Chinese New Year Parade (2017)

by Papa K on February 14, 2017

After months of practice the big day finally arrived on Saturday – the Chinese New Year Parade!

We headed down with the girls mid-afternoon and met with the parade crew, got everyone ready, ate a little bit, practiced one last time and then headed down to Market Street to get in our positions. The girls were fantastic! Maile danced up a storm and Lauren waved, smiled and blew kisses from her cart the whole way through.

Here’s a video of all the fun:

And some videos from the festivities…

Lauren and Marni - they shared the cart together and made people smile the whole way through...

Lauren and Marni - they shared the cart together and made people smile the whole way through...

Our parade girls - ready to rock!

Our parade girls - ready to rock!

The whole PKS crew!

The whole PKS crew!

A view of the scene as we get in our places for the start of the parade...

A view of the scene as we get in our places for the start of the parade...

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A few weeks back we had a birthday party for Lauren. We had so much fun (and some of the other parents are really good photographers!) so Christine and I really didn’t take many pictures. We just got some pictures though – so we can share a bit more about the good times.

The theme was “Fantastic Four” – super hero themes as there were four girls celebrating their fourth birthdays together. We held the party at a kid’s gym here in SF and the kids had a blast!

Na na na nah nah - Bat Lauren!

Na na na nah nah - Bat Lauren!

Maile Girl getting her zip line on...

Maile Girl getting her zip line on...

In swoops Super Lauren!

In swoops Super Lauren!

Super buddies :)

Super buddies 🙂

The cakes - a friend of one of the other girl's family baked two incredible birthday cakes...

The cakes - a friend of one of the other girl's family baked two incredible birthday cakes...

The Fantastic Four and their capes

The Fantastic Four and their capes

Yeah, she loved the zip line :)

Yeah, she loved the zip line 🙂

And the trampoline!

And the trampoline!

20+ kids = madness

20+ kids = madness

What's a birthday party without bubbles?!

What's a birthday party without bubbles?!

Happy Birthday Girls!

Happy Birthday Girls!

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This weekend we headed over to Presidio Knolls for the annual Chinese New Year celebration. Every year it gets bigger and bigger as the school continues to grow. It’s basically setup as a big carnival and the girls had a blast running around and trying out all the various activities. Maile and Lauren both also had performances throughout the day and they both did a wonderful job with their classmates.

(As always these videos are on the long side – posted for all, but mainly enjoyed by the grandparents 🙂

First up, Lauren and her class (Lauren is on the right side of the screen)…

Next is Maile and her class (Maile is in the front row on the left side of the screen)…

Finally, not the actual performance, but a close up of Maile and the Chinese New Year Parade crew doing their thing…

Maile and Lauren all dressed up and ready to go...

Maile and Lauren all dressed up and ready to go...

Family picture - Maile (7.5), Lauren (4) - in our Chinese New Year finest...

Family picture - Maile (7.5), Lauren (4) - in our Chinese New Year finest...

Taking in the show - in complete awe...

Taking in the show - in complete awe...

Close-up of Lauren on stage performing with her class...

Close-up of Lauren on stage performing with her class...

Maile with two of her classmates, Gemma and Amelia

Maile with two of her classmates, Gemma and Amelia

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#tbt The French Fry Dance

by Papa K on January 26, 2017

From two years ago – sure to make you smile (other than the fact that this originally occurred at ~6:30 AM I was smiling too when it happened…)

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Marching

by Papa K on January 24, 2017

Saturday was the Women’s March and we joined the festivities here in San Francisco. Christine took the girls over to a friend’s house and they spent the afternoon making signs and getting ready. We then all met down in Hayes Valley and walked over to City Hall. It was quite the scene – people every where, happy, positive energy, lots of great signs and costumes. I’m not sure the girls fully grokked it, but Christine and I both felt good about bringing them and exposing them to their first “protest”.

Maile and her homemade protest backpack with Mommy and Temple

Maile and her homemade protest backpack with Mommy and Temple

Family shot (Maile - 7, Lauren - 4)

Family shot (Maile - 7, Lauren - 4)

Maile Girl and I selfie - Christine said she really looks like me in this picture :)

Maile Girl and I selfie - Christine said she really looks like me in this picture 🙂

A scene of the crowd - hard to get a sense of the size from the ground level

A scene of the crowd - hard to get a sense of the size from the ground level

My two little protesters!

My two little protesters!

I’ll readily admit, that I’m not sure 10 years ago, it would have been something I would have attended, but I’m very happy that my life has changed as it has so that joining was a no brainer. I love being a dad of two little girls and married to an incredibly strong role model in Christine – and I’ll march with them where ever and whenever!

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(I know, I know … 2017 has not started out well for me posting-wise. I hope to improve…)

Last weekend, we headed down to Anaheim for a quick day trip to Disneyland and to support Mommy who was running the Star Wars Half Marathon! We headed down Friday night, hit Disneyland for Saturday and then supported Mommy on Sunday morning.

We had a great day at Disneyland on Saturday. Both girls are at a great age for it – Lauren really taking everything in for the first time and being amazed by the magic and Maile old enough to enjoy rollercoasters. Yes! Maile went on every ride in the park with me – it was fantastic. Just look at the joy on her face…

Here are a bunch of other shots from a very fun weekend…

Within minutes of arriving at Disneyland, we had a Minnie sighting - got the girls in the right mood for the fun to come...

Within minutes of arriving at Disneyland, we had a Minnie sighting - got the girls in the right mood for the fun to come...

Tea cup time!

Tea cup time!

One of Lauren's classmates was there too so we spent most of the morning running around the park with them.

One of Lauren's classmates was there too so we spent most of the morning running around the park with them.

Jazz Hands!

Jazz Hands!

Maile Girl and I getting ready for Thunder Mountain - no fear!

Maile Girl and I getting ready for Thunder Mountain - no fear!

Action shot of Maile and I on Splash Mountain!

Action shot of Maile and I on Splash Mountain!

Lauren the Hulk!

Lauren the Hulk!

Mommy stopped along the way to take a picture with this guy...

Mommy stopped along the way to take a picture with this guy...

... and then we found Mommy!

... and then we found Mommy!

We were very proud of our Mommy for completing the half marathon!

We were very proud of our Mommy for completing the half marathon!

After the half marathon, we hit Goofy's Kitchen for one last meal and fun with the characters...

After the half marathon, we hit Goofy's Kitchen for one last meal and fun with the characters...

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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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