December 14th, 2013 · 1 Comment
Now that it’s almost Christmas, I finally got a chance to look at some photos from Thanksgiving! We actually went to two Thanksgiving celebrations. A couple weeks before the day, Aunty Laura had some family out to her house in the suburbs for a big dinner. Dallas’s parents were in town and I think they were surprised at how many kids there are now!
Aunty Gail with her granddaughter, Hanako. Kathy with her grandson Makai. Hanako is one day older than Makai, but Makai is a giant compared to her!
Grandmas lined up: Aunty Gail with Hana, Kathy with Makai, Aunty Glenna with Alexia, Aunty Laura with Rory.
Aunty Laura watching movies with Tommy, Kenji, Rory and Eddy.
Who would have seen this day coming? Dallas and Danny, still drinking beers and talking story, but with BABIES.
On Thanksgiving day, the actual day, we headed up to Evanston to Jill and Brian’s house. It was a small get together with just their immediate family. Nice and relaxed.
I drank a glass of wine, my first alcoholic beverage in about a year, and then fell asleep on the chair.
Quinn and Halle provided the entertainment! As you can see, they’re in constant motion. Always!
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Kathy and Aunty Kitty
Aunty Myrtle and me
Big confusing menu!
Bento with butterfish, chicken and ahi.
For dinner we met up with Dallas’s parents and his Aunty Kitty and Aunty Myrtle. We went to a Japanese restaurant called Gyotaku. The menu was big and confusing, but I muttled through enough to order a good meal. I got the bento with ahi sashimi, teri chicken, and miso butterfish. Aunty Kitty got the same thing but tempura instead of the chicken, I think. I hadn’t seen these aunties from Dallas’s mom’s side for years, so it was good to catch up.
The food was pretty good at Gyotaku. I especially liked the butterfish. All of the meals were served with a lot of extras – rice, salad, soup, pickles. The clientele was all families and a lot of older people who seemed to be regulars. The wait staff seemed to know everyone and to spend a lot of time talking and joking with diners.
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October 28th, 2012 · 1 Comment
Erik, Swede, Safina
Safina and Swede playing ball with Dallas and Erik
Aunty Nancy said the kids have brought these to school for Show & Tell!
Mountains of ahi sashimi!!
Portuguese Meat, Aunty Nancy’s Specialty
In the house tonight…
Swede and the family cat.
Safina and Swede putting sprinkles on the cake.
Safina and Swede blowing out candles.
Dallas’s family’s best friends on Kauai are the Matsudas. They live just down the road from where Dallas and his family lived and we try to see them every time we go back to Kauai. Some years it’s just the family and us and some years, like this year, there are a lot of people. I think because Dallas’s parents were with us and a lot of their friends came over.
After the drag races we headed over to the Matsuda’s house. Uncle Bob and Uncle George and the others had to finish up at the race track and put the car back into storage so they met up with us later. Every time we come to Kauai, no matter what, Aunty Nancy makes Dallas his favorite dish that only she makes: Portuguese Meat. At least that’s what they call it (Aunty Nancy is Portuguese). This year she also got this enormous platter of ahi sashimi. Seriously, it was the biggest plate of sashimi I’ve ever seen… and probably the best-tasting too.
It was fun to see everyone again. Safina and Swede are growing up so big! They are such nice and open kids. Right away they fell right in with us. Swede was saying “Uncle, Uncle look at this!” to Dallas and kept bringing things out. We played ball and helped them decorate a cake for everyone (just the sprinkles). We’re not positive if it was someones birthday or if the kids just wanted to blow out candles.
So nice to see everyone and visit! Until next time..!
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