We left for Seattle on Thursday night. The flight was scheduled to arrive at 9:30 PM, and we figured we'd be at the house a couple of hours after that. However, nothing went according to plan, and we pulled into the parking area at 1:45 AM. Everything was dark and it was a little tricky to find the right door to go in, but once we figured that out it didn't take us long to fall into bed.
The house was arranged on two levels, with Brian and family on the floor above us. A staircase connected the two. That meant we could all have our privacy, but still spend as much time as possible cuddling with this cutie:
|There he goes!|
Because of Jay's schedule we passed on the after-graduation group dinner, but were able to find a good Mexican restaurant not too far from the house. The graduation party wasn't until Saturday night, so we had most of the day to relax. The celebration was hosted by the parents of one of Michelle's friends (and fellow graduate). The family is Hawaiian by heritage, which gave the event an exotic feel. In addition to large pans of white rice and macaroni salad, the buffet line included:
- Kalua pua'a (roast pork)
- Chicken Long Rice (almost like a soup with noodles)
- Lau Lau (steamed pork wrapped in taro leaves)
- Poi (boiled taro root mixed with water until it reaches a smooth consistency)
- Poke (bite-sized pieces of raw fish garnished with salt, onions, and sesame oil)
- Squid Luau (squid and luau leaves cooked in coconut milk and pureed)
- Lomilomi salmon. (small pieces of salmon mixed with tomatoes and onions)
When the show was over the graduates cut and served the cake. By this time Jay was getting tired, so we said our goodbyes. It had been a very full weekend, and wonderful first part of our adventure.
Five years ago today: Half Baked