Monday, June 10, 2013

Maui in Pictures...And a Little Announcement

Since my last post, Bella has had another hospitalization.  Less than two weeks before our annual vacation to Maui, she had a grand mal seizure with a fall that resulted in a small subdural hematoma (bleeding around brain) and broken wrist.  It was traumatic for all of us, but thankfully after just two days in the hospital for observation she was discharged home.  A follow-up head CT one week later revealed that the hematoma was gone!  However, Bella was still extremely weak and unable to do anything for herself.

I wasn't sure how vacation was going to go - I hadn't envisioned our first vacation with Bella quite this way.  She handled the very short flight (only 20 min) beautifully once she was propped comfortably on a pillow.  She was also able to rest a lot in Maui, and we noticed her strength really start to return once we got back home a few days ago.  I think the vacation was just what we ALL needed!  Now we are refreshed and ready to face her other surgeries scheduled for this month, which I will post about later. 

So rather than describe our week there in words, I'll let you see it for yourself :) 

We've arrived!  We stay at the same place every year, and this trip is much anticipated by all.

First order of business...LOTS of swimming, water-sliding, and rope-swinging in the awesome pools.  Bella preferred to listen to music in a lounge chair under the shade of an umbrella most of the time, as she was still recovering.

Beautiful sunsets.  Never get enough of these.

Beautiful girls with flowers in their hair.

Some playground time with Daddy.  

Maui Ocean Center - another annual favorite.  

Nighttime walks through beautiful gardens to feed the fish.

Time for silliness, more silliness, and oh yes extreme silliness!  The photo above is one of my favorites of the three kids - so representative of their individual personalities!

 More swimming til we all pass out...

Another rare photo of all five of us.
And an even rarer photo of just the two of us - taken by Bou.  And no, I am not getting bigger because I'm eating too many fish tacos and brownies.  Okay maybe too many brownies, but that's nothing new.  I am pregnant :).  We are having another baby in just a few months!


  1. Beautiful photos and wonderful news; congratulations!!!

  2. Lisa! Congratulations on the new baby!! You look great and I'm so glad you all got a little R&R as a family.

  3. I love reading your updates! Glad you all got a much needed vacation. Congratulations on your new baby!

  4. Hi and Congratulations! I wanted to let you know that IRIS HAS A FAMILY!!
    I didn't know if you knew about this.
    Blessings to you and your family.

  5. Whoo Hoo, a new baby! That's wonderful! As always your pictures are amazing. The sunset with the palm trees makes my heart happy. Thanks.

  6. Not sure my other comment pub'd or not. I was just compelled to say, your family is so beautiful in SO MANY ways! God bless you and the new baby. We'll be praying for Bella as she undergoes her surgeries. It's always a joy to see her sweet smiling face. What a bright light. Love from MN, Katrina