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13 March 2005 @ 09:47 pm
Great weekend on the Big Island!  
Just got home from a long and wonderful weekend with my family in Hilo. :) Although I hadn't seen my Grandmother for about six years, she still looks as spry and as spunky as she did when I'd seen her last. She still goes around poking my cousin in the ribs trying to pick a fight with him ;) and teasing us about getting lost (yes, Mark & I got lost in Hilo!) :P She told us she couldn't understand how we could go all the way to NYC, but get lost in Hilo since there's only something like two streets there. ;) She's too cute! And at 92, it's why we all think she's going to outlive us all. :)

My Grandmother absolutely HATES taking photos! I was lucky enough to convince her to be in at least one photo with me and my Mom. It's become my favorite photo since I really don't have any photos of the three of us together.



We started off the weekend going to my uncle's 7 year memorial service. I'd forgotten what a strong Buddhist influence the neighbor islands have - and that all of my relatives (except for my family) are very strong Buddhists. I remember as a child sitting through many Buddhist services for relatives who had passed away (some of whom I didn't even know) and, at the time, the services were all in Japanese and I didn't understand a thing. I think this is the first Buddhist service that I went to that was in english. It was pretty interesting.

There was A LOT of good eating this weekend, though! Mark & I must have consumed at least a billion calories! :P From the Super Loco Moco we ate at Cafe 100 to the delicious meal that my Grandma and Aunt cooked before we came home this evening, it was a weekend of non-stop great food. :) We even got our fill of Cherry Lemonade since there was a Hot Dog on a Stick in the mall in Hilo. :) We also had to try the famous strawberry mochi (with a full real strawberry inside) from Two Ladies Kitchen. It was SO delicious that we wished we had bought more. :P And of course we had to stop off at the famous Big Island Candies to get some chocolate dipped shortbread cookies! We couldn't go to Hilo and NOT go there! :)

I think Mark had a really nice time too. He told me he hadn't realized exactly how crazy my family was until this weekend. Whenever my family gets together, they're so hilarious - I was laughing so hard on Saturday night that I nearly lost my voice. :D My whole family is pretty funny when they're sober, but after a few beers, they're a riot! :D

We had a great time! :) With any luck we'll be going back for many years to celebrate my Grandmother's many upcoming birthdays. :D I'm off to catch up with all of you! Hope you all have a nice evening! :D
 
 
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Was I in it?alligatorandme on March 14th, 2005 08:14 am (UTC)
Wow, great photo! She doesn't look her age!

Then again, my grandfather is turning 90 pretty soon, and he certainly doesn't look it either. :-)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on March 15th, 2005 06:58 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks! :D My Grandmother is sure amazing at her age! I hope I'm half as active and alert at 70! Yay for your Grandfather! You must have good genes! :D
(no subject) - alligatorandme on March 15th, 2005 07:01 am (UTC) (Expand)
Care: smilecareleswhisper on March 14th, 2005 10:37 am (UTC)
Sounds like you had a blast!!! Great picture!!! :D
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on March 15th, 2005 06:58 am (UTC)
Thanks, Carrie! :D We had the best time in Hilo! :D
bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on March 14th, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC)
Wow your grandmother and mom look great. I know what 7th year memorial service would be: nanakaiki or shichikaiki. I can imagine how boring it would be for you (the ceremony itself) in Japanese. I mean I understand Japanese and these Buddist ceremonies are so boring.

I love strawberry mochi (daifuku?) yummy!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on March 15th, 2005 07:01 am (UTC)
This was the first time I'd ever heard a Buddhist service in english and I was quite surprised by the message. I'm glad that I got to hear the service, though because I'd never really understood Buddhism at all since the only other services I'd ever gone to were all in Japanese.

The strawberry mochi was SO yummy! :D I want to go back there and get more! :D
Life Sushi! ...interesting, tasty and raw!katya_doll on March 14th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
your Grandma rocks!
She does not look her age!
Three lovely women! This is a great pic of you, too.
*hugs*
Sounds like a great trip!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on March 15th, 2005 07:02 am (UTC)
Katie! :D *HUGS* to you! :) Thanks for your sweet comments! WE had the best trip! Nice to see you around here - I've missed you! :(
the36thchamber on March 14th, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
Hey Sheri, I loved the pic, it's really cute to see the three generations like that...so what significance does loco moco have, I ask because we have a few Hawaiian (did I spell that right...LOL) BBQ places in my area that we go to a lot and we always see the loco moco thing...LOL...I love the food, just never understood what that meant. Interesting take on the Buddhist thing too, I never knew that...so anyway, I thank you for sharing your pic and thoughts, always great to hear from you...:D
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on March 15th, 2005 07:06 am (UTC)
Oh - a loco moco is an island favorite, but VERY unhealthy! :P It's a breakfast that consists of white rice with a hamburger patty, two fried eggs, and brown gravy... SO SO bad for me - but it was so good that I couldn't pass it up. :P So much for will power! ;)

Thanks so much for your sweet comments, Doug! :)
(no subject) - the36thchamber on March 15th, 2005 07:46 am (UTC) (Expand)
kathyselden on March 14th, 2005 06:20 pm (UTC)
That is SUCH an amazing picture! Your grandma looks WONDERFUL for 92. That is definitely a picture for you to cherish. I wish that I had one of me, my mom, and my grandmother while she was still alive. I have one (when I was an infant) of my dad, his dad, and his dad's dad that's pretty neat... sans the fact I'm crying REALLY HARD in it, haha! I'm so glad you had a nice weekend!!!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on March 15th, 2005 07:08 am (UTC)
Awwww! Thanks Ashley, that's so sweet of you to say! :) I'm sure that picture with you, and all those generations of men is a precious one! :D I'm really glad I got to spend the weekend with my Grandmother - I'd forgotten what a cute woman she is! :D Thanks for your sweet comments! :)
karen: john & stephwakedistracted on March 14th, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC)
Aw, your granmother sounds so cute! Great picture! :) I'm glad you had such a good time with your family. My family gets crazy like that when they're together, too! :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on March 15th, 2005 07:10 am (UTC)
Haha! From reading your journal I just know I'd love your family, Karen! :D Thanks for your sweet comments about my Grandmother - she's usually a lot more animated than she looks in the photo - I think she was a little upset that we made her take a photo. ;)
queenstacey on March 14th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC)
WOW THAT IS A GREAT PICTURE! I love it!

Sounds like you had a Great time! :o) YAY!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on March 15th, 2005 07:10 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks, Stacey!! :D And Mark & I had a wonderful weekend - we've both said that we want to go and visit her again soon. :D
Rachelreelcowgirl on March 14th, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
Wonderful picture! I'm glad you had a good time! :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on March 15th, 2005 07:12 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Rachel! :) Hopefully we'll be able to make it back to the Big Island sometime before the year is over so we can visit my Grandmother again - it was so nice to see her! :D
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on March 14th, 2005 09:24 pm (UTC)
That is a wonderful photo, Sheri. I love it. Your Grandmother really does not look like 92.

I'm happy that you both had a great time. :)

*Hugs* to you and I hope you had a nice day.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on March 15th, 2005 07:14 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks Sabine! :D I really enjoyed spending time with my Grandmother this weekend. It's a shame that we don't live closer so I could visit her more often. :(

Big *HUGS* to you and Micki, Sabine! :D Hope you're having a nice week. :)
karmastyxkarmastyx on March 15th, 2005 12:30 am (UTC)
What a great picture. :) She doesn't look 92. Your family ages well. :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on March 15th, 2005 07:15 am (UTC)
Thanks for the sweet comments, Laura! :D And we had so much fun seeing her that Mark & I plan to go on a couple of trips before the year is over so we can visit her again. :)
Tony: triquetradudepower1982 on March 15th, 2005 03:50 am (UTC)
That's a sweet pic! Give your grandma a big hug for agreeing to be in it! :-)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on March 15th, 2005 07:17 am (UTC)
Awww, Tony - you're a sweetheart! :D Your comments always make me smile! :)
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Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on March 15th, 2005 07:18 am (UTC)
We had such a wonderful time, it's a shame that we were only there for the weekend. :P And strawberries in mochi is pure heaven! :D I really want to go back and get more. :D
Carriecarrieh on March 15th, 2005 07:25 am (UTC)
Lovely to see the photo, isn't it great when someone reaches that sort of age and is like that.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on March 15th, 2005 08:44 am (UTC)
She really is an inspiration! :) I think it's her wacky sense of humor that keeps her so young heart. ;)
irisheyes77 on March 16th, 2005 02:00 am (UTC)
What a lovely photo of the three of you! Thanks for sharing!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on March 16th, 2005 08:35 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks Amanda! Too bad my Grandma isn't smiling... She's very traditional and the old Japanese way is never to smile in photos. :P It was just lucky that I was able to get her in the photo at all. ;)