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Doug and Naoko’s Labor Day Party

August 31st, 2014 · No Comments

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Makai trying to play with Eddy, Harmony and Kenji.

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Hana, one day older than Makai.

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Makai hanging out with the men, who were gathered around the grill

This is the 8th year, by my count, that we’ve gone to Doug and Naoko’s Labor Day barbecue. Last year they didn’t host a barbecue Naoko was very pregnant and had 3 kids running around. Kind of a lot to try to host a big party too! I was also very pregnant. Doug and Naoko’s daughter, Hana, was born one day before Makai! While the big kids* – Tommy, Kenji, Eddy, Vince, Harmony, and others – were off playing Hana and Makai stayed back and played with each other and with the adults. It was supposed to rain but the weather stayed perfect all day. As always, great food and nice to see everyone!

* It feels weird to say Tommy and Vince and the others are the “big kids” but compared to Makai and Hana, they are! Also, Mitch and Chris were there and they’re both teenagers, so maybe not the “biggest kids.”

Doug & Naoko like to have a Labor Day party every year. Here are some photos from years past:

- 2005: we played a lot of horseshoes
- 2006: Jordan brought fresh smoked salmon from Alaska. He’d just been on a trip there.
- 2007: No Party? Or just no photo or post?
- 2008: Lots of kids. First year I noticed that?
- 2009: Also celebrated Aunty Gail’s retirement. One more photo from that year.
- 2010: Doug & Naoko have a new house
- 2011:Two new babies – Eddy and Ty – and Caroline and Danny expecting one more.
- 2012: How did the kids get so big?????

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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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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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