Christine’s New Favorite Video

by Papa K on September 29, 2014

This is Christine’s new favorite video of the girls.

Apparently, Maile was sitting on the chair with this Where’s Waldo-style book and Lauren climbed up next to her and started combing her hair and “helping” her.

Love.

(Click here for the video.)

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Improving at Soccer (Fall 2014)

by Papa K on September 28, 2014

Soccer season is upon us and once again I’m coaching Maile’s soccer team, the U6 PKS Pandas. We had our second game this past Saturday. I’ve been really impressed with the difference in Maile and all the kids since last spring. The level of play has really increased – a lot more coordination, some sustained back-and-forths and much less of a situation where one really good player dominates the whole game (although there certainly are some kids that are clearly ahead of the pack).

Maile scored her first goal of the season on Saturday. It’s hard for me to take pictures since I’m on the field coaching, but I took this video before everyone arrived that gives a good feel for how much Maile has improved…

(Click here for the video.)

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#TBT Smiles 90 Years Apart

by Papa K on September 25, 2014

On Thursdays, I like to look back at old posts from the same day. First post I clicked was September 25th, 2012 and look what I found:

GG Irv and Maile Girl - 90 years apart, but two BIG smiles when they get together!

GG Irv and Maile Girl - 90 years apart, but two BIG smiles when they get together!

Original post is here.

Happy New Year, GG Irv. We miss you!

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Apples & Honey – A “Tradition”

by Papa K on September 24, 2014

Tonight for Rosh Hashanah we had apples and honey with dinner. When Maile asked why, we told her it was a “tradition”. She asked us what a “tradition” was and we talked about how its something we do over and over again through the years to remember or celebrate something. Seemed appropriate that apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah would bring up this lesson.

Maile and Lauren enjoying apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah

Maile and Lauren enjoying apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah

And here we are way back in 2010 teaching Maile about apples and honey…

Teaching Maile how to dip the apples in the honey.

Teaching Maile how to dip the apples in the honey.

More here.

La Shana Tova to all our Jewish family and friends!

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Orbiting the Maile Sun

by Papa K on September 23, 2014

We’ve been doing a lot of dancing lately after dinner. Sometimes we dance with the girls and sometimes they just like to put on a show and have us watch. Lauren is basically Maile’s “hype man” – Maile does her moves and Lauren orbits around her. It’s awesome.

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Where’s Lauren?

by Papa K on September 22, 2014

One of those games that’s fun the first time … and the 50th time :)

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Fun at the PKS Community Service Day

by Papa K on September 21, 2014

On Sunday Mommy and Maile went to the first PKS Community Service day of the year. Along with some of her classmates, the crew participated in the Coastal Cleanup Day. Every year, on the third Saturday in September, people join together at sites all over California to take part in the State’s largest volunteer event, California Coastal Cleanup Day. Maile and her friends were responsible for a creek in San Francisco.

Maile and her friends getting ready to rock the cleanup...

Maile and her friends getting ready to rock the cleanup...

Maile Girl getting a feel for the trash picker...

Maile Girl getting a feel for the trash picker...

Helping the world feels good!

Helping the world feels good!

This is trash. Don't just put it on the ground. Cool?

This is trash. Don't just put it on the ground. Cool?

Christine said it was a great experience – definitely looking forward to more opportunities to help out like this and happy that it is going to be a part of Maile Girl’s education.

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New Shadows

by Papa K on September 18, 2014

Kelly (our nanny) had an appointment on Wednesday, so I left work a little early and went exploring with Lauren. Caught some shadow pictures which reminded me of some walks from long ago with Maile Girl…

Daddy and Lauren (September 2014 - 20.5 months)

Daddy and Lauren (September 2014 - 20.5 months)

Maile and Daddy shadows (August 2012 - 3 years old)

Maile and Daddy shadows (August 2012 - 3 years old)

Maile, Daddy and Mommy shadows (August 2010 - 1 year old)

Maile, Daddy and Mommy shadows (August 2010 - 1 year old)

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Ukulele Time with Maile & Lauren

by Papa K on September 17, 2014

Maile had her first Ukulele lesson on Monday. She loved it and has been practicing a lot at home. Which means Lauren has been “practicing” a lot at home.

Too much. I’m thoroughly enjoying this phase – they play like this forever, right?

(Click here for the video.)

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Buddies

by Papa K on September 16, 2014

Over the past month we’ve really seen Maile and Lauren start playing together as friends more and more. It’s awesome to watch. Lauren will follow her sister to the end of the earth (and mimic her moves every step of the way). For her part, Maile has been great with her little sister and really is starting to enjoy involving her in games and all types of playing pretend.

Sisters brush teeth together

Sisters brush teeth together

Sisters make a new bed in mommy and daddy's room and pretend to have a sleepover...

Sisters make a new bed in mommy and daddy's room and pretend to have a sleepover...

And, of course, sisters dance!

(Click here for the video.)

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