Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Visit from Auntie Nalani and Uncle Jason

Nalani and Jason are two of our closest friends who live in Hawaii.  I have known Nalani since 4th grade at Holy Trinity School.  We also went to Kamehameha Schools together from 7th through 12th grade and Loyola Marymount University for college where we were roommates.  Needless to say, we have spent a lot of time together and it was a "no-brainer" as to who we would like to be Ke'alohi's godmother.  

Nalani and Jason were on their way home from a trip to Peru when they had a three-day stopover in Los Angeles.  They were meeting up with Nalani's family who were on a trip to California to visit all the major theme parks.  We were lucky enough to see them a couple times during their stay so that Ke'alohi, Nalani and Jason could hang out.  We hit up the local food joints that they don't have in Hawaii like Chipotle, Kabuki and Olive Garden.  

We had a great time together and can't wait to see them again in Hawaii during Christmas.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Opa...

Today is my dad's birthday!  We love him dearly and can't wait to see him and my mom this weekend in Missouri!

This is one of my favorite pictures of him and Ke'alohi when he was visiting us in June.

Love You Opa!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Three Months Old!

Our little girl is three months old today!! Now that she is three month old, she is technically not a "newborn" anymore, but I am going to hold out until she is "over" three months old.  I need this next month to come to terms with my baby being an "infant."

Ten Facts about Ke'alohi at Three Months:
  1. Weighs 13 pounds and 12 ounces and measures 24 inches.
  2. Smiles and coos at Mommy and Daddy.
  3. Likes hanging out in her Bumbo seat.
  4. Drinks almost six ounces of formula at each feeding.
  5. Eyes are getting even darker, almost a light brown color.
  6. Still sleeps great and mostly through the night!
  7. Duke, Harley and Ke'alohi now like to smell and watch each other.
  8. Loves to pull on Mommy's hair.
  9. Had her first booboo on her arm and took it like a little champ.
  10. Starting to grab and bring toys and blankets to her mouth.

Visit from Cousin Jorge

We got to spend some time with Lucas' cousin, Jorge, who is from Spain, last night and today.  Last night, we took him to a sushi bar at the Third Street Promenade.  We all shared our favorite sushi rolls and I got to learn a lot about Spain and that side of Lucas' family.  We spent the night talking story and planning our trip out to Spain and Portugal to visit family.  The highlight of the night had to be Jorge's first Pinkberry experience.  Pinkberry is a Los Angeles staple and probably the best frozen yogurt out there. We definitely got him hooked on it and wanting more.

Today, we met up with him and Lucas' parents at the Gene Autry Museum in Glendale.  It was a blistering 105 degrees and made me feel like I was melting.  We all grabbed lunch in the cafe where we tried a buffalo burger for the first time.  After lunch, we headed into the museum and got to see lots of western history from back in the day.

After making our rounds there, we headed to the Griffith Observatory to check out the museum and the best views of Los Angeles.  We got to see lots of displays about the different planets, stars and the sun. Our favorite part of the observatory has to be the different scales showing what you would weigh on each planet based on their gravitational pull to the sun.

We ended the day meeting up with Uncle Dan and Bailey, who were up in Los Angeles for a soccer game, and got dinner at The Grove.  The Farmer's Market has a variety of foods but most of us settled on cajun food.  Jorge jumped at the opportunity to eat Pinkberry again and tested out new flavors.

We were sad to see Jorge go but are excited to see him again, hopefully in Spain!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Visit with Auntie Kasey Again

We got to see Auntie Kasey again!  Today, Kasey had the day off of work because she and Connor had just gotten back from their babymoon in Hawaii.  Some of you might be wondering what a babymoon is and it's kind of like a honeymoon.  It's essentially a trip that you take before the baby comes so that you have one final relaxing time with your loved one.  Kasey and Connor sure know how to babymoon because they went all way to Kauai!  So jealous!

Ke'alohi was very excited to see Auntie Kasey, so much that she smiled and made sounds the whole bath time before leaving to see her.  When we got there we had a great time talking about her trip, her pregnancy, maternity leave and most importantly SHOPPING for babies!  I have given her all my tips for savvy shopping because there are so many things babies need!

I'm sure you're wondering if Kasey gave in and told us what they are going to name their daughter and that would be a negative.  They have narrowed it down to three names and they are going to decide on the perfect name when they see  their precious bundle of joy.

Only a few more months until she will be here in November!  Can't wait!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Visit from Karen, Bailey, Selma and Teresa

Aunt Karen, Aunt Selma, Bailey and Teresa were all on a trip to Hong Kong this last week for Selma's Cookies.  If you haven't had a Selma's cookie, rice crispie or brownie, you need to do so now.  Go to your closest Vons, Pavilions, Disneyland/Disneyworld or go to their website.  I'm telling you it might be one of the best sweets you have ever eaten.  

Aunt Selma had to go to Hong Kong for a Disney vendor meeting where they recognized their best vendors, her company being one of them and one of the longest serving vendors of Disney.  She provides the parks with cookies, rice crispies, brownies and chocolate covered marshmallows.  You know those rice crispies in the shape of Mickey? Yup, those are made by Lucas' Aunt's company.  You can also find her crispies in the shapes of flowers, slippers and seasonal things like footballs, hearts, Christmas trees and cupcakes.  Because her trip was in such a cool location, Selma took Aunt Karen, Bailey and Teresa with her!

They landed this afternoon at LAX and then decided to visit Ke'alohi and I for the rest of the afternoon.  We had so much fun talking about their trip, how Teresa is starting at Yale University next week and making faces at Ke'alohi while she worked on her tummy time.  

It was a great afternoon and I hope we can do it again soon!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

First Time Finding Her Hands!

Our little girl has hit another milestone:  Ke'alohi has officially found her hands.  She is now very busy looking at them and bringing anything and everything to her mouth.  Her favorite things to grab are blankets, deedas (burp cloths) and my hair.  We are almost to the point where I think she will want to grab and play with toys but we will see.  

For now we are enjoying this stage of her life and loving it!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Maxine Eleanor Conlan is Here!

If you were now wondering who the cutest little girl born in August was, we have your answer: Maxine Eleanor Conlan! Our wedding / maternity / newborn photographer, Janel Conlan at Focus Photography, Inc. and her husband, have welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world.  She was born this evening at 7:58 pm, weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces and measuring 19.5 inches.

We could not be more happy for them!  We all know that our two girls might be the most photographed babies out there!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Noah Matthew's Baptism

We have known Joanne and Brian Custer since our engagement.  They volunteer at LMU to help coordinate weddings at Sacred Heart Chapel.  They helped make our special day perfect and have been our friends ever since.  Today we all headed back to LMU's Sacred Heart Chapel for another special occasion; their son, Noah's baptism.

It was a beautiful service that showed the Custer family's devotion to their faith! Congratulations!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Road Trip for Jenn and Jon's Baby Shower!

We are so excited for our friends Jenn and Jon who are expecting their son, Jacob James, in October.  Jacob is one lucky boy because he will have the best parents.  I think what makes us so happy for them is that we have been lucky to share in each other's lives and special times.  When we were all in college, Jenn and I studied abroad together in Oxford, England, after graduation, we both got engaged and were married in the summer of 2009 and now we are both starting our families.

The road trip started at 4 am with us all getting up and hitting the road.  Luckily, we were able to get in the car by 4:45 am and cruised into Roseville at 11:15 am.  All in all, Ke'alohi did great in the car and slept most of the way.  We did pull over a couple times to switch drivers and to feed and change her.  We changed and headed over to Jenn and Jon's house for the shower that was hosted by Jenna (who got engaged the week before) and Jenn's Nana.  We had a blast and a few times laughed so hard that our stomach hurt.  The highlights of the day were Nana reading everyone a "bedtime story" and all the girls helping Jenn put all the gifts away in Jacob's room.  The next morning we got up bright and early to have brunch at Jenn and Jon's house and then headed back down to Los Angeles.  Our trip up north was too short and we wish that Roseville was closer to us.

It might be stepping over our parental boundaries but we have already decided that Jacob and Ke'alohi will be friends and will be going to prom together in 2028!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

First Time to Gymboree Class!

For the last couple weeks, Ke'alohi and I have been on a quest to find a Mommy and Me class.  We looked at a couple places and finally decided that Gymboree was the place for us!  You may be asking, "what could a two-month old possibly do at this age?"  Well, right now we are just working on singing songs to the babies, tummy time, tracking with their eyes and and getting them to bat at toys.  Honestly, the class at this point really is more for me to talk to other moms and and get out of the house with Ke'alohi.  We are having so much fun going to class on Tuesdays and Thursdays and it is well worth it!

Once I go back to work, we will be going to the Saturday classes with Lucas!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Visit from Auntie Mikaela

Today, one of my sorority sisters, Mikaela, took some time off from her crazy busy schedule in the entertainment business to hang out with us for a while.  We loved having her over and Ke'alohi was just mesmerized by her facial expressions.  I think Ke'alohi was just trying to butter up Auntie Mikaela to take her to the Oscars one day.  

We all know that Mikaela is going places and it's just a matter of time before she is famous!  She better remember us "little people" when she is on the big screen!