Shades

by Papa K on January 10, 2017

Auntie Elyssa & Uncle Stephen sent Lauren some fun clothes for her birthday. The best part of the gift was definitely the new shades. All the ladies had fun trying them on…

Maile Shades

Maile Shades

Note the reflection of Lauren not totally thrilled the Maile is trying on her new shades 🙂

Mommy Shades

Mommy Shades

And, of course, the birthday girl her self (sending along some thank yous)…

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It was a couple weeks ago, but in looking at our Hawaii pictures tonight, I was reminded how great Maile’s birthday present to Mommy was this year…

Maile's present to Mommy

Maile's present to Mommy

She pretty much covered all the bases, although, oddly, I’m wondering if these already expired, because none of this happened this weekend 🙂

And a birthday post wouldn’t be complete with out some pictures of the girls with their Mommy as we were headed into Duke’s for our traditional birthday dinner…

Maile Girl and Mommy on her birthday

Maile Girl and Mommy on her birthday

Boo!

Boo!

(Yes, Lauren is still in the “no thank you on pictures” phase…)

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Lauren Turns 4!

by Papa K on January 4, 2017

It was a bit jet-lagged, middle of the week and rainy – but that didn’t stop us from giving Lauren a “great day” for her 4th birthday, full of some of her favorites. From the waffles in the morning (a special mid-week treat courtesy of a Mommy that woke up early) to an ice cream capper at night (we’ll ignore the classic 4 year old-style melt-down before bed), Lauren made the most of her birthday!

Per tradition, we started the celebration a few days early while we were still in Hawaii with Lauren’s favorite cake – Hello Kitty ice cream cake from Safeway!

Last night Mommy showed off her “handiness” by putting together the bike that Grandma and Papa Boston sent over. To say Lauren was overjoyed with her new ride is an understatement – I have a feeling she is going to put some serious miles on that thing before its all said and done!

I took a few snaps throughout the day – here are some of the highlights…

Did Lauren hear Mommy stirring when she got up early to make waffles? Of course she did ... and was rewarded with some quality time cuddling and book reading before the day really got going.

Did Lauren hear Mommy stirring when she got up early to make waffles? Of course she did ... and was rewarded with some quality time cuddling and book reading before the day really got going.

Lauren on her new bike - its raining, but she can't wait to get out and take it for a spin! Thank you Grandma and Papa Boston!

Lauren on her new bike - its raining, but she can't wait to get out and take it for a spin! Thank you Grandma and Papa Boston!

After two weeks of seeing them every day, Lauren really misses Grandma and Papa Hawaii - so a breakfast FaceTime was a special treat to start the day...

After two weeks of seeing them every day, Lauren really misses Grandma and Papa Hawaii - so a breakfast FaceTime was a special treat to start the day...

At night, Lauren picked our dinner and we headed to Japantown for some noodles - we were very excited and quite pleased to have every one taking her lead...

At night, Lauren picked our dinner and we headed to Japantown for some noodles - we were very excited and quite pleased to have every one taking her lead...

Noodles. Are. The. Best.

Noodles. Are. The. Best.

And here it is. Lauren at 4. Our little tyrant of a goofball. Love her.

And here it is. Lauren at 4. Our little tyrant of a goofball. Love her.

And the capper was the frozen yogurt. A fun end to a fun day!

And the capper was the frozen yogurt. A fun end to a fun day!

Happy Birthday baby girl – we love you!

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Our Girls (2017 Edition)

by Papa K on January 2, 2017

As is tradition, as we start a new year, I like to post Maile and Lauren’s school pictures.

First up, Lauren. You may recall last year, Lauren went with quite the pose in her school picture. This year, no fancy pose, but she just absolutely crushed the smile. This was good to see because recently in our own pictures Lauren’s smile has come across a little more forced. We’ll need to chat with the photographer to get his secret…

Lauren, Coconut Tree Class (3.5 years old)

Lauren, Coconut Tree Class (3.5 years old)

And then we have Maile Girl, growing up way way too fast and not letting a couple gaps in her mouth get in the way of her smile.

Maile, Second Grade (7 years old)

Maile, Second Grade (7 years old)

And if you are interested in comparing Maile and Lauren at the same age – here is Maile’s picture at 3.5:

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

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

We are very excited to see where 2017 takes us with these two leading the way!

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Lauren Learns to Ride a Bike

by Papa K on December 29, 2016

With Lauren fast approaching 4 years old, she’s started talking more and more about wanting to ride a “real” bike like her big sister – with pedals and everything. (Spoiler alert: she’s going to be very excited when she sees what Grandma and Papa Boston got her for her birthday 🙂

The family across the street had a Paw Patrol bike for their son and all week Lauren has been eyeing it enviously. With her older sister and cousins headed to the track for some running, we decided to walk over and ask if we could borrow for a spin. They had a balance bike too (just like her red one at home), but Lauren was emphatic that she wanted to give this whole “pedals, no training wheels” thing a shot. I was game too, so we loaded the bike in the car and headed over to the track.

Our little bike rider and a very proud daddy!

Our little bike rider and a very proud daddy!

Well, I think its safe to say that Lauren’s time on the balance bike paid off because I barely needed to do anything before she was up and riding without any help from me. It took her a few minutes to get the pedaling motion down and she still felt the need to stop every once in awhile, but her balance was great and within about 10 minutes she was pedaling like demon all around the track. (BTW – track was an awesome place to do some bike riding practice!)

Here’s a video pretty early on in our practice session…

And then a short while after that she was already off on her own…

Very proud of our little girl! She’ll be burning up the streets in SF when we get home for sure…

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Santa Visits Kauai (2016)

by Papa K on December 24, 2016

With Lauren fast approaching four, we are now in the sweet spot for Santa visits. No one is scared and every one is looking forward to him stopping bye for a quick hello while on his rounds. This afternoon the girls were playing around the house when all of a sudden there was a knock at the door…

Maile, in particular, was very concerned because Papa Cal had been running errands the past couple of years when Santa came by to visit. Luckily, this year he was in the house and got to say his hellos!

Katie and Santa

Katie and Santa

Emily and Santa

Emily and Santa

Maile and Santa

Maile and Santa

Lauren and Santa

Lauren and Santa

One last group shot before Santa was off to visit some other children...

One last group shot before Santa was off to visit some other children...

Merry Christmas (and Happy Hannukah too!)

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Happy to be on Kauai!

by Papa K on December 18, 2016

Lauren and Mommy arrived on Kauai on Friday (Maile and I followed today – more on the delay a bit later – we stayed behind for a performance Maile did with her choir.)

I think this video perfectly captures how we feel about being back on Kauai…

(And yes, she did that many, many times!)

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Maile’s Christmas Poem

by Papa K on December 13, 2016

At school, Maile has started learning about poetry. It’s been fun hearing about her explorations of this new literary style. She seems to really love it.

Tonight she came home from school with a little piece of paper with her “Christmas” poem written on it. It kind of blew us away.

Maile's Christmas poem

Maile's Christmas poem

I smell the christmas tree
it is lovely and some times
even pineconey
I feel the warm hugs and the
nice cool air
I see the tree and oh my gosh
could that really be so much presents
I hear the Jingeling of Santa’s bells
I taste the ginger bread house and
the lovely cookies
I love christmas it is so much fun

And, of course, Maile being Maile, she wanted to perform it as well…

’tis the season 🙂

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The program for Lauren's performance

The program for Lauren's performance

This morning it was Lauren’s turn to show all the dancing she’s been learning at school this fall! I was lucky enough to be able to attend and had a blast. Lauren definitely enjoys being up on stage and did a great job with all the steps she’s learned.

There were lots of laughs and smiles, some tears – but all in all good times. In the newsletter they send each day they captured what the kids said when they asked them about the day:

“Lauren: I like my daddy coming to watch me. I dance with my daddy.”

Yep, that made my day 🙂

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Never one to miss out on the opportunity to perform a bit, Maile spent time after school this fall taking dance classes with Miss Angela and the PKS “Dance Team”. (I have to admit, I don’t really understand how she keeps all the steps straight between the different dance classes she takes!)

Maile & the PKS Dance Team

Maile & the PKS Dance Team

Last week, they had their end of fall performance and Christine and I were able to attend. These videos are always a bit longer, but figure I’d post, as I know the Grandmas eat them up!

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