Donut Chefs

by Papa K on January 27, 2015

We went to our friend Cordelia’s birthday party on Saturday and they had this fun donut decorating activity. If (when?) Dunkin’ Donuts ever comes to the Bay Area sign these girls up!

A very smiley donut decorating chef...

A very smiley donut decorating chef...

Not to be outdone (of course), Lauren shows us her best 2 year old smile...

Not to be outdone (of course), Lauren shows us her best 2 year old smile...

Yes, Lauren, we saw you take that bite.

Yes, Lauren, we saw you take that bite.

Maile Girl was a very prolific donut decorator.

Maile Girl was a very prolific donut decorator.

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Nursemaid’s Elbow

by Papa K on January 25, 2015

That's a very sad little girl, but she just had her elbow popped back into place and is on her way to recovery...

That's a very sad little girl, but she just had her elbow popped back into place and is on her way to recovery...

Saturday night we made an expected stop after dinner to the emergency room. A normal walk across the parking lot to our car quickly became something else when Mommy went one way with Lauren’s arm and Lauren went the other. It was a movement we’ve both probably done a thousand times, but this time, it caused her little elbow to pop out of place.

We knew something was wrong right away – Lauren was pretty upset. It wasn’t the worse scream I’ve ever heard from one of the kids (that would below to Maile when she faceplanted on the stairs at our old apartment and her mouth gushed blood)… but we knew something was wrong when it didn’t stop. Every time she moved her little arm she shrieked out a bit and it mostly was lying limp by her side.

It just so happens that a friend was telling us about this happening to his daughter just the night before … so part of me was thinking I was reading too much into it at first, but we decided to head to the ER anyways.

After a short wait (and a little Frozen for distraction), the doctor saw us and sure enough diagnosed “nursemaid’s elbow” and was able to pop things back into place pretty easily. As soon as it went back, Lauren was back to normal (tired, but back to normal)!

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#TBT Still A Momma’s Girl

by Papa K on January 22, 2015

I have no doubt my girls love me, but they are momma’s girls true and true. Exhibit A in our evidence from January 22, 2012:

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First Homework for Maile Girl

by Papa K on January 21, 2015

When we were in Hawaii, Katie and Emily worked on some homework assignments – basically some worksheets. Maile was fascinated.

A couple days ago, she sat down and used Google to make her own English/Mandarin worksheet that was modeled after what Katie and Emily had in Japanese (yeah, a lot of languages in that sentence!). Basically, she asked Google how to say certain words (like “Mommy”) in Chinese and then drew a picture and wrote both the characters and the word down.

Maile hard at work crafting her first homework assignment

Maile hard at work crafting her first homework assignment

The next day, she asked me if I could find her some worksheets that she could use. We hit Google again (our new best friend) and I printed out some that I found. Today I asked her teachers at school for some help and they pointed me towards some good sites. Maile loves working through the problems (mostly math at this point) and then I help grade them – complete with a teacher-style smiley face at the top :)

She has a cute folder that she places all her assignments in and she’s been bringing them to school (unclear what happens with them at that point). So far we love homework!

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Definition of Curiosity

by Papa K on January 20, 2015

This picture is the definition of curiosity to me - Maile and Lauren really leaning in...

This picture is the definition of curiosity to me - Maile and Lauren really leaning in...

Backstory – we hit up the Cal Academy of Sciences on Sunday and while in the rain forest area, this butterfly was just hanging out on the ground while a gaggle of kids inched closer and closer and closer.

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With no school and no work on MLK Day, Mommy planned a fun adventure for her and the girls. She found a pretty cool tour at Mrs. Grossman’s sticker factory (some of you may remember that brand of stickers from when you were kids). The sticker factory was up in Petaluma, so first things first, the girls headed out for a special brunch (which Maile told me when I got home is halfway between breakfast and lunch!)…

Digging in to a great breakfast - Lauren matched Maile's every move!

Digging in to a great breakfast - Lauren matched Maile's every move!

Maile started drawing...

Maile started drawing...

... so Lauren started drawing :)

... so Lauren started drawing :)

After the brunch, they headed to the factory. They had a fun time learning about stickers and checking out all the different kinds that Mrs. Grossman’s makes. And, of course, they were very excited to bring some home with them (although I’m not sure how many of Lauren’s actually made it home – from the looks of it, most of them ended up on her body!)

Mommy crouched down here to try to angle the shot - of course, Maile and Lauren followed suit...

Mommy crouched down here to try to angle the shot - of course, Maile and Lauren followed suit...

Maile and Lauren on the factory floor taking it all in and contemplating where to store all their new stickers...

Maile and Lauren on the factory floor taking it all in and contemplating where to store all their new stickers...

Lauren doing some QA testing, making sure the stickers ... stick.

Lauren doing some QA testing, making sure the stickers ... stick.

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On Saturday, Lauren and I had the afternoon to ourselves while Mommy and Maile were off at a movie. We went for a long walk, took a long nap and then stumbled on this game that we ended up playing for about 30 minutes. It basically consisted of one of us hiding, counting to three, then jumping up, saying “Woo!” and running to the other person. Then it was the other persons turn.

Did I mentioned we did this for 30 minutes? It was actually a pretty good workout for Daddy ;) And as the video shows, Lauren is a very demanding play date.

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As you know, on Thursdays I like to click back through the archive and see what was happening on this day in history. Tonight my first stop was January 15, 2013 and I found a keeper right away – Grandma and Papa Boston meet Lauren for the very first time…

First meeting between Lauren, Grandma Jill and Papa Mike

First meeting between Lauren, Grandma Jill and Papa Mike

One year earlier – and we have this smile of Maile’s lighting up your day…

Just a Maile smile to start your week...

Just a Maile smile to start your week...

And the year before that? Some silliness with Maile and her dollie in the stroller…

And we end our trip with this one…

I love you, daddy. I love you too, Maile girl.

I love you, daddy. I love you too, Maile girl.

A good day indeed.

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Does Maile Really Know Chinese?

by Papa K on January 14, 2015

Google came out with a new Translate app today that has a cool feature where two people can have a conversation in different languages and the app acts as the translator. So person #1 speaks in English and the app translates into, say, Chinese. Then person #2 speaks in Chinese and the app translates into English.

I thought we’d have some fun with Maile and try it out – she’d speak Chinese, I’d speak English.

As you can see, we had a little trouble from the start. Either Maile really doesn’t know Chinese and this whole thing is a farce – or perhaps Google’s technology just can’t understand her high-pitched voice. Or maybe she was just goofing too much. Any way you slice it, the app had some trouble with Maile Girl’s Chinese…

And the difficulty absolutely slayed Maile…

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She just keeps getting older and older – right before our eyes!

Maile's Kindergarten School Picture (5.5 years old)

Maile's Kindergarten School Picture (5.5 years old)

And here’s the previous three years…

Maile's school picture for 2013 (4.5 years old)

Maile's school picture for 2013 (4.5 years old)

Maile's School Picture 2012-2013 (3.5 years)

Maile's School Picture 2012-2013 (3.5 years)

Maile's First School Picture (2.5 years)

Maile's First School Picture (2.5 years)

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