Saturday, December 31, 2011
We grabbed lunch at the CPK near us and had a blast together. Jocelyn and Ke'alohi really bonded, so much so that Ke'alohi fell asleep in her arms and stayed there for at least an hour. She doesn't even do that with me! It was so nice to see her bonding with all her cousins and she was just loving all the attention. Can't wait to see them again!
Friday, December 30, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Ten Facts about Ke'alohi at Seven Months:
- Weighs 20 pounds and 8 ounces and measures 27.25 inches.
- Can roll over continuously!
- Has her first tooth and is working on a second!
- Favorite foods are sweet potato, poi and mango. Hates peas!
- Sleeps through the night or wakes up once to hang out with Mommy.
- Still loves looking at herself in the mirror.
- Starting to grab Duke and Harley to play.
- Wanting to crawl for her toys!
- Beginning to recognize her name.
- Claps when she is happy.
Now we have to start the count down until June when we come back for her baby luau!
This girl is going to make me go crazy constantly updating the blog with all the new things she is doing. I have already around 40 posts just for December! We have all been wanting to see her crawl for days now and she has been so close. Today when Lucas and I were packing and Puna was playing with Ke'alohi, she started to have this determined look on her face. My mom instantly knew she was going to do it right then and there. She grabbed her camera and called us all around Ke'alohi and we all got to witness Ke'alohi crawling for the first time.
We are so happy and excited that we all got to see it happen together. Guess we need to baby proof the townhouse soon because she is MOBILE!
Monday, December 26, 2011
Wish we had one of these in Los Angeles since it's so cold up there!
It might have been the cutest thing ever, watching her laugh (which showed off her new tooth) and clapping!
Fresh Catch, an awesome fish restaurant that Jason and Nalani suggested. Most of us got the Ahi Katsu which was huge and so delicious! There is no doubt in my mind that next time we are in Hawaii, we are going there. At lunch we talked about Ke'ala's life in Shanghai, Ohu's life as a Macy's manager (She's Manager of the Year!) and Jason and Nalani's life building a house for themselves.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
We were all happy and excited but it was just another milestone showing us that our little girl is growing up. Bring on more pearly whites!
Saturday, December 24, 2011
We might be getting a little old for it but I honestly and truly love it. Can't wait for Santa to come and to open presents tomorrow!
After dinner we headed back home to get ready for Santa!
Friday, December 23, 2011
To continue our quest to see friends and eat at all the best places on Hawaii, we met up with my friend Jody at O-Bok Korean Restaurant in Manoa. I can never find my favorite Korean BBQ dish, meat jun, on the mainland which makes me think that it might be a "local" Korean dish and not a truly Korean meal. Meat Jun is a thin piece a meat that is dipped in an egg bath and then fried. It's usually the only think I will order when I am home and at a Korean restaurant. All three of us ordered the meat jun and talked story about Ke'alohi and the new townhouse that Jody just bought with her boyfriend, Lloyd, in Waikele.
We are so excited for them on buying their first place and getting the keys last month! We can't wait to visit their townhouse next time we are home and letting Ke'alohi "break-in" their place...
Thursday, December 22, 2011
It was such a great afternoon spent with friends!
I think you might be getting the impression that whenever we go home to Hawaii, all it is about is food, beaches, family and friends. You would be right! When I plan our trips back home, I have a list of places I want to eat (and what to order), beaches I want to go to and people I want to see. Today, we grabbed lunch with my high school friends Ryan and Gari-Ann. We were all in band together at Kamehameha and have been friends ever since. Ryan actually lives in Los Angeles, but we have been horrible and it took both of us flying to Hawaii for the holidays to meet up for the first time since Ke'alohi was born. Gari-Ann lives in Germany right now while her husband, Aaron, is deployed flying Apache helicopters for our Army.
We were originally going to meet up at Helena's for Hawaiian food, but it was crazy busy and we decided to go to another Hawaiian restaurant, People's Cafe. The food was great and "hit the spot." We laughed about Ryan being on The Price is Right and talked about how Gari-Ann should be a professional photographer. If you have time, you should check out her blog because the pictures on there are phenomenal. We had such a nice time with them and hope to do it again soon!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Never the less, we can't wait to see him next and congratulate him in person! Now that he is commissioned we are waiting to hear what is next and when he is going to training! We love you Uncle Will!
Just look at my little poi baby!
Cinnamon's Restaurant and Lanikai Beach. Naturally, as true Hawaiians, we stuffed our faces at Cinnamon's and then headed to the beach. Hahaha. We met up with our friends Bridget, Ely and Ilikea at Cinnamon's and ate to our heart's content. I have been somewhat skeptical about one of their menu items for a while now because it seemed too sweet and dessert-like for brunch. I will now say that was wrong, very wrong. The red velvet pancakes at Cinnamon's was sent from God himself as a gift to mankind. They taste like heaven in your mouth and instantly jumped on my list of "last meal" items. Lucas and I shared the pancakes and Cinnamon's kalua pig eggs benedict (which was also fabulous). My only regret is that I shared with Lucas and didn't make him get his own stack of pancakes!
Monday, December 19, 2011
Anyone who really knows me, knows that not only am I proud to be from Hawaii, but I am extremely proud to have gone to Kamehameha Schools. My high school is something I hold very dear to me because I had such a great experience there and I don't believe that I would have had the life I have now without it. To give you a little background on my high school, it was started by a woman called Bernice Pauahi Bishop. She was the last descendent of Kamehameha I and when she passed, left all of her land and assets into a trust to establish a school for Hawaiian children.
Every year on her birthday, December 19th, we hold a Founder's Day service to honor and thank her for everything she gave to us, her Hawaiian children. A simple thank you to Pauahi could never sufice for what she gave me. These words are spoken every year at Founder's Day and truly mean something to me and I hope one day will be spoken and mean something to Ke'alohi as well.
We, the students of Kamehameha Schools,
In appreciation of our founder, Bernice Pauahi Bishop,
Pledge to develop our potential in all we do,
Pledge to develop our potential in all we do,
To strive to meet our responsibilities,
To progress to the best of our ability,
To carry ourselves with dignity and pride.
So we, the people of Hawaii,
For whom she cared so much,
Give thanks on this day of remembrance.
And remain forever indebted to her.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
To celebrate Ke'alohi's baptism, we hosted a lunch at Mui Kwai Chop Suey, my family and Grandparent's favorite Chinese restaurant. Even though Ke'alohi was exhausted from her very eventful morning, she got a second wind (and second outfit from her Godmother) and rallied awesomely for lunch. We had two big tables for family and friends to eat great food, talk story and celebrate our little girl. It was a great chance for some of my friends to meet Ke'alohi and even meet Lucas.
Everyone had a great time together and also enjoyed munching on some cookies sent by Lucas' mom in California. The day was absolutely perfect and ended on a great note. I truly want to thank all our family and friends who were there to share in this special day. We love you all!
We have been waiting to baptize Ke'alohi for some time now because we really wanted to do it in Hawaii. There were a few reasons to do it back home: The most important reason to us was to have it done at my grandparent's church. St. John Vianney Catholic Church meant so much to my grandparents who were loyal parishioners for over 35 years. The last two times I was in that church were for my grandma and grandpa's funeral services. I had talked to Fr. Tom at the church when we were pregnant and after Grandpa's service if he would perform Ke'alohi's baptism for us. In a way that church has really signified the circle of life for me: death and birth.
The morning started off with us getting ready for the big day and heading over to the church. We were lucky enough to have some of our friends and family attend the service. For those of you that don't know about Ke'alohi's two amazing Godparents, they are Nalani and Elijah. Unfortunately Elijah was not able to make Ke'alohi's baptism and was in Los Angeles. So, Nalani took on both of their duties during the mass. Ke'alohi was a champ throughout the whole mass and didn't cry at all. In fact she was happy as a clam most of it and even sang a few times, especially when the music was playing and the choir was singing.
We are so happy to welcome Ke'alohi into the Church with some of our closest friends and family by our sides. I know Grandma and Grandpa were also there in spirit looking down on our little girl, hopefully showering her with hugs and kisses too from heaven.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Right after our Christmas party, we headed straight to the Honolulu Airport to pick up my brother. We were so excited from him to come in because he has not gotten to meet Ke'alohi yet in person. We have been able to Skype with Kai a few times, but with him being at the Naval Academy, getting leave to meet his niece is not a top priority for the U.S. Military. Not cool, right? Anyways, it was so nice for him to finally meet Ke'alohi and for them to bond. We are still working on Kai in terms of some of the activities he wants to do with her because she might be a "little" young for paintballing, hiking and roughing it in general.
Welcome home Uncle Kai!
While we were at the beach house we took the opportunity to initiate Ke'alohi (she's on the left) into the "Local Babies" club by having her rock a diaper as her swimsuit. You might think that we did this because we didn't have a swimsuit; nope, we did it because every baby in Hawaii does it at one point in their childhood. We decided to do it today since some of the little kids had their Santa diapers on. I'm not going to lie, Ke'alohi did not like it, which is why I have the picture of their backs. She was screaming bloody murder almost the whole time since it was so windy.
Hopefully we will have another chance to take her to the beach this trip!
Our friends Bridget and Ely hosted a Christmas party today at Bridget's family's beach house at Kawela Bay. So after seeing Nalani and Jason's house, we made the "trek" up to the North Shore. Lucas always makes fun of me when I moan and groan about going to the North Shore because to me that is SOOO far. Realistically, the North Shore is only 45 miles away but in relation to the whole island, that's clearly on the opposite side for us. We make those kind of drives all the time in Los Angeles, but in Hawaii, those drives aren't something you do too often.
The whole drive up to Kawela Bay, the song "This is the Life" by Kolohe Kai was going through my head. Seeing all the houses and beaches made me realize just how lucky I am to come from a place like this. Not everyone gets to grow up a stone's through from prestine sand and the clear blue ocean. It is truly my life's dream to move back home and give Ke'alohi the kind of childhood I was so lucky to have.
Once we got to the party, it was all fun and games for the rest of the day! The party they hosted was for their friends that all had babies this year, most of them they had met during their lamaze class in Kailua. The party was potluck style which meant one thing "ono food!" Ono in Hawaiian means delicious, and it was just that. We ate large amounts of poke, edamane, salad, roasted veggies, shoyu chicken, brownies and baklava. We had so much fun watching the kids play together and talking about how they were all developing and taking tips from each other. Ke'alohi and Ilikea might have had the most fun of all when they were siting in the papasan chair on the lanai watching each other and the Hawaiian flag fly in the wind.
All in all, it was such a fun day spent at Kawela Bay and well worth the drive up. We can't wait for the next party at their beach house!
Nalani and Jason have been building their house for a while now and they are so close to being done! I know that they would say that they are not even close to being done but when we were there, it looked awesome and is really starting to look like a house! When we were there this past March, they only had the cider block foundation for the bottom floor situated. Now, all of that is done plus the framing and roofing is almost done!
We got to walk around the property and see were rooms would be and how things would come together. My absolute favorite part of the house has to be the bay window area that will be in the dining area. That part of the room is going to have a bench for one side of the dinning table and will look out to Kahalu'u. Lucas and Jason spent most of their time in the garage, or as I call it "Jason's Fortress", which has numerous storage sheds, tool rooms and even a full bathroom! What else could a guy want?
We can't wait for them to finish the house so that we can move in! Hehehe!