Friday, May 22, 2009

Our baby girl is growing up!

Today was Melissa’s last day of work as a single woman. She and Taio will be getting married next week Saturday. So Lissa, who’s just back from her trip, and I decided to take her out to lunch. (Kara is away on a trip—boy, did she miss out! Oh well, more food for us!)

We headed out to one of our favorite places, Maile’s Thai Bistro in Hawaii Kai. Melissa and Taio are going off to Thailand for their honeymoon, so what better place could we choose?

By the time we got there, we were famished. The waiter brought us our water, and before he even placed the menus down, we told him what we wanted: green curry with shrimp, pad khi mao—a moist, delicious rice noodle with chicken and basil in a spicy shoyu sauce—and ong choy with beef, and of course, sticky rice: two orders!

The food was delicious! And we always do this, we meant to take pictures of each dish, but we were almost halfway done when we realized we had forgotten the pictures!

Everything was half-gone, but we scooped samples onto one plate so you could get a glimpse of what we enjoyed.

As old married women, we gave Melissa some advice on her upcoming nuptials: most important, do all the work and get all the headaches out of the way, so on the actual day she can actually enjoy her moment.

And then it was time for her gifts. I had gotten Melissa these really cute, white, almost eyelet-looking designer pajamas from Bedhead. Melissa is such a beachy girl, and they say some stars in L.A. wear them as beach cover-ups. The line was featured on Oprah’s favorites show, and I do love it. And I gave her some fun and naughty bath bombs and things like that. Lissa gave her a beautiful Murano glass heart pendant necklace and some earrings.

Even though it was just the three of us, we still had to follow tradition and make her wear her wrappings. Not enough for a dress, so we had to settle for just dressing her head. We made a veil and enjoyed a few laughs before devouring our dessert, the apple banana tapioca and mango sticky rice.

After that, it was back to the office, back to work, and then it was time for Melissa to fly off. The next time we see her, she’ll be Mrs. Melissa Shipman!