Thursday, July 17, 2008

Swelling, Sailing, Surfing, Shopping and Stuffing ourselves with food...

The title is a pretty accurate description of the rest of our time in Hawaii. Oh, and add SWEATING. As mentioned before, it was HOT and HUMID so there was plenty of that going on too. :)

The day we left on vacation I had a doctor appointment and got the final thumbs up to go. Over and over again my doctor's main word of advice was to make sure that I was consciously moving my feet and getting up and walking around regularly during the drive/flight to prevent blood clots. However, never did anyone warn me that THIS would happen...


Lest you be fooled, no, that is not a balloon, those are my feet. During the course of the flight, they literally BLEW UP. And then it took 3 days of elevating/icing/massaging to get them down to a reasonable size. I should have just popped them. :) So on the flight home, I was prepared. The plane wasn't full so I spread out and had a wonderful flight attendent who waited on me, bringing me fresh ice and orange juice throughout the flight. All was well until the drive home from Vegas. Despite my efforts, I arrived at my parents house with a set of balloon feet all over again!! Don't worry though, only mild, typical swelling is now present and no amputation is needed. :)

(Just in case it was at all difficult for you to tell how "elephant-like" and deformed they really were, the picture above offers you a comparison to a "normal" foot...)


Because of my swollen belly and feet, I was pretty limited in what I was able to do. No hiking stairway to heaven for me this visit!! However, we were successful in finding one new thing for me to try that was adventurous and doable, swollen or not!! Shortly before we arrived, Vaka's brother William and his neighboor purchased this awesome catamaran together. Perfect timing for us!!


Believe it or not, Vaka was the one that was skeptical about my ability to ride on it at first. But it looked so fun, and I had grown up here and never been out on a boat on this side of the island, so I was determined!! The Tu'ifua men took it out for a spin first without a hitch...


so now it was my turn. Yes, if you can see my face, after I hopped on, I was now the one not convinced this was something I should be doing. We were going to go all the way OUT THERE?? What if a wave knocked me off?? There was no way I was going to be able to just hop back on with this big belly. So roles reversed and Vaka did the convincing that should I fall off, I'd be fine, because I had a built in floatation device. :)



Luckily, we didn't have to test out his theory. :) It was so much fun, and Vaka learned quickly how to sail it himself, so we were able to go back out quite a few times while we were there. See that rock way out on the horizon to the left of the sail in the picture above? That gives you an idea of how far we'd sail. Vaka always wanted to go around the rock, but then you have to deal with wind variations, etc. so it was out of my comfort zone. It was so relaxing to be out there on the open ocean and experience getting to see my home from a completely different perspective. If we ever end up moving back, I think we'll definitely need to invest in one ourselves!!

The same neighboor that William bought the catamaran with is also an amazing surfer. (Honestly, there isn't much this guy doesn't do!! He was also the photographer at the wedding. Check out his work here: http://www.holladayphoto.blogspot.com) I tried my hand at surfing a few times in high school. It was something I always wished I was good at, but never ever was. Vaka had never tried and convinced Mark to give him lessons one day. Well, at least if I can't be good at it, I can live vicariously through my husband. He was a natural, (or maybe Mark's just a great teacher!) and caught a wave on his first try!! Maybe he can quit school and enter the pro circuit so we can move back to Hawaii NOW.... :)

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The last two title descriptions, dented our budget and expanded our waistlines, but they were a must. :) We went over with two suitcases and came back with four stuffed to the brim. Gotta stock up since who knows when we'll be back with flights as high as they are these days!!

Here's a list off the top of my head of some of the highlights of what we consumed, just to make your mouth water. :) Pig, mussels, crab, shrimp, mango, pineapple, papaya, huli huli chicken, manapua, Matsumoto's shave ice, Ted's chocolate haupia pie, haupia ice cream, macadamia nut ice cream, Leonard's malasadas, hawaiian sun juice, Jack in the Box, teriyaki burgers, and Dirty Lickin's Chicken (thanks Kris! Can you please send me some more?) :) Luckily, mostly what I stuffed myself with was mangos and pineapple so I can't feel too bad right??

9 comments:

Lynn said...

WOW WOW WOW WOW. OK, so it sounds like you ate some amazing food, shopped at amazing places, and spent some amazing time on the beach... but seriously, I can't stop thinking about your feet. Just seeing that picture makes my feet ache. That must have killed, and on vacation too! :( I'm so sorry, that looks so painful and uncomfortable. With Grace I swelled up like a balloon, and within hours of the birth it was like someone had popped the balloon, my hands and feet looked fairly normal.

p.s. You check out the poster collage posted on the Holladay photo blog? So sweet!

Ma Fitz said...

I remember getting pudgy feet the last time we were there, but you win! And I didn't even have pregnancy to blame it on. :-)

Sounds like you had yourself a great time, though. Lucky girl!

betsy said...

Oh man. Sorry about the feet! My feet looked like that my last week of pregnancy. I hope they don't bother you much for the rest of your pregnancy. It was really fun to see you at PCC!

Sarah said...

OK your feet definitely look painful so I do feel bad about that but I would totally have traded spots with you - the food alone was worth it, am I right??!! :) Man, my mouth is watering so bad right now. And I LOVE catamarans, so much fun! I'm glad you had a good (overall) trip!

Atwood Ohana said...

Brooke! I'm so sorry about your swollen feet. I remember that feeling. It aches so bad. But you are such a trooper and even went sailing! yeah! That looked like so much fun! You must look so cute pregnant! But where's all the fun pictures of your pregnant belly? I wanna see it! Don't worry though...you're almost done and you will feel normal again. hahaa. I am so proud of you and know you'll make such a cute mommy! love ya!

Nia said...

Oh... I'm SO sorry! But I'm glad you found something that you could do that was a blast!

Jenny said...

Hey!
I'm so jealous of your trip home! It's been way too long since I've had all that delicious food!!! So hows the pregnancy? How are you feeling!? Keep me posted!!

Rachel DeFreese said...

Oh Brooklynn, those look so painful. I can't believe you only have 50 days left!

Karessie said...

hey brookie! hows the pregnancy??? I'm in tonga now and it's awesome!!! Don't forget to have baby on the 13th :D :D :D