Happy Birthday Adelei

A few weeks ago, we celebrated Adelei’s first birthday.   Adelei is the daughter of one of my good friends from high school, Liana.  Liana moved to Oregon for college and decided to stay up there after graduation.  I haven’t seen her in years, so I was really happy to be able to see her and celebrate her baby girl’s special day.DSC08618The party was at Hokuloa Recreational Center in Kaneohe.  The venue was a really nice place to have a first birthday party.  It fits around 50 people and has a pool and kitchen area.   Liana catered most of the food and then supplemented with some additional homemade food items.  Ev especially liked this mochi rice with pork dish that Liana’s mom made for the party. They also had a shave ice station.  Ev chose pineapple and lychee for his flavors and I had pineapple and vanilla.  Connor had a few bites from both us.
DSC08583Liana also had a few fun activities for the kids.  Connor got to make this cool picture frame with dinosaur stickers.  I can’t wait to print one of Connor’s pictures for the frame.
DSC08603After lunch, we all sang happy birthday and watched Adelei play with her smash cakes. Overall, a really nice birthday. Liana did a good job and it was so nice to spend time with good friends.  It’s been way too long.  🙂
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Pro Bowl 2016

Last Sunday, Ev and I went to the Pro Bowl, which was my Christmas present to Ev. Ev is not big on buying things for Christmas and prefers giving and receiving “experiences” over stuff.  So, this year for Christmas, I decided to buy Ev Pro Bowl tickets for Christmas because (1) Ev may love football more than he loves me and (2) I figured that this might be the last time we ever have a Pro Bowl in Hawaii.  As an added bonus, my mom also scored us two extra tickets to the Pro Bowl, so we invited Ev’s former coworker Keopu and her husband Jason to come with us.

My mom agreed to babysit Connor and were baby-free for almost the entire day.  It was nice to have a day to ourselves, and we decided to start our day of freedom at Pint + Jigger.  We went to Pint + Jigger, intending on only to have a drink, but ended up settling down and having brunch.  I had only had dinner/happy hour at Pint + Jigger, so I was really surprised that they had a such and extensive brunch menu.
DSC08317Ev ordered the Chicken n Waffle Sammie ($12).  His meal came with waffle battered buffalo chicken tenders and lettuce between a brioche bun with a side order of french fries.  The chicken tenders were light, crunchy and amazing.
DSC08316Keopu ordered the P+J Breakfast Sammie ($10).  Her meal was a croissant sandwich filled with applewood smoked bacon, black forest ham, a fried egg, house-made beer cheese, and garlic aioli.  It came with a handful of waffle fries.
DSC08318Jason ordered the Breakfast Chimichanga ($10), which looked pretty much looked like what we had expected.  Inside the chimichanga was chorizo, onions, bell peppers, queso fresco, rice, scrambled eggs and black beans.
DSC08315I ordered the Monte Cristo ($12).  My sandwich comprised of Texas Toast, Black Forest ham, roasted turkey, gruyere cheese.  I was expecting a savory sandwich (like a buttery grilled cheese with ham and turkey) that I used to get at the dorms in college, but this one was the sweet-type Monte Cristo. Despite my disappointment, it was buttery and flaky, and very well-made.
DSC08321After we finished brunch, we headed to the stadium for the game. We left over an hour and a half before kick-off thinking that we would have plenty of time, but the traffic was crazy.  Also, the parking lot was full, so we had to park by Aiea Intermediate School.
DSC08323When we finally got to the stadium, we were shocked with the lines getting in.  Given the lackluster attendances at the UH games, the stadium hasn’t had much practice with large crowds.  With that said, the stadium knew that the game was sold out and they should have been prepared to handle the long lines.  We waited about 40 minutes in line, and we barely got to our seats before kick-off.  But at least we made it!  Our seats were excellent, and I’m glad that they were in the shade.  I wish we had these seats for the UH games.  Maybe one day…
DSC08327The play was just about as competitive as a football game in the backyard.  Ok, I’m exaggerating, but I’ve seen harder hits at the UH game.  I understand that no one wants to get hurt, but I do wish that the play was a little more competitive.  Our side of the football stadium was “Team Irving” and we ended up beating “Team Rice” 21 vs. 14.DSC08333Overall, it was still cool to see the pros in action, and I’m still happy that we got to go.

Playdate with Alex

Last Sunday we had the honor of spending the morning and early afternoon with the Dvonch family on a Connor and Alex playdate.  We started off at the Aikahi playground in Kaneohe. Doris and Matt bought food from Masa and Joyce and we had a nice brunch picnic on the lawn.DSC08291After eating, Connor spent the rest of the morning on the playground. The Aikahi playground was by far the largest one we’ve been to with Connor yet. Fortunately, the toddler playground wasn’t that crowded and Connor was able to do his own thing (mostly climbing up stairs and sliding down the small slide) without us worrying about other bigger kids bumping into him on accident.
DSC08266It was a pretty good playdate considering that it was planned at the last minute.  On Saturday, I noticed that we didn’t have anything planned for the weekend, so I texted Doris asking if they were free for a playdate sometime that weekend.  She responded that Sunday was free and we arranged the playdate.  Well, little did I know, the day was suspiciously light for a reason.  It was apparently the NFC and AFC championships.  Oops.  Ev was less than pleased that I had usurped his day of football with a baby playdate.  Fortunately, the Dvonches invited us over to their house to watch the second half of the Denver/New England game.
DSC08308The Denver/New England game ended up being a really good game, so Everett was happy that he was able to watch the end of the game.  Connor was happy that he got to play with all of Alex’s toys.  Connor especially liked scooting around on Alex’s giraffe tricycle.  DSC08299Alex was such a good host and didn’t mind sharing all of his toys with Connor.  Although we tried to bring them together, Alex and Connor didn’t quite grasp the concept of playing with each other.  Instead, they played independently, next to each other, and repeatedly stole the toy each other was playing with.  Oh well, maybe next time. DSC08296
Ev was getting too comfortable watching football, and the Dvonches astutely kicked us out of their house before the Arizona/Carolina game began. Otherwise, Ev would have stayed there all day. Smart family.  Connor had a great time on his playdate and passed out on the car ride home.  All in all, the Alex & Connor playdate was a great success.

March of Dimes – March for Babies

On April 25, 2015 Ev, Connor and I participated in March of Dimes’ March for Babies in Waikiki. The firm was one of the major sponsors of the event, and as such, all the firm’s employees and their families were encouraged to participate. We even got new, snazzy Watanabe Ing LLP t-shirts made just for this event.

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Most of the Watanabe Ing gang.

DSC04118Connor is asking, “Where’s my shirt mom?”  Unfortunately, they didn’t make shirts small enough to fit Cain and Connor.  Connor also had a spectacular time playing with all the pine needles and acorns on the ground.

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The march was longer than most of the fundraiser-type walks that I had done in the past and it spanned from Kapiolani park to Ala Moana and back to Kapiolani park. We were hoping that Connor would just fall asleep in his stroller like he had done for the Walk For Diabetes walk that we had done the month before but he was just not having it. He finally went down, but not before about 15 minutes of complaining, crying, and fussing. Oh well, I suppose it could have been worse.

DSC04144 On the other hand, Cain did a good job. He fell asleep quietly and stayed asleep almost through the entire walk. Here’s a picture of Summer and her friends.

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Anu’s niece did a fantastic job too. She did the whole 5k without complaining.

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After finishing the walk, we sat under a tree and ate some orange chicken and fried rice. Overall, a very successful walk. Sad to say, my calf muscles were a little sore the next day even though it was only a 5k. I really need to get into shape. Ugh :p

Side note:  I’m doing a terrible job keeping up with my blog posts and am almost a month behind.  Getting ready for Connor’s party next month is keeping me busy.   Hopefully I catch up with my posts soon.