November 11th, 2014 · 1 Comment
Hana, Grandma, Makai
Aunty Gail, Makai, Grandma
Aunty Heather with Hana and Makai
Dallas’s parents were in town last weekend to watch Makai during all of Josh and Liz’s wedding festivities, so Aunty Laura had her annual early Thanksgiving dinner on the Sunday before they left. Last year Makai was so little we were almost afraid to have different people hold him. It was his first big party! This year he played with kids and visited family and ate SO MUCH Thanksgiving dinner. All of it: turkey, stuffing, ham, potatoes, green beans, cranberries and pumpkin pie! Such a big boy now.
Two funny points: 1. Rory asked to see Makai when we arrived so I took him over. Well, he didn’t really want to see Dallas! And ran away. 2. Makai was sitting on a kind of stool with some towels piled up so he could reach the table. One minute he was there, one minute he’d slid down onto the ground. He didn’t make a peep, so it took us a second to notice! I think he was too stunned!
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We packed up all of our stuff… ahhh. Do we really have to go home?
Of course it was on my last day, my 14th day, that I finally found some decent coffee in Waimea. I had kind of a hard time because there’s no coffee maker at the house. Then I find out on the last day that there’s a great coffee shop about a two minute drive away: Aloha -n- Paradise. It is an art gallery and an event space with an espresso bar in the back. I browsed around and looked at a LOT of amazing art by local artists and then headed back for a latte. Let me warn you, though, this is not a place you rush in and out of. I talked story with the ladies inside FOREVER! One woman had been in Chicago over the winter, living there for about 8 months, before returning home to Kauai. I don’t know why she would want to spend the winter in Chicago! She said she was a traveling chef and was also writing a play (I think).
Not too long later, we packed up the car and drove to Lihue. The good news was for our Lihue to Los Angeles flight we got a free upgrade to first class. It was kind of an old crappy plane, but it was great to have the extra space for Makai to relax and get more comfortable. Also, the food and blankets and pillows were nice. And the champagne.
It was 11 p.m. when we arrived at LAX. We changed Makai into his pajamas and got something to eat. We had a middle seat and the window and the gate agent would not switch us. We were all settled in when our seatmate arrived and I swear he took one look at us and cursed his luck, sitting next to a baby on a redeye!, but Makai was good. He slept almost the whole time and only fussed for a minute. Kristin picked us up from the airport in our car. Makai stayed home from daycare that day and Dallas and I both worked from home. We all needed one day to adjust!
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We packed up our suitcase yet again and headed back to Kauai. We flew into Kauai, so we went back just for one night. Our vacation was really ending
I ran to Big Save for the last supplies for Makai and for a few things to add to the dinner we were having. Aunty Kathy and Uncle Dee came over for a bbq. We grilled up some leftover Korean ribs and had rice, kimchi, boiled peanuts, pickled onion, and a fresh salad that Aunty Kathy made. I remember the salad (with papaya seed dressing) tasted extra good. I hadn’t been eating my vegetables like I should! Aunty Kathy also made a homemade pie and I ate it with some macnut ice cream I’d bought at the store earlier.
The photo above is some beer that I got at Big Save. Big Braddah Primo. Extra refreshing on a hot night!
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