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Christmas Dinner at Aunty Gail’s

December 26th, 2014 · No Comments

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This was the 10th year in a row that we have gone to Dallas’s Aunty Gail’s house for Christmas dinner. My parents are visiting from Wisconsin this year and we contemplated not going, but in the end we did and dragged my parents along. I’m glad we did because it is so nice to see all of the family, including many who fly in and we don’t see very often. Of course, everyone made my parents feel right at home and they had a great time.

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Last year Makai was just a baby. This year John was the smallest baby. Makai was running around and trying to get right in there with the bigger kids. That was fun to watch. He and his pal Hana are getting to the age when they can finally play together. When they were hugging I almost died. Cuteness!! Also, we keep Makai away from our stairs at home as much as we can, but at Aunty Gail’s tri-level home, there are a lot of stairs and they’re carpeted with VERY plush carpet and Makai would not hold back on going up the stairs. He’s a pro now.

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Every year Aunty Gail makes beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes, corn, green bean casserole and her mom’s lettuce/mayo/crab/pea salad. It never varies. Dessert varies because other people always bring different desserts, but Aunty Gail always makes her signature cookies. Someone made brownies, my parents brought a tray of their homemade Christmas candy and Naoko made a delicious yule log.

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Every year Aunty Gail reminds you a hundred times to bring your grab bag, “no junk!”. The gift exchange was a little more lively than it had been in the past couple years. Maybe because with my parents and Marty’s new wife, there were a few newbies. I just wanted the bottle of wine, dangit! My gift ended up including a bottle of wine, though, so that was nice.

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Yum! Saimin!

December 11th, 2014 · No Comments

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Came home to homemade saimin!

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Thanksgiving in Wisconsin

November 29th, 2014 · 1 Comment

For Thanksgiving this year we went to Oak Creek to Richard and Amanda’s house. Amanda’s parents and sister (and her family) also joined us there. The food was great and it was so much fun to hang out with everyone!

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Amanda + Richard

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Amanda + Makai

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Drunks!

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Courtnie, Debbie, Stephanie, Jessica

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Courtnie, Jessica, Debbie, Stephanie, Mom

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Makai made this Thanksgiving centerpiece in daycare.

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Dad carving the turkey.

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Makai being silly.

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Cousins!

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Being very Hawaiian! Makai’s first time in the snow. With grandpa!

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Makai is a little obsessed with dogs. He loved playing with Milo.

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Steph, Jess, Richard, Amanda, Milo (Thanks for hosting!)

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