I’ve mentioned this before, but Maile is obsessed with these “how to” videos that kids make and post on Youtube. She watches the drawing ones, the rainbow loom ones, and she especially loves the Japanese ones that focus on unboxing Japanese toys and foods.
Well, on Saturday afternoon, Maile disappeared for awhile – locking herself away in our bedroom and asking not to be disturbed. She came out a little while later and presented her first “how to” video she had filmed all by herself about how to make a Rainbow Loom bracelet.
She was VERY excited. Except she wasn’t too pleased with how the camera work came out. So she recruited me to be her “assistant” and we made a second video…
Fair warning, these videos are 9 and 11 minutes long respectively – but you have to watch a little bit – they are incredible. I loved helping Maile make these. Afterwards we discussed all the things she wants to try next – she was asking me about camera angles and that we need to find a way to make it so the camera can see her AND whatever it is she is doing.
She asked me to help her make it so others could see them, so we made her very own Youtube channel. She decided to call it “Crafts 4 Kids By Maile” because she is “going to do more than just Rainbow Loom bracelets”.
I told her she had to write something for the “about” page and she came up with: “I’m Maile. I’m 5 years old. I like to do crafts, like rainbow loom. I’ll show you how!” Then I told her she needed to create a sign for the page and she drew one up and posed for her profile photo.
Crafts 4 Kids By Maile one-sheet
Maile posing for her Crafts 4 Kids profile photo...
I have a feeling a few more of these will get created in the coming weeks – stay tuned!
For Christmas we bought Lauren a scooter – she tried it a few times, but it didn’t really take. Its been hanging around the house unused for months. Apparently, our nanny, Kelly, took Lauren to Japantown on Monday and she became fascinated with a little boy riding his scooter. She came home and figured out how to ride it. She’s already pretty good – and as is her style, fearless…
In other news, Maile Girl is slowly, but surely making progress with the roller blades. She is now incentivized to keep up with her little sister
Also, this is classic city living with us doing roller blades and scooters in the main lobby of our building. We did go out to hit the streets, but it was pretty windy … and probably best is Lauren masters this thing away from traffic!
The video below is of Lauren performing the “Elsa song” – the current favorite in the clubhouse. Like her father, she doesn’t really know the words, but she tends to be able to line up the sounds right at the end so it sort of sounds like she does
Make sure you stick around for the hand motions 40 seconds in.
Christine and I headed to North Carolina this weekend for our 10th reunion at Fuqua. Grandma and Papa Hawaii came in to town to spend the weekend with the girls. By all accounts they had lots of fun and we really appreciate the chance to get away just Christine and I.
Papa Cal, Maile, Grandma Gail and Lauren (April 2015)
The girls are already counting the days until their June trip to Hawaii!
You might remember that last fall, Maile and I went to the Food Bank for the first time to volunteer with some of her classmates. We went back again on Sunday and had a great time. This time we were tasked with sorting oranges and once again, it was a really well run volunteer event and perfect for young kids.
Maile Girl, all gloved up and ready to rock!
I FOUND AN ORANGE!
Almost done with bin #1 - our team completed about 3.5 of them while we were there.
Good times for Maile and I - a good way to start the day!
Kelly sent these pictures to us today of Lauren playing at the gym.
Notice how in both pictures she is making sure the shopping cart is very close by? She loves that shopping cart. And that’s a sign you have a big sister. She knows if she lets that thing out of her grasp for even two seconds its as good as gone!