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Makai’s First New Years Eve Parties

January 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Party #1: Chad and Jen’s House

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Dallas and Makai. Makai is wearing his new outfit that he got at Christmas time from Richard and Amanda.

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Dallas & Kristin,

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Presents for Makai from Quinn.

Party #2: Josh and Liz’s House

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Josh’s game room – Pool, Darts, TWO huge flat screen TVs.

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Makai was sleeping for HOURS in the corner. People didn’t even know he was there.

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Ringing in 2014. Makai woke up MINUTES before and was HUNGRY!

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All better after he ate. He was smiling and happy.

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Andy, Rita, Mikey.

On New Years Eve we had to take Makai to the doctor. Turns out he has an outer ear infection, which explains why he’d been super fussy in the previous days. Although, he did just get vaccinations, so that’s what we thought was the issue at first. The doctor dug a bunch of crap out of his ear and sent us home with some drops and almost right away, Makai felt a lot better. Still, we were not sure if we would still go to the two New Years Eve parties that we’d planned to go to and had a lot of back up plans.

We decided to get to Jen and Chad’s house early, at 5 p.m. We were the first ones there and Makai was awake for about an hour or hour and a half. After that he fell asleep for about five and a half hours! I was ready at any minute to take Makai home if he was not feeling well or crabby, but he just slept and slept. We even took him to Josh’s New Years Eve party and he slept there too. He woke up at a few minutes to midnight, just in time to ring in the new year with everyone. But he was super crabby, because, HELLO!?!? feed me!! After eating he stayed up and visited for about an hour and then we called it a night. I wanted to get home and get him back to sleep in his bed so he can truly be on the mend.

Happy New Year, Makai! Here’s to hoping this is the only ear infection of 2014 (but all the parents at the parties told me it probably will not be!).

P.S. This is the 8th NYE we’ve spent at Jen and Chad’s and I think the 4th one we’ve spent with our other group of friends at the second party.

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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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Aunty Gail’s 70th Birthday Party

May 28th, 2013 · No Comments

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Siblings: Uncle Sonny, Uncle Neil, Aunty Gail, Aunty Laura, Uncle BB

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Aunty Gail blowing out her candles. Someone was nice and only put 7 on the cake!

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Front: Tyler, Amanda, Aly, Aunty Karolyn, Aunty Gail, Aunty Laura, Aunty Peggy. Back: Uncle BB, Aunty Glenna, Brad, Uncle Sonny, Doug, Mitch, Naoko, Tommy, Kenji, Chris, Dallas, Jeff, Eddy, Rachelle, Heather, Uncle Neil

On the way home from the lake house on Sunday we swung by Aunty Gail’s 70th birthday party at Doug and Naoko’s house. It was a surprise, but we missed the surprise part. We arrived just in time to eat, actually! Everyone wanted to hear about our trip to Japan and we got a chance to thank Naoko in person for her Jiro hookups!

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