Here is Jeff with his tray of sampler soup.
Playing Hand and Foot with the guys playing Puerto Rico.
We got to see Linda, Anna, Janae and Daila on Sunday and that was a treat. Ben was working so we never got to see him because their family went to Ben's family for turkey day.
Lafi is a great addition to the family and we are happy for Karyn. He grew up on Oahu and has many relatives in Laie so we reminisced. It was fun to hear him sing Karaoke. Amidst the many drunk people at Applebees, he was a shining star with a very good voice.
Many celebrations were had when we were there including 3 birthdays we celebrated. Liz, Amanda and a friend of the family. We also went to bowls for hunger which is a cute program done at the Elementary School. Tyson and Jacob sang. The clay bowls made by the children were bought and then the local restaurants brought in soup to fill the bowls. Each of the classes donated a basket of items for the homeless and those were presented. Trevor got to present the basket from his class.
Three movies were watched. The guys took the kids to "Planet 51" while the ladies went to Applebee's. Noble got to see a screening of "Old Dogs" with cousin Liz. But we all went to see "The Blindside" and that is an excellent movie for all to see. Thanks again to Jaynie Richards for watching all of the kids that were too little or just didn't want to go to the movie. I feel so bad because I didn't get a picture of this saint of a woman for the blog. She is the one that has been so supportive of Devree through all of this journey through cancer this last year. Thanks again SAINT!
There was much fun to be had, playing with the cousins and catching up on those we haven't seen for a year and a half. Little Ethan was still in Amanda's tummy when we saw them last. He is a cutie and Julia (age 4) said the cutest thing. Devree was getting ready for bed and she took off her wig but she needed Todd to put the medicine in her eye and tape it closed for the night. (I was off with the girls at Applebees) Anyway Devree asked Julia "Will you please get my Dad and tell him I need him?" Julia found Todd and said "The cousin needs you." Todd asked "Which cousin? The cousin with brown hair?" Julia replied "No. The cousin with no hair." Isn't that precious?
We had another lemon situation that turned into lemonade. Flying out, when we had a lay over in Chicago, they forgot to put Devree's walker on the plane. So Devree of course cried about it but ended up walking around for whole time before they found it and returned it several days later. She is doing pretty well and really only needs a four footed cane to help steady her. There were a few times I was like "Oh please don't fall Devree."
Our Thanksgiving feast was amazing. I have never seen so many desserts in my life! There were probably 20 choices. Jaynie made a cake, it was Liz's 16th birthday and Shelley brought 3 different kinds. Thanks to Chris and Shelley for coming. Their kids are adorable too. I know Todd and I ended up making 14 pies the day before and there were still lots of pie the morning we flew out. Todd bemoaned the fact that he hadn't gotten enough pumpkin pie and there were still 2 untouched pies on the counter in the laundry room. The thing I loved the most was the "Thankful tree" we made and everyone put what they were thankful for on leaves. We had a ton of leaves and lots of things that you can't even imagine were on the tree. Mary, Becky and I laughed at quite a few. St. Jude's was the number one thing we were thankful for though.
Tomorrow Devree and I fly out to St. Jude's for her first checkup. I will be blogging to let you know how things go.