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An Extended Weekend of Birthday Celebrations

September 10th, 2014 · No Comments

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My Saturday night began and ended at Liz’s birthday party. She is turning 30 and celebrated at Smoke Daddy. Dallas and Makai and I took the bus down to Wicker Park (our train station is still closed). This was Makai’s second time on the bus, but the first time was just with Dallas. We had a few drinks and some fun, but had to leave after a short while.

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Dallas and I had plans for Saturday dinner at Kai Zan. Makai got his first paid babysitter. It was a little strange, but he was with someone he knows who loves him, so it was fine. Kai Zan was delicious. We tried a lot of adventurous things. Afterwards we met back up with Liz’s party at Smoke Daddy again where we proved that three root beers (10% AVB) is not the limit, even when you’re pairing them with shots of Fireball!

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On Sunday, my parents, who were in the area for a wedding, came over. We went to brunch at Revolution Brewing and Makai got his own meal for the first time. It was a side of scrambled eggs, his favorite food. He LOVES eggs! We also got some good chores done, like finally getting the gate by the stairs installed.

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On Monday, my actual birthday, Dallas had to fly to San Francisco for work, but it was still a great day. I treated myself at breakfast and went to Intelligentsia for a great coffee and ham and cheese croissant. At lunch I ducked out to the nail salon for some pampering. And in the afternoon I got my annual flower delivery, which I completely forgot was coming until Amanda was standing at my desk with the vase of flowers. Very summery this year. Pretty colors. Lots of roses and daisies.

For dinner, I picked up Makai and met Jess at Lula. I’d never been there with Makai, but they were SUPER kid friendly (high chairs, plastic cups, crayons, and my biggest pet peeve lately – the waiter was awesome and DID NOT set things right in front of Makai so he could immediately swipe them off the table). The food was great at Lula, the weather was really a perfect summer night, Makai was well behaved, and best of all, I got to catch up with a good friend.

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And continuing on into Tuesday! At lunch I went to Eggy’s with some of my friends at work. We had to continue the birthday tradition by getting the poutine. It looks gross in the photo, but it is SO good. And then for dinner, Makai and I met Jen, Quinn, Kristin, Cousin and Donna at Longman & Eagle. Makai’s first dining experience at a Michelin starred restaurant. Ha. I wasn’t sure how kid-friendly Longman is, but they have high chairs and we sat outside, which is more casual. It was fine. Actually, it was great! Lots of fun with a bunch more friends, all while having a great dining experience!

Maybe 39 29 isn’t so bad! Thanks to all of my friends and family for all of the texts and instant messages and cards and gifts and time spent celebrating. You have made this a great birthday!

Oh. And here’s my growing list of birthday flowers!
- 2013
- 2012
- 2011
- 2010
- 2009
- 2008
- 2007
- 2006
- 2005
- 2004
- 2003
- 2002

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Hawaii Day 12: Kamehameha Schools Alumni Luau

June 15th, 2014 · No Comments

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Dallas’s parents went out to breakfast and to buy even MORE baby formula. Makai stayed home with us and got another sink bath. Dallas had this leftover “local” sushi for breakfast. It’s made with egg and canned tuna.

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After breakfast, me and Makai and Kathy went on a walk around Waikiki. SO many people stopped us to say how cute Makai is or to talk about his big cheeks! We took a photo by the Duke Kahanamoku, the famous swimmer and surfer, and by Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, who set up Kamehameha Schools. Her husband also set up the Bishop Museum in her memory. (We visited in 2005.

After our walk we went back to the condo to get ready. Dallas’s parents left quite a while before us to go to Kamehameha Schools because Dallas’s dad had to get his class photo earlier. Each class has a time they have to be there to get the class photo taken. It was Dallas’s dad’s 50 year reunion and Dallas’s 20th.

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Since we had extra time, we went to visit Aunty Mary. She is actually Dallas’s great aunt, his grandma’s sister. Dallas’s grandma passed away a couple years ago and Aunty Mary is the only sibling left. I was impressed with her independence, health and sharp wit! I hope we can all stay this healthy as we get older! Makai was sleeping when we arrived at her house and stayed sleeping after we were there a while. When he woke up he snuggled up to Aunty in her lap for quite a while. So cute!

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The view from Aunty Mary’s house in Manoa Valley. Aunty Mary lives on her own mostly. He husband passed away recently and her granddaughter lives in an apartment downstairs, but she is very self sufficient.

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Next we headed to Kamehameha Schools for the alumni luau. We heard there were 1500 people there and that for every one person in attendance there were three more people who couldn’t get tickets! The youngest alumni there graduated five years ago. The oldest was a 98-year-old woman who was from the class of 30-something.

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Dallas dropped us off and went to park the car and then get his class photo taken. Makai and I browsed around this area where they had some people selling things. I bought a really nice necklace and earrings made from sea glass and sea shells. I tried to rock Makai to sleep during the opening band’s performance but people kept coming up to us to see Makai and talk to him!

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There were so many pupus like pickled Maui onion, limu salad, boiled peanuts, poke, edamame, and my favorite, smoked meat. I really like the onions too and ended up buying some at the supermarket later on! For our actual meal, we had kalua pig, chicken long rice, squid luau, lomi salmon, poke, poi, and rice. I didn’t want my poi, so Makai ate it all. And a few other people saved theirs so that he could eat it for the next few days!

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For entertainment there were a lot of bands and comedians. Each class was called out and they had to do a dance at their tables. Class of ’94 won, I think! (I’m not allowed to post any photos or video of that, but just know they do exist!). Ekolu is a pretty famous Hawaiian band that played. And Touch of Gold played a lot of crowd favorites and oldies. Dallas’s mom took Makai to the dance floor to dance with him, but the swaying made him want to fall asleep. Even though there was a live band a few feet away!

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At around 8 p.m., Dallas’s parents took Makai back to the condo to eat and go to bed. We stuck around and the party continued until 9:30, way past when it was supposed to. No one could remember an alumni luau where so many people were dancing! And they wouldn’t stop! Dallas’s classmate was doing the sound and lighting and kept playing all the Class of ’94 favorite songs. While others were trying to break down tables and clean up, Class of ’94 just kept dancing!

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Oh, and before I forget, we also got these photos taken in the “photo booth.”

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After the party we went back to the dorms again. Someone had a couple of ukuleles and a guitar and there was a lot of playing and singing. So many of Dallas’s classmates are in Hawaiian bands that have been nominated for Na Hoku awards like Kekoa in Holunape and Kalehua in Hi’ikua. We stayed out late, dropped Hoku off in Diamond Head, made a late-night run to Jack in the Box, and got home around 2:30 a.m. What a fun day/night!

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Hawaii Day 3: Makai’s First Trip to the Beach

June 11th, 2014 · No Comments

Makai started out with a sink bath and spent the rest of the day (until we left the house) wearing only a diaper – Kauai baby style! Dallas’s mom said that when Dallas was little they only threw a shirt on when they went out, but we put shorts on him too! Kauai is very laid back though. At one point we took him to a party and he was wearing an aloha shirt and people wanted to know why he was so dressed up! I always stress about what clothes to pack to Hawaii, but I never should. Especially not on Kauai, where I don’t even wear makeup. No. One. Cares. !!

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Dallas and his dad continued to work on the deck. During a break, Dallas was digging through some drawers in his old room and came across this photo of Kamehameha Schools Class of 1994. The photo was taken in 1990, when they were all 8th graders! (View Larger.)

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While Makai was sleeping I ran out and did a few things. My first stop was Kauai Coffee. I’d been here one time before, but it was years ago. This time I noticed there was a self-guided walking tour so after sampling some coffee, I took a stroll. Even if you don’t read the signs, it’s a beautiful walk with lots of rows of coffee bushes and pretty flowers. I think they also have a guided tour if you’re there at the right time.

After my walk I treated myself to an ice cream sandwich made with Kauai Coffee ice cream and a chocolate chip macadamia nut cookie. It was so huge! I could only eat about half. Then I bought a few things to take home and a couple things for Makai – a stuffed honu and a book called This Is My Piko. Piko is Hawaiian for belly button and this book talks about all different body parts and how to say them in Hawaiian.

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In Ele’ele I stopped at Big Save and got a blow up pool for Makai to use at the house. At the market, they’re making a killing on this local coconut water, since everyone is into drinking that now. I also took some photos of some odd aisle signs. I don’t know why Big Save always puts the fishing tackle in the souvenir aisle!

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And then I stopped at L&L in Waimea to grab some lunch for everyone. I got a ton of chicken katsu, some teri beef and I just had to try the saimin burger. I feel like the ramen burger was a big trend last year in New York so yay for L&L for hopping on that. Instead of L&L, Makai had some poi that I got at the Big Save.

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A couple random things: This keyless car ignition thing is cool except when you have a baby you’re loading in and out of the backsean a thousand times like I was on our day on the North Shore. The keyless ignition actually makes me more prone to losing the key/fab because I don’t know where I put it… it’s not in the ignition where it’s supposed to be.

I also picked up the The Garden Island News hoping to see some soft story about how an albatross found its way home, but it actually had a real issue on the front page. We were just talking to Larry about the water issues they’re having around Kalaheo.

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We met up with Kaipo, Dallas’s classmate from Kamehameha, to go to the Poipu Beach. He brought his daughter Hi’ilei, who is 2 years old and the cutest thing ever. This was Makai’s first time in the actual sand and water. He was not a fan of the water at all really! He seemed to like the sand. Or at least be ok with it. He tried to eat it, actually!

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Later on Dallas’s parents insisted we go out for a nice dinner while they babysat. We decided on Dolphin Seafood in Poipu at Kukui’ula because it was new(er) and we’d heard from a few people how good it is. We sat at the sushi bar and our sushi chef was Tandita, who was a young kind of punkish Japanese girl. I don’t remember what all we had, but I do remember one of them was uku, a Hawaiian snapper. Just to the left of us we started talking to a couple who were out celebrating a birthday. Turns out they know Dallas’s uncle Dee very well. Small island!

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