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Hawaii Day 4: Ze Train, Ze Train!

June 11th, 2014 · No Comments

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In the morning Dallas and his dad kept working on the deck some more. Taking boards off every day, waiting for the new materials to be delivered. Dallas and his parents were going golfing again with Larry, this time at Kauai Lagoons in Lihue, so it was Makai and mommy day again.

Our first stop was in Koloa town to go to the post office and mail some postcards to my parents, my brother and his family, and to my office. Then we headed across the street to Big Save. They’ve really remodeled this location since the last time I was there. There was even a big area with a ton of different poke. I wondered if they were trying to compete with Koloa Fish Market, which is awesome and located right next door. I was disappointed to ask for cone sushi and be told Big Save does not carry any sushi any more. What the heck?

My main reason for going to Big Save was to get more formula and diapers. At this point we were starting to realize just how much Makai goes through while he’s at daycare! Makai rode in the shopping cart for the first time and loved it. Everyone in the store, employees and customers, were commenting on how cute he is. I don’t know if Hawaiians and those visiting Hawaii are just especially friendly and in love with babies, or what, but everywhere we went people stopped to say hi to him or make comments to us on how happy and cute he looked.

In the souvenir aisle I saw some haku leis (leis worn on your head) and thought they might be a good size for kids to wear around their necks. I tried a couple on Makai, but his head is so big that they fit right on his head! He had fun trying them on, though.

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At the Poipu Shopping Village we walked around a little bit. I stopped at Papalani Gelato and got a small shake and then went by Puka Dog for a sausage snack. I ordered my dog spicy but it was so mild. Makai was sampling the mango relish and lilikoi mustard. But that’s how mild it was… a baby could eat it. It was fun to visit Puka Dog, although I’m always a little disappointed in the bread to sausage ratio. Also, being there reminded me of John, which was kind of sad, but he was so happy that day we went together, that it was kind of nice too.

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Next we drove to Lihue to the Kilohana Plantation. I bought one ticket for the train ride (Makai was free) and waited at the depot. I asked the ladies in the shop if it was safe to leave my stroller there during the train ride or if I should put it in the car and they pretty much laughed at me. Of course it was safe, they said. I guess I’m just used to the city! Before the train ride started, Makai was entertaining all the passengers by smiling and laughing and squawking and blowing raspberries.

The Kilohana Plantation is a working farm and has a ton of different plants and vegetables and fruits and nuts and animals on the property. Makai didn’t care too much about the train ride. I think he did like the wind in his hair, though.

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The train stopped in an area that had a bunch of boar, goats, chickens and roosters. Everyone got off the train and you could feed bread to the animals. I didn’t know if Makai would even register that there were animals running around, but every time I looked down at him he was smiling and laughing and kicking. He loved it. Note to self: Go to the zoo soon!

After a while we got back on the train and rode back to the depot. A few fun facts from our tour guide: 1. It takes a pineapple two years to grow to a marketable size. 2. Raw cashews are poisonous. 3. Boar hunting season on Kauai begins January 1st and ends on December 31st. :)

I stopped in at Koloa Rum just because it was right there on the property. We’ve had this rum before and it’s pretty good. We even have a bottle of it in Chicago. I didn’t buy anything rum-related, but did get a cute pair of earrings.

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I picked Dallas up from golfing, since we were both in Lihue, and then we went back to Poipu for a late lunch at Keoki’s Paradise and old standby of ours. We visit at least once every time we’re on Kauai. Makai was flirting with all of the ladies at the surrounding tables. I’d see him looking behind me and smiling and laughing and then I’d look over and there’d be some person waving or smiling or talking to him! One little girl who was about 10 years old was especially drawn to him and spent about half of our lunch standing by him! And on the way out of Keoki’s, a woman literally stopped her car to roll down her window and tell us how cute our baby is. CRAZY! Even the waitress was playing with him. Later on we were all joking that Makai is running for Mayor of Poipu, the way he was carrying on and getting love from everyone! Note: This was also the first time he sat in a restaurant high chair.

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Back in Waimea, we crashed while Dallas’s parents went out to Port Allen Sunset Bar & Grill with Larry and Eleanor.

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Christmas Dinner at Aunty Gail’s

December 28th, 2013 · No Comments

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Our family photo in front of the Christmas tree. (Photo by Heather)

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Me & Makai (Photo by Heather)

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Makai and Heather

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Aunty Laura, Heather, Rachelle: We all got the memo to wear maroon sweaters!

On Christmas day we always go to Dallas’s Aunty Gail’s house out in Mount Prospect, IL. This year Danny, Caroline and Rory were in South Carolina and Scotty, Krystyn and Hideto were in Utah. Cory and Chris stayed in Vail where they live and Uncle Sonny and his family didn’t make it because he just had surgery. So, the group was smaller….. but still a lot of people!

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Aunty Laura & Aunty Gail

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. Uncle Neil and Aunty Peggy’s family came later after they had dinner with Aunty Peggy’s family so we were actually all able to sit at one table without having side tables or kiddy tables. This is who was sitting across from me:

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Eddy

Eddy!

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Hana & Makai

And we might not have had a kiddy table, but there was a baby section where babies were sleeping during dinner. Or maybe not sleeping, but hopefully being quiet.

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Aunty Laura, Doug, Makai (Photo by Heather)

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Grab Bag Gift Exchange (Photo by Heather)

Every year Aunty Gail reminds you a hundred times to bring your grab bag, “no junk!”. This year the gifts all seemed to be decent and the swap did not get too crazy. Almost everyone just took a gift from the middle without much stealing. I’m not sure why. Maybe it was because the family had FOUR new babies to distract them!

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Alexia

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Makai & Alexia (Photo by Heather)

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Alexia was reaching out to touch Makai and Makai was tipping over on his own, but it totally looks like she is pushing him down!

There was Makai, of course. Austin was born in February, Alexia was born in July and Hanako was born one day before Makai in October! The family was shocked to add not one, but TWO girls. As you can see from this cousins photo, there are a LOT of boys. Poor Kate has been the only girl for AGES.

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Tommy, Tyler, Ben, Austin, Derek, Makai, Chris, Eddy, Hana, Kenji, Mitch, Alexia, Kate (Photo by Heather)

Makai was such a good boy. He has a very calm demeanor even where there was so much going on. Aunty Laura was holding him and Hana at the same time and Hana was so upset. .. and Makai just sat there. “Whatever.. I’m chillin’!”.

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Aunty Laura with Makai & Hana (Photo by Heather)

There was one time that I put him in a crib upstairs that Aunty Gail has and then I sat down to eat. I heard crying and it took me a minute to register, “Oh, that’s MY kid.” Another time I passed him off to Aunty Laura to eat a slice of delicious cake that Naoko made. I got to talking with people and a while later realized that Aunty Laura STILL had him. Not only that, she’d rocked him to sleep and was still holding him! I need to work on that. I promise, I don’t forget I have a baby when I’m at home! I guess it is good to forget once in a while.

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Dallas, Tommy and Mitch playing with some fancy robot toy that Tommy got from his grandma in Japan.

Overall, great family dinner. Nice to see everyone, even if I only had brief conversations with a few. Until next year!

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Dallas & Makai

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Dallas & Makai (Photo by Heather)

Note: In the hustle and bustle of getting everything together for Makai and for the gift exchange and some things we were storing at Aunty Laura’s, I somehow forgot my camera! Luckily, Heather and Naoko are more seasoned moms than me and remembered their cameras. I must thank them for a bunch of these photos! The other photos are from my iPhone, as you can tell by the poor quality in the low lighting!

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Aly, Aunty Laura, Makai, Aunty Glenna (Photo by Heather)

Previous Christmases at Aunty Gail’s:

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Uber

August 29th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I first learned about Uber back in July when I ranted to John about our horrible taxi experiences in Logan Square and how hard it was to get to Katie and Andy’s wedding reception. He told me how it’s an app for your phone that allows you to get a fancy cab (not smelly, not with broken down air conditioning, no driver mumbling on a cell, etc) within minutes and how you can pay with a credit card on file, tip included, so no messing with cash or trying to convince the driver to accept your credit card.

Well.. I was interested but sort of forgot about it. Until I got to work. Where all the iOS developers are totally into it. Last week I finally took my first ride using Uber. Jacob used it to take us to lunch. He upgraded to an SUV to comfortably seat the five of us. Our driver was like a chauffeur and he arrived within four or five minutes. And at our destination, no one had to pay anyone. It was all taken care of. Crazy!

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