I knew it would happen!

Iolani went into the pool for the first time today. She l o v e d it. She squealed, splashed, and kicked...it was awesome. If she could talk, she would probably say it was the best day in the whole wide world.

Given that it was a beautifully warm Sunday afternoon, I knew there would be a bunch of people up there sunbathing. So, we made it a point to set up without using a seat. I didn't think we would be up there for more than 20 minutes.

We we arrived - there was not a seat available. The whole roof was filled with people sunbathing. Iolani hit the pool, and one by one...people started leaving! I didn't want them to leave, and it didn't matter to me if they stayed or left. But, in the back of my mind I had a feeling of "suck it people!!" Here's my kid, she's loving the pool and you can't take it! :-)

Usually I hate to go up to the pool because of my own insecurities of being in a swimsuit. But, Iolani's joy...you have to see how excited and happy she was... Maybe I'll put on my swimsuit sometime this week and head up there again.

So, here's to my daughter who's helping my self-confidence and helping me to defeat my own preoccupied thoughts about my swimsuit body.

It is almost time for a PARTY!

Alex and I have started planing Iolani's birthday party. It will be the same day as her Baptism! If you'd like to join us, email me at gincase@gmail.com

Getting the Artwork Out

When we moved over from Pacific Electric to SB Manhattan, Alex and I made the decision to not put anything up on the walls. We anticipated that we would be moving once the lease was up. To make the move easier, we just kept our artwork boxed up.

Tonight Alex was able to get the artwork up!

Happy July 4th

I have an opportunity to blog tonight because Iolani wants to sleep a lot today. Not taking it for granted.

So - as you know we are on the move again. It was one year ago we picked up the keys to the SB Manhattan. This move is bitter sweet for a couple of reasons. The first being - we are moving out of the Historic Core. The second - we are leaving the apartment we spent our last two months of a short pregnancy, and the first 10 months of Iolani's life.

I >almost< tear up thinking about it. Almost. She had her first bath here. Her first two teeth (and maybe the third one is starting to poke out) were here. She ate her first solid...here. The first time she laughed, was here.

Okay - I >might be< tearing up now. Just a little sentimental. I always get like this when we move. LOL

When we left our two bedroom apartment on Amherst I teared up. It was our first apartment together. And, we were leaving the Westside for the great unknown of Downtown.

When we left Santee Court, I cried because I loved the kitchen. We had a great housewarming, and it was our first loft.

When we left Pacific Electric, I cried because I knew it was the end of our domestic-coupledom and entry into family life. Plus, I was full of hormones...I cried when I thought one of the Dodgers poo-pooed the hitting gnome.

In any case, the departure from SB is similarly sentimental. Besides leaving the building, we are also leaving the Historic Core. I won't be able to run across the street for Drumsticks anymore. Iolani and I won't have Raw Materials to quicky walk to. Iolani won't have easy access to Wonton anymore. :-(

I always felt like this was a neighborhood I was a part of. I like taking a walk and running into people and people, and more people...all people I need to talk to. Weenez won't be so close. :-( I think between Weenez and the Drumstick ice cream...that's where most of the 70 pounds gained during the pregnancy came from.

In any case, I'm sure the Financial District has a lot of offer. The building we are moving into seems quite friendly. I figure once we get everyone settled, we'll have the house warming.

And then we need to get to planning ... da.da.da.daaaa.... the birthday/baptism party for Miss Iolani Brideau.

I need to get going. We need to change over the internet for the new place.