A moment of zen…

by Papa K on February 2, 2016

While we were waiting for our lunch on Sunday, we paused for a moment of zen…

Maile zen

Maile zen

Lauren zen

Lauren zen

Mommy zen

Mommy zen

Daddy zen

Daddy zen

(Dad note: Christine and I are heading away for the next week and a half tomorrow. Grandma Gail and Papa Cal came in from Hawaii to watch the girls. Not sure what the posting will be like while traveling, we’ll see…)

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Lauren’s Fan Dance at CNY 2016

by Papa K on February 1, 2016

It wasn’t the “Kongfu” variety, but Lauren had her own fan dance at the Presidio Knolls Chinese New Year celebration along with her fellow Coconut Tree classmates. Like her big sister, Lauren practiced very hard for her big performance and got a kick out of getting up on the stage.

Year of the Monkey is definitely appropriate :)

(Click here for the video.)

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Presidio Knolls (Maile and Lauren’s school) celebrated Chinese New Year this past weekend. Maile and Lauren both did performances and we’re excited to share them with you.

In addition to her class performance (which we’ll share later in the week), Maile performed a Kongfu fan dance. I thought we’d start the week with that performance because it was pretty awesome. Maile started learning the Kongfu fan dance in September – it was really cool to see how much she’s learned!

(Dad note: Apologies for the shakiness and cut off head at points – my arm got tired :)

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#tbt Counting

by Papa K on January 28, 2016

Going back to 2012 for this one. The part towards the end where she can’t get the “7” finger to work still cracks me up…

Have a great weekend!

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After Dinner Bike Rides

by Papa K on January 26, 2016

Mark it down, 2016 is going to be the year that Maile really learns how to ride her bike. And its all because she decided she wants to learn herself – so now she is motivated. A couple weeks ago, without any provocation on our part, she asked if we could go bike riding before dinner. And then a few days later, we decided to go get some frozen yogurt after dinner and she asked if she could ride her bike. She even asked if we could try riding without training wheels over the weekend!

Tonight we went on another bike ride with the girls after dinner. Good times and good to get out a bit as a family even in the midst of our busy weekly routine.

Good times on our after dinner bike rides to get that fro yo!

Good times on our after dinner bike rides to get that fro yo!

Its a good lesson for Christine and I – sometimes, things just come when they are ready. There’s no timeline for these things. I have always felt a little bad that city living made it a little harder to provide easy opportunities for the girls to pick up things like bike riding – but I think the reality is that they’ll come around, but perhaps on a different schedule than I remember from my childhood. Nothing wrong with that – lord knows her Chinese is better than mine was at her age 😉

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A Fun Weekend with Auntie Elyssa

by Papa K on January 25, 2016

We had a fun visit with Auntie Elyssa this past weekend. She was in town for work during the week and they she popped on over to stay with us for the weekend. Maile and Lauren loved having her around and they made the most of their few days with her keeping her busy with all types of activities.

One of the highlights was that Auntie got to see the girls at their dance class – they were very proud to show her everything they were learning (including a first pass at their new dance routines). I think its fair to say it brought back memories for Auntie :)

On Saturday afternoon, Maile and Auntie made an awesome scrapbook – it was a project that Maile had been looking forward to doing for a few weeks now ever since she got the scrapbook kit for Christmas. She’s very proud of her book and enjoyed the quality time with Auntie.

The girls did a nice job of letting Auntie sleep in a little bit (with the help of the iPad 😉 and all in all, I think Auntie got a good taste of what weekends are like around here. We can’t wait for her to come back and visit us again soon!

All smiles spending time with Auntie Elyssa!

All smiles spending time with Auntie Elyssa!

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#tbt Maile and Mommy, NOT Daddy

by Papa K on January 21, 2016

This one is from 4 years ago – January 22, 2012. It’s one of our favorites…

It’s actually somewhat timely – Lauren has been on a big “Lauren and Mommy, Sometimes Maile, But Definitely NOT Daddy” phase too. In fact, this AM when we got to school she got mad at me because I wanted her to get on the sidewalk instead of the street and then insisted that I walk at least 20 feet ahead of her while walking into school. Not Daddy, indeed.

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Enjoying Old Stories

by Papa K on January 19, 2016

Enjoying some old videos...

Enjoying some old videos...

At dinner last night we were telling the girls a funny story about how Maile used to say “Vah-milla” when she asked for ice cream. We were laughing about it and then I asked Maile if she remembered how I used to pretend that I was going to order all these funny/crazy ice cream flavors. She, of course, didn’t remember this.

But, of course, nowadays that isn’t a problem because we have videos of everything! A quick search and we found the one in question:

(Bonus points because it turns out Maile is just around Lauren’s age in that video.)

Dad note: I its mostly good that we are able to do this, but I’m sure there are some downsides. It does remove some of the “story” part of the “storytelling” I think – harder for these tales to run away from you and take on a life of their own when you have the hard video evidence. Still noodling on what all that means – immensely interesting to me – to consider another time…

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I’m sure we are not alone here, but it always seems like our girls are at their zaniest right as we’re trying to get them to ease into bedtime.

Case in point, the video below – which is some sort of bootie dance the girls are quite proud of. Christine and I say “Okay girls, let’s start calming down and getting ready for bed…” and this is what we get…

Back to the drawing board.

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#tbt Lauren Not Too Long Ago

by Papa K on January 14, 2016

We’ve had a long week with the girls. Had a really rough time sleeping the whole week and now it appears to be culminating in at least Maile getting sick (feels like I’m not too far behind – we’ll see how Mommy and Lauren fare).

The girls were having trouble in the early mornings not waking each other up (we’re talking 4/5 AM – ugh!) – most of the time sharing a room isn’t a problem, but they’re in a bit of a rut currently.

We’ll sort it out – but in the meantime, I was looking through old videos tonight and came across this one from just 10 days after Lauren was born. At the time I wrote the following:

“This video makes me laugh – I get the feeling that Lauren is just testing out how her face works … or pooping her diaper. One or the other ;)”

I can say that the video still put a smile on my face. And interestingly, I see little looks she does in this video that so much remind me of who she is today as a three year old.

Man, they drive you bonkers sometimes, but then this…

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