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A Visit From Jordan and Liz

August 18th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Jordan and Liz came for a visit over the weekend. It had been about seven years since they visited Chicago. Dallas sees them sometimes when his work takes him to the Pacific Northwest, but I hadn’t seen Jordan and Liz since their wedding on Kauai. Makai was the perfect excuse to get them back out to Chicago for a visit!

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Makai with Aunty Liz and Uncle Jordan at The Radler

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Makai at The Radler

They arrived on a Thursday night. On Friday, Dallas and Jordan went golfing. On my way to work I directed Liz to all the shopping on Michigan Avenue and she was able to occupy herself for most of the day :). She loved the buildings and the river and the shopping and the architecture and everything. It’s so different from where they live, just north of Seattle. After daycare, Liz and I took Makai to play at Palmer Square. Then we met back up with Jordan and Dallas to have dinner at The Radler. As you can see, Makai is super happy to be back at his most frequented restaurant. :).

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Uncle Jordan and Aunty Liz with Makai

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Danny manning the grill.

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Makai eating Danny’s homemade pickles and his daddy’s kalbi.

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Still working on that kalbi!

On Saturday we headed out to Danny and Caroline’s new house in Riverside. Cory and Chris, who moved to Vail about three years ago, just happened to be in town so it was nice to get the family together while those we don’t see often were visiting. Danny smoked a ton of pork butt and Dallas grilled some kalbi ribs. I handed one to Makai and he shoved it right in his mouth, like a good Korean. Obviously he didn’t really bite off the meat and eat it, but he was really sucking the bones! I bet he can’t wait till he’s old enough to really get in there!

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Aunty Cory and her nephew Rory

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Cory, Rory, Edy, Tommy, Kenji, Aunty Laura

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Caroline and Rory

At the end of the month it’s Cory’s 40th birthday, so we celebrated ahead of time with tons of cake and cookies. Rory, Edy, Tommy, and Kenji were all there to help her blow out her candles.

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Makai at Parson’s

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I told them to give me the smallest size possible!

On Sunday Dallas and Jordan went golfing again. Liz and Makai and I went to the farmers market and then later on we all met up at Parson’s. It looked like it was going to rain, but luckily it didn’t . We ate a ton of chicken and Makai loved the bread and hush puppies. Afterwards we stopped at Tastee Freez for some treats! And then we all just chilled at home. Very early Monday morning Liz and Jordan had to head back home. I’m so glad they visited though and finally got to meet Makai! Such a fun weekend!

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Hawaii Day 13: Back to Kauai

June 16th, 2014 · No Comments

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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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Hawaii Day 7: Kailua

June 13th, 2014 · No Comments

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Somehow Dallas and Billy got up super early for the Kamehameha Schools Alumni Golf Tournament, the first alumni activity of the alumni week… which was pretty much the point of our whole trip. I was mostly impressed with Billy getting up, since he’d just flown in from Taiwan the day before. The rest of the family slept in except Damien. I was dying to see the beach, so I threw Makai in the stroller and the three of us went for a walk. I couldn’t get on the sand because of the stroller, but later on in the afternoon when Makai was sleeping, I took a nice, relaxing stroll on my own. The beaches in Wamanalo are so beautiful with the small islands off the coast, the pali, and the ironwood trees.

Later on I took Makai to Safeway to pick up a few things. I took the stroller in because I thought I was only getting like two things but ended up with so much that the friendly cashier closed her register and helped me to the car! The Safeway was in Kailua, which is kind of just the next town over. This is a bigger city and has more retail and restaurants than Waimanalo, which is a pretty small town. You might have heard of Kailua because it’s where the Obamas vacation in Hawaii sometimes. Also, Magnum P.I.’s house was over here…actually it’s more towards Waimanalo.

Anyway, the shopping center had Starbucks and L&L so I hit both of those places. While I was waiting for my order at L&L these two utility workers (maybe construction workers) came in and one was like “ooohhh that’s a healthy one!” to me about Makai. The other worker looks and agrees and then they both throw up shakas to Makai inside his stroller! My food came and I was going to eat there, but just then, at Makai’s exact feeding time I realized that I had formula powder and water, but no bottle! I had to rush home while Makai freaked out in the backseat! Luckily, Waimanalo is not far and the traffic was pretty light. A few minutes after I got back, Billy and Dallas arrived from their golfing.

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That night we all went out to eat at Willow Tree, a Korean restaurant back in Kailua. We sampled a lot of different food (meat jun, bibimbap, kalbi, mandu) and thought it was all pretty good. Back home, all the kids get a bath and go to bed. I was so tired I went to bed too!

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