd love to chat about the differences in Kaanapali and Wailea and how you guys decided on Wailea instead this time. Would you be able to help out with my travel plans since you're an agent? Thanks!!!

  • Jeanie April 21, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    It looks fabulous!

  • Angie April 21, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    We are heading to the beach in July and I'm hoping for a vacation this year as opposed to a trip. We need the downtime. I'm so jealous, I've always wanted to visit Hawaii. I can't wait to see the other posts ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Heidi April 21, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Your family met my friend Amanda at that luau dinner! She mentioned she had a teacher friend who just loves reading your blog…that is ME! ๐Ÿ™‚ She enjoyed every bit of that vacation, so I'm sure your family did too!

  • Hayley Chandler April 21, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Wow!!! Can I say I am jealous? The real reason I am jealous is because I know from personal experience just how amazing the Grand Wailea is. My hubby and I went there for our honeymoon. He planned the whole thing, so I had no idea where we were staying until we got there. When we got back and were telling everyone about how off the charts great it was, my mom had just seen a show on Oprah how she took her whole staff for vacation there. You know if Oprah stays there it's the best there is. All that being said it looks like you had the best time!!! I can't wait to hear about the rest. I am intrigued by Lanai. I am really looking forward to hearing more about that.

  • klmoore23 April 22, 2014 at 12:27 am

    We were just in Maui last July with my nieces and nephew and brother's family. So fun! Your pictures bring back awesome memories.

  • Tammy April 21, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Looks like a fabulous time with family. Great photos and great memories.

  • Karen I. :) April 22, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Shay, your pictures are amazing!! And the picture quality/colors are amazing!! Were these taken with a phone on a camera – or a nicer camera? Looks great. Glad you had FUN!

  • {Hi Sugarplum!} April 22, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    You are so good about getting these posts out!! I've only done my second of our trip from march, and do you know, I never finished our Italy trip LAST APRIL! Everything is gorgeous…including you and those stripes!

  • Jaren April 23, 2014 at 2:49 am

    What a fun vacation destination! We love the beach…it's our vacation every year. One day I'd love to go to Maui…didn't I see that hotel on an episode of Jon and Kate plus 8??

  • Anonymous April 23, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Love seeing all the pics! Gotta know where you got that navy and white stripe shirt (day one recap).

  • Chic Coastal Living April 23, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Fun posts! I checked out all three and now I can't wait to visit Hawaii one day!! Thank you for sharing these and I'm so glad that you had a great time!

  • Anonymous April 24, 2014 at 5:08 am

    I've been debating whether or not to shell out the money on the J Crew shorts that you love so muchโ€ฆis there any difference between the regular ones and the factory ones?

  • Mix and Match Mama April 24, 2014 at 9:41 am

    I have a pair of the Factory shorts too and while they're a cute color, they're made of a thinner material that doesn't wash and wear as well. I also think the material is so thin that it shows my undie line. I would invest in the regular J Crew shorts…I have several pair that are 3 and 4 years old and still look brand new.

  • Aubrey April 24, 2014 at 9:50 am

    GORGEOUS! So glad you guys enjoyed your hard-earned beach break to the max.

    Naturally, I LOVE your distinct definition of TRIPS and VACATIONS. I've been on trips for the last seven years. I need a Hawaiian vacation!