Glasses

by Papa K on December 18, 2014

Mommy and the girls headed to Hawaii today (I’ll be following along in a few days). Christine sent me the pictures below of them goofing around in the Costco. #imissmygirls

Maile Girl checking out some frames...

Maile Girl checking out some frames...

... and, of course, whatever Maile does...

... and, of course, whatever Maile does...

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Earrings

by Papa K on December 17, 2014

Maile went to a jewelry making class over the weekend with some friends from school and Lauren was definitely the beneficiary when she came home and dressed her all up. Check out the earrings!

Look how old she looks with earrings!

Look how old she looks with earrings!

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First Night of Hanukkah (2014)

by Papa K on December 16, 2014

We had a lot of fun tonight celebrating the first night of Hanukkah. Our celebration actually started a couple days ago when Mommy whipped up some delicious latkes. Tonight we lit the lights and had fun opening and playing with our presents from Grandma and Papa Boston, Aunt Suzy and, of course, Mommy and Daddy. (We’re packing the presents into a shorter number of days this year due to our impending trip to Hawaii.)

Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Hanukkah!

(Click here for the video.)

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Maile’s First Art Show

by Papa K on December 14, 2014

Last week Maile’s after school art class held an exhibit. And Maile had a very special guest in attendance – Papa Cal needed one more trip to achieve status for the year, so he booked a one night trip to come see us in San Francisco (and somehow managed to dodge all the bad weather we’ve been having too!)

The artist at age 5

The artist at age 5

Explaining all her influences to Papa Cal

Explaining all her influences to Papa Cal

The artist and her Papa

The artist and her Papa

A Girl Walking in the City by Maile Girl

A Girl Walking in the City by Maile Girl

The starting point for each piece was a chinese character - here you see tree on the left and home on the right.

The starting point for each piece was a chinese character - here you see tree on the left and home on the right.

The front side of Maile's portfolio

The front side of Maile's portfolio

And the reverse

And the reverse

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#TBT “Rainbow Day”

by Papa K on December 10, 2014

If you haven’t heard, we apparently have a big storm coming our way tonight and tomorrow. This led me to go searching the blog for old posts I’ve written about the girls playing in the rain.

And while I found some good ones, I also found this video – which gave me a good laugh…

(Click here for the video.)

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It’s been awhile since we’ve posted a family picture. This one was from Boston over Thanksgiving – we headed into town and explored Faneuil Hall for the day.

Mommy, Lauren (23 months), Daddy and Maile (5.5)

Mommy, Lauren (23 months), Daddy and Maile (5.5)

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Christine took some great photos at the hip hop recital yesterday…

This is going to be awesome...

This is going to be awesome...

Huddling up to get ready for the big performance...

Huddling up to get ready for the big performance...

Getting big for some big hip hop moves...

Getting big for some big hip hop moves...

My hip hop moves are fierce - bring it!

My hip hop moves are fierce - bring it!

Standing tall...

Standing tall...

Dancing joy!

Dancing joy!

My sister is the coolest.

My sister is the coolest.

Striking a pose...

Striking a pose...

My turn now?

My turn now?

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Earlier in the summer, Christine heard about this new dance studio opening up right near our house in Japantown called Nagata Dance. They were offering Hip Hop class and Maile said she wanted to take it. All fall, Maile has been going on Wednesdays after school – I never really get a chance to see her dance because I’m still at work, but Christine has raved about the class and the teacher. The class is currently really small (only 4 kids), but the main teacher, Ms. Nagata, is fantastic with the kids.

Today they had their first dance recital … and it was fantastic. It just had this great down-to-earth quality to it, but we also saw all the kids had learned and I was floored by Maile’s routine. You could tell the kids were having a lot of fun too – but that they also respected their teacher – all good things in my book!

I think you’ll enjoy it too.

Here is Maile’s Hip Hop routine:

And at the end they did a final number where each student was able to bring a parent or friend onto the dance floor – Maile, of course, chose Lauren :)

And, finally, here is a longer version of the recital – we’ll call this one the “Grandma cut” ;)

(Click here for the hip hop routine.)
(Click here for the final number.)
(Click here for the full routine, aka the Grandma cut.)

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#tbt From 11 Months to 23 Months

by Papa K on December 4, 2014

Today Lauren is 23 months old. Here she was just a year ago…

Lauren at 11 months - all bundled up!

Lauren at 11 months - all bundled up!

And now on the verge of two…

Lauren last week in Boston at 23 months...

Lauren last week in Boston at 23 months...

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Dear Santa (2014)

by Papa K on December 3, 2014

We let Maile watch a show in the morning and a show at night. Recently, she’s been paying more and more attention to the commercials. It’s pretty fascinating (and scary I suppose) watching how the marketers work their way into her little mind. Every once in awhile a particular toy will catch her attention and she’ll start pitching me on all its benefits – “Daddy, look its a stuffed animal that can talk when you press its belly. I think it would be good for Lauren to play with. She could learn stuff.”

A couple weeks ago, she became fascinated by this watch that you can play games on and also has a built in camera. The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch. It’s basically, Maile’s Red Ryder BB Gun.

She decided to write a letter to Santa to ask for it. We’ve been working on her spelling and she wanted to make sure she got it right, so first we wrote the words of the letter on a draft piece of paper and then she created the actual letter to Santa. You can see the draft in the left in this picture:

Maile Girl hard at work on her first letter to Santa...

Maile Girl hard at work on her first letter to Santa...

The complete letter reads:

Dear Santa,

I bin good

Ples send me this Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch Pink

Love Maile

It’s amazing.

Maile and her completed letter - we hope Santa gets it in time!

Maile and her completed letter - we hope Santa gets it in time!

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