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What’s on the menu?

by Papa K on May 1, 2016

I I might have mentioned this, but a few months ago, Maile really started enjoying cooking shows. We watch things like Chopped Junior, Good Eats and a few others – much better in my opinion than the cartoons!

In any event, given the interest, we’ve been cooking a bit more with Maile (and Lauren) as a result. Maile says she is training for the Chopped kitchen 🙂

Christine does most of the cooking around here, but today, we gave her a rest and Maile, Lauren and I cooked up dinner. Maile was the main chef and we had a lot of fun putting together a great meal.

In the morning, while still in our PJ's, the girls made a strawberry gazpacho - we let it chill all day and it was delicious!

In the morning, while still in our PJ's, the girls made a strawberry gazpacho - we let it chill all day and it was delicious!

Getting things prepped for some harticort verts and pancetta...

Getting things prepped for some harticort verts and pancetta...

While preparing dinner, Maile was introduced to the sting of onion chopping so she went and grabbed these protective googles and they helped!

While preparing dinner, Maile was introduced to the sting of onion chopping so she went and grabbed these protective googles and they helped!

Maile is old enough now that we’re letting her do more things in the kitchen, especially with knives and chopping and prepping. She takes good care and its fun to teach her how to do things.

The funniest part is that while the girls like the cooking, they are still a bit picky. The strawberry gazpacho was a bit too “veggie” for them – we told them that next time we’ll make Grandma Jill’s famous Strawberry Soup.

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#tbt Lauren’s First Solo

by Papa K on April 28, 2016

Lauren showed this video to me the other night and we fell in love with it all over again. Thought it’d be a fun one to share for #tbt. Have a great weekend!

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Lauren Discovers Filters…

by Papa K on April 28, 2016

Sorry for the lack of posts this week! Tonight, two to make up for it – both featuring our little girl, Lauren.

In this first one, Lauren discovered how the filters work on the iPad and had quite a good time…

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Maile Designs a School

by Papa K on April 24, 2016

Last week, Maile and her class finished their unit on building and architecture. As the culmination they all designed their own buildings and set them up next to each other as part of a mini city. Maile built the school – it’s pretty elaborate – here she is talking about it…

Christine and I went over on Friday afternoon to see all the projects – it was pretty cool seeing what the kids came up with. Given that we’re still doing a lot of building at the actual school, might need to incorporate some of their designs 🙂

Maile Girl, School Architect

Maile Girl, School Architect

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Was looking back at our April 22nd pictures and stumbled on this one…

Maile (3.5) and Lauren (3 months)

Maile (3.5) and Lauren (3 months)

And then there is this one…

From January 22, 2013 – but still “I know a song about toes…”

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On Saturday, Maile was invited to perform at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown with her dance troupe. As a gift to the grandparents, I captured full video of the performance 🙂

First, everyone introduced themselves – Maile made sure everyone knew she was there…

Next, they did a fun warm up routine to get limber and ready…

And finally, Maile and her class danced a number to Bear Necessities…

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Maile Girl on Two Wheels

by Papa K on April 17, 2016

When people ask me about raising our girls in a big city like San Francisco, I always tell them that its been wonderful, much better and easier than I expected, with one big BUT. And the big BUT has been that I’ve felt that its been a lot harder to teach the girls (and Maile in particular) how to ride her bike. Can’t really just head right out the door as the streets are quite busy. And so I’ve felt like I’ve been failing in one of my “father duties” in making sure Maile could ride her bike.

This all changed a few weeks ago – Maile started asking directly for me to help her learn so we made a concerted effort to take the bike out, take the training wheels off, and go find a place nearby that we could practice on. Turns out there is a big church right diagonal from us that has a pretty big open space that is perfect.

Very tentative early attempts... (look at the concentration though!)

Very tentative early attempts... (look at the concentration though!)

Maile was very nervous, but to her credit despite the fear and the tears, she kept working at it. I’m proud of her often, but I was particularly proud of her through this effort. It was really hard. We went out a couple weekends in a row and all of a sudden on the fourth outing, it all just clicked and she’s now a full-fledged no training wheel rider!

Pretty cool place to learn how to ride your bike...

Pretty cool place to learn how to ride your bike...

Here’s a video of our first outing…

And here she is on Saturday…

As for Lauren, she is incredible on her little scoot bike – she whips around on that thing like crazy. Since Maile was learning something new, I taught Lauren how to ride and lift her feet up so she could glide a bit. She too nailed it pretty quick and was gliding all over in no time. I have a feeling she’ll be on the pedal bike soon enough chasing after her big sister.

Maile Girl, No Training Wheel Bike Rider

Maile Girl, No Training Wheel Bike Rider

Lauren, Gliding Maniac

Lauren, Gliding Maniac

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Our New Friend, Alexa!

by Papa K on April 12, 2016

A new toy for the house arrived today, an Amazon Echo. If you haven’t heard of it, Echo is a speaker that responds to voice control and can do all sorts of cool things. It’s kind of like Siri, but for your home. The voice control is activated by saying “Alexa” – so Alexa is a new friend for the girls.

They had quite a good time this evening getting to know her – they think she is hilarious…

Of course, we tried to see if we could teach her Chinese, but didn’t have much luck with that one…

One thing that is cool, is that Alexa is programmable – so looking forward to seeing what tricks I can teach “her”…

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For the past couple of weeks, Lauren has gone kicking and screaming to swim class. But once she arrives, she crushes it.

And today she was rewarded for her hard work (even though she seemed a little clueless as to what was going on) – she received her Level 1 ribbon!

Christine caught a very short video of her swimming all by herself last week:

And I caught the awarding of the ribbon today:

Very proud of our little girl 🙂

Bam! Level 1 Ribbon! You said I get ice cream with this, right?

Bam! Level 1 Ribbon! You said I get ice cream with this, right?

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