on Tuesday, November 21st, 2016 – Trevor + I embarked our first.ever. tropical vacation together! in around May, we were talking with our close group of friends about how we all needed to do a vacation together, someone mentioned Maui, someone mentioned Thanksgiving, and it was all downhill from there. plans start forming, tickets were booked, reservations were made, and it was official. there was going to be 8 OF US celebrating Thanksgiving, life, + friendship together in Maui.
sounds pretty fantastic, right? WELL IT WAS. easily the best vacation ever. in true Gomes/photographer style, Trevor and I captured a lot of what went down on our camera and our phones. cause, duh, memories. ;)
the trip started out with a 2 night stay at The Grand Wailea! to say this place is incredible is a complete understatement.
in 2005 i started babysitting for a family, who grew to be like my family. i was with them and their kiddos for 10 years, they gave me the nickname “Cheese”, and i will always and forever and ever love them with every single bone in my body. if you know me, you know about them, so i won’t go on for paragraphs…
BUT – they also happened to be in Maui at THE SAME TIME as us. crazy, right? so we stayed at The Grand Wailea with them for those first 2 nights!!
here’s Trevor and I with this crazy group of kiddos who i love oh.so.much.
this was our first day in Maui, so duh we were going to go swimming before we headed off to dinner! :)
Maui sunrises are easily my favorite part about the trip. i think my other half would probably agree as well. because of the time change, we were up REALLLLYYYY early, every single morning, haha. so coffee and walk on the beach was a morning standard.
THIS particular morning was mind.blowing. I’ve never seen a sky so pastel, so pink, so blue, so calm, so BEAUTIFUL.
THEN we went on a trip snorkeling!!!! holy smokes was this fun!! we all piled into our kayaks and paddled out to sea. i think we only ended up with one over turned kayak the whole trip, so i think that’s pretty darn good. :) turtles and urchins and fishes oh my!
poolside drinks + lazy river laps
and that my friends wrapped our time at The Grand Wailea! we ate breakfast, and said goodbye – then headed up the coast to Napili Beach and our little condo which was our home for the next 6 nights!
we were pretty darn excited to FINALLY be on Maui together. :)
we started making our tequila + guava drinks, and the first night together was history.
this is OUR VIEW out our condo sliding doors. seriously. i couldn’t get enough of it. trevor and i had a murphy bed in our condo, so once we unfolded it, this was literally what i saw when i turned my head and looked outside. it was THE BEST.
Just another little Maui sunrise. :)
a few pictures of our little home away from home! :) trevor always makes breakfast. :) i think ill keep him forever.
Trevor got called up to dance with the hula girls at our Thanksgiving show. :) hahaha. if you know Trevor at all, you know he hated every minute, and that it was the best.
a little adventure around the coastline with everyone!
this is what happens when you ask someone to take a group picture with your camera for you.. haha. oh well!
the blowhole! and the most INSANE weather! it was sunny one minute, and then stormy and pouring the next, and i swear the wind was like 1 million miles an hour. not.joking.
there happened to be the Roxy Surf Pro happening! insanely talented girl surfers catching some waves! we stayed here for quite awhile watching them!
another day, another snorkel adventure. :)
me + a turtle! :)
we adventured around Lahaina, ate shave ice, saw the most INSANE sunset of our trip, and had the best Hawaiian dinner everrrrrr.
it rained for about 10 minutes every morning after sunrise, followed by a rainbow. Napili, we love you.
coffee on the beach.
roadtrip to Hana! we didn’t actually make it all the way to Hana, we stopped for lunch halfway through and turned around, because, dang, that road is long and windy! haha. but BEAUTIFUL!
a few pictures on the beach on our last day…
being on vacation with our best friends was the best ever. and being able to vacation with their kids was so.much.fun. this is Annie, our goddaughter, and having these Maui memories with her and her baby brother Jack are so special.
beach day on our last day – try to spy Trevor whompin in the waves.
last Maui morning!
thanks for going on vacation with us! :)
until next time….