Ava Turns 2

Children make life go in fast forward! I can not believe how fast they grow in all aspects. Ava went from barely walking to running. Knowing “dada” and “mama” to using sentences like, “hold you” = “Will you hold me?”  “Come on Dad!” “Sorry, sorry, sorry.” as she maneuvers around you while cleaning with a “towel.”

Ava loves to watch Sing and calls it “Monkey Sing” because the monkey is her favorite. She loves “Trolls” and every time a song comes on she says, “Let’s Dance,” to which Dave picks her up and jams around the front room.

She is obsessed with the park, zoo, dogs and babies. Good thing because she will be getting a baby sister in February 2018! We can hardly wait. She says, “Oh, soft” while hitting my tummy, and “Kisses” while she gives my belly a smooch, bare belly always- “Iwanna see!” hahaha.

She gets so excited when she hears dad coming home from a trip and says, “Oh, go hide!” We hide and then she runs into his arms with the biggest grin.

Ava loves to sing and knows the words to many of the “Trolls” songs. It is soo cute when she sings them. We got her a stride bike, Grandma Romer got her a scooter and Grandma Taylor got her a rocking horse. She is scared of all of them and wants us to push her around on them like a princess! Dave and I are already researching what to do if you child doesn’t like sports! hehehe. Just kidding! She loves balls and kicks the soccer ball like mom and says, “Go dada!” at all of Dave’s basketball games in between climbing on everything in sight of course!

I love this age and will embrace this season of life when we have littles and grandparents to spoil them! Feeling very lucky to be this blue eyed babies mama! I love her!

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Year 2: 2016-2017

This year has flown by! I have been recording footage and creating videos this past year, so all of the updates have been uploaded to YouTube. I had to make a year 2 update bullet point style to remember the good stuff from Ava’s second time around the sun! She has brought us more joy than we could possibly imagine. I feel so blessed and lucky to raise Ava with my hubby, Dave. He amazes me with his patience and ability to teach Ava new things. I learn so much from his example and get teary eyed just thinking about the relationship that they have together. He has sure blown my expectations out of the water in the dad department. I love this family we have created and never want to take this good life for granted! #blessed hahaha:)

                                                          

    

2016-2017 highlights picture style:)

Fall:

Corn mazes & Pumpkin Patches

Georgia for Halloween as a lady bug

Hiking with mom at Antelope Island and Snow Basin

Thanksgiving with the Taylors

Lots of zoo trips

Played in the snow & didn’t like it

Love to get into ALL of mom’s teacher stuff

Seaquest Season Pass: Best purchase

 

Winter:

Ogden Lights

Christmas in Layton with dad home from Spirit training

New Years on Temple Square with Grandma and Grandpa

Midway Ice Castles

Snow Days with cousins

Mom and dad go skiing

Park Days

Mom & Dad birthdays spent eating Sushi and doing Discovery Gateway Museum, Dads was Jeremiahs.

Bishop’s Cabin with the Young Women for mom

Visited Great Grandma and Grandpa for their birthdays (95 & 92)

 

Spring:

Antelope Island with aunt Lisa and Kathy & grandma and Grandpa Romer for the twin’s birthdays

Thanksgiving point Museum of Natural History with cousin Mae

The Puppy Barn in Lehi!!

Running with mom

Hawaii: Kauai & Maui spent snorkeling, finding chickens, hiking, swimming, exploring sunflower farms & eating lots of acai bowls.

Tulip Festival with cousin Mae

Park walks with Jake, Halee & Hadley

More Zoo Days

 

Summer:

San Diego with the Taylors with Sea World, Zoo Safari, San Diego Temple, workouts on the beach, family hike in slot canyon & cousins!

Mom plays soccer again!

Young Women’s Bake Sale

Mom goes to Vermont for Boot Camp Hub Retreat

Swimming at Surf and Swim, Clearfield Aquatic Center & Roy Pool

Find out mom is pregnant with baby sister due Feb 10, 2018

4th of July in Perry, Ut

Bryce Canyon with Romer family with hiking, mom runs a half marathon (9 weeks pregnant), bike riding and filming workouts

Mom goes to Girl’s Camp at Camp Lyman

Visit Utah Valley for Mae’s birthday

Pineview Reservoir

Davis Fair with petting zoo, circus, and fun with family.

Park City for the day with mom and dad

The Solar Eclipse 95%

Park Day with Cousins

Splash Pad with Mae & Luke’s soccer game

Ava turns 2!

Peach Days

Utah State Fair

Ava Turns One

Happy Birthday Ava Rae!!! We love you so much. This has been the best year yet! Alva loves to tease us with almost kisses and hugs, head butting is her favorite and changing her diaper should be an Olympic Sport! This gal pal is a fan of kids and is a social little butterfly! She already has multiple boyfriends at church! Kisses them and everything! Oh boy! Cheers to this next year and all of the fun to be had!

 

Boot Camp Hub Retreat in Vermont + Exploring Boston for a Day

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Short Version: This trip was a blast!

Long Version: I had the amazing privilege to travel to Westmore, Vermont for a Meet-Up with the Lifetime & Lifetime + Members on The Boot Camp Hub. What does all of that mean? I coach fitness classes and film them with my phone 4x a week for boot campers to do live with me or catch later on recording all online. They are interval, strength, and Pilates workouts. I absolutely LOVE it! I also post motivational messages with assignments! There are 16 coaches that have specific times that they teach! We also have 2 dietitians that give nutritional advice & everyone has such empathy and compassion so creating motivational videos seems second nature for the whole team. I’m still mastering my spastic hands while giving them☺ I get use to teaching my students’ that are learning English and you HAVE to have a lot of nonverbal hand actions! I get so EXCITED to share the gift of fitness!

Crew: Mom, Dad, Me, Ava, (Dave didn’t make the cut)

Thursday: Flew Standby from Salt Lake to Boston. Let me paint a picture of the adventures that flying standby promotes. You truly don’t know where you will be sleeping that night and so you have to have a flexible crew or you won’t enjoy the traveling adventure to its fullest. hehehehe.

Mom, Ava and I made the earliest flights. First to Seattle and then to Boston. About 7 hours of flying to go from coast to coast! That is it! 7 hours to be on the other side of America!

Dad made the later flight and arrived at midnight.

Dave…. Didn’t make it…. We left him last priority thinking he could fly jump seat etc. He may have secretly tried to not make it because then he got the house to himself! A pilots dream is to sleep in their own bed! A pilot’s wife’s dream is to explore exotic places and to never sleep in your own bed. We meet in the middle and sleep on the floor in random places a lot… Just kidding!

Stayed in a hotel outside of Boston, Mass.

Friday: Swam at the hotel and then drove 3 hours north to Westmore, Vermont. The retreat location is right on Lake Willoughby. You stay in rustic cabins next to all of the other coaches! The members find Cabins/house rentals to stay in close by!

Imagine you are looking at green trees and you never see a break! FOREVER. Well that is Vermont. It was a beautiful drive! Ava even might have enjoyed the car for a second… but only for a second.

6:00 pm Meet and Greet: It was such a treat to have my family there with me. There is no way I would have found my way by myself and been able to have as much fun as I had! My parents were the best and watched Ava when I had to “be on!” And then I got to be with her and snuggle her all the time in between.

It is an unexplainable experience to meet the Boot Campers in person because we don’t see them everyday. They get to see the coaches all of the time. They know our families, our voices, our mannerisms, and ultimately a lot of what is going on in our lives. We see posts from them after workouts and still shot pictures, but we don’t know them to the same extent. They were all so upbeat, positive and EXCITED to meet the Team! I felt like a real life celebrity having members and friends getting pictures and autographs. So happy Ava could join because everyone just wanted to squish her little cheeks! She let them know when her bubble had been popped. Waaaaaaa… It was good for her stranger danger radar check.

Saturday: Workout at 8:00 am then jump in the lake fully clothed! My clothes didn’t dry the entire time after that little dip… Well worth it -Not use to humidity. Introductions, Positive Content, the most delicious local food, activities, Question and Answer with the Coaches, Dinner, Bomb fire and shared experiences with many breakthroughs!

Amazing group, & I learned so, so, so much! Each member shared their story, their struggles, their successes, and the influence that the coaches had on them and their families. Many families were at this retreat because it was FREE for the members! Jonathan Roche is the CEO and is one of the most generous and kind people I know. He has an adorable family (wife-Karen, 2 boys- Alexander & Benjamin, and baby girl Ava’s age- Adeline) My favorite was when the members would say, “Jonathan changed my life…. I hear Jonathan in my head say…… Jonathan inspired me to…….” And his response was, “I appreciate your gratitude, but you don’t see all that goes on behind the scenes and I couldn’t do anything without my amazing team.” Such a humble guy! Really blessed to work for the BCH. The other coaches there that I got to meet in person were, Audrey, Flo, Caitlin, and Noelle!

Key Take Away from the event for me was to nail the basics each day to create a better version of you! I’m an organizer so creating a plan and having a schedule to meet my own personal goals holds me accountable and allows me to cross things off! Which is always very fun! Ava is always my number 1 priority, and I have to remind myself that when I get working on a project (I get tunnel vision like my dad!) Must finish…. Can’t quit until done…

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Sunday: 8:00 am Workout with Lake jump-in! (It was raining & nothing could stop this group from diving in that water…. Well maybe lightning because they are no dummies) Positive content from the coaches, lunch and goodbyes. Changed for the better!

Drove back to Boston and stayed in a hotel right in Boston! I got lots of recommendations from members on what to do so we had a day to fit as much as we possibly could in!

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Monday: Boston for a Day: We walked, and walked, and walked, and walked all day long! Like pioneer children pushing Ava in a stroller rather than a handcart.

I filmed my workout in the morning just below Bunker Hill on the bay where members could see the water, duck boats, bridges, and all of the great video bombers on the walkway I was on.

Freedom Trail: This trail is 2.5 miles and we did it out and back! It is a great way to see 16 historical sites and landmarks as well as see the city on foot. Bunker Hill Monument was stop #1 & we walked almost 300 stairs up a narrow spiral staircase to the top of the monument. I had Ava in my arms and one mission Don’t stop until on top! My legs were jello after!

Duck Boat Tour: We saw a bus drive right into the water and gasped. My dad said, “I thought for sure we were going to be on the news.” The bus then started putting along and touring the harbor as if it were a boat! We then had to do that like any true tourist would. You tour the city and then literally drive into the water, transform into a boat (like a cartoon episode) and tour the harbor. Did the tour learning about the history, movie legends, who is buried there (like Paul Revere) along with a lot of other interesting facts! Ava just liked doing googly eyes for her neighbors who kept saying, “Oh, she is soo cute.” “Her eyes are beautiful.”

Back to our feet and the 15 other stops along the Freedom Trail. We went in the USS Constitution Museum and then made our way across the bridge and to Little Italy on the North End. Ate delicious Sea Food at Catch of the Day and got Cannoli’s at Mike’s Pastries. The Voodoo Donuts of the East Coast. Delicious, or as Brian Reagan would say, “Delectable!” Along the streets there were lots of street performers doing crazy flips and gymnastic balance holds that we accidentally kept stopping to watch. They were very talented! We stopped at the water fountains where Ava “took a dip” running (with my assistance) through all of the water. The end was at the Boston Common Park, which was a little sketchy like any park is in the middle of the city. Let’s just say Ava stayed in my arms real tight! There were swan boats and real beauty there, but I didn’t care to stay too long! We turned around, headed home and it was night! Such a fun city!

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If we had more days we would get the Boston Go Pass and hit the zoo, aquarium, ferry tours, whale tours, and all of the other things it had to offer!

Flew home the next morning bright and early! Dave was so happy to see us.

Until next time Boston! You were fun!

 

Bryce Canyon Romer Family Trip + 1/2 Marathon

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Blair, Jake, Kathy, Hadlee, Bryan, Lisa, Halee, Dad, Mom, Brighton, Lindsay, Dave, Miles, Sarah, Dean, Jude Lincoln, Mike, Ava, Me, & Dave (Missing Jim, Kayli, Trey, Oakley, Taylor, & Kaitlyn)

Romer family vacation was a BLAST this year. We got to relive all of our childhood Bryce Canyon vacations with our newer, BIGGER, family!!!  Jim’s family wasn’t able to make it, or else we would have had the entire fam there. We missed them.

We were there for only 3 days so it was a do-as-much-as-you-possibly-can-in-one-day kind of vacation.

Day 1: Got there around dinnertime. Ate at The Pines enjoying some homemade pie. (Not as good as Perry’s Maddox)… Now I want Maddox… Yum.

Day 2: Bike ride in the morn. There is a great paved path that goes through the red canyon and all the way up to the top of Bryce Canyon. Dave (husband) and I took turns biking so that one of us could be with Ava! He did the Red Canyon and loved it! Minus the entire uphill return. He said it was kind of like eating a box of donuts on the way down. You are enjoying it so much, but you know that you will regret it once you finish and have to get back!

Hiked Navajo loop with the whole fam. Mike’s family hadn’t gotten there yet! It was magical and a sure adventure with all the kids conquering this not-so-easy-but-listed-as-easy hike. Water break anyone?….. The kids did great! Ava enjoyed her front seat in the ergo carrier kicking her legs to make us feel better about our strenuous efforts.

Barbeque on the grass. We stayed at Ruby’s Inn, which is basically the best/ almost only place to stay. We always stay there! There was a beautiful grassy area that we had a barbeque and played with all of the kids on the grass! I loved this night so much. Mikes fam made it and it was so wonderful seeing all of the cousins playing together. Uncle Brian won the award of favorite… Devising my future plans in regaining this award;)

Day 3:

Race Day: Mike, brother Dave, my dad, and I signed up for the ½ marathon. Sarah and Miles did the 5k Saturday morning. My dad was going to do the 5k and then said, well if I’m ever going to do a half marathon this would be it, and he just did it! Like a champion. Times were Mike-1:31 Dave- 1:37 Nancy-1:43 Dad-2:09. Miles 27 min. and Sarah right behind him.

Thoughts while running a half marathon: Wow, Mike is starting out fast. Is Dave going to stick with him?… See ya! (Physically within eyesight of the start line). Wow, this downhill feels awesome! Just let the legs fly! The sunrise is beautiful. Running is fun! I’m passing people and stuff…. Mile 5. My calves are knots… tuck your bum! You got this! Crap people are passing me. 3 songs and you’ll see another mile done. 8 miles….. ok….. 5 more! 5 more? That is so far?… Don’t think, just do. Tuck your bum! Lift your knees… better yet, just keep moving. Man asks if I want some of his energy beans…. No Thanks… I must look exhausted… I sure feel exhausted… sip some Gatorade wishing it was an energy goo. 10 miles… Crap my knees hurt… slip pain med that doctor brother Mike gave me before the race…..Placebo or actual help gets me to mile 11… This is 4 miles more than I ever trained… hahaha… I should have trained… Wait, that person is passing me… Try to stay with them…Nah, they don’t look too bad after all….. Older man passes, young boy passes. I should have started slower! Burning out! Pacer behind me for 1:45 pace time. That’s it. He isn’t passing me. He is cheering us on and I really like him! I’m going to stay in front of him & I did! The end. 1:43

Signed up for a marathon when I got back because I was all inspired to train and conquer my time. I would love to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I have to get a time of 3:35, which is an 8 min. mile pace. I know I can do it so let the training begin! Could not train without such a great hubby that is ALWAYS willing to take Ava. I love Team Taylor!

 

Until next time Bryce Canyon!

11 Months of Ava

Ava 11 month Update

Smack! It is crazy how August of last year seemed like a distant vacation that would take an eternity to reach (pregnancy does that to time), and then you have this August, which just SMACKED me in the face, or wait, was that Ava?!…. Yes, she smacks me in the face & laughs oh so hard! I’ll take her little hand and hit my forehead over and over with it and she will do the deepest belly giggle! I love her giggles! It’s the simple things right? Ava is our little spit fire. She waves like Forest Gump, but she has mastered the art of using both arms instead of just one. Why have we been waving with only one arm this entire time? Much more exciting to see someone wave with both! When you say, “Give me hugs,” she’ll lay her little head down on you for nearly a millisecond, but it is a hug nonetheless. She loves the games, “Come get me!” and “Pick Up Whatever I Throw.” Laughs really hard for belly tickles, loves to take things “out,” and stanky leg crawls to pull herself up on everything and scooch along. She LOVES attention.

 

Ava hits double digits (10 months)

Ava 10 month Update

Ava began crawling at the end of June and we just get a kick out of her form. Imagine one leg is straight and the other is bent and she kind of hobbles to and fro. She even got a lazy eye while learning;) When you leave the room she hurries as fast as her little legs will get her over to you. She does not like to be alone, which I’m totally fine with because I can’t get enough of her squishy legs and kissable cheeks! Muah!!!! Says, “mama” and “dada,” we like to think on purpose, and loves being around other people, new things, and never in the same place for too long. Her and the car seat aren’t really friends…. Hopefully they make-up soon:)

These pictures are Ava to a T! The only time this gal holds still is when she is snoozin’ and even then she is tossing and turning! I made her hold still while I snapped one picture and she did the biggest Dave face! Hahaha. Neither of them like when I tell them what to do, what do you know?! Just creating their own stories:)

 

Happy Birthday America!

Congratulations America you are 240 years old today! I LOVE the 4th of July. Family, friends, barbeques, swimming, parades, fireworks, music, community, and just a great celebration for all of the blessings we have living in America. Thankful every day! Fun to share the excitement with Ava! I love enjoying all of her first together!

 

Park City with the Taylors

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Park City with the Taylor Family!

The Taylors always plan such amazing family vacations and that is the only reason I married my husbandJ hehe. Just to fill my travel and adventure needs. It was also very convenient for him to choose to be a pilot. Oh, how I love that funny dude with the cute laugh. I hope Ava inherits his laughJ It is the best when he watches People Fail videos on YouTube. Why, oh why he thinks that is soooooooooo funny?! Three words… Air Bag Prank….. Back to Park City! Here is a list of……

 Do This, Not That!

 1)Hotel

-Stay at the Westgate Resort right on the Canyons/Park City Ski Resort Mountain! Awesome heated pool that Ava physically turned into a mermaid in. She made us call her Ariel and kept brushing with a fork….

-Don’t stay in a tent on the actual mountain because that is called camping and should only be done indoorsJ Just kidding…. We like camping for 1 night max!

2) Bike

-Ride your bike. Road, Mountain, you name it! We took road bikes with Ava in a bike trailer to Main Street on a fun paved path. Had a picnic lunch and turned around. One of my favorite activities. You can see so much on a bike & get a good workout.

-Don’t just walk on the paved path because you won’t see as much. Walks are good, but bikes are better!

3) Jordanelle Reservoir

-Rent a paddle board. They are the bomb & the kids were fighting over this little gem! I always love the SUP, especially when the water is peacefulJ This was one of my favorite days, even though the water is not the pretties color…

– Don’t forget about the Reservoir, especially on a HOT day!

4) Hike/Run

-Farm Trail: Adorable little hike we found across Highway 224 from Park City’s historic McPolin Barn. It follows a clear, cold creek on a flat packed-dirt trail with bridges, artwork of some sort.., million dollar houses, and beautiful gardens and fields. Has some nice shade for the summer too. It takes you to a park with playgrounds and a dog park if the whole fam is in tote! Fun little gem we visited multiple times.

-Don’t think you are too cool to go on an easy hike that isn’t on the actual mountains that surround you. Better view of them this way!

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5) Outlets

-You have to visit the outlets when in Park City! Where else would you fuel your Nike shoe addiction? This time I bought some for Dave instead of myself as his father’s day gift! He always gets the frees and loves them. I’m a lunar gal!

-Don’t miss the outlets, even if it is only to stop at the Nike outlet and then skadush… Just walking in the store gives people endorphins!

6) Family & Friends

-Best for last. Visit with family and friendsJ Dave’s fam all got tickets to go on the alpine slide, coaster, gondola, etc. for an entire day and it was fun to see the kids’ faces light up! Ava was too little so we opted out, but so loved seeing them enjoy it sooo much!

-Don’t forget to enjoy every moment. The loud, crazy, I-want-to-rest-in-peace-for-one-second moments are the BEST! Soak it up and embrace the crazy, and get enough sleep to keep up with the kiddos.

Until next time Park City! Our vacation away from home with a convenient 1 hour drive!

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Kihei, Maui (Round 3)

 Kihei with Dave, Ava (9 months) , Mom & Dad: June 2nd-9th 2016

Dave works really hard so that we can go to Hawaii every year… I meant have food and shelter…. And also go on fun trips! We returned to Maui because we just can’t get enough of this tropical island. Lots of new finds and fun.

Our Expert Advice for Maui (3rd times the charm)

  1. Haekelena at sunrise was awesome! Breathe taking in many ways due to temperature, wind, and view! Do it! This was the first time we did. Get there 50 minutes before sunrise because a lot of people have the same idea as you, & you can star gaze!

2. Road to Hana: The best way to do the road to Hana is to drive to the very end where the good stuff is! Enjoy the views on the drive! Haekelena state park at the end has the Seven Sacred Pools, the Pipiwaii Trail to 200 ft. waterfall, and you can loop around the south end of the island to avoid as many turns. We liked doing a big loop because the road has been fixed and was actually not to shabby on the south end. Fun to see a different part of the island.

3. Charley Young Beach right outside our place in Kihei. We saw turtles here every night! Named them Crush… Every single one of them.

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4. Big Beach is beautiful. This was just south of Kihei. There is great snorkeling and less touristy places near Kihei. Don’t go around the corner though…. I was trying to find somewhere to film my workout for the next day. I love filming workouts on our vacations. It holds me accountable and the Boot Campers love to join in all of the unique places. Well, I couldn’t find reception so I was strolling around with Ava and my mom when BAM nude beach… umm.. better not film here…. Hahaha. Filmed at Charley Young Beach instead.

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5. Surfing in Kihei: Just across from the downtown area of Kihei is a great spot for beginning surfers. We paddle boarded and saw perfect waves for beginning surfing! Have to try surfing next time.

 

6. Traditional Death Road Drive: Drove to the North End of the island and made a big loop back. Kahakuloa is the cutest small town on the north end where Julia’s does in fact have the best banana bread. We tried a ton of different ones to compare!

7. Snorkel! We found a stop that had some great coral for snorkeling just north of Napili. There were a ton of sailboats with snorkel excursions here so we just randomly stopped to snorkel and saw turtles and lots of fishies. The water was a mix of fresh and salt so it would be major cold and then warm as could be! Snorkeled for a long time! We love snorkeling! The Caribbean still has my favorite snorkeling though. Ava liked feeding the wild chickens! Hahaha.

8. Plantation. We visited the beautiful plantation and ate lunch here when we had to return to the airport because it was so close. Great free option to enjoy something a little different. Except dinner is not free. It is in a real fancy place with a beautiful view. Best fish tacos of the trip.

9. Iao Valley: This park is an easy walk, but you do have to pay to get in if you aren’t a local. $10 per car. It is best to go when it is raining because you will see the BIGGEST waterfall on the island. Great to do on back to the airport day because it is pretty close by!

10. Family & Friends: It was a blast having the parents with us. Fun to share the experiences and fun things with others!

Foodie for your boodie. Dave’s favorite hobby is to find taco trucks and he excelled in his hobby this trip. Dave found our food each night!:) These are all close to Kihei. We tried so many taco trucks and our favorites were

  1.  Coconut’s Fish Café: (Not actually a truck, but this was our favorite) The best Coconut shrimp tacos! YUM! This was our favorite! It is also right next to a healthy Lemonade Acia Bowls place! Double Yum!
  2. South Maui Fish Company: This is a red truck just behind Horhitos Mobile Taqueria. Show up early because they close up once they sell out.
  3. Kinaole: Just south of us and delicious. A little more expensive, but it had a healthy side salad.
  4. Horhitos Mobile Taqueria: This was a walk away and $2 for the ono tacos. They were delicious.

Ulani’s Snow Cones is a must every time. There is one in Kihei as well as on Front Street in Lahaina.

Want to try 808 Street Gindz next time! It was highly recommended and we ran out of meals to use it with! Good reason to go back I think;)