Happy 2nd Birthday Connor!

My baby turned 2 last week, and we celebrated with a crab boil at my mom’s house.  The party’s theme was a no-brainer this year.  We chose Connor’s favorite television show – Bubble Guppies.
DSC01440Fortunately, there was a good selection of Bubble Guppies themed party supplies at Party City (cups, plates, bowls, buckets, napkins, tablecloths, wall decorations, balloons, etc.).  My Aunty Ann also designed Bubble Guppies themed place mats for the tables.
I went really overboard and bought an insane amount of seafood for the crab boil. We had 30 people at the party, and I bought 52 pounds of seafood (king crab, snow crab, lobster, shrimp, and clams). Haha.
If you ever wanted to know, this is what 20 pounds of snow and 20 pounds of king crab looks like.  It was the most crab I’ve ever seen in one place in my life.  It was amazing.DSC01453I originally wanted to pour the seafood directly on the table, but my mom put the kibosh on that idea because of the mess.  So we compromised and placed the seafood in pans and placed them directly on the tables.  DSC01454
DSC01468Connor is finally old enough to enjoy opening gifts.  He loved tearing off the gift wrap.DSC01483My brother Darren and his girlfriend Kimi won for the most noisy birthday gift ever.  They got Connor an instrument set complete with a drum, two maracas, a trumpet and tambourine.  Needless to say, Connor loves it. DSC01489

DSC01499We promised Connor an ice cream cake for his birthday.  For days after we ordered the cake from Baskin-Robbins he would ask us, “Eat ice cream cake?” And we would have to tell him that it wasn’t his birthday yet.  DSC01509

He was so happy when his birthday finally came, and he was able to have his own slice of birthday cake. My kid really loves ice cream.  Happy 2nd Birthday Connor. It’s been a fun two years.  Here’s to many, many more.

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.  🙂

Birthday Dinner at MW Restaurant

For my birthday, my family took me to MW Restaurant.  It was my first time there, and for the most part the food and service were above average.  The ambiance was a little disappointing for such a fancy and pricey restaurant.  The desserts, however, were exceptional and were the highlight of the meal.  Here are some pictures of the desserts we had:

DSC01225I ordered a Lilikoi Floating Island dessert, which was like a lilikoi float.
DSC01226Everett ordered the Strawberry Shortcake and it was by far my favorite dessert of the night.  I could have eaten 3 more of those!
DSC01228My father-in-law ordered a some sort of Chocolate Coffee mousse and my mother in law ordered a deconstructed Banana Cream Pie, seen below. DSC01229Overall, it was great birthday dinner.  My father-in-law was a big fan of this restaurant and said that it was the best meal he has had in a very long time.  I am so fortunate to have such great company to share my birthday with.