Aloha everyone! I felt inspired to blog about my day today. A lot of people ask us about our life here in Maui and how we made such a big move. I will be doing a whole post on what steps we took to get to where we are today, living in tropical paradise, but for now, I want to share with you the simplistic beauty we experience on a regular sunday day.
I headed out for a 30 minute early morning run followed by 30 minutes of body weight exercises at home. Elvis likes to take part in working out with us, and will attempt to do squats and sit-ups just like mommy and daddy. He looks to us for approval and says, “Look mommy! Look! Look!” Of course, we approve, and applaud his efforts. After working out, I sat down to a big bowl of über sweet tangerines I had picked up at the farmers market from the day before. Elvis joined in eating tangerines with me and about this time Andrew left for work.
My husband work’s both jobs on Sundays. He is a tour guide for a zip line company by morning, and organic grocery buyer for a health food market by evening. This is the only day of the week that he regularly works both jobs in one day. So it’s always just me and Elvis cruisin’ the town on sundays. It was a little gloomy so we opted not to go to the beach. He wanted to go outside, though, so we went to explore the neighborhood.
I love the neighborhood we live in because it is so family friendly. There are tons of kids on our street and Elvis loves to play with them all. Signs are everywhere telling people to “Drive slow. Children at play”. All of our neighbors say hi to each other and we have become close with quite a few of them.
BANANA PLANTS!! Bananas grow abundantly year round on Maui and are easy to maintain. I love being able to walk down any given street and spot tropical fruits growing such as bananas and papayas, or mangos, starfruit and citrus when they are in season. If you ever question whether it is healthful to eat an abundance of organic fruit, take a step back and think about it with a common sense approach. When the fruit is in season, healthy fruit trees will rain an abundance of their sweet gifts to us everyday. This rings true even for fruit trees in colder climates like apple and pear trees. If we are only meant to eat one or two bananas a day, for fear of eating “too much sugar”, then what are we supposed to do with the rest of these bananas?
In case you didn’t know, this is what sprouting coconut trees looks like!
We decided to explore down a road we haven’t been down much. We ran into Harold, a big burly neighbor of ours who drives past our house quite often and rolls his window down to say, “aloha” to Elvis. But we had never personally been to his house before. We started talking about his beautiful banana plants and of course, all the other tropical fruits entered the conversation. He asked what fruits we like best. This is a very serious question for a couple of fruitarians. So I told him my favorite was mango, next were durian and jackfruit, then of course, sapodilla. And longans are Elvis’ current favorite. He stopped me mid sentence, when I was just getting started, and said, “Oh. You like jackfruit? I have a jackfruit tree. I never eat them. Do you want some?” UH DUH! He took us to his backyard to show us. It was a gorgeous jackfruit tree and there were rotting jackfruits turning into mulch all over the ground. HUZZAH! Jackfruit jackpot. We only took one home simply because that was all I could carry. It was so heavy I could barely walk it up the street. And I didn’t even take the biggest one. There were massive one’s way high up in the tree. I’m talking so massive that one jackfruit could feed seven fruitarians for lunch and even one really strong man would barely be able to carry it.
It was an amazing jackfruit, super sweet and slightly crunchy, just how we like them. There are many varieties of jackfruit, each with their own unique flavor and texture. For those of you who have not experienced the taste of jackfruit, the flavor tastes of Juicy Fruit gum! We are so delighted to now have a bountiful supply of free jackfruit. What should we do to thank Harold? Any ideas?
This fruit is so beautiful. God’s imagination and creativity really is magnificent isn’t it?!
The rest of our day included green smoothie making for Elvis, nap time, inside fort designing out of couch cushions and bed sheets, and reading Dr. Seuss books on the bed.
During Elvis’ oh so precious nap time…errr, more like nap time that is precious to me, I answered emails, worked on my e-recipe book (that i’m ALMOST finished with by the way! woohoo!), and caught up on some reading. Currently I am reading How Children Learn by John Holt. This book is amazing, to say the least. I absolutely love how he is able to speak to me in so many ways to be a better mamma. Holt’s revolutionary thoughts on education is inspiring and eye opening. He has encouraged me to nurture Elvis’ natural learning abilities and I thank him for that.
Welp, that’s all for now. Thanks for tuning in!