#TBT Lauren Learning to Walk

by Papa K on November 20, 2014

With the way Lauren zips around the apartment and everywhere else these days, it’s hard to believe that a year ago we were waiting and waiting for her to start walking…

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Science with Maile

by Papa K on November 19, 2014

I walked into the bathroom the other day and caught Maile doing a “science” experiment. She was using a modified scientific method – skipping over the “hypothesis” stage right into the “make a mess” stage…

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Volunteering at the Food Bank

by Papa K on November 18, 2014

On Sunday, Maile and I headed over to the SF Marin Food Bank to volunteer for the morning alongside some of Maile’s classmates. One of the parents at PKS has really setup a great service program at the school – we’re big fans and have been having a lot of fun participating in the various activities.

I have to say the Food Bank volunteering was really well organized. We were tasked with sorting about 25,000 pounds(!) of pears – they were in these huge baskets and we sorted the good ones into boxes for delivery to families and removed the rotten ones. You really got a great sense of accomplishment working from the top to the bottom of the baskets – and the work was perfect for the kids. All in all an A+ service event!

Maile and Daddy getting gloved up and ready...

Maile and Daddy getting gloved up and ready...

... Maile Girl listening intently to the instructions.

... Maile Girl listening intently to the instructions.

Maile and her friend, Ellie, starting to dig in.

Maile and her friend, Ellie, starting to dig in.

When we got close to the bottom we threw the kids in the baskets (which they loved) and they finished things off...

When we got close to the bottom we threw the kids in the baskets (which they loved) and they finished things off...

(Dad note: If you are interested in learning more about the SF Food Bank or possibly volunteering, check it out here: http://sfmfoodbank.org/)

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Lauren and I spent most of our Saturday together while Maile and Mommy were off at dance class and a birthday party. After a nice long nap, we decided to hit the streets in search of some ice cream. Lauren is at an awesome age to walk around and explore – she mostly sure on her feet, but still stumbles a bit and is interested in everything she sees in the big wide world.

It’s not the fastest way to move on down the road, but definitely the cutest. And at the end you get this…

Mission Accomplished! Lauren digging in to her vanilla ice cream... Mission Accomplished! Lauren digging in to her vanilla ice cream…

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Ice Skating with Mommy

by Papa K on November 13, 2014

Tonight, Maile and Mommy went to an ice skating event with Maile’s school down at Embarcadero Center. It wasn’t her first time, but we actually hadn’t gone in awhile. They had a blast and I think we are rocketing towards ice skating lessons for Maile Girl.

A little tentative starting out, getting the feel for it again...

A little tentative starting out, getting the feel for it again...

... but shortly thereafter - all smiles!

... but shortly thereafter - all smiles!

I arrived towards the end and caught a video of Maile doing her thing on the ice…

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Peeling an Orange … Lauren-Style

by Papa K on November 11, 2014

When Christine arrived home from work this evening, Kelly (our nanny) asked her if she had ever seen Lauren peel an orange. She hadn’t. They gave Lauren an orange and she proceeded to peel it, one piece at a time, putting each piece very carefully into the trash can.

Apparently, she loves doing this and it takes her a little while to get through the whole thing – so by the time she is done, she is REALLY hungry for that orange :)

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Mommy and Lauren Are Matching…

by Papa K on November 10, 2014

At most hair studios, you, the customer, get to choose what style you want.

At Maile’s hair studio, you, the customer, get whatever she wants to do … and it often matches whoever else is getting their hair done at the same time.

Thus, we have “Mommy and Lauren are matching…”

Note: I also love Lauren’s look throughout this – not clear she really has any idea what is going on, but if it pleases her sister, she is game!

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Two Gems from Maile Girl

by Papa K on November 9, 2014

Our routine in terms of getting Maile to and from school is that I drop her off in the morning and Christine picks her up in the afternoon. There are pros and cons to each setup, but definitely a “pro” of the afternoon pickup is that you get the fresh details of what Maile did that day in school. By the time I get home for dinner, it’s like pulling teeth getting anything out of her.

Christine will occasionally text me quotes from their afternoon conversations – last week there were a couple doozies one right after another…

Texts from Christine that she sent me after her afternoon conversation with Maile

Texts from Christine that she sent me after her afternoon conversation with Maile

The Darth Vader one is great. She’s only watched the first 45 minutes of Episode IV and she is obsessed with Darth Vader – he comes up time and again in terms of something she is scared of. I don’t have the heart to tell her yet that Darth Vader could choke her even if he wasn’t “holding her hand” ;)

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22 months for Lauren

by Papa K on November 6, 2014

Our little girl is quickly becoming less … well, little. The words are starting to come fast and furious. She continues to adore her big sister and they play together more and more. She loves singing and dancing. She’s still fearless. More and more stubborn with each passing day. But, of course, smiley and giggly and brings so much joy to our lives!

Mommy and a 22 month old Lauren!

Mommy and a 22 month old Lauren!

Random bonus picture…

Need to be careful in the bathroom - brushing teeth can get dangerous sometimes...

Need to be careful in the bathroom - brushing teeth can get dangerous sometimes...

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Cool Girls

by Papa K on November 4, 2014

My girls, just chillin'!

My girls, just chillin'!

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