March 20, 2017

Celebrating the Lady Hiva

It is not often that we get a make a big deal about Lady Hiva. Once a year though, we have the chance to do just that! "It's Your Birthday!"

We made several days of it. On Saturday I was able to find a croissant cooking class. Lady and I have taken cooking classes all over the world and we both like a good croissant. (That is shocking because I am not really a bread person). She had wanted to attend a cooking class but we couldn't find one. Then by a miracle I found a croissant cooking class for the correct day and everything! YAY! So much fun.

We pounded butter, laughed, and rolled, rolled and rolled dough. By the end we were so full on bread neither of us wanted carbs for a while! It was fun. Then we stopped and bought some French Macarons on our way home (so much for no carbs! haha).

Koala Bear sat there for whole class. I had her in the Ergo and under my apron and we baked away

Lucky Dragon and I went shopping for her present. He wanted to get her a Rice Krispy Treat--something they both love. We found a HUGE Rice Krispy at a 7-11 a few weeks ago and he wanted to buy it for her then. I think he really wanted for himself and knew it would be easier to get me to buy it if I thought it was for Lady Hiva. You see he knows his mum would always share with him.  He and I then wrapped all the other gifts from the cooking shop (that Lady had picked out and bought for herself). He loved doing that too! He was so excited to tell her the "surprise" and kept asking if it was time to tell her yet. Of course that lasted only until the next morning at 0900! She was busy cooking breakfast so he opened it for her to show her the HUGE Rice Krispy!

He and I then baked and decorated a cake for her. That, too, was fun. Not sure it turned out as it did in my head, but hey it was fun to do.

We didn't get candles so Lucky Dragon and I made some out of toothpicks, tape and string! So much fun and memorable. A fun few days to celebrate one of our favorite people! Love you Lady!

March 05, 2017

More Milestones for Malia

Our little Koala Bear has hit some milestones this week. One was planned, the other was quite a surprise! The surprise rolling over! Yes, she completed her first roll over. 7 weeks into life she has started to roll over.

The first time it happened we were shocked. We had her on the ottoman on "tummy time" she was A.N.G.R.Y face! Lady Hiva and I were both watching as he would push her way up into a plank position and scream (in a loud, non-koala like way). Then as if in slow motion we both watched as she rolled over onto her back! We started to laugh in surprise and assumed it was a fluke. But the she has continued to do it! She will scream and scream then once she has successfully rolled over to her back he is fine again! So here's to not having tummy time on the ottoman!

She has also started to smile back at us when we smile. This is no the gas grimace or other versions of a faux smile, she genuinely smiles when we are talking with her. It is fun to see her growing and developing.

The other big milestone was her "Blessing." In the LDS Church blessing a baby is similar to a Christening for other religions. The baby is given a blessing and a name for the records of the Church. The big difference between an LDS Baby Blessing and a Christening is that there is no water in a Blessing, the water is included at baptism time 8 years old or older. So today we were joined by a group of family and friends to celebrate our little Koala Bear in our family.

This celebration was complete with food (as any good Polynesian celebration). We had several families members pitch in to help us prepare. Even the Lucky Dragon was put to work. His major role was the drinks. He was so proud of himself of how well he stocked the cooler. Those drinks were in such straight rows. Talk about a meticulous toddler!

Tau'aho took this photo of us while we de-boned chicken

So..Happy Blessing Day Malia! Welcome again to our family!