Have you ever wondered where the word Honeymoon came from? Well it actually dates back well before the 16th century. The post-wedding vacation that we know as a Honeymoon was not always how it is today. The word Honeymoon originates from Northern Europe, where for 1 month newlyweds would drink a wine made from fermented honey, known as mead. This is where the word honey comes from and since they drank it for a month, a month was known as moon. It wasn't until the the late 16th century that it became known as a romantic getaway. Well our honeymoon was so much fun! It started out actually with going to Las Vegas from Tuesday thru Friday. In Las Vegas we stay at the Venetian, which was beautiful and so intricately decorated with an Italian theme. Then our last night there we stayed at the MGM Grande, which was also very nice. Matt and I love Las Vegas even though we are not gamblers. There are always things to do, places to go and things to see. While we were there we went and saw the show STOMP, which was much better than we had even thought. Also we admired the Bellagio water show and the Treasure Island Pirate show. Growing up my family and extended family would usually meet in Vegas annually and with my dance studio we would go to Las Vegas for competitions and workshops so it brought back a lot of fond childhood memories. After our three days in Las Vegas, we were off to Maui, Hawaii. In Maui we stayed at Kaanapali Shores in Kaanapali, which was very nice. It was right on the water and was very convenient to the great shopping and activities in Lahaina. Our trip in Maui was quite packed with activities, which was a lot of fun. We booked excursions the second day we were there (after a little price shopping). We ended up booking Jet skiing, a snorkel tour to Molokini Crater and Turtle Town, a helicopter tour to view the waterfalls and volcano and finally a dinner cruise. All the excursions were amazing, but we would have to say our favorite was Jet skiiing! (It made us want to buy some someday) Other than excursions, we checked out some other beaches, went to Lahaina, went to see What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas (the movie), and enjoyed many fun dinners. We did however stop and sign up for a Costco membership first thing when we arrived to Maui so we could eat in our condo instead of going out for every meal. (What a prime time to get a Costco Membership, Right?? haha) Well then after a few days in Las Vegas and a week Maui, it didn't end there. We had to go to Denver for Matt's cousin Bethany's wedding. It felt weird being at a wedding right after ours, but it was a lot of fun and was beautiful. It was somewhat up in the mountains, outside amongst the pine trees. It is neat to see the different styles of weddings. Well after the wedding we made full circle back to Arizona to pack up and get ready for the big move to Denver. Overall our honeymoon was a great way to celebrate being "Just Maui'd" and a trip we will never forget!
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